Our Lady of Lourdes Roman Catholic Church
1640 Route 12, Gales Ferry, CT

Roman Catholic Church 1650 Route 12, Gales Ferry, CT

Calendar of Events

Happening This Week...

Thursday, September 21

  • Adult Choir Rehearsal 7:00pm - Church
  • AA Meeting 7:30pm - Meeting Room

Saturday, September 23

  • Steak Knight 6:00pm - Hall

Sunday, September 24

  • 1st & 2nd Grade 9:45am - Hall
  • 3rd & 4th Grade 9:45am - Conf. Room
  • 5th Grade 9:45am - Annex
  • 27th Annual Blue Mass 10:15am - Cathedral
  • Kindergarten 11:15am - Hall
  • 6th & 8th Grade 6:00pm - Conf. Room
  • 7th & 9th Grade 6:00pm - Hall

Monday, September 25

  • Knights of Columbus Business Meeting 7:00pm - Conf. Room

Tuesday, September 26

  • 40 Days-For-Life Vigil Mass 7:00pm - Cathedral

Wednesday, September 27

  • Children's Choir Rehearsal 4:00pm - Church
  • Chime Choir Rehearsal 4:45pm - Church

Thursday, September 28

  • Adult Choir Rehearsal 7:00pm - Church

Saturday, September 30

  • Mass for Uniquely Gifted & Disabled Partnership 5:00pm - Cathedral

Sunday, October 1

  • 1st & 2nd Grade 9:45am - Hall
  • 3rd & 4th Grade 9:45am - Conf. Room
  • 5th Grade 9:45am - Annex
  • 29th Annual Red Mass 10:30am - Cathedral
  • Kindergarten 11:15am - Hall
  • Blessing of the Animals 12:00pm - Grotto

Ongoing Events

Baptism Preparation
* Call the Rectory Office

Weekends

KoC Food Cards
in the Foyer following mass every 2nd and 4th weekend of the month.

Daily

Eucharistic Adoration
Daily from 5 AM to 11 PM

Mondays

Altar Guild
Mondays as needed.

Chaplet of Divine Mercy Novena Mass
Mondays at 9 AM

Workshop Ladies
Mondays at 10 AM in Mary Emerich room in the hall

Knights of Columbus Meetings
Second and Fourth Monday at 7 PM Conference Room.

Our Lady of Lourdes Guild
3rd Monday of each month (not including July, August, December and January)

Tuesdays

Ecumenical Bible Study
Tuesdays at 9:30 AM in the Library

Novena of the Miraculous Medal Mass
Tuedays mornings at 9 AM Mass.

Bereavement Support Group
1st & 3rd Tuesday of the Month 7 PM in the Conference Room

Wednesdays

Novena to Our Lady of Lourdes
Every Wednesday at 8 AM

Prayer Group
Every Wednesday 7 PM in the Chapel

Thursdays

Alcholics Anonymous (AA)
Thursday at 7:30 PM in Back Conference Room

Prayer Shawl Ministry
Every other Thursday at 6:30 PM. in the front Rectory Conference Room

Fridays

Church Cleaning Committee
Every Friday at 9:30 AM in the Church.

Faith Formation Registration 2017-2018

If you have not registered your child for the 2017-2018 Faith Formation program you can download the forms on our website or pick up a registration form located in the vestibule on the kiosk table.  If you have any financial difficulties please contact the office or email a
ffo@ololgf.org.  All children are welcome to join our program.
Faith Formation Volunteers
Interested in being a CCD catechist or aide? You will need to undergo a background screening and participate in Armatus on-line training. If interested, please contact the rectory.

BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS

Sunday, 1 October 2017 12:00pm back of the church near grotto.

A community event for your family and your pets.
The “Blessing of the Animals” takes place in honor of St. Francis of Assisi, who is the Patron Saint of Animals

*All animals must be crated or leashed*

St Francis

Choir Rehearsals

Adult Choir - Rehearsals begin on Thursday, September 14 from 7:00-8:30pm. All are welcome from high school age through adult. Choral experience is helpful, but not required.

