Monday through Friday morning – Masses will be at 7 am & 8:30 am
Saturday morning – Mass will be at 8:30 am
The 8:30 am daily Mass will be livestreamed
– Welcome video from the Archdiocese of Newark –
Dear Parishioners of Our Lady of Mercy,
I hope this finds you safe and well.
I hope this finds you safe and well.
In the past few weeks, we have been rejoicing and celebrating because our faith community is growing and flourishing. I say that because first, we welcomed some families bringing their children to be baptized. Secondly, the children who were prepared to receive First Holy Communion this past spring, are now coming to the Table of the Lord. They were unable to do so in May because of the pandemic. They are now receiving First Communion during our 5 pm and 12 noon Masses this month.
And so, I ask you, brothers and sisters in Christ, to pray for these children, both the newly baptized and the first communicants. Let us pray that the seed of faith that was planted in them may grow abundantly and yield good fruit that will be seen in the way that they live their faith. We include in our prayer the parents, godparents and guardians of these children. May they receive all the help they need to nurture these children and may the Holy Spirit guide them as they teach their children about God and show them how to live good Christian lives.
Let us pray also for ourselves as we move forward in our faith journey. May we strive to work harder in strengthening our faith in God. God knows there are so many challenges and trials in this life. In this very challenging time, especially with the pandemic, it is easy to lose faith. God knows how fearful we are. But in the midst of life’s storms, Jesus says in our gospel passage this weekend: “take courage, do not be afraid.” This passage is so timely when our faith in everything is wearing out. But do not give up. Stay on the boat with Jesus. No matter what happens around us, may we keep hanging on to what Jesus has promised us. Remember those who persevere until the end will be saved.
Please pray for your parish. May she thrive in the middle of this challenging time of the pandemic. Continue to support her in the best way you can.
Also, please tell your family and friends that the church is open. We have our regular schedule of Masses except there is NO 7 pm Mass. It is suspended until further notice.
We want to let you know that we sanitize the whole church after each Mass. Our ministers of hospitality and other ministers are diligent in doing that. They also are doing so well in ushering each of you to your seats. There are assigned pews for families or households and individuals. We also follow the protocols of checking the temperature as you enter the church, maintaining distance, wearing of face coverings at all time inside the church, no physical contact during the exchange of peace and receiving holy communion by the hands. There are also hand sanitizers available for you at the entrance of the church. Your utmost cooperation is badly needed. We do all these things for everybody’s safety.
You are all invited to come back! The Maria Room is always ready for us to have another Mass, should the church reach its capacity. There is no need to worry about whether or not you can participate in the Mass. We have room for each of you.
Thank you so much!
Take care of yourselves by staying safe and well.
God bless you all!
The Sacrament of Penance/Confessions
Starting tomorrow, August 10, we will resume our usual schedule for the Sacrament of Penance / Reconciliation. One of the priests will be available for confessions Monday through Saturday, following the 8:30 am Mass. Confessions will be heard from 9 am to 9:30 am in the daily Mass chapel. Please use the door located in the vestibule of the church.
The Sacrament of Baptism
We have resumed the celebration of the Sacrament of Baptism. There were no baptisms while our church was closed to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Baptisms are now being celebrated on designated Sunday afternoons. To inquire about a baptism, contact the parish office (201-434-7500). Deacon Meynardo Espeleta, who coordinates our baptism program, will then be in touch with more information
Do we have your email address?
We would like to have the email address of all members of OLM so we can keep you informed of important updates and announcements. Please send us an email with your name and email address. Send it to firstname.lastname@example.org (Please do not post your address on our Facebook page.)