June 9, 2024 | Parish Update

June 9, 2024 | Parish Update

Foolish Acts of Love. Healing the Whole Person @ OLM. Meet & Greet on Sunday. And Save the Date for Corpus Christi Procession.

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

     One summer, I was teaching first and second graders about salvation history. I was teaching them about how Mary is the New Eve because, as we can see on so many statues of Mary, she crushes the head of the serpent. As I was saying this, all the first and second graders spontaneously stood up and began stomping on imaginary serpents. In some way, they had gotten the message

     But the First Reading which says, “I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will strike at your head, while you strike at his heel.” Doesn’t that mean that Jesus will crush the head of the serpent? Yes, but this passage traditionally reads (in the Latin Vulgate), “She will crush your head.” So which is it? As with many aspects of our faith, the answer is both. Mary crushes the head of the serpent in union with and through the victory of Jesus on the Cross.

     Jesus says, “If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand.” Even though Satan’s kingdom may not be divided, he delights in sowing division in others. Through the doubt that he has planted in the hearts of Adam and Eve, Satan has successfully divided them from God, from each other, from nature, and internally. They are unable to stand, and because of this, God promises them the woman and her offspring who will crush the head of the serpent, namely Mary and Jesus.

     This is what we see in the Gospel. Jesus gains a reputation for driving out demons, even saying that He has tied up the strong man, Satan, to plunder his house. He clearly demonstrates His coming victory over Satan. In the midst of this conversation, Mary and Jesus’ relatives arrive. At first glance, it might seem like Jesus is dismissing them, but we need to look carefully at what He says: “For whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother.”

     Mary is Jesus’ mother not only in virtue of giving birth to Him but also because she does the will of God better than any other human person. We see this most clearly at the Annunciation when she says, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord; let it be done unto me according to your word,” but her entire life is a “yes” to God. In doing this, she also crushes the head of the serpent in union with Christ.

    This union of Jesus and Mary through doing the will of God undoes the division sown by Satan, and shows us that we also can crush the head of the serpent. If anyone who does the will of God is Jesus’ brother and sister and mother, then all we need to do is imitate Mary in staying in union with Jesus Who has already won the victory. When we do this, like my first and second graders, we can also stomp on the head of the serpent

Fr Frank 

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

Consuming Fire Young Adult Grow Group on Tuesday 6/11

  • Calling all young adults, join our Consuming Fire Young Adult Grow Group (CFYA) on Tuesdays at 7pm for community, faith building and social gatherings. Reach out to cfyagg@gmail.com to get plugged in with the group or sign up at the link HERE

Living with Grief Summer Picnic 6/11

  • The next gathering for the monthly grief support is on Tuesday, June 11 from 12:30 to 2:00pm in Room 114 for a picnic
  • Let’s take time for fellowship and sharing while enjoying favorite picnic foods.Hamburgers and brats will be provided. Participants are invited to bring a side dish to share.
  • Please RSVP and mention what you will bring by calling 331-707-5380 or at jolenel@olmercy.com.

Healing the Whole Person Continues 6/12 & 6/13

  • 𝗜𝘁’𝘀 𝗻𝗼𝘁 𝘁𝗼𝗼 𝗹𝗮𝘁𝗲 𝘁𝗼 𝘁𝗮𝗸𝗲 𝗽𝗮𝗿𝘁 𝗶𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗝𝘂𝗻𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗿𝗼𝘂𝗴𝗵 𝗝𝘂𝗹𝘆  𝗲𝘅𝗽𝗲𝗿𝗶𝗲𝗻𝗰𝗲 𝗼𝗳 “𝗛𝗲𝗮𝗹𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗪𝗵𝗼𝗹𝗲 𝗣𝗲𝗿𝘀𝗼𝗻” The goal of the Healing the Whole Person series is to facilitate a personal encounter with Jesus’ merciful love and healing truth in the areas where people have felt disconnected from love and bound by lies. God has worked powerfully in the lives of those who have participated in these series with an open heart.

