Mass Reservations for weekend masses will be available at 6:00 p.m on Wednesday until 12:00 noon on Friday.

Please click here to register.

If you prefer you can call and make a reservation on Thursday from 9:00 a.m. through 1:00 p.m. Please call 203-450-6898.

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Pastor's Message

  • Dear Friends,
    The Second Sunday of Easter holds a special place in the Church’s year. It is “Divine Mercy Sunday,” and our celebration calls to the Mercy of God. Here is information regarding “Divine Mercy Sunday.” In the 1930s, Jesus chose a humble Polish nun, St. Maria Faustina Kowalska, to receive private revelations concerning Divine Mercy that were recorded in her Diary. St. Faustina’s Diary records 14 occasions when Jesus requested that a Feast of Mercy (Divine Mercy Sunday) be observed. On May 5, 2000, five days after the canonization of St. Faustina, the Vatican decreed that the Second Sunday of Easter would henceforth be known as Divine Mercy Sunday.
    Please find more information on Divine Mercy Sunday, as you leave Mass this weekend!

    We would like to thank the many people who worked and ministered to the parish during Palm Sunday, Holy Week, and Easter. Much work is done in planning and setup.

    *Thank you to the parish Staff for their support and planning!
    *Thank you to Matt Roumeles and Lauren Baker for their leadership in our music ministry and our live- streaming of our parish liturgy.

    *Thank you to the parish volunteers who served the parish during this Holy Time, May God Bless you! *Thank you to the Knight of Columbus for their presence at the Holy Week services, and their Leadership in the outdoor Stations of the Cross.

    *Thank to Joan Pruzinsky and her helper, for the decoration of the Altar at this Holy Time!
    *Thanks to Lenny Poplaski for hanging the Cross of the Risen Lord in the Church.

    *Thank you to the people of the morning mass who polished the pews for Holy Week!

    Peace, Msgr. Ryan

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Mass Times & Reconciliation

SABBATH MASSES
Saturday – 4:00 p.m.
Sunday – 8:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m.

Masks are required

Reservations are required. The registration forms are available at 6:00 p.m. every Wednesday on the Mass Reservation page.

The Sunday mass will be videoed. It will be available by 4:00 p.m on Saturday on the homepage of our website and on our Facebook and YouTube pages.

Returning to Weekend Mass in the Church
We want to give you some directions so we can help you assist us in meeting the challenges ahead! At this time, we are encouraging those with mobility issues to watch at home. Please park in the parking lot in the normal way! Please do not park on the street. Place your face mask on before leaving the car. Only enter and exit the church by way of the sacristy door. All other doors will be locked. You will be greeted by volunteers and asked for your reservation and you may make your donation at that time! There will not be an offertory collection during Mass. As you enter the church please use the hand washing station. An usher will direct you to your seat, families may sit together. There will be no seating in the alcoves aside the Sanctuary.

Weekday Mass Schedule

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at 9:00 am.

Wednesday – Communion Service

The church will open at 8:45. Seating will be limited to the front half of the church. For those who will attend morning mass you will be expected to wear a face mask and practice social distancing! You will need to sign a register with your name and phone number to record your attendance. You will also be expected to use the spray and wipes that will be provided to clean the area you used for morning mass. The cleaning of the church is important to the rest of the parish so that the church will be prepared for prayer time and the scheduling of funerals. Thank you for your cooperation.

The Church will be open from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Monday – Friday for private prayer.
Please note: You may find that we will have to interrupt our daily prayer between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm.  This schedule will be interrupted when we have a funeral Mass being celebrated in the parish. Please watch the signboard at the door for changes in the schedule.The church will be open during Saturday Confession time. In order to make this prayer time available. We will need your assistance in cleaning your prayer space. We will provide spray and wipes for your use in cleaning the space you used during your prayer time! Thank you for your cooperation.

CONFESSIONS

Confessions during the pandemic – Confessions have been moved into the Parish Center. Confessions will be from 1:15pm – 2:15 pm All are encouraged to come and follow social distancing in the Parish Center foyer. Confessions will be in Madonna Hall! Confession will be heard until all confessions are celebrated.

Confessions are being celebrated in the Parish Center because it allows for better air filtering and social distancing. Please follow all State Mandates, and if you are feeling ill, please stay home!

HOLY DAY MASS SCHEDULE

Holy Day mass will be videoed and available on our website, Facebook and YouTube.

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 or email Denise at denisebartelson@olgstratford.com

Bishop Caggiano's Corner

Welcome!

