May 31, 2021 – From the Pastor

May 31, 2021 – From the Pastor

Dear Parishioners of Our Lady of Mercy,

Fr. Marty JacintoI hope this finds you well and safe.

First and foremost, in the name of the parish staff and the whole parish community, I congratulate Deacon Edwin Dava, who was ordained last Sunday at the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark. It was a joyous moment for him and for our parish. We are blessed to have another deacon.

I also welcome his family, relatives and friends who are here with us as he begins his new ministry by preaching at all our Masses this weekend. Please keep him in your prayers.

This weekend, we are celebrating the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity. This is a celebration of our belief in one God, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. We who believe know that God extended Himself into our human history by becoming one like us in all things but sin. Jesus, the Son, taught us how to relate to God as “Father”. He showed us that obedience to the Law was not enough. He showed us that God wants our love and devotion, and He left us an example of just how much God loves us by laying down His life for us. Jesus promised that He would be with us until the end of time and so He sent the Holy Spirit to be our guide and advocate so that we might know what is pleasing to God and we might have the capacity to continue Jesus’ work in our world.

This is where we stand now in our relationship with the One God who created us, who redeemed our fallen nature, who sustains us in His grace, and who continues to inspire us to cooperate with His plan for the renewal of our world.

Saint Paul reminds us that we do indeed have an inheritance with Christ that was won through His suffering and death. And, that we are all God’s children now. He challenges us to bear witness to who we are in the Spirit that we all share by virtue of our baptism.

Let us catch the Spirit’s fire and allow ourselves to be changed so that we can fulfill Jesus’ command to “Go and make disciples of all nations.”

Brothers and sisters, we do well to ask ourselves if we are doing what God tells us to do in the best way we can, while we continue to live in this world. Are we still connected with the Church by coming to celebrate the Eucharist together or have we fallen into that trap of staying at home that we became accustomed to because of the pandemic?

It is time to come back to church! The Catholic Bishops of New Jersey are ending the dispensation from the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days beginning next weekend June 5 and 6, 2021. In other words, we are now required to come to Mass. (See more details in this bulletin.) Because of this, the last live-streaming of our Sunday 10 o’clock Mass will be on June 6th.

Last but not least, I am knocking on your generous hearts to help us renovate the whole sanctuary, where the altar is located, instead of just the steps. If we had the funds, it would even look nicer to replace the sanctuary floor with marble instead of ceramic tiles. Renovating the whole sanctuary will definitely cost more than just redoing the steps. That is why I need your financial help. Thank you in advance.

God bless you all.

Father Marty