January 26, 2020

Dear Friends,

After the weather mess last weekend, I need to bring to your attention that our collection was down $3500.00. I need to take this opportunity in this letter to inform our parishioners on some issues of our parish finances and ask for your help! A parishioner recently told me that the problem with the church is that it is always asking for money, it is true! I am asking for money because, unfortunately, we have been falling short of our goal. HERE IS THE BREAKDOWN: We have more than 1200 families registered, 330 families give 50 weeks of giving a year, an average weekly gift of $19. The next 218 parishioners give an average of $5.00-7.00 when they attend! The next 239 parishioners give less than $150.00 a year or less than $3.00 a week. The remaining parishioners have not made a recognized donation. The parish budget is based on 450 households giving $18.00 A WEEK. The good news is that our attendance numbers are higher. We are averaging 575 people on a weekend for mass. But many of the people attending have yet to join us! Invite the person next to you to use the welcome form in the bulletin. I was told that a parishioner is mad that the Diocese has not sent a second priest to OLG! With the figures I have just given you, the parish cannot afford a second assigned priest! I am thankful for the help of a retired Priest and a retired Deacon. I cannot afford to let the parish continue in a deficit! We are behind in our weekly offertory. We missed our Annual Collection goal by $1500.00. I have had to have two trees removed because of ice damage and disease. ($2000.00 bill).

What can you do?

1. You can be a recognized donor by using an envelope or using our on-line giving!
2. The goal is $18.00 a week per household, can you get us closer?
3. Invite the family sitting next to you to register in the parish?
4. Ask questions of the Finance Council and stayed informed?

Msgr. Ryan

January 12, 2020

Dear Friends,

On January 22, 1973 a decision by the US Supreme Court took the lives of many of millions of children in the womb. I ask you to join me in prayer for all the lives that have been touched because of a wrong decision. There is healing for those who are hurting, we ask the Lord’s Mercy.

We are asking God to call forth new Liturgical Ministers for our parish, If you are interested in joining our parish ministries as a Reader or Eucharistic Minister, please contact Msgr. Ryan at 203-377-0928 X12 or msgrryan@olgstratford.com. The training process will be through the Diocesan Leadership Institute. Each candidate will need to complete an application, have a recommendation from the Pastor, attend a Diocesan workshop and an complete an on-line course.

We are presently looking for Altar Servers from the 4-6 grades. We have introduced the role of the Altar Server to our Faith Formation students. For parents who are seeking further information, please contact Denise Bartelson at 203-375-6133.

Peace,

Msgr. Ryan

January 5, 2020

Dear Friends, 

May I wish you a Blessed, Holy, and Happy New Year! The year 2020 will be a challenge year for the parish. As the parish works and grows there is always the need for new volunteers. We will continue to invite our young families to participate in our Growing up Catholic Program, the Road from Bethlehem and the Family Mass. Please spread the word about our “little Church” and ask your family and friends to visit our parish website. May God bless us in 2020!

Parishioner’s Generosity – May God bless you for your generosity during this year’s Christmas time. Your generosity to the parish is a gift. Your sharing in the “Giving Tree” served more than 350 individuals. Your prayerfulness was a gift to me! May God bless you! 

Thank You! The music for Christmas Masses were done so well! A special note of thanks to Matt Roumeles, the cantor, and the choir for their prayerful and inspiring liturgical music. To all the Readers, Eucharistic Ministers, Ushers, and Altar Servers thank you for your service to God and our Parish. More than 1100 people attended Christmas Masses. Our Liturgical Ministers prayerfully cared for parishioner and visitor and made our “little Church” a spiritual home for many! The Church was beautifully decorated and gave a warm glow for the Nativity of Jesus. Thank you to Joan Pruzinsky and her many helpers who decorated our Church and spiritual Home!

Peace,

Msgr. Ryan 

 

December 29, 2019

 

Dear Friends, 

I invite you to take time this week and make some strong resolutions for the new year 2020. 

As I ask you to make some resolutions for 2020, do not forget the spiritual resolutions we need. In looking at my own life. I use the following prayer as a guide for my life’s review. 

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace. 

Where there is hatred, let me sow love; Where there is injury, pardon; Where there is doubt, faith; Where there is despair, hope; Where there is darkness, light; Where there is sadness, joy. O Divine Master, Grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled, as to console; To be understood, as to understand; To be loved as to love. For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. 

In the name of the Parish Staff and myself, may we wish you and your family a Holy and Blessed New Year 2020!

Feast of the Epiphany – On Sunday, January 5th , we will celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany of the Lord. Our tradition is that we bless our homes on this Feast. On the Feast, we ask you to bring your holy water bottle and we will bless chalk for you to use to write the blessing letters above your door. We will also have a prayer for you to say as you bless your home.

Parish Leaders – Please Save the Date  – Monday,  January 27, 2020 – 7:00 p.m. – Parish Leaders Meeting

Peace,

Msgr. Ryan

December 22, 2019

Dear Friends, 

As the Angels announce the “Birth of the Child Jesus”, I pray that your hearts might be open to the Peace, Joy, and Wonder of the newborn Christ. I pray for the answers of your prayers. May His “Star” guide you. 

On behalf of the Parish Staff and myself may we wish you and your families a Blessed Christmas!

We welcome Deacon Saranich who will be ministering in the parish. Deacon Michael and his wife have joined our parish. He is a retired Deacon of the Diocese. He will be visiting our parishioners in the local hospitals. He will assist in various areas of the parish as needed.

The Feast of the Holy Innocents is December 28. It has been our parish tradition to burn lighted candles on the Feast of the Holy Family (Dec. 28/29) to remember any child who has died by miscarriage, stillbirth, abortion, accidental, or natural death. Candles will be available on the table by the Icon of Mary on the weekend of December 14/15. Please label the candle with the child’s name and your candle will burn at all Masses the weekend of Dec. 28/29.

May we all bring the Peace of Christ to all! , Msgr. Ryan