Current Bulletin - Our Lady of Mercy Church

Our Lady of Mercy Church
Park Ridge, New Jersey 07656
February 8, 2015
Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Rev. Charles P. Granstrand, Pastor
Rev. Robert T. Ulak, Parochial Vicar
Rev. Msgr. James C. Turro (Weekends)
Rev. Msgr. Carl D. Hinrichsen (In Residence)
Rev. John Chadwick (Weekends)
Joseph Romano, Deacon
Gary Tankard, Deacon
John Rokoszak, Pastoral Associate
Debra Wyka, Minister of Music
Amy Ballanco, Religious Education Coordinator
Jennifer Kavanagh, Youth Minister
Donna Quinn, Business Manager
RECONCILIATION
Saturday: 9-9:30AM & 1-1:30PM
Monday: 7-7:30PM
MASS SCHEDULE
Saturday Evening: 5:30PM
Sunday: 7:30AM, 9:30AM, 11:00AM, 12:30PM
Daily: 6:30AM, 8:30AM
Saturday: 8:30AM
BAPTISM
The Sacrament is celebrated one Sunday every month.
Parents should contact the rectory prior to the birth of
their child for dates of Baptism Preparation Sessions.
MARRIAGE
Couples planning to be married should contact the rectory
at least ONE YEAR PRIOR to the wedding date.
Rectory
Websites
School
201-391-5315
UROLM.org
201-391-3838
2 Fremont Ave. OLMAcademy.org
SCHOOL
Our Lady of Mercy Academy
2011 National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence
25 Fremont Avenue, Park Ridge, NJ 07656
Laraine Meehan, Principal
CATECHETICAL MINISTRY
Grades K-6: 4-5PM Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday
Grades 7-8: 3:45-5:15PM Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday
Catechetical Center
201-391-3590
201-802-1771
Music Minister
E-Mail
201-358-2994
[email protected]
[email protected]
OUR LADY OF MERCY PARISH MISSION STATEMENT
Our Lady of Mercy Parish is a Catholic community that worships God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit,
celebrating Mass, proclaiming the Gospel Message and uniting in prayer. We strive to welcome all and to educate
ourselves and others in the Good News of Jesus Christ. We support one another in times of joy and sadness and
attempt to serve each other by reaching out to those in need in our community and beyond. We are imperfect people
on a journey. Our goal is that the life of each person leads to the Lord.
MASS SCHEDULE
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 7
5:30
Geraldine Smith
Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 8
Jb 7: 1-4, 6-7/ 1 Cor 9: 16-19, 22-23/ Mk 1: 29-39
7:30
Marie Pansini
9:30
People of the Parish
11:00
Adam Dulaski
12:30
Mary Frances Ferguson
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 9
Gn 1: 1-19/ Mk 6: 53-56
6:30
Herman Latz
8:30
Teia Gallo
St. Scholastica
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 10
Gn 1: 20—2: 4a/ Mk 7: 1-13
6:30
Sister Maria Stapleton
8:30
Anne Vaccaro
Our Lady of Lourdes
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 11
Gn 2: 4b-9, 15-17/ Mk 7: 14-23
6:30
Nancy Lovett
8:30
Inez Lavin
2pm
Mass at the Plaza Regency in Memory of:
George Rice
Lincoln’s Birthday
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 12
Gn 2: 18-25/ Mk 7: 24-30
6:30
William Quinn
8:30
Adam Dulaski
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 13
Gn 3: 1-8/ Mk 7: 31-37
6:30
Mary Frances Ferguson
8:30
Bobby Miller
Saints Cyril & Methodius
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 14
Gn 3: 9-24/ Mk 8: 1-10
8:30
John Clements & Family
5:30
People of the Parish
Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 15
Lv 13: 1-2, 44-46/ 1 Cor 10: 31—11:1/ Mk 1: 40-45
7:30
Edward Feddock
9:30
Antonelli Family
11:00
Adam Dulaski
12:30
Carmen & Juan Suarez
LET US PRAY
In your love and kindness please pray for the sick
especially: Ella Gamble, Brian Long, Fr. Peter Funesti,
Claire Mangieri, Joseph D’Angelo, and Karen Koehler.
Please also remember the deceased of our parish and
their families, especially: Peter Emil Ruffa, Henry
Dong, June Miller, Kathleen Veneziano, Teresa Hurd,
and Colleen Strabone.
Please join with us in praying one OUR FATHER
per day for all those who have no one to pray for
them.
THE SANCTUARY LAMPS burn this week in memory
of: Michael Adone, Patricia Eichenlaub and for a
Special Intention.
If you would like more information about reserving
a Sanctuary Lamp in memory of a loved one or for
a Special Intention, please call the rectory office at
201-391-5315.
GOD’S PLAN FOR GIVING – Tithing
Last Sunday’s Collection:
Last Year’s Collection:
$ 19,916
$ 17,842
Tithing is God’s plan to support His Church. Full
tithing means 10% of gross income to God. We ask
half of this, or 5%, for your Parish church. The other
5% goes to your favorite charities.