    The course is divided into 8 talks 𝙜𝙞𝙫𝙚𝙣 𝙗𝙮 𝙎𝙧. 𝙈𝙞𝙧𝙞𝙖𝙢 𝙃𝙚𝙞𝙙𝙡𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝘿𝙧. 𝘽𝙤𝙗 𝙎𝙘𝙝𝙪𝙘𝙝𝙩s. The talks are meant to give hope and vision for the healing process, and the reflection times will be an opportunity for the Holy Spirit to prepare your hearts in very personal ways for an encounter with Jesus.

    Join us either Wednesday evenings at 6:30pm or Thursday afternoons at 1pm, begin a new chapter in your life of healing, light and peace; invite the Holy Spirit for 𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝒂𝒓𝒆 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝑭𝒂𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒓’𝒔 𝑩𝒆𝒍𝒐𝒗𝒆𝒅, 𝒕𝒓𝒖𝒍𝒚 𝒅𝒊𝒔𝒄𝒐𝒗𝒆𝒓 𝒘𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝒕𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝒎𝒆𝒂𝒏𝒔.You can attend 

    This 8-week experience from June through July takes place Wednesdays 6/5, 6/12, 6/19, 6/26, 7/10, 7/14, 7/24, 7/31 or Thursdays 6/6, 6/13, 6/20, 6/27, 7/11, 7/15, 7/25, 8/1.  Each participant will receive a workbook.

    Please register for this life-changing experience at this link 

    Check out the trailer below from Sr. Miriam and Dr. Bob Schuchts.
    For any questions, connect with Jeanine Malone comeadorejesus@gmail.com 630-670-4062 or Sophie Petrone pet791@aol.com 630-723-1888

Mama’s Grace Mom’s Grow Group 6/13 & 6/14

  • Join Mama’s Grace Grow Group for mothers with young children!
    • Bible Study Nights for Moms2nd and 4th Thursday each month, including this Thursday, June 13
    • Mama’s Night Out social night for Momsat Craft’d in Yorkville on June 18th at 6:30pm
    • Pray and Splash Play Dates: This Friday, June 14, at 10am at Wolf’s Crossing Pad
  • Connect and grow with us!  Call or text Laura Reyes 904-472-0385. Email Katelyn Wood kmisdom2@gmail.com. Or check out the webpage.

Knights of Columbus 2024 College Scholarship, Deadline is 6/14

  • Applications for the 2024 Robert H Weaver Knights of Columbus College Scholarship program are now being accepted through Friday, June 14th. A total of $2,000 will be awarded to students graduating from High School in 2024 and attending a 2 or 4 year University program starting in the fall of 2024. Applications can be found by visiting the following link on the Parish Website.  Awards will be made in July.  Good luck to all applicants.  Questions please reach out to Jeff LeRoy, Grand Knight jleroy53@hotmail.com

2024-2025 Faith Formation Registration, Early Bird Special Through 6/14!

SoulCore Rosary Walks Continue 6/15

  • Join us for a beautiful blend of prayer and movement with Rosary Walks at SoulCore Saturdays! Nourish your body, mind, and soul as we combine the prayers of the rosary with light stretching before we set off on a prayerful walk.
  • When: Saturdays June 15, 22 & 29 at 9:15am (Optional start with the 8:30am Mass) 
  • Where: Our Lady of Mercy Parish Life Center (PLC) Please arrive 15 minutes prior to check-in and bring a rosary, water, and wear comfortable clothing and walking shoes.
  • We’ll start with light stretching in the PLC, then head outside for the Rosary Walk. If the weather is bad, we’ll stay in the PLC.
  • Registration & Contact Info: Visit olmercy.com/soulcore  
  •  Connect with SoulCore leader Jen Bickel for any questions at 815-557-9437 or mamaj5grand@gmail.com.

