From the Pastor's Desk
As we begin the month of November next week, let us remember those
who have died. The Feast of All Soul’s on November 2nd starts a time
to recall our loved ones who have died, and as a parish, especially
those who have died in the past year. It is also a time when many
people will visit the cemetery where loved ones are buried. Please
take time to reflect.
You will find in your envelope packet a special envelope for “All
Souls”. We ask you to place the names of your loved ones on the envelope
with your donation enclosed. All Souls envelopes are available in
the pamphlet racks for your use. You may also use the “welcome” envelope
by marking it “All Souls”. Once processed, these envelopes will be
placed by the Tabernacle and the names will be remembered at Masses
A “Sponsor Certificate” is required by the parish where someone is
receiving the Sacrament of Baptism or Confirmation. A Sponsor Certificate
is a statement from your home parish that your are a “Practicing Catholic”
(which means you attend Mass regularly and are receiving the Sacraments).
How do we determine a “Practicing Catholic”? We check our Parish Census,
review our list of active ministries, parish program attendance and
the Stewardship list. If you name appears, we will issue a sponsor
certificate. If you are registered in the parish as “Parishioner”,
we will give you a letter stating that you are a parishioner registered
at Our Lady of Grace Parish.
60th Anniversary Committee
I would like to thank Howard and Kim Wardlow, Denise Bartelson and
rest of the 60th Anniversary Committee for bringing the “Irish/Italian
Wedding Cabaret to OLG. It was a great night of fun and entertainment.
Thank you also to Karla Kowalski for baking the delicious wedding
cake that was enjoyed by all.
Meetings & Events
+ Grade 6 Class Mass, Sunday, Oct. 26, 9:00 am
+ Halloween Family Festival, Sunday, Oct. 26, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm (Parish
+ All Saints Day, Saturday, Nov. 1 (not a Holy Day of Obligation this
year) Vigil Mass: Friday, Oct. 31, 5:30 pm / Holy Day Masses: Saturday,
Nov. 1, 9:00 am & 10:30 am.
+ Merton House Food Collection, Sat./Sun., Nov., 1/2
+ 2nd Collection: Capital Improvement. Sat./Sun., Nov.1/2
+ All Souls Day, Nov. 2
Come to Father’s House
I will be holding a “Come to Father’s House” on Monday, Oct. 27 at
11:00 am and Tuesday, Oct. 28 at 7:00 pm. I would like to discuss
parish budget, new Confirmation Guidelines, Safe Environments compliance
and my concerns about planning for the future.
The 4th Synod of the Diocese of Bridgeport has commenced on Sept.
20. Bishop Caggiano has asked us to remember the work of the Synod
in our daily prayers. I will leave prayer guides each week in the
Prayer Chapel for your use.
Mass Attendance Statistics
We will be conducting the annual gathering of attendance of Masses
for the Diocese beginning on the weekend of October 18/19 through
October 25/26. For our own parish record, we will continue to gather
attendance numbers throughout November.
Annual Parish Mass of Remembrance
We will celebrate our annual Mass of Remembrance on Sunday, November
2, 2014 at the 10:30 am Mass. More information to follow.
Planning for the Future
I am presently working on creating outreach programs for the parish
in 2015. I would like the help of the men of the parish in looking
at a Men’s Ministry for the parish. I would also like to begin a dialogue
with the parents of our children regarding passing on the faith.
Remember to "Fall Back"
Clocks will change to Eastern Standard time on Nov 2. at 2:00 am.
“Fall Back” one hour. All Saints Day, Saturday, November 1, 2014.
All Soul’s Day, Sunday, November 2, 2014.
I encourage you to participate in our democratic process by voting
on Tuesday, Nov. 4. Please pray for our elected officials.