May 24th – Seventh Sunday of Easter

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Pastor's Message

  • Dear Friends, 

    This year, I believe all of us are missing meaningful events in our lives. Memorial Day is a day for parades, picnics, and the kick-off for the summer. We are staying in place and slowly we might venture out. 

    I remind you that on this weekend we always bless those who have served by keeping our country free! I hope that you will join us in prayer and remember those who gave their lives for us, and all those living and deceased who have served! I will remember them all in my Mass on Monday!

    Each parish in the Diocese has been asked to create a plan for the re-opening of the parish church for public Mass. I share with you the initial proposed plan so that you will understand that there are many changes that must be put into action. I ask that you read the Plan more than once and to pray about the plan. I am sure there will be many questions and suggestions. Click on the following link to read thePlan. Parish Plan to Reopen for Public Mass.

    I am sorry to say I cannot give you a definite date for when we will be starting, but I believe that I have given you an overview of the plan that is in process. Please note that changes are beyond our control. I hope that if you have questions you will call or email me. Attached is a photo of the church for those who might not be able to get to the church during the hours it is open. 

     

    Thank you. 

    God Bless! 

    Msgr. Ryan 

     

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Mass Times & Reconciliation

On May 11th, Bishop Caggiano announced that the outdoor public celebration of Mass will begin on May 21, the Ascension of our Lord. You can read his announcement here.

A re-opening plan is being worked on and will be announced soon!

 

Msgr. Ryan will celebrate weekday masses in private.
The Church will be open from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. daily for private prayer.

 

SABBATH MASSES
Saturday – 4:00 p.m.
Sunday – 8:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m.

During this time the Sunday mass will be videoed. It will be available by 4:00 p.m on Saturday on our website, Facebook and YouTube.

DAILY MASS
Monday – Friday at 9:00 a.m.

ANOINTING OF THE SICK
Friday mornings at the 9:00 a.m. mass

CONFESSION
Friday 8:30 a.m.–8:50 a.m.  Saturday 1:15 p.m.–2:15 p.m.

Confessions during the pandemic – Parish confessions are being held Saturdays from 1:15 until 2:15 PM in the parking lot of the parish church please look for Monsignor Ryan who will be in the area to greet you and to lead you through the sacrament of penance. Thank you to all those who have taking advantage of the sacramental moment. We look forward to assisting you! If it should be a rainy day the confessions will take place closer to the parish garage behind the rectory  You can also call for an appointment.

Prayer Time in Church

The church is open from 7:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. for those who wish to stop in to pray in front of the Tabernacle or the Marion icon.

Prayer Time in Church between March 17th until April 30th 

With Public masses being suspended the church will be open for prayer from 10:00 am- 2:00 pm daily. Please use this time to visit the Marian Chapel and/or the Blessed Sacrament. Please respect the social distancing requests of the President and do not disturb areas in the church being cleaned. 

HOLY DAY MASS SCHEDULE
Vigil Mass – 7:00 p.m.

Holy Day Masses – 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 Noon

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!

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!

Join us to pray, smile, listen, encourage and invite others to come home.

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

Parish Happenings

Prayer for Memorial Day.

Every day we enjoy the blessings of living in our great country.  Those blessings came to us at a high cost. Today we stop and spend some quality time in solemn remembrance for the men and women who gave everything so that we could be free.

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Seniors and others who are Homebound 

A message from Msgr. Ryan – It has come to my attention that some of our seniors are unable to follow us on the mass on our website. I am working with the parish staff at this time to develop some way of getting a weekly spiritual message to all those who may not have the use of a computer or a tablet. Hopefully, we will be able to bring a spiritual gift through a CallingPost message. If you know of someone who is homebound and does not have the use of a computer or tablet, please watch the bulletin for further information! 

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Public Masses to Begin – On May 11th, Bishop Caggiano announced that the outdoor public celebration of Mass will begin on May 21, the Ascension of our Lord. You can read his announcement here.

