August 1, 2021 – From the Pastor

Dear Parishioners of Our Lady of Mercy,

Fr. Marty JacintoI hope this finds you well and safe.

Jesus tells us in our Gospel today that He is the bread of life, the bread of heaven that comes down from God and gives life to the world. In our First Reading, we heard about the manna that God provided for the Israelites in the desert. It was only a prefiguring of the “true bread from heaven” that is fully revealed in Jesus’ teaching and healing ministry of salvation. Perhaps that is why Jesus chose a simple meal of bread and wine as his way to continue to be present to us in our need to be spiritually nourished. Just like we need food to feed our body, our soul needs to be fed with spiritual food.

Brothers and sisters, Jesus wants us to have life and He offers us his very self so we might have that life. He said, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me will never hunger, and whoever believes in me will never thirst.” (John 6:35). Clearly, Jesus is telling us that He is the food that gives life. As Catholics, we believe that the Eucharist is our spiritual food – it is Jesus Himself.

Let us continue being nourished by Jesus by regularly coming to Sunday Mass. We have to exert an extra effort to do so. We have the other days of the week to accomplish what we need to do but let us give at least one hour of our time to Jesus by coming to Mass on Sundays and Holy days of obligation.

Also, please continue to support our parish financially. And please keep the sick and those facing different kinds of difficulties in life in your personal prayers. I am a strong believer that God answers prayers. I am sure that you are as well.

I would like to thank Captain Patrick Sullivan and the police officers who came to our parish this past Sunday for our “Meet and Greet” event. The event happened after the 12 noon Mass. The weather cooperated and there was a very nice turn out of people. (See the pictures in this bulletin.)

We were able to talk to Captain Sullivan and the police officers who were present. Captain Sullivan and his officers were very personable and approachable. We were able to express our appreciation for their services in our neighborhood and to express some concerns as well. It was so nice to hear from them that they do take care of our neighborhood.

I also thank Jon Camaya, Guiz Macalintal, the Holy Name Society members, and all those who helped prepare for the event and provided refreshments.

To all of you who stopped and had fellowship with Captain Sullivan and his officers, thank you very much!

God bless you all.

Love,
Father Marty