The weekend mass schedule is:

 Saturday – 4:00 p.m.

Sunday – 9:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. 

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 Our 4:00 pm Saturday sabbath mass will be live-streamed and available on our Facebook and YouTube pages beginning at 4:00pm. It will be posted here on our home page usually by 6:00 p.m. Saturday evening and available on all three throughout the weekend.The readings for this week’s mass can be found by clicking on this link.

 

 

15th Sunday in Ordinary Time

July 15,2024

Please give or sign up today – your donation is now more important than ever – Thank you!

To signup please click on “On-Line Giving Button” on our website or by clicking this link, https://www.osvhub.com/olgstratford/funds.

For customer assistance please call 1-800-348-2886 and choose option 1.

Pastor's Message

  • Dear Friends,

    A few weeks back, I asked for a couple of volunteers to serve on a Parish Vision Task Force. This year our parish celebrated 70 years of service to our community. I would like a few parishioners to dream with me as we move ahead! We face many challenges; we need to move beyond the old and invite in the new. How will we invite the people to join us? How will we pray together? Our Children need to have witnessed the Faith. What does it mean to be a leader and a volunteer? If interested, please call me.

    Peace,

    Msgr. Ryan

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Mass Times & Reconciliation

SABBATH MASSES


Saturday – 4:00 p.m.

Sunday  Masses are at 9:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

We invite parishioners to present the Offertory Gifts! Our 4:00 p.m. Saturday sabbath mass will be live-streamed. The mass will continue to be available on our Facebook and YouTube pages beginning at 4:00pm on Saturday and throughout the weekend! It will be available usually by 6:00 p.m on Saturday on the homepage of our website.

.DAILY MASS

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday at 9:00 a.m.

ADORATION

Wednesday mornings, Deacon John Piatak will hold a prayer service at 9:30 a.m. to begin Eucharistic Adoration. Please come and join us for prayer and adoration weekly from 9:30 a.m.-Noon.

HOLY DAY MASS SCHEDULE

Masses will be at 5:30 pm on the Vigil of the Holy Day and Masses on the Holy Day at 9:00 am and Noon.

.PARISH ROSARY

  Join us weekday mornings at 8:30am to pray the rosary of the Blessed Mother.

CONFESSION

Saturday 1:15 p.m.–2:15 p.m.

CHURCH OPEN FOR PRAYER

Church is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM.

Handicapped Parking

The four spaces directly in front of the Church on Second Hill Lane are handicapped parking spaces. These spaces are for our parishioners who have a handicap parking sticker.

Wheelchair Seating

We invite you to be seated in the front area of the church. You and your family can be seated. Communion will be brought to you at the beginning of Communion time

Why be a Member of the Parish? Not a registered member of OLG! Many parishioners seek Mass cards, sacramental certificates, and/or sponsor certificates. We invite you to become a parishioner filling out the Become A Parishioner form found in the bulletin and emailed as attachment to cnucera@olgstratford.com dropped in the Drop Box by the rectory or by using the on-line registration link. If you prefer NOT to register online call the Parish Office at 203-377-0928 x 113.

Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults

Are you or do you know someone who is looking for personal growth in their Catholic Faith?

If you are an adult who has never been baptized

If you are an adult who has been baptized in a non-Catholic community

If you are an adult who has been baptized in the Catholic Church but never received Eucharist or Confirmation

If you are an adult interested in finding out more about the Catholic Faith, RCIA may be for you. For further information or questions you may call Linda Skowronski at 203-375-8992

Bishop Caggiano's Podcast

Why be a Member of the Parish?

Not a registered member of OLG! Many parishioners seek Mass cards, sacramental certificates, and/or sponsor certificates. We invite you to become a parishioner filling out the Become A Parishioner form found in the bulletin and emailed as attachment to cnucera@olgstratford.com dropped in the Drop Box by the rectory or by using the on-line registration link. If you prefer NOT to register online call the Parish Office at 203-377-0928 x 113. 

