The intentions of Pope Francis for the month of July:
Universal: That sports may always be occasions for fraternity and growth.
For Evangelization: That the Holy Spirit may support the work of the laity who proclaim the Gospel in the poorest of countries.

Dear Parishioners of OLM & OLS:

Last Friday, our Chancery Office in Newark issued a press release announcing that Pope Francis has called upon the Most Reverend Edgar M. da Cunha, presently Auxiliary Bishop of Newark and the Vicar General of the Archdiocese, to serve as the Eighth Bishop of Fall River in Massachusetts.

Bishop da Cunha and I were in the seminary together. He entered the year after me. He was always much smarter, most likely because he spent more time studying than I. He is a good and holy priest.

We wish Bishop da Cunha, and the faithful of the Diocese of Fall River well. They are blessed to have such a good and gentle shepherd.

Here we are in the middle of July! Summer seems to be evaporating right in front of us. I am taking the opportunity to take some time away this week. I am spending this weekend with colleagues with whom I have been privilege to work with on the national level. I look forward to spending time with them, rehashing old stories, and speculating with them on the future of the Church in America!

On Monday evening, I will fly out to Saint Louis, MO. I will catch up with members of our music ministry team who preceded me yesterday. We will participate in the National Pastoral Musicians annual meeting.

I am excited about joining our team! This annual meeting is a time for us to tune up our professional musical skills, to look at new compositions, to share with other musicians from across the country, and to share the musical richness of our linked parishes.

I always come home from these annual gatherings filled with pride in you, the assemblies of OLM and OLS. Many time as I move from presentation to presentation or from event to event, I am exposed to a plethora of bad news: musicians complaining about pastors, pastors complaining about musicians, murmurings about uncooperative and stubborn assemblies. Each year I come home praising God for our ability to praise and to worship God in song each week. At times, I am moved to tears at your outward show of your love for God and your public demonstration of the same.

Please keep it up. You are an inspiration to all of us who minister to you!

My love and my prayers,

Father Jack

Jubilee Update

This September Our Lady of Sorrows Parish linked with Our Lady of Mercy Parish will inaugurate our combined “YEAR OF JUBILEE.”

The “Year of Jubilee” will celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the foundation of Our Lady of Sorrows Parish, Jersey City and the 50th Anniversary of the foundation of Our Lady of Mercy Parish, Jersey City. It is a time for us to recall with thanksgiving the blessings that have sustained our Parishes over these decades of ministry. It is also a time for us to look forward with enthusiasm and with hope to all God is calling us to in the future.

Gratefully, our new Coadjutor Archbishop Bernard Hebda agreed to come and preside at our Eucharistic Celebration opening our Year of Jubilee on Saturday evening at 5:30pm at Our Lady of Sorrows at Ocean Avenue and Claremont Avenue, on September 20th.

On Saturday evening September 20th there will be no 5:30pm Mass at Our Lady of Mercy. Both parishes will jointly celebrate the opening of our Jubilee Year with Mass at Our Lady of Sorrows. A celebratory dinner will follow Mass in the Cinelli Center.

Because parking at OLS is limited, we will provide bus transportation between Our Lady of Mercy and Our Lady of Sorrows both before and after our celebrations. Pre registration for this bus service will be required. Further information about registration will be forthcoming after Labor Day.

Please mark your calendars now. Be part of the present history of your Parish. Our theme for our Jubilee Year is “MOVING AHEAD IN MINISTRY: EMBRACING THE JOURNEY!”