December 17, 2023 | Parish Update

December 17, 2023 | Parish Update

The Challenge. Confession times Mon thru Sat. Fireside beers & holiday cheers.  4th Sunday of advent & Christmas mass times.

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News from Pastor in Training (P.I.T.)

Hopefully we all know that we are called to be Christ to others. We see this subject come up in the letters of St. Paul: “Imitate me as I imitate Christ” (1 Cor. 11:1), as well as in the popular prayer attributed to St. Theresa of Avila which was taken up by St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta: 

“Christ has no body but yours, 
No hands, no feet on earth but yours…” 

This, of course, is quite challenging to live out as a Christian. A similar challenge came to me while I was praying with our First Reading from Isaiah, the same reading Jesus will proclaim before starting his ministry in Luke’s Gospel today: 

“The spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me,  because the LORD has anointed me;  he has sent me to bring glad tidings to the poor, to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and release to the prisoners…” (Isaiah 61:1) 

 If these words, which are proclaimed by Christ, are to be fulfilled by us I have a few questions to ask first: How am I to heal the brokenhearted? How am I to proclaim liberty to the captives & release to the prisoners? 

As a priest, a person ordained to be In Persona Christi Capitas (“in the person of Christ the head”), you can imagine the various encounters I have regularly in my priestly ministry. You can imagine the broken hearts I encounter in the Church, in hospitals, the jail, and in funeral homes. How do I bring healing?  

But of course, this challenge isn’t just for me! This includes all of us; we are all called to bring healing and hope to our loved ones. You may find yourself asking the same question: how? The Gospels give us insight. St. John the Baptist was a man, a forerunner to Christ, but also an example for you and me.  When asked if he was the Messiah, the one to bring healing, his response was to point everyone to Jesus Christ. We are called to do the same. 

As a priest, it’s not me who comforts or consoles, it is the Lord who does it through me. Advent is not only a time of preparation to receive the Lord ourselves, but to point others to the Lord and his coming.  Let us ask the Lord for the strength to unite ourselves to him who can “bring glad tidings to the poor, heal the brokenhearted, proclaim liberty to the captives and release to the prisoners” 

Father Michael

Did you miss one? View past news from the P.I.T. here.

Advent Confession Times 12/18 through 12/23

  • The hope for the Advent Season is to offer Confessions as much as the priests can which is why…There will be SIX straight days of Confessions from 12/18 through 12/23!
    • Monday through Friday from 7pm to 8:30pm
    • Saturday 9am to 10am and 1:30pm to 2:30pm
  • Using the examination of conscience on the following link, ask the Holy Spirit to help you search your heart. Where do you sense God is calling you to repent? Remember, Jesus will never condemn you; He is always ready to forgive you.
  • 𝗣𝗿𝗼𝘃𝗶𝗱𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗨𝘀 𝗶𝗻 𝗢𝘂𝗿 𝗜𝗺𝗽𝗲𝗿𝗳𝗲𝗰𝘁𝗻𝗲𝘀𝘀
    In this journey of faith, consider the Sacrament of Reconciliation as a profound encounter with the divine healer. Much like seeking medical attention, we don’t maintain a lifelong relationship with a physician; rather, we aim to be healed and move forward. However, Jesus, our divine physician, who through the mystery of the incarnation was also both fully human and fully divine and so understands our humanity, making it easier for us to approach Him with all our imperfections.
    Jesus invites us into a relationship where we don’t need to be perfect in order to approach Him, rather, He desires to love us amid our imperfections and provide for us right there. This perspective should empower us to embrace the Sacrament of Reconciliation because Confession is not a one-time fix, but a continuous journey in our relationship with God.
    We don’t go to Confession so that we will never go to Confession again; rather, Confession is part of our relationship with God; it’s a place where we humbly bring our weaknesses, seeking healing for the imperfect places in our hearts. Jesus, compassionate and tender with our vulnerabilities, awaits us at the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Come, be embraced, and experience His love this week and give the gift of a reconciled heart to Jesus, your loved ones, and friends.

Las Posadas & Pastorela 12/18 & 12/19

  • Las Posadas celebrations commemorate Mary and Joseph’s journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem, where they sought shelter for the birth of Jesus. The Spanish word “posada” means “inn.”
  • It is typically a nine-day novena of prayer that involves the recitation of the rosary and traditional songs. It concludes with a Mexican folk play, potluck celebration and a piñata filled with treats.
  • Join Our Lady of Mercy at any of these events as we prepare our hearts for Christ’s birth: Posadas in the Church @ 7pm: 12/15, 12/17, & 12/18 and Pastorela in the PLC @ 7pm on 12/19.

