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Site Updated 5-17-2015

From the Pastor's Desk 

Dear Friends,

This is an important weekend for us as I discuss with you the 2015 Annual Catholic Appeal. We all belong to three Churches: the Church Universal throughout the world, the Church of the Diocese of Bridgeport which serves us, as well as it ministers to those who live in Fairfield County and our local parish. The Annual Catholic Appeal by your donation trains seminarians, cares for our older priests and carries on the many services to those in need. Through your simple sacrifice, so many can be served. Will you please join us in reaching our goal and in serving others? .

Meetings & Events
* Second Collection, May 16/17, Catholic Communication Campaign
* Hidden Treasure Tag Sale, Saturday, May 16, 9:00 am - 2:00 pm Sunday, May 17, 8:30 am - 1:00 pm
* ACA (Annual Catholic Appeal) In-Pew, Sat./Sun., May 16/17 (all Masses)
* Blood Pressure Screening, Sunday, May 17, 9:30 am - 11:30 am
* Parish Nurses, Monday, May 18, 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
* Women’s Ministry Meeting, Monday, May 18, 7:00 pm * Liturgy Volunteer Training, Tuesday, May 19, 7:00 pm
* Memorial Day, Monday, May 25, All Parish Offices Closed
* Diocesan Synod Session, Tuesday, May 26, All Saints Parish, Norwalk, 7:30 pm

2015 Annual Catholic Appeal
You can view the 2015 Annual Catholic Appeal Video on the link below:

2015 Annual Catholic Appeal Video

A Note from the Diocesan Office of the 2015 Annual Catholic Appeal
ACA Goal: $11,000,000
In the coming weeks, Bishop Caggiano will be writing to parishioners throughout the Diocese of Bridgeport seeking their prayers and financial support of the ACA. If you have not yet made your gift, please do so when this letter arrives. Your completed pledge card can be returned by mail using the envelope provided. Your gift, as with every sacrificial gift, is much needed and is greatly appreciated! Generosity travels in an ever-widening circle, returning a hundredfold to those who give not only of their surplus, but of their substance! We are asking for 100% participation from our parish family!


Diocesan Youth Choir
The diocese has established a “Diocesan Youth Choir”. Please see the flyer on the church bulletin board for further information and audition times.

Parish Financial Support
As we enter the busy season of vacations, weddings, First Communions, graduations, and time for family and friends, please don’t forget your parish. May I ask you to consider: 1) Please make up your envelopes when you are away. 2) Sign up with Deacon Rob for our parish EFT Program (using your bank account or credit card) so that your parish donations will be made electronically and on time. 3) If you are not registered in the parish, please come in to the Parish Office and ask for donation envelopes.

May is the month of Mary. Please pray the rosary often.

Synod Mass
As we approach the end of our Diocesan Synod Process, which gives the Diocese direction for our future, I would like you to Save the Date: Saturday, September 19, 2015 at 11:00 am for the Diocesan Synod Mass at Harbor Yard in Bridgeport.

Altar Linens
Deacon Rob is looking for volunteers who would be willing to clean and care for our altar linens. If you would like to volunteer, please call Deacon Rob at the Parish Office at 203-377-0928.

College Graduates
We would like to recognize all our parishioners who will be graduating from college during May. May God Bless You Always!

The following parishioners will be celebrating their marriage anniversary at the Wedding Jubilee Mass with Bishop Caggiano on Sunday, May 17:

Mary and Michael Archer: 45 year anniversary
Dennis and Marcella Festa: 30 year anniversary

Anointing of the Sick
We will celebrate the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick on Sunday, May 24 at the conclusion of the 12:00 pm Mass. More info to follow

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.