Parish – Corona Virus

Parish Life During the Corona Virus & Spiritual Resources

Dear Friends,

On May 11th Bishop Caggiano announced that the outdoor public celebration of Mass will begin on May 21, the Ascension of our Lord. You can read his announcement here.

Each parish in the Diocese has been asked to create a plan for the re-opening of the parish church for public Mass. I share with you the initial proposed plan so that you will understand that there are many changes that must be put into action. I ask that you read the Plan more than once and to pray about the plan. I am sure there will be many questions and suggestions. Click on the following link to read thePlan. Parish Plan to Reopen for Public Mass.

I am sorry to say I cannot give you a definite date for when we will be starting, but I believe that I have given you an overview of the plan that is in process. Please note that changes are beyond our control. I hope that if you have questions you will call or email me. Attached is a photo of the church for those who might not be able to get to the church during the hours it is open. 

Parish Office is closed for social distancing. We will be accepting calls Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Email and Calling Post Communication – If you are not receiving our Calling Post Calls, we may not have your correct number or you have blocked robo-calls. Please call our parish office with a new contact number or email address! At a time like this our communication is important!

Mass Book Intentions – For masses that are already scheduled, Msgr. Ryan will be saying mass with no congregation on the requested day. Please call the office Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm to request your mass. Thank you

Correspondence with the Office – We have installed a lock box outside the garages near the rectory sidewalk. Please feel free to place offertory envelopes and other correspondences to office in this lock box between 9:00 am and 6:00 pm. We have placed an additional Parish Office box outside the garage by the sidewalk to the parish office. You can stop by and pick up our parish bulletin. You can keep up with the information of the parish.

Daily Prayer of Encouragement – I am currently calling members of the parish daily. These words of encouragement come from the daily scripture readings, and your intentions will be remembered in my daily Mass. How to join? Please call me at 203-377-0928 x12. I’ll be glad to add your name and number to my list

As of March 12th, all non-essential meetings and events have been cancelled through May 20th due to the Corona Virus. Our Faith Formation classes will continue through on-line teaching. We will continue our First Communion prep online, and will be prepared for the children to make communion when possible. Our visitation of the sick and shut-in will become a digital model using various forms of communication to keep our homebound close.

I will be communicating with you by Calling Post (robo-call) and email. If you have previously blocked the Calling Post (405-308-4474) please consider unblocking it at least during this time. I also ask you to check this website (www.olgstratford.com) for information. We also have a YouTube Channel – Our Lady of Grace Roman Catholic Church Stratford, CT and a Facebook page – Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church Stratford CT 

Please follow the health directives of the Town and State. Wash your hands! Pray for me and I’ll pray for you! May our faith by stronger than our fear!

Msgr. Ryan

TV and Radio Masses

Office of Radio and Television, Archdiocese of Hartford The daily Mass is broadcast live Monday through Friday and on tape delay on Saturday and Sunday at 10 a.m: http://www.ortv.org/
WCCT-TV (Channel 20)
WCCT, cable channel 7 or 11
WCTX, channel 59 (also known as MyTV9 WCTX)
Cable channel 9
Online at the Office of Radio and Television
Catholic TV Daily Mass is broadcast live Monday through Saturday at 9:30am and Sunday at 10:00am, 4:00pm, and 7:00pm on their website.
EWTN Daily Mass is broadcast live Monday through Saturday at 8:00am and 12:00pm and on Sunday at 8:00am, 12:00pm, and 7:00pm. A livestream can be found on their website.
Sirius XM Sunday Mass broadcast at 10:00am, 11:00am, and 1:00pm on Channel 129.
EWTN Radio Daily Mass broadcast at 8:00am and Sunday at 8:00am on Channel 130.
Salt and Light Sunday Mass broadcast at 6:30am, 9:30am, and 11:00am. A full schedule is available on their website.

Please pray the following prayer at Communion Time

An Act of Spiritual Communion 

Those who are unable to attend Mass or receive Holy Communion may make an Act of Spiritual Communion. The Act, which can be offered for all those have died or are suffering from the Coronavirus, can be a simple prayer, such as “My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament. I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul. Since I cannot at this moment receive you sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen”

Prayer Time in Church During the Suspension of Public Masses

Weekday Masses will be celebrated in private by Msgr. Ryan. The church will be open for prayer from 10:00 am- 2:00 pm daily. Please use this time to visit the Marian Chapel and/or the Blessed Sacrament.

