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.

 

 


Sixth Sunday of Easter 

May 12,2024

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,

    On behalf of the parish staff and myself, we would like to wish you a Happy Mother’s Day. May the Holy Family be a source of comfort to you and intercede for you. We remember our Mothers who enjoy the peace of Heaven. Mothers are very special people; we hold you dear in our hearts today.

    Happy Mother’s Day,

    Msgr. Ryan

  • Dear Friends,

    On Tuesday, April 9th, 12 of our parishioners received the Sacrament of Confirmation. It was a great joy to participate with our teens in their journey of faith. Bishop Caggiano challenged are  young members to a future of hope! They were the first class of our regional Confirmation program. I would like to recognize:

    Alison Bohn Patrick Booska Riley Booska Brooklyn Conder Gwendolyn Gosling Patricia Gosling Patricia Harrick Carynna Leon Gianna Minopoli Jackson Pabis Stella Pierce Michael Zaja

    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: April 28 – Fr. Robert Uzzilio;  April 29 – Fr. Jose A. Vasquez; April 30 – Fr. James Vattakunnel, V.C.;  May 1 – Fr. Jake Vidov;  May 2- Fr. Andrew Vill;  May 3 – Msgr. Aniceto  Villamide;  May 4 – Fr. And Vu;  May 5 – Msgr. Christopher Walsh;  May 6 – Fr. Terrence Walsh;  May 7 – Fr. Andrew Walter.

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! We will be asking for your support next weekend March 9th & 10th.

Our Lady of Grace Parish

2024 Bishop’s Appeal as of 2/21/2024

ABA Goal: $67,800.00

Total Pledged: $48,750.00 / 71.90%

Donors to Date: 157 Donors

Welcome!

Parish Happenings

Mother’s Day Prayer

Lord God, we lift up all mothers to You. Grant them the strength to face the daily challenges with courage and the wisdom to guide their children towards a life of faith and service. Encourage them when they are weary and inspire them when they feel overwhelmed. Bless them with Your peace and love, now and forever. Amen.”

Eucharistic Renewal

During the past two years our country has been working to renew our participation, devotion and understanding of the Holy Eucharist. There will be a national celebration this summer. As a sign of our love and devotion to the Holy Eucharist, there will be a special time in the Diocese of Bridgeport from May 20, 2024, until June 2, 2024. Much more information will come to you in the near future. We will hold a day-long devotion to the Blessed Sacrament on Tuesday, May 21st. We will be inviting 25 parishioners to attend a Diocesan Mass of Thanksgiving on Saturday June 1st at Fairfield University. Please pray for our people and their devotion to the Holy Eucharist.

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Armed Forces Day –  May 18

We will prayerfully recognize the members of our Armed Service at the 4 pm Mass on Saturday, May 18th. May we thank them for their service!

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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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Mother’s Day May 12th

We will celebrate Mother’s Day 2024 with a special blessing for the woman of our parish. We will be presenting each woman with a special pin and prayer for “Mother’s Day.”.

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Growing up Catholic

We will be conducting a GUC Pre-Baptism Class on Tuesday, May 14th 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 Thursday, May 2nd by contacting Cathy Nucera at 203-377-0928 x113.

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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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Parish Finances

We thank those parishioners who have responded to Msgr. Ryan recent letter. One question that was asked was: How much cash is received in the Weekly Sunday Offertory Collection? The answer is that the average response in cash donations is $300-$400 a week!

Would you ever consider On-Line Giving an option for you! Here is how to become an on-line donor. To create an account and start on-line giving go to: https://www.osvhub.com/olgstratford/giving/ funds and click “Create Account” in the upper right corner. If you have any questions you may contact Jennifer Volturno at 203-377-0928 x117.

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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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Parish Family Mass – The next Family Mass will be Sunday, April 28th at 9am. Msgr. Ryan will speak with the children regarding having adding Jesus to your summer fun.

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Questions of the Week  May 5th – 6th Sunday of Easter –Love of your Neighbor

Jesus said, “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.” (John 15:12)

Acts 10:25-26, 34-35, 44-48 • Peter in Caesarea
1 John 4:7-10 A • God’s Love and Ours
John 15:9-17 • Disciple’s Love

Adults: How is love of others connected to love for God?
Kids: Who needs Jesus’ love this week? How can you show them his love?

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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: May 12 -Catholic Communications; May 26 – Hope for the Future

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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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