From the Pastor's Desk
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
+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.