SCRIPTURE SHARING GROUP with Deacon Gary
Meets every Monday after the 8:30am Mass in the
Gathering Space. As has been the custom, the
scripture reading of the Mass of the day will be used.
All are welcome.
THE FAMILY OF GOD PRAYER GROUP meets every
Tuesday at 7:30PM in the chapel to praise God and
pray for special intentions.
ABUNDANT LIFE PRAYER GROUP meets Thursday
mornings at 9:30am in the Chapel.
THE MIRACULOUS MEDAL NOVENA will be recited
each Saturday in the Sacred Heart Chapel immediately
following the 8:30AM Mass.
BI-LINGUAL MASS—Sunday, February 15th at
12:30pm.
2015 ANNUAL APPEAL “Sharing God’s Blessings
Annual Appeal” begins this weekend.
PASTOR’S COLUMN
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
First of all I want to thank everyone for your prayers for
us on the trip to Haiti. Later in the month you will hear
more from Chris Entrup and Judy Reilly about our visit
to Vallieres. Along with Clauvice St. Hilaire, our guide
and translator, Judy and Chris are good travel
companions and they represent Our Lady of Mercy
very well. We brought home some Vallieres coffee so
be prepared to enjoy some great coffee!
This week is the Pledge Sunday for the Annual Appeal
by the Archdiocese of Newark. I thank Father Bob for
his willingness to present the video at all the Masses
and I encourage you to take home the materials and
make a prayerful decision.
I was also glad to see
Archbishop Bernard Hebda at the close of the video
asking for our prayers and support.
Thank you for all the food you brought last Sunday as
part of our “S-ouper Bowl” tradition. The food action
may not be as exciting as the football but it certainly
provides a very tangible help to many people. Please
read the report from the Social Justice & Peace
Ministry elsewhere in the bulletin. Thank You!
Thank you also for the increase in last Sunday’s
collection which came to $19,916 and helps to balance
the collection of $11,397 on the “Ice Sunday”, January
18. Your ongoing generosity and the commitment of
many to the challenge of tithing is a blessing to our
parish.
On Thursday, February 12 at 9am, our Book Group will
resume its study of Pope Francis: Untying the Knots by
Paul Vallely. On the evening of February 12 at 7:30
we will begin the series “Following Christ” which is the
follow-on program to “Discovering Christ”. We invite all
who participated in “Discovering Christ” in 2013 but
were unable to attend “Following Christ” last year to
join those who came to “Discovering Christ” in 2014. I
thank all who have been part of these series and ask
all parishioners to pray for us during Lent.
We are ten days away from Ash Wednesday which is
February 18th this year. I invite you to prepare for that
day and the season by deciding on some practices of
prayer, fasting, and almsgiving to deepen your Lenten
Season. We have obtained some booklets which I
hope will be useful, Daily Reflections for Lent, “Not by
Bread Alone” by Jay Cormier and they will be available
at the doors of church. Our Lenten Parish Mission
entitled “Will You Spend This Time with Me”?
presented by Father Francis Pompei, OFM, will take
place on March 1, 2, and 3 (Sunday-Tuesday) at
7:30pm in church. Please plan to join us.
Peace in the Lord,
FIFTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
Woe Is Me
Often we think about the troubles in our lives
and cry out, “Woe is me!” Like Job we might look
around in despair at the misery in the world. Like Job’s
friends we might look backward for something or
someone on which to blame our suffering. We may
decide that God—or we ourselves—must be to blame.
The Gospel today offers a different perspective
from which to view earthly suffering. Jesus realized that
there was nothing to be gained from looking around in
despair or backward in blame. Instead, he looked
forward in hope. He did not blame the sick and the
possessed for their suffering, as many others did. And
he did not give up hope, even though he knew he
couldn’t cure all the sickness in the world. Jesus tried
neither to eliminate human suffering nor to explain it.
He simply did what good he could do in the time that he
had.
Woe To Me If I Do Not Preach It!
Above all, Jesus kept preaching the good news
of the reign of God, a spiritual reality that triumphs over
every form of suffering. This was his purpose. When
we believe in this good news we may not be healed of
physical illness or understand the reason for human
suffering, but we do receive something much more
valuable. We are healed of the sickness of despair and
freed from the demons of guilt and blame. The Spirit
energizes us to do what good we can do in the time
that we have. With Paul we will want everyone to know
about the healing, liberating reign of God. We might
even begin to say, “Woe to me if I do not preach” the
gospel!
Today’s Scriptures encourage us to look
forward in hope, to do what we can, and to preach the
good news of the reign of God.
