June 12, 2016 – From the Desk of the Pastor

Dear Parishioners of Our Lady of Mercy and Our Lady of Sorrows:

Rev. Fr. Marty JacintoSummertime is almost here!

First of all, school classes are almost over and summer events are coming up. I want to direct your attentions to the announcements posted in our bulletins. Please try your best to avail what our two communities provide. Both communities (OLM and OLS) have various events and activities. Some of them are Vacation Bible School at OLM and parish picnic at OLS. The World Youth Day Event in July is also coming up for those young people who signed up. In October there will be an Archdiocesan Pilgrimage to the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Washington DC as part of the Year of Mercy celebration. To those of you who have gifts in singing and theater the Theater Steps Society has a 4 Week Program for ages 5-12. Check out their flyers/ posters on the doors of OLM church.

Secondly, I want to reach out to those of you, grown up children and adults, who haven’t received the Sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation to please let me know. It is never too late… you can start the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) program and then received the sacraments. I reach out also to those of you who are not married in the Catholic Church. You can do that by letting me know as well so that you can be married. If you were married civilly you can still do the church wedding and it is called Convalidation. It is that simple but there is preparation involved for that as well.

Thirdly, one of the works of mercy is to take care of the sick people. You can do that, besides visiting them, by praying for them. If you look at our sick list, it is getting longer. I ask you to always include them in your prayers. They need all the help they need.

And last but not the least, the weekend of June 18th and 19th at OLM Sister Theresina Thadathil, SOM, from the Congregation of the Sisters of Mercy, will be our guest for a mission appeal. She will talk about their charism and will ask for your help to their mission. Please let her feel welcomed and extend your generosity.

Stay tuned for more information in the next issue of our parish bulletin.

Thank you and God bless you all!

Love,

+Father Marty