From the Pastor's Desk
Next weekend is Cooperative Mission Sunday in the Diocese of Bridgeport.
Members of The Marian Community of Reconciliation will be with us
to ask your support for the missionary work of the Church. I ask for
Meetings & Events
Mon., July 14 } Knights of Columbus 8:00 pm (Madonna Hall)
Sat./Sun., Jul 19/20 } 2nd Collection: Co-Op Mission Sunday
Sun., July 20 } K of C Country Breakfast, 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Sun., July 20 } Blood Pressure Screenings, 9:30 - 11:30 am
Mon., July 21 } Lord’s Kitchen Meal Service
Sat./Sun., Jul 26/27 } Dominican Sisters Bake Sale (after all Masses)
Save the Date
Religious Education Classes begin Saturday, September 20 & Wednesday,
Parish Picnic, Sunday, September 28
The Irish/Italian Wedding Dinner Theater at OLG, Saturday, Oct 18
Steve Agrisano Concert, Friday, October 24 “Go Make a Difference”
I would like to establish a Liturgy Committee for the parish.
The committee would consist of the Clergy of the parish, members
of our present liturgical team and 4 or 5 members of our parish
laity. This parish committee would work to assess and implement
Church and Diocesan directives for liturgy. It would develop a
plan for future needs in our parish prayer and worship and would
be a contact committee when you have suggestions and questions
for the future.
If you are interested in joining the Committee, please send a
Letter of Intent to Monsignor Ryan at the Parish Office. We would
like to thank those who have sent in a Letter to Volunteer. We
are still looking for two more parishioners to join us.
Co-op Mission Sunday
We will have a member of the Marian Community of Reconciliation
to speak at all Masses of Co-operative Mission Sunday on the weekend
of July 19 & 29. Please join in the mission work of the Church with
Parish Women’s Ministry
We would like to thank the more than 70 women who have completed
the Women’s Ministry Questionnaire. We will be providing you with
the action plan for Women’s Ministry by August 1, 2014.
Parish Bingo Committee
I would like to thank the members of the Bingo Committee who met
with Deacon Rob and myself on July 9th. The meeting was very constructive
and we look forward to meeting with Bill Soisson and the “Core Group”
on Wednesday, August 13 at 7:00 pm.
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 prayers for the intention of the Church, the parish and
themselves. A new sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board by the
Sacristy today. We currently have openings beginning in the middle
of August to October.
Prayer Chapel in our Church
A few weeks back I spoke to you about changing the alcove by the
Icon of the Blessed Mother into a Prayer Chapel. I have had many
suggestions over the past weeks and have consulted the Parish Pastoral
Council and the Building & Grounds Committee. The Chapel space would
encourage people for private prayer and prayer groups. The work
to be done would have the pews in the alcove removed and replaced
by 20 fabric “blue chairs” (like the ones the choir utilizes). Someone
has donated a statue of St. Anthony to the parish to add to the
Chapel as we begin. The blue chairs would be movable so that the
Chapel space would be available for seating at Mass on weekends
but also, could be rearranged for prayer times. I would like to
move ahead on this project during the month of August. If you have
any concerns, please contact me through the Parish Office.
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.