August 6, 2021 | Weekly Update

August 6, 2021 | Weekly Update

God Loves You

Whether you’ve already started coming back to Mass or not, we hope these reasons will inspire you and your friends and family.


Why should you come back to Mass?  Because the God of the universe loves YOU!



A note on Reception of Holy Communion 

  • Communion on the hand is still the preferable option.
  • Communion on the tongue is allowed at the pastor’s discretion.  At our parish, only the priests/deacons will distribute communion on the tongue. The extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion will not distribute communion on the tongue. To receive communion on the tongue, you must go to one of the lines where a priest or deacon is distributing.
  • For those concerned about receiving communion on the hand following someone who just received communion on the tongue, please note that the priest/deacon has a cloth in their hand treated with hand sanitizer. After a person receives communion on the tongue, the priest/deacon wipes their fingers on this cloth, reducing the possibility of transmission of viruses. If one is still uncomfortable, please receive communion from one of the extraordinary communion ministers instead of the priest/deacon.


AMA with Father James Thursday 8/19
Biblical Institute Previews on 8/19 online & 8/28 in-person 
  • The Biblical Institute of the Diocese of Joliet (BIDJ) is for everyone who wants in-depth study of the Bible and prayerful reflection on Scripture within a Catholic faith community and with graduate-level instructors.
  • A brand new option is offering the class online!
  • There is also an on-site class here at Our Lady of Mercy this fall.
  • Bring your questions and check out the following previews
  • For further questions and details check out the diocesan website at this link or call 815-221-6147
OLM Block Party 8/20, 8/21, 8/22!
  • Who will you invite to the OLM block party held on 8/20, 8/21, and 8/22.  Here is what is in the works.
    • Friday 8/20 Outdoor Movie Night at dusk
      • Parking lot opens up at 7pm. The movie starts at sunset estimated at 7:45pm
      • Please bring your folding chairs, lawn blankets, and dinner! Oh and bug spray!  Think Ravinia style set-up/gathering.
      • There will be a popcorn stand and a cotton candy stands for the children.
    • Saturday 8/21 Food Trucks and Concert after the 4pm Mass
      • Please bring your folding chairs, lawn blanket, and bug spray. Think Ravinia style set-up/gathering.
    • Sunday 8/22 Ministry Expo with Cookies & Donuts while you check out the Ministries and Groups at Our Lady of Mercy! See how our parish can be here for you spiritually, physically, and mentally.
  • Check out the Block Party page at this link.
Meet and Support Father Don’s Friend Ertha Papilion from Haiti at the Masses on 8/21 & 8/22
  • In the summer of 2014, Father Don traveled to the small village of Duchity in the mountains of southwest Haiti. It was there that he met Ertha Papillon, a leader in her faith community of Ste. Marie-Madeleine. Ertha is the founder and director of an orphanage and an elementary school. She has dedicated her life to serving the poorest of the poor in the countryside near Duchity.
  • Ertha will return Father Don’s visit and will speak at all the Masses. She will share her story and the story of the people she serves.
  • A collection will be taken to benefit the orphanage and the school.
  • A promise from Ertha: “I am happy to visit you. We are all God’s children. Please pray for me and the children of Haiti and I will pray for you.”
MAGNIFY is on 8/25
  • Our monthly MAGNIFY praise and worship adoration is on Weds 8/25th @ 7pm. Save the date.
Catholic Charities Mobile Food Pantry on 8/25
  • Keep an eye out for the social media posting so you can share the notification on your accounts; you never know who on your network of friends is in need of food.  It will be from 5pm to 6:30pm Weds 8/25th.
Registration is open for Fall Alpha!
  • Registration has begun for Fall Alpha, beginning September 16th!  The goal of Alpha is to grow in our personal relationship with Jesus, if you have not been through Alpha, or if you’d like to do it again, and most importantly if there is someone in your life that you could invite to Alpha, we encourage you to invite them, and come to Alpha!  Starts with an awesome free meal, video, and small groups. #Food #fellowship #faith #friendships, and a babysitting option if you need it.
  • Various pathways this fall are In-person, Online, Spanish, Young Adults, and Family Alpha.  Check out the details and registration at this link.
  • Be encouraged and hear about reasons for coming to Alpha, hear from Cardinal Christoph Schonborn, Doctor Mary Healy, Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, Father Mike Schmitz, and Father James Mallon.

