September 5, 2021 – From the Pastor

Dear Parishioners of Our Lady of Mercy,

Fr. Marty JacintoI hope you are well, safe, and in good health!
Labor Day traditionally means that summer is over. Our laid-back, freestyle days are quickly coming to an end.

Children are returning to school. Folks with houses down the shore are back in town. Local businesses are gearing up for the influx of people who need to do their back-to-school shopping. Grocery stores have longer lines. You also notice it takes longer to get anywhere because of the increased traffic.

Brothers and sisters, it seems like the collective pulse of our community just doubled. It makes us kind of dizzy because it happened so quickly, just over the past couple of weeks. The danger is that we might get caught up in all this furor of activity and lose ourselves.

Maybe the stress of all this busyness will cause us to lose our temper with our loved ones. Maybe we will be less attentive to the needs of the people around us. Maybe we will let some of our commitments slide. We may become more inclined not to take time to pray. We may choose to forgo attending to our spiritual needs because of the new demands on our time.

Brothers and sisters, we need to reevaluate where we are in our lives. Thank God, we have come to Mass today because this is the time when we can stop and take stock of where we are spiritually in the midst of our daily activities.

Now is the time when we can open our hearts to the Holy Spirit’s inspiration. God wants to help us. God wants to share His gift of wisdom with us. God wants to remind us that our most important concerns are not the things of this world that preoccupy us. Our primary focus should be on the things of heaven.

If we are right with God, then everything else will fall into its proper perspective.

Happy Labor Day! May the Lord bless and prosper all our labors!

God bless you all.

Love,
Father Marty