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Site Updated 1-26-2015

Due to severe winter weather, the Parish Office will close on Monday, Jan. 26 at 1:00 pm. The office also be closed on Tueday, Jan. 27, 2015.

Bingo Games have been canceled for Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015.

From the Pastor's Desk 

Dear Friends,

There are two important prayer opportunities for each of us this week. I hope that we will join together in prayer for the protection of human life as we face the 42nd Anniversary of Wade vs. Roe decision on January 22, 1973. This Supreme Court decision has brought an attitude of darkness to our nation and caused the right-to-life to be challenged at all stages of life.

“Lord Jesus, help me to respect life.”

Secondly, please join me in the week long prayer for Catholic Unity. Prayer cards are available in the pamphlet racks. Please pray this prayer daily until January 25.

Meetings & Events
+ Blood Pressure Screening, Sunday, Jan. 18 (Parish Center), 9:30 am - 11:30 am
+ All Parish Offices Closed, Monday, Jan. 19, Martin Luther King Day
+ Finance Council Meeting, Tuesday, Jan. 20 (Parish Office), 7:00 pm
+ Virtus Training Session, Saturday, Jan. 24 (Madonna Hall), 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
+ Parish Nurses, Monday, Jan. 26 (Parish Center), 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
+ Building & Grounds Committee, Saturday, Jan. 31 (Parish Center), 9:30 am

Table in the Prayer Chapel
I would like to thank John Kostyszyn for building the new table for the Prayer Chapel. The table and the pedestal for St. Anthony were also crafted by John.

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
This year the week of Prayer for Christian Unity takes place from January 18 - 25. Please pick up the prayer card for Christian Unity the weekend of January 17/18. We ask you to join in the prayer during the week.

Liturgical Ministers
We would like to call forth new ministers for our liturgical ministries. Have you ever considered reading Scripture at Mass? Is God calling you to be a Minister of the Eucharist? Would you join us as an adult altar server? Next weekend we will have sign-up sheets on the bulletin board. Training will take place in February, so you might join us in service to the parish by Lent!

Pro-Life Issues
January 22, 2015 marks the 42nd Anniversary of “Roe v. Wade” decision which legalized abortion in our country. May we work each day for the protection of all human life from conception to natural death. We are in need of a person to be the parish Pro-Life Advocate. If interested, please contact Monsignor Ryan, 203-377-0928 or msgrryan@olgstratford.com. There are pro-life prayer petitions on the table in the Prayer Chapel to be used in praying the Rosary. WWW. MASSTIMES.ORG If you will be traveling, you may use the above mentioned website to find Churches and their Mass schedules in the areas you are visiting.

Lord’s Kitchen
Our parish volunteers will be serving the meal at the Lord’s Kitchen on Monday, January 26. Please keep them in your prayers. The volunteers ask your assistance in helping those in need by donating the following items: toilet paper, toothpaste and toothbrushes on the weekend of January 17/18. Collection boxes will be outside the Sacristy.

Save the Date!
Lenten Parish Retreat
March 15 - 18, 2015

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.