April 17, 2022 – From the Pastor

Dear Parishioners of Our Lady of Mercy,

Jesus Christ Is Risen Today! Hallelujah!

Our gospel passage holds us all in suspense on this beautiful Easter day. We are so much like Jesus’ disciples who came to the tomb early in the morning.

They were confounded to find nothing, but an empty hole cut into the rock with a huge stone lying beside it. The stone that had been used to seal in the body of Jesus to keep out potential grave robbers. We, too, are here without very much evidence of Jesus’ resurrection.

The big question for us is: How can we believe what we have not seen? The answer is simple.

We can believe based on the testimony to the resurrection of Jesus that is found in the lives of saintly people and in our own lives as well when we allow the gift of faith to grow in our hearts and minds. We will see a miraculous new life in us, if we just believe!

This Easter time calls us to practice something like the Passover custom of the Jewish people when they threw out all the old yeast and ate unleavened bread. Saint Paul described the “old yeast” that we are being called to discard as “the yeast of malice and wickedness.” And the “unleavened bread” that we are given to eat as “the bread of sincerity and truth”.

Have faith, brothers and sisters. Allow the new light of Jesus’ resurrection to penetrate the dark places in your lives. May we let the joy and the peace that comes from believing in the power of Christ’s resurrection to soften our hard hearts.

This is the day that our God has made, let us continue to rejoice and be glad in it!

Happy Easter!

God bless you all!

Love,

Father Marty


Divine Mercy Sunday, April 24

Divine Mercy Sunday focuses on the gift of mercy and love given through Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection. As Pope Saint John Paul II stated, “Divine Mercy reaches human beings through the heart of Christ crucified.”


A Note of Thanks from Our Lady of Sorrows

Dear Father Marty and All of Our Lady of Mercy’s Families,

On behalf of the families and volunteer staff at Our Lady of Sorrows Food Pantry, we want to express our deepest appreciation to Our Lady of Mercy’s Holy Name Society for coordinating your most recent food drive.

The generosity shown by the OLM Holy Name Society and the members of Our Lady of Mercy will play a very important role in our ability to respond effectively to the needs of our families. This year, our emergency food pantry has been able to respond to over 500 requests for food assistance.

The people of Our Lady of Mercy Parish have been a constant support to us. So many generous donations of money, nonperishable food items, and personal hygiene supplies have done much to help us meet the growing needs of our community families. Donations from the food drive are overwhelming.

Our Social Concerns outreach program continues to thrive. Compassionate and caring persons like you and the OLM family will help us continue to meet these emergency needs. You are a vital part of what God calls us to do, namely, to love one another. We consider you an important part of our efforts.

Wishing you and the OLM family a Joyous Easter Season.

Thank you for the help you have been.

Carol Harris
Food Pantry Coordinator
Donations $485.
Over $1,000 in self-stable food items.


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, programs, and ministries of the Archdiocese. This year’s goal for Our Lady of Mercy Parish is $42,120. There will be 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!