MASS SCHEDULE FOR THE FEAST OF THE HOLY FAMILY
Saturday, December 30 – 5:00 pm
Sunday, December 31 – 8:00 am, 10:00 am, 12:00 noon, 7:00 pm
MASS SCHEDULE FOR FEAST OF MARY, THE HOLY MOTHER OF GOD
Sunday, January 1, 2018 – 8:00 am, 10:00 am, 12:00 noon
Dear Parishioners of Our Lady of Mercy:
While this bulletin is distributed on the weekend of Fourth Sunday of Advent, I already want to wish you all a blessed and joy-filled Christmas. It is a very busy weekend (of all weekends) because Christmas Day is the next day after the last Sunday of Advent. And I commend you to our Savior Jesus Christ for your eagerness to celebrate His birthday tirelessly. It shows in your smile as you come in the house of God, your second home, The Church. Truth is, that’s the spirit in you that we all want to see every time you come to Mass. That’s the kind of attitude that God wants from you, to have that joyous disposition inside of you whenever you come to Church in giving Him thanks for all you have, to praise and worship Him in spirit and in truth and to receive Him in the Eucharist for your spiritual energy to go on living this precious gift of life.
Brothers and sisters, God so loved the world that He sent His Son Jesus, born of the Blessed Virgin Mary on that Christmas morning, to live like us human beings. He is the reason why we celebrate this season. We heard this many times. But, let us be reminded of this (myself included) once again… that it is out of His LOVE that Jesus came into this world. And so in return, you and I are called to show that love by being faithful to Him and by loving each and every people around us.
In the name of the staff of Our Lady of Mercy Church, I wish you all a joyous Christmas!
Thank you and God bless you all!
Please pray for the sick:
Paul Calefati, Elaine Staltari, Othelia G. Laurena, Jean Karycinski, Dorothy Darcy, Erlinda Jacinto, Leonora Loyola, Eric Bautista, Lilian Kryczkowski, Ellen Iorio, Jessica Pavone, Ian Malesiewski, Ruben Catipon, Angela Salvador, Clarita Salvador, Teresita Cordon , Vincent Mastria, Maria Svaligma, Bill Macchi, Craig Rutkowski, James Seaman, Makenzie Cadmus, Manuel J.Juson, MD, Gina Marquez, Maurita Reyes, Daniel Tamayo Santos, Marie Ronzitti, Lucia Vanderburg, Betty Scerbo, Philip Scerbo, Alejandra Ancheta, Cindy Popolo, Mario Banaag, Oscar Alladin, Antonio Roldan, Esperanza Galarza, Carmen Tuazon, Susan Ranola Rivera, Conrado “Boy” Tanada, John Broderick, Joanne Diaz, Ligaya Tan, Leonarda DeCarlo, Dolores Steinhauser, Eugenio Cacananta, Austin Macalintal, Eduviges Ledesma, Carolyn Taliaferro, Nonong Dava, John Gaito, Elsa Concepcion, Ricardo Vales, Virginia T. Mercurio, James Leung, Tran Phouc, Sophia Gonzalez, Father Tom Roberst, Jocelyn Tuazon, Florentino Chanco, Edgardo Cruz, Luchie Vivas, Deacon Nick Fargo, Mark Dudek
Is Your Marriage Valid?
If you were married civilly, that is, not in the Catholic Church before a priest or deacon, it might not be a valid marriage. Some couples believe that a marriage before a Justice of the Peace or a non-Catholic minister is valid. For a marriage to be valid in the Catholic Church, the marriage must be in a Catholic Church or Chapel and officiated by an authorized Catholic priest or deacon along with 2 witnesses. (There are limited interfaith exceptions with proper permission.)
We invite you to speak with one of our priests if there are any questions or if indeed you wish to validate your marriage. The process can be very simple and your marriage will now be blessed by the Church.