May 23, 2015 – From The Desk of The Pastor

The intentions of Pope Francis for the month of May:

  • Universal: That rejecting the culture of indifference, we may care for our neighbors who suffer, especially the sick and the poor.
  • For Evangelization: That Mary’s intercession may help Christians in secularized cultures be ready to proclaim Jesus.

Dear Parishioners of OLM & OLS:

Fr. Jack CryanToday, we arrive at the goal we set for ourselves 90 Days ago at the beginning of the Lenten Season. Today we celebrate the great feast of PENTECOST. We remember the transformative action of God among those gathered in the upper room. Once the Holy Spirit came upon those first century believes they, those to whom they were sent, and the entire human community from then until the end of time were and are irreversibly changed.

Here is Jersey City, at Our Lady of Mercy and at Our Lady of Sorrows, the Holy Spirit is actively at work. We are entering the last quarter of our Jubilee celebrations. We remembered the action of the Holy Spirit in our history. More importantly and more vitally we open ourselves to the present action of the Holy Spirit with our linked faith communities.

As your present pastor, I stand in gratitude for the last twenty years of my priestly ministry. I stand in awe of the power of the Holy Spirit revealed in the collaboration of shepherd and sheep.

Now, I stand open to the empowering action of the Holy Spirit living in my life and my vocation as a priest. I move to a completely new and unexpected, yet welcomed, ministry.

I pray that you stand equally open to the empowering action of the Holy Spirit living in your individual lives and in the lives of our parishes. You are graced with a wonderful, faith-filled, energetic and enthusiastic pastor.

New dynamics of pastoral ministry stand on the horizon of both parishes. Indeed the Holy Spirit is present and active here at Our Lady of Mercy and Our Lady of Sorrows TODAY, PENTECOST 2015!

May each of us embrace the grace of the Holy Spirit and unite ourselves in continuing to give life to the mission we profess each week.

My love and my prayers,

Father Jack

We Are Living Stones!

I express my gratitude to all who have chosen to participate in this effort to assist with the Mission of our Archdiocese. Repeatedly, in recent messages, Pope Francis reminds us to be a MISSIONARY CHURCH: that is we have to be less myopic view in our outlooks and more global stance in our thinking and actions. The funds generated at both OLM and OLS will assist in the MISSION of both our parishes and our Archdiocese. Thank you for your commitment to this endeavor.

Our Jubilee Continues

During the early planning stages for our Jubilee, committee members requested the inclusion of a SPIRITUAL COMPONENT among our various celebrations.

In compliance with that request, your Jubilee Committee is pleased to announce a TRIDUUM OF PRAYER focused on the Feasts of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

The Triduum of Prayer will open on Thursday, June 11th with Solemn Evening Prayer for the Feast of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. It will continue on Friday, June 12th, the Feast of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus with a Eucharistic Holy Hour, which will include Exposition and Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament. Our final extraordinary celebration with be the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass on Saturday, June 13th, the Feastday of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

We are pleased to announce that the Presenter for this Triduum is FATHER MANOLING FRANCISCO, S.J. Father Manoling will also preach at the masses at OLM on the weekend of June 13th and 14th.


Send your kids to an icy expedition!

At Everest Totally Catholic Vacation Bible School [VBS], kids embark on the coolest adventure of the summer! Everest Totally Catholic VBS is filled with incredible Bible-learning experiences kids see, hear, touch, and even taste! Sciency-Fun Gizmos, team-building games, cool Bible songs and tasty treats are just a few of the stand-out activities that held faith flow into real life. Plus, we’ll help kids discover how to see evidence of God in everyday life- something we call God Sightings.

Your kids will also participate in a hands-on mission project through Catholic Relief Services called Connecting Kids to Justice that will let the kids in our community show God’s mighty love to other kids and their families.

So mark these dates on your calendar: JULY 6-10 (Mon.-Fri.) The fun starts at 10AM and will end at 1PM.
Registration Fee: One child- $25.00; Two children- $40.00; Three or more children- $50.00

Call Jeng Villa at 201-434-7500 or email for more details. Register by May 30.