Dear Parishioners of Our Lady of Mercy,
I hope you all are doing well on this first weekend of June.
This weekend, we celebrate the Feast of Pentecost. God generously poured out the gift of the Holy Spirit upon his disciples. Through the inspiration of the Spirit, they were empowered to go out and proclaim the good news of Jesus to all the people who had come on pilgrimage to Jerusalem. The Spirit’s power was manifested in such a way that each person who was present that day was able to hear the gospel proclaimed in his or her native language.
What a wonderfully powerful sign that must have been. God was working a mighty deed in their presence! I believe that sign affirms something for us today, something we need to remember, namely, all of us who have been baptized share one thing in common. It is this—no matter what language we may speak, no matter where we grew up, no matter the color of our skin, no matter our social class—all of us share the same gift of faith in Jesus. St. Paul affirms this truth in his letter to the Corinthians where he writes, “For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, slaves or free persons, and we were all given to drink of one Spirit.” (1 Cor. 12:13).
We share the same power of the Spirit that Jesus sent down upon the disciples that day in the upper room when they were gathered in prayer. Our task in this life is to learn to be the kind of community of faith that Jesus wants us to be.
The Holy Spirit’s presence in our Church is the great force that inspires us to do what God wants us to do. It tells us that in God’s mind there are no “superior gifts” or “superior roles” in the life of our community. Everyone is needed to build up the Body of Christ. It is the Spirit who orchestrates the life of our community, inviting each of us to bring our gifts and place them at the service of the same Lord and Master.
Brothers and sisters, we are being called today to bring our gifts to the Lord. Let him bless us and help us to become the Church that he wants us to be. Let his Holy Spirit empower us to proclaim him in all that we do and say.
May God bless each of us and our parish community.
FUNDRAISER FOR UKRAINE PROVIDES NEEDED HELP
The fundraiser, held at our parish Friday, May 20, raised $2,790 to help the people of Ukraine. The funds were sent to the Jesuit Refugee Service, an international Catholic organization with a mission to accompany, serve, and advocate on behalf of refugees and other forcibly displaced persons so they may heal, learn, and determine their own future. THANK YOU to those who purchased tickets and who came to watch the Talent Show Fund Raiser. Your donations and support of this noble cause will go a long way. God bless your generous hearts! The performers who displayed their talents at the Fundraiser are pictured below.
RECEPTION OF FIRST HOLY COMMUNION AT OUR PARISH
Madison Ruiz, Jack Balbutin, Samuel Fores, Alexander Cordon, & Amelia Dalloran received their First Holy Communion at the 5 pm Mass, Saturday, May 21
Alexus Cheng, Kadence Ansano, Teagan Bond, & Justin Pasion received their First Holy Communion at the 10 am Mass, Sunday, May 22
Keeanne Ruble, Emily Estremera, Zachary Generoso, & Charmaine Torres received their First Holy Communion at the 12 noon Mass, Sunday, May 22
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 $49,861 and $37,049 has been received. Please be generous as always!