November 22, 2020 | Weekly Update
We have the Fathers back, hooray, or rather, praise God! We pray to see you at any of the Daily or Weekend Mass times especially since we are still able to gather together with Jesus. We hope you are continuing to set Sunday apart as a day for prayer and rest whether in-person or at the livestream.
THIS COMING WEEK
Livestream of the Mass update
- In addition to Facebook, we will live stream on YouTube as well! Subscribe to your OLM YouTube Channel here; subscribing helps us out and will give you alerts on when the Mass is live.
- Let us know where you are tuning in from, we’d love to acknowledge you.
- We’ve purchased permanent equipment for our live stream needs (camera, audio, software, and all that it entails). Would you like to help with the livestream? We’re looking for interested individuals to join our livestream team. Connect with firstname.lastname@example.org to join this new ministry.
- Father James will be preaching on 11/28 – 11/29, please sign-in ahead of time online at this link https://bit.ly/3he0WxJ so we can adequately prepare for all who are attending Mass. (The sign-in is live by Tuesday of each week). During the 10AM Mass, for those that are feeling uncomfortable about being inside the Church but would like to receive Holy Communion, you can watch the Mass while in your car in the Parking Lot, and then when it is time to receive Holy Communion, the parking attendants will guide you as to how to receive Jesus in the Eucharist.
Mass on Thanksgiving Day 11/26th
- Start Thanksgiving day by joining us in giving thanks to the Lord our God and rejoicing in the gift of His love. Join us in-person inside the Church or view the livestream from your car in the parking lot at 9am.
- Sign-in ahead of time at this link https://bit.ly/3he0WxJ or see you at the livestream.
- College students home for Thanksgiving break, it would be great to see you at the Mass!
Ladies Virtual Advent Tea 11/29th An Advent Season Rooted in Hope by Kate Wicker https://bit.ly/2IcQM3u
- The 11th Annual Ladies Advent Tea will be held virtually on Sunday 11/29th from 2pm to 4pm. Are you struggling to find hope during these times? Be inspired by Kate Wicker as she speaks of finding hope during this advent. Kate is a wife, mom of five, recovering perfectionist, and author. She is a frequent speaker at conferences and retreats as well as a regular guest contributor to Relevant Radio and Athens Catholic Radio. From her home in Georgia, Kate strives every single, imperfect day to strike a balance between keeping it real and keeping it joyful.
- She is the author of Getting Past Perfect: How to Find Joy & Grace in the Messiness of Motherhood (a 2018 Catholic Press Association Award Winner) and Weightless. To learn more about her writing and life, please visit www.KateWicker.com
- Sign up at this link https://bit.ly/2IcQM3u
Bible Study – A Biblical Walk With the Blessed Mother 12/2/20 thru 1/27/20 https://study.ascensionpress.com/studies/52878/registrations/new
- How exciting, a 7-week study on Wednesday evenings on the Blessed Virgin Mary! Sign-up at the link. Connect with Joe Wiacek at email@example.com or at 630-240-6993 for any questions. Here are the details
DATES. December 2 – January 27 (Dec. 23 and 30 are off)
WHERE. Virtual or in person at the PLC (limited space)
TIME. 7pm – 8:30pm except night 1 will be 7pm – 9pm
Fair Trade Sale Online sponsored by the Peace & Justice Ministry https://www.serrv.org/?a=JusticeandPeaceFTSale
- Shop for some unique items from the convenience of your home and choose from a wider variety than the sales we have held in person in the past.
- Fair-trade is a way of helping farmers and artisans in developing countries by offering them a minimum price for their produce or products and thus insuring them a decent wage. It is a good practice for all involved.
- Gifts to buy? Homes to spruce? Shop handmade from the web link below and 100% of your purchase will support SERRV International, a nonprofit that employs global artisans living in poverty. Do a world of good and support this Our Lady of Mercy Serrv and Earn fundraiser today. Here is SERRV & Earn web link: https://www.serrv.org/?a=JusticeandPeaceFTSale
- As a little extra incentive if you order this weekend 11/21-11/22 use the promo code SEGC20 and receive a $10 Gift card with every $50 purchase.