Fireside Beers and Holiday Cheers 12/19

  • Join us for a Jolly Good Time at “Fireside Beers and Holiday Cheers”!
  • Date: Tuesday, December 19th Time: 6:30PM – 8:30PM Venue: Paulie’s Pub ((Right down the road from OLM) 
  • The CRHP Men’s Ministry invites you to a Christmas Men’s Pub Night filled with laughter, camaraderie, and the festive spirit. Grab your friends and head over to Paulie’s Pub for an unforgettable evening of Fireside Beers and Holiday Cheers! Don’t be a Grinch! Spread the word and let’s make this Christmas Men’s Pub Night one for the books. See you there, gents!
  • For questions, contact Alex Grove at 331-330-0257.Gentlemen, ’tis the season to be merry! 

Consuming Fire Young Adult Group Continues 12/19

  • Calling all young adults, join our Consuming Fire Young Adult Grow Group (CFYA) on Tuesday at 7pm for community and faith building. Reach out to to get plugged in with the group or sign up at the link HERE
  • Join Consuming Fire this week at Feed My Starving Children!

St. Peregrine Prayer Service 12/19

  • For those with cancer, serious or chronic illnesses, and their caregivers… Come to the St. Peregrine Prayer Service on Tuesday 12/19th following the 6:30pm Mass.
  • St. Peregrine is the patron saint of the sick, especially those suffering from cancer, serious illness, or chronic illness. The prayer service is for the intention of those with cancer, serious or chronic illnesses, and their caregivers to fortify them in their current situation.

Catholic Charities Mobile Food Pantry 12/20

  • The Mobile Food Pantry is on Weds 12/20 from 4:30pm to 6pm.  Don’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 “drive-thru” method to distribute. Please clear space in your trunk or backseat so volunteers can load boxes of food directly into your vehicle. Mobile Food Pantries take place snow, rain, or shine!

Vine & Branches Continues 12/20

  • Vine & Branches is a Grow Group at Our Lady of Mercy that offers support and belonging to individuals who have experienced the trauma of a broken marital relationship.
  • The program “Surviving Divorce” by Ascension Press was created to bring hope and healing to those who have experienced the pain of a broken marriage. It includes the personal testimonies of Catholic men and women as they witness the healing power of Jesus in their lives.
  • For more information, please reach out to one of our group leaders. They look forward to hearing from you: Kim Harris
    Mary LoGalbo, Jim Marks

Salt and Light Grow Group Continues 12/20 & 12/21

  • Join Salt and Light Grow Group for 𝗙𝗿 𝗠𝗶𝗰𝗵𝗮𝗲𝗹 𝗚𝗮𝗶𝘁𝗹𝗲𝘆’𝘀 “𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗦𝗲𝗰𝗼𝗻𝗱 𝗚𝗿𝗲𝗮𝘁𝗲𝘀𝘁 𝗦𝘁𝗼𝗿𝘆 𝗘𝘃𝗲𝗿 𝗧𝗼𝗹𝗱” for fast-paced and lively sessions through a video talk followed by group discussion. From the epic story of Poland’s national suffering to the events of Fatima, the revelations of St. Faustina, the heroic efforts of St. Maximilian Kolbe, and the life of St. John Paul II, the panorama of Divine mercy is fully revealed as a transformative reality. A free study guide will be given to all participants.
  • Join us either Wednesday evenings at 6:30pm or Thursday afternoons at 1pm; For more details and registration, proceed here, and please don’t forget to bring a friend.

Blessing of Baby Jesus 12/23

  • On Saturday, 12/23rd at 12:30pm, families are invited to bring Baby Jesus from their family creche to the Church for a special blessing!
  • The Blessing of the Baby Jesus was first instituted by St. John Paul II. On the Third Sunday of Advent, the children of Rome are encouraged to bring the baby Jesus from each of their Nativity sets to St. Peter’s Square. Following the Sunday Angelus address, the Pope blesses the figurines. This year marks the 800th Anniversary of when St. Francis created the First Nativity Creche in the year 1223!

4th Sunday of Advent Mass Times 12/23 & 12/24

  • As Catholics, we are obliged to attend Mass every Sunday, including the 4th Sunday of Advent. And we are obliged to go to Mass for the feast of Christmas. Those two obligations are distinct and have to be met separately. 
  • Here is the 4th Sunday of Advent Mass Times
    Saturday 12/23 at 4pm and Sunday 12/24 at 8am, and 10am.

