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Site Updated 4/13/2014

From the Pastor's Desk 

Dear Friends,

I hope you will join in the spiritual life of this Holy Week. The Parish Mission beings this week on a note of calling us to holiness and continues with the Triduum. We will again have a procession on Holy Thursday from the Mass of the Lord’s Supper to a repository setup in Madonna Hall. Remember the Lord Jesus said, “Won’t you spend one hour with me?”

On Good Friday, we will gather at 3:00 pm for the Lord’s Passion. We will have nails available for you to leave at the foot of the Cross, and so recognize Jesus died for our sins!

Holy Saturday will be a time to welcome 3 candidates in full union with the Church. Which leads to the celebration of Jesus rising from the dead! Come and join us and celebrate these important holy days.

Please save the following dates for Lenten Prayer:
+Parish Retreat, beginning Sunday, April 13 - 16, 7:00 pm.
+Lenten Confession Campaign on Tuesday evenings, April 18, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm.
+Stations of the Cross, Friday evenings, April 18, at 7:00 pm.

2014 Annual Bishop’s Appeal

I invite you to join me in supporting the 2014 Annual Bishop’s Appeal. The goal for OLG is $85,000. I thank you for your past support. Please click on the video for more information.

Monsignor Ryan is seeking five volunteers to work as the Parish ABA Steering Committee. The Committee will assist in planning “In-pew Sunday” and assist Monsignor Ryan in strategic planning for the parish to meet our Appeal goal. If you are interested, please call the Parish Office (203-377-0928) with your contact information.

Upcoming Meetings & Events
Sun., Apr. 13} K of C Country Breakfast, 8:30 am - 12:30 pm
Sun., Apr. 13} Parish Lenten Mission, 7:00 pm
Mon., Apr. 14} Parish Lenten Mission, 9:30 am & 7:00 pm
Mon., Apr. 14} K of C Meeting 8:00 pm (Madonna Hall)
Tue., Apr. 15} Parish Lenten Mission, 9:30 am & 7:00 pm
Wed., Apr. 16} Parish Lenten Mission, 9:30 am & 7:00 pm
Sat., Apr. 19} Blessing of Easter Food 12:00 noon (in Church)

60th Anniversary Committee
Pilgrim Statute: We will begin our new Pilgrim Statute devotion during the month of May. I thank the families who have already signed-up to have the statute visit their homes. I will be in touch with you for your week on the weekend of April 26-27.
The Madonna Award: I want to thank those who have taken the time to nominate a parishioner for the award. Many people have built the parish of Our Lady of Grace. There is still time for more nominations if you have someone in mind. Please send a letter to me if you wish to make a nomination of a parishioner who has served our parish.
Parish Photo Book: All photography for the anniversary book has now been completed.  A very big Thank You to all the volunteers who helped out by staffing the photo check in table. 

The Diocesan Synod
Bishop Caggiano has called for a Diocesan Synod. The Synod will be a time for the Diocese to reflect on our past, present and future. More than 400 representatives will listen, discuss, learn and create a direction for the Diocese to take for the future. Each parish of the Diocese is asking for 2 parishioners to be sent to participate as a representative to the Synod. I have placed on the bulletin board a description of what is required of a representative. I ask you to review the document and contact me if you want to volunteer. I believe your participation will be a time of spiritual growth and understanding as you participate in our Diocesan Church and the Body of Christ.


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.