parish news

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.

meet guild officers for 2018-2019

April 11, 2018


Congratulations to our new officers for 2018-2019!  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 with Father Nick from L are: Ann Alhand, Secretary; Margaret Buffone, Vice President; Debbie Augusta, President; and Penny Carrigan, Treasurer.


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)


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.

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