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.

Pastor's Message

  • Dear Friends,
    The Diocese of Bridgeport is celebrating the 70th Anniversary of the founding of the Diocese. The Diocese was founded on August 6th,1953. Bishop Caggiano will celebrate a Mass of Thanksgiving on Saturday, October 21, 2023, at 11:00 am at St. Augustine Cathedral.

    Please pray for the many good works of the Diocese.

    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.

.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 is open for prayer 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 for 2024 –

Opening of the Mass Book 2024 –The 2024 Mass book will be opened on Thursday September 21st. 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: Sept. 10 – Fr. Eugene Szantyr;  Sept. 11 – Fr. Leszek Szymaszek;;  Sept. 12 – Fr. Charles Talar.;  Sept. 13 – Fr. Thomas Thorne; Sept. 14 – Fr. Rolando Torres;  Sept. 15 – Fr. Peter Towsley;  Sept. 16 – Fr. David Tracy.;  Sept. 17 – Fr. Douglas Tufaro;  Sept. 18 – Fr. Donald Turlick;  Sept. 19 – Fr. Robert Uzzilio.

I am immensely grateful for your support last year to the Diocese of Bridgeport’s 2022 Bishop’s Appeal.  As we moved forward from the pandemic, the need for services continued to be impacted, especially nutrition and counseling programs. 

 Because of your generosity, we were able to serve thousands of Fairfield County individuals and families through our ministries and services, introduce new programs to experience, and learn more about the beauty of our Catholic faith and to mentor young adults in business and faith.

Our goal for the 2023 Annual Bishop’s Appeal is $67,800.00. Thank you for your support and generosity.

The Diocese has a new mailing address for the Bishops Annual Appeal. Checks should be mailed to: D.O.B. PO Box 110410, Trumbull CT 06611-9998.

Msgr. Ryan

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Welcome!

Parish Happenings

Parish Family Barbecue – Thank you to all who attended our Parish Family Barbecue on Sunday! It was a wonderful afternoon of delicious food, conversation, socialization and meeting parishioners! Thank you to David Grant Caters for all the delicious food, to those who setup, served, cleaned up and to all who helped in anyway! More pictures can be seen on our Parish Photo Gallery page.

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Save the Date – Parish Family Barbecue!

We will be having a parish family barbecue celebration on Sunday, September 17th, from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm in the Parish Center! Join us for some great barbeque as well as family fun and games! A full buffet barbeque dinner will be catered by David Grant! Tickets are $15 for Adults & $7 for children under 14. Children under 4 are free. Ticket order forms are available at the doors of the church! We will be selling tickets after all weekend masses this weekend of September 9 & 10.

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Mass Schedule for Holy Days

We are proposing a change in our parish mass schedule for Holy Days. 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. We are changing the vigil mass time because of the lack of attendance at the 7pm mass. We look forward to your comments!

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Parish Council Renewal – We are looking for volunteers from our parish community who are interested in serving on our Parish Council. The Parish Council will advise our Pastor, Msgr. Ryan, in planning for the future of our parish. The Parish Council will work to renew the parish through developing plans for evangelization, vibrant liturgy, life-long religious education, and programs of caring for our parishioners. The Parish Council will lead our parish in participating in the formation of The Stratford Catholic Community.

We are asking for a commitment of participation in six meetings a year. We hope to have our first meeting in early October. We invite you to consider joining us. Former Parish Council Members are invited to join. Please call the parish office at 203-377-0928 x113 to volunteer or email to Msgr. Ryan at msgrryan@olgstratford.com regarding your interest. There are volunteer forms with additional information available at the exits of the church. We will have an interview with each volunteer to answer your questions regarding the Parish Council. The information can also be found by clicking on the link:https://www.olgstratford.com/renewal-of-our-parish-council/

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2023-2024 Faith Formation Program

We are pleased to announce that our new coordinator for Religious Education at Our Lady of Grace. Denise Heady was the Assistant to the DRE at St. Lawrence Church.  She was also the  DRE at St. Theresa’s and at St. Pius she coordinated middle school and youth group programs as well as Confirmation preparation. Her welcome message to the Parish can be found on the Religious Education Welcome page https://www.olgstratford.com/religious-education-2/ She will be at the Parish Barbecue on September 17th. Registrations will be accepted in person on that day.

Faith Formation (Religious Education) Program is currently accepting registration for the 2023- 2024 school year. We need you to register your child immediately in order to guarantee availability of materials and book on the day classes begin. A $50.00 refundable deposit is due with your registration.

We have classes for children from first grade through ninth grade including sacramental preparation for Reconciliation, First Communion and Confirmation. For more information, please visit the Religious Education Registration page or contact Jennifer Volturno at 203-377-0928 x117.

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2023 Annual Bishop’s Appeal

We would like to thank the families who have made their gifts to the Appeal. We have received $ 66,761.50 in donations and pledges thus far. We are at 98.5% of our goal of $67,800.

We encourage online giving at www.2023BishopsAppeal.org Gifts made by mail should be sent to: Diocese of Bridgeport, P.O. Box 110410, Trumbull CT 06611- 9998.

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During the ’22-’23 Fraternal Year, 7,215 lbs of food and $7,550.00 in Stop & Shop store cards were donated. To date this Fraternal Year with your support we’ve distributed 1,717 lbs of food and $1,700 in Stop & Shop store cards. Thank you for your generousity!

Our next food collection will take place Saturday, October 7 between 10 a.m. and 12 noon at Our Lady of Grace parish in Stratford. Help us surpass last year’s totals!!

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Parish Family Mass – Our next family Mass will be Sunday, October 1st. It will be the beginning of our Religious education program. We will have a special blessing for our students and their families.

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The Catholic Community of Stratford
St. James… Holy Name of Jesus… Our Lady of Peace…Our Lady of Grace…St. Mark 

The Pastors of Stratford have been working with Bishop Frank to create a model of ministry so that our five Stratford parishes might collaborate on serving and ministering to our parishioners. Click here to read more. More news about the Catholic Community of Stratford will be forthcoming.

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Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick – We will celebrate the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick on Tuesday, September 26th after the 9am Mass.

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Questions of the Week September 10 – 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time – Come, Follow Me

Then Jesus told his disciples, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.” (Matthew 16:24)

Jeremiah 20:7-9 • Jeremiah’s interior crisis
Romans 12:1-2 • Sacrifice of body and mind
Matthew 16:21-27 • First prophecy of passion and resurrection; doctrine of the cross

Adults: In what concrete ways do you take up your cross and follow Jesus?
Kids: When has it been difficult to be a follower of Jesus?

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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, September 25th. 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 expenses! The collection buckets will be available September 16/17 to receive your donations. The buckets will be placed outside the rectory garage.

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Catholic Meditations – Meditations, bedtime prayers and stories of faith for a peaceful night of rest. Timeless and timely Catholic prayers, meditations, devotions and more. Please join us in prayer listening to the Amen App. https://amenapp.org/

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The Fairfield County Catholic is now online! Click here to read the September 2023 edition!

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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. Second Collection: September 16/17 – Hope for the Future.

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