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

Flyers for Upcoming Events

The Mass - Wednesdays 9/12 - 10/17 @ St Mary's Mother of the Redeemer

Presentation on 'The Mass' - Wednesdays 9/12 - 10/17 @ St Mary's Mother of the Redeemer

Blessing of the Animals 10/7 @ OLOL

Blessing of the Animals 10/7 @ OLOL

OLOL Guild

OLOL Guild "The New Evangelization for Us" with Fr Tomasz Albrecht 10/17 @ OLOL

Our Lady's Guild Annual Bazaar 11/3-4 @ OLOL

Our Lady's Guild Annual Bazaar 11/3-4 @ OLOL - PDF

Save the Date 2018 Youth Explosion Nov 4

Save the Date 2018 Youth Explosion Nov 4

2018 World Wide Marriage Encounter Dates

2018 World Wide Marriage Encounter Dates - PDF

CT Catholic Men's Conference 10/20 @ Bristol, CT

CT Catholic Men's Conference 10/20 @ Bristol, CT

Happening This Week...

Wednesday, September 19

  • Children’s Choir 4:00 PM - Church
  • Bell Choir 4:45 PM - Church
  • Catechist Meeting 6:30 PM - Conference Room
  • Prayer Group 7:00 PM - Chapel

Thursday, September 20

  • Choir Rehearsal 7:00 PM - Church
  • AA Meeting 7:30 PM - Back Conference Room

Friday, September 21

  • Cleaning Crew 9:00 AM - Church

Saturday, September 22

  • Reconciliation 4:00 PM - Church

Sunday, September 23

  • Faith Formation
  • 1st & 2nd Grade 9:45 AM - Hall
  • 3rd & 4th Grade 9:45 AM - Conf. Room
  • 5th Grade 9:45 AM - Annex
  • Kindergarten 11:15 AM - Hall
  • 6th & 8th Grade 5:45 PM - Conf. Room
  • 7th & 9th Grade 5:45 PM - Hall

Monday, September 24

  • Workshop Ladies 10:00 AM - Church Hall
  • Youth Group 6:30 PM - Back Conf. Room
  • K of C Business Meeting 7:00 - Conf. Room

Tuesday, September 25

  • Ecumenical Bible Study 9:30 - Conf. Room

Wednesday, September 26

  • Children’s Choir 4:00 PM - Church
  • Bell Choir 4:45 PM - Church
  • Prayer Group 7:00 PM - Chapel

Thursday, September 27

  • Choir Rehearsal 7:00 PM - Church
  • Respect for Life Mtg. 7:00 PM - Conf. Room
  • AA Meeting 7:30 PM - Back Conf. Room

Friday, September 28

  • Cleaning Crew 9:00 AM - Church

Saturday, September 29

  • Reconciliation 4:00 PM - Church

Ongoing Events

Baptism Preparation
* Call the Rectory Office

Weekends

KoC Food Cards
in the Foyer following mass every full 1st (both Sat/Sun in the same month) and 3rd 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 after 9 AM mass

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 (Sept - May)

Novena of the Miraculous Medal Mass
Tuesday mornings after 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 after 8 AM mass

Prayer Group
Every Wednesday 7 PM in the Chapel

Thursdays

Alcoholics 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.

Our Lady of Lourdes Youth Group

Our Lady of Lourdes is having a Youth Ministry Kick-Off for all High School Teens on Sunday, 30 September 2018 from 6:00-7:30 PM.

Come and join us for some games, food, fellowship and fun!  Bring a friend and your talents so we can help others in need!

RSVP by September 19, 2018 by email ffo@ololgf.org or 860-464-7251  to Mrs. Josephine Cometa.

The next Youth Group meeting is scheduled for Monday, 24 September 2018 at 6:30 PM.

Our Lady of Lourdes Mom Group!

Come join us on Thursday, 11 October 2018 to hang out with other moms! The play group for Our Lady of Lourdes welcomes women who are expecting, who have small children at home, or just need some adult conversation. We will be meeting in the Church Hall at 10:00 AM. Please call the rectory office at (860) 464-7251 so we know how many people will be attending. Hope to see you there!

