January 18, 2015 – From The Desk of The Pastor

The intentions of Pope Francis for the month of January:

  • Universal: That those from diverse religious traditions and all people of good will may work together for peace.
  • For Evangelization: That in this year dedicated to consecrated life, religious men and women may rediscover the joy of following Christ and strive to serve the poor with zeal.

Dear Parishioners of OLM & OLS:

Fr. Jack CryanAs we move out of the liturgical season of Advent/ Christmas/ Epiphany, we encounter on this third Sunday of January the celebration of Sto Nino. It is a time for us to reflect upon our level of gratitude for the immeasurable gift of our Catholic Faith.

This celebration of Sto Nino recalls the benevolence of God in allowing our Catholic faith to be planted in the Philippine Islands. So much like my own background, whereby Patrick rather than Magellan, planted the seeds of faith on the small island of Ireland, these humble beginnings have born immeasurable growth.

Unfortunately, the faith in Ireland has waned over these past few decades. Seminaries and houses of religious formation that supplied thousands and thousands of missionaries to the corners of our globe find themselves closed or emptied. Churches that once overflowed with worshippers are sparsely attended. The analysis of these realities uncovers many sociological, psychological, and theological reasons. Yet, I am saddened that a once thriving Catholic nation that served for so long as a sustainer of our Catholic faith now is faltering.

I pray for the nation of the Philippines and its diaspora. May you not follow the path of my ancestral Ireland. May your remain faithful! May this recent visit of our Holy Father Francis reinvigorate our precious faith. May the devotion to Sto Nino heal any hurts and foster continued growth.

Viva Senior, Sto Nino!

My love and my prayers,

Father Jack

A Quick Journey Through The Bible

If you want a better understanding of our faith, and a deeper relationship with God, then you should join us for A Quick Journey Through the Bible, on February 9 & 23, March 9 & 23, April 13 & 27, May 11 & 18 – 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm in Our Lady of Mercy Maria Room.

The study will include a series of eight, half-hour videos presented by Jeff Cavins. Each video will be followed by a lively group discussion. Everyone who participates will receive this color-coded Bible Timeline Chart, as well as a Bible study workbook.

By being a part of this study, you will not only benefit personally, but you will also help to bring about a profound renewal in our Church as we all grow closer to Christ.

This Bible Study is limited to 35 participants only. Registration is $25. For more information, please contact: Fr. Yan olmministers@gmail.com.

Saint Dominic Academy Open House

Saint Dominic Academy, Jersey City will host a 7th and 8th Grade Open House on Wednesday, February 11 at 6:00 p.m.  The events will feature complete information about this accelerated program for young girls, including Shadow Day opportunities, curriculum review, project presentations, tours of the school and details about the application process for Grades 7 and 8 for September 2015.    Information can also be found on the website (www.stdominicacad.com). Questions can be directed at any time to Andrea Apruzzese, Director of Admissions at 201-434-5938, ext. 14 or to aapruzzese@stdominicacad.com .  Saint Dominic Academy is located at 2572 Kennedy Blvd., Jersey City. 

January Retreat

Join us in celebrating the influence and impact of Thomas Merton.  Men and women are invited to a retreat day “Thomas Merton: Happy 100th Birthday” January 31, 9 AM – 3PM at Benedictine Center, Elizabeth NJ .  $35 lunch included.  The retreat is open to women for the weekend of January 30-February 1 .  ($135 weekend – women only) Registration required.  Call 908-353-3028 or email maritaosb@aol.com.