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PEPPERELL — Our Lady of Grace Parish, serving the Catholic communities of Dunstable, Groton and Pepperell, announces a new Mass schedule for its weekend liturgies. This new weekend worship schedule will begin on Labor Day weekend, Sept. 1 and 2.

New times and/or locations are as follows:

Saturday — 4 p.m., St. Joseph Church, Pepperell

Sunday — 7:30 a.m., St. James Church, Groton

Sunday — 9:30 a.m., St. Joseph Church, Pepperell

Sunday — 11:30 a.m., St. James Church, Groton

Labor Day weekend will see the current schedule cease. While the Saturday Mass remains the same (4 p.m.), there will no longer be a 5:30 p.m. Sunday Mass at St. James Church. Instead, there will be three Sunday morning services — 7:30, 9:30 and 11:30 a.m., alternating at the two churches.

The Rev. Paul Ring, pastor of Our Lady of Grace, after consulting with his Parish Pastoral and Finance Councils, felt the change was necessary.

“We understand that the changes may be a bit of a challenge for some,” he said. “But after thorough discussion, we felt the changes would benefit the community as a whole by offering better opportunities for fellowship after Masses and by helping our religious education program, which has been struggling to find free space to hold all of its classes.”

Our Lady of Grace was founded on July 1, 2009, to carry on the mission of the former parishes of Sacred Heart-St. James in Groton, and St. Joseph in Pepperell, and includes the neighboring Catholic community in Dunstable. Our Lady of Grace Pastoral Center is located in Pepperell, and can be reached at 978-433-5737 or visit www.ourladyofgracema.org.