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SOCIAL JUSTICE & PEACE MINISTRY: "S-OUPER
BOWL" FOOD DRIVE SCORES ANOTHER
WINNER! It may be cold, freezing rain, sleet and snow
but the parishioners of Our Lady of Mercy are
undaunted with the Christian spirit of donating and
volunteering for our annual "S-ouper Bowl" food drive. A
big cheer goes out to the large turnout of volunteers
especial Brownie Troop 5850! The Brownies, with lots
of smiles, helped sort and pack donations with the help
of high school volunteers. It was a whirlwind of activity
and before you knew it-- the job was done! Some high
school volunteers met SJPM members at the Pascack
Food Center and checked expiration dates and shelved
donations for another hour or so. All efforts were greatly
appreciated by the pantries served. Donations totaled
$1,675 and close to 2,250 pounds of items sorted and
distributed. A special thank you to Jenn Kavanagh,
Youth Ministry Director for encouraging student
volunteers. They were amazing. It is always welcomed
to have that extra "umph" lifting, sorting and cleaning
up. They were very eager to help. Thank you all. The
Next SJPM Meeting will be February 24 @ 7:15
PM in the Parish Center. We will be discussing our
Lenten Action which will be very important since
Ash Wednesday is February 18th.
CHILDREN’S LITURGY—Join us during the 9:30 Mass
as we gather the children in the chapel after the
Opening Prayer. They will listen to the same liturgy as
the regular Mass, but in a way they can understand
with stories, coloring, and songs. The children will then
return to the church during Offertory. Best for ages 3 to
8 years old, but older siblings are welcome to help out.
N.I.C.E.
“Liturgy of the Word With Special Needs”
SESSIONS CALENDAR 2014-2015
FEBRUARY
8, 22
MARCH
1, 8, 15, 22
No sessions on Palm Sunday or Easter Sunday
APRIL
12, Last Session
April is Autism Awareness Month. A resource table
will be set up in the Gathering Space.
ALL DATES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE. If you are
coming for the first time, please call to be sure we are
in session and for further instructions. Religious
Education Office 201-391-3590 Amy Ballanco/DRE
No fee required. Donations accepted.
THE OLM FALL NEWSLETTER can be viewed on line
at www.urolm.org.
ACOUSTIC CAFÉ’ MUSIC SERIES
Save the date!
Singer/songwriter James Maddock
will be returning with his trio for the next Acoustic Café
concert on Saturday, February 21st! James is a folk/
rock area favorite and one of WFUV radio’s most
popular artists. With special guest Michaela McClain
opening the show. Tickets: $25
www.cafeacoustic.org 201-573-0718 Showtime 8 PM
in OLM Academy. Proceeds benefit St Vincent’s parish
in Vallieres, Haiti. Refreshments included. Come join us
for an amazing night of music and support our Haiti
ministry! WOMEN’S RETREAT 2015—
San Alfonso Retreat House—Long Branch, NJ.
“Where God & the Sea Meet.” The Women’s Retreat
weekend will be March 20-22nd. The theme of the
retreat is: “Living in Love.” The cost is $200 for the
weekend. A $50 non-refundable deposit is required by
March 1st the latest. Anyone interested please contact
Beth Gangeri at 201-391-2569 or email
[email protected]
THANK YOU! The Pascack Food Center wishes to
thank all the S-ouper Bowl parishioners who donated
food. The shelves are nicely stocked for the winter
months. Your continued support is greatly appreciated.
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HANDBELL RINGERS NEEDED for Holy Week
and Easter. Rehearsals begin in mid February on
Tuesdays for adults and children in Grades 6-12.
See Debra Wyka, Music Minister for schedule or call
201-358-2994.
R.C.I.A The group will meet after the 9:30 Mass in the
Parish Center on February 8, March 8, 22, May 3, June
7. For more information, or if you are unable to make a
Sunday Session, please contact John Rokoszak at 201
-391-3590 or call/text 201-264-6376 or email
[email protected]
OUR LADY OF MERCY BEREAVEMENT MINISTRY
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
7:30pm – 8:45pm
Managing grief after the loss of a loved one
Often after the loss of a loved one, there are feelings,
and issues left unresolved. If you have experienced
the loss of a loved one, please join us for the evening.
Our Bereavement Group will meet in the Parish
Center (former Convent). For more information call
John Rokoszak at 201-391-3590.
CONGRATULATIONS OLMA CALENDAR RAFFLE
WINNERS—2/1 The Rowe Family $100, 2/2 Patty
Fitzpatrick $25, 2/3 Peter Alvarez $50, 2/4 Mary Ellen
Logan $50, 2/5 Phillips Family $25, 2/6 Arcilla Family
$75, 2/7 Jason Schell $50, 2/8 Antolin Family $50.
THANK YOU for your generous gift of $1,985 from
OLM in support of the Josephine’s Garden Fund at
Hackensack UMC. Your kind contribution helps to
provide the highest quality pediatric care within a childfriendly and family-centered environment. Josephine’s
Garden is an outdoor rooftop garden located on the
fifth floor of the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital
at Hackensack UMC. It was inspired by and honors the
memory of Josephine Rispoli. Josephine dreamed of a
place where she and other pediatric inpatients could recapture their childhood, while momentarily escaping
the reality of being a hospitalized child. The Garden is
a joyful place in harmony with nature that serves as a
respite for both pediatric patients and their families.
Funding for the construction of the Garden is complete
and ongoing maintenance is provided for, but
donations are welcome such as yours in support of
pediatric oncology research.
IMMACULATE HEART ACADEMY CLASS OF 1965
upcoming gala reunion this September 18-20th. If you
are an alumna or know one, please write to
[email protected]
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