parish news

guild check presentations

May 22, 2019


     Debbie Augusta, President, Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church Women’s Guild, and on behalf of the Guild, presented Priscilla Preece, Executive Director of Samaritan’s Touch Care Center, a check for $2,000 today. The extreme need for donations to the Center is dependent entirely on this type of funding being that it is a not for profit medical center. Donations are needed to purchase medications, medical supplies, and offset operating expenses necessary to keep the doors open and lights on. The Mission of the Center is to provide FREE primary and specialized medical, dental, and vision care to uninsured, financially struggling families in Highlands County as an expression of God’s love through Jesus Christ. The Center is located at 3015 Herring Avenue, Sebring, FL 33870 (across from Comcast Cable)—phone 863-471-1870.


     Also, John Jeffo, Executive Director of the Church Service Center in Avon Park, was presented a check for $2,000 by Debbie on behalf of the Women’s Guild, Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church. The Church Service Center is an interchurch collaborative effort which cares for 500 families every month, representing 1,200 poor people in Avon Park. The Center assists with rent and mortgage payments, with water and electric bills, and has a food pantry. The Center is located at 198 Rowe St—phone 863-452-6464—open 9 AM to 12 Noon Tuesday – Friday.


     The Women’s Guild strives 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.


Pictured from L:  Debbie Augusta, President, Women's Guild; John Jeffo, Executive Director, Church Service Center; Priscilla Preece, Executive Director, Samaritan's Touch Care Center.


congratulations graduates of 2019

May 19, 2019

congratulations 2019 first communion class

May 05, 2019

meet guild officers for 2019-2020

April 10, 2019


Congratulations to our new officers for 2019-2020! We look forward to your leadership.


The Mission of the Our Lady of Grace Women's Guild is to serve the needs of the parish family by supporting the work of its many ministries and to serve the surrounding community while enhancing spiritual growth and fellowship among its members. In addition to its service to the parish, the Guild strives to reach out to women and children in need through specific programs and projects in conjunction with parish ministries and other worthy activities not served by those ministries. The Our Lady of Grace Women's Guild is open to all women of the Parish. Join us the second Wednesday of each month, October through April.


Pictured from Left:  Debbie Augusta, President; Betty Anne Lee, Secretary; Annette Melendez, Vice-President; 

Penny Carrigan, Treasurer

congratulations confirmation class of 2018

October 22, 2018

meet our lady of grace catechists for 2018-19

September 16, 2018


Primary Grades

Kindergarten:  Alisha and Ross Richards

Grade 1:  Maria De Lourdes and Suzanne Rochon

Grade 2:  Jackie and Jade Jackson and Diana Torres

Grade 3:  Evette Lopez and Carmen Vasquez

Garde 4:  Rachel Franza and Jessica Guarente

Grade 5:  Mary Von Merveldt


Junior High and High School Grades

Grade 6:  Evelyn Lugo and Norma Burgos

Grade 7:  Pauline Hoppe and Teresa Gonzalez

Grade 8:  Piedad Noriega and Andrew Floresta

Confirmation Class:  Dawn and Travis Crosson

Confirmation Class Teacher Aides:  Brisa Luevano and Kadie Crosson

Post Confirmation Bible Class:  Father Nick McLoughlin

Youth Group:  Mike Heiring and Doreen Pearlman

Directors of Religious Education:  Angie Heiring and Judy Nugent


check presentation to samaritan's touch

August 11, 2018


     Father Nick McLoughlin, Pastor of Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, presented Abigail Doucet, Community Engagement Specialist, Samaritan’s Touch Care Center, a check for $5,000 at the Samaritan’s Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser held Saturday, August 11, 2018 at the Grogan Center at Our Lady of Grace. Upon introducing Abigail, Father Nick recognized the extreme need for donations to the Center in that the Center depends entirely on this type of funding being that it is a not for profit medical center. Donations are needed to purchase medications, medical supplies, and offset operating expenses necessary to keep the doors open and lights on.  