Christmas Concert at 11:15pm on 12/24

  • This year’s Christmas Concert is called “The Glory of Christmas” by Lloyd Larson. The concert will start at 11:15pm with a mini chamber ensemble, string quartet, percussions, trumpet, and the Our Lady of Mercy choir led by our wonderful music director Frank Sauter. Through a blend of familiar carols and original songs, experience the beauty of the incarnation story as if you’re experiencing it for the first time.

Christmas Mass Times 12/24 & 12/25

Regarding the Return of the Chalice During the Weekend Masses

  • As part of the Eucharistic Revival, Fr. Michael shared that starting now, you can receive the Precious Blood of Christ from the Chalice during weekend Masses.
  • Fr. Michael presented the following catechesis to encourage us to grasp the crucial insights and teachings regarding receiving the Precious Blood of Christ from the chalice.
    • Fractioning Rite. In the Eucharistic Prayers, when we say “Lamb of God,” the priest performs the “fractioning rite.” This involves taking the host, the body of Christ, breaking it in half, and placing a portion into the chalice. This reunites the body and blood of Christ, so if you receive one, you receive both. When you approach for communion and receive the body of Christ, you are actually receiving the entirety of Christ—His body, His blood, His soul, and divinity.If you choose to receive only from the chalice, you still receive the fullness of Christ—the body and blood of Christ. Fr. Michael emphasizes this point because it’s not obligatory to receive from both. The Church, however, encourages the opportunity to receive both as a way to more deeply participate in the gift of the Sacrament, echoing the instructions given to the apostles during the Last Supper to “take, eat, and drink.”
    • There will be two chalices on each side of the center aisle.
    • Receive standing. To ensure the protection of the Precious Blood from spillage, we encourage drinking from the cup while standing, as it is not natural to do so while kneeling.
    • No intinction. Please don’t dip the Body of Christ into the chalice to reduce the risk of Precious Blood dripping onto your hand, clothes, or the floor.
      As a reminder; please remember to consume the Body of Christ promptly in front of the Eucharistic Minister upon receiving it, and refrain from walking away with the consecrated host. 
    • The children. Please practice with the children at home first so they understand.

Christmas Flower Memorials

  • This Christmas, we will decorate the church with poinsettias around the altar. Flowers can also be memorialized by using one of the flower envelopes found in the narthex. The suggested donation is $20.

Jail Ministry Volunteers

  • There is an overlooked mission field in our own backyard, one full of people desperate for help, healing, and wholeness. It’s a place much of our society tends to dismiss, filled with people who believe they have been cast aside, forgotten.Dedicated volunteers are needed to tangibly show the love of Jesus to men and women that society had tossed away and labeled as unworthy, broken, dangerous, or beyond help. Through Jail Ministry, prisoners are reminded that God does not label them—He loves them. Please pray about heeding the call in Hebrews 13:3 (or Matthew 25:34-46) and connect with Sharon Smagala for further details on
    Hebrews 13:3 Remember those who are in prison, as though in prison with them; and those who are ill-treated, since you also are in the body.

Weekly Praying for Priests

  • A prayer group has been praying for priests in front of the Blessed Sacrament weekly for over a year now, as well as on First Fridays. Even if you can’t join the group inside the church, you can pray wherever you are at during the times below.
  • Wednesdays at 10:30am – Rosary and Chaplet of Divine Mercy with meditations for priests,   Thursdays at 12:30pm –  Rosary and Chaplet of Divine Mercy with meditations for priests,First Friday of the month following 12pm Mass – Stations of the Cross with meditations for priests in the narthex.

Restore Weekly Restore Confidential Meetings

  • Restore is a ministry that accompanies men so as to win the battle against the struggles of living a lust-free life.
  • The ministry meets at a weekly (anonymous) meeting where men lean on each other for support and accountability and share ideas about strengthening their resolve to stay on God’s path of chastity.  All men are welcome, whether you have been free of the addiction for many years or struggle with it every single day. Though the meetings are weekly, at the last weekly meeting of the month, men are guided by a licensed Catholic therapist. If you are ready to start breaking free from the struggles of living chastely and want to Restore your life email to find out more information on when and where we meet or call 331-684-7415.

