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Site Updated 10-26-2014

From the Pastor's Desk 

Dear Friends,

As we begin the month of November next week, let us remember those who have died. The Feast of All Soul’s on November 2nd starts a time to recall our loved ones who have died, and as a parish, especially those who have died in the past year. It is also a time when many people will visit the cemetery where loved ones are buried. Please take time to reflect.

You will find in your envelope packet a special envelope for “All Souls”. We ask you to place the names of your loved ones on the envelope with your donation enclosed. All Souls envelopes are available in the pamphlet racks for your use. You may also use the “welcome” envelope by marking it “All Souls”. Once processed, these envelopes will be placed by the Tabernacle and the names will be remembered at Masses throughout November.

Sponsor Certificate
A “Sponsor Certificate” is required by the parish where someone is receiving the Sacrament of Baptism or Confirmation. A Sponsor Certificate is a statement from your home parish that your are a “Practicing Catholic” (which means you attend Mass regularly and are receiving the Sacraments). How do we determine a “Practicing Catholic”? We check our Parish Census, review our list of active ministries, parish program attendance and the Stewardship list. If you name appears, we will issue a sponsor certificate. If you are registered in the parish as “Parishioner”, we will give you a letter stating that you are a parishioner registered at Our Lady of Grace Parish.

60th Anniversary Committee
I would like to thank Howard and Kim Wardlow, Denise Bartelson and rest of the 60th Anniversary Committee for bringing the “Irish/Italian Wedding Cabaret to OLG. It was a great night of fun and entertainment. Thank you also to Karla Kowalski for baking the delicious wedding cake that was enjoyed by all.

Meetings & Events
+ Grade 6 Class Mass, Sunday, Oct. 26, 9:00 am
+ Halloween Family Festival, Sunday, Oct. 26, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm (Parish Center)
+ All Saints Day, Saturday, Nov. 1 (not a Holy Day of Obligation this year) Vigil Mass: Friday, Oct. 31, 5:30 pm / Holy Day Masses: Saturday, Nov. 1, 9:00 am & 10:30 am.
+ Merton House Food Collection, Sat./Sun., Nov., 1/2
+ 2nd Collection: Capital Improvement. Sat./Sun., Nov.1/2
+ All Souls Day, Nov. 2

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.

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.

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.

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.

Remember to "Fall Back"
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.

I encourage you to participate in our democratic process by voting on Tuesday, Nov. 4. Please pray for our elected officials.

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.