 

Samaritan’s Touch Care Center is a faith-based charitable healthcare center in Highlands County offering free primary and specialized medical, dental and vision care to uninsured financially struggling families who have no medical insurance of any kind and whose income is at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. Since opening in May 2007, Samaritan’s Touch Care Center (STCC) has grown to offer a broad scope of medical services, among them: primary care visits and treatments; lab work and imaging diagnostics; prescription medications; advanced care in certain specialties; comprehensive cancer care; vision care; dental care; health education; mental health counseling; and emotional and spiritual support. The Center is located at 3015 Herring Avenue, Sebring, FL 33870 (across from Comcast Cable)—phone 863-471-1870.   


congratulations graduates of 2018

May 13, 2018

congratulations 2018 first communion class

May 06, 2018

father nick speaks at national day of prayer

May 03, 2018


Father Nick was one of several speakers at the National Day of Prayer ceremony at the Courthouse in Sebring on May 03, 2018.  He delivered a very meaningful message of which is quoted below and taken from the Highlands-News and Sun:


"Meanwhile in Sebring, speaker Father Nicholas McLoughlin of Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in Avon Park said Americans have lost unity but can recover it. Through an Irish brogue, McLoughlin said he arrived in the United States 52 years ago, attracted by how people sought to improve society. He said Abraham Lincoln, Susan B. Anthony, Rosa Parks, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and even Branch Rickey, general manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers who hired Jackie Robinson in 1945, saw everyone as made in God's image and fought for equality. As in the Pledge of Allegiance, he said, Americans are one nation, under God. Hindus, Protestants, Catholics, Jews, and Muslims are all welcome. The same is true for the national motto, he said: E pluribus, unum, or out of many, one. Our differences should bring respect, not division, said McLoughlin, adding that no one should demonize immigrants or refugees, inside or outside U.S. borders. We need to lower our level of acrimony and vitriolic language, McLoughlin said. We can differ and have respect for one another."

guild check presentations

April 23, 2018


Debbie Augusta, President and representative of Our Lady of Grace Women’s Guild, presented checks of $1,000 each to Peace River Domestic Violence Center, Ridge Area Arc, and Samaritan’s Touch Care Center on April 23, 2018 to aid in the administration of their programs.


     The Mission of the Our Lady of Grace Women's Guild is to serve the needs of the parish family by supporting the work of its many ministries and to serve the surrounding community while enhancing spiritual growth and fellowship among its members. In addition to its service to the parish, the Guild strives to reach out to women and children in need through specific programs and projects in conjunction with parish ministries and other worthy activities not served by those ministries.

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     The Mission of the Peace River Center is to reduce the incidence of sexual violence and domestic/family violence, as well as promote safety and a higher quality of life through shelter services, supportive programming, counseling, advocacy, education and outreach to Polk, Hardee and Highlands counties.


     The Mission of Ridge Area Arc is to serve and advocate for individuals with developmental and other disabilities, so they may have the opportunity to choose and realize their goals. Arc’s vision is to be the best consumer-focused provider of services for individuals with developmental disabilities in Highlands and the surrounding counties.


      Samaritan’s Touch Care Center is a faith-based charitable healthcare center in Highlands County offering free primary and specialized medical, dental and vision care to uninsured financially struggling families who have no medical insurance of any kind and whose income is at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. Since opening in May 2007, Samaritan’s Touch Care Center (STCC) has grown to offer a broad scope of medical services, among them: primary care visits and treatments; lab work and imaging diagnostics; prescription medications’ advanced care in certain specialties; comprehensive cancer care; vision care; dental care; health education; mental health counseling; and emotional and spiritual support.


From left, pictured with Father Nick McLoughlin, Pastor, Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church are: Andrea Fennell, Client Advocate, Peace River Domestic Violence Center; Rhonda Beckman, CEO, Ridge Area Arc; Debbie Augusta, President, Our Lady of Grace Women’s Guild; and Priscilla Preece, Executive Director, Samaritan’s Touch Care Center.