Dear Parishioners of Our Lady of Mercy,
Greetings in the Name of the Risen Christ!
In the gospel this weekend Jesus said, “I give you a new commandment: love one another. As I have loved you, so you also should love one another. This is how all will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13:34-35).
Loving one another is not just a matter of thinking good thoughts about each other. We are to love one another not with empty words and fine speeches, but rather with our deeds and in truth.
God’s love for us is ultimately creative. That Divine Love called us into being and holds us in existence. Our love for one another should also be creative. It should make good things happen in our world and in the lives of others.
Just as God shared himself in creating us in his image and likeness and then gave his life to redeem us, so we too are being called to share ourselves. We need to learn how to be more joyfully generous with our “stuff” and with our very selves. This is the basis of all family life and the basis for what makes a just and truly great society.
What matters in God’s eyes is not how strong we are or how wealthy we become in this world—rather what matters to God is how we have grown to be more generous in loving others. May God bless you all!
OLM HEALTH FAIR
The OLM Wellness Committee will sponsor a HEALTH FAIR here at our parish, Sunday, May 15, from 9 am to 2 pm in the Maria Room. Mark your calendar.
PEACE BEGINS WITH ME: A Night for Ukraine
This Friday, May 20, 7 pm / OLM Church
Tickets $10 / Tickets on sale after Mass and at the Parish Office
OUR CHILDREN AND YOUTH WILL SHOWCASE THEIR TALENTS DURING THIS FUNDRAISER.
TALENT NIGHT PERFORMERS INCLUDE: Justin Nguyen, Lauren Nguyen, Evan Nguyen, Tiffany Esteban,
Florence Ria Villa, Alyssa Bacay, Zachary Zulueta, Jedrik Digao, Emily Gocon, Shiloh Guanlao, Haley Zamora,
Eiren Maghacut, Jack Balbutin, Jhaika Lopez, Jhorayne Lopez, Mary Cabalquinto, Gregory Cabalquinto, Elesa
Adelene Dias, Andrew Ian Ortega, Maia Flores, Gabriel Paez, Jiselle Paez, Ysabella Fallarme, Francheska
Fallarme, Lucas Reyes, Matt Reyes, Rafael Reyes, Melissa Atienza, Camille Maria Lee, Nicole Espinosa, Zian
Panganiban, Gabriel Panganiban, MJ Catuncan, Mia Catuncan, AND MORE…
DONATIONS FROM THE FUNDRAISER will be sent to Jesuit Refugee Service, an international Catholic
organization with a mission to accompany, serve, and advocate on behalf of refugees and other forcibly
displaced persons, that they may heal, learn, and determine their own future. JRS and the Society of Jesus (the
Jesuits) are mobilizing resources worldwide to provide immediate support in Ukraine and in neighboring
countries. In Ukraine, Jesuits are helping and supporting internally displaced, even turning a retreat house into
housing for those displaced.
YOU MAY ALSO DONATE ONLINE THROUGH WeShare, VISIT OUR PARISH WEBSITE OLMNJ.ORG
REQUESTING BULLETIN ANNOUNCEMENTS
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Put BULLETIN in the subject line. All submissions must be received ten days in advance of the requested date of publication. We encourage committees, groups, and ministries to submit information regarding their meetings and activities in order to keep the members of OLM informed of what is taking place in the parish.
Archbishop’s Annual Appeal
“CATHOLIC STEWARDSHIP IN ACTION” is the theme of this year’s Annual Appeal of the Archdiocese of Newark. This appeal supports the mission , and ministries of the Archdiocese. This year’s goal for our parish is $42,120. There is a 100% rebate of every dollar collected above our goal. Currently, donors have pledged $41,771 and $29,501 has been received. Please be generous as always!