Children’s Choir - Rehearsals begin on Wednesday, September 20 from 4:00-4:45pm. Open to children in grades 3-8.

Children’s Bell Choir - Rehearsals begin on Wednesday, September 20 from 4:45-5:30pm. Open to children in grades 3-8. Membership is limited and will be on a first come, first served basis. You must contact our Music Director, Sharon Green, before joining this group.

Autumn 2017 Adult Education Series

Announcing the Autumn 2017 Adult Education Series in the Ledyard-Groton Cluster Our Lady of Lourdes, Gales Ferry St. Mary, Mother of the Redeemer, Groton Sacred Heart, Groton City

Date Topic Presenter Comment
10/11 7pm Sheltering the Region’s Homeless Covenant Shelter New London At OLOLs
10/25 7pm Feeding the Region’s Hungry St. Vincent DePaul Soup Kitchen At St Mary's, Groton
11/15 7pm Living with & Ministering to
those with Disabilities or Dementia
Diocesan Office of Faith Events At OLOLs
11/26, 27, 28 Cluster Advent Mission Fr. Alar- National Shrine of Divine Mercy At Sacred Heart
12/13 7pm Catholic Dating after a Spouse Dies Diocesan Office of Faith Events At OLOLs

Join us for these interesting & informative presentations by contacting the parish secretary at Our Lady of Lourdes: phone 860-464-0034 email to secretary@ololgf.org

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament

"Every act of reverence, every genuflection that you make before the Blessed Sacrament is important because it is an act of faith in Christ, and act of love for Christ. And every sign of the cross and gesture of respect made each time you pass a church is also an act of faith." (St. Pope John Paul II).  Still looking for adorers for the following hours:  Monday at 1PM, Tuesday at 10AM and Thursday at 12PM.  If you can help with any of these hours or any other hour of your choosing, please fill out a sign-up form located on the desk in the Chapel and we will call you.  For more information, please contact Bill & Barbara Soude.  Also mark you calendars, Adoration Pot Luck dinner on Saturday, 10/21, after the 5PM Mass. Look for the sign-up sheets in  the sign-in log to let us know how many in your family will be coming and what you will be bringing. All committed adorers and substitute adorers and their families are cordially invited to this dinner.  Don't forget to sign up in the sign-in log so we know how many to expect.

Prayer Shawl

If you like to knit or crochet why not join the Prayer Shawl Ministry on Thursday, 9/21 at 6:30PM in the Rectory meeting room?  New members are always welcome!  Don't forget to complete a Prayer Shawl request form if you know of someone in need.  Just drop it in the box location outside of the Adoration Chapel.  For more information on this ministry, please contact Barbara Souder

27th Annual Red Mass

The Most Reverend Michael R. Cote, Bishop of Norwich, will host and celebrate the 27th Annual Red Mass on Sunday, October 1, 2017, at 10:30 a.m. in St. Patrick Cathedral, 213 Broadway, Norwich, for judges, lawyers, paralegal, law students - all involved in administration of justice: legislators, public officials, civic leaders, and all interested persons are invited. The Most Reverend Mark O'Connell, an Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Boston, will concelebrate the Red Mass and deliver the homily this year. Bishop Cote will also host the Breakfast Reception at his Residence, 274 Broadway, Norwich. Reservations are required. Please RSVP to Terri at The Chancery - at 860-887-9294.

ANNUAL DIOCESAN MASS OF REMEMBRANCE

The Annual Diocesan Mass of Remembrance to honor children who have died from stillbirths, miscarriages or abortions, whether recently or years ago, will take place Tuesday, October 10, at 7 P.M. at the Cathedral of St. Patrick in Norwich. Bishop Michael Cote will be the main celebrant. The Mass of Remembrance is an opportunity for family members to memorialize and honor the dignity of the precious lives of pre-born children. Light refreshments will be served following the Mass. For more information, call the Catholic Family Services Office at 860-848-2237, Ext. 306

Saint Bernard School

Experience the Difference. Join Us...

