Dear Parishioners of Our Lady of Mercy,
I hope this finds you well and safe and enjoying this ever-changing weather.
Our readings this Sunday are particularly challenging in light of what is happening in our world. We have the crises in the Ukraine, Russia, Taiwan, and some other countries, and yes, we have problems in our own country as well.
St. Paul urges us to “be firm, steadfast and always devoted to the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord our labors are not in vain.” We can and must have hope that we will pass through the present difficulties. In the end, we will be a Church that is more responsive to Jesus’ call to holiness and to faithfulness to the gospel.
We are being called to repent, to make amends, and to do what we can to relieve the challenges and sufferings that people are experiencing now. Be patient, brothers and sisters, in this time of trial. By our persevering in the faith, and with the Spirit working in us and in our Church, we will produce a harvest of goodness, love, and mercy.
Brothers and sisters, let us continue to do all we can for the sake of one another and for the sake of our Church. One specific thing that we can do is to take part in the upcoming listening session related to the Synod on Synodality called for by Pope Francis. This session will take place this Saturday, March 5, at 9:30am in the Maria Room. This is an invitation for all our parishioners. Please see the questions we will be discussing on page 3 of this bulletin. Your input is important, so please join us.
The Lenten season begins this Wednesday with the observance of Ash Wednesday. Please make an effort to be faithful to the practices of Lent. I encourage you to sign up for Appreciate the Word, Live the Word, a series of small group gatherings to reflect upon the Word of God. This is another opportunity to help us grow in holiness.
Also, I am inviting our teenagers and young people to please share whatever God-given talents you have for the service of the Gospel and our parish community. Do not hesitate to approach me or any member of our staff. We need your help. We will definitely be happy to accommodate you.
I would like to direct you to the schedule of events in our parish, especially a slight change in the Holy Week schedule. There will only be one celebration of the Passion of Christ on Good Friday at 3 pm. There will be no 7 pm Passion Service.
Last but not least, if you have not yet sent in your pledge for the Annual Appeal, please consider doing so. Thank you!
God bless you all!
“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!
SOMETHING TO CONSIDER DOING THIS LENT!
Good things are worth repeating, and that certainly is the case with Appreciate the Word, Live the Word. This small group scripture program, which has taken place at OLM during the past four years, has helped participants to grow in their understanding of God’s word. It has helped them to see how that word might be applied to their daily lives. In the process they have made new friends and have grown in their Catholic faith.
This coming Lenten season, we are going to have a five-session program of Appreciate the Word, Live the Word. It will be focused on the Gospel Readings for five Sundays of Lent, namely, March 13, 20, 27, April 3, 10.
Each session will last between 60 to 90 minutes and will take place at different times and days to accommodate various personal schedules. No previous knowledge of the Bible is required, only a desire to listen to what the Lord may be saying to us in the scripture readings.
This Lent, participants will use the book called OPEN OUR HEARTS published by RENEW International and authored by Sister Donna Ciangio and Father Tom Iwanowski.
For More details, including sign up information, please click here.