Dear Parishioners of OLM & OLS:
What a weekend that was!
A “gazillion” Thanks to all of you who helped in many different ways, from the Holy Sacrifice of the mass: Liturgical Ministers (E.M. and Lector), Music Ministers, Hospitality Ministers and Altar Servers, to the Invitations and reception: Maria Room set up, decorations, food and drink, hospitality, etc. You did so well beyond my expectations! Guests from outside our parish communities were so impressed and amazed at the whole event. God bless you all.
The outpouring of love and support is so overwhelming! The coming of my mother and aunt and priest friend from the Philippines brought great joy to me already, but seeing my priest friends and deacon and seminarian, friends from my previous parishes (Our Lady of Lourdes in Mountainside and Saint Joseph in Bogota) and from other neighboring parishes and you parishioners and friends of OLM and OLS made me more emotional that day (and, of course, the ceremony itself!) Thank you so very much for coming from the bottom of my heart (including those who were not able to make it for various reasons.) I love you All! As I have mentioned before, I cannot be here doing this work entrusted to me without the help and support of my staff, parish pastoral council, parish trustees, parish finance council, different ministries and all of you, and above all, without the approval and help of the Almighty God. That’s why I also said (and will continue asking for it) to pray for me, and all of us your priests.
Now let’s go to work…
You may have noticed it already that our bulletin has a new face. We are doing some bulletin “face-lift.” Thanks to Dominic Rivera who stepped up and volunteer to help me with our bulletin. As planned, the bulletin will evolve. So, don’t be surprise if you see changes every now and then. And I encourage you to please pick one and read! Really READ IT. That’s when you get all the happenings in our parish communities.
A special mention: turn your attention to our Capital Campaign update. I am so happy that Father Jack started it and that many of you have committed yourselves to support it. There are sixty four percent of you who pledged already. Thank you so much! And for those who did not do it yet, I encourage you to please do so. I have trust in you and in God that you can do it, and that, from the blessings you have received from God, you will be able to share it with your church. It will not be only a help to the Archdiocese but most especially to our parish. Fifty percent of the Works of Mercy contribution will be given back to us. And it will be used to what we need in maintaining our church building and make this a better house of worship, where everybody is welcome and that you can consider this your home away from home. Try giving more, if you haven’t yet, and you will see how God pours out His blessings… a hundred times more!
God bless you and your family!
Love and Prayers,
Capital Campaign: “We Are Living Stones”
Thank you to the 159 families who have generously pledged to support the Capital Campaign. Our Goal is $498,144 and we have achieved 64% ($320,436) of that who pledged so far!
Note that 50% of all monies raised above our $43,000 Works of Mercy goal will remain at the Our Lady of Mercy. These funds will allow us to:
- Purchase and installation of a gas generator
- Repainting of the Church
- Replacement of windows on the school’s 3rd floor
- Repairing the boiler in the school
- Debt reduction
If you have not yet participated, please consider doing so today. Pledge envelopes are in the pews this weekend or your convenience.
We are very thankful for the support we have received from the 159 parish families who have already donated to the Campaign. We pray that we can count on your support as well.
Every parish family moving into the parish is requested to register at the Parish Office. If you move to another parish, or change your address, please notify the Parish Office. Certificates (Godparent/ Sponsor certificate) will only be given to registered parishioners or living in the parish area.
The Intentions of Pope Francis for the Month of October
Universal: That human trafficking, the modern form of slavery, may be eradicated.
For Evangelization: That with a missionary spirit, the Christian communities of Asia may announce the Gospel to those who are still awaiting it.