parish news

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.

CHECK PRESENTATION TO SCHOLARSHIP FUND


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.

paul todd & Son concert benefits samaritan touch

May 01, 2017


The Samaritan Touch Benefit Concert with father and son musical virtuosos Paul Todd Sr. and Paul Todd Jr, hosted in the Grogan Center by Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, Avon Park, raised, with some generous donations, $5,000. The father son duo Paul Todd Sr. and Jr. entertained the audience with their magical musical talent. Father Nicholas McLoughlin, Pastor of Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, presents a check for $5,000 to Heather Stephenson, Executive Director of Samaritan Touch Free Medical Clinic, in the presence of two happy entertainers, Paul Todd Sr. and Paul Todd Jr.

guild presents donation to samaritan touch

April 08, 2017


   Betty Partridge, Treasurer for Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church Women’s Guild, presented Heather Stephenson, Executive Director of Samaritan’s Touch Care Center, a check for $2,000 at a Guild Luncheon on April 05, 2017. Standing by is Father Nicholas McLoughlin, Pastor, Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church. Upon introducing Heather to the Guild, 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. 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.

       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.


women's guild officers for 2017-2018

April 08, 2017


Congratulations to the following ladies who will lead our Women's Guild for 2017-2018: pictured from left, Betty Partridge, Treasurer; Ann Alhand, Secretary; Eileen Rosendale, Vice President, and Debbie Augusta, President, with Father Nick standing by. The Women's Guild presently has over 70 members whom unselfishly spend many hours working on various fundraising projects throughout the year to not only provide for needs of the church, but for many organizations in the community. 

Hats off to a wonderful group of ladies!  

BRANDON WASHBURN RECEIVES SCHOLARSHIP FROM WOMEN’S GUILD

March 17, 2017

Betty Partridge, Treasurer of Our Lady of Grace Women’s Guild, presented Brandon Washburn, a scholarship check for $1,000 on March 16, 2017. 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. 

boys' and girls' club receive donation

March 16, 2017

In recognizing the opportunity to support an exceptional program for the youth of Highlands County, Father Nick McLoughlin, Pastor of Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in Avon Park, presented a check for $5,000 to Woodraun Wright, Executive Director of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Highlands County. According to Mr. Wright, "the Boys and Girls Club provides a variety of after school and summer programs for more than 300 children, aged 6 to 18, in Avon Park and Sebring. We rely heavily on private donations, in-kind services, and various contributions from local businesses and agencies to meet program and student needs. It is the mission of the Boys and Girls Club to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, and responsible citizens. Many parents rely on neighbors or neighborhood programs for help in meeting the daily needs of their children."

father nick receives naacp award

Congratulations to Father Nick upon receiving a beautiful plaque from the Highlands County NAACP in recognition for his support for the NAACP and its programs.  The plaque was presented by Rev. Daniel Page at the Highland's County NAACP's Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Annual Prayer Breakfast held at the Grogan Center Hall at Our Lady of Grace Church on Monday, January 16, 2017.

scholarship fund golf tournament

March 04, 2017

Shotgun start, promptly at 8:00 am

The Sixth Annual Our Lady of Grace Golf Tournament will be held on March 04, 2017. 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)


congratulations, jade jackson, 

2016 Homecoming queen!

October 24, 2016


As many of you know, Jade Jackson has been courageously fighting brain cancer for the past 3 years and 4 months.  She is truly an amazing young lady and is an inspiration to all of us, especially of note, to her dear, and very close cousin, Mary Beth Crosson.  As part of the Homecoming Court festivities, candidates were asked what their greatest inspiration in life is.  Mary Beth answered very strongly that her cousin, Jade, is her greatest inspiration.  The two cousins have grown up together and have been one another's spiritual cheerleader for a number of years.


We at Our Lady of Grace Church, wish to congratulate Jade in being voted Homecoming Queen for 2016 by her school, Avon Park High School, Friday night, October 21!  We love you, we are so proud of you, and our prayers are always with you.


Also, a note from a very proud grandmother, Terry Gooch, written the next morning,..


"Good morning, Jade friends and supporters. God gave Jade a very special gift last night, a token of His exceptional love for her. She was voted Homecoming Queen for Avon Park High School.

Jade has worked hard to keep up with her classes, taught only at home; never has had one high school class at the high school in her four years. She has, however, been a part of National Senior Honor Society, and was class vice president her sophomore, junior and senior years. She has stayed as connected as her cancer has permitted. Her senior and some junior classmates remember Jade from Middle School, but the underclassmen have never really known Jade. All the students vote on the queen......this was truly God's doing!

I am including a picture of Jade and one of the King candidates riding around the field before the game, driven by her brother, Ty. Her brother Kyle is one of the football coaches. He drove her in the parade. Her sister, Brooke and brother Ty came home from Orlando for the big night. She was escorted during half time by her dad, Greg. I was stuck in the bleachers guarding purses for mom and aunties when they went to take pictures after the announcement. So, Clay and I got a 'Queenie picture' at our house when she returned. God is good, all the time. Love from all of us, Terry "


Please click here to view beautiful photos of that special night.


Pictured in photos below:


Left photo:  Jade with parents, Jackie and Greg Jackson

Center photo:  Jade with cousin, Mary Beth Crosson

Right photo:  Jade with grandparents, Terry and Clay Gooch

youth group attends disney night of joy

September 15, 2016


Our Youth Group ventured to Orlando to attend Disney's Night of Joy on Saturday, September 10, 2016 for a wonderful evening of contemporary Christian music featuring a star-studded lineup that is always outstanding with a host of Dove Award and Grammy Award winning artists.  The trip was sensational, and our Youth Group benefited greatly from it.

Check Presentation to SFSC Sara McDonald Scholarship Fund

September 08, 2016


On Wednesday, September 07, 2016, Jim Conroy, Co-Chair of the Scholarship Ministry, Our Lady of Grace Church parish, presented a $1,500 check to Jamie Bateman, Executive Director of the South Florida State College Foundation, to be applied to the Sara McDonald Foundation Scholarship Fund at SFSC for Our Lady of Grace Church students who need financial aid in furthering their education. Standing by are Marilyn Conroy, Co-Chair of Our Lady of Grace Scholarship Ministry, and Father Nick McLoughlin, Pastor, Our Lady of Grace Church.


Pictured from L to R: Marilyn Conroy, Jim Conroy, Jamie Bateman, and Father Nick McLoughlin


50th anniversary celebration

In Honoring Father Luke and Father Nick McLoughlin...

You are cordially invited to attend a Celebration Mass 10:30 AM, June 05, 2016 followed by a reception in the

Grogan Center Hall, Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, 595 E Main St, Avon Park, FL 33825, 863-453-4757.

Father Luke and Father Nick were both ordained on the very same day, June 11, 1966.