March 27, 2016 – From the Desk of The Pastor

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

Rev. Fr. Marty JacintoHAPPY EASTER! ALLELUJAH!

I praise God for surviving my first Holy Week celebration as a pastor. God is good all the time!

First and foremost, I want to apologize that we ran out of bulletin at OLM this past weekend. It is a very good sign. That tells me that you do get yourselves informed with what is happening in our communities. And I seriously encouraged each of you to do so every week. Secondly, as you have noticed it, our bulletin evolves. For example our cover pictures change every week. For those of you who asked about what is the relevance of the picture, I encourage you to read the caption either on the picture or below the picture (if there is). The caption is either an event, an announcement of an upcoming event or activity. Sometimes it is not an actual picture of an event or activity. It may be some old picture in connection with the announcement. Also, sometimes the cover picture is simply the liturgy of the week. But what I am trying to make you aware of is that, try figure out what the cover is all about if it seems vague to you because there is always something behind that picture. I am glad, though, that you take and read the bulletin and ask questions.

Please pay attention to the change of weekend mass schedule at OLM. Starting April 2nd masses will be offered at 5:00pm on Saturdays and 8:00am, 10:00am, 12noon and 7:00pm on Sundays. Sunday masses will change again after Labor Day.

This past Saturday afternoon I received a voicemail from Archbishop John J. Myers, our Archbishop, expressing his being grateful to Our Lady of Sorrows church for exceeding the goal for We Are Living Stones Capital Campaign. He is happy for your generosity. And I echo that (although I said it in the past): Thank you so much OLS for your generosity! May you never stop supporting our church and Archdiocese.

And of course I continue to thank the people of OLM, too, for your continued support to the Campaign, Annual appeal and the parish. With your cooperation, generosity and participation in what we do, we can keep building up our two communities for the better.

I again want to congratulate all those who have received the Sacraments of Initiation this weekend at Easter Vigil. And let us continue to pray for those who will receive the Eucharist for the first time in the coming weeks and who will receive the Sacrament of Confirmation on April 10th. Together, may we all grow in our faith in God and love of neighbors.

To those who helped prepare these children and young people THANK YOU so much from the bottom of my heart.

A big THANK YOU also to all those who made our Holy Week, Easter Vigil and Easter Sunday liturgies very solemn, prayerful and well participated celebrations: OLM/OLS staff, lectors, extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion, music ministers (adult/ children choir members and cantors) altar servers, hospitality ministers, decorating volunteers and all of you faithful worshippers and parishioners.

May the Risen Christ be truly alive in our hearts every day!

Thank you all and God bless us!

ALLELUJAH! ALLELUJAH! ALLELUJAH!

Love and prayers,

Father Marty