Bereavement Support Group

A Bereavement Support Group meets at 6:30PM the first and third Tuesday of the month in Our Lady of Lourdes Rectory Meeting Room. October 2.

The Support Group is a small group voluntarily sharing their experiences in going through bereavement and discussing helpful spiritual guidance.

We will begin a new a new 12 session series this Fall:

  • Phases of Bereavement – Where are we now
  • Dealing with Emotions
  • Survivor Check List
  • Unique Paths to Recovery
  • Setting Incremental Goals
  • Restructuring Our Lives
  • Assessing Our Progress
  • Dealing With Holidays
  • Temporary Setbacks
  • Support From Others
  • Establishing New Relationships
  • Evaluating the New You

Information from the above sessions will also be available in the Chapel and Church Foyer in the Bereavement Support Group Container.

Knights of Columbus Activities

Knights of Columbus Food Cards
We will be selling Food Cards the weekend of October 6/7 in the vestibule. Please note:  Food cards are sold only on the 1st full weekend (both Saturday and Sunday fall in the same month) and 3rd weekend of the month.  We appreciate your patronage!

Tootsie Roll Drive
Our Lady of Lourdes Knights of Columbus will be collecting for the Campaign for People with Intellectual Disabilities after each mass the weekend of September 22 and 23.
Collections will take place after mass in the vestibule.
All donations will be greatly appreciated.

Prayer Shawl Ministry

The Prayer Shawl Ministry will meet on Thursday, 9/20, at 6:30PM in the rectory meeting room. New members are always welcome! On July 5th, we celebrated our 13th anniversary of this ministry. We have given out over 3,700 Prayer Shawls and/or Lap Robes to those in need. Do you know of someone in need of a Prayer Shawl or Lap Robe? If so, please complete a Prayer Shawl request form and drop it in the box located outside of the Chapel. If you have any questions about this ministry, please contact Barbara Souder at 464-6218.

Our Lady of Lourdes Ecumenical Bible Study Group

We resumed on Tuesday, September 11. We are studying the book of Luke and go where GOD leads us. Everyone is welcome to join us weekly every Tuesday morning at 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM.

Choir Rehearsals

Adult Choir - Rehearsals begin on Thursday, September 13 from 7-8:30 PM. All are welcome from high school age through adult. Choral experience is helpful, but not required.

Children’s Choir - Rehearsals begin on Wednesday, September 19 from 4-4:45 PM. Open to children in grades 3-8.

Children’s Bell Choir - Rehearsals begin on Wednesday, September 19 from 4:45-5:30 PM. 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.

For more information, please speak to Mrs. Green after any mass.

Faith Formation Registration

If you have not registered your child for the 2018-2019 Faith Formation program (Pre-K thru 9th Grade), you can pick up a registration form from the kiosk table located in the vestibule, download the pdf, or call the rectory at 860-464-7251.
All children are welcome to join our program!

Faith Formation Volunteers Needed

Are you being called to serve? Do you enjoy teaching and sharing your faith with others? Consider becoming a catechist or aide in our Faith Formation Program!

Parents with children in the Religious education program and Teens looking for volunteer hours are encouraged to join!

If interested, please contact Mrs. Josephine Cometa at 860-464-7251 or ffo@ololgf.org.

Note: In order to protect our children, all volunteers working with children are required to have a background screening and to participate in Armatus online training or a Called to Protect workshop.

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament

"Jesus is not on His Eucharistic throne to receive the adorations of the angels and to enjoy the company of the blessed. These He finds in heaven. But He is on His Eucharistic throne to receive your adorations, to listen to your confidences, and to console and alleviate your sorrows and trials." (Fr. Jose Guadalupe Trevino).  Our Chapel is open from 5AM - 11PM, daily.  Stop in on your way to and from work if possible.  What better way to start and end your day.  Even better, sign up to become a  committed adorer for one hour a week.  You choose the day and time.  Please contact Bill & Barbara Souder for more information. 

