Dear Parishioners and Friends,
Cardinal Sean O’Malley has appointed Rev. Robert A. Poitras as Administrator of Our Lady of Grace Parish effective January 1, 2014. Father Poitras is a native son of Lowell and was ordained to the Priesthood in 2005. He is currently the Pastor of St. Mary Parish serving the communities of Georgetown, Rowley, Boxford and Byfield Massachusetts. The Administrator of a parish has all the pastoral responsibilities, duties and authority that Pastors have in the Archdiocese. It was with the advice of the Archdiocesan Presbyteral (priest) Council that Cardinal Sean, during this transitional time of Pastoral Planning, is appointing administrators for the pastoral care of parishes. I have spoken with Father Poitras and have given him a tour of all parish properties. It is not easy for priests to move and leave one assignment and to begin a new one. I am confident Our Lady of Grace Parishioners will welcome Father Poitras as you have all the priests who have served these communities over the years.
My time here will be ending on January 1, 2014. I wish to express my sincere gratitude to so many wonderful parishioners in the Parish of Our Lady of Grace. You have been most kind and welcoming over these past several months. My months here have been a blessing and I pray that I have been of some assistance in your transition to new leadership. You will be in my thoughts and prayers as I leave for some time away and then I am sure Cardinal Sean will find another parish where I may be of assistance. Thank you for being a blessing to me in my ministry and may The Lord continue to be with you in wonderful ways as the Parish moves forward.
Blessings and Prayers always,
Fr. Michael J. Bova Conti
Our Lady of Grace's Christmas Fair was Saturday, November 16 at St. Josephs. There was music, food, crafts and even a early visit from Santa! Fun was had by all! A huge thank you to all of that help coordinate and staff the event!
It’s time for the Annual PACH Turkey Sale.
Help a Pepperell family enjoy a special Thanksgiving by donating a turkey. Confirmation Students will be selling “Paper Turkeys” for $10 at the front entrance of the church after the Sat and Sun Masses Nov 2 & 3 and Nov 16&17. 100 % of the proceeds go towards providing turkey dinners to Pepperell families in need during the holidays.
If you know of a family in need of a turkey dinner basket have them contact PACH Outreach by calling 978-925-8052. Make sure they leave their name and phone number for someone to contact them with turkey distribution details!
|Recently, an Our Lady of Grace Parishioner, Val Prest visited Fr. Stephen and his St. Benedict's school. Please enjoy the videos that Val has put together at Fr. Stephen's site www.stbenedictkmduganda.org |
The Knight and their families recently made needed improvements to the Shrine area at St. James. We invite you to visit the Shrine for meditation and prayer.
Food for The Poor Yard Sale
When: Saturday, June 29th from 8 - 1:00
Where: Sacred Heart Church
Parking Lot in Groton
Food for the Poor is an amazing organization that aids hungry children throughout the Caribbean and Latin America. This yard sale is run by our youth & the Respect Life Group. If you have any questions, please contact Nicholas Dunsmoor @ 978-433-3397. Please consider contributing VERY gently used or new items to raise funds for Food for the Poor. OLOG Church donation drop off date is Friday evening, June 28th from 6:30 -7:30 pm at Sacred Heart Church in Groton. Your time and generosity is greatly appreciated.
Your gift to the 2013 Catholic Appeal enables us to provide 50 critical ministries that enrich parish life, strengthen families, inspire and educate future generations of our faith, and advance our Church leadership. Please consider making a pledge in support of the Church in Boston today at www.BostonCatholicAppeal.org.Thank you for your support!
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Our Lady of Grace held a Town Hall meeting to review the proposed Pastoral Plan for Parish Collaborative alignment. The presentation used at this meeting, including notes of the open discussions, may be found here
. In order to assist us in composing a formal response to the Pastoral Planning Committee, we have set up a survey to gather your feedback on the proposals. Please take the survey here.
Eight boys and girls from Groton and surrounding towns, ages 10 to 14, were named local champions of the Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship and have earned the right to compete at the District level.
Sister Lydia Longley Madeleine, Council No. 13140 in Groton, sponsored the local competition held at the Peter Twomey Youth Center on January 27.
Each contestant was allowed 15 free-throw attempts in the contest, with extra rounds of 5 free-throws held in the case of a tie. The boy’s high- scorer on the day was Tyler LeClerc in the 15-year old bracket, who was a perfect 15 of 15 at the free throw line. Tyler is now a 4 time champion of this event, winning his age group every year he has competed.
On the girl’s side, Gillian Lindquist and Avery Dichter, competing in the 13-year old bracket, tied for high-score each making 11 of 15 free throws. Gillian then won the bracket through an extra round shoot-off tie breaker.
The girl's champions were Hannah Wynn in the 11-year-old bracket, Jordan Wynn in the 12-year-old bracket, and Gillian Lindquist in the 13-year-old bracket. Runner-ups for the girls in the 11 and 13 old brackets were Anna Rimkus and Avery Dichter, respectively.
The boy's winners were Bradley teDuits in the 10-year-old bracket, Connor Keegan in the 11-year-old bracket, Evan Cook in the 12-year-old bracket, Dean Tornaritis in the 13-year-old bracket, and Tyler LeClerc in the 14-year- old bracket. Runner-ups for the boys in the 10 through 13 year old brackets were Colin teDuits, Joe Bushnell, Brian Scott, and Brandon Tedford.
There were many close and exciting competitions throughout the day, with 28 young boys and girls stopping by the Peter Twomey Center for the event. In the 11-year-old boy’s bracket, Connor Keegan and Joe Bushnell found themselves tied at 12 shots a piece after the initial round.
The competition went to the second tie breaker round of shooting, where Connor went 5 for 5 to edge out Joe for the win. Similarly, in the 12-year old boy’s bracket, the competition also went to a second tie-breaker round of shooting, where Evan Cook edged out Brian Scott by 1 shot to win the age group. In the 13-year old girl’s bracket, Gillian edged out Avery for the win by one shot in the first tie-breaker round.
The Knights of Columbus would like to thank all participants and their parents for making the 10th Anniversary of our competition a successful one. Congratulations and good luck to our winners as they move on to the District level of competition to be held in Leominster on February 9, with an eye toward moving on to the Massachusetts Central Region competition to be
held in March.