October 18, 2020

Dear Friends,
I have been asked several questions about the impact on our church, by the Phase Three mandates by the State. The State mandate states that church can go to 50% of capacity, with a cap of 200 people. What the media did not tell you is that we must also continue social distancing, face masks at Mass and reservations for seating and contact tracing. The phase three Mandate would allow us 5 more seats. We are presently working on a seating chart. We will keep you informed of any changes

As previously mentioned, October has been set aside for growing a greater respect for all human life! Please join me in praying the following prayer each day during October!

Respect Life Prayer

Father and maker of all, you adorn all creation with splendor and beauty, and fashion human lives in your image and likeness. Awaken in every heart reverence for the work of your hands, and renew among your people a readiness to nurture and sustain your precious gift of life. Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God forever and ever. Amen

Peace Msgr. Ryan

 

October 11, 2020

Dear Friends,

We had a wonderful beginning of our Religious Education year. I want to thank Denise Bartelson and the parish catechists for their leadership in our program. On last Saturday, we held a Parent’s Meeting and the blessing of our Children’s Prayer Garden. Families remained in their cars and at the end of the meeting each family drove by the prayer garden and said a prayer! Our program will be based on some in-class training, some on-line training and a few family sessions. We thank God that 80% of our students are returning! Spread the word to your neighbors, family and friends, invite them to join us.

Annual Collection – The Annual Collection will be dedicated this year for paying the Corona Virus expenses experienced by the parish. The added personal, protective equipment the weekly Callingpost message, cleaning equipment and supplies and other related cost are nearing $25,000.00. Our goal for this year is $20,000.00. The appeal will run from October 1 and continues through December 31 (the green envelope marked “Annual Collection” can be found in your packet). The Annual collection will help us to pay our bills. Our budget is missing our major fundraiser which was Bingo! We ask for your generosity.

Respect Life Prayer -Father and maker of all, you adorn all creation with splendor and beauty, and fashion human lives in your image and likeness. Awaken in every heart reverence for the work of your hands, and renew among your people a readiness to nurture and sustain your precious gift of life. Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God forever and ever. Amen

Peace, Msgr. Ryan

 

October 4, 2020

Dear Friends,

As you have heard, The State of Connecticut will be beginning Phase Three in the re-opening plan. Church may increase seat to 50% of capacity and not to exceed 200 people. The Mandate also states that we must continue to follow the wearing of a face mask, keep social distancing rules, and will continue reservations and contact tracing. I will keep you informed as we look at our seating plan.

As mentioned, October has been set aside for growing a greater respect for all human life! Please join me in praying the following prayer each day during October!

Respect Life Prayer

Father and maker of all, you adorn all creation with splendor and beauty, and fashion human lives in your image and likeness. Awaken in every heart reverence for the work of your hands, and renew among your people a readiness to nurture and sustain your precious gift of life. Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God forever and ever. Amen

Msgr. Ryan

September 27, 2020

Dear Friends,

The month of October has been set aside for growing a greater respect for all human life! Please join me in praying the following prayer each day during October!

Respect Life Prayer

Father and maker of all, you adorn all creation with splendor and beauty, and fashion human lives in your image and likeness. Awaken in every heart reverence for the work of your hands, and renew among your people a readiness to nurture and sustain your precious gift of life. Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God forever and ever. Amen
Msgr. Ryan

September 20, 2020

Dear Friends,

Thank you for your participation in the Parish Survey! The survey results suggest to our leadership that we will continue to communicate with you by callingpost 94% responded that they were receiving our callingpost messages! 93.1% responded positively about reading the parish bulletin. 60% responded positively about watching Mass on YouTube, while 45% are watching Mass on TV. We will continue to work on strengthening our communication with you!

In our parish, one of the best ways to communicate with our parishioners is still by phone. Callingpost enables us to prepare a recorded message and send it to you within minutes. We are happy to hear so many are receiving our calls. Some of you may have blocked the parish messages. Callingpost will continue to call until the message is received. Please help us to provide you with good information and watch for our Callingpost messages! if you are not receiving them please call Stacey at 203-377-0928 ext. 13 or email her – StaceyBreyan@olgstratford.com.

The Hope for the Future campaign has been of great assistance to the parish during these past months. The campaign envelope is dated September 27th. We hope that you will join us in financially supporting the parish and build this hope for the future of Our Lady of Grace parish. Thank you for your generosity.

Peace, Msgr. Ryan