Dear Parishioners of Our Lady of Mercy,
I hope this finds you safe and well.
Welcome back! I know that many of you have been longing to come back and celebrate the Liturgy and receive Holy Communion. I would ask you to please view my video announcement dealing with what you need to know if you plan to return to Mass. It can be found on our website (olmnj.org) and on our Facebook page. (A written version of that announcement can be found on page 3 of this Sunday’s bulletin.)
It is very important that we all follow the guidelines and protocols given by the Archdiocese of Newark. I know that it is uncomfortable to wear mask all the time, but it is for your safety and that of the people around you. I strongly stress that if you have symptoms of Covid-19 or any kind of illness to please stay home. If you are sixty and older and not comfortable coming to church, please stay home. Cardinal Tobin, our Archbishop will continue to dispense the faithful from the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays. Our live streaming of Masses here at Our Lady of Mercy will continue at 11:30 am on weekdays and 10 am on Sundays.
This weekend we celebrate Father’s Day. We thank God for our fathers, grandfathers, godfathers, stepfathers. May God pour out His abundant blessings upon them. May we, their sons and daughters honor them with our love and respect. HAPPY FATHER’S DAY!
Last but not the least, please help your parish with your prayers and financial support. As you can see, our collection this past week was very low. Moving forward, try your best to help your parish community.
A Prayer for Christian Fathers
Heavenly Father, you entrusted your Son Jesus, the child of Mary, to the care of Joseph, an earthly father. Bless all fathers as they care for their families. Give them strength and wisdom, tenderness and patience; support them in the work they have to do, protecting those who look to them, as we look to you for love and salvation, through Jesus Christ our rock and defender.
Amen. (Author Unknown)
A Message from Pope Francis: Words of Challenge and Hope
My friends, we cannot tolerate or turn a blind eye to racism and exclusion in any form and yet claim to defend the sacredness of every human life. At the same time, it has to be recognized that the violence of recent nights is self-destructive and self-defeating. Nothing is gained by violence and so much is lost.
I pray for the repose of the soul of George Floyd and of all those others who have lost their lives as a result of the sin of racism. May there be national reconciliation and peace.
Today I wish to emphasize that the problem of intolerance must be confronted in all its forms: wherever any minority is persecuted and marginalized because of its religious convictions or ethnic identity, the well-being of society as a whole is endangered and each one of us must feel affected. With particular sadness I think of the sufferings, the marginalization and the very real persecutions which not a few Christians are undergoing in various countries. Let us combine our efforts in promoting a culture of encounter, respect, understanding, and mutual forgiveness.
Scapegoats are not only sought to pay, with their freedom and with their life, for all social ills such as was typical in primitive societies, but over and beyond this, there is at times a tendency to deliberately fabricate enemies: stereotyped figures who represent all the characteristics that society perceives or interprets as threatening. The mechanisms that form these images are the same that allowed the spread of racist ideas in their time.
Let nobody turn their back on society and feel excluded! No to segregation! No to racism!