We, the faith community of Our Lady of Mercy Parish, joyfully and humbly seek to make our Lord Jesus Christ ever more real in all our lives. We enliven our Mission by a commitment to Stewardship as a Way of Life. We strive to pursue our mission by being a welcoming community that provides a home for all and celebrates life, hope and reconciliation through WORD, WORSHIP and SERVICE.
Our Lady of Mercy Mission Statement
A OLM Christmas Tradition
The Giving Tree is a wonderful custom of people giving to people during the Christmas Season. Many families cannot afford rent or food, and certainly not Christmas presents. The beautiful tradition about the Giving Tree is that the giver does not know the receiver, and the recipient does not know the giver. But both are touched by the love of Christ.
Once again, the following charities will benefit by your generosity: Our Lady of Sorrows Parish; Saint Ann’s Day Care Center; Catholic Charities (Jersey City); Several Sources Shelters (serving unwed mothers); Broadway House (AIDS) and Covenant House (Newark).
We ask you to please return your gifts (UNWRAPPED) by Wednesday evening December 18. Please note that if you choose a star or card listing multiple gifts, you may decide what to give. The choice is yours.
Thank you for taking part in our Giving Tree Program and thank you for bringing the light of Christ into the lives of the less fortunate.
Expectant Parents Gather to Rejoice
Expectant parents Raychiel & Jonel Lopez and Xylene Afable & Ryan Wiggins joined our Baptism Ministry at a “Gathering to Rejoice” on Sunday, November 3, at our Parish Center. Members of our Baptismal Team, Selwyn Esteban, Kristine Felipe, and Gerald Felipe facilitated the gathering. Deacon Meynard Espeleta blessed the expectant parents.
Are You Expecting?
All Moms and Dads to be, our Baptismal Team would also like to celebrate your joy with a “Gathering To Rejoice!” Every month we have an event just for that. The team is ready to rejoice with you and to assist you as you look forward to your child’s baptism and beyond. Let us know that you are expecting by stopping by or calling the parish office at 201-434-7500. Let’s rejoice together!
Do You Love God, Do You Like Children
If you answered YES to those questions, you might be the kind of person we are looking for to help us with our LITURGY OF THE WORD WITH CHILDREN. Each Sunday at our 12 Noon Mass, we have a special program for children in Kindergarten through Fourth Grade. Just before the readings, the children are invited to our Daily Mass Chapel where adult volunteers share the readings and a reflection geared to their age and understanding. The children then return to the church during the collection and participate in the rest of the Mass with their parents.
We need additional adults to help with this program. We will provide you with the training and resources you need to help the children of our parish grow in their understanding of God’s life-giving Word. For more information, speak to Father Tom or email him (FatherTom2013@gmail.com) or call him at the parish office (201-434-7500, Ext 104)
Is Your Marriage Valid?
If you were married civilly, that is, not in the Catholic Church before a priest or deacon, it might be a valid marriage. Some couples believe that a marriage before a Justice of the Peace or a non-Catholic minister is valid. For a marriage to be valid in the Catholic Church, the marriage must be in a Catholic Church or Chapel and officiated by an authorized Catholic priest or deacon along with 2 witnesses. (There are limited interfaith exceptions with proper permission.) We invite you to speak with one of our priests if there are any questions or if indeed you wish to validate your marriage. The process can be simple and your marriage will now be blessed by the Church.
2020 Mass Book is Now Open
The 2020 Mass Book is now open for your Mass Intentions. To arrange a Mass to be celebrated during the coming year, please stop by the parish office during regular office hours, namely Monday through Friday 9 am to 3 pm, and Saturday and Sunday, 9 am to 1 pm. You may also arrange offerings for the Bread & Wine and the Sanctuary Lamp for 2020.