This Weekend (Dec. 9 & 10)
Second Collection: Retirement Fund for Religious
From Bishop Caggiano:
This weekend parishes across the nation participate in the annual Retirement Fund for Religious collection. This annual appeal benefits more than 32,000 elderly Catholic Sisters, Brothers and religious order priests.
Religious communities, through their members young and old, continue to assist the family of faith in Fairfield County. Please respond as generously as possible.
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!
Feast of the Holy Innocents
The Feast of the Holy Innocents is December 28. It has been our parish tradition to burn lighted candles on the Feast of the Holy Family (Dec. 30/31) to remember any child who has died by miscarriage, still-birth, abortion, accidental, or natural death.
Candles will be available on the table by the Icon of Mary on the weekend of December 16/17. Please label the candle with the child’s name and your candle will burn at all Masses the weekend of Dec. 30/31.
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.
Dominic James Hernandez
Attention Baptismal Parents
We have begun a new program at Our Lady of Grace Parish. It is called “Growing Up Catholic”. This program serves as an introduction to the Sacrament of Baptism for your child and will provide information and guidance on “how to introduce your child to the faith in their early years”. Please come and join us. We invite you to have the godparents join you on Sunday, October 8 at 1:30 pm in the Church. For registration and further information please contact Melissa at firstname.lastname@example.org.
From the Office of the Bishop
Join Bishop Caggiano and the Diocesan Youth Choir for the annual “Arise and Shine Christmas Concert” at the Regina Quick Center on the campus of Fairfield University at 7:00 pm, December 17, 2017. Tickets are $20 general admission and available online or at the box office. Please visit the diocesan website – https://bridgeportdiocese.com– for more information.
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 may use the above mentioned website to find churches and their Mass schedules in the areas you are visiting.