Praying the Scriptures
              We have recently had to change our software for sending out emails.  If you have not received the “Praying the Scriptures” material, please contact Msgr. Ryan at: msgrryan@olgstratford.com.

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

Our Parish Retreat is 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


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.