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Site Updated 12-14-2014

From the Pastor's Desk 

Dear Friends,

Over the next weeks and especially during the Christmas celebration, I ask you to welcome all those who will be joining us for Christmas Masses. We, as a community, need to ask for Godís blessing on all who will be here (and for those who canít be here). Please come early to our Christmas Eve Masses; these Masses are well attended. May all our hearts be open to the Coming of our Savior.

Meetings & Events
+ Gr. 7 Religious Education Class Mass, 9:00 am & Retreat, Dec. 14
+ 2nd Collection: Retirement Fund for Religious, Sat./Sun., Dec. 13 & 14
+ Blood pressure screening, Parish Nurses, 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm, Mon., Dec. 15
+ VICARIATE IV LUNCHEON, 11:30 am - 3:00 pm, Dec. 17, (M.H.)
+ Parish Penance Service, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm, Dec. 17
+ Liturgical Design Committee: Christmas Set-up, 9:30 am, Dec. 23

If you will be traveling this holiday season, you may use the above mentioned website to find churches and their Mass schedules in the areas you will be visiting.

Christmas Penance Service
We will hold our annual Christmas penance service on Wednesday, December 17 at 7 pm. We will have two visiting priests to hear confessions at the service

Come to Fatherís House
The next ďCome to Fatherís HouseĒ will be Monday, Dec. 29 at 7:00 pm to discuss the parish deficit, Mass census, and ideas for cost savings in 2015.

Note from Fr. Paul
I recently received a letter from Fr. Paul. He is busy with the Seminary and the seminarians. His present project is to use solar panels to generate electricity for light and heat. He sends his best wishes to all.

The Lordís Kitchen
Our parish volunteers will be serving a meal to people in need on Monday, December 15th at the Lordís Kitchen. The volunteers ask you assistance by donating toilet paper, tooth paste, tooth brushes, and bars of soap. The donation boxes will be outside the sacristy this weekend of December 13/14.

Feast of the Holy Innocents
On the weekend of Dec. 27/28, we will remember our children lost by miscarriage, still-birth, abortion, SIDS, and natural death at all our Masses. We will have candles available next weekend, Dec. 20/21, so you can label the candle with the childís name. To assist with the candles, we ask for a $2.00 donation.

St. Christopher Ministry
Many of our parishioners take time away either by taking long weekends to another area, extended vacations with children, winter holidays or just the need to stay inside during the cold and snowy winter months. We are creating a Ministry to keep those parishioners informed about the parish. We will mail the weekly parish bulletin or if an email address is provided, we will email the parish bulletin to you. If you are interested in becoming part of this Ministry, please sign up by calling the Parish Office with your name and address or your email address.

Monsignor Martin Ryan

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Why is it important that all parishioners are registered in our Parish Census?
Many times parishioners request letters of recommendation for educational or employment purposes, as well as Sponsor Certificates to be sponsors at Baptism or Confirmation, and other special needs. It is difficult for the Pastor to fulfill these requests, when you are not registered in our Parish Census. The Parish Census also helps the pastor and staff to plan pastoral activities. Please be sure that you are registered adequately in our census files. Call the Parish Office at 377-0928. (NB - If you receive our parish mailings you are registered).
Also, don't forget
When you are admitted to the hospital, remember to tell the Admittance Office at the hospital that you belong to Our Lady of Grace Parish. If the sick person being admitted cannot articulate this information, a family member should do so. With the recent confidentiality laws in place this is the only means we have to know who is Catholic and with what parish the sick person is affiliated. This is important for the parish clergy making visits to our parishioners at the hospital.
Are You Planning to Change Your Address?
Please notify the Parish Office so that we may alter your census information and our mailing list. Thank you.

Use of Parish Facilities and Equipment

For security reasons and insurance purposes, our Parish will not rent space in our facilities and will not loan any equipment for use outside of our facilities.