March 26, 2022 | Weekly Update

March 26, 2022 | Weekly Update

The Passover and the Prodigal

The event of the Passover celebrated the Hebrews’ freedom from their slavery in Egypt.

Passover also celebrates freedom from the slavery of sin. For we Christians, this is the call: to live a life “fully alive,” free of addiction and self-centered egotism. This is the story of the Prodigal Son—the evocative parable that speaks up and down the generations. It’s the story of us all when we selfishly grasp out of concern only for ourselves instead of honoring God, the giver of the gift and life itself.

It’s also the story of conversion and the fact that God never gives up on us. He’s always scanning the horizon, waiting for us to come home.

Everything is grace and everything is a gift.

Come and encounter His grace at the weekend Mass times where Father James is preaching or stop by and visit Jesus at the Blessed Sacrament Chapel or at daily Mass during the week.

To prepare our hearts to come to Holy Mass this weekend,
consider watching this clip from the award-winning series Catholicism (formulated for school enrichment!) on the themes within the Prodigal Son: 

  • In the story of the Prodigal Son, who do I most identify with?   
    • When have I been the Son? 
    • When have I been the Father?
    • When have I been the Older Brother?
  • Why do you think Jesus spoke in parables?  Why did He tell stories instead of simply telling people facts about God?

“The glory of God is a man fully alive.”

—Saint Ireneaus

Did you miss Deacon Tom’s homily last week on “Why Be Catholic”?  See it below.


An Ecumenical Chain-For-Life Event on 4/9
  • Register by 3/31st to join an ecumenical, prayerful, and silent pro-life event sponsored by St. Michael Catholic Church in Wheaton from 10:15am to 11:30am held at Compass Church parking lot.
  • Details and registration can be found here.
  • The media would have us believe that Pro-Life advocates are in the minority. The hope is to bring as many Pro-Life advocates as possible together in a large, visible way, to let others know who share a similar view, that they are not alone and certainly not in the minority.  We hope this will encourage them to speak out in their own way.  We also look to use this event to send a message to our Supreme Court (Dobb’s case decision is due this summer) and to our national, state, and local politicians, and to our broader communities, that we want an end to abortion.
Dispensation is Lifted on Palm Sunday 4/10
Earth Day 4/23
  • We will celebrate Earth Day 2022 with a Green Fair on Saturday 4/23rd from 9am to 3pm.  There will be plenty of organizations with displays of important information on how to be a greener household, community, world, and more. Details to follow. Let your friends and neighbors know.
Divine Mercy Feast Day 4/24
  • In celebration of the Feast Day of Divine Mercy on Sunday 4/24, we will hold a beautiful celebratory service in the MPR at 2pm. Our service will include a group recitation of The Chaplet of the Divine Mercy, a devotion that Jesus revealed in His numerous apparitions and revelations to Saint Faustina.
    “On that (Feast) Day, the depths of My mercy will be open to all …. The soul that will go to Confession and receive Holy Communion shall obtain complete forgiveness of sins and punishment.”Our observance of the Divine Mercy Feast Day will include the following:
    • Sacrament of Reconciliation, 2pm to 4pm (Fathers Don and James) in designated PLC rooms
    • Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Eucharistic Adoration starting at 2pm
    • Recitation of the Holy Rosary
    • Silent Meditation and Prayer
    • Taking of Personal Intentions for the Divine Mercy Chaplet
    • Recitation of the Chaplet (at the Hour of Jesus’ Death)
    • Blessing of participants’ Divine Mercy Images at the altar
    • Benediction, closing prayers to Jesus and Mary

      Pamphlets featuring the Chaplet of the Divine Mercy, as well as other resources, will be available, but participants should be sure to bring their Rosary!

      *Also, on Good Friday morning (April 15), immediately after an 8 a.m. prayer service in the church, the Divine Mercy Chaplet will be recited. It’s a great way to start your Good Friday observance and Divine Mercy Novena, which should include your recitation of the Chaplet and a Spiritual or Corporal Work of Mercy through April 23.

Knights of Columbus Robert H. Weaver Scholarship Application Submit by 6/18
  • Calling all High School Seniors at Our Lady of Mercy, the Knights of Columbus Robert H. Weaver Council #12005 has established a scholarship program for high school seniors seeking financial assistance for continuing education (accredited trade school / junior college, college or university only). Scholarships are awarded primarily on the basis of merit to Our Lady of Mercy parishioners who are high school seniors.
  • All applications must be submitted no later than Saturday, June 18 @ 4pm.
  • Proceed to this link for application details, requirements, and contact information.
Bishop Hicks’ Column for March
  • In his March column, Bishop Hicks writes about Pope Francis’ 2022 Lenten Message with gusto – or even with a tone of “Lenten Madness”. Read it here.
Easter Flowers Dedications
  • If you’d like to dedicate one of the Easter flowers which will decorate our sanctuary during the Easter season, please proceed to this link and log in to Online Giving and choose “Flowers”.
  • If you wish to memorialize your loved ones you can add their name(s) in the Comments section. You can also find Flower Offering Envelopes in the Narthex. The recommended donation is $10 for each memorial. Memorials donated between now and 4/3 will appear in a future bulletin.