- The weekend of 12/5-12/6 is free ground shipping for orders over every $50 purchase. Use the promo code SECSNOWMAN20. Please be sure to use the link and check the orange banner at the top of the home page before shopping, to be sure our parish sale is identified. Thank you! Any questions call Chris Harvey 631-561-9722 or Jean Rehmer 630-851-3444 x232
Hispanic & Ethnic Ministry of the Diocese of Joliet is sponsoring a virtual Our Lady of Guadalupe event on 12/10th: Saludos amigos en el Ministerio Hispano https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Virgen_de_Guadalupe
- Saludos amigos en el Ministerio Hispano
Les comparto este evento virtual para aprender sobre el Simbolismo de la Virgen de Guadalupe, siéntanse libres de compartir con sus comunidades.
- Cualquier dudar puede comunicarse con William Becerra 815 -221 -6247 firstname.lastname@example.org
Christmas Flower Offerings
- This Christmas we will decorate the church with poinsettias around the altar. If you wish to make a gift towards the flowers please go to Give page and log into the secure Online Giving site and choose “Flowers:”. If you wish to memorialize your loved ones you can add their names in the Comments section. The recommended donation is $10.00. Thank you for your generosity and for helping to make our church beautiful during the holiday season.
Alpha @ OLM registration https://olmercy.com/alpha/
- Virtual Alpha registration is open-ended! It’s never too late to sign-up. Do you have questions? Are you looking for a place to find an authentic community right now? Try Alpha.
- Don’t forget to check out Father Don’s insightful weekly Bulletin article is located here.
Supporting OLM | Parish Sacrificial Giving
- OLM is only able to do any of this because of YOU! Your continued prayers and words of encouragement keep us going and your generosity continues to create more opportunities for OLM to keep our family connected and bring people to Jesus, form them as disciples and send them on mission.
- If you are experiencing hardship during this time, please reach out and let us know how we can help, here is a private link.
- If you are not experiencing hardship at this time, please consider supporting our efforts and support our community through your giving, our Give page is accessed here or text an offering amount to (630)647-8105, follow the rest of the instructions.
- Do you shop on Amazon? If so, you can help OLM just by shopping for yourself! Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of eligible AmazonSmile purchases to charitable organizations. AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know and love-same products, same prices, same service. There is no change to your user ID, password, wish lists, registries, or Amazon Prime benefits. Here is how
- Every time you shop on Amazon, please type the following web link in your browser from your computer or mobile device: smile.amazon.com then select Our Lady of Mercy Aurora, IL as your charitable organization of choice.
- Please update your bookmark or favorites to use this link every time for every purchase.
- Only purchases made through smile.amazon.com credit our account, not the main website or the app.
Angel Giving Program 2020
- Our Angel Tree Giving Program Is Going Virtual! Due to the pandemic, and in order to minimize contact, this year we have decided that there will not be tree tags available in the Narthex, but rather, all donations for our Angel Giving Program can be made online or by mail!
- Who Will Benefit From Your Donation? Our Angel Giving Program will benefit Mutual Ground and Breaking Free clients and their families, Our Lady of Mercy parishioners who receive support from St. Vincent de Paul, and the Aurora Interfaith Food Pantry.
- Ways To Donate! Donations for the Angel Giving Program can be donated in one of the following ways:
1) We encourage you to donate via our Online Giving portal under the “Angel Giving Program” fund. If you already have an Online Giving account set-up, then you can log into your account to make your donation HERE.
2) You may also write a check made out to Our Lady of Mercy Church with “Angel Giving” in the memo line and mail it to 701 S Eola Road, Aurora, IL 60504 OR after Masses you may place your check in a bin in the Narthex that is labeled “Angel Giving Program.”
It is important to remember to write “Angel Giving” in the memo of your check so that it goes to the correct fund and can be documented correctly for tax statement purposes.
- All donations can be made thru December 31, 2020.
- Thank you for your prayerful consideration to give to those in need who will benefit from your donations!
Thank you for being mindful about keeping each other safe by observing social distancing, wearing masks, and sanitizing your hands while inside the Church and PLC. Your cautious way of following the social distancing parameters helps us to stay open and hold the Sacraments.
Today as a church we celebrate Jesus Christ, the King of the Universe. Christ is the good shepherd who tends to His sheep. He is also the King of the Universe. He reigns over His creation. Let us gather together as one to proclaim,
Long live Christ the King!