April 3, 2022 – From the Pastor

Dear Parishioners of Our Lady of Mercy,

I hope this finds you doing well during this crazy weather pattern. Sometimes, it is a challenge deciding what we should wear. We just need to have a little more patience, nice weather is just around the corner.

Last weekend, we heard members of our Parish Finance Council announce that we are launching our online giving program. In your name, I thank the Finance Council for working hard to make this happen.

Below is a transcribed version of what the Parish Finance Council announced at our Masses last weekend.

As of Sunday, April 3, 2022, (today), Our Lady of Mercy Parish will officially launch online giving through an app called WeShare.

WeShare is a third-party software used by thousands of churches in the US including numerous parishes here in the Archdiocese of Newark. Any parishioner can make online giving or donations through their mobile phones, tablets, or computers.

In this digital age, most of our day-to-day interactions happen online. We can complete our work and school projects remotely. We can order food, shop, consult a doctor, pay bills, do our banking, and do many more activities, all online. During the past two years, when we could not leave the house, we had the opportunity to gather for Mass through live streaming, greet our families and friends face-to-face through Zoom, and stay virtually connected with people and places around the world.

In the most recent past, a parishioner would go to the office, register, and then wait for a couple of weeks before receiving a box of numbered envelopes. Then we would begin to write checks weekly, or monthly and put them into those envelopes.

Well, check stock is now costly. We forget our envelopes in our rush to get to church on time. We have snowstorms and thunderstorms that keep us from getting to Mass. We go on vacation and forget to take care of our donations for the Sundays we are away. During the pandemic, we resorted to using the lock box or mailing our envelopes to the parish office. Those scenarios will become things of the past.

With online giving, any parishioner can immediately start donating through the WeShare app. We do not need to write a check, nor remember to bring our envelopes. We can donate from the comfort of our homes anytime and from any place we happen to be.

It is also important to note that a person can make online donations not only for the usual Sunday offerings but also for Easter, Christmas, and other special occasions. A person also has the option to set up auto-pay for a certain period or number of donations.

WeShare transfers all donations to OLM’s checking account with Bayonne Community Bank. Over the past six weeks, members of our Parish Finance Council have successfully tested the app by making actual donations online, validated test data, and ran reports to ensure that financial data is reliable.

WeShare online giving is safe, simple, and convenient. It is so easy! You can set it up and forget about it. Plus, it does not cost you anything for participating.

1. Visit our website, olmnj.org and click Online Giving or scan the QR code.

2. Select the collection of your choice.

3. Set up your donation or payment, using debit or credit card or checking or savings account.

That’s it! It is as easy as 1, 2, and 3!

If you have questions regarding WeShare, kindly ask one of the ushers to direct you to any member of the Parish Finance Council. Thank you!

Next Sunday, April 10, we will begin Holy Week. Kindly pay attention to the schedule of our services. This bulletin lists the days and times of our services. Please post our Holy Week Schedule on your board or fridge and spare us from answering the phone.

God bless you all!

Love,

Father Marty


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. Please be generous as always!


2022 LENTEN REGULATIONS

Lent is a time for prayer, fasting, and charity as we prepare to renew our baptismal promises at Easter. The practice of penance forms a necessary part of this preparation. The Church gives us the following regulations to help us make good use Lent.

1. Good Friday (April 15) is a day of Fast. This means that only one full meal is permitted. Two smaller meals may be eaten. There is no food taken between meals. Those between the ages of 18 and 59 are obliged to fast; others are encouraged to fast.

2. All the Fridays of Lent are days of Abstinence. On a Day of Abstinence, no meat may be eaten. Those 14 years of age and older are obliged to abstain from meat. For a serious reason, Church Law allows the pastor to dispense an individual from refraining from meat on a Friday during the Lenten Season.

3. The obligation to observe the laws of Fast and Abstinence “substantially” or as a whole, is a serious obligation.

4. Catholics should go to Holy Communion at least once between the First Sunday of Lent (March 6) and Trinity Sunday (June 12). If necessary, they should go to Confession. Individual confessions are heard at OLM Monday through Friday from 9 am to 9:30 am and Saturdays from 4 pm to 4:30 pm.


OLM HOLY NAME SOCIETY FOOD DRIVE APRIL 2, SATURDAY, 9 am to 11 am

The OLM Holy Name Society is sponsoring a Lenten Food Drive to benefit the Food Pantry sponsored by Our Lady of Sorrows Parish here in Jersey City. The food drive will take place Saturday, April 2.

Members of the OLM Holy Name Society will collect your donated items in the OLM parking area by the entrance to the Maria Room from 9 am to 11 am.

They will then deliver your donations to the OLS Food Pantry. Please bring your food items only during the designated hours, namely, Saturday, April 2, from 9 am to 11 am.

Non-perishable food items are needed such as breakfast cereal, canned goods (vegetables/fruits), pasta, pasta sauce, peanut butter, jelly, powdered milk, rice, soup, etc.

Monetary contributions are also accepted (please make checks payable to Our Lady of Sorrows and write Food Pantry on the memo line). Despite all the challenges of life, let us remember that there will always be someone less fortunate. It is during these times when we must especially come together to assist our neighbors in need.