Mark your calendars!  The Annual Adoration PotLuck Supper is coming soon - October 20th after the 5PM Mass.  Signup sheets will be in the sign-in log mid September.

Workshop Ladies

It is not too early to be thinking about our Christmas Bazaar (November 3rd & 4th). We again are looking for any parishioners who are willing to knit, sew, crochet, needle work etc. for our Handicraft Table or perhaps make Christmas Ornaments or decorations for our Christmas Table. We certainly would appreciate and thank you for any help you may be able to give us.

Some items we need are wide mouth canning jars with lids - pint size; adult & baby afghans; kid’s slippers; hats, scarves, mittens for adults or children or any other items.

One last request - would anyone be willing to do embroidery work?

If you have any questions, please contact Annette Norman (860) 464-8519 or Sandy Friess (860) 464-7341.

Spiritual Renewal Center

Spiritual Renewal Center co-directors Fr. Ray Introvigne and Judith Hughes
11 Bath Street, Norwich, CT 06360   (860-887-0702)

Prayer Meeting - Every Tuesday at 2:00pm
Prayer, Praise and Worship - Spiritual Renewal Center, 11 Bath Street, Norwich, CT 

Masses of Healing – Typically, every 2nd and 4th Monday at 2 PM. Fr. Ray is the celebrant and healing prayer is given by Mrs. Judith Hughes. Individual prayer is also available after Mass.

Rosary Coast to Coast

Join the Rosary Coast to Coast Program on Sunday, October 7, 2018, the Feast day of Our Lady of the Rosary at 4 PM in Our Lady of Lourdes Church.

Rosary Coast to Coast will join with our International brothers and sisters to pray for our respective nations. Americans across the country are invited to pray Rosary Coast to Coast wherever they can gather: in parish Churches; in front of state capitols; along the U.S. coasts and borders; as families; or while viewing the live-stream of the National Rosary Rally.

Rosary Coast to Coast will take place at 4 PM Eastern, 3 PM Central, 2 PM Mountain, 1 PM Pacific.

Worldwide Marriage Encounter

“Remember that my life is like the wind.” Let us make the best of our time together with our spouses by attending a Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend. The next Weekend is Nov 2-4, 2018 in MANCHESTER, CT.

For more information, call Dennis & Jane Lamondy at 860-481-3720 or visit them at https://wwmectw.org/.

Educator’s Mass

On Sunday, September 9, 2018, at 8:45 a.m., Bishop Cote will celebrate Mass for Those Dedicated to Education, in the Cathedral of Saint Patrick.
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 Mass Committee meetings will be held on August 27, 2018 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.
Contact Mrs. Rebecca McDougal at 860-887-9294 or rebecca@norwichdiocese.net

Twenty-eighth Annual Blue Mass For All Law Enforcement Officers

Twenty-eighth Annual Blue Mass For All Law Enforcement Officers Sunday, September 23, 2018, at 10:15 a.m.

All law enforcement officers (federal, state, and municipal, active and retired) and their families are invited to the Twenty-seventh Annual Blue Mass and Reception, Sunday, September 23, 2018, in the Cathedral of Saint Patrick, 10:15 a.m. All parishioners are cordially invited to attend this Mass. Bishop Cote, the Bishop of Norwich, will celebrate the Mass and Father Michael J. Drury, Pastor of Saint Luke Parish, Long Valley, New Jersey and Police Chaplain will be the Homilist.

Groton Town Police Chief Louis J. Fusaro, Jr. and Norwich Police Chief Patrick Daley are the Blue Mass Co-Chairs. For more information, please call Chief L.J. Fusaro, Chief Daley, or Reverend Peter Langevin at 860-887-9294, ext. 235.

Silver and Golden Wedding Anniversary Mass

On Sunday, October 21, 2018, the Diocese of Norwich will celebrate the annual Silver and Golden Wedding Anniversary Mass for those couples married 25 or 50 years. Other couples celebrating significant anniversaries are also invited to participate. A reception will follow during which Bishop Cote will present certificate to those celebrating significant anniversaries.
Registration forms are available in the Rectory Office. Registration deadline is Tuesday, October 9, 2018.