January 16, 2022 – From the Pastor

Dear Parishioners of Our Lady of Mercy,

I hope you are well and safe during this cold month of January.

This weekend’s gospel passage commemorates what our tradition considers the third revelation of the Lord. The first one took place at the Epiphany when Jesus was revealed as the Savior of all people. The second took place at the Baptism of the Lord when Jesus was revealed as God’s Beloved Son. Our celebration today is the third manifestation of Jesus’ identity as He reveals His divine power by changing water into wine.

In the gospel story, we see Mary’s supreme witness of faith in Jesus. In spite of her Son’s reticence to act, Mary simply instructs the servers to “do whatever he tells them.” (John 2:5). May Mary’s faith and Mary’s words always inspire all of us, who are God’s servants, to continue to do whatever the Lord tells us to do.

Saying that, I would like to give you a heads-up regarding the upcoming 2022 Annual Appeal. Yes, it is this time of the year when we knock on the door of your hearts and your pockets to support the Archdiocese in her mission of serving the people of God. Last year, you were so generous to this appeal. I hope and pray that you will respond the same way this year. Our goal this year is $42,120. As you know, pledges made by June 30, 2022 that exceed the goal will be eligible for a 100% rebate. So please be generous again and God will take care of you.

Because of some logistic problems, the Covid-19 testing was cancelled this past week. But there will be Covid-19 testing starting this week The testing will be done for four consecutive weeks from 10 am to 6 pm in the Maria Room.

There will be more upcoming events in our parish that we will be posting here in the bulletin. So, please read the bulletin each week.

Folks, the spread of the omicron variant is so very fast. I ask you to use extra caution. Wearing masks is not required for those who are vaccinated but it is encouraged. We help each other by protecting ourselves and the people around us.

God bless you all!

Love,

Father Marty


DAY OF PRAYER FOR THE LEGAL PROTECTION OF UNBORN CHILDREN

January 22, the anniversary of the infamous Roe v Wade decision that legalized abortion, has been designated by the Bishops of the United States “a particular day of prayer for the full restoration of the legal guarantee of the right to life and of penance for violations to the dignity of the human person committed through acts of abortion.”

Life is at the heart of the gospel – a beautiful gift from God. When that gift is destroyed rather than treasured, a violent act is committed not just against God, but all humanity. As Saint John Paul II remarked, “The Gospel of God’s love for man, the Gospel of the dignity of the person, and the Gospel of life are a single and indivisible Gospel.”


IS YOUR MARRIAGE VALID?

If you were not married in the Church before a priest or deacon, your marriage might not be valid in the eyes of the Church. (There are limited interfaith exceptions with proper permission.) We invite you to speak with Father Marty if you have any questions or if you wish to validate your marriage. The process can be simple, and your marriage will now be blessed and recognized by the Church. You will also benefit spiritually by receiving the Sacrament of Matrimony.