– Welcome video from the Archdiocese of Newark –
– A Message from Pope Francis on Racism –
Dear Parishioners of Our Lady of Mercy,
I hope this finds you safe and well.
Last week, I met three women after one of our weekday Masses. As part of their service to the Lord, they speak to pastors about their journey in faith and witness to what God has done in their lives. The women, who are not parishioners, were from north Jersey and New York. One is a mother and the other two are in their twenties.
They told me about the many challenges they have faced in their lives. Yet, they have never given up. I was in tears as I listened to them. I was impressed with their bravery and the firmness of faith they showed in dealing with the cruelty of others. After our sharing and prayer, I ask them to continue speaking to others about God’s love and forgiveness. For me, they are the perfect example of the man in today’s gospel passage who sowed good seed in his field.
Brothers and sisters, our scripture readings have been reminding us how God is planting the seed of faith in our hearts. Are we listening? Are we responding to God’s call to be good Christians, to be His witnesses, to share our faith stories with others? If we are not, then it is time for us to do that. This pandemic has made us realize that it is time to have a change of heart and live according to God’s will.
Last week’s bulletin had a reminder about fulfilling your pledge to the We Are Living Stones Capital Campaign and to the Annual Appeal. I encourage you to please do so. As we have said before, every dollar amount over our goal will be sent back to OLM. So please send your pledge to the Annual Appeal. You not only help the missions of the Archdiocese of Newark, but you also help our parish community. As you can see, our weekly collection is picking up since we reopened. It is not yet equivalent to what we used to collect, but it is getting better. Let us look at the people in ancient times who gave back to God ten percent of what they received. May we be like them.
Let us be generous, cheerful givers. God will reward us if we are!
Thank you for your prayers and continued support. Take care of yourselves by staying safe and enjoy the rest of your day.
Please remember to fulfill your pledge to WE ARE LIVING STONES CAPITAL CAMPAIGN and to the SHINING THE LIGHT OF CHRIST 2020 ANNUAL APPEAL. Your generosity helps to fund Archdiocesan programs and also benefits Our Lady of Mercy Parish.
OLM Paycheck Protection Program Loan
A few days ago, it was reported that nonprofit entities, including houses of worships, received federal loans via the government’s Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”). The objective of PPP is to help both businesses and nonprofit groups defray their expenses during the Covid 19 pandemic wherein their revenue and collection sources substantially declined. The loans will be forgiven, subject to certain conditions, if they are used for wages, rent and/or utilities. Without this federal aid, many entities would be expected to cease operations and/or lay off employees.
Just like thousands of religious organizations, including Catholic dioceses, parishes and schools, Our Lady of Mercy Church (“OLM”) applied for and received loan proceeds from the government that will be used as needed. As per standard reporting practice, additional information will be included in the next release of OLM’s annual financial report in a few months.
It is important to note, however, that OLM is still experiencing a significant drop in its weekly collection and thus will continue to need and rely on the generous support of its parishioners.
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Update on WALS Capital Campaign: “We Are Living Stones”
Currently, the total pledged amount is $501,272. We have reached 100.63% of our goal ($498,144) of which $429,219 has been collected and $192,999.disbursed to parish. You may recall that the Case Items for Parish Portion are the following:
- Purchase and Installation of a gas generator
- Repointing of the Church
- Replacement of windows on school’s 3rd floor (DONE)
- Repairing the boiler in the school (DONE)
- Debt reduction
I am gently reminding those who have not fully paid the
pledge to continue sending your payment to WALS office.