Dear Parishioners of Our Lady of Mercy,
Well folks, summer is over. All our laid-back, freestyle days are quickly coming to an end. The children are going back to school. The folks with houses at the shore are back in town to stay. The local businesses are all gearing up for the influx of people who need to do their back-to-school shopping. You notice that it takes longer to get anywhere because of the increased traffic. And there are longer lines in the grocery stores.
The danger is that we might get caught up in all this furor of activity and lose ourselves. Maybe the stress of all this busyness will cause us to lose our temper with our loved ones? Maybe we will be less attentive to the needs of the people around us? Maybe we will let some of our commitments slide? Perhaps we will be more inclined not to take time to pray? Perhaps we will decide to forgo attending to our spiritual needs in the midst of all the new demands on our time?
Brothers and sisters, we need to reevaluate where we are. Thank God, we come to Mass because this is the time when we can stop and take stock of where we are spiritually in the midst of all our daily activities. This is the time when we can open our hearts to the inspiration of the Holy Spirit sent by God to help us.
God wants to share His gift of wisdom with us. God wants to remind us that our most important concerns are not the things of this world that preoccupy us, but that our primary focus should be on the things of heaven. Always remember that if we are right with God, then everything else will fall into its proper place.
The author of the Book of Wisdom reminds us of this in our first reading this weekend. He puts it this way, “the corruptible body burdens the soul and the earthen shelter weighs down the mind that has many concerns…but when things are in heaven, who can search them out… except you, O God, had given wisdom and sent your holy spirit from on high? And thus, were the paths of those on earth made straight.” (Wisdom 9: 15-18).
Therefore, we need to seek the wisdom of God. We need to make time for praying and for opening our hearts to the presence and action of the Holy Spirit—especially during this time when we may be preoccupied by all the little details of our daily life.
Please continue to stay tuned on what is happening in our parish. I want to call your attention to one special event. We are going to celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Mercy, our parish feast day, Saturday, September 17, at our 5 pm Mass. This will mark the kick-off celebration of our parish’s 60th Anniversary next year, 2023.
We will start the novena for this feast on Thursday, September 8. The novena prayers will take the place of the usual intercessions at Mass. Also, the novena prayers are printed in this bulletin and on the website for your personal use at home.
Happy Labor Day and God bless you all!
OUR LADY OF MERCY BLOOD DRIVE
September 4, from 9 am to 2 pm in the Maria Room
This end of summer blood drive is being sponsored by our Parish Wellness Ministry and the American Red Cross.
You can schedule an appointment in advance by going to RedCrossBlood.org. Walk-ins will be welcomed on the day of the drive.
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!