Weekly Adoration

  • COME AND ADORE OUR LORD! Eucharistic Adoration is held three times a week at OLM! So come and encounter Jesus anytime this week at Adoration on Mondays and Thursdays 8:30am to 6:30pm and Wednesdays 8am to 12pm.And if you’d like to sign up for a regular time to be with Jesus, click here.

Sign up for Weekly Adoration as we Prepare for our New Chapel to Open!

We’re almost there, we have the following time slots that do not have anyone signed up to spend time with Jesus; we’re praying you would be the one to sign up for any of the following time spots
Tuesday 8:30am, 4pm
Wednesday 5pm
Thursday 8:30am

Friday 10am, 4pm
Our hope is that two individuals sign up for each of the hourly timeslots Monday through Friday from 8:30am through 5pm; please help us achieve this goal.  It truly is the best time that you could gift yourself. Click here to sign up.

Christmas Collection & End of Year Giving 12/25 and 12/31

  • As we prepare for the Solemnity of Christmas, the Scripture readings inspire all faith-filled stewards to stop and ponder in great awe God’s ultimate gift: the gift of His only begotten Son, our Lord, Jesus Christ. Out of heartfelt gratitude, what of our prayer, service, and generosity can we present to Him?
    It is a great blessing that all of the funds donated as part of the Christmas Collection stay with Our Lady of Mercy and will help us meet ourvSunday Collection.  If you wish to donate to the Christmas Collection, please use one of the following three methods:
    1. Give online at look for the online giving portal and be sure to select “Christmas” (use the drop-down arrow)
    2. Give during Mass using your Christmas envelope.
    3. Give during Mass using a blank envelope labeled “Christmas Collection,” also include “Christmas Collection” on the memo line of your check
    PLEASE NOTE: only donations received (or postmarked) on or before December 31 will appear on your 2023 giving statement that will be sent out by the end of January 2024.

Men Seeking Holiness Day Retreat 12/28

  • Come to a high-impact, low-pressure experience “Men Seeking Holiness Day Retreat” on Thursday 12/28th from 9am to 5pm at Sts. Peter and Paul Parish located at 36 N. Ellsworth, Naperville. The cost is $10 which includes lunch. Email for any questions.
  • Experience a special day of prayer, discussions, discernment, the life of holiness, Mass, adoration, and Confession. Please share this invitation with the men in your life.

Prayer Ministry 12/30 & 12/31

  • Receive Prayer Ministry after all the Mass times the weekend of 12/30 and 12/31! 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 family. Listen and receive the prayers while being open to the Holy Spirit’s movement. Trained prayer ministers will be available in the back of Church.

Angel Giving Program Donations Accepted through 12/31

  • This year’s program benefits those individuals assisted by SVDP, Hesed House, Aurora Interfaith Food Pantry and Waterleaf Women’s Center.
  • Monetary donations can be made under the Angel Giving Fund via our online giving portal or via check made payable to Our Lady of Mercy with “Angel Giving” in the memo for tax purposes. Accepted thru 12/31.
  • Please connect with Lydia at for any questions.

Registration Opens 1/1
CRHP Men’s Retreat 2/24 – 2/25 & Women’s Retreat 3/2 – 3/3/2024

  • CRHP is an incredible experience that will recharge your faith life, help you develop lasting friendships, and fill you with newfound energy and purpose.
  • Registration starts January 1st!
  • Should you have any questions in the meantime, connect with the Men and Women’s invitation coordinators for any questions Alex Grove (331)330-0257 or Beatriz Cultura (630)544-0720 or check out the FAQs at their webpage.

Mass for the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God 1/1/2024

  • We close the Christmas Octave (the eight days following the birth of Christ) with a day honoring and celebrating Mary as the Mother of God—The Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God! We hope to see you at any of the following Mass times on Monday, January 1 at 9am and 7pm!

First Friday and Saturday Devotions 1/5 & 1/6/2024

  • 𝗟𝗲𝘁 𝘂𝘀 𝗯𝗲 𝗶𝗻 𝗽𝗿𝗮𝘆𝗲𝗿 𝗮𝘁 𝗮𝗻𝘆 𝗼𝗳 𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗴𝗿𝗲𝗮𝘁 𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗺𝘂𝗻𝗮𝗹 𝗽𝗿𝗮𝘆𝗲𝗿 𝗱𝗲𝘃𝗼𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀! This Friday and Saturday, all are invited to join the First Friday of Reparation and the Communal First Saturday!  
  • Extra Friday Confession immediately following the 8am Mass
  • Respect Life 1st Friday Devotion: The Respect Life Ministry invites you to stand and silently pray in front of Waterleaf Women’s Center on January 5. Prayer warriors are needed for one hour shifts 7 am – 4 pm to change hearts and save lives. For more information, please call Lisa at (630) 236-3310 
  • First Saturday Devotion after the 8:30AM Mass
  • Saturday Confessions immediately following the 8:30am Mass and also at 1:30pm to 2:30pm

