From the Pastor
Dear Parishioners of Our Lady of Mercy,
I hope this finds you well and safe.
I think it is safe to say that practically everything that we are doing and thinking about these days revolves around what we are experiencing as the result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. It is constantly in the news on television and on the Internet. For those of us who are in touch with friends and family members or coworkers who are dealing with being infected, or know people who have died, it is certainly something that is actively affecting our lives. It is as though the disease has cast a great shadow over all of us, a shadow of fear and anxiety about the future.
In our Gospel this weekend we heard again how Jesus’ disciples were huddled in a room for fear of those who put Jesus to death on a cross. But then Jesus appeared to them in person. He proved to them that He was risen and alive!
My friends there is a saying that goes, “When God closes one door in our lives, he opens a window somewhere for us to pass through.” The astounding fact of Jesus’ resurrection is the window that God has opened up for us to pass through whenever we are experiencing disappointments. Jesus’ resurrection moves us from being fearful and distrustful of life to experiencing God’s abundant mercy and love, no matter what challenges we are facing at the present moment.
Brothers and sisters, as we continue to walk in the light of Easter, let us rejoice that our eyes have been opened to see the Christ who comes to us even when we are dealing with so much suffering and death. He is the true source of our life and our hope. Amen! Alleluia!
On a different note, I want to inform you that our annual May Crowning of the statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary will be Saturday, May 8, at 11:30am. Please invite your family and friends to attend the Mass in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
You heard me say this before but once again, I encourage you to come in person and celebrate the Holy Eucharist together with all of us. Many of you experienced being together in person at the celebration of the Easter Vigil and on Easter Sunday. It was great to see you again.
In light of that, our staff has decided to end the live streaming of our weekday Mass starting Monday, May 3. Our weekday Mass attendance is not always filled up, so there is plenty of room for you to join us. It is high time for all of us to come back to church in person. Precautionary measures must still be strictly observed. Even those who are fully vaccinated, like all the members of our parish staff, are required to follow those measures. Our 10 am Sunday Mass will continue to be live streamed.
Last but not the least, I strongly warn you NOT to respond to any emails or text messages using my name to ask for gift cards. It is a SCAM! You know me so well that when I ask for your generosity I do it via announcements at the end of the Mass or write it in the bulletin. And I always ask your help for the parish and not for myself nor anyone else. You will avoid being scammed if you reach out to me first or the parish office before responding to any such email requests. My contact information is right here in this bulletin. That is also why it is of utmost importance that you take a bulletin with you every week.
More than anything, I thank you for your generosity to our parish and the Archdiocese. Thank you for your overwhelming Easter gifts and weekly donations. We have many repairs to be addressed and that need to be done as soon as possible in our church building. Please continue to send in your support. Thank you.
God bless you all!
Next Sunday, April 25, 10am Mass with Bishop Gregory Studerus
Next Sunday, April 25, The Most Reverend Gregory Studerus, Auxiliary Bishop of Newark and Episcopal Vicar of Hudson County will celebrate our 10 am Mass here at OLM.
We invite you to join us in celebrating Mass with Bishop Studerus. This will be his first visit as bishop to our parish.
Coping with Caregiver Burnout! Monday, April 26, 6:30pm at OLM
The Wellness Committee of our parish is happy to announce that a noted expert in the field of caregiver burnout has accepted our invitation to speak about the topic here at OLM. This in-person session will take place Monday, April 26, at 6:30 pm in the Maria Room. Social distancing will be observed, and masks will be required. Everyone is invited. (Full details)
Flores de Mayo, Saturday (May 8) 11:30am
It is traditional during the month of May, which is dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary, to have devotions in her honor. Last May we were unable to have such services because of the pandemic. Thankfully, with the grace of God, we can honor our Blessed Mother this year. We will do so during a special Mass that will take place Saturday, May 8, at 11:30 am. That Mass will include the crowning of the image of the Blessed Virgin Mary and a presentation of flowers in her honor. This May Crowning and Flores de Mayo Celebration (Flowers of May) will include the participation of our First Communion children and members of our Rosary Society. All parishioners and their friends are warmly invited to honor our Blessed Mother, especially here at Our Lady of Mercy, a parish named in her honor.
Sunday, May 2 Jersey City Together Wants To Hear From You!
As you may know, our parish is an important part of Jersey City Together (JCT), a organization working to improve life in our city. On Sunday, May 2, Al Tariq Witcher, one of the lead organizers of JCT will speak briefly at the end of our 10 am & 12 noon Masses. He will invite those present to take part in a short “Listening Session” that will take place in our Maria Room immediately after Mass. He would like to hear your ideas and opinions concerning life in Jersey City. If we want things to improve, we need to speak up, so please plan to take part.
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 $45,849 (108.85%) to the Annual Appeal and the amount received is $25,900. 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!