May 8, 2022 – From the Desk of the Pastor

Dear Parishioners of Our Lady of Mercy,

We are now in the Fourth Sunday of Easter!

As part of a short reflection on our readings this weekend, allow me to say that in today’s Church, and in a world that is so diverse, maintaining that only Christians can be saved is a less than acceptable position.

Today, there are theologians who propose that those of other faiths, who live their beliefs in good conscience, can also be saved. According to this idea, such persons are living a sort of “anonymous Christianity.” This can all be part of God’s plan for the salvation of humanity. This divine plan is carried out in different ways and in different cultures.

Seen from this more expansive perspective, St. John’s vision described in today’s second reading from the Book of Revelation is even more exciting. John describes a “great multitude which no one could count, from every nation, race, people and tongue.”
(Revelation 7:9)

Can we picture ourselves in that scene, as one among many people, unique in our own particular calling, standing alongside so many others? We might ask ourselves, “Am I one of the lucky ones because I have received the gift of faith?” If we believe in God’s universal call to salvation, then maybe we will conclude that it is not a matter of luck, so much as it is a matter that we are especially blessed by God. Let us try then to live as chosen children of God who act on His words in our daily lives.

This weekend we celebrate Mother’s Day. I wish all mothers, grandmothers, godmothers, and all women who assume the role of a mother, a very blessed and happy Mother’s Day. May God pour down His blessings on you and protect you always. In the name of all children, I thank all our mothers for their unconditional love. I thank them for bringing us up in this world, nourishing us, and providing for all our needs.
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

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OLM Health Wellness Fair

The OLM Wellness Committee will sponsor a HEALTH FAIR here at our parish, next Sunday, May 15, from 9 am to 2 pm in the Maria Room. There will be various health screenings, an opportunity to speak to health care professionals, give aways, and much more. Take advantage of this springtime health fair to SPRING INTO BETTER HEALTH.


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!