parish news

check presentations to choices

January 23, 2018

The Knights of Columbus, for “Respect Life” month, sponsor a “Baby Bottle” campaign for the month of October which involves handing out baby bottles for Our Lady of Grace parishoners to deposit their loose change, checks, or paper money to be returned at the end of the month. Under the leadership of Dick and Marie Carlson, Our Lady of Grace Respect for Life Ministry, the Knights were happy to present two checks: one for $1,200 and a second for $5,000 to Choices Family Resource Center to support out of wedlock pregnant girls or women experiencing stress related pregnancies. The young moms are not just looking for advice; they are looking for assistance. Seventy-seven percent of the 67 counties in Florida do not offer abortion services; twenty-three do, and they are mostly on the coast where there is a greater concentration of population. It is imperative that we offer young moms an alternative to abortion here in Highlands County. 

This we do by supporting “Choices”.

Pictured from left: Father Leo Frechette, Chaplain, Our Lady of Grace Knights of Columbus Council #14717; Kim Farabee, Executive Director, Choices Family Resource Center; Dick Carlson, Our Lady of Grace Respect Life Ministry; Marie Carlson, Our Lady of Grace Respect Life Ministry; Father Nick McLoughlin, Pastor, Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church.

scholarship fund golf tournament

March 10, 2018

Shotgun start, promptly at 8:00 am

The Seventh Annual Our Lady of Grace Golf Tournament will be held on March 10, 2018. This year's event will be held at Pinecrest Golf Course in Avon Park, Florida. The irons are in the fire, the cogs are in motion and the organizers are coming up with plans to once again make this one of the most recognized tournaments in the County. All proceeds will go to benefit the Our Lady of Grace Scholarship Fund. Mark your calendars and get ready for a day of great golf, good food and loads of fun. Click Here to see photos of last year’s event. We will have a shotgun start, promptly at 8:00 am. This year we will have long drive prizes at select holes, a special prize for nearest to the pin, and more. Entry includes golf, cart, lunch, awards and prizes. More information will be available as we get closer to the tournament date. For more information, you may contact Dennis Kellner at 863-449-2135 or by email .  Download and print the entry form.

Sponsorships Available

Major Sponsor (one front nine, one back nine)

Hole Sponsor and Team (hole plus free foursome)

Hole Sponsor (sign only)

12 Member Mexican Consulate at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church December 09 and 10

December 11, 2017

     The Mexican Consolate presented Fr. Nick with a beautiful picture of Our Lady of Guadalupe on Sunday, December 10, 2017. The twelve member team provided information to resolve immigration related issues, provided issuance and renewal of passports, and provided civil documents for dual citizenship. The Consolate set up all of its technological equipment to service over 600 who attended the two-day session required. Over 300 immigrants obtained passports and dual citizenship. The Consolate will return again next year.

Left to Right: Iris Rueda, Registrar; Alberto Martinez, Legal Affairs; Vincente Colmenares, Consulate Documentation; Gregono Caballero, Documentation; Isabella Aguilera, Consul’s wife; Pedro Rodriguez, Consul Office; Fr. Nick, Pastor, Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church; Juan Jose Sabines, Consul of Mexico; Lucia Jimenez, Documentation; Bryan Hansen, Documentation; Elvira Rubio, Consul Office; Sergio Ponce, Community Affairs; Karla Moreno, Consul Office.

congratulations confirmation class of 2017

October 23, 2017

an incredible act of kindness

September 23, 2017

A truckload of food items donated by St. Frances X Cabrini Church in Parrish, FL, was well received at Our Lady of Grace this past week. Another truck from the Salvation Army also delivered many wonderful items that Hurricane Irma victims could graciously use. We thank our friends for looking out for us.  We also thank Our Lady of Grace volunteers for unloading the truck and organizing items for easy pick up.

Pictured L to R: Craig Kehres from St. Frances, Mike Heiring, Father Nick, and Betty Heiring.


July 16, 2017

In recognizing the opportunity to support an exceptional program for the college bound and other educational endeavors, the Knights of Columbus presented a check for $1,000 on July 16,2017, to Father Nick McLoughlin, Pastor, Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church. The Knights of Columbus Council #14717 strive to serve the needs of the parish family by supporting the work of its many ministries and to serve the surrounding community by reaching out to women and children in need through specific programs and projects. The Scholarship Ministry, Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, awards annual scholarships to those youth of the Parish that seek higher education. The Ministry establishes guidelines and procedures that govern the selection of applicants and develops fund raising programs to assist in the funding of scholarships. 

congratulations to the 2017 our lady of grace avon park and sebring high school graduates

May 19, 2017

Front Row (L to R):  Jade Jackson, Mary Crosson, Brenda Benitez, Diana Eugenio, Alysia Ramirez, Diana Torres, Carly Juve

Back Row:  Noel Cyriac, Kamron Coleman, Jose Ramirez, Efran Zavila, Matthew Sutermeister, Rigoberto Luevano, 

Rigoberto Maldonada, Matthew Arnan

congratulations first communion class

May 07, 2017

Cristian Cuenca Hernandez, Efrain Hernandez-Hernandez, Diego Hernandez, Jaime Eugenio-Romero, Bryan Vera-Espinoza, Joselin Hernandez, Junior Hernandez Gonzalez, Arianna Lopez Regalado, Juan Diego Regalado, Miranda Guadalupe Ramirez, Andrea Belen Barrera, Fernanda Maldonado, Arhyanni Pearl Atillo, Zachery Vincent Buentrago Meduho, Amellaly Vite Vazquez, Gloria Anahi Vazquez, Jesus Martinez Jr., Brayan Rodriguez, Jeser Isaac Santiago, Jessenia Benitez-Vidal, Venus Perez, Sophia Rose Heston, Giovanna Mendez-Eugenio, Warren Phillip Bryant, Leon Christopher D. Ramsey, Sarai Guadalupe Rodriguez, Linkariz Arce Gonzalez, Alan Saul Trejo, Stephanie Paola Perez, Zaira Hernandez, Jisela Hernandez.