From the Pastor
Dear Parishioners of Our Lady of Mercy,
I hope this finds you well and safe.
Last weekend, we rejoiced in the celebration of the Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ! There was even greater rejoicing because we are seeing more people coming back to worship with us in person. After a long time of staying home and living in fear of being infected with the coronavirus, people are once more gathering at the altar of the Lord with the members of their parish family.
On a personal level, it really warms my heart to see you in person once again. You are really children of God and believers in Jesus Christ. You find nourishment in the Lord, the source of life.
Saint John the Evangelist ends his gospel by telling us that he wrote his book so that we might come to believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that we might have life in Jesus’ name. And the truth is that this is our inheritance. So, on this Sunday, when we celebrate God’s divine, abundant mercy, let us truly rejoice in knowing that our names are already written in the book of life and inscribed on the loving heart of Jesus!
Also, my heart is full of joy because of all of you. There is no word that can express how happy I am for your love and support of your parish and for the love, support, and concern that you show Fr. Tom, Fr. Butchie, Deacon Meynard, and me. I say this because I continually see how you give your all in your service to OLM. You give your time, talent and treasure to keep our parish alive and beautiful.
I witnessed that last Saturday in a particular way as I saw and heard the laughter and joy of those who came to help prepare the church for our Easter Vigil and our Easter Sunday Masses.
In the name of the parish staff, I thank you all from the bottom of my heart. God bless you and all the members of our parish family!
The Easter Bunny Visits OLM on Easter Sunday!
Besides the hundreds of people who came to Mass on Easter Sunday, April 4, the “Easter Bunny” also showed up. (He must be Catholic!) He had eggs ﬁlled with chocolates for the children and for the “young at heart.”
In addition to the eggs with candy, there were six golden eggs, each containing six one dollars bills. Those six golden eggs were in honor of the six years that Father Marty has been serving as our pastor. The Easter Bunny said he came to church to help celebrate the joy of the Resurrection!
2021 Annual Appeal
“Catholic Stewardship in Action” is the theme of this year’s Annual Appeal of the Archdiocese of Newark. This appeal helps to support the mission, programs and ministries of the Archdiocese. This year’s goal for Our Lady of Mercy Parish is $42,122. There will be a 100% rebate of every dollar collected above our goal. So far, donors have pledged $44,574 to the Appeal and the amount received is $24,725. Please continue to send in you pledges. Additional pledge envelopes are available in the office and on the tables by the doors of the church. Thank you for your generosity and God bless!
Recent Update on We Are Living Stones
Our total pledged amount in the Archdiocesan Capital Campaign, called WE ARE LIVING STONES is now $501,722. We are at 100.72% of our goal of $498,144, of that $435,768 has been collected and $196,234 has been disbursed to our parish for various projects. We remind those who have not fully paid their pledge to continue sending your payment to the We Are Living Stones Office. (171 Clifton Avenue, Newark, NJ 07104-0500) God bless your generosity!