Important Notice: PLEASE BE AWARE OF CONSTRUCTION VEHICLES AND PERSONNEL WHILE DRIVING INTO AND AROUND THE PARISH PARKING LOT BETWEEN THE HOURS OF 7:00 AM – 3:00 PM, MONDAY – FRIDAY.   Thank you.


Inviting Our New Neighbors
              The summer is a time when many people come in to our neighborhood.  Some people are visiting, and others are moving into the neighborhood permanently.  Please welcome all who join us for Mass. Encourage them to leave us their name and address. They may use the “Welcome Envelopes” to help us contact them and invite them to join our faith community.

             Can you help spread the Good News?  Have new families moved onto your street?  Next weekend we will have “Good Neighbor” sheets that you can complete with names and addresses of your new neighbors. We will send them a letter of welcome.  Thank you for your help!

Parish Pastoral Council
             We are now looking for 2 new members to join the Council. The Council meets six times a year to advise the Pastor on spiritual and pastoral needs and programs of the parish. If you are interested in more information or would like to volunteer for the Council, please contact Jack Boitano, Parish Pastoral Chair-person at 203-377-2917.

Blood Pressure Screenings at OLG
Our parish nurses will be conducting blood pressure screenings on:

  • Sunday, July 15, 9:30 am – 11:30 am.
  • Sunday, August 19, 9:30 am – 11:30 am.

Please Note:  There will be no “Monday” screenings during the months of July & August.

Screenings are held in Madonna Hall in the Parish Center.


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.

Volunteers Needed
              The ministry to the sick and shut-ins helps in ministering a continuing Catholic faith connection to our parishioners who can no longer attend Mass at church. (This includes nursing home, assisted living, hospital and private home settings).

              We are looking for volunteers who can utilize their time and energy with our homebound. This includes friendly home visits and phone calls. It would also include being a minister and bringing communion  to these parishioners. Training in this ministry is available for all these positions. Virtus training is required.
              Please call George Zamary at the parish office 203-377-0928, if you are interested in volunteering with this important parish ministry.


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.


What’s New in Re-imagining Faith Formation?
              For the past month, we have been sending an adult education email to our parish Liturgical Ministers and our Adult Education Group. The email is entitled “Praying the Scripture”. It is a prayerful way of preparing for the weekend Mass. If you would like to receive this weekly email, please send your name, and email address to “Praying” at Re-imagining@olgstratford.com.

            As we become busier and busier, all of need to stop and meet Jesus in new ways. I have listed below so ways to add God in our daily lives:

Co-operative Mission Sunday
            On the weekend of July 14/15, the Cooperative Mission Appeal will take place in our Diocese. This year our Mission Speaker will be Fr. Anthony Nigel Bernas from the Archdiocese of Capiz-Philippines. I will be sharing more information with you as we get closer to the date. 

Lay Fraternity of St. Dominic
              Are you being called to a deeper understanding of Faith and Truth? Come follow us in the footsteps of St. Dominic through prayer, study, community and apostolate. We are establishing a new chapter of Lay Dominicans in the Diocese of Bridgeport. Please join us for an Informal Informational Inquiry Meeting on Thursday, July 26, 2018 at St. Theresa Church, 5301 Main St., Trumbull at 7:00 pm in the Lower Convent/Parish Center.
For more information, call, text or email Stefano Santilli: ste.santilli@gmail.com/2033-524-4945) or Michelle Rowe: orapronobis20@gmail.com/203-218-6882.


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.


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