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

KoC Lasagna Dinner 1/20 OLOL

KoC Lasagna Dinner 1/20 OLOL

New Caregiver Spirituality Webpage

New Caregiver Spirituality Webpage - PDF

Life Issues Webinar

Life Issues Webinar 1/18 on FaceBook - PDF

The Catholic Family in Today's Society - 1/24 OLOL

The Catholic Family in Today's Society 1/24 OLOL - PDF

Celebrate Marriage Enrichment Day

Celebrate Marriage Enrichment Day 2/10 Old Lyme - PDF

2018 World Wide Marriage Encounter Dates

2018 World Wide Marriage Encounter Dates - PDF

With the rise in the spread of influenza (flu), precautions will be taken during the Liturgical Ministries to prevent the flu's spread. Specifically, the Sign of Peace and the distrubution of the Precious Blood will be suspended and Communicants are encouraged to recieve in their hands vice their tongue. - Please read the letter from the Diocese of Norwich for additional Information.

Happening This Week...

Sunday, January 14

  • Knights of Columbus Post-Christmas Buffet 9:30am - Hall

Monday, January 15

  • Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Office Closed

Tuesday, January 16

  • Bereavement Support Group 6:30pm-Meeting Room

Wednesday, January 17

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

Thursday, January 18

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

Friday, January 19

  • Marriage Preparation Class 6:30pm - Conf. Room

Saturday, January 20

  • Knights of Columbus Lasagna Dinner 6:00pm - Hall

Sunday, January 21

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

Monday, January 22

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

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
Tuesday 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

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.

Knights of Columbus Lasagna Dinner

Saturday, January 20th, 2018 After the 5pm Mass (6 PM) - Event Flyer

Menu includes: Lasagna, Green Beans, Salad, Bread, Beverage and Dessert

Tickets will be available beginning 1/9 in the Rectory Office and after ALL weekend Masses on 1/13 an 1/14.
No tickets will be sold at the door the night of the dinner.

The Catholic Family in Today’s Society!

How has our reality of family changed and how do we continue to make God a priority in our families?

Topics to be addressed… blended families, social media, scheduling, sports, prayer, catechesis and so much more!

Come join us for a night of discussion and reflection Wednesday, January 24, 2018, 7:00 pm
Our Lady of Lourdes, Gales Ferry, CT Sponsored by the Office of Faith Events
Event Flyer PDF

High School Youth Group!

Attention All High School Students Don’t Miss This New Ministry!

Come join us as we kick off a new youth group on Monday, 29 January 2018 starting at 6:30-7:30pm in the Rectory Conference Room!

Call or email – Josephine Cometa 860-464-7251 confirmation@ololgf.org

Attention Confirmation Parents

Please mark your calendars: Sacrament of Confirmation is scheduled for Saturday, 21 April 2018 at 10:00AM at the Cathedral of St. Patrick in Norwich. Rehearsal for the Sacrament of Confirmation is scheduled on Friday, 20 April 2018 at 6:30PM at Our Lady of Lourdes Church.

Faith Formation

Our Second Year Sacramental students are preparing to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation in February.  We invite all parishioners to pray for these students during this time of preparation.  The Reconciliation retreat is scheduled for Saturday, 27 January 2018 from 10-11:30am in the church hall

Celebrate Marriage

Now that the holiday rush is through, it’s not too early to begin thinking of Valentine’s Day. Give your Valentine something special this year – the gift of your time. Come celebrate your marriage at a day-long enrichment that will renew your dreams, increase your passion and refresh and celebrate your marriage. This marriage enrichment aptly entitled, “Celebrate Marriage,” will take place on Saturday, February 10, 2018, from 9 A.M to 3 P.M. at Christ the King Parish, 1 McCurdy Rd., Old Lyme.

The cost is $35 per couple, which includes workbook and lunch.
Registration is required
. To register, call the Diocesan Catholic Family Services Office at 860-848-2237, Ext. 306.

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament

"Adore the Word present on the altar, born as a little Child for you." (St. Peter Julian Eymard).  Do you have your special time set aside for Jesus yet?  We have several hours where committed adorers are needed:  These hours currently do not have an adorer in them:  Sunday at 9PM, Monday at 1PM, Wednesday at 9AM and Friday at 1PM.  Additional adorers are needed for these times:  Monday at 10AM and 12PM, Tuesday at 11AM and Friday at 3PM.  We hope you will consider making the sacrifice of ONE HOUR A WEEK to be with Jesus.  For more information, please contact Bill & Barbara Souder

Ecumenical Bible Study

Did you know that Our Lady of Lourdes has a bible study that meets every Tuesday at 9:30 AM and has been doing this for 20 years? Anna McCance leads the Bible Study along with a small, but steadfast group of those wanting to worship the Lord through study of the holy scripture.

