PARISH PASTORAL COUNCIL

Our Vision is to strive always to “Seek first the Kingdom of God and His Righteousness” (Matthew 6:33) by living and acting as a Christ-centered family of believers and by bearing witness to our Faith at all times, such that by our speech and actions we attest to the truth of the Gospel. 

The Pastoral Council serves as a consultative body to the Pastor, i.e. shall make recommendations only by assisting him in those issues pertaining to the spiritual and material welfare of the Parish. A primary responsibility shall be to develop with the Pastor a pastoral plan to promote unity and the common good of the parish community. Chairperson – Jack Boitano and Co-chairperson – Sue Zello 


BEREAVEMENT MINISTRY

The Bereavement Ministry is made up of members who have experienced the death of a loved one. At this difficult time for the families, we try to offer sympathy and compassion to ease their pain and help them make the Mass a special and personal tribute to their deceased loved one. When the funeral Home calls the Parish Office to arrange for a Funeral Mass, a member of the Bereavement Ministry is contacted. We then call the family member in charge and arrange to meet with them at a time most convenient for them. We give them a booklet titled Through Death to Life. This booklet contains suggested readings that are used in preparation for the celebration of the funeral mass. We also offer list of songs that are appropriate for the mass. The family has the opportunity to make the celebration of the mass more personal for themselves by being able to choose the readings, the songs, the readers, the gift bearers and to decide if a family member or friend will be doing a short eulogy. The information is then passed on  to the celebrant, the altar server and the organist. We welcome anyone who would like to become part of this ministry.


Monsignor Mooney Council #13228
Knights of Columbus at Our Lady of Grace Parish

With more than 1.7 million members, the Knights of Columbus is the world’s largest Catholic lay organization. It provides members and their families with volunteer opportunities in service to the Catholic Church, the community, families, and young people. Since January thru October of 2019, the Knights of Columbus here at Our Lady of Grace raised and distributed $9,390.00 to charity and rendered 1,798 hours of volunteer service valued at $45,428.82.  

Here at Our Lady of Grace Knights we do all these things and much more. Look around the parish and you’ll notice a knight participating in almost every activity, serving as Readers, Eucharistic Ministers, Ushers, on various parish committees, leading faith formation for adults. We do it united in Charity, Unity and Fraternity. It’s our membership which gives us strength and we’d like your help. 

Joining the Knights of Columbus “family” has never been easier for men 18 years old or older practicing their faith, in fact it’s just a click away with our new online membership application at http://kofc.org/un/newjoin/en/index.html.

Learn more about the knights here at Our Lady of Grace by by contacting Grand Knight Terry Morgan at paxterry@gmail.com, Pat O’Keefe at virtualpat@yahoo.com, Chaplain Msgr. Ryan, or dropping a note in the collection basket with your name and contact information.  You can also learn more by visiting the “About” page on our website at this link; https://msgrmooneycouncil13228.weebly.com/about.html


The Women’s Ministry brings women of all ages from Our Lady of Grace Parish together to create a community of fellowship and growth in faith, reaching out to serve  our parish families and the community.

Women’s Ministry

All the women of the parish are invited to join us on Monday, November 18th at 7:00 PM in the Madonna Hall for our Homebound Parishioners Christmas craft project. We hope you will join us.

SAVE THE DATE

The Our Lady of Grace Ladies Christmas Din- ner will be on Thursday, December 12th at the Blue Goose in Stratford. More information to follow in upcoming weekly bulletins.


PARISH NURSES

Our Lady of Grace was one of the first parishes to start the Parish Nurse program more than 25 years ago. We received an award for this accomplishment. As of now the parish nurses are Lesley Kostyszyn  (leader ) , Naomi Hippeli  and Lillie Toni. We are available every third Sunday of the month from 9:30 am to 11:30 am. We offer blood pressure screening as well as listening to any questions may have and guidance as to if and when primary care physician should be called.


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.


Parish Ministry to the Sick

We presently visit Bridgeport Hospital and St.Vincent’s Hospital on Monday or Tuesday of eachweek. 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 ospital.

1. 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 visit- ing you if your name is not on this list.

2. 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.

3. Always know that there is a Pastoral CareTeam in both Bridgeport and St. Vincent’s Hospital. If you need to speak with a priest, the Priest Chaplain is available.


BINGO

We are sure that many of you have played or gone to bingo at some time in your life. For those who have not, it is a fun game that our Parish sponsors every Tuesday in the Parish Center Gym. Doors open at 4:30 pm and the first game begins at 6:30 pm and end at around 9:15 pm. People of all ages, parishioners and non-parishioners are welcome! Food service is available and the games are relatively inexpensive to play.  Bingo is also an important fundraising operation for the parish, providing much needed revenue annually to help pay parish expenses. 

Bingo is staffed entirely by a dedicated and great gr0up of volunteers. Some volunteers commit to working at the bingo every Tuesday night while others work less frequently. We could always use n ew volunteers to help us continue providing this service to our Church, our parishioners and the community. We would love to have you share you time and talents to help sustain our bingo and make it grow. You may contact the Bingo Crew at 203-375-2005.


The LORD’S KITCHEN

The Lord’s Kitchen, Stratford’s only community meal program, has been serving free meals every Monday and Wednesday from 5 to 6 pm since 2011.  The meals are served at Christ Episcopal Church by a dozen Stratford congregations and organizations, each taking one meal each month.  OLG’s Lord’s Kitchen volunteers typically serve on the fourth Monday each month and we offer ham or turkey sandwiches in the summertime and we cook Shepard’s Pie (ground beef, mashed potatoes and mixed vegetables) in the colder months.  We also provide salad and dessert. 
 
Our volunteers shop for the food, prepare the meal, serve the meal and clean up when the meal is served.  At the end of the meal we hand out “goodie bags” of toilet paper, tooth brushes, tooth paste and soap, which have been generously donated by OLG’s parishioners each month.

Use of Parish Facilities and Equipment
For security reasons and insurance purposes, our Parish will not rent space in our facilities and will not loan any equipment for use outside of our facilities.