Dear Parishioners of Our Lady of Mercy:
On May 27th seven men will be ordained as priests in our Archdiocese of Newark. One of the seven men is Deacon Jesus Carlo Merino (also known as Deacon JC), soon to be Father JC, who is from Our Lady of Mercy, his home away from home (the Philippines). He will be having his thanksgiving mass of ordination at Our Lady of Mercy Church on May 28th at 12 noon. Please include him and his companions in your prayers as they start their priestly ministry.
I take this opportunity to call on those young men among us to think and pray if you have a calling to the priesthood as well. If you feel you do, please do not hesitate to talk to us, your priests.
Going to housekeeping matter, I thank those who came to help clean up our church at Our Lady of Mercy. This is just the beginning of it. We will continue to do it every Saturday until we cover everything. I am told that this is just an initial cleaning up to find out which part of the building will really need the repointing. It is important to know that because we may not need to repoint the whole building but may just be some parts or sides. That would save us, evidently. So, I continue to call for volunteers. It looks like this is also a good team building effort.
I thank also those who facilitated our “Flores de Mayo” celebration, the Rosary Society, the first communicants and their parents and guardians, Holy Name Society, Music Ministry and parishioners who showed up. You definitely made our Mother Blessed Virgin Mary happy and smile on you. May, through her intercession, we receive what we need in this life and in the next. Let us altogether praise her by saying “Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you. Blessed are you among women and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen!”
Thank you and God bless you all!