Dear Parishioners of Our Lady of Mercy,
I hope you are all doing fine in this new fall season. It is getting colder. It’s time to put on heavier clothing to keep warm and to avoid getting sick.
Speaking of not getting sick, the story of the healing of Naaman, the Syrian general in this weekend’s first reading, and the Gospel account of the Samaritan leper who was healed, both remind us of a very important point, namely, God’s grace and mercy are not just for the chosen few.
God’s mercy and love are meant for all those who turn to Him in faith. Clearly, God does not show any partiality. God’s love and care are for all those who wish to draw near Him.
What does that mean to us? What does that teach us? Brothers and sisters, we are being called to reach out to people who are not like us at all; people who may not speak the same language, who eat different food, who sometimes dress differently, and who dance to different music.
By becoming a welcoming and hospitable community, we can cooperate with God’s plan to draw all people to Himself. That is part of our mission as the parish of Our Lady of Mercy.
Also, when the Samaritan leper in the gospel was healed, he was the only one who returned to Jesus to give thanks for God’s grace. Let us pray that through our hospitality and openness, many of the people we might consider “strangers” or “foreigners” will decide to come here to our community and give thanks to God for their blessings and to be touched by the grace of God that they will experience with us.
Saying that, I invite you to come to our Café OLM next Sunday, October 16. It will take place in the Maria Room after our 10 am Sunday Mass. Please invite others to join you. Café OLM is a great place to have fellowship with others, enjoy the company of fellow parishioners, share some good food, and take part in a few games. Check out the bulletin for more information.
In the name of the staff, I thank the OLM Parish Ambassadors and all who help with Café OLM. I also thank those who helped to facilitate our Living Rosary Saturday morning, October 8. May Mama Mary, Our Lady of Mercy, intercede for us and protect us always.
FLU SHOT VACCINES • SUNDAY, OCTOBER 23, 9 am TO 2 pm IN THE MARIA ROOM
Our Parish Wellness Committee is sponsoring a Flu Shot Clinic Sunday, October 23, in the Maria Room from 9am to 2pm. Please note the following:
To register online, go to the parish website olmnj.org. Registration forms will also be available at the back of the church beginning October 2. Vaccines will be available on first come, first serve basis. A limited number of vouchers are available for those with no insurance.
YOUTH ON MISSION SERVICE PROJECT
As their October Service Project, the youth of our parish will be preparing FALL CARE PACKAGES for the clients of Our Lady of Sorrows Parish Food Pantry here in Jersey City. Needed items include: nail clippers, comb, face towel, toothbrush & toothpaste, hand lotion, tissues, wet wipes, deodorant, bath soap, shampoo, body wash, lip balm. If you would like to help the youth in this project by donating some of the needed items, please drop of your donations by October 12 to the bins that are located in the back of the church. Thank you.
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.