Fr. Nol’s last mass at OLM has been rescheduled for 10.00AM on December 13. It will be livestreamed.
Pope Francis offers Plenary Indulgence to those who celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe at home
From the Pastor
Dear Parishioners of Our Lady of Mercy,
I hope and pray that you are all doing well and safe.
First of all, in the name of OLM staff and parish community, I congratulate Father Nol for being appointed Administrator of Saint Anthony of Padua Parish in Belleville by Cardinal Tobin. Father Nol will start his new assignment December 15th. We will be sad to see him leave us, but we wish him all the blessings he needs as he embarks on this new assignment. The people of Saint Anthony’s parish will be happy and fortunate to have him as their pastoral leader. (Click here to read a message from Fr. Nol)
Due to this Covid-19 pandemic, we cannot hold a large “thank you” or farewell party for Father Nol. However, we are going to give you the opportunity to express your personal well-wishes and gratitude to Father Nol next weekend, December 12 & 13. After each Mass you are invited to come to the Maria Room. Our ushers will guide you in lining up to speak with Father Nol. All safety measures and protocols will be observed.
In the next few months when it will be safe to hold large gatherings, we will invite Father Nol back to OLM for a proper “Thank you” party.
So, Father Nol, thank you so much for your service and hard work! May God pour down his abundant blessings upon you and your ministry. May you be blessed with the wisdom, love, strength, and energy you need to shepherd Saint Anthony’s parish. We will definitely miss you!
Secondly, I would like to thank the Wellness Ministry for organizing the Covid-19 testing here at OLM this past week. It was a needed service to the community and our neighbors. Our councilwoman, Denise Ridley, is so grateful for this act of service.
Moving on, please pay attention to our events here at OLM. We are in the Advent season and we have a few events and services for our spiritual nourishment. One of them is Appreciate the Word, Live the Word, which is going well. These small group gatherings are one of many venues to prepare the way of the Lord in our hearts.
We are not going to have a communal penance service this Advent, instead we are going to have additional confession times on two consecutive Saturdays. (See the bulletin for the dates.) Please disregard the penance service that appears on the schedule printed by our envelope company that you received in the mail.
The changes in our services this year are due to this health crisis we are in, the Covid19 pandemic. Please continue to pray that this will be over soon and so we will be able to safely go back to our usual celebrations.
Last but not least, please try to financially support your parish the way you did last Christmas. We badly need your prayers and financial gifts.
Thank you and God bless you.
Video Dealing with Depression
The Wellness Committee of our parish has a new video on our website (olmnj.org) dealing with depression. The ongoing pandemic has affected our lives in different ways. One effect of the pandemic is depression, which manifests itself in different ways. It affects us physically, mentally, and spiritually. This video features a discussion by health care professionals, including a psychiatrist, a psychologist, a nurse, and a priest speaking about the topic of depression. We encourage you to view this video. We are sure you will find it helpful. Watch it here.
Our Mass Book is Now Open
Our 2021 Mass Book opens today, Sunday, November 29, for your Mass Intentions. Please note that no more than five Mass intentions may be scheduled at any one time. Besides Mass intentions, you will also be able to make donations for the sanctuary lamp and for the bread and wine used at our Masses.
Tuesday, December 8, Feast of The Immaculate Conception is a Holy Day of Obligation
This Tuesday, December 8, is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, a holy day on which all Catholics are expected to participate in the celebration of Mass. This holy day celebrates our belief that through the favor of God, Mary was kept free from sin and the power of evil from the first moment of her conception. This holy day is especially significant for us since Mary, under her title of the Immaculate Conception, is the patroness of the United States of America.
Masses for the Holy Day: Tuesday, Dec. 8, at 7 am, 8:30 am, 7 pm
OLM Giving Tree
The Giving Tree is a wonderful custom that involves people giving to those in need during the Christmas season. Many families cannot afford rent or food, and certainly not Christmas gifts. The beautiful tradition about the Giving Tree is that the giver does not know the receiver, and the recipient does not know the giver, but both are touched by the love of Christ.
The Giving Tree continues this Christmas season despite the current pandemic. Stars are on the trees and on display in the entrance area of the church, however, in the interest of everyone’s health and safety, rather than purchasing actual items, we are requesting only cash, gift cards, or checks.
Your donations will be given to the charities that we normally support: Saint Ann’s Day Care Center, Catholic Charities, Several Sources Shelters (serving unwed mothers), Broadway House (HIV/AIDS) and Covenant House (Newark). These charities will then purchase gifts for those in need this Christmas.
Please return your donations by Friday, December 18 and place them under the Giving Tree or bring them to the parish office.
The 2021 Bible Diary is Now Available!
The new edition of the Bible Diary is now available for $10 at the Parish Office after Mass or during office hours. The 2021 Bible Diary contains the assigned scripture reading for each day of the year, a reflection on the reading, and also information about the saint of day. The Bible Diary is a great help for personal daily prayer. These books also make an appreciated Christmas Gift.
Update on Shining The Light of Christ
“Shining the Light of Christ” is the theme of 2020 Annual Appeal that supports the mission, programs and ministries of the Archdiocese. This year’s goal for Our Lady of Mercy Parish is $42,809. There is a 100% rebate of every dollar collected above our goal. Currently, the total pledge amount is $50,600 and $47,316 has been collected. Please support this appeal.
New Update On We Are Living Stones
Our total pledged amount is now $501,472. We are at 100.65% of our goal of that $432,293 has been collected and $194,137 disbursed to the parish. 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!