Knights of Columbus Blood Drive 1/6/2024

  • Donate blood Saturday 1/6th from 8am to 12pm at the Knights of Columbus Council #12005 Blood Drive.  Every donor will save up to 3 lives!  While appointments are greatly appreciated, walk-ins are welcome. You can register ahead of time at this link.
  • Please make sure to eat a healthy meal and drink plenty of water before donating. Also please bring a photo ID.

Charismatic Healing Mass 1/6/2024

  • On Saturday, 1/6 at 6pm is the Charismatic Healing Mass. A healing Mass is a normal Mass, but it has a special focus on God’s healing power; this will be reflected in the songs, prayers, and scripture readings. If you’re in need of God’s healing grace, come to the Charismatic Healing Mass. 

The Newman Singers at OLM 1/6 & 1/7/2024

  • Save the dates; the Newman Singers will be at all the Masses during the weekend of 1/6 through 1/7, with a concert on Sunday afternoon.
  • The Newman Singers, a liturgical and concert group from the Newman Catholic Student Center in Iowa City, Iowa, have toured the country for the past fifteen years, building a reputation for leadership in contemporary liturgical and inspirational music. They have appeared at churches, schools, and conventions, presenting concerts, giving workshops on liturgical music, youth ministry and youth choirs, and leading congregations in liturgy. Their ten recorded collections of liturgical music, written by their founder and director, Joe Mattingly, are used in parishes, schools, and institutions throughout the country. Their mission is to spread the gospel with spirit and music.

Family Faith Formation Epiphany Enactment 1/7/2024

  • Calling ALL K-5th Grade Students: Hold fast to the meaning of the Christmas season and come to enact this beautiful story of the three kings visiting the King of Kings, JESUS!
  • WHEN? Epiphany Sunday, January 7th following the 10am Mass. The rehearsal will be in the church on Saturday, January 6th from 10:30-11:30am
  • To sign up, please email by Monday, January 1st!
  • Parish Family- join us children as we pray and sign our joyous faith story!

Come and Bowl for a Good Cause at “Rolling in the New Year” 1/7/2024

  • Ticket proceeds benefit “Friends of Inharrime” so come on out and bowl for a really good cause!
  • What’s Going on Jan 7th? Gather with your friends, family, or co-workers and roll in the New Year by bowling at Parkside Lanes while enjoying a large pizza and a pitcher of a beverage all for an excellent cause.
  • Bowl for a good cause!  The ticket proceeds will go towards the charitable organization “Friends of Inharrime.” They work to improve the lives of children and families in Mozambique through projects in education, nutrition, and health such as paying children’s school fees, daily lunch, and medical costs and, with a local hospital, they provide nutrition and medical support for malnourished infants.
  • When. Sunday, January 7th
    Arrival Time. 1:15pm starts 1:30pm
    Cost (includes bowling, shoes, large pizza and a pitcher of beverage).
         $25 from 12/3 thru 12/17
         $35 from 12/18 thru 12/31
         $45 from 1/1/ thru 1/6
         $50 at the door
  • Questions? Please connect with Mary Kubanda from Consuming Fire Young Adult Grow Group who is hosting this awesome gathering.

Register Now and Help the children from Mozambique

Living With Grief – “New Year, New Hope While Grieving” 1/9/2024

  • Experiencing the loss of a loved one is a difficult journey. Our Lady of Mercy is offering a supportive place for participants ages 18 and older living with grief to be together in a faith community to find healing and hope.
  • Come to our session “New Year, New Hope While Grieving” on Tuesday 1/9th from 1pm to 2:30pm in Room 208
  • Registration is requested- Connect with Jolene Leroy at 331-707-5380 to RSVP or for questions.

FOCUS Priest Fr. Tim Anastos Speaks at Weekend Masses 1/13 & 1/14/2024

  • The Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS) wins the hearts of college students, builds them up in faith, and sends them out into the world. Fr. Tim is excited to share the hope of the New Evangelization with you!

