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.


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.

Volunteers Needed!
             As we continue to Reimagine Faith Formation and what it means to be Witnesses to Jesus Christ in the world, we are looking for new volunteer team members. Would you prayerfully consider giving the parish some of your time? Our volunteers might spend a day working with our children doing a service project or joining one of our committees to plan a new direction like using our computer list to inform our families of new faith information. You have many gifts. Would you share one with us? Please take a prayerful moment and ask God to give you guidance in joining our Reimagining Team. To become a part of our Intergenerational family planning team, please contact Denise Bartelson at 203-375-6133 or denisebartelson@olgstratford.com.
We are blessed to have many wonderful devoted volunteers at Our Lady of Grace that serve and witness in many different capacities, but as we continue to reimagine we would like you to become a part of our Re-Imagining process as planners, as instructors, as ministers. Be a witness, a disciple for Jesus Christ. There are many opportunities where this can be done, so ask Our Lady of Grace to assist you in joining our Team.

Blood Pressure Screenings at OLG
Our parish nurses will be conducting blood pressure screenings on:

  • Monday, Sept. 24, 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm.

Please Note:  There will be no “Monday” screenings during the months of July & August.  Screenings are held in Madonna Hall in the Parish Center.

Making a Prayerful Home
May we call upon the Holy Spirit to guide our homes!
Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful
Enkindle in them the fire of your love,
Send forth your Spirit, and they shall be created
according to your will! Amen. 

Back to School
             Pray for our children and their teachers as they begin a new school year.  Ask Our Lady of Grace to watch over them and protect them. May our children develop their many gifts and learn well! May God bless them always!

Blessing of the Animals
Sunday, October 7th at 1:30 pm. More information to follow.

2018 Connecticut Catholic Men’s Conference
             Please save the date Saturday October 20th for the Annual Catholic Men’s Conference. The Conference will take at St. Paul High School 1001 Stafford Ave. Bristol Ct. from 8:00 am – 4:00 pm. For further information and tickets: www.CtCatholicMen.org.


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.

Volunteers Needed
              The ministry to the sick and shut-ins helps in ministering a continuing Catholic faith connection to our parishioners who can no longer attend Mass at church. (This includes nursing home, assisted living, hospital and private home settings).

              We are looking for volunteers who can utilize their time and energy with our homebound. This includes friendly home visits and phone calls. It would also include being a minister and bringing communion  to these parishioners. Training in this ministry is available for all these positions. Virtus training is required.
              Please call George Zamary at the parish office 203-377-0928, if you are interested in volunteering with this important parish ministry.


“How do I plan my Funeral Mass?”
              In recent years, I have found people making this request. The question of a Funeral Mass may come from a bout of illness, or just age. One person asked for information because she wanted her family to know her wishes. Each one of us asks the question about a Funeral Mass for many reasons. We do have a planning packet for the Funeral Mass with scripture readings, a list of liturgical music, and our parish planning sheet for planning a Funeral Mass. For more information, please contact George Zamary at the Parish Office: 203-377-0928 or email: parishoffice@olgstratford.com.


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.


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