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Friendly Call to our Senior Members 

You may soon receive a phone call from George Zamary from our parish office. We are making personal and friendly phone calls to our senior parishioners. We want to touch base and share our concern for you and prayers. I ask you to welcome George’s call. It will be helpful in planning our ministry for the future. Thank you for your kind consideration! 

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Food Share 

We have created an outreach to our families who might be encountering some food instability because of the pandemic. If you need some groceries, please contact Denise Bartelson at 203-375-6133. 

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ANNUAL SCHOLARSHIP: A $500.00 scholarship is offered annually by the Council 13228 to young men who were high school seniors, graduated high school, or completed a GED Course (General Education Development) during the 2019-2020 school year, is parishioner of Our Lady of Grace, Stratford, CT and who will be a full-time college student or trade school student in the school year 2020-2021. 

Scholarship Rules and Application Forms are available for downloading beginning this weekend by visiting https://msgrmooneycouncil13228.weebly.com/scholarship.html. Scholarship application with attached essay must be submitted on or before 2:00 p.m. Sunday, June 14, 2020 to: Mr. Terry Morgan C/O Our Lady of Grace, 497 Second Hill Lane, Stratford, CT 06614. Completed applications and essays may also be sent as attached pdf files to paxterry@gmail.com. 

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Annual Catholic Appeal 

We have received several calls from parishioners regarding the 2020 Annual Catholic Appeal. The appeal is being taken up within the Diocese. We here at Our Lady of Grace are not involved in the annual appeal this year. Come the fall we will be involved in “We Stand with Christ” which was a program that had begun late in 2019. It was to start here in the parish the week when the pandemic struck. More information will be forthcoming later in the summer! 

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Parish Registration 

There have been a number of inquiries regarding parish registration by those who have been attending Our Lady of Grace Parish. People have been disconnected from the parish during this pandemic time. We invite you to add your name to the list of our parishioners on the parish census by completing the welcome form in the bulletin, fill out this Become A Parishioner form which can be mailed in, dropped it in the Drop Box by the rectory, emailed as as attachment to StaceyBreyan@olgstratford.com or by calling the parish office at 203-377-0928 x13. 

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Death of a Loved One 

The pandemic crisis has caused our parish to have to create a new direction and outreach during this time of grief and sorrow for many of our parishioners. We hope to be able to resume funeral masses and to serve the people who have lost a loved one. If there are any questions which arise because of the very different way of dealing with death at this time please do not hesitate to call George Zamary at 203-377-0928 x9. 

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Blue Heart Prayer Campaign 

In these past days I have spoken to you through calling post and the parish email about the blue heart prayer campaign. In sharing my thoughts with the staff, we thought that this might be a way for us to bring our community together in a unified way during this coronavirus emergency. We need to put back into the conversation the idea of the sacred and the need for us to seek help from God to overcome the horrific virus. The Blue Heart Prayer Campaign is a way to rededicate ourselves to the Blessed Virgin Mary by placing a blue heart in your front window and the blue heart will have on it BVM Pray for us. You will join your heart with other parishioners by praying at least a decade of the rosary each day. We will unify our parishioners in a prayer that “our Mother Mary always hears!” A prayer where caring concern is heard and answers are given to her children as she is the Intercessor with her Son Jesus Christ that healing may be given and the cure may be found for this coronavirus. Blue hearts will be available with the bulletin on Thursday morning. You could also click here for a heart. 

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2020 Mass Book

Remembering Someone Special

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. 

The 2020 Mass Book is available for your Mass intentions.  Masses can be said for either “living” or “deceased”.  Mass stipends are $10.00 for Masses said during the week and $20.00 for weekend Masses. If a specific day is unavailable, please consider having a Sanctuary Lamp lit for your intentions. The stipend is $10.00 per Lamp.

For masses that are already scheduled, Msgr. Ryan will be saying mass with no congregation on the requested day.

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