January 23, 2022 – From the Pastor

Dear Parishioners of Our Lady of Mercy,

I hope you are warm, healthy, and safe during this cold month of January.

In our second reading this weekend, Saint Paul wrote to the people in Corinth that “as a body is one though it has many parts, and all the parts of the body, though many, are one body, so also Christ.” (1 Corinthians 12:12). Saint Paul uses this image of the human body to tell us that the Church is one, but it has many parts. All the parts need to work together. We are the Church and each one of us was given gifts by the Holy Spirit on the day of our baptism. We need to use our gifts so the Church might function.

This letter of Saint Paul challenges us to discover what gifts we were given by the Holy Spirit. I encourage you to reread the passage (1 Corinthians 12:12-30) and consider which gift you might possess. Then with the help of the Holy Spirit, use that gift, act on it. The Church needs you to use your gifts to further the growth of God’s kingdom here on earth.

I am happy that so many of you have stepped up to be part of a ministry or ministries in our parish. God bless you all. But we need more people to be involved. I appeal to you to please get involved! Our parish needs people to serve in the following areas, just to name a few, we need teachers for our religious education program, a youth minister, lectors, extraordinary ministers, ushers or hospitality ministers, bereavement ministers, ministers for the sick and homebound, someone to take care of our special needs children, and many others. Many of the people involved in such ministries work behind the scenes, but God sees everything we do, and the reward is great in heaven.

As we move along, let us pray for one another. I know we have a lot to pray for these days, given the fact that we are still in fear of this pandemic caused by Covid19 and its variants. But we have to especially pray that the Holy Spirit will lead us in our lives and in the life of the Church.

I would like to end by encouraging you to support the Archbishop’s Annual Appeal, as you always do. Last week, I wrote in my article that our goal for this year is the same as last year’s, $42,120. I have faith and trust in your generosity. Thank you.

God bless you all!

Love,

Father Marty



DAY OF PRAYER FOR THE LEGAL PROTECTION OF UNBORN CHILDREN

January 22, the anniversary of the infamous Roe v Wade decision that legalized abortion, has been designated by the Bishops of the United States “a particular day of prayer for the full restoration of the legal guarantee of the right to life and of penance for violations to the dignity of the human person committed through acts of abortion.”

Life is at the heart of the gospel – a beautiful gift from God. When that gift is destroyed rather than treasured, a violent act is committed not just against God, but all humanity. As Saint John Paul II remarked, “The Gospel of God’s love for man, the Gospel of the dignity of the person, and the Gospel of life are a single and indivisible Gospel.”


IS YOUR MARRIAGE VALID?

If you were not married in the Church before a priest or deacon, your marriage might not be valid in the eyes of the Church. (There are limited interfaith exceptions with proper permission.) We invite you to speak with Father Marty if you have any questions or if you wish to validate your marriage. The process can be simple, and your marriage will now be blessed and recognized by the Church. You will also benefit spiritually by receiving the Sacrament of Matrimony.