Dear Parishioners of Our Lady of Mercy,
I hope this finds you well and safe.
In our gospel passage today, we learned how all the people followed Jesus and his disciples to the deserted place where they had hoped to find rest. When Jesus saw them, his heart was moved with pity because they seemed to him like sheep without a shepherd.
I wonder how Jesus would feel about all the people who are potentially his sheep, but who are without shepherds to lead them to salvation? I do not believe that we can place all the blame on the shepherds who, as in the days of the Prophet Jeremiah, were charged with having misled and scattered the flock. The struggle to come to faith in God is even more challenging today in a world that has become so secularized and commercialized.
Brothers and sisters, I know that it is hard, but it is not impossible to find the relevance of Christ and of the gospel in today’s world. But what is needed more than ever is a credible witness to the relevance of our faith. I encourage you to do your part. We all need to show the world that our faith does matter! We need to be God’s faithful witnesses and missionary disciples. We can be a part of the force that will help break down the walls of negativity that are being built up in this society and in the world.
On a different note, I am happy to announce that our sanctuary renovation is almost done. I thank you for your understanding and support. Please continue to send in your financial aid for other repairs, such as, the creation of a cry room, the repainting of the church interior, the upgrading of the wooden sign outside our church, and many others.
Also, please take our Sunday bulletin each week so you can stay informed about what is taking place in our parish. There will be several events coming up such as the “Meet and Greet” event with police officers next Sunday, July 25, after our Noon Mass. As you know, we are doing our best to keep everyone safe and protected.
You may have noticed that we have returned to our usual seating arrangement in church. We just ask you to use your common sense in protecting yourselves. And I thank you for your cooperation.
I wish you all an enjoyable summer break and please be extra careful! God bless you all.