Dear Parishioners of Our Lady of Mercy,
Greetings in the name of Our Lord Jesus Christ!
This weekend we celebrate the Solemnity of The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ. We need to stop and think about our understanding of the Eucharist–– whether we truly believe, as the Church teaches, that this is the living Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, truly present with us under the signs of bread and wine.
Do we truly believe that this is our Lord and God, who comes to us as food for our soul, who wants to share His very life with us in this sacred meal? Do we believe that this is the saving sacrifice offered to God the Father that unites us with Him and with one another in a “Holy Communion?”
Brothers and sisters, the author of the Letter to the Hebrews (in today’s second reading) speaks of how Jesus serve us all as the quintessential high priest, not offering the blood of goats, sheep, and bulld, but offering his own precious blood. The sacrifice of Jesus is our sacrifice. It is our offering to God, the one offering that is acceptable to Him. And in this great offering to God, we are called to be One people, his blessed and redeemed people.
When we approach this great Sacrament, let us be more mindful of what it is we are doing, and whom we are receiving. Let us remember and let us celebrate his living presence with us in the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ.
Also this weekend is Father’s Day. Last weekend, we pondered the nature of God as the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Jesus called God, “Father,” for a reason. He wanted us to have a way to relate to God that was once familiar and formally deserving of respect. That is the way that most of us understand our relationship with our own fathers. What is appropriate is that father-son or father-daughter relationship is both love and respect.
Love for the one who loves us and who cooperated in God’s plan to give us life. Love for the one who nurtured and protected our life as we grew into our adult responsibilities.
Respect for the authority that God vested in that man to discharge his duty as a father, to raise us up as healthy, wise, and responsible men and women. Respect for the suffering and the sacrifices that our father have made on our behalf. We owe a debt to our fathers which can never be adequately repaid. At times, we may seem to be among the most ungrateful children who ever walked this earth!
Jesus chose to refer to God as his Father, even knowing that some fathers are flawed in their human limitations. Nevertheless, Jesus chose the analogy of fatherhood because, for him and for us, there is no better way to speak about God. Jesus simultaneously gave honor, love and respect to His heavenly Father and to all fathers.
May our fathers take Jesus teachings to heart, so that in their love and care for their children, they might learn to imitate God’s love for all of us who are God’s children by grace.
To all fathers, godfathers, and grandfathers (living and dead), HAPPY FATHER’S DAY!
RECENT BAPTISM AT OUR PARISH
Zayn Tyler, pictured here with his parents, Joshua and Zanie Jean, and his sister, Zoey, was baptized at our parish Sunday, May 22, by Deacon Meynard.
GATHERING TO REJOICE
Members of Our Lady of Mercy Baptism Ministry Gathered to Rejoice with expectant mothers, Karen Pormentu-Yu and Kathleen Pormento-Mendoza on June 12 at the Parish Center. Karen and her husband, Allen, are expecting their second son, while Kathleen and her husband, are eagerly awaiting the birth of their first child. Both sisters are liturgical ministers at OLM.
All Moms and Dads to be, our Baptismal Team would also like to celebrate your joy with a “Gathering To Rejoice!” Every month we have an event just for that. The team is ready to rejoice with you and to assist you as you look forward to your child’s baptism and beyond. Let us know that you are expecting by stopping by or calling the parish office at 201-434-7500.
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 , and ministries of the Archdiocese. This year’s goal for our parish is $42,120. There is a 100% rebate of every dollar collected above our goal. Currently, donors have pledged $50,786 and $38,992 has been received. Please continue to be generous as always!