Feb. 11, 2018 – From the Desk of the Pastor

Ash Wednesday

Wednesday, February 14, is Ash Wednesday. On this day Christians are marked with ashes as a sign of our desire to make good use of the season of Lent to turn from sin and to grow in our faithfulness to the Gospel.

Ashes will be distributed on Wednesday, February 14, during the Masses and Prayer Service listed below.

7:00 am Mass
8:30 am Mass
3:00 pm Scripture Service
7:00 pm Mass

Stations of The Cross at Our Lady of Mercy

Let us journey with Jesus Christ this Lenten season. The Stations of the Cross bring us closer to Jesus as we meditate on the great love He showed us in His most sorrowful Passion!

7:00 p.m. on the following Fridays:
February 16, 2018
February 23, 2018
March 2, 2018
March 9, 2018
March 16, 2018
March 23, 2018

Dear Parishioners of Our Lady of Mercy:

Fr. Marty JacintoGreetings in the name of Our Lord Jesus Christ!

This is the last weekend of Ordinary Time and Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lenten Season. This weekend’s Scripture readings are calling us to cleanse ourselves from sin. Our celebration today is setting up the stage for Lenten practices, beginning with purifying ourselves from impurity brought by sins. On Wednesday we will be asked to “repent and believe in the Gospel,” or to be reminded that we are “dust and to dust we shall return.” Let us listen to God’s voice brothers and sisters and try to make it a habit of living our lives according to God’s directives or commandments. Bear in mind that He is always there to help us in every way and to forgive us if we ask for His forgiveness.

In your personal prayer I have a few requests: I would like you to keep in mind our parish community by praying for our spiritual growth. God wants us, His children, to do His will and by doing so, we become evangelizers to others. Pray for our children who are preparing for the Sacraments of the Eucharist and Confirmation and for the children in our School of Religion and their catechists. Our children are not only being helped to grow as good Christians but that they will be the ones to pass on the catholic faith they are learning to their generation and the next. Your support is very important.

I want to take this opportunity to thank a few groups of people. First, I thank the Wellness ministry for a successful Blood Drive. Your love and effort in sparing your time in doing this is highly appreciated. Many thanks especially to those who donated blood. God bless you for saving other people’s lives. Secondly, I thank the Jersey City Together group who are participating in trying to make our area great again. We pray that the plans will be materialized in order to help those who are in need and also because we are beginning to get tired with vandalisms and other crimes going on around us. I also thank Guiz Macalintal and Michael Rivera for manning the video showing of Sharing God’s Blessings Annual Appeal.

I want to follow up what the Archbishop, Cardinal Joseph Tobin, asks us to do: to make a pledge for Sharing God’s Blessings Annual Appeal. Please consider sharing some of your financial resources so that the Church’s missions will flourish.

Thank you so much and God bless you all!

+Father Marty

Please pray for the sick:

Paul Calefati, Elaine Staltari, Othelia G. Laurena, Jean Karycinski, Dorothy Darcy, Erlinda Jacinto, Leonora Loyola, Eric Bautista, Lilian Kryczkowski, Ellen Iorio, Jessica Pavone, Ian Malesiewski, Ruben Catipon, Angela Salvador, Clarita Salvador, Teresita Cordon , Vincent Mastria, Maria Svaligma, Bill Macchi, Craig Rutkowski, James Seaman, Makenzie Cadmus, Manuel J.Juson, MD, Gina Marquez, Daniel Tamayo Santos, Marie Ronzitti, Lucia Vanderburg, Betty Scerbo, Philip Scerbo, Alejandra Ancheta, Cindy Popolo, Mario Banaag, Oscar Alladin, Antonio Roldan, Esperanza Galarza, Carmen Tuazon, Susan Ranola Rivera, Conrado “Boy” Tanada, John Broderick, Joanne Diaz, Ligaya Tan, Leonarda DeCarlo, Dolores Steinhauser, Eugenio Cacananta, Austin Macalintal, Eduviges Ledesma, Carolyn Taliaferro, Nonong Dava, John Gaito, Elsa Concepcion, Ricardo Vales, Virginia T. Mercurio, James Leung, Tran Phouc, Sophia Gonzalez, Jocelyn Tuazon, Florentino Chanco, Edgardo Cruz, Luchie Vivas, Deacon Nick Fargo, Mark Dudek, Eugene Manlongat, Sandra M. Escoto, Marcelita S. Fusco, Clement Rodriguez, Genedina B. Mohan, Walter Wasinewski.