Be Still and Know that I am God.
Psalm 46:10

New to the Parish? Please Click Here to register!

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2021 ANNUAL CATHOLIC APPEAL

Learn more about the Annual Catholic Appeal

Donate

Parish Happenings

Covid Vaccine/Elderly & Disabled

If you are disabled or homebound and are in need of a COVID vaccine, please call George Zamary at 203-377- 0928 x9. He will make a referral to the appropriate health department for an in home shot.

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We will celebrate the Sacrament of the Sick after the 9:00am morning Mass on Tuesday April 27th. Please follow the weekday sign-in process when attending.

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Child Abuse Prevention Month

During the month of April, we will be working to update our parish Virtus program. We will:

  • We will be contacting all parish volunteers who are currently registered in the Diocesan Safe Environment program to have all read the 2020 Diocesan Safe Environment Handbook and complete the Executive Survey!
  • We will be contacting parishioner who need to complete the recertification process, and background check.
  • If a volunteers has not been active during the pandemic time, you will need to reactivate your profile before resuming parish ministry.

    We hope to update all our information by April 30th. Thank you for your cooperation.

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On Divine Mercy Sunday 2017, the Diocese announced The Face of Prayer, an online prayer experience that brings together social media, text alerts, and the power of prayer.

Each day around 4 pm, a text message is sent to all participants, inviting them to stop whatever they are doing and to pray for a specific intention, followed by the reci- tation of one Hail Mary. This simple gesture unites thousands of people in prayer, while reminding us of the place that prayer should play in our ordinary lives. To date, over eight million prayer texts that have been shared by subscribers. To join the movement is easy. Simply text the word pray from your smartphone to 55778. You will automatically receive a response to confirm your subscription. Standard texting rates apply.

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We’ve posted pictures from Holy Week and Confirmation on the Photo Gallery tab of the Parish Life page.

 

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Re-opening of our Parish Center

We are asking for your assistance in joining a parish task force, that will assist Msgr. Ryan in preparing and planning the re-opening of our parish center. The Governor’s Plan states we can now have up to 100 people attending gatherings in our center. We must develop a plan to follow the mandates for cleaning and social distancing, and other mandates. If you would like to join our task force, please email Msgr. Ryan at msgrryan@olgstratford.com.

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Your Offertory Donation is Important!

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued generosity and your weekly donations to Our Lady of Grace Church. Your weekly donation is the foundation of the parish so that we can maintain a good financial balance in the parish. Please continue to make your weekly donations by mail, drop box, or by electronic online giving. Second Collection: April 11th – Capital Improvement; April 18th – Hope for the Future

Thank You for Make-up Donations – A special note of thanks to all parishioners, for their generosity in giving your make-up envelopes. Your commitment to Our Lady of Grace Parish supports our parish and our ministry!

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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 choose option 1 or the Parish Office at (203) 377-0928 x13. 

To insure the proper date for your donation, we will be announcing each month the second collections and their dates.The Second Collection: February 28, Hope for the Future, March 7, Capital Improvement

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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: April 11 – Fr. Rogelio Perri;  April 12 – Fr. Raymond Petrucci;  April 13 – Fr. Lanh T.X. Pahn ;  April 14 – Fr. Jean-Rony Philippe;  April 15 – Fr. Corey Piccinino;  April 16 –  ; April 17 – Fr. Alfonso Picone

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Our Lady of Grace Social Media – You can view Sunday mass on the website, Facebook or YouTube!

Please Like and Follow  Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church Stratford CT on Facebook!

Our Lady of Grace Roman Catholic Church Stratford CT. Please subscribe to our channel.

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Why be a Member of the Parish?

Your completion of the parish registration form enables the parish leadership to better communicate with you during this pandemic time. Many parishioners seek Mass cards, sacramental certificates, sponsor certificates. Your membership enables us to communicate in a timely manner . Please join us using the on-line registration link or contact the parish office (203) 377-0928, if you prefer NOT to register online.

2020 Mass Book

The Mass Book is available for your Mass intentions. The weekend mass donation is $20.00 and the weekday mass offering is $10.00. Masses can be said for either “living” or “deceased”. If a specific day is unavailable, please consider having a Sanctuary Lamp lit for your intentions. The stipend is $10.00 per Lamp. The office will be open on Wednesday 9:30 until noon so that you can pick up your mass cards and make your mass intentions. Please call prior to coming to the rectory on Wednesdays. A staff member will meet you in the rectory garage.

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 Stacey at the Parish Office (203) 377-0928 x13. 

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