Dear Parishioners of Our Lady of Mercy,
Happy Feast Day!
This day is special because it is the kick-off of an entire year of celebration marking sixty years of being a faith community. In September 2023 we will turn sixty years old. Our parish was founded in 1963.
As we ease towards next year’s culmination of our sixtieth anniversary, it is our hope to do some special events to make this year memorable and spiritually fruitful. Stay tuned for that.
While we are at it, we do well to revisit our parish mission. We can do that individually and collectively. So, we can ask ourselves if we have been a faith community that joyfully and humbly seeks to make Our Lord Jesus Christ ever more real in our lives and in the lives of others? Have we enlivened our mission by our commitment to Stewardship as a way of life? Have we strived to pursue our mission by being a welcoming community that provides a home for all and celebrates life, hope and reconciliation through Word, Worship and Service?
In striving to be more like Mary, our patroness, have we embodied the corporal works of mercy like feeding the hungry, visiting the sick, clothing the naked, and providing shelter to the homeless? Have we practiced the spiritual works of mercy by instructing the ignorant, counseling the doubtful, forgiving willingly, and comforting those in sorrow?
These are a few guides or reminders for us to make an inventory in our spiritual lives and to see if we have been good Christians not only in name but above all, in action. We thank Mama Mary for helping us to do that.
On another note, in the name of my staff and the whole parish, I thank Fr. Jack Cryan, pastor emeritus, for saying “yes” to being our main celebrant at the 5 pm Mass on this feast day of Our Lady of Mercy.
Sincere thanks to the members of our Parish Pastoral Council led by Jon Camaya and heads and members of different ministries, societies, and committees for their hard work to make the celebration of our feast day successful and joyful. To those who helped with the decorations, set-ups, food serving, music, dance, games, donors for prizes, etc., thank you very much!
God bless our parish community and all of 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.
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!