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Site Updated 10-19-2014

From the Pastor's Desk 

Dear Friends,

There seems to be great confusion in calls to the Parish Office regarding “Sponsor Certificates”. Over the next couple of weeks, I will clarify the meaning of the Sponsor Certificate, how to process your requests at the Parish Office and what you will receive as a document!

Meetings & Events
+ Blood Pressure Screenings, Sunday, Oct. 19, 9:30 am - 11:30 am
+ RCIA Open House, Sunday, Oct. 19, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm (Madonna Hall).
+ Women’s Core Group Ministry Meeting, Monday, Oct. 20, 7 pm (Madonna Hall)
+ Parish Finance Council Meeting, Tuesday, Oct. 21, 7:00 pm
+ Steve Angrisano Concert, Friday, Oct. 24, “Go Make a Difference”
+ Grade 6 Class Mass, Sunday, Oct. 26, 9:00 am
+ Halloween Family Festival, Sunday, Oct. 26, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm (Parish Center)

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.

“Welcome” Envelope
Please use the “Welcome” envelope in the pews and pamphlet racks to help us come to know our visitors and to make note of your financial support.

Parish Pilgrim Statue
We invite individuals and families to join in the Ministry of the Parish Pilgrim Statue. Since May 1, 2014, families from our parish have received the parish pilgrim statue of Mary into their homes and prayed for the intention of the Church, the parish and themselves. A new sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board by the Sacristy today.

Synod Prayer
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.

Steve Angrisano Concert
I hope you will come and join us for the concert and teaching given by Steve Angrisano. Steve has a series of tapes that will be available for purchase after the concert. Tapes can be purchased by “cash only.” Fr. Paul I recently received an email from Fr. Paul. He is doing well as the Rector of his Diocesan Seminary. He sends his best regards to everyone!

Lord’s Kitchen
The OLG Volunteers at the Lord’s Kitchen will be serving their monthly meal on Monday, October 20. We ask for your continued prayers for our Volunteers as the feed the hungry. The Volunteers are asking for donations of toilet paper, toothpaste, toothbrushes and soap! The collection boxes will be outside the Sacristy today.

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.

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.

Thank you
I would like to thank parishioners Nick Burruano and Austin Sasso for their continued assistance in painting the foyer in the Parish Center and the metal handrails in front of the Parish Center. They are painting their way to heaven!

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.

Dates to Remember
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.

Cristina DiMuro
We would like to welcome Cristina DiMuro to our Religious Education Staff. She will be teaching our children the Mass responses and music for their Class Masses.

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.