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Site Updated 9-7-2014

From the Pastor's Desk 

Next weekend I will present to you the Annual Financial report and ask your support for this coming fiscal year. I thank you for your support and I will share a plan for the next year.

Meetings & Events
Sat./Sun., Sep 6/7 } Merton House Food Collection.
Sat./Sun., Sep 6/7 } 2nd Collection: Capital Improvement.
Sun., Sep 7} Cus Trip to Mohegan Sun, 11:30 am.
Mon., Sep 8 } Knights of Columbus Meeting, 8:00 pm.
Sat./Sun., Sep 13/14 2nd Collection: Cathlolic University of America
Mon., Sep 15 } Lord’s Kitchen Volunteer Meeting, 7:00 pm.
Mon., Sep 15 } Parish Pastoral Council Meeting, 7:30pm.
Tues., Sep 16 } Bible Study Program Begins, 7:00 pm.

Save the Date
+ Safe Environment Training Session, Saturday, September 13
+ Religious Education Classes begin Sat., Sept. 20 & Wed., Sept. 24
+ Parish Picnic, Sunday, September 28
+ The Irish/Italian Wedding Cabaret Theater at OLG, Saturday, Oct 18
+ Steve Angrisano Concert, Friday, October 24, “Go Make a Difference”

Prayer Chapel in Church
Thank you for your input on the Chapel design. We hope to complete the work during the month of September.

Women’s Ministry
The members of the “Core Committee” are excited about your participation at their first meeting, Friday, Oct. 3 at 7:00 pm. An evening of fun, sharing and renewing old/new friendships. Wine and cheese will be served, door prizes, and the plan and calendar for the future. Please RSVP by signing the sign-up sheet on the bulletin board starting September 6. *Important - Save the Date for the Women’s Ministry Christmas Dinner, Monday Dec. 1 at the Bridge House in Milford.

Allergies to Gluten
Thank you for your response to the survey. Only two parishioners responded! We will be responding to you by mid-September.

Sound System
We have had to replace the amplifier in our sound system. Please bear with us as we “tweek” the system.

Lord’s Kitchen
The Lord’s Kitchen Volunteers will be meeting on Monday, September 15 at 7:00 pm in Madonna Hall. This is a very important meeting for all volunteers as we plan for the year.

Sound System
We have had to replace the amplifier in our sound system. Please bear with us as we “tweek” the system.

Come to Father’s House
Thank you to all who attended the meeting on August 25. More dates will be announced after September 15.

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. 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.

Liturgy Committe
We are in need of finding an organist/soloist to back-up Sylvia for weekend Masses and funerals. If you know of anyone who might be interested in this stipend ministry, please contact Monsignor Ryan. We are looking for a person to work with our Religious Education students to help them prepare for their Class Masses and be able to know and sing the songs and responses at Mass. This ministry is about 15 - 20 hours a month with a stipend. If interested, contact Monsignor Ryan.

Caregiver’s Support Group
Are you a caregiver for an elderly parent? Are you caring for someone who is ill? Has the one you were caring for passed on? Join us at the OLG Caregiver Support Group on September 22 at 11:30 am in Madonna Hall.

Holy Family Retreat Center
Men of the parish: We have two scholarships available for men who might want to seek a weekend rest with the Lord at Holy Family Retreat House, West Hartford. For further information contact Monsignor Ryan at the Parish Office.

Parish Pro-Life Advocate
I am looking for a volunteer from the parish to be our Parish Pro-Life Advocate. This person would meet with the Pastor to lay the parish framework on Pro-Life issues and activities. The Advocate would receive information from the diocese and inform the parish and would make connections with other parish advocates and various pro-life activities in the diocese. If you would like further information, please contact Monsignor Ryan, 203-377-0928 or msgrryan@olgstratford.com.

Collection to Aid Churches in the Middle East
The United States Bishop’s Conference has asked each parish to seek donations from their parishioners to support the work of the Catholic Church in the Middle East. If you wish, put your donation in an envelope and place it in the collection basket or drop it off at the Parish Office by September 15.

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.