From the Pastor
Dear Parishioners of Our Lady of Mercy,
I hope this finds you well and safe.
This Second Sunday of Lent is a reminder for us to look at our progress in our spiritual journey. Our readings this weekend bring us to the spiritual high-places so that we can gain a perspective on life that we do not always have the privilege to enjoy. This Sunday offers us what is quite literally an “over-view” of our lives.
From the mountain of the transfiguration, Jesus asks us to consider how his life and mission were shaped by the interplay of both suffering and glory. Jesus invites us as well to consider how our own lives fit into this paschal rhythm, all the ways that we are continually passing through death into new life, through our suffering into celebrating what we are privileged to share in the glory that is waiting for us.
We all have been going through many trials and difficulties this past year, especially with the coronavirus pandemic. But let us listen well to what Jesus wants to convey to us this weekend. Let us think about the victory-side of our existence. There are battles to be fought and enemies for us to overcome. Our Lenten journey is a time for us to fight and to win the battle over sin and selfishness. We are at war with the evil that is inside of us as well as with the evil that is all around us, in the temptations and distractions that the world has to offer us. That is why this Sunday, we need to escape to the mountain and get a glimpse of the promise that Jesus holds out to every one who is willing to take up the cross of suffering and follow Him into glory.
Do not lose hope and have faith in God, brothers and sisters. We can be glorious in God’s sight through Jesus Christ!
Registration for our small group gathering called “Appreciate the Word, Live the Word” is still open. Please go to our website olmnj.org to register. This is a very good tool to nurture your spirituality through reflection on the coming gospel reading. You have the chance to listen to God’s word.
Also, due to this pandemic, please join our Stations of the Cross streaming every Friday at 7:00 pm on our website.
Last but not the least, please check out the Parish Pastoral Council members in this bulletin. I thank and congratulate them for saying yes to serve on the Council.
Thank you and may God bless us all.
Final Chance To Sign Up For Our Online Lenten Scripture Program–– Appreciate The Word, Live The Word!
Appreciate the Word, Live the Word helps people to grow in their understanding of God’s word. It helps them to apply that word to their daily lives. In the process they made new friends and grown in their faith. This Lenten season, we are having a four-session program focused on the Gospel Readings for the Sundays of March. (March 7, 14, 21, 28) These sessions will take place online, using ZOOM.
Pick the time that works best for you from the schedule below and then register today by sending an email with your name, email, phone number and preferred time slot to (firstname.lastname@example.org). You can go to https://forms.gle/1yb5Hnrze21d3cbX8
- Sundays at 6 pm (Feb. 28, March 7, 14, 21)
- Mondays at 4 pm (March 1, 8, 15, 22)
- Mondays at 7 pm (March 1, 8, 15, 22)
- Tuesdays at 9:30 am (March 2, 9, 16, 23)
- Wednesdays at 7 pm (March 3, 10, 17, 24)
- Thursdays at 7 pm (March 4, 11, 18, 25)
Online Stations of the Cross During the Season of Lent
The Holy Name Society of our parish will sponsor Stations of the Cross on the Fridays of Lent at 7 pm. Because of the current pandemic these services will be online. To participate, go to our parish website (olmnj.org) and click on FACEBOOK|LIVESTREAM. The Stations will take place on the following Fridays of Lent at 7 pm
March 5, 2021 – 7:00pm EST
March 12, 2021 – 7:00pm EST
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!
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.
Police Captain’s Meeting at OLM Tuesday, March 9 at 7pm
All members of OLM, their neighbors and friends are invited to an in-person meeting with Captain Patrick Sullivan, the Commander of the South District of the Jersey City Police Department. The meeting will take place Tuesday, March 9, at 7 pm here at OLM in the Maria Room. Face coverings are required, temperatures will be taken, and social distancing will be observed.
During the meeting the Captain will update us on issues dealing with public safety, policing, and other areas of concern. There will be some time for questions. The members of Jersey City Together from Our Lady of Mercy and Our Lady of Sorrows have been working with the Captain during the past months and have been impressed with the Captain’s concern for the people of our area. We encourage you to make every effort to attend. The last such meeting took place here at OLM on February 24, 2020. As Captain Sullivan said, “It’s time for us be together again in person.”