Asked about the longevity of this study, Anna says, “we have members from numerous faiths as well as OLOL members attending. We have formed friendships that have strengthened over the years as we share our faith, learn about God’s word, and support each other. It’s truly a rewarding experience and a blessing to have the opportunity to learn with friends.

What’s more is that over 20 years Anna estimates that they have covered the entire Bible two times. “We’re in our third round of the Bible and welcome anyone who wants to come and share with us.” If you are interested in joining the OLOL Ecumenical Bible Study call Anna at 860-464-6758.

Prayer Shawl

If you like to knit or crochet why not join the Prayer Shawl Ministry on Thursday, 1/18 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

Bereavement Support

A Bereavement Support Group meets at 6:30PM the first and third Tuesday of the month in Our Lady of Lourdes Rectory Meeting Room. January 16th. The Support Group is a small group voluntarily sharing their experiences in going through bereavement and discussing helpful spiritual guidance.

“HOW TO HELP OURSELVES THROUGH THE HOLIDAYS”

  • Family get-togethers may be extremely difficult. Be honest with each other about your feelings. Decide with your family what you want to do.
  • There is no right or wrong way to handle the holiday. Some may wish to follow family traditions, while others may wish to change.
  • Keep in mind the feelings of your children and family members. Try to make the Holiday Season as joyous as possible for them.
  • Set limitations, realize that it isn’t going to be easy. Do the things that are the most special to you. Do the best that you can.
  • Once you made the decision on the role you and your family will play during the Holiday, let others know
  • After the first year, people may expect you to be “over it”. We are never “over it”, but the experience of many bereaved is that eventually they enjoy the Holidays again.

The above are summary headings from a paper with the same title provided by the Norwich Diocese of Faith Events. It can be found in the Chapel and Church Foyer in the Bereavement Support Group Container.

Spiritual Renewal Center

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

Life in the Spirit Retreat Opportunity at My Father's House, Moodus, CT
Friday, January 19, 7:00pm to Sunday, January 21, 2018 After lunch
By Fr. Ray Introvigne

Healing Mass at 2pm Mondays, January 22, February 12 and 26, 2018 - Spiritual Renewal Center, 11 Bath Street, Norwich, CT 

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

Worldwide Marriage Encounter

"You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment. The second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. The whole law and the prophets depend on these two commandments." Learn how to better love your spouse by attending a Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend. The next Weekends are Feb 2-4, 2018 in Manchester, CT and Jul 6-8, 2018 in Manchester, CT. For more information, call Dennis & Jane Lamondy at 860-481-3720 or visit them at https://wwmectw.org/.

Life Line Screening

Life Line Screening, a leading provider of community-based preventive health screenings will be in Gales Ferry on Tuesday, February 6, 2018 at Our Lady of Lourdes Church. Ultrasound screenings to Identify risk factors for Cardiovascular disease include; Carotid Artery (plaque buildup-a leading cause of stroke), Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (an enlargement or weak area in the main blood vessel that carries blood from the heart to the rest of the body), Peripheral Arterial Disease (hardening of the arteries in the legs), a Heart Rhythm Screening (an EKG to detect Atrial Fibrillation-irregular heartbeat) and an Osteoporosis Risk Assessment for men and women. Being proactive about your health by knowing your risks helps you and your doctor address problems early.

Register online TODAY at www.lifelinescreening.com/communitycircle  and receive your “Community Circle” discount and your Preferred Appointment!

STEUBENVILLE NYC - JULY 20-22

This summer, join over 3,000 other Catholic teens at the Steubenville NYC conference July 20–22nd.  Experience the joy of following Christ with youth from all over through the theme REVEALED.  The Diocese of Norwich offers youth the opportunity to take advantage of this fun and spirit-filled conference with ease.  For $355, The Diocese of Norwich provides youth and chaperons with Steubenville conference admittance and meals, send off mass with the Bishop and lunch, transportation to and from the Diocese, and 3 t-shirts for each day at the Conference.  There is a $5 additional fee for pick up prior to Mass on departure day.  If you are interested in this life changing opportunity, get in touch with your catechetical leader or Liza Roach at (860)848-2237 ex. 305 or lroach@norwichdiocese.net