Foundations in Education 2018 Spring Gala
Foundations in Education invites you to the 2018 Annual Spring Gala on Thursday, April 19, 2018 at the Woodway Country Club in Darien. Join Most Reverend Frank J. Caggiano in celebration and support of Catholic education. Proceeds support the mission of Foundations in Education to provide hundreds of children from low-income families with quality education focused on Catholic values and character formation at our Diocesan schools. Proceeds from the Gala also support and promote innovation and leadership initiatives in our Catholic Schools, thus benefiting our students further. For more information, please contact Karen Sportini at firstname.lastname@example.org or 203-416-1671.
The Lord’s Kitchen
OLG volunteers will be serving the meal at the Lord’s Kitchen on Monday, February 26. They are asking your support for the clients at the Lord’s Kitchen. Donations requested are: toilet paper, toothbrushes and toothpaste. Please drop your donations off by the Sacristy on or before the weekend of February 17/18. Our volunteers thank our parishioners for their support.
Blood Pressure Screenings at OLG
Our friendly parish nurses will be conducting blood pressure screenings on:
- Sunday, Mar. 18, 9:30 am – 11:30 am.
- Monday, Mar. 19, 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm.
Screenings are held in Madonna Hall in the Parish Center.
Re-Imagining Faith Formation
For the past two years, we as a parish have been involved in a Strategic Planning Process. Bishop Caggiano has invited parishes to enter into a new level of renewal by “Re-Imagining Faith Formation.” The goal of the process is to invite and encourage our parishioners to deepen their understanding of faith and make it a life of commitment.
This process will be a change of culture for the parish, which has always seen the formative years to be between Baptism and Confirmation. The culture of change will assist us all in journeying through our faith in many dimensions. More information will follow. A “Vision Committee” is being formed to work on this project and advise our Strategic Planning Committee.
Defending Our Religious Liberty for 3/11/18
Recently, the Department of Justice (DOJ) has actively defended religious liberty in court. For example, the solicitor general supported Jack Phillips, the custom-cake baker, by arguing that freedom of expression for ourselves requires freedom of expression for others. Also, when the Washington Metro Area Transit Authority (WMATA) rejected a bus advertisement from the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C., because it was religious, DOJ attorneys filed a brief objecting to WMATA’s religious discrimination. Legal motions like these are much-needed steps toward safeguarding religious liberty.
Welcome Home! Have you been away from Church? Are you thinking about coming back? Do you know someone who is struggling with their faith? Maybe you have heard someone say:
“I grew up Catholic, but for some reason I just sort of stopped going to Church.”
“I just moved to the Stratford area, I tried going to a couple of different parishes, but I never really felt welcomed.”
If you have experienced one of these situations or thoughts, you are not alone. Msgr. Ryan or Fr. Kumar would welcome meeting with you.
You are always welcome here so . . . Welcome 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.
Are you a parent of a young child, newborn to 5 years. Are you looking for some support and a place to share and learn. Growing up Catholic may be the group for you! For further information please call Melissa Lembo at 203-556-0611 or email her at email@example.com
Growing Up Catholic Classes And Baptism Schedule
Growing Up Catholic Classes are held 6 times per year on the second Sunday of the following months: January, March, May, July, September and November. If you just had a child and this is your first child, then before you have your child baptized you need to attend one of these classes. For additional information please call the Parish Office and speak with Kathy.
Baptisms take place on the 1st or 3rd Sunday of each month. Please call the Parish Office at 203-377-0928 and register with Kathy.
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.
If you will be traveling over the weekend, you click on the above mentioned website to find churches and their Mass schedules in the areas you are visiting.
Around the Diocese…
Notre Dame Catholic High School
Lancer Legacy Gala
Notre Dame Catholic High School, Fairfield will host its annual Lancer Legacy Gala on Saturday, March 10, 2018 at 6:00 pm at The Waterview in Monroe, CT. The Lancer Legacy Gala Awards will be presented at this event. Tickets are $125 per person. For more information, please contact Theresa Marzik, Director of Advancement/Alumni Relations at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (203)372-6521. Or visit us online at https://www.501auctions.com/notredame2018.
Annual White Mass for Healthcare Professionals
A WHITE MASS for Healthcare Professionals and All Who Serve the Sick will be celebrated on Sunday March 18, 2018 at 8:30 am by Most Reverend Frank J. Caggiano at Saint Aloysius Church, New Canaan. A Brunch will follow at Woodway Country Club, Darien. Joseph Dutkowsky, MD, KM will speak on “Healing Beyond Healthcare”. Sponsors $100 (includes 2 tickets), Individuals $35, Table for 8: $250. For more information contact Elizabeth Auda: 203.416.1636 or email: email@example.com