The intentions of Pope Francis for the month of November:
- Universal: That the birth of the Redeemer may bring peace and hope to all people of good will.
- For Evangelization: That parents may be true evangelizers, passing on to their children the precious gift of faith.
Dear Parishioners of OLM & OLS:
Here we are at the Third of the Four Sundays of the Advent Season. It seems as if it was yesterday that I was shopping for Thanksgiving Dinner. Now I’m planning the menu for Christmas!
As the pace of our lives becomes more frenetic, it seems to become more difficult to focus on the spiritual realities of this Christmas Season! That is why I rejoice to have the celebration Simbang Gabi here in our parish. This wonderful Advent tradition brought to us by our Filipino Community gives us the venue for a brief spiritual oasis during the nine days leading up to Christmas Eve.
This Novena of Masses will extend from December 14 until December 23. The Faith Community of Our Lady of Mercy invites you to join in our Advent/ Christmas Novena [Simbang Gabi]. The Novena Mass and Prayers will be offered each night at 7pm with the exception of Saturday, December 20th when the novena prayers will be prayed at the 5:30pm Vigil Mass.
A Potluck will be shared on the last night of the Simbang Gabi with different Christmas Kakanin in the Maria Room following mass. For Menu Questions: Lulu-201-332-4274 (email@example.com) or Armie-551-358-1876 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
My love and my prayers,
Parish Rosary Crusade
Families are invited to host the statues of OUR LADY OF MERCY and OUR LADY OF FATIMA throughout 2015. Sign-ups will begin December 1st by phone (201) 332-2237 or by e-mail email@example.com. Leave your name, address, phone number and the Sunday you wish to receive the statue. We will get back to you if the date is available.
All host families are invited to attend the 1:15 p.m. mass on Sunday, January 4, 2015, when both statues will be blessed. After mass, the first set of host families will take the statues home, where friends and relatives will join the public recitation of the Rosary.
The host families will transport the statues to the next set of families the following Sunday, January 11 at a mutually convenient time. This pattern will continue for the remaining 50 weeks of 2015. Please call no later than Friday so both families can make appropriate arrangements beforehand. The host families for the last week in December will transport the statues back to Our Lady of Mercy Church on the 1st Sunday of January 2016.