 

2024 Mass Book

Mass book 2024 

The 2024 Mass book is open. Please note the following changes when scheduling your masses for 2024:

  • Mass for Parishioners will be scheduled for weekdays during 2024.
  • You may only schedule 5 weekend masses for 2024
  • Masses with Collective Intentions will be scheduled for the first Saturday of the month beginning July
    6th, 2024. The parish Council will develop the implementation of the Collective Intention Mass in our parish.

Please consider having a Sanctuary Lamp lit for your intentions. The stipend is $10.00 per Lamp. Mass cards can be picked up in the Parish Office during office hours. Parish Memorial Books – When you wish to remember a special someone, remember that Our Lady of Grace Parish has a Memorial Program. The purpose of the Memorial Program is to provide the funding of small projects within the parish. For example, vestments, ritual books, and other liturgical needs. This is a wonderful way to acknowledge someone living or deceased or in thanksgiving for a prayer answered. The Memorial Books are displayed in the Chapel area by the Tabernacle. For information on the OLG Memorial Program or to make a donation please call Cathy at the Parish Office (203) 377-0928 x 113. 

The Diocese of Bridgeport has asked us to pray for our priests. They publish a monthly list  of priests to pray that month. We have added a Pray for Our Priests page to our website with the names of the priests bring prayed for during the month. Each week on our home page we will list the names of the priests to be prayed for that week. The priests we are asked to pray for this week are: June 23 – Msgr. J. James Cuneo;  June 24 – Fr. David Diagle;  June 25 – Fr. Marcio da Silva.;  June 26 – Fr.Martin DEMayo;  June 27 – Fr.. G. Frantz Desruisseaux;  June 28 – Msgr.. Alan Deutscher;   June 29 – Fr. Daniel Devore;  June 30 – Msgr. Stephen DiGiovanni; 

A message from Msgr. Ryan: As your Pastor,  Iwant to let you know that I am in complete support of the Appeal, and I am asking that you join with me to do everything we can to make the Bishop’s Appeal successful in our parish. I am counting on you, members of our parish family, to participate sacrificially in this vital appeal for the good of the Diocese of Bridgeport and its ability to address urgent needs and build new ways to advance our mission as the Body of Christ in Fairfield County.

Click here to visit the Bishop’s Appeal Website

We are hopeful that 100% of our registered households will respond to the 2024 Bishop’s Appeal. While the level of sacrifice will differ from parishioner to parishioner, an Appeal gift this year is within the reach of the majority of our people. Please prayerfully consider supporting the Bishop’s Appeal with a pledge or one-time gift as your means allow. Your support is much needed and will be greatly appreciated! Thank you to those who have made a donation or a pledge! We are hoping to reach our goal by June 30th. Again, we thank all our parishioners who have made their donation to the Appeal. We have been challenged by the Diocese to make our goal by June 30th. May we ask your consideration in giving a gift. Donor envelopes are available at the exits of the Church.

Our Lady of Grace Parish

2024 Bishop’s Appeal as of 6/14/2024

ABA Goal: $67,800.00

Total Pledged: $61,735/ 91.05%

Donors to Date: 177 Donors

Welcome!

Parish Happenings

Parish Prayer Book

We have updated our parish prayer books. They are gold in color and be found in the pews this weekend.

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Vision Task Force

In recent weeks we have seen the faces in our Parish grow. In order to better serve the spiritual, social and family needs of the Parish, Monsignor Ryan would like to invite a number of parishioners to come and join in a discussion as a task force to look at ways we can better serve the Parish. This is a short term commitment of three or four meetings. Individuals or couples who would like to participate in the process, please contact the parish office at 203-377-0928 x113 or email Cathy.Nucera@olgstratford.com and provide your contact information.

