April 10, 2022 | Parish Update

April 10, 2022 | Parish Update

Happy Palm Sunday, the first day of Holy Week

๐—›๐—ผ๐˜„ ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐˜„๐—ฒ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—ถ๐—ป๐˜๐—ผ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—š๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐—ช๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐—ธ, ๐—›๐—ผ๐—น๐˜† ๐—ช๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐—ธ, ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด๐—น๐—ฒ ๐—บ๐—ผ๐˜€๐˜ ๐—ถ๐—บ๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜๐—ฎ๐—ป๐˜ ๐˜„๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐—ธ ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ต๐—ถ๐˜€๐˜๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜† ๐—ป๐—ผ๐˜ ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—น๐˜† ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐˜„๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—น๐—ฑ ๐—ฏ๐˜‚๐˜ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐˜‚๐—ป๐—ถ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜€๐—ฒ? ๐—•๐—ฒ๐˜๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ, ๐—ต๐—ผ๐˜„ ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐—ป ๐˜„๐—ฒ ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—ถ๐—ป๐˜๐—ผ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—š๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐—ช๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐—ธ ๐˜„๐—ถ๐˜๐—ต ๐—ฒ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐˜€๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐˜€๐—ฝ๐—ถ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐˜๐˜‚๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—ฒ๐˜†๐—ฒ๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ด๐—ต๐˜. ย The holiest days of the liturgical year, the Easter Triduum is in this Great Week; these are the days that have changed the world. ย  What exactly is the Easter Triduum you may ask? Or how to make the most of Holy Week? ย Perhaps we should start out with a Prayer to Begin Holy Week. ย You can find these and more on our Holy Week and & Easter Schedule and Resource page.

๐‘ด๐’‚๐’š ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐‘ฏ๐’๐’๐’š ๐‘บ๐’‘๐’Š๐’“๐’Š๐’• ๐’๐’‘๐’†๐’ ๐’๐’–๐’“ ๐’Ž๐’Š๐’๐’…๐’” ๐’•๐’ ๐’„๐’๐’Ž๐’‘๐’“๐’†๐’‰๐’†๐’๐’… ๐’‚๐’๐’†๐’˜ ๐’๐’Š๐’Œ๐’† ๐’๐’†๐’—๐’†๐’“ ๐’ƒ๐’†๐’‡๐’๐’“๐’† ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐’†๐’—๐’†๐’๐’•๐’” ๐’๐’‡ ๐’•๐’‰๐’Š๐’”, ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐’Ž๐’๐’”๐’• ๐’Š๐’Ž๐’‘๐’๐’“๐’•๐’‚๐’๐’• ๐’†๐’—๐’†๐’๐’• ๐’๐’‡ ๐’‰๐’–๐’Ž๐’‚๐’ ๐’‰๐’Š๐’”๐’•๐’๐’“๐’š. ย  ๐‘พ๐’† ๐’‰๐’๐’‘๐’† ๐’•๐’ ๐’”๐’†๐’† ๐’š๐’๐’– ๐’•๐’‰๐’Š๐’” ๐’˜๐’†๐’†๐’Œ ๐’‰๐’†๐’“๐’† ๐’‚๐’• ๐‘ถ๐’–๐’“ ๐‘ณ๐’‚๐’…๐’š ๐’๐’‡ ๐‘ด๐’†๐’“๐’„๐’š.

To prepare our hearts for Holy Week
consider watching the video on the Flocknote email of a video on Jesus’ suffering, death, and Resurrection from the series Catholicism 101ย with Rachel Bulman with these questions in mind:ย 
  • Do you believe that you would have stood apart from the crowd in crying for Jesus to be crucified? ย Would you have been silent? ย Would you have joined them?
  • What are the “seven last words” of Christ?
  • Why is the resurrection of Christ so central to what our faith is about?

“Holy Spirit, let the grace of this Holy Week change my heart”


Did you miss Deacon Tom’s homily last week on “Come Out of Your Tomb”? ย See it below.


St. Peregrine Prayer Service 4/19
  • All are invited to attend the in-person St. Peregrine Prayer Service on Tuesday, 4/19 in the church after the 6:30pm Mass (at 7pm) with Deacon Tony Leazzo and Jolene LeRoy RN Parish Nurse and Director of Pastoral Care.
  • St. Peregrine is the patron saint of the sick, especially those experiencing cancer, serious illness, or chronic illness. Anyone experiencing physical, emotional, mental, or spiritual health concerns would benefit from attending the prayer service. The relic of St. Peregrine will be present.
Mobile Food Pantry 4/20
  • The Mobile Food Pantry is on Weds 4/20th from 4:30pm to 6pm. ย Donโ€™t forget to share the Our Lady of Mercy social media posting on your network; you never know who among your network is in need of food.
  • The Catholic Charities, Diocese of Joliet Mobile Food Pantry delivers healthy food (meat, produce, and non-perishable items) to people in need. No identification or information will be required or collected. This event is open to anyone in need of food! Mobile Food Pantries use a โ€œdrive-thruโ€ method to distribute food during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please clear space in your trunk or backseat so volunteers can load boxes of food directly into your vehicle. Catholic Charities helps people of all faiths and beliefs. Mobile Food Pantries take place snow or shine!
Earth Day 4/23
  • We will celebrate Earth Day 2022 with a free Green Fair on Saturday 4/23rd from 9am to 3pm. ย There will be plenty of organizations with displays of important information on how to be a greener household, community, world, and more. Let your friends and neighbors know. ย Check out the list of organizations in this ad.
  • Fiesta Taco Food Truck will be at the fair.
Regarding the Second Collection on the weekend of 4/23 & 4/24
  • On the weekend of April 23-24, our diocese will take up a second collection for the Catholic Home Missions Appeal. Nearly 40% of dioceses in the United States and its territories are unable to fund the essential pastoral work their communities need. This appeal helps our brothers and sisters here in the United States who do not have access to basic pastoral services like Mass, the sacraments, and religious education. Through your support, the Catholic Home Missions Appeal helps these mission dioceses form vibrant faith communities and strengthens the Church at home.
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.
    โ€œOn 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.โ€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 Jesusโ€™ Death)
    • Blessing of participantsโ€™ 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),ย immediately after the 8am prayer service in the church, the Divine Mercy Chaplet will be recited. Itโ€™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 23rd.