Family Faith Formation Office Administrative Assistant Grade Pre-K-12
  • We’re hiring!  Does the idea of placing your administrative skills at the service of growing the Catholic faith-life of families bring you joy?  We are seeking an individual who possesses a positive team spirit, is comfortable taking initiative, and demonstrates strong interpersonal skills. Being fluent in Spanish and English is desired.
    Other requirements include: Knowledge of Microsoft Office, Accounting skills, Record Keeping, Coordination of Volunteers and Tracking Safe Environment Requirements, Comfortable learning technology platforms.
    The position is full time 37.5 Hours/Week, Benefited, Some Evening & Weekend Hours Expected supporting both Dave Miserendino and Mary Jo Trapani. Interested candidates may send a cover letter and resume to Mary Jo Trapani at
Support Our Teens Going on the Mission Trip
  • Every moment we walk alongside a young person as they join in the work God is doing is an opportunity to affirm their purpose and celebrate their gifts.  You have the opportunity to walk alongside our teens in a simple and good way by supporting them financially to offset the costs of the Misson Trip, any dollar amount is helpful.
  • Drop your donation in a marked envelope into the offertory baskets during Mass or donate online through Our Sunday Visitor platform here:
  • Please also keep our teens, parents, and volunteers in prayer, as they prepare for and go on the Mission Trip to serve at a neighborhood in need in Ohio in July.  In a special way let us pray for our teens for God to bless their quest for purpose, joining them in prayer on their journey to discover what God is doing in their lives.
Attention High School Teens – 5 Spots Left on the Mission Trip
  • There are still a few spots open for the High School Mission Trip to Ohio scheduled for this July. Proceed here for the LIGHT webpage or contact Dave in the office for more details.  Take part in this life-changing experience!
  • There is also 1 spot left for a female volunteer over age 25 to chaperone the teens.
Building a Community Garden on Parish Grounds
  • Do you have a green thumb? Or perhaps you like gardening and are good at caring for plants?  Connect with the Justice & Peace Ministry, who is planning a Community Garden at Our Lady of Mercy.  Produce from the Community Garden will be given to local organizations such as Hesed House and local food pantries. Please contact Ida at 630-605- 6038 or or Chris at 631-561-9722 or  They will be forming a committee to organize and care for the community garden.
Did You Notice the New Beautiful Monstrance?
  • We have a beautiful new Monstrance beautifully holding our Lord Jesus.
  • What is a Monstrance you may wonder?  The monstrance is a liturgical vessel used to display the Real Presence of our Lord Jesus in the form of the Sacred Host for its adoration and veneration outside of Mass and outside of the tabernacle.  Here is a close-up picture or video from Magnify.
  • If you would like to offset the monies used to purchase the Monstrance, please submit your donation in an envelope with “Monstrance” written on it. Thank you for your generosity.

Did You Know We Have a Parish School?
  • All Saints Catholic Academy (ASCA) located at 1155 Aurora Ave, Naperville is our parish school!
  • Are you a parent with preschool, elementary and middle school-aged children struggling with the antithetical to Christian values the government schools are indoctrinating the children who attend the government schools?  You’re not alone.
  • Join a growing number of OLM parents who have made the movement!  Consider connecting with some of the families who have made the move from sending their child(ren) to public school to All Saints Catholic Academy.
  • Connect with Patty Bajek at (630) 961-6125, or to express your interest and to schedule a personalized tour.  Or peruse their website to explore your interest.
Children’s Liturgy of the Word CLOW Volunteers
  • Every Sunday at the 10am Mass is the beautiful ministry of the Children’s Liturgy of the Word.  Do you love children and caring for them while they listen to the Gospel? Please connect with Mary Jo Trapani or Jean Palasz to volunteer.
St. Vincent de Paul Society Volunteers
  • Thank you for your support of our clothing drive. Your clothing donation, as well as your financial donations throughout the year, allows us to help our parishioners and neighbors in need. In the last quarter 2021, we provided assistance to 35 people/families.
  • The ministry is always looking for volunteers to join our St. Vincent de Paul Society in assisting our neighbors in need. If you would like to volunteer or learn more, send an email to with your name and contact information.
  • Read Father Don’s insightful weekly Bulletin article (where he also shares an update on his health) located here

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.
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 takes place monthly at MAGNIFY and at the last weekend of the month Mass times.  Prayer ministry is an opportunity for those in need of physical, emotional, or spiritual healing or with a specific intention. Come as an individual, as a couple, or as. a family and receive prayer for yourself or request prayers for someone in need. Listen and receive the prayers while being open to the Holy Spirit’s movement. Trained prayer ministers are available.
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 smartphones.  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.


Hallow is a Catholic prayer & meditation app that helps users deepen their relationship with God through contemplative prayer and strengthen one’s mental health in the process. Easy-to-use, audio-guided sessions anywhere from 1 to 60 minutes long. Pray your own way with a personalized prayer plan pulling from 3,000+ unique sessions including the Lectio Divina on the Daily Gospel, Rosary, Examen, Night Prayer, Calm & Humility “Praylists” and much more. Hallow Light is free. Hallow Plus is $5 per month ($60 per year). Sign up for either one here.