Knights of Columbus Pancake Breakfast 1/14/2024

  • The next Knights of Columbus Pancake Breakfast is on Sunday 1/14th from 8am to 12pm, save the date and come out and eat pancakes for a good cause.

Robert H. Weaver Knights of Columbus Free Throw Contest 1/18/2024

  • All boys and girls aged 9 to 14, as of January 1, 2024, are invited to participate in the Robert H. Weaver Knights of Columbus #12005 Free Throw Championship. This local event will be held on Thursday, January 18, 2024, 7:00pm in the Our Lady of Mercy Parish Life Center. Registration begins at 6:45pm 
  • Participants are required to furnish proof of age and written parental consent on the registration form available at the event. For additional information call (630) 957-7559

ALICE Training for the Parish 1/19/2024

  • With Father Michael’s direction, we will hold an ALICE Training (Active Shooter Response Training) on Friday, January 19th from 6:30pm to 8pm inside the church.
         Why ALICE Training? Violent critical incidents can occur anywhere – even in places of worship which are seen as a sanctuary or safe haven. The reality of today is that places of worship are just as vulnerable to active shooter events as schools and businesses.
         Father Michael is encouraging all of us to participate in this training so that we are equipped and can answer the question “How would we react if we came under attack from a violent intruder inside the church?”
         People of all ages and abilities come to our liturgical gatherings. If violence occurs while at Mass, we must know what to do. ALICE Training has been adopted by thousands of institutions (school districts, workplaces, houses of worship) for this exact reason.  The training will help us feel empowered to make the best decision should such an occurrence take place rather than hopelessly endure a difficult and traumatic situation.
    • Saves Lives. ALICE preparedness training will help individuals in your care respond with confidence, increasing the survivability of an act of violence.
    • Build Confidence. ALICE strategies are supported by peer-reviewed research to reduce anxiety and build confidence in individuals who have gone through the ALICE program.
    • Mitigate Risk. The ALICE program helps every organization meet and exceed active shooter response requirements and minimum requirements designated by their industry oversight rules.
  • Father Michael is hoping to see you and any of the liturgical ministers on Friday, January 19th at 6:30pm. Please RSVP so we have enough materials for the training.

Literacy Tutor Volunteers Needed, Training on 1/20/2024

  • The Dominican Literacy Center in Aurora, celebrating its 30th year, has just received The Best Practices Award from the National Library of Congress. The Center will be training new tutor volunteers for its literacy program in January.
    Female volunteers (with high school diploma) are trained to help women students learn to read, write, and speak English. Tutoring sessions are 90 minutes, once a week, from Sept. to May, at 260 Vermont St., Aurora (behind St. Therese Church). Tutors do not need to speak Spanish or have teaching experience, but all volunteers must attend 7 hours of training in addition to viewing several training videos online.
  • The next training date is Saturday, January 20, from 9AM to 3:30PM. Tutors will begin with their new student the following week. To volunteer, email Alison Brzezinski at For more information, visit or call 630- 898-4636. The Center is not handicap accessible

Healing the Whole Person Weekend Retreat at St. Isaac Jogues 2/8-2/10/2024

  • Join us on this journey to wholeness as we enter into the heart, face the pains and wounds within, and allow Christ’s divine love to bring the healing we ardently desire.
  • Healing the Whole Person is the basis for Dr. Bob Schucht’s best-selling book “Be Healed” and takes place only four times each year in parish settings across the US. 
  • This event is offered both in-person or virtually with livestream video. $165 in-person or $119 Livestreamed.
  • For more information, and to register, please click HERE

Adoration Chapel Dedication 2/11/2024

  • Please save the date of Sunday 2/11th because Bishop Hicks will be dedicating the new Adoration Chapel at 1pm on that day; how exciting!

Living With Grief – “Caring For Your Heart While Grieving” 2/13

  • Experiencing the loss of a loved one is a difficult journey. Our Lady of Mercy is offering a supportive place for participants ages 18 and older living with grief to be together in a faith community to find healing and hope.
  • Come to our session “Caring For Your Heart While Grieving” on Tuesday 2/13th from 1pm to 2:30pm in Room 208
  • Registration is requested- Connect with Jolene Leroy at 331-707-5380 to RSVP or for questions.

The Rescue Project Begins 2/15/2024

  • The Rescue Project begins on Thursday evenings during Lent; It is such a powerful opportunity for our hearts to soften and open to the Lord, because that’s where the changes really happen. It would be great to journey with each other, together as a parish. We hope to see you there. 
  • Registration opens in January.

