July 5, 2020

Dear Friends,

As we celebrate the Fourth of July weekend, and understand the meaning of Freedom and Independence we have been given, let us take time to thank God for the gift of this nation. I ask you to pray with me for our nation’s health and the finding of a vaccine for the coronavirus. I ask you to pray with me that forgiveness will be part of the American lifestyle. I pray that wounds will be healed because of the lack of respect and understanding of all peoples. I ask you to join me in a prayer that we stay safe and respect all life!

The next challenge for the parish will be reopening daily Mass. During the pandemic, the intention for masses has declined. We wonder how many parishioners will return to morning Mass. We will have to create a reservation system, we will follow health mandates in washing our hands, wearing face masks and practice social distancing. The seating will be limited and all attending the mass will enter through the sacristy door. Finally, we will have to clean our personal spaces at the end of mass. Spray bottles and wipes will be available. Please let me know that you plan to attend daily mass by July 6th. The hope is to begin a daily Mass schedule by the middle of July.

Thank you – During the past weekends, I have seen us celebrate the reopening of our parish with masses in the parking lot and church. I would like to thank the many volunteers who assisted us during this time. I believe that each one of us is finding something new as we reopen our parish for public worship. I look forward to asking our volunteers to help me create new mass roles that might serve our parish and build our community during this pandemic time. May God bless you and thank you for your time and energy.

May God bless our nation on this 4th of July,

Msgr. Ryan

June 23, 2020

Dear Friends,

We are entering into the next step of the reopening of our parish church. On this weekend we will have three weekend masses in the church. Last Sunday, the decision was made to bring the masses back inside because the number of people attending mass in the parking lot were small and the weather was very hot! So, beginning this weekend, June 27th and 28th, our mass schedule will be Saturday at 4:00 PM, Sunday 8:00 AM, and Sunday Noon. You will have to make reservations for each person who will be attending. We can seat 60 people in the main body of our church and reservations will be important to accomplish our seating limitations. I will be calling you after you make your reservation and giving you instruction on what needs to be known about attending mass here at Our Lady of Grace. Registration for the mass can be found on the website on Wednesday evening and by phone reservation on Thursday morning. A calling post reminder will be sent on Wednesday with reservation information. Please be listening for the directions that will come to you by calling post. Click here to read about what to expect when coming tp mass this weekend!

We will continue to celebrate the mass by means of our Website and Facebook each weekend. Some of our parishioners will choose not to come back to church at this time. I assure them that the Bishop continues to grant a dispensation from Sunday Mass for those people who need to care for themselves and their health.

God Bless,

Msgr.Ryan

June 21, 2020

Dear Friends,
I would like to take a moment to recognize all the fathers of our parish. There are many people who work behind the scenes in our parish. I thank them for their gentleness and their strength. I ask this day that God will send his blessings upon the men of our parish .

On behalf of the parish staff and myself, I would like to wish the fathers and grandfathers, great- grandfathers, and godfathers of our parish, all the blessings that the Lord might provide. I have enclosed in the bulletin a special prayer for fathers. Please take the prayer and pray it remembering fathers both living and deceased.

Our Parish Church without Paper -Under the mandate to reopen our church we must take away those items that could carry the coronavirus. Therefore, we will no longer have missalettes in the church or music books. There will be no books or pamphlets in our book racks and there will be no posters on our bulletin board!

I wish to assist you with certain materials that you might take home with you for using when you are watching mass on the computer or TV. I will make available this weekend (10am until 4pm) the missalettes that the church has purchased for the coming five months. The missalette will be left in boxes outside the garage by the rectory, please pick one up. I ask you to take only one per household.

I will also make available pamphlets that you may pick up at the middle garage door. These booklets will be the Care Notes and the Living Faith booklets which are free to our parishioners. I will leave them in plastic bags. Please feel free to open the bag and take one.

God Bless!

Msgr. Ryan

June 14, 2020

Dear Friends, 

This Sunday we celebrate the “ Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ” this feast day enables us to respond to the words of Jesus in John’s Gospel. The words spoken are these: Jesus says to the crowd, “I am the living bread that came down from Heaven whoever eats this bread will live forever.” 

I find these words very fitting for today as we in the Diocese of Bridgeport begin to open our churches once again for the celebration of the public mass. These past 11 weeks have been very difficult for many of us . We have missed receiving the Eucharist and having that very close intimate relationship with Jesus Christ. 

I know that many of you have expressed to me the spiritual moment you experienced through the Spiritual Communion as you watched the mass on TV. It is because of your faith that you understand the depth of this great mystery . 

May we learn from this time that the gift of the Eucharist is precious to every Catholic Christian and it brings the unity that is needed in our world. The world is hungering through so many different issues. How great it is for us to have the Eucharist that we might receive, so that we do not go hungry. 

Thank you for your faithfulness and let us receive the heavenly Bread that has been given to us.‘ 

Peace. 

Msgr Ryan 

June 8, 2020

Dear Friends, 

As we continue to reopen our parish church, it is important that we understand some of the following important directives so that we can support each other and make sure that we are safe in gathering. 

1. Do not come to church if you are feeling ill, we will continue to have mass on our website and on our Facebook page. 

2. Please bring a face mask to be worn when you are out of the car receiving communion at our masses in the parking lot. When we return to the church, face masks must always be worn. 

3. When you go to mass in the church please wash your hands at the hand sanitizing station as you enter and as you exit. 

4. If you presently are in need of assistance when you come to mass because you use a walker or cane, we would suggest that you do not come to mass until we are back in the church at the end of June. We will be prepared to serve you when you return. I ask you to contact George Zamary at 203-377-0928 x9 and discuss the assistance that you will need when you return to church. 

5. Please make your reservations before coming to mass either on the parish website or by using our call reservation number 203-450-6898. We will notify you by calling post to let you know the day and the time when we are taking reservations. 

6. I ask your patience and understanding as we go through these next week’s so that we might unite our community in the Body of Christ.

The FM Transmitter is working. Mass is scheduled for June 13th and 14th. I will contact the parish by CallingPost late Wednesday afternoon regarding reservations.

God bless! 

Msgr. Ryan