Dear Parishioners of Our Lady of Mercy,
I hope this finds you well.
We are in November already. Soon it will be the end of 2022. How time goes by so quickly these days is beyond me. But yes, we are almost at the end of the year.
During this month of November, which began with the celebration of All Saints Day and All Souls Day, we are encouraged to pray for our deceased loved ones; but also, to be more and more aware of our own mortality and how that knowledge should influence the way that we are living now.
This month of November is a good time for us to reflect on the question: are we giving enough thought to how and where we will spend eternity? We are confronted with the uncomfortable truth, the inevitability of death, our death. How should we prepare for the next life? I leave those thoughts for you to ponder, and I ask the Holy Spirit to enlighten your reflection. I trust that you will take care of your spiritual life so that you will reach your ultimate goal, that is, to attain eternal life.
Saying that, I would like to offer my congratulations to our newly installed altar servers! I thank them for responding to the call to serve. May they be equipped with the strength to faithfully serve our parish community and may they be filled with the love and wisdom of God. Thank you, parents, for allowing your children to serve.
I thank the members of the Holy Name Society for organizing the continuing Food Drive to supply the food pantry at Our Lady of Sorrows Parish here in Jersey City. This is a worthy act of charity and God will definitely reward you with His abundant blessings.
This weekend, there is an information session on Medicare that has been organized by our parish Wellness Ministry. I thank them and JoAnn Northgrave, the program presenter. God bless your work and all you do for the good of the people.
Please check out other upcoming events here in our parish. Last but not least, I am inviting all adults who have not received the Sacrament of Confirmation or other Sacraments to come and see me. We will be glad to help you prepare for the reception of these Sacraments that will strengthen your relationship with Jesus Christ and His Church.
THANKSGIVING FOOD DRIVE CONTINUES
Our parish THANKSGIVING FOOD DRIVE, organized by our Holy Name Society, continues this coming Saturday, November 5, from 9 am to 12 Noon. Bring your donated items to the OLM parking area by the entrance to the Maria Room. Non-perishable food items are needed such as breakfast cereal, canned goods (vegetables/fruits), pasta, pasta sauce, peanut butter, jelly, powdered milk, rice, soup, canned tuna, etc. Your donations benefit the Food Pantry sponsored by Our Lady of Sorrows Parish here in Jersey City. Monetary contributions will also be accepted (make checks payable to Our Lady of Sorrows and write Food Pantry on the memo line).
A FREE RESOURCE TO HELP YOU UNDERSTAND GOD’S WORD
Looking to Sunday is a free email resource that can help you prepare to listen and appreciate the scripture readings at Sunday Mass. Looking to Sunday arrives in your email inbox every Wednesday morning with a short reflection on the readings you will hear at Mass the coming Sunday. The reflection is written by Father Tom Iwanowski. To subscribe, simply send an email to LookingToSunday@gmail.com Some 3,500 people subscribe to this popular resource.
AN OPPORTUNITY TO SERVE THE LORD
We continue to look for additional young people to join our altar server ministry here in the parish. We appreciate parents and other adults who encourage the young people in their lives to volunteer to fill this role at Mass.
Sign-up sheets are available in the vestibule of the church. You can submit the completed forms to the Parish Office or give them to Father Marty or Father Andrew. You can also sign up by using the QR Code found here.
If you have any questions, please speak to one of the priests. We will soon be posting a schedule for the training sessions for those who volunteer to become Altar Servers.
ARE YOU EXPECTING?
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.