Parish Daily to Our Lady of Prompt Succor

V: Our Lady of Prompt Succor, pray for us.
R: That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

O Mary, Mother of God, who amid the tribulations of the world, watch over us and over the Church of your Son, be to us and to the Church, truly Our Lady of Prompt Succor. Make haste to help us all in our necessities, that in this fleeting life you may be our succor, and obtain for us (here ask the particular favor you desire). As you once saved our beloved city from ravaging flames and our country from an invading army, have pity on us and obtain for us protection from hurricanes and all other disasters. Be to us truly Our Lady of Prompt Succor now and especially at the hour of our death.

Our Lady of Prompt Succor, Hasten to Help Us. 

Marian Prayer 

Our Parish Prayer during the Corona Virus 

Please pray each day 

O Mary, you always brighten our path as a sign of salvation and of hope. We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick, who, at the Cross, took part in Jesus’ pain while remaining steadfast in faith. 

O loving Mother, you know what we need, and we are confident you will provide for us as at Cana in Galilee. Intercede for us with your Son Jesus, the Divine Physician, for those who have fallen ill, for those who are vulnerable, and for those who have died. 

Intercede also for those charged with protecting the health and safety of others and for those who are trending to the sick and seeking a cure. 

Help us, O Mother of Divine Love, to conform to the will of the Father and to do as we are told by Jesus, who took upon himself our sufferings and carried our sorrows, so as to lead us, through the Cross to the glory of the Resurrection. Amen 

From the Knights of Columbus

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A PRAYER IN TIME OF PANDEMIC (Bishop of Worcester, MA.)

O God, whose Only Begotten Son bore the weight of human suffering for our salvation, hear the prayers of your Church for our sick brothers and sisters and deliver us from this time of trial. Open our ears and our hearts to the voice of your Son: Be not afraid, for I am with you always. Bless all doctors and nurses, researchers and public servants; give us the wisdom to do what is right and the faith to endure this hour, that we might gather once again to praise your name in the heart of your Church, delivered from all distress and confident in your mercy. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

A Prayer Amid an Epidemic

Kerry Weber is an executive editor of America.

Jesus Christ, you traveled through towns and villages “curing every disease and illness.” At your command, the sick were made well. Come to our aid now, in the midst of the global spread of the coronavirus, that we may experience your healing love.

Heal those who are sick with the virus. May they regain their strength and health through quality medical care. Heal us from our fear, which prevents nations from working together and neighbors from helping one another. Heal us from our pride, which can make us claim invulnerability to a disease that knows no borders.

Jesus Christ, healer of all, stay by our side in this time of uncertainty and sorrow. Be with those who have died from the virus. May they be at rest with you in your eternal peace. Be with the families of those who are sick or have died. As they worry and grieve, defend them from illness and despair. May they know your peace. Be with the doctors, nurses, researchers and all medical professionals who seek to heal and help those affected and who put themselves at risk in the process. May they know your protection and peace. Be with the leaders of all nations. Give them the foresight to act with charity and true concern for the well-being of the people they are meant to serve. Give them the wisdom to invest in long-term solutions that will help prepare for or prevent future outbreaks. May they know your peace, as they work together to achieve it on earth.

Whether we are home or abroad, surrounded by many people suffering from this illness or only a few, Jesus Christ, stay with us as we endure and mourn, persist and prepare. In place of our anxiety, give us your peace. Jesus Christ, heal us.

MARY, OUR MOTHER, PRAY FOR US –The Prayer of Pope Francis during the pandemic

O Mary, you always shine on our path as a sign of salvation and of hope. We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick, who at the cross took part in Jesus’ pain, keeping your faith firm. You, Salvation of the Roman People, know what we need, and we are sure you will provide so that, as in Cana of Galilee, we may return to joy and to feasting after this time of trial. Help us, Mother of Divine Love, to conform to the will of the Father and to do as we are told by Jesus, who has taken upon Himself our sufferings and carried our sorrows to lead us, through the cross, to the joy of the resurrection. Amen. Under your protection, we seek refuge, Holy Mother of God. Do not disdain the entreaties of we who are in trial, but deliver us from every danger, O glorious and blessed Virgin.

The Holy Family Passionist Retreat Center is offering a Messages of Hope Series in an effort to keep communities connected during the COVID-19 pandemic.  They offer offer the following homilies, reflections and musical selections to provide support and hope during these difficult times. Click here to view the series.C

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