Fit Shepherds on Wednesday and Saturday mornings

  • 🔥 Join the Ranks of Fit Shepherds! 🔥Are you tired of the narrative that encourages men to scatter when life gets tough? Ready to break free from the mold of the hireling and embrace the call of the Good Shepherd? Then it’s time to step up and join Fit Shepherds!At Fit Shepherds, we’re not just about fitness; we’re about becoming the best version of ourselves—physically, mentally, and spiritually. Through challenging workouts, camaraderie, and discipleship, we’re forging men who lay down their lives for their families and communities.In a world where the wolf prowls and seeks to scatter, we stand together as brothers, ready to face the challenges head-on. Whether you’re 14 or 40, if you want to be better—for yourself, your loved ones, and your community—Fit Shepherds is the place for you.Join us Saturdays at 7am and Wednesdays at 5:30am in the parking lot, and together, let’s become the leaders, the protectors, and the shepherds our world desperately needs. Don’t be a hireling—be a Fit Shepherd. Let’s embark on a journey of transformation, strength, and purpose!
  • For more information check out their website at this link or connect with Dan Maxwell who is looking forward to hearing from you;  630.779.7114 Dannymax80@hotmail.com. Dads are encouraged to bring their sons 5th grade and older. Get a glimpse of a Saturday morning work out at the following video,

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 Restore.olm@gmail.com to find out more information on when and where we meet or call 331-684-7415.

Come Visit Jesus in the New Adoration Chapel

  • Create more time for silence and prayer in your schedule by spending time with Jesus at the new Eucharistic Adoration Chapel anytime right after the 8am Mass until 10pm. 
  • We’re currently seeking committed adorers for Wednesdays at 1pm.
  • We continue to seek second adorers for the times where we only have one committed adorer. 
  • Proceed here to sign up.  
  • Fr. Michael is urging us to not only dedicate an hour to spend with Jesus but also to consider sharing this commitment with one or two friends. If you’re unsure about making this commitment, this suggestion offers a lovely way to overcome any doubts and enhance your friendships. Just imagine the enriching conversations you could have with each other about your experiences spending time with Jesus.

Every Holy Hour we make so pleases the Heart of Jesus that it is recorded in Heaven and retold for all eternity!

St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta

Return your Baby Bottle for Life 6/15 & 6/16

  • The 2024 Waterleaf Baby Bottles for Life campaign is to benefit, support, and educate pregnant women facing crisis or unintended pregnancies.  The funds collected will support the life-affirming programs and services of the Waterleaf Women’s Center located in Aurora.  The campaign will run from 5/12 (Mother’s Day) through 6/16 (Father’s Day).
    Participation is so easy;
    • Take a bottle or envelope home
    • Fill your bottle with coins, cash, or checks (envelopes cash and check only)
    • Return the bottle or envelope to the church
    • Pray for the clients and staff at Waterleaf
  • Waterleaf’s mission is to be the chosen destination for women facing an unplanned pregnancy, transforming their fear into confidence by addressing their physical, spiritual, and emotional needs and equipping them to make healthy, life-affirming decisions.
  • An anonymous donor will match all funds collected, let us be generous in our giving and take advantage of this amazing opportunity to double our donations!

St. Peregrine Prayer Service 6/18

  • For those with cancer, serious or chronic illnesses, and their caregivers, come to the St. Peregrine Prayer Service on Tuesday 6/18 following the 6:30pm Mass.
  • St. Peregrine is the patron saint of the sick especially those experiencing cancer, serious or terminal illness, or chronic illness. 

Knights of Columbus Pancake Breakfast 6/23

  • The Knights of Columbus Pancake Breakfast has been rescheduled for Sunday, June 23rd from 8am to Noon in the PLC. Plan on stopping by for a delicious breakfast while helping to support the Faith Buddies Program. Tickets will be available at the door.

Catholic Charities Mobile Food Pantry 6/26

  • The Mobile Food Pantry is on Wednsday 6/26 from 4:30pm to 6pm in the Our Lady of Mercy Parking Lot. 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! Catholic Charities helps people of all faiths and beliefs. 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!