  • An Easter-themed MAGNIFY will be on Wednesday 4/27 @ 7pm #adorationeasterpraiseandworship #scripturalreflection #confessions #prayerministry. Save the date.
Aurora Day of Service 5/7
  • Aurora Day of Service is May 7th.ย Parishioners are invited to request a job that can be done around the yard or garage. Get the details and sign-up formย HERE.
  • Teen Volunteers for Aurora Day of Service.ย Get the details and sign-upย HERE.
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 linkย for application details, requirements, and contact information.
Bishop Hicks’ Column for April
  • Check out Bishop Hicks monthly message to us titled “Lenten Pruning Leads to Easter Glory“. Read itย here.
  • On Saturday 4/2nd, the 4pm Mass-goers were so blessed by the visit from Bishop Hicks! Here are a few pics from Bishop Hick’s visit.
Easter Flowers Dedications
  • If youโ€™d like to dedicate one of the Easter flowers which will decorate our sanctuary during the Easter season, pleaseย proceed to this linkย and log in toย Online Givingย and choose โ€œFlowersโ€.
  • 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 is Hiring for 2 Positions
  • Administrative Assistant Grade Pre-K through Grade 12ย 
    Does the idea of placing your administrative skills at the service of growing the Catholic faith-life of families bring you joy? ย 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, and Comfortable learning technology platforms.The position is full time 37.5 Hours/Week, Benefited, Some Evening & Weekend Hours Expected. Interested candidates may send a cover letter and resume to Mary Jo Trapani atย maryjot@olmercy.com
  • Coordinator of Family & Youth Evangelization & Catechesis forย 
    Grades 6-12ย Youth Ministry โ€“ LIGHT & EDGE
    We are seeking a part-time Coordinator for Family and Youth Catechesis and Evangelization for Grades 6-12. The Coordinator will work with a ministry team to develop and grow disciples for Christ and send them on mission. The primary focus will be spent working with high school and middle school teens and their families in a variety of ministry settings. An applicant must have experience in youth or family ministry, have a Bachelorโ€™s Degree in Religious Studies, or Pastoral Ministry or a related field and must be a practicing Roman Catholic in good standing, and must know, profess and act consistently in accordance with the doctrinal and moral teachings of the Catholic Church, and with the mission, philosophy, objectives, and policies of the Diocese of Joliet. The position is 28 hours a week with no benefits.Please submit a resume to Dave Miserendino via email atย DaveM@olmercy.com.ย 

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. ย 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:ย https://www.osvhub.com/olmercy/funds.
  • 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. ย 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 – 4 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.ย Proceed here for the LIGHT webpageย or contact Dave in the office for more details. ย Take part in this life-changing experience!
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? ย Connect with the Justice & Peace Ministry, who is planning a Community Garden at Our Lady of Mercy. ย 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 orย idamphillips@gmail.comย or Chris at 631-561-9722 orย chrisharveyny@gmail.com. ย They will be forming a committee to organize and care for the community garden.

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? ย You’re not alone.
  • Join a growing number of OLM parents who have made the movement! ย 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, orย pbajek@ascacademy.orgย to express your interest and to schedule a personalized tour. ย Orย peruse their websiteย 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. ย Do you love children and caring for them while they listen to the Gospel? Please connect with Mary Jo Trapaniย maryjot@olmercy.comย or Jean Palaszย jeanp@olmercy.comย 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 toย olmsvdp@gmail.comย with your name and contact information.
  • Read Father Donโ€™s insightful weekly Bulletin articleย  located here.ย 

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. ย 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
  • Pleaseย proceed hereย for the OLM Hispanic Ministry’s upcoming events and resources.
    Continรบe aquรญ para conocer los prรณximos 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 prรณxima semana, habrรกย Estaciones de la Cruz en espaรฑol cada segundo miรฉrcolesย del mes despuรฉs 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 youโ€™re facing, weโ€™d love to pray with you.ย Submit your prayer requests at this link
  • Prayer Ministry takes place monthly at MAGNIFY and at the last weekend of the month Mass times.ย ย 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 availableย to downloadย for iPhone and Android smartphones. ย 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 โ€œPraylistsโ€ and much more. Hallow Light is free. Hallow Plus is $5 per month ($60 per year).ย Sign up for either one here.