Thinking About Becoming Catholic?
A note from the Respect Life Ministry – a young mother seeking an abortion has chosen life and needs help
  • A mother and baby need your help!  Can you help buy some essential items for a mom and baby?
    A mom seeking an abortion in Downers Grove has chosen life! A sidewalk advocate has been walking with her every step of the way, but this brave mama needs your help.  Please proceed to this link to see how you can help.
  • Cardinal DiNardo is urging all Catholics to join him in reaching out to the U.S. Congress today. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has created a petition for Catholics, asking Congress to maintain the Hyde Amendment and similar provisions for the current budget. This petition can be found here.
Coming Soon is a full line-up of our Fall Offerings!
  • You can also check it out at the MINISTRY EXPO that is part of the three-day OLM Block Party Event on Sunday 8/22nd after all the Mass Times.

Don’t Get Scammed by Fake Fathers!

  • Did you get an email or a text message from (a fake) Father Don this past week? Please remember, Father Don and Father James DO NOT send texts or emails asking for money or gift cards.  If you receive a message appearing to be from Father Don or Father James, please discard it and DO NOT SEND ANY ELECTRONIC MONETARY AID.


  • Don’t forget to check out Father Don’s insightful weekly Bulletin article located here.

For the Hispanic Community

  • Please proceed here for the OLM Hispanic Ministry’s upcoming events and resources.Continúe aquí para conocer los próximos eventos y recursos del Ministerio Hispano de OLM.
  • There will be Stations of the Cross in Spanish every 2nd Wednesday of the month after the 12pm Mass.A partir de la próxima semana, habrá Estaciones de la Cruz en español cada segundo miércoles del mes después de la misa de las 12 pm.

A Note from the Intercessory Prayer Ministry

  • How can we be praying for you today? There are times when life is overwhelming when all we have is questions. In those moments, hope can feel far away. The great thing about prayer is that it shifts our perspective toward the One who stands ready to listen. No matter what you’re facing, we’d love to pray with you. Submit your prayer requests at this link
  • Prayer Ministry after all Mass times 8/28 & 8/29
    Come forward after Mass by yourself, or with your family, friends, spouse, or in the place of someone you know who needs prayer. Prayer ministry is for all those in need of prayer, be it for spiritual, physical or emotional need or thankful praise.

Have you downloaded our myParish App yet?

  • If you haven’t done so, we encourage you to download the Our Lady of Mercy app available to download for iPhone and Android smart phones.  Or text APP to 88202 to download.
    • Stay connected with our parish throughout the week with instant notifications, an easy-to-access event calendar, and the ability to quickly reply to or share messages via Facebook or Twitter. Also enjoy a bunch of additional features like prayers, daily readings, helpful reminders to silence your phone before Mass or Confession, and much more.

Grow Groups | We continue to launch Grow Groups, one group at a time.
Connect with for any questions.


Mission. This group exists to grow a community that inspires and forms the young adult generation to be saints.
WebsiteProceed here for details.
Meets. Tuesdays @ 7pm and every two weeks for social gatherings.
Connect.  Reach out to Matt Kubanda and Mary Rysavy
See what they have been up to at this video.


Mission.  Vine & Branches is a group at Our Lady of Mercy that offers support and belonging to individuals of any age or faith who are divorced or separated on the way to divorce.
Website.  Proceed here for details
. Wednesdays @ 7pm with social gatherings.
Connect. The group leaders are looking forward to hearing from you, please don’t hesitate to reach out to them.
Kim Harris
Mary LoGalbo
John Frederick
Jim Marks
Check out the video to find out more about Vine and Branches

FREE ONLINE RESOURCES In this section, you will find free conferences, webinars, and studies that you can freely take part in that can grow your faith.

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  • Dr. Bob Schuchts
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  • Fr. Tim Gallagher
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  • Nathan & Dr. Sarah Bartel
This FREE 4-day challenge is crafted to help you reignite the fire, increase satisfaction, avoid drift, and divorce-proof your marriage by introducing you to the four levels of Intimacy (Emotional, Physical, Intellectual, and Communicative).



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