Pastor’s Message – March 22, 2020

Dear Friends, 

I hope you are staying well. The isolation from the public has given me more time to reflect and pray. The time of prayer reminds me of my life last year. The quiet helps me to be alone with Jesus and gain hope from Him! 

I continue to offer Mass each day for scheduled intentions and to remember you in my daily intentions. Our Church is open each day from 10am until 2pm for private prayers. Please practice social distancing We tried to videotape this weekends Mass but had some technical issues. We hope that you will find the weekend Mass on our website starting March 29th. 

The parish office is closed to the public as we practice social distancing. We invite you to call and leave your messages. We will return your calls in a timely manner. The parish will continue to publish the weekly bulletin. We will email a copy to the 527 email addresses that we currently have on our census. If we do not have your email address please call the office so we can add you to the list. You may also view the bulletin on-line at our website <www. Olgstratford.com>. Bulletins are available outside the parish garage in a folder box. Please read the bulletin for Up To Date information.

Offertory Donation – To make donations during this time of masses being cancelled please consider:

1. Mailing your donation to the Parish directly. 

2. Dropping off your donation in lock box that has been installed outside the garage located next to the rectory sidewalk. 

3. Go online to our EFT/Online Giving and sign up temporarily. Click here for the link.

Please call Stacey at the Parish Office (203) 377-0928 x13 with any questions or concerns. 

Click here to read Bishop Caggiano’s letter to us, the faithful of the Diocese.

Msgr. Ryan

March 8 – Update

Dear Friends,

Effective March 16th at 8 pm, Bishop Frank J. Caggiano has mandated that all weekday and Sunday public Masses celebrated in the presence of the lay faithful are temporarily suspended in the Diocese of Bridgeport.

The temporary suspension will remain in effect until Friday, April 3. We will receive a confirmation or revision of that date on Monday, March 30. Read more

As of March 12th, I have suspended all non-essential meetings in the parish! I hope that by closing the Parish Center building we will be able to keep the building virus free and limit any spread of the virus through personal contact. I hope to be able to free Danny, our custodian, to make sure the Church is sanitized.
 We will need to utilize our website and other avenues such as Calling Post as the plan unfolds. Please check the website for updates and to get the bulletin especially if you are unable to attend mass.  If you have blocked Calling Post (405-308-4474) please consider removing the block at least during this time. If you are not getting our robo-calls from Calling Post please call the office so that we can add your name and number to our Calling-Post list!

For those unable to attend Mass

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”

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.

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.

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

March 8, 2020

Dear Friends,

I invite you to join us for a night of prayer. On Wednesday, March 11th we will have a “Meditative Way of the Cross.” Fr. Joseph Cervero, the Pastor of St. Patrick Parish will lead us in prayer reflection and song. “Meditating on the Way of the Cross” we will be led to a deeper understanding of our lives. The Meditative Station will be held on Wednesday, March 11th at 7 pm. Please plan to join us!

Last Call for any parishioners wishing to join our Liturgical Ministry Team as Readers and Eucharistic Ministers. Please watch the bulletin for an upcoming meeting! 

If you were a Liturgical Minister and have not completed the Diocesan Ministry program or have not received a Diocesan Mandate, I will be contacting you and inviting you to join in our parish program. 

Msgr. Ryan 

March 1, 2020

Dear Friends,

Lent is a time for penance and reconciliation! Let me share with you some times for the Sacrament of Penance. Our Parish Confession times are: Fridays 8:30am – 8:50am and Saturdays 1:15pm – 2:15pm. Our Parish Lenten Penance Service will be on Wednesday, April 8th at 7:00pm. The Diocesan Penance Monday will be on Monday, April 6th 3:00pm -9:00pm at St. James, Stratford.

I invite you to join us for a night of prayer. On Wednesday, March 11th we will have a “Meditative Way of the Cross.” Fr. Joseph Cervero, the Pastor of St. Patrick Parish will lead us in prayer reflection and song. “Meditating on the Way of the Cross” we will be led to a deeper understanding of our lives. The Meditative Station will be held on Wednesday, March 11th at 7 pm. Please plan to join us!

Peace,

Msgr. Ryan

 

February 23

Lent is upon us! Ash Wednesday Schedule: 7:30 am Prayer Service, 9:00 am Mass,3:30 pm Prayer Service, 5:30 pm Mass, and 7:30 pm Prayer Service.

Stations of the Cross during Lent on Fridays at 12:00 (Noon).

The guidelines for Lenten Fasting and Abstinence during Lent are:

The rules for fasting and abstinence in the United States are: Every person 14 years or older must abstain from meat (and items made with meat) on Ash Wednesday, Good Friday, and all the Fridays of Lent. Every person between the age of 18 and 59 (beginning of 60th year) must fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. Fasting is one full meal and two smaller meals and fast between meals.

We will  have a Parish Penance Service on Wednesday April 8th at 7pm. We are a parish with one priest, so please join us during the scheduled times!

We are going to have a special night of reflection during Lent on Wednesday, March 11th at 7pm. We have an evening of meditative prayer and reflection with music on the Way of the Cross. Rev Joseph Cervero will lead us in a guided meditation. Fr. Joe is the Pastor of St. Patrick Church in Redding, CT.

On Sunday, April 26, 2020 at 3:00 pm at St Theresa Parish in Trumbull, Bishop Caggiano will be celebrating the 2020 Wedding Jubilee Mass. This Mass is for couples celebrating their 25, 30, 35, 40, 45 and 50+ year wedding anniversaries. The Mass will be immediately followed by a concert by the Diocesan Choir 4 Youth. To register, please contact the parish office or go to www.bridgeportdiocese.org/jubileemass to register directly. There is no cost to attend. Space is limited, so please RSVP by April 16, 2020.

Msgr. Ryan