OLM 2021 Holy Week schedule
Caring for the Retired Clergy
From the Pastor
Dear Parishioners of Our Lady of Mercy,
I hope this finds you well and safe.
A week from today will be Palm Sunday and then Holy Week will be here. I hope and pray that you have used these past days to be well prepared for the coming celebration of Easter.
If not, there is still time to do that. Our responsorial psalm can help us in our prayer: “Create a clean heart in me, O God.” Do not stop asking God for his help. God wants to do something new for us. God wants us to realize that we can be free from the sins of our past and present. He wants us to experience what it means to be children of God, free from our bondage to sin and no longer slaves to our human weaknesses.
Like St. Paul, we need to be convinced that Christ is the Son of God, who came to be like us in all things but sin and who offered prayers and supplications for our salvation. Indeed, he can forgive and forget our sins so that we can press forward in pursuit of the prize of eternal salvation. The prize that has come to us through Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection.
Brothers and sisters, I urge you to continue working on boosting your spiritual life through your participation in our liturgical celebrations. Of course, these celebrations will only be effective if we put what we celebrate into action and allow the liturgies of Holy Week to affect our way of life.
Please pay attention to the announcements in church and in this bulletin.
As of now, we do not yet have an update for the 2021 Annual Appeal. I will post it as soon as it is available.
Meanwhile, please make your contribution if you have not already done so. Besides helping the missions and ministries of the Archdiocese, you will also be helping our parish if we go over our goal. God blesses those who give generously.
Thank you and God bless us all.
2021 Annual Appeal
“Catholic Stewardship in Action” is the theme of this year’s Annual Appeal of the Archdiocese of Newark. This appeal supports the mission, programs, and ministries of the Archdiocese. This year’s goal for Our Lady of Mercy Parish is $42,122. OLM will receive a 100% rebate of every dollar collected above our parish goal. Please be generous and support this Annual Appeal. It will benefit the Archdiocese and our parish as well. Thank you and God bless! If you need a pledge envelope, they are available at the parish office.
Confessions During Lent
Since there will be no Communal Penance Service this Lent because of the ongoing pandemic, we encourage you to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation/ Penance during our normal confession times, namely, Monday through Friday 9 am to 9:30 pm / Saturdays 4 pm to 4:30 pm in the former Daily Mass Chapel
You may also contact one of the priests to set up an appointment for confession outside of the scheduled times.
March 19, 2021 – 7:00pm EST
March 26, 2021 – 7:00pm EST
Let us journey with Jesus Christ this Lenten season. Praying the Stations of the Cross brings us closer to Jesus as we meditate on the great love he showed us in his suffering and death!
Report on the Captain’s Meeting of Tuesday, March 9
The first in-person Captain’s Meeting since the start of the current pandemic took place here at Our Lady of Mercy Parish in the Maria Room on Tuesday evening, March 9. The meeting was hosted by the OLM Core Team of Jersey City Together.
The meeting, which was attended by 65 people, featured a presentation by Captain Patrick Sullivan, the Commander of the South District of the Jersey City Police Department. This district includes Country Village, Society Hill, and other neighborhoods in the Greenville area. The Captain updated the audience on public safety issues and then answered questions posed by parishioners from Our Lady of Sorrows, Our Lady of Mercy, St. Paul’s, and residents of the area.
The meeting was also attended by Tawana Moody, the new Director of the JCPD, Deputy Chief Nick Flora, Lieutenant Chris Dalton, and City Council Members, Denise Ridley and Jermaine Robinson.
2021 Lenten Regulations
Lent is a time for prayer, fasting, and charity as we prepare to renew our baptismal promises at Easter. The practice of penance forms a necessary part of this preparation. The Church gives us the following regulations to help us make good use of the season of Lent.
All the Fridays of Lent are days of Abstinence. On a Day of Abstinence, no meat may be eaten. Those 14 years of age and older are obliged to abstain from meat. For a serious reason, Church Law allows the pastor to dispense an individual from refraining from meat on a Friday during the Lenten Season.
Good Friday (April 2) is a day of Fast and Abstinence. A Day of Fast means that only one full meal is permitted. Two smaller meals may be eaten. There is no food taken between meals. Those between the ages of 18 and 59 are obliged to fast, though others are encouraged to fast. The days of fast are Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.
The obligation to observe the laws of Fast and Abstinence “substantially” or as a whole, is a serious obligation.
Catholics should go to Holy Communion at least once between the First Sunday of Lent (February 21) and Trinity Sunday (May 30). If necessary, they should celebrate the Sacrament of Penance. Individual confessions are heard here at OLM Monday through Friday from 9 am to 9:30 am and Saturday from 4 pm to 4:30 pm in the former daily Mass chapel.