Pastor’s Column for Jan. 12, 2020

Dear Parishioners of Our Lady of Mercy,

Father MartyGreetings in the name of Our Lord Jesus Christ!

I sincerely thank you for your generous support and love of our parish. You manifested that love with your presence and participation in our liturgical celebrations. Your Christmas gifts to the parish also demonstrated your love and are greatly appreciated. In the name of the whole staff, I thank you so much for your generosity!

Also, I am happy to announce that the windows on the third floor of our school building, which we utilize for our School of Religion, have now been replaced. That was one of the projects funded through the Capital Campaign.

There will be further updates on this in future bulletins once I receive additional reports from the Archdiocese regarding the status of the “We Are Living Stones” Capital Campaign. Thank you for your support of this campaign.
By now I hope you have received a copy of our parish’s annual financial report. This detailed report allows you to see where we stand financially, physically and materially and it lets you know of several pending repairs. Some of them will be done soon. Again, thank you for your support. I also want to thank the anonymous donors who covered the cost of printing this annual report. I am most grateful for their kindness.

On this Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, let us ask the Lord for his continued blessings. In light of our own baptism, may the Lord grace us with the zeal and enthusiasm we need to be evangelizers of God’s goodness by the way we live day after day.

Yes, that is part of what it means to be made adopted sons and daughters of God through Jesus Christ, our brother and Savior. We are called and sent out to proclaim the good news of salvation to the people around us and beyond. Brothers and sisters, let us not be afraid to do so.

Remember God is with us and has commanded us to proclaim the Good News of the Gospel.

Let us take heed of what the Lord said in our first reading from the Book of Isaiah: “I, the LORD, have called you for the victory of justice, I have grasped you by the hand; I formed you, and set you as a covenant of the people, a light for the nations, to open the eyes of the blind, to bring out prisoners from confinement, and from the dungeon, those who live in darkness.”

Moving on, I ask you to read about the upcoming events here at OLM and I urge you to participate.

Love,

Father Marty