Information Sessions

• Saturday, October 21st 10am - Noon
• Thursday, November 9th 6pm

Placement Testing
• Saturday, November 4th 8:30am - Noon
• Saturday, November 18th 8:30am - Noon

Accepting Applications for Fall 2018 Apply Today!

Catherine B. Brown Director of Admissions and International Programs Saint Bernard School 1593 Norwich-New London Turnpike Uncasville, CT 06382 cbrown@saint-bernard.com 860-848-1271

"The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

YOUTH EXPLOSION IX - SAVE THE DATE

Sunday, November 5, 2017 • 12:30-6:30 pm

Youth explosion XI

CT Catholic Men’s Conference - 2017

Greetings Men of God! It’s that time of year again - time for the 10th Annual Connecticut Catholic Men’s Conference. This year the conference will be held on 21 October 2017 at St. Paul Catholic High School, 1001 Stafford Avenue, Bristol, CT from 8:30-5:00pm. Cost is only $45. This is our 10th year and it looks to be better than ever. We’re calling all men of the parish to join us for a day of dynamic speakers, deep spirituality, incredible worship, and great food, fellowship, and fun! It won’t be the same without you! Sign-ups will take place over the next few weekends at the table in the foyer. Don’t miss out on this wonderful event for Catholic men from all over Connecticut!

Twenty-Second Annual Mass for Those Dedicated to Education

The Twenty-Second Annual Diocesan Mass for Those Dedicated to Education will be celebrated on Sunday, September 10, 2017, in the Cathedral of St. Patrick, at 8:45 a.m. Bishop Cote will celebrate this Mass for all teachers and support staff, public, parochial, and private, active and retired, of all faiths. Reverend Peter Langevin, Parochial Vicar, Cathedral of Saint Patrick, will be the homilist. All are welcome.

Currently, the Planning Committee for this Mass is seeking additional members to assist in preparing this very meaningful tribute to Educators and to become an active member of the planning committee.

The next meetings of the Mass Committee will be held on September 11, 2017, at 4:00 p.m. in the Bishop Hines Conference Room of the Chancery. Please join us in planning the 23rd Annual Mass for Those Dedicated to Education.
For information or if you wish to help, please call Monsignor Brown or Rebecca McDougal at 860-887-9294.

Spiritual Renewal Center

Spiritual Renewal Center co-directors Fr. Ray Introvigne and Judith Hughes
11 Bath Street, Norwich, CT 06360
 
Charismatic Prayer Meeting: Every Tuesday at 2:00pm
Prayer, Praise and Worship
Spiritual Renewal Center, 11 Bath Street, Norwich, CT  (860-887-0702)

ACTS Retreat for Women

Sept 28-Oct 1, 2017
My Father’s House, Moodus, CT
Sponsored by: St. Mary, Mother of the Redeemer, Groton

What is it? A Three day, three night Catholic lay retreat open to anyone of all faiths. Presented by women who have attended prior retreats under the guidance of a Catholic Guide. Activities focus on Adoration, Community, Theology and Service. Scripture and teaching of the Catholic Church and guides. Goals: To renew yourself spiritually, strengthen your faith and its application in daily life; creating lasting and supporting friendships. Results: Participants return to their parish faith communities with a deeper love for their families and each other, and a desire to become more involved in parish and local communities in activities that help others. Interested in attending? Brochures are in the back of the Church or go to www.actsct.org (events). Or call Director: Donna Upchurch: 860-536-4181 or Co-Directors Carolyn Nelson 860-464-7923 and Joan Balestracci 860-536-2308

Worldwide Marriage Encounter

“... and you will find rest for yourselves. For my yoke is easy, and my burden light." Find out how Love and communication can ease your burdens by attending a Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend. The next WWME Weekends is Nov 3-5, 2017 in Manchester, CT and and Feb 2-4, 2018 in Manchester, CT. For more information, call Dennis & Jane Lamondy at 860-481-3720 or visit us at https://wwmectw.org/.