OUR LADY OF GRACE PARISH

                              

Please join us to Pray, Smile, Listen, Encourage, and Invite Others to Come Home!

Dear Friends,
We will celebrate a “Family Mass” on Sunday October 27th at the 10:00 am Mass. The Family Mass will involve the children from our Faith Formation program. The children from our 6th grade will be our readers and serve with other liturgical ministers. The homily will be on a family theme, and there will be a reception for our families after mass in the parish hall. We have planned the new Family Mass every month. Please plan to join us. God Bless you and your family.

Wheelchair Seating

A number of people have asked, where can we be seated with a person in a wheelchair. We invite you to be seated in the front area of the church. You and your family can be seated. Communion will be brought to you at the beginning of Communion time!

Peace, Monsignor Ryan


Recognition of Generosity

The Knights have made a commitment to Our Lady of Grace parish, to raise the money to fund the financial costs of the extra priests who served the parish while Msgr. Ryan was recovering from his heart surgery! Msgr. Ryan wants to thank his Brother Knights for their help as he returned to the parish and active ministry. Thank you for your commitment of $7,200.00. Your first check of $3,600.00 was received and will help the parish budget.

Thank You – We would like to thank Liz Christiansen and the Women’s Ministry for serving at last Sunday’s reception. The reception was a recognition of the ministry of Deacon Rob McLaughlin. Thank you for the good food and the chance for people to meet and enjoy!


Parish Breakfast and Ministry Fair

We invite you and your family to join us for breakfast next Sunday, October 20th between 9:00 am and noon. It is a free meal to kick-off our new year. The breakfast is buffet style and free! We hope to have our parishioners meet old and new friends. We hope that you will find the information on our parish ministries inviting!


All Saints Day, November 1st, is a Holy Day of Obligation.

Our Mass schedule is:
Thursday, Oct. 31, the Vigil Mass is at 7:00 pm. and Friday, Nov. 1st, masses are at 9:00 am, and 12:00 noon.

Any Liturgical Minister available to assist at the Vigil Mass or masses on All Saints Day, a sign up sheet will be available on the Sacristy bulletin board the weekend of Oct. 26 & 27.


Annual Mass of Remembrance

The “Annual Mass of Remembrance” will be celebrated on Sunday, November 3rd at 10:00 am. The names of parishioners who have died from October 1, 2018 through September 30, 2019 will be read at Mass and a candle of remembrance will be presented to each family.

A special letter of invitation will be sent to those families who have lost a loved one in the last year.


Funeral Guidelines

On September 15th, Bishop Caggiano issued “Norms for the Celebration of Funerals” in the Diocese.Our Bereavement Ministry will continue to provide:

1.When contacted by the Funeral Home, we will con- tact the family of the deceased person. Our Bereavement Team will meet with the family to plan the scriptural readings and the liturgical music for the Funeral Mass. We will always encourage the participation of the family in the Mass.

2.Our Lady of Grace Parish will allow, the family toshare the “Words of Remembrance” according to Diocesan Guidelines. The Bereavement Team will work with each family to prepare their words to be shared after the Communion Prayer at Mass.

3.The requested donation for the parish will be $200.00, and at the present time the honorarium for the organist/cantor is $200.00.

4.We invite our families to make donations in the name of their loved one through our Parish Memorial Book.


Parish Publicity

Msgr. Ryan is seeking a volunteer to assist the Parish Team in creating articles, news announcements, and public announcements of our parish programs. If God has gifted you please give us a call! Contact Msgr. Ryan at msgrryan@olgstratford.com or 203-377-0928 x5.


Parish Finances

I would like to thank those families that have increased their weekly donation. Just as your costs for everyday expenses have increased so have the parish costs. We need to reach an average collection of $7800.00 a week in parish giving. We ask for your support!


The Annual Collection

The Annual Collection dedicated to Winter Fuel and Snow Removal begins on October 1 and continues through December 31 (the green envelope marked “Annual Collection” found in your packet). The Annual collection helps the parish pay for the winter bills of snow removal and extra heating expenses. We ask for your generosity.


Make-up Envelopes

When you travel and do not join us for Sunday Mass, may we ask you to make up your offering envelope. Your weekly donation is important to us, so that we can continue to serve our parishioners.


BEING A DISCIPLE

“GO FORTH AND TEACH THE GOOD NEWS” These words were spoken by the Lord Jesus.How are these words relevant in your world today! Being a disciple means accepting the call from the Lord and being of service! Can you give the parish some hours each week, Can you serve a meal once a month? Can you give us a day of service once in a while? Please think about how you can join us in Pastoral Engagement. Please let Msgr. Ryan know a gift you wish to share!


MY SPIRITUAL LIFE

In the coming weeks we will be sharing with you spiritual themes, spiritual places, and spiritual materials. It is our hope that you may find ways of growth, and peace!

Someone asked this past week, where can I find the Mass on TV?
We have three daily Masses that you can view, if you are an Optimum Customer!

Channel 24 has the Mass from Hartford everyday at 10 am
Channel 135 EWTN Daily Mass at Noon
Channel 137 Catholic Faith Network from Rockville Center NY at 11am