The purpose of the Parish Pastoral Council is to assist the Pastor in his leadership in planning, organizing, initiating,
promoting, coordinating and reviewing the evangelization, worship, religious education and service activities within the
parish. Council members serve a three (3) year term.
The Pastoral Council normally meets the first Wednesday of each month from September through June although there might be times when the Council meets more frequently. There are no Council Meetings scheduled during the months of July and August unless unexpected business warrants a Meeting.
There are 5 adult Council seats to be filled this year. In addition, there are 2 Youth Representative seats open to
nomination and then appointed by the Pastor. Terms commence July 1, 2013.
1. You must be 18 years or older and a Parishioner to nominate someone, to be nominated or to vote;
2. You may nominate yourself or another Parishioner; all nominees will be contacted prior to the election to ensure their willingness to potentially sit on the Council;
3. You must be 16 years or older to nominate or serve as a Youth Representative. Youth Representatives are nominated via this ballot, but are appointed by the Pastor, not elected via the ballot process;
4. Nominations will be accepted during all Masses the weekends of April 20/21 and April 27/28. You may also submit nominations using the on line form available on the Parish website: www.ologma.org;
5. Election voting will be held at all Masses the weekends of May 18/19 and May 25/26.
Below is a list of current members of the PPC and their terms of office. Please check this list to avoid nominating individuals who are already serving on the PPC or whose term is up and don’t wish to run again.
George Brouillette (thru 2013), Greg Sheldon* (thru 2013), Mary Hamelin* (thru 2013), Diana Keaney* (thru 2013), Bill McCaffrey* (thru 2013), Jim Antonellis (thru 2014), Peter Braudis (thru 2014), Pat Buckjune (thru 2014), Chris Petroff (thru 2014), Faith Little (thru 2014), Patti Hewitt (thru 2015), Janice Young (thru (2015), John Kenney (thru 2015), Joan Croteau (thru 2015)
* Does not wish to be nominated/run again
Please go HERE to nominate yourself or someone.
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.
The alter servers (and Fr. Paul) recently had a wonderful time snow tubing!
The Knights of Columbus wish to thank everyone for their generosity in making this year's annual Tootsie Roll Drive another great success! With your help, we were able to raise more than $900 to help children with intellectual disabilities in Massachusetts. We have been able to provide 4 children in the Groton / Pepperell area with hearing aids that they needed. Your generosity enables us to live out our primary principle of Charity in our community!
Everyone enjoyed celebrating Mass together last Sunday. Food and fun were had by all after the Mass!
Some pictures can be found here
Congratulations to the team from our Parish who participated in Project Bread’s annual Walk for Hunger on May 6th. With the generous support from many people in our Parish, our team earned more than $6100 to feed hungry people in our Commonwealth!!!
Please congratulate the following participants:
9th Graders: Lucas Acaba, Parker Blodgett, Drew Cartier, Meghan Feenan, David Lariviere, Paul Leonardo, & David Naughton
10th Graders: Matt Adams, Celina Antonellis, Hannah Bowes, Trey Callahan, Kim Csicsek, Alex Dumont, Cassidy Hogan, Bennett Marston, Bryan Spooner, Ben Tocci, & Matt White
8th Grade Participants: Shalee Callahan & Marissa Falconer
High School Seniors: Samantha Pinque & Katie McKenzie
Adults: Ken Adams, Tiffany Antonellis, George Cacace, Myra Cacace, Tonya Callahan, Tracy Cartier, Kathy Feenan, Carol Fennel, Vincent Pinque & Bob Tocci.
We are tired, sore and PROUD!!!
Father Stephen recently gave us an update on their new Library / Multipurpose building. Here is an excerpt from his email:
Pictures and a post are up on the St. Benedict website
As always, Fr. Stephen could use both prayer and financial support to support his wonderful work with the children of Uganda. Please contact the Parish office for more information.