Magnify Adoration 6/26

  • Our monthly MAGNIFY is on Wednesday 6/26 when we host a night of adoration in the church with a scriptural reflection by Fr. Michael, praise and worship by Josh Goodman. After the scriptural reflection there will be opportunities for confession and prayer ministry.
  • We pray that you come and spend time in prayer with Jesus, encountering Him in a special way. He is personally inviting you to come and share your heart with Him. Join us anytime from 7pm- 8:30pm in the Church. Don’t forget to bring your children, neighbors, and friends.

Meet & Greet Gathering 6/30

  • 𝟲/𝟯𝟬𝘁𝗵 @ 𝟭𝟭:𝟭𝟱𝗮𝗺 𝗶𝘀 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝘁𝗵𝗼𝘀𝗲 𝗹𝗼𝗼𝗸𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘁𝗼 𝗿𝗲𝗴𝗶𝘀𝘁𝗲𝗿 𝗮𝘀 𝗻𝗲𝘄 𝗽𝗮𝗿𝗶𝘀𝗵𝗶𝗼𝗻𝗲𝗿𝘀/𝗺𝗲𝗺𝗯𝗲𝗿𝘀 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗻𝗲𝘄𝗹𝘆 𝗿𝗲𝗴𝗶𝘀𝘁𝗲𝗿𝗲𝗱 𝗽𝗮𝗿𝗶𝘀𝗵𝗶𝗼𝗻𝗲𝗿𝘀 𝗮𝘁 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗪𝗲𝗹𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗲 𝗠𝗲𝗲𝘁 & 𝗚𝗿𝗲𝗲𝘁 𝗚𝗮𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗴!
  • Whether you’ve recently registered as a member (parishioner) or if you’ve been attending our Sunday or Daily Mass, actively participating in community life, 𝘄𝗲 𝗲𝗻𝗰𝗼𝘂𝗿𝗮𝗴𝗲 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝘁𝗼 𝗺𝗮𝗸𝗲 𝗶𝘁 𝗼𝗳𝗳𝗶𝗰𝗶𝗮𝗹 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗯𝗲𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗲 𝗮 𝗺𝗲𝗺𝗯𝗲𝗿/𝗽𝗮𝗿𝗶𝘀𝗵𝗶𝗼𝗻𝗲𝗿 𝗮𝘁 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗠𝗲𝗲𝘁 & 𝗚𝗿𝗲𝗲𝘁—𝘄𝗲’𝗹𝗹 𝗯𝗲 𝗿𝗲𝗮𝗱𝘆 𝘁𝗼 𝗮𝘀𝘀𝗶𝘀𝘁 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝗿𝗲𝗴𝗶𝘀𝘁𝗿𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀!  We hope to see you on Sunday 3/17th for a joyful experience of connection, belonging, and the start of a beautiful journey together. We can’t wait to meet you and welcome you officially into the OLM family!

Donut Sunday 6/30

  • Stop by the PLC after the 8am and 10am Masses on Sunday, 6/30th for Yummy Donuts, Good Coffee & Wonderful Fellowship. 

National Eucharistic Pilgrimage Chicagoland Events 6/26 through 6/30

  • The National Eucharistic Pilgrimage is an initiative that stems from the grassroots focus of the National Eucharistic Congress. Each (arch)diocese along the four routes of the NEP has served as a partner in planning events
  • Check out all the events that are taking place over June 26-June 30 and register for your FREE pilgrim passport. Click the button below for more info:  

CLICK HERE for Event Information

Chicago Young Adult Eucharistic Revival Event 6/28

  • the Eucharistic Congress is happening this summer in July in Indianapolis, and to lead up to the Congress, Jesus is going on a Pilgrimage along 4 different routes, all headed towards Indianapolis. The exciting news is that CHICAGO is along the Marian Route of the Pilgrimage!!!!!! AND there is a special event on Friday, June 28th specifically for young adults. 
  • The event will include Mass at 6:30pm at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church (1429 W Wellington Ave), followed by a Eucharistic procession around the block and a social with food.

Wedding Anniversary Mass Register By 7/28

  • The 46th Annual Diocesan Wedding Anniversary Mass will be celebrated on Sunday 8/25th at 2pm at the Cathedral of St. