Safety First!
              As the weather gets warmer, our parish property seems to attract a number of visitors. Some come to teach their teenager to drive a car, while other are just passing through the property. Our insurance company requires us to post that our parish property is private property!  For the safety and security of our parish, we reserve the right to ask persons not attending parish services or meetings to leave our property.

Parish Vendor List
             As we prepare our budget for FY 2019-2020, we are reviewing our parish vendor lists. If you know someone who provides services and would like to be considered for our Vendor’s List, please send your name, phone number, and information about your business to Deacon Rob at the Parish Office.

KofC Roast Beef Dinner
             Stratford Knights of Columbus St James Council #2370 will again host our popular roast beef dinner on Thursday May 23, 2019 at 6:30 pm at the Parish Hall of Holy Name of Jesus Church, 1950 Barnum Avenue, Stratford.  Admission is $13.00 at the door. Open to all members & guests. Menu includes roast beef, mashed potatoes & gravy, green beans, bread & butter, soft drinks, coffee, tea and dessert. Reservation required please by calling Chip Krafnick at 375-8930. Please do not call after 7:00 pm. Please bring a canned good or other non-perishable food item for K of C Food for Families Drive.  Thank you in advance for your support.

Notre Dame High School Fairfield
Bacon and Brew
            Notre Dame High School Fairfield will be holding its 3rd Annual Bacon and Brewfest on Saturday, June 8, from 11-4 on the school campus.  The day will include unlimited beer sampling, food trucks, live music, cornhole tournament, games, and fun!  Visit the Bacon and Brewfest website at ndbaconandbrew.com for a list of beer and food vendors and to purchase tickets.  Contact tmarzik@notredame.org or 203-372-6521 for more information.

Worldwide Marriage Encounter
            Jesus says “I give you a new commandment: love one another.” Learn how to love your spouse more by attending a Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend. The next Weekends are July 12-14, 2019 in MANCHESTER, CT and Nov. 1-3, 2019 in MANCHESTER, CT. For more information, call Pat & Mary Jo McLaughlin at 860-315-2127 or visit them at https://wwmectw.org/.


 

Diocesan Youth Choir (C4Y)

 Auditions for the 2019 – 2020 Season

FIRST: Please go to C4YSINGS.com and REGISTER for your audition.

              If you can’t make a designated time, please fill out the Registration and then contact mhiggins@diobpt.org for your personal audition time.

              Auditions will take place the WEEK of JUNE 10, 2019 at the 6 rehearsal sites and times mentioned below. It will last no more than 15 minutes. All singers need to prepare The Star Spangled Banner to sing. (Words don’t matter, LA LA LA is fine!)

Ability to read music is NOT a criteria.

If you read music, that’s a bonus! If not, and you love to sing and want to be a part of C4Y, come prepared to learn how!

HOPE TO SEE AND HEAR YOU IN JUNE!


Homebound Ministry
             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.


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


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.


Abuse Hotline
              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:

ONLINE: www.lighthouse-services.com/diobpt

TOLL-FREE TELEPHONE:

  • English speaking USA and Canada: 833-990-0004
  • Spanish speaking USA and Canada: 800-216-1288

E-MAIL: reports@lighthouse-services.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.