Important Notice: PLEASE BE AWARE OF CONSTRUCTION VEHICLES AND PERSONNEL WHILE DRIVING INTO AND AROUND THE PARISH PARKING LOT BETWEEN THE HOURS OF 7:00 AM – 3:00 PM, MONDAY – FRIDAY.   Thank you.


SAVE THE DATE: October 13, 2018

Our Lady of Grace Parish Presents

“The Honeymoaners”

              A hilarious cabaret experience where the audience participates in helping Alice and Norton throw a surprise birthday party!  Tickets are $25.00 each, which includes admission, birthday cake, and coffee. BYOB Ages 21 and over! Tickets are limited! Tickets will be sold after all the Masses this weekend. You can also reserve and purchase tickets by calling Faith Formation Office at 203-375-6133. If you purchase 8 tickets together you will have a reserved table. Show starts at 7:00 pm. Doors open at 6:30 pm.


Annual Report
             Msgr. Ryan will be speaking at all masses on the weekend of September 22/23.

Parish Picnic
              The summer is over and it is time to, rebuild our friendships! I look forward to seeing you at our Annual Parish Picnic, on Sunday September 23rd. We will have good food and fellowship. The Picnic will be in the Parish Center from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm. The Knights of Columbus will be our hosts. 

Bingo Phone
             To our Bingo players: you can once again call directly for Bingo information and reservations at 203-375-2005.

We Need your Help!
             As summer is ending and vacations are over, we need your help to maintain a balanced parish budget. We missed your donations while you were away! Can we count on you to make-up your missed donations?


Congratulations to:

Colette Toni – Daniel LaPrade

who were married on Saturday, September 8, 2018

May God bless them!


2019 Mass Book is Open
              The 2019 Mass Book is open for your intentions. The Parish Office hours are: Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. Weekday Mass stipends are $10.00 each and weekend Masses are $20.00 each. If the date you want is not available, please consider a 7 day Sanctuary Lamp donation for $10.00 each.

“Come to Me and Rest”
              The Lord Jesus calls you to come and to pray, to listen and to seek the Holiness of His presence. To receive the Real Presence of Jesus in the Holy Eucharist!

 Lord’s Kitchen
              Please keep the OLG volunteers in your prayers as they serve the meal at the Lord’s Kitchen. The meal will be served on Monday September 24th.

 Church Boiler
             Thank you again for your support of the Church Boiler replacement project. The Committee from the Building and Grounds committee met with the vendor on August 1st. The plan is for the replacement to take place the week of October 1.  More information will be coming!

Volunteers Needed
              God has made each one of us with many gifts and talents. Our parish of Our Lady of Grace would like to invite you to share you gifts and talents with the parish community. If you have a special talent to share, please contact Msgr. Ryan by leaving a message at the Parish Office: 203-377-0928 or send an email to ParishUpdates@olgstratford.com.


Meetings and Events

  • Faith Formation Classes Begin, Saturday, Sept. 22
  • Sun., Sept. 23rd K of C Annual Parish Picnic 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm.
  • Monday, Sept. 24, Blood Pressure Screening, 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm. (MH)
  • Monday, Sept. 24, Lord’s Kitchen Food Service (offsite).
  • Bingo Games, Tuesday, Sept. 25. Doors open at 4:30 pm; first game at 6:30 pm. Food and beverages are available for purchase. (PC)
  • Cub Scout Pack 272, Thursday, Sept. 27, 7:00 pm. Gym & Classroom #1
  • Faith Formation Classes, Saturday, Sept. 29.
  • Fifth Sunday Rosary, Sunday, Sept. 30, 9:30 am. (church)

FFO = Faith Formation Office
MH = Madonna Hall
PC = Parish Center
PO = Parish Office


Ministry of Support for the Widowed
             We have begun a Ministry to the Widowed, which continues to grow in our parish There are more than 250 widowed people in the parish and we hope to grow a community of support and socialization. As one journeys through transitions of bereavement there is a need to seek answers in our journey. There are members willing to assist. Please feel free to call any of our Caring Team.

  • Elaine Penny: 203-378-0766
  • Carol Ruggio: 203-375-5168
  • Doreen Siwicki: 203-375-4016
  • Toni Velasquez: 203-386-1141

Assistance in Receiving Holy Communion
              Recently, we have had a number of parishioners ask to receive Holy Communion at their seats in the side alcoves. Our Parish Ushers have been alerted to assist people requesting Holy Communion. Please ask the usher to have the Eucharist brought to you.

Respect for the Eucharist
             After consulting with the Liturgy Committee, we are asking all Eucharistic Ministers to the Sick and those parishioners who bring communion to a loved one who is ill to use the following procedure:
             If you are bringing Communion after Mass, please stand behind the altar after you have received Communion. The priest or deacon will place a host in your pyx and you will be given a blessing.
             Any non-parishioner seeking to bring Communion to the sick must see the priest or deacon after Mass.


Growing up Catholic Baptism class
              If you are planning to have your child baptized at Our Lady of Grace Parish, we ask you to attend our “Growing Up Catholic” class. The GUC class will give you a chance to center your faith journey with your child and take advantage of a time to meet other young parents in the parish. The next GUC class will be held on September 9th at 1:30 pm in the Church. Please contact Melissa at (203-556-0611) or email: BaptismProgram@olgstratford.com.

Growing up Catholic
            When a child is baptized at Our Lady of Grace Parish, the family receives a cross for the child’s bedroom. How important it is for us to have signs of our faith present. Next time you are contemplating a gift for a child might you think of a religious gift!


 Parish Census
         We need your assistance. Please update your parish census information if your address, phone number, email address or number of people in your household has changed. You can update your information by calling the Parish Office at 203-377-0928 and speak with Stacey, Monday through Friday, 9:00 am – 12:00 noon or email staceybreyan@olgstratford.com
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Use of Parish Property
       We are blessed to have such a nice parcel of land for our parish.  We have beautiful green space and a large parking lot.  People are drawn to our property because it is well maintained and clean.
Lately, we have noticed that people are using the parish grounds as their private recreational area.  Please spread the word, the parish grounds are private property. Anyone wishing to use the field or parking lot, for whatever reason, must first get permission from the Parish Office.  The parish is put at great risk when unauthorized people decide to use the parking lot or field for their own use.  The Stratford Police have been notified to keep an eye on our property.