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.
          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.

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.

40 DAYS FOR LIFE
MARCH 6 – APRIL 14, 2019

The next life-saving campaign is coming soon to locations around the world.  Will you speak for those who cannot speak for themselves?

Bridgeport Location:  Public right-of-way outside at Planned Parenthood, 4697 Main St., Bridgeport CT

For more information and to sign up for vigil hours visit https://:40daysforlife.com/local-campaigns/bridgeport/ or contact Lenore Opalak: snowdenopalak@icloud.com.


2019 DIOCESE OF BRIDGEPORT
MASS OF HOPE AND HEALING FOR
SURVIVORS OF SEXUAL ABUSE

Sunday, April 7, 2019 / 2:00 pm

              The Most Rev. Frank Caggiano, together with a planning committee of Survivors of Sexual Abuse as Minors by Priests, will hold a very special Mass for anyone who has been sexually abused as a minor and for others who have been impacted. The Mass will be held on Sunday, April 7, 2019 at 2:00 pm at St. Joseph Church, 8 Robinson Avenue, Danbury CT. Light Refreshments will be served immediately following the Mass. 

             There are regularly scheduled gatherings for any person who has been sexually abused as a minor, as well as any family members of survivors, to meet with the victim assistance coordinators and fellow survivors of sexual abuse for friendship, prayer and for peer support.

        +Tuesday March 26, 2019:  Open Meeting for Survivors of Sexual Abuse as a Minor, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm, St. Roch Church, 10 St. Roch Ave, Greenwich, CT.

         If you are an adult survivor of sexual abuse as a minor or a family member of a survivor and you would like to learn more about the Mass, the upcoming meetings and other resources that are available in our Diocese, please contact one of our Victim Assistance Coordinators, Erin Neil, L.C.S.W., (203) 650-3265  & Michael Tintrup, L.C.S.W., (203) 241-0987.


2019 Wedding Jubilee
              On Sunday, May 5, 2019 at 3:00 pm at St. Theresa Parish in Trumbull, Bishop Caggiano will be celebrating the 2019 Wedding Jubilee Mass.  The Mass is for couples celebrating 25, 30, 35, 40, 45 and 50+ year wedding anniversaries.  To register, please contact the Parish Office (203-377-0928) or go to: https://www.bridgeport diocese.org/faith-formation to register directly.  This is no cost to attend.  Space is limited, please RSVP by April 25, 2019.

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 receive 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.


 ENTERING CANAAN
Hope & Healing Weekend
For women suffering from past abortion
Director:  Rev. Fidelis Moscinski, CFR
March 29-31, 2019

“Let us not close our hearts, let us not lose confidence, let us never give up. There are no situations which God cannot change, there is no sin which he cannot forgive if only we open ourselves to him.” Pope Francis

“I went to an Entering Canaan Retreat Weekend.  As amazing as it sounds, it was during this weekend that my healing took place.  It was then that I truly felt God’s mercy and grace.” Participant

For more information contact:  Maureen Ciardiello, Coordinator for Respect Life at 203-416-1445 or mciardiello@diobpt.org.eringcanaan.com


 Homebound Ministry
             Would you consider joining our team as a Eucharistic Minister or to make a friendly visit to the home or nursing home or make  a friendly phone call. If you are interested please call George Zamary at the Parish Office at 203-377-0928 ext. 9.

              If you know a parishioner who is homebound  and would like communion or a visit or would like  to receive  a bulletin please call the Parish Office with the request. 

catholicmasstime.org
Traveling?  Use catholicmasstime.org to find the time and place for the next Mass at your location. 


Funeral Ministry
             When we are contacted by a funeral home to schedule a Funeral Mass and Burial, the Parish Bereavement Team will contact the family to extend the sympathy of the Parish. The Bereavement Team will schedule a meeting with the family to plan the readings and sacred music for the Funeral Mass. We invite the family to participate in the Funeral Mass. We have a Mass booklet and song-list to use in your planning.

News for Hospital Patients
              If a parishioner is hospitalized at St. Vincent’s or Bridgeport Hospital, please list Our Lady of Grace as your parish of registration. Then when our clergy makes their hospital visits, your name will come up on the parish list and we will visit you to pray and receive Communion. Also, there are “on-call” diocesan assigned chaplains at both hospitals available to parishioners if the need arises.

Nursing Home Information
              If a parishioner is admitted to a nursing home for a short stay and would like a visit from a Eucharistic Minister, please call the Parish Office and make arrangements with George Zamary at 203-377-0928. At the nursing home, please inform the nursing station that you requested Communion from your parish. When we visit, we will check with the nurses to verify your medical status and to get approval for the visit.

Long-Term Nursing Home
             Please call George Zamary at the Parish Office, 203-377-0928, to schedule a time for an visitation assessment at the nursing home.

Parish Ministry to the Sick
         We presently visit Bridgeport Hospital and St. Vincent’s Hospital on Monday or Tuesday of each week. In recent weeks, we have had several questions regarding parishioners not being visited while in the hospital. We need your assistance to build a better list of our parishioners who might be in the hospital.
Please make sure that when you are admitted into the hospital you list Our Lady of Grace as your parish. Your name will be included on our parish list in the hospital Pastoral Care Office. The HIPPA rules limit the parish clergy and pastoral minister from visiting you if your name is not on this list.   If you are hospitalized Wednesday through Saturday, we ask you or your family to call the Parish Office at 203-377-0928. Please leave your name and the name of the hospital.
Always know that there is a Pastoral Care Team in both Bridgeport and St. Vincent’s Hospital. If you need to speak with a priest, the Priest Chaplain is available.


Sanctuary Lamps
       If you need to have a Mass said for someone and the date is taken, why not offer a 7 day Sanctuary Lamp instead? The cost is $10 per lamp. If interested, please call the Parish Office at 203-377-0928.

In Memory of a Loved One or Friend
         When a loved one or a friend passes away, please consider one of these ways to memorialize their passing. At Our Lady of Grace Parish, we have several options available to you:

+You can get a Mass card for those recently departed with a Mass said in their memory or you can have a Mass said on an anniversary, birthday or special occasion of a departed loved one or friend. Week day Mass stipends are $10 and the stipend for a weekend Mass with Music is $20.
+Located on either side of the Tabernacle are two Sanctuary Lamps. A single lamp can be lit in your loved one’s memory for a week, Sunday thru Saturday, for a donation of $10.
 +The Parish Memorial Fund assists the Church in purchasing items that may be needed for our liturgies. This would include vessels, vestments and ritual books. Your donation in your loved one’s or friend’s name is entered in our Parish Memorial Book.
 +You may also speak with Msgr. Ryan or Deacon Rob if you would like to donate to something other than what has been mentioned. They would be happy to assist you in selecting a way to remember your loved one or friend.

If you have any questions, please call the Parish Office at 203-377-0928.