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Growing up Catholic

We will be conducting a GUC Pre-Baptism Class on Tuesday, July 9th at 7:00 pm. The GUC class will be conducted by videoconference. We ask all parents wishing to baptize their children to join us for the class. Please register for the class by Friday, July 5th by contacting Cathy Nucera at 203-377-0928 x113.

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Lord’s Kitchen – The volunteers from Our Lady of Grace Parish will be serving the meal at the Lord’s Kitchen on Monday, July 22nd. We ask our parish family to keep our volunteers in their prayers as they take care of those who are in need. Our volunteers also ask for the help of our parishioners by donating bars of soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, and toilet tissue. We are accepting monetary donations to assist with the meal expense! The collection buckets will be available July 13/14 to receive your donations. The buckets will be placed outside the rectory garage.

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There will be a weekly newsletter from the Catholic Community  of Stratford beginning June 15/16. It will be published in the bulletin and on the Welcome to the Catholic Community of Stratford on the News and Events tab of our website. Be sure to check it out weekly for news and events.

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Liturgical Volunteers

We are looking for a few good parishioners. We are in need of additional Readers and Eucharistic Minister at our Sunday, 11:30 am Mass. Training will be provided by a Diocesan program on-line and a Diocesan mandate will be given. For further information for being a Reader or Eucharistic Minister at Mass, contact Cathy Nucera at 203-377-0928×113 or email cathynucera@olgstratford.com.

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Updating our Community List

We would like to thank everyone who responded to our census update during Mass, If you did not complete an update form they are available at the doors of the church or you can write the information -Name, Address, Phone Number(s) and email on piece of paper drop it in the collection basket or give it to the volunteers after mass. If you are unable to attend Mass please contact the parish office with your current address, home phone, cell phone and email address. You may also email the information to: jvolturno@olgstratford.com or call Jennifer at 203-377-0928 x117. Thank you!

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Call for Ministers to Sick and Shut-in

We are seeing an increasing number of calls from our parishioners who are homebound. They would like to receive “Friendly Visits” and “Visits with Holy Communion.” Prior to the pandemic Our Lady of Grace parish had a large number of ministers visiting the homebound. If you would be interested in more information, please contact Msgr. Ryan (msgrryan@olgstratford.com) or Cathy Nucera at 203- 377-0928 x113.

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Questions of the Week  July 7th – 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Self Acceptance

[Paul said,] Three times I appealed to the Lord about this, that it would leave me, but he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.” (2 Corinthians 12:8)

Ezekiel 2:2-5 • The Lord Speaks to Ezekiel
2 Corinthians 12:7-10 • Paul’s Weakness
Mark 6:1-6 • Jesus at Nazareth

Adults: What unavoidable weakness in yourself do you struggle to accept?
Kids: What have you wished would be different or better about you?

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We would like to thank our online donors for their support of our parish. We would like to ask our donors to check their accounts. We have noticed that your credit card may have expired or you have changed account numbers. Your financial support to our parish are important! Please call (203) 3770928 x113.

Click on “On-Line Giving Button” on our website or by clicking this link, https://www.osvhub.com/olgstratford/funds. For customer assistance please call 1-800-348-2886 choose option 1 or the Parish Office at (203) 377-0928 x113.  To insure the proper date for your donation, we will be announcing each month the second collections and their dates: June 30 – Holy Father – Peter Pence; July 7 – Capital Improvement

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We have added a new tab on our website. This tab, Religious Resources, will include the Diocese of Bridgeport, the Fairfield County Catholic (latest edition), the Leadership Institute, seasonal resources (Lent Easter, Advent, Christmas) and other resources, This will allow us space on the opening website page for parish news, information and activities!

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CallingPost Please watch for our calls each Friday night at 7pm. If you wish to receive our parish CallingPost call 2033770928 X113.

Thank you for receiving our CallingPost message on Friday evening at 7pm. Did you know 86.6% of our parishioners are receiving our CallingPost message? Please listen to our message during Lent!

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