Stations of the Cross and . . .
Stations of the Cross will be held on Fridays during Lent at 12:00 pm. We invite the members of our parish who experience illness or are caregivers to a family member to join us for the “Sacrament of the Sick” each Friday morning at the 9:00 am Mass.
Loaves and Fishes
We invite you to use the “Loaves and Fishes” envelopes in the church pamphlet racks to mark your weekly spiritual action for the hungry by fasting for one meal and donating the money to feed the hungry across the diocese.
We will be having our parish retreat. Mr. Brian Mercier, will be joining us at all weekend Masses on April 6 & 7 and also on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, April 8 – 10.
OLG Parish Retreat: April 6 – 10, 2019
Our Speaker: Bryan Mercier is an professional Catholic speaker, retreat leader, Catholic apologist, and an author. He speaks to adults and teens, helping to know, love, and LIVE their Catholic faith with purpose and passion! He gives keynotes, Confirmation retreats, youth group retreats, Parish Missions, Catholic school and university retreats, and speaks at local, regional, and national conferences. He is regularly aired on TV and radio, and has been on EWTN, Relevant Radio, Ave Maria Radio, Sirius Satellite radio, and more.
Bryan Mercier is a proud member of the elite Catholic Speakers Organization, CatholicSpeakers.com. He is an author, and his new book, “WHY Do You Believe In GOD?” offers many sought after answers to deep questions of faith. Bryan has a blog and a growing YouTube channel that is seeking to become the one stop for all things Catholic. Website: www.CatholicBryan.org.
Email & Phone Scam Alert
The Diocese of Bridgeport has been informed from various towns and parishes that parishioners are receiving emails and/or calls that claim to be from pastors or other clergy members. Anyone whose phone number is listed on the church website may possibly be targeted. These scammers are posing as clergy to get people to provide personal financial information.
Please note – the diocese does not make unsolicited calls or contact anyone by email or phone to request financial information. Therefore, should a parishioner or individual receive such a request, they are advised not to provide any information to the sender.
The Diocese has made the appropriate notifications to civil authorities and urges anyone who is contacted NOT to respond or provide any information. Anyone with questions or concerns should contact the Development Office of the Diocese of Bridgeport: 203-416-1479 or 203-416-1473.
The Family Bible Challenge
Bishop Caggiano has announced the Family Bible Challenge and is looking for 1,000 families to join him in engaging with Scripture this Lent. Every family will a Bible, a weekly passage to read and reflect upon as a family, and an invitation to play online trivia each week. Only 900 spaces remain. Sign up or learn more at www.formationreimagined.org.
Severe Weather Policy
We have developed a policy that safe-guards 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.
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.
Flu Season is Here
I hope you have taken the time to receive your annual flu shot. Please use the hand sanitizer stands as you enter and leave church. Please consider the following:
- If you are feeling ill, please stay home and watch Mass on TV.
- Contact George Zamary at the Parish Office if you will have an extended period at home so you might receive Communion at home.
- At the Sign of Peace, please extend the Sign of Peace in gesture (nod, bow, wave) and do not shake hands.
- The clergy and Eucharistic Ministers will use hand sanitizer before distributing Communion.
- Your health is important.
Meetings and Events
- HAPPY ST. PATRICK’S DAY, SUNDAY, MARCH 17!!!
- Blood Pressure Screenings, Sunday, Mar. 17, 9:30 am – 11:30 am. (MH)
- HAPPY ST. JOSEPH’S DAY, TUESDAY, MARCH 19!!!
- Bingo Games on Tuesday, Mar. 19. Doors open at 4:30 pm/first game at 6:30 pm. Food and beverages available for purchase.
- Confirmation Class Rehearsal, Wednesday, Mar. 20, 7:00 pm.
- Adult Faith Formation Program, Thursday, Mar. 21, 6:00 pm. (MH)
- Stations of the Cross, Friday, Mar. 22, 12:00 pm. (church)
- Blood Pressure Screenings, Monday, Mar. 25, 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm. (MH)
- Women’s Ministry Core Group Meeting, Monday, Mar. 25, 7:00 pm. (MH)
FO = Faith Formation Office
MH = Madonna Hall
PC = Parish Center
PO = Parish Office
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.
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 email@example.com.
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.