Dear Parishioners of Our Lady of Mercy,
I pray that you are well and caring for your health.
In our gospel passage this weekend, we heard how Simon Peter, the fisherman, was the first apostle to be personally called by Jesus.
There is a resemblance in Peter’s call to follow Jesus and to Isaiah’s commissioning as a prophet in the first reading. Confronted with the holiness of the Lord, both Peter and Isaiah are overwhelmed by a sense of their sinfulness and inadequacy. Yet each of them experienced the Lord’s forgiveness and were sent to preach the good news of His mercy to the world.
Maybe what is most true is that no one is worthy before God. Paul certainly recognized that fact. In the second reading, Paul said it was by “the grace of God” that even someone like him—someone who was a persecutor of the Church, could be lifted up by God for His service.
What does it tell us? It tells us that there is hope for everyone, even for the people who are tearing down the Church. Even such people can be called to repent and can start building up the community that they had been attacking or neglecting.
We should never exclude anyone from God’s grace, even the people who we may think are our worst enemies. Maybe by seeing the suffering and the waste that they are creating by their actions or inaction, they might come around. But if we close our hearts to them, then the chances of that happening are even less.
So, brothers and sisters, let us try to live up to the mission statement of our parish. It states that at Our Lady of Mercy, we joyfully and humbly seek to make Our Lord Jesus Christ ever more real in our lives and in the lives of others and that we enliven our Mission by a commitment to Stewardship as a Way of Life, we strive to pursue our mission by being a welcoming community that provides a home for all and celebrates life, hope and reconciliation through Word, Worship and Service. If we all do this, what an even greater place OLM can become.
Café OLM, scheduled for next Sunday, February 13, after our 12 noon Mass, has been canceled due to concerns about the omicron variant. Let’s pray that this popular event can take place in the near future.
God bless you all!
EVICTION ASSISTANCE FOR JERSEY CITY RESIDENTS
The United Way of Hudson County has received a Homeless Prevention Grant for residents of Jersey City. This grant may be able to assist individuals/families who are facing eviction and whose income is less than half of the average income in our area.
There are criteria to be met and documentation that is required to receive assistance. Each person will be screened by a caseworker to see if they are eligible for assistance.
For inquiries, please contact United Way of Hudson County at 201-492-2368.
WORLD MARRIAGE DAY – FEBRUARY 13
World Marriage Day is an outgrowth of Worldwide Marriage Encounter, an apostolate aimed at helping couples make good marriages even better.
World Marriage Day began in 1983 and is celebrated every second Sunday of February in Catholic dioceses across the country. In 1993, Pope Saint John Paul II, imparted his Apostolic Blessings on World Marriage Day.
This year World Marriage Day falls on February 13, the day before Valentine’s Day. The purpose of World Marriage Day is to highlight the beauty of marriage and to honor husbands and wives for their faithfulness and sacrifices.
In recognition of World Marriage Day, there will be a special blessing of all married couples at our Masses next weekend, February 12 & 13.
We encourage all married persons to attend Mass with their husband or wife next weekend so they might be blessed as a couple.