September 11, 2022 – From the Pastor

Dear Parishioners of Our Lady of Mercy,

Peace be with you all!

“My son, you are here with me always; everything I have is yours.” (Luke 15: 31). What a beautiful phrase from our gospel passage this weekend. It means that all of us who come to church Sunday after Sunday, if not every day, belong to one house (obviously the house of God) and everything that we find in it is the Lord’s gift to us. We are one Church therefore we are called to love one another and serve one another.

And how do we love and serve one another? It is pretty obvious; through praying for one another, by showing mutual respect and reverence to all people and treating them as we would Christ, through our participation in the life of our community and service in the different ministries we belong to, and by using the time, talents and gifts we have received from God.

Saying that, I would like to alert you to important upcoming events and celebrations here in our parish. I want to highlight the celebration of the Feast Day of Our Lady of Mercy this Saturday, September 17. It will begin with the celebration of Mass at 5 pm, followed by dinner in the Maria Room.

Novena prayers for this feast began September 8 at all Masses and continue until September 16. For those of you who cannot be at daily Mass, pick up a bulletin because it contains the novena prayers.

The San Lorenzo Ruiz Feast will be Wednesday, September 28. After the 8:30 am Mass, there will be potluck fellowship in the Maria Room. Novena prayers for the feast of San Lorenzo Ruiz will begin September 19.

On Saturday, October 8, following the 8:30 am Mass, we are going to have the annual Living Rosary. Your participation is highly encouraged.

Regarding other events and happenings, please check out this bulletin.

Those who want to be altar servers, the invitation is still open. Please sign up and/ or see Anne Bacay or Father Andrew. Also, registration for the School of Religion is still open for children from Grades 1 – 8. You can register online through our parish website olmnj.org or through the parish office. Classes will begin next Sunday, September 18.

I thank the Wellness Ministry and its members, headed by Henry Racelis, and all those who helped facilitate (traffic information included) a successful Blood Drive in cooperation with Red Cross America.

I thank the Red Cross team and most especially all the donors. Know that you saved lives by doing so. There is an additional “thank you” note written by Rachel Slaiman of the Wellness Ministry in this bulletin.

Last but not the least, as we remember the 9/11 attack, we do well to pray for the souls of those who perished in this tragedy and for their loved ones who were left behind. May God continue to send His healing touch and consolation upon them. Let us pray for peace to prevail all over the world!

God bless you all!

Love,

Father Marty


ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL BLOOD DRIVE AT OLM

This past Sunday, September 4, our parish Wellness Ministry and the American Red Cross hosted a Blood Drive here at OLM. We thank our 27 donors, who, despite the Labor Day Weekend, came forward to help save the lives of others by their blood donations. We were able to collect 24 pints of blood. We would like to acknowledge the Red Cross team leader, Suleyma Pineda, and the phlebotomists for making this event very successful. We hope to continue to offer more blood drives in the future. In the meantime, keep an eye on the bulletin for our upcoming events, including flu shot clinics and a Medicare open enrollment discussion. (Submitted by Rachel Slaiman)


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.


REMINDER OF THE CHANGE IN OUR COLLECTION PROCEDURE

As mentioned previously, we have returned to our former way of collecting your offerings a Mass. After the Creed and General Intercessions, those at Mass are invited to come forward with their financial donations and place them in the baskets at the head of each aisle. As we come forward, we can remember that the Lord not only wants us to offer our money but to also our lives in service to Him and his Church.

Those using WESHARE, our online giving service, are welcome to join the procession of those coming forward to the baskets. If they wish, they may place a collection envelope, note, or card in the basket indicating their use of online giving.


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.


Archbishop’s Annual Appeal

The Annual Appeal supports the many mission and ministries of the Archdiocese of Newark. The Appeal also funds services that benefit all the parishes of the Archdiocese including our own. This year’s goal for our parish is $42,120. There is a 100% rebate of every dollar collected above our goal. Currently, donors from OLM have pledged $51,031 and $46,306 has been received. Please continue to be generous as always!