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Site Updated 11-23-2014

From the Pastor's Desk 

Dear Friends,

May I wish you and your family a very Happy Thanksgiving! I ask you to remember the parish family in your prayers and if you are traveling, please stay safe. On Thursday, Nov. 27,I hope you will join the clergy of the parish as we celebrate one Thanksgiving Mass at 9:00 am. We will share a loaf of bread with you as part of the liturgy. Our parish staff will be in prayer on Thanksgiving for you! The weekend of Nov. 29/30: It is the beginning of the Season of Advent. We hope that you and your family will sign-up to light our parish Advent Wreath at Mass during Advent. Prayer materials will be available in the pamphlet racks to aid you in your Advent journey.

RCIA Program
The RCIA program will be beginning at the 10:30 am Mass on November 30th. We will have 5 candidates in the program this year. Please keep them in your prayers.

Meetings & Events
+ 2nd Collection: Catholic Campaign for Human Development, Sat./Sun., Nov. 22 & 23
+ Thanksgiving Day, All Parish Offices Closed, Thurs./Fri., Nov. 27 & 28
+ Liturgical Design Committee: Advent Wreath Set-up, Sat., Nov.29
+ RCIA - Rite of Acceptance, Sun., Nov. 30 + 2nd Collection: Capital Improvement, Sat./Sun., Dec. 6 & 7
+ Merton House Food Collection, Sat./Sun., Dec. 6 & 7
+ Children’s Mass & Christmas Pageant, 9:00 am, Sunday, Dec. 7.

Annual (Green) Envelope
The “Annual” envelope can be found in your envelope packet. This collection assists the parish in paying for the winter bills of snow removal and extra heating expenses. We ask for your generosity. FYI: Snowplowing cost the parish $20,000. last year. The bill for heating the three buildings from October, 2013 - March, 2014 was $8,000.

FLU SEASON
I hope you have taken the time to receive your annual flu shot. Please use the hand sanitizer stands as you enter and leave church. Please consider the following:

1) If you are feeling ill, please stay at home and watch Mass on TV. Contact George Zamary at the Parish Office if you an extended period at home so you might receive Communion at home.
2) At the Sign of Peace, please extend the Sign of Peace in gesture (nod, bow, wave) and do not shake hands. The clergy and Eucharistic Ministers will use hand sanitizer before distributing Communion. Please realize your health is important!

Lords’ Kitchen
Please pray for our volunteers who will be serving Monday’s Dinner in their service to those in need.

Clean Your Way to Heaven
We are asking for volunteers to help us clean the church in preparation for the holidays. The cleaning will take place on Sunday, Dec. 7 at 1:30 pm. Asign-up sheet on the bulletin board by the Sacristy today.

Save the Date!!!
We will have a Children’s Mass on Sunday, December 7 at the 9:00 am. At the end of Mass, we will process outside and bless our parish crèche. We hope that you and your family will join us for the Knights of Columbus “Breakfast with Santa” in the Parish Center after the Mass. Please take note: There will be no Confessions before the 9:00 am Mass on Thanksgiving Day.

Peace,
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.