May 1, 2022 – From the Pastor

Dear Parishioners of Our Lady of Mercy,

I hope you are well and enjoying this spring day.

In our gospel passage today, Jesus gives Peter an opportunity to redeem himself. He is given a chance to be reconciled to Jesus after his betrayal. Jesus asks Peter three times, “Do you love me?” Each time Peter becomes more and more agitated with Jesus. The third time after Jesus asks him, “Do you love me?” Peter insists, “You know everything… surely you must know that I love you!” Each time after Peter professes his love for Jesus, Jesus gives him a command, “Feed my lambs… tend my sheep… feed my sheep.”

What I think this means is that Jesus is not simply satisfied with our verbal profession of love. Jesus desires and deserves more than just words. He wants actions. Jesus wants concrete expressions of our love for him. He asks us, just as he demands of Peter, that we feed one another, not just food for the body, but food for the soul!

Jesus warned Peter that there would be a cost involved in taking up the ministry of caring for the flock. The cost would be Peter’s personal freedom. If we wish to serve the Lord, we cannot do just what we want in life; we must do what the Lord wants us to do—His work and His will! That may lead us to a place in life where we never intended to go, but that is a part of discipleship. If we are open to that, then we can be sure that glory awaits us at the end of the road, not our own glory, but the glory that comes from following Jesus.

May we ponder on this during the next few days and discover if we are sincerely following and doing the will of God by lives of service or are we following only our own will.

In the name of our parish community, I thank and welcome Father Tom Thottungal. And I thank Father Ricky Manalo for returning. They are here to help Father Dario.

Next Sunday, May 8, at our 10 am Mass, we are going to honor Mama Mary with our annual crowning tradition called Flores de Mayo. It would be nice if each of you brings flowers for her. At the end of the Mass, there will be a floral offering. Please make Mama Mary happy by your participation. Thank you!

God bless you all!

Love,

Father Marty


OLM HEALTH FAIR

The OLM Wellness Committee will sponsor a HEALTH FAIR here at our parish, Sunday, May 15, from 9 am to 2 pm in the Maria Room. Mark your calendar.


REQUESTING BULLETIN ANNOUNCEMENTS

To submit an announcement for our bulletin, send it in digital form to OLMChurchMail@gmail.com
Put BULLETIN in the subject line. All submissions must be received ten days in advance of the requested date of publication. We encourage committees, groups, and ministries to submit information regarding their meetings and activities in order to keep the members of OLM informed of what is taking place in the parish.


A Note of Thanks from Our Lady of Sorrows

Dear Father Marty and All of Our Lady of Mercy’s Families,

On behalf of the families and volunteer staff at Our Lady of Sorrows Food Pantry, we want to express our deepest appreciation to Our Lady of Mercy’s Holy Name Society for coordinating your most recent food drive.

The generosity shown by the OLM Holy Name Society and the members of Our Lady of Mercy will play a very important role in our ability to respond effectively to the needs of our families. This year, our emergency food pantry has been able to respond to over 500 requests for food assistance.

The people of Our Lady of Mercy Parish have been a constant support to us. So many generous donations of money, nonperishable food items, and personal hygiene supplies have done much to help us meet the growing needs of our community families. Donations from the food drive are overwhelming.

Our Social Concerns outreach program continues to thrive. Compassionate and caring persons like you and the OLM family will help us continue to meet these emergency needs. You are a vital part of what God calls us to do, namely, to love one another. We consider you an important part of our efforts.

Wishing you and the OLM family a Joyous Easter Season.

Thank you for the help you have been.

Carol Harris
Food Pantry Coordinator
Donations $485.
Over $1,000 in self-stable food items.


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, 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. Currently, donors have pledged $41,771 and $29,501 has been received. Please be generous as always!