The weekend mass schedule beginning on November 12, 2022 is:

 Saturday – 4:00 p.m.

Sunday – 9:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. 

You will meet a greeter upon entering and ask that everyone still continue to sign-in! Masks will be required if the alert status is Red. Otherwise we strongly recommend wearing of mask in enclosed confined space as per CDC guidelines. Thank you!

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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.For those who would like the readings for this week’s mass click on this link.

 

Pastor's Message

  • Dear Friends,

    Advent is the perfect time to ask a family member or a friend to come back home. The “Coming of Christ” helps us to look at the empty parts of our heart and fill it with the Lord. Invite the person who you know. They need the Lord.

    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.

Please, we ask all to continue giving your name and phone number to the Greeter.

ALL are encouraged to wear a mask. Those sitting in the section for Social Distance must wear a mask. Thank you!

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.

Wednesday – Communion Service at 9:00

PARISH ROSARY

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

ADORATION

Deacon Michael will hold a prayer service at 9:30 am to begin Eucharistic Adoration. Please come and join us for prayer and adoration until Noon. Adoration will be each Wednesday from 9:30 am until Noon. May we all gather and pray for people to return to the Mass and Sacraments!

CONFESSION
Saturday 1:15 p.m.–2:15 p.m. Please wear a mask for Confession! 

The Church is open for prayer Monday through 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

We have developed a policy that safeguards our parishioners and will allow time for our parish contractors to clear the property during storms. Weekdays: When the schools are closed or delayed or the Town or State has advised against travel, Daily Mass will be cancelled for that day. The parish will notify channel 8, channel 3 and the radio stations of the cancellation.

Weekends: When severe weather occurs during weekend Mass times, please check the local TV and Radio stations and our parish website for cancellations. It becomes very difficult to keep the sidewalks, driveways, and parking area clear if it snows during Mass time. Your safety is important to us! Any Mass intention effected by the cancellation will be said during the next week.

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

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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. 

 

2023 Mass Book

  1.   We are planning to open the mass book for 2023 on August 22, 2022 at 9:30 am. You will    be able to purchase masses on Mondays and Fridays from 9:30am to 3:00pm.

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. 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: Nov. 20 – Fr. Leonel Mederios Nov. 21 – Msgr. William Millea.;  Nov. 22 – Fr. Arthur Mollenhauer.;  Nov. 23 – Fr .Guido Montanaro ;  Nov. 24 – Fr. Patrick Mooney;  Nov. 25 – Fr. Stefan Morawski O.F.M.;  Nov. 26- Fr. A. Alexis Moronto;  Nov. 27 – Fr. Jean Mulreany S.J.;  Nov. 28- Fr. Paul G. Murphy.

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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Annual Bishop’s Appeal Update

Thank You, we have reached 100% of our parish goal of $67,800.00. Thank you for your support of the pastoral works of the Diocese of Bridgeport.

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Parish Happenings

Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception – The Feast Day of the Immaculate Conception is Thursday, December 8th. It is a Holy Day of Obligation. Our Mass schedule will be a vigil mass on Wednesday, December 7th at 7pm and masses on the Holy Day at 9am and Noon.

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Breakfast with Santa (Santa will be available for pictures) sponsored by the Knights of Columbus – Sunday, December 4th, 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the Parish Center. More information is available on the Knights website.

Tuesday, December 13th, 7:00 p.m.  – O Come, All Ye Faithful – An Advent Journey through Music and Scripture.Join us in church Tuesday, December 13 beginning at 7:00 p.m. as organist Matt Roumeles leads us on an Advent Journey combining music and scripture readings to help strengthen your Advent Journey.

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Oplatki

Oplatki will be available to purchase after masses the weekends of Dec. 4, 11, & 18. Please place your offering in the offertory box. They will also be available for purchase at the parish office on Monday’s in December between 9 am – 3 pm. We ask an offering of $4.00.

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New Liturgical Volunteers

We are requestion volunteers to join us in serving at mass on the weekend. We are in need of Leaders to organize and direct our volunteers. We are in need of Greeters who welcome our parishioners who attend mass each weekend. Are you called to our Liturgical Ministers as Reader, or Eucharistic Ministers? If you are interested in joining us, please contact Msgr. Ryan at msgrryan@olgstratford.org, or 203-377- 0928×112.

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Advent! – Advent begins November 27/28. We will ask individuals and families to light our Parish Advent Wreath each weekend! We will distribute to you an Advent Calendar. More information to follow.

Resources for Advent – Advent Calendar, Advent Wreath Blessing and prayers may be found by clicking on this link.

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Christmas “Giving Tree” – We will once again be doing our Christmas “Giving Tree”. The gift ornaments will be placed on the tree which will be placed in church the weekend of November 19th & 20th. We ask that all gifts be returned to church no later than Sunday, December 4th. Thank you in advance for your continued support of this annual community giving project.

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Our Parish Sunday Mass schedule is changing. Beginning November 13th our Sunday Masses will be at 9 am and 11:30 am. To read our official announcement from Bishop Frank and the five Stratford Pastors regarding the unified Mass schedule for the Catholic Community of Stratford click here.

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We ask your support of the Knights of Columbus Food Drive on Saturday, December 3, from 10:00am to noon in the parish parking lot 

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Liturgical Q&A –

Question: What are the liturgical colors of the Priests vestments? Answer: White, Green, Violet, and Red!  Question – Do you know when the different colors are worn?

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Adoration

Beginning on Wednesday November 15th, Deacon Michael will hold a prayer service at 9:30 am to begin Eucharistic Adoration. Please come and join us for prayer and adoration until Noon. Adoration will be each Wednesday from 9:30 am until Noon.

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Questions of the Week – November 27th • First Sunday of Advent – Putting on the Light of Christ

Let us then lay aside the works of darkness and put on the armor of light. (Romans 13:12b)

Isaiah 2:1–5 • Zion, the messianic capital
Romans 13:11–14 • Christian use of time
Matthew 24:37–44 • The need forwatchfulness

Adults: What will you do during Advent so that others can see that you have put on the light of Jesus Christ?

Kids: What will you do during Advent so that others can see the light of Jesus in you?

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Take time to pray, read, study and be at peace. Join the “Amen App”! You may download the App to your smartphone from “Google Play”. It is free! During the month of November, pray for the Souls in Purgatory with the Holy Souls Novena.

 

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Annual Collection – We would like to thank those who have made their donation to the Annual Collection ($2,940.). The Annual Collection dedicated to Winter Fuel and Snow Removal began on October 1 and continues through the end of December (the green envelope marked “Annual Collection” can found in your packet). The Annual collection helps the parish pay for the winter bills of snow removal and extra heating expenses. Please be generous!

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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 – 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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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 – Hope for the Future.

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