DisABILITIES Mass at Our Lady of Mercy 3/10/2024

  • Save the date for a Diocesan DisABILITIES Mass on Sunday 3/10 at 2pm followed by fellowship. More details to follow.

Have a Minister of Care Bring Holy Communion to Your Loved One that is Homebound

Ministers of Care are trained in the ministry and commissioned by the parish to visit those unable to come to Church to receive Holy Communion.t.

  • If you know someone in the parish who is unable to come to church and wishes to receive Holy Communion in the home, please contact the parish office at 630-851-3444 and arrangements will be made. 
  • Caring for a Loved One with Mary” by Theresa Kiser is in the book kiosk. Completely occupied by the constant care necessary for her son’s medically complex situation, Theresa Kiser struggled to reconcile with the physical, emotional, social, and mental tolls it took on her family. But when she stumbled upon the devotion of the Seven Sorrows of Mary, she was surprised — and deeply relieved — to discover that Our Lady walked this caregiving road before her. The Seven Sorrows devotion nourished her soul with comfort, companionship, and grace at a time when she needed it most.

Is God Calling You to the Priesthood?

  • Marriage is good and priesthood is good so how do you choose between two goods?  Connect with Fr Michael at and speak with him.

Bishop Hick’s Monthly Column 

  • Bishop Hicks’ monthly column for December is titled “Eucharistic Revival and Synodality, Together” Read his insightful column HERE.
    • 75th Jubilee of the Diocese of Joliet. Our diocese was founded on December 11, 1948. For an entire year, we will highlight the great accomplishments of our past and how we were founded in faith, while being called to witness now and in the future, and continue to be sent forth to serve. Hear from Bishop Hicks as he describes the events and activities leading up to the year-long celebration of the 75th Anniversary of the Diocese of Joliet; watch the video, find out all the details, and see the year-long schedule HERE.

Scam Emails and Text Messages

  • From time to time, there are phishing (SCAM) emails going out to members of the parish and staff claiming to be Father Michael as well as text messages.
    Please note that Father Michael and Father Frank DO NOT send texts or emails asking for money or gift cards. If you receive a message appearing to be from Father Michael or Father James, please discard it (any email that does not have “” is a fake email) and DO NOT SEND ANY ELECTRONIC MONETARY AID.  No one on the staff will personally ask for money in whatever form (gift cards etc). If someone sends you a private message asking for a donation of sorts, it’s undoubtedly a fake account. Please keep praying for us, and God bless you!

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 Christian values the government schools are indoctrinating the children who attend government schools?  You’re not alone.
  • Join a growing number of OLM parents who have made the move by 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 schedule a personalized tour.  Or peruse their website to explore your interest.  

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 2022, we provided assistance to 72 households, helping 185 men, women and children to remain in their homes or apartments in time of financial need.
  • 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.


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 pray 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 on 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.

Donate Online Through OSV Giving

  • Whether you are a registered parishioner with us or visiting, we are set up to receive donations online through OSV Our Sunday Visitor.
  • OSV is an online website that makes contributions faster, easier, and accessible at anytime for donors. Click here to for online giving.
  • You can also access this link through our myParish App “Giving” button. Don’t have the myParish App yet? Text APP to 88202 to download!  Receive this update, instant news, and get access to the parish calendar, daily readings, and Confession guide.

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

Mission. A Mother’s Heart is a group for Catholic mothers with children ages 0-11 who are seeking to journey with other like-minded women of faith.  Following the example of St. Thérèse of Lisieux, we strive to imitate her “little way” of growing in holiness through the lenses of motherhood and family.
Website. Proceed here for details.
Meets. Thursdays twice a month.  For any of the following: book chats, podcast discussions, “Mom’s Night Out”, community service projects, fellowship, playgroups, prayer.
Connect.  Reach out to Lydia Schmitt for any questions.

Mission. This group exists to grow a community that inspires and forms the young adult generation to be saints.
Website. Proceed here for details.
Meets. Tuesdays @ 7pm and twice a month for social gatherings.
Connect.  Reach out to Mary Kubanda at

Mission. “Encounter/Grow/Witness” is the threefold dimension of the Christian life.  Once we encounter Jesus, we are then called to grow daily as His disciples. Grow Groups are one way Our Lady of Mercy is responding to our missionary identity where we are called to help parishioners grow continually in discipleship.
Website. Proceed here for details.
Meets. Wednesdays 7pm to 8:30pm
Connect. For more information, connect with Geri Capulong at or Bonnie Ramirez at

  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
Meets. 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
Jim Marks


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


Consider joining us at the beautiful JW Marriott Grande Lakes in Orlando, November 17-19, 2023 

This is a conference for individuals, couples, and families who desire to grow closer to Christ through the Good News as preached by the world’s most dynamic evangelists

Presenters include Bishop Robert Barron, Deacon Harold Burke-Silvers, Immaculee Ilibagiza, Dr. Peter Kreeft, Sr. Bethany Madonna, Fr. Dave Pivonka, and Tim Tebow

Click HERE for more information

FORMED.ORG Diving into the beauty of the Faith has never been easier: at home, on the go, or from any internet-connected device. Discover thousands of books, audio talks, movies, documentaries, and studies… there is something for every member of the family to help them grow closer to Christ and His Church

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Check out our “Eucharist Resources” page to help us understand deeply the centrality of the Eucharist in our lives.


A Catholic Bible and Catechism App

We consulted more than 1,000 Catholics on what would make the ideal Bible and Catechism app and collected their direct feedback for over a year. Now it’s here! Download the App for free today on the App Store or the Google Play Store.

Check it out HERE

From Augustine Institute comes this NEW AND FREE Catholic prayer app that inspires your daily conversation with God through faithful meditations and nourishing Scripture. There is also Family Content: Enjoy and share family-favorite audio from the series Brother Francis and the Jesus Stories.  Please enjoy this latest offering from the Augustine Institute.

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.

Explore the goodness, truth, and beauty of the faith!Did you know that you have complete access to Bishop Barron’s Word on Fire ENGAGE video library! Check out this link to watch any of the videos whenever you want without ever having to login.
Not sure where to start? How about checking out the short 5 episode series on The Eucharist This fresh look at the Eucharist brings to light its reality as sacred meal, the sacrifice necessary for communion with God, and the real presence of Christ.

Blessed is She is a sisterhood of women who want to grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ through their Catholic faith.  They create beautiful and accessible resources, products, and experiences to deepen prayer and foster community, both online and in person.  

Founded in 2013, The Catholic Gentleman has become one of the most recognizable online men’s apostolate. Each week hundreds of thousands of men around the world visit our site for the insightful articles and the highest-quality products designed to encourage a life of authentic manhood. Their mission: To inspire men to holiness

Looking for authentically Catholic content for men? Look no further than—the all-new, 100% FREE Catholic streaming platform for men.
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Have you wanted to get to know St. Thomas Aquinas and his writings more so as to grow closer to Jesus? Sign up for any of the short and free courses at Aquinas 101 a project of the Thomistic Institute seeks to promote understanding of the thought of St. Thomas Aquinas, the eminent 13th-century philosopher, and theologian. 
Aquinas is a masterful interpreter of reality. His writings assist us in answering perennial questions on topics like God, man, the natural world, law, and morality, and questions of special relevance to our time like the relationship between modern science and faith or pursuing happiness in the digital era.

Matt Fradd’s Pints with Aquinas is an online Catholic community of faith and truth… and maybe a pint or two. Check it out for long-form discussions, healthy debates, and teachings on the Catholic faith.


If you have physical, mental, emotional or spiritual health concerns or questions about end-of-life issues, funeral planning, journeying through grief, caregiving for a loved one or are homebound, please contact the parish office at 630-851-3444 or

Do you find yourself struggling in overcoming your battle with pornography?   Restore is a weekly (anonymous) meeting where men lean on each other for support and accountability and share ideas about strengthening our resolve to stay on God’s path of chastity.  All men are welcome, whether you have been free of pornography addiction for many years or struggle with it every single day.If you are ready to start breaking free from the grips of pornography and want to Restore your life, email us at to find out more information on when and where we meet or call 331-684-7415. Check out the website for FAQs and further details. Be encouraged; check out this Testimony.

Pregnant and parenting moms in need are in our parishes and our neighborhoods. As Pope Francis reminds us, our parishes need to be “islands of mercy in the midst of a sea of indifference.” Everyone in the parish community should know where to refer a pregnant woman in need.  Please see this infographic to be informed on how we are walking with Moms in need. Connect with Lydia Schmitt for further questions at


OLM invites you to learn more about a new program for children with special needs that will be launching in the spring!

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer or enrolling your child, please get in touch with Lydia Schmitt at


OLM invites you to learn more about a new program for children with special needs that will be launching in the spring!

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer or enrolling your child, please get in touch with Lydia Schmitt at