An Inter-Generational Place
Congratulations to the Knights and the GUC Leadership for their Ice Cream Social last Friday. More than 60 children and adults stopped by for conversation, fun and games, and of course free ice cream. I hope that we can celebrate more events for our many generations to play and enjoy time together.
On the weekend of September 7/8, we will have a special candle burning at all Masses to remember all who lost their lives on 9/11. We will also prayerfully remember all those who suffered because of the work of evil in the world! We will especially remember our First Responders who gave so much to all those who were effected!
Annual Diocesan Blue Mass
The Annual Blue Mass will be celebrated on Sunday, September 8th at St Augustine’s Cathedral in Bridgeport at 9:30 am. The Mass will be followed by a reception at Kolbe Cathedral High School. Please join the Diocesan Community in honoring those who protect and serve in our communities.
Many marital arguments focus on “Who is right.” It’s natural to want to be right in an argument but it doesn’t serve your love. Even if you can fact check your position and prove you are right, it’s better to come up with a “win/win” solution. Practice looking for creative alternatives during your next argument.
“Do not disdain the discipline of the Lord.” (Hebrews 12:5) Parental discipline (or even self-discipline) is often unwelcome. Talk with your child about the pros and cons of not always taking the easy, pleasant solution to a problem. Share a time when you had to discipline yourself.
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.
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.
As a part of Retired Superior Court Judge Holzberg’s investigation into clergy sexual abuse of minors and the Diocesan response to that abuse, a hotline has been established for those who wish to communicate with the Judge and his team. Survivors or any others affected by abuse are encouraged to contact the hotline to discuss past incidents of abuse or their experience with the Diocese in regards to such abuse. The hotline can be reached as follows:
- English speaking USA and Canada: 833-990-0004
- Spanish speaking USA and Canada: 800-216-1288
E-MAIL: email@example.com (must include company name with report)
When contacting the hotline, an individual may or may not choose to identify him or herself.
REPORTS OF SEXUAL ABUSE OF A MINOR NOT PREVIOUSLY REPORTED SHOULD BE DIRECTED TO THE DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN AND FAMILIES CARE LINE AT 1-800-842-2288 OR TO YOUR LOCAL POLICE. IN ADDITION, THE DIOCESAN SAFE ENVIRONMENT OFFICE ENCOURAGES SURVIVORS WHO HAVE NOT REPORTED ABUSE TO CALL 203-650-3265 OR 203-241-0987.