June 10, 2018 – From the Desk of the Pastor

Dear Parishioners of Our Lady of Mercy:

Fr. Marty JacintoIt is almost Summer time and I hope all is doing well.

Summertime is a time for relaxation and recreation, having a break from school and going away for vacations or “staycations,” We all need that rest time to enjoy and recharge. A reminder: do no stay away from Church! I am pretty sure, wherever you go, there is always a Church. Do not deprive your soul from receiving God’s Word and the Eucharist. Also, since in summertime the temperature is hot, please let us have decorum when we come to Mass. Always wear your “light” Sunday best. Doing so, we will not fall into that group of people that Jesus is talking about in our Gospel this weekend that “blasphemes the Holy Spirit.” We do not want to be unforgiven by God for the rest of our life and in the next. God forbid!

Also, I would like to take this opportunity to ask your kind and understanding heart to take extra careful in correcting a fellow parishioner. Let us do it in a nice and non-offending, fraternal way. I am talking about calling someone’s attention of a noisy, distracting little child at Mass, taking hats off when inside the Church, not dressed up appropriately, and many other things. We are all Jesus’s brothers, sisters and even mothers, as He says in the Gospel today. Let us give our utmost respect and love to one another. What a friendly atmosphere we would have in our faith community if we did that.

Thank you and God bless you all!

+Father Marty

A Workshop For Renters This Wednesday, June 13, 7pm in the OLM Maria Room

If you rent in Jersey City, you are encouraged to attend a Tenants’ Know Your Rights Workshop that will take place here at Our Lady of Mercy Church, this Wednesday, June 13, from 7 to 8 pm. This workshop is being sponsored by Jersey City Together in partnership with the City of Jersey City and the Waterfront Project, which provides free legal assistance and housing counseling.

This workshop is for the residents of our area and all those who live in WARD A. Additional workshops are being held in all the wards of the city.

These workshops are being offered to ensure that residents are aware of their rights as tenants and know the rent control laws that are in force.

Be sure you are a knowledgeable renter, be at this Wednesday’s workshop at 7 pm at Our Lady of Mercy Church, 40 Sullivan Drive. We urge you and your neighbors to take advantage of this workshop that we have arranged to take place at our parish.

Join the Parade!

The Philippine American Friendship Day Parade will take place Sunday, June 24, on Westside Avenue. Jersey City Council President Rolando Lavarro is the Grand Marshall of the parade. Ato Tuazon and Fr. Tom Iwanowski of our parish are Honorary Grand Marshalls.

We invite you to march in the parade as part of the group representing Our Lady of Mercy Church / Jersey City Together. If you would like to join us, please let us know you will be with us. Send an email to Ato Tuazon (rgt0444@aol.com) or email the Parish Office (olmchurchmail@gmail.com) You can also call the office (201-434-7500).

Those marching in the parade will meet Sunday, June 24, at 11:30 am by the Westside Avenue Light Rail Station by Claremont and Westside Ave. The parade will conclude at Lincoln Park where the Filipino Festival will take place.

Please pray for the sick:

Paul Calefati, Elaine Staltari, Othelia G. Laurena, Jean Karycinski, Erlinda Jacinto, Leonora Loyola, Enrique “Eric” Bautista, Lilian Kryczkowski, Ellen Iorio, Jessica Pavone, Ian Malesiewski, Ruben Catipon, Angela Salvador, Clarita Salvador, Vincent Mastria, Maria Svaligma, Craig Rutkowski, James Seaman, Manuel J. Juson, MD, Gina Marquez, Daniel Tamayo Santos, Marie Ronzitti, Lucia Vanderburg, Betty Scerbo, Philip Scerbo, Alejandra Ancheta, Cindy Popolo, Antonio Roldan, Esperanza Galarza, John Broderick, Joanne Diaz, Ligaya Tan, Leonarda DeCarlo, Dolores Steinhauser, Eugenio Cacananta, Austin Macalintal, Carolyn Taliaferro, Nonong Dava, John Gaito, Elsa Concepcion, Ricardo Vales, Virginia T. Mercurio, James Leung, Sophia Gonzalez, Edgardo Cruz, Mark Dudek, Eugene Manlongat, Sandra M. Escoto, Marcelita S. Fusco, Genedina B. Mohan, Luke Dee, Rosario Bernabe, Renato Caguioa, Raquel Yapp, Roberto Yapp, Armando Gloria, Terry Neurbauer, Grace Arceo, Ivan Jesus Romero, Joycelyn Basa-Gill, Waddy Ancheta, Zosima Ulba, Natale “Sonny’ Infurna, Mario Banaag, Bob Saludo, Lourdes Keating, Robert Andres, Dennis C. Reyes, Ninette Limpo, Minh Nguyen.

Holy Land Pilgrimage

There will be a trip to the Holy Land in November 4-15, 2018 with Father Marty. Father Marty is thrilled to go back for another spirit-filled experience by walking in the footsteps of Jesus Christ. It is safe to go to the Holy Land. For those interested please see flyers at the vestibule of the church for details or See Father Marty. Payment schedule: $ 500.00 due immediately (for Reservation); $ 1,495.00 due in May and $ 1,495.00 due in July. For those who want to pay by Credit Card please take a form at the parish office and give it to Father Marty.

Whoever remains in me and I in him will bear much fruit, because without me you can do nothing.

Register Yourself in The Parish

To be a registered parishioner means that you really belong to the parish family. You enjoy all the benefits of being a family member. Those who are not registered are invited and encourage to do so. A Registration Form is available at the vestibule of the Church, in the Parish Office and Online.