“We are ready to die…” (2 Maccabees 7:2) As certain as death is, are we ever really ready to die? This may not be a happy conversation to have with one’s beloved, but periodically we should share what would help each of us be ready to die.
In these days of email, smart phones, and other electronic media, snail mail can be a lost art. Consider sending your child a card stating something you appre- ciate about them. Let them check the mailbox. Suggest they pass this gesture on to another.
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My Spiritual Life
Please note some new resources on-line! The leadership Institute of the Diocese offers resources on many different topics.
In the coming weeks we will be sharing with you spiritual themes, spiritual places, and spiritual materials. It is our hope that you may find ways of growth, and peace!
Someone asked this past week, where can I find the Mass on TV?
We have three daily Masses that you can view, if you are an Optimum Customer!
Channel 24 has the Mass from Hartford everyday at 10 am
Channel 135 EWTN Daily Mass at Noon
Channel 137 Catholic Faith Network from Rockville Center NY at 11am
Alpha-Bits is a new resource aimed at helping parents of Generation Alpha (birth to 7 years) raise faith-filled children. This project, funded in part by a grant from the St. John Paul II Fund for
Religious Education and Youth Ministry, contains resources, tips, and practical suggestions for parents and grandparents. It is available on the Family Formation page at https://formationreimagined.org
Lifelong Micro Lessons
Introducing Lifelong Lessons, a new video channel on the Institute website that includes more than two dozen videos to help the faithful encounter the person of Christ by reflecting for a few minutes with experts from around the country. These videos range from personal reflections of faith to suggestions on how to become a more effective listener. To see the complete library, which will be updated each week, visit https://formationreimagined.org/lifelong-lessons/.
A Stewardship Moment for the 32st Sunday in Ordinary Time
In today’s second reading we hear Saint Paul urging the members of the community at Thessalonica to direct their hearts to God’s love through Christ. He wants them to be laser-focused on Christ, and nothing else. He desires that they be strengthened by the Lord and shielded from what is not Christ-like.
Good stewards cultivate a “laser-sharp” focus on Christ; not on things that could give them false or superficial images or ideals. Let’s think about our own daily focus: Do we direct out hearts toward Christ or are there other “gods” that claim our attention? Our career? Material possessions? Sexuality? Favorite sports team? Political leanings? Does our daily life point to Christ so that those who are younger and less mature in their faith learn from our example?
On September 15th, Bishop Caggiano issued“Norms for the Celebration of Funerals” in the Diocese.Our Bereavement Ministry will continue to provide:
1.When contacted by the Funeral Home, we will contact the family of the deceased person. Our Bereavement Team will meet with the family to plan the scriptural readings and the liturgical music for the Funeral Mass. We will always encourage the participation of the family in the Mass.
2.Our Lady of Grace Parish will allow, the family toshare the “Words of Remembrance” according to Diocesan Guidelines. The Bereavement Team will work with each family to prepare their words to be shared after the Communion Prayer at Mass.
3.The requested donation for the parish will be $200.00, and at the present time the honorarium for the organist/ cantor is $200.00.
4.We invite our families to make donations in the name of their loved one through our Parish Memorial Book.
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org (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.