parish news

lETTER FROM fATHER rONNIE

My Dear Parishioners,


I know, how hard it is already to be away physically from our church Sacraments especially the Eucharist. But we are in an unprecedented situation nowadays. For Palm Sunday, our Bishop just issued a memo today that “Parishes DISCONTINUE any plans to distribute Palms.” So, please DO NOT come anymore to church this weekend to pick up your Palms as previously announced.


Moreover, following the Stay at home order for the State of Florida, I have to discontinue the drive thru Confessions on Saturdays. Note from the Apostolic Penitentiary of March 20, 2020, “Where the individual faithful find themselves in the painful impossibility of receiving sacramental absolution, it should be remembered that perfect contrition, coming from the love of God, beloved above all things, expressed by a sincere request for forgiveness (that the penitent is at present able to express) and accompanied by ‘votum confessionis’, that is, by the firm resolution to have recourse, as soon as possible, to sacramental confession, obtains forgiveness of sins, even mortal ones (cf. CCC no. 1452).”


Also, the Apostolic Penitentiary has announced a Plenary Indulgence for those in danger of death who cannot receive the Anointing.


Let us continue to be patient and persevering in our prayers as parishioners of Our Lady of Grace Church. God protect and bless us all.

In Christ,

Fr Ronnie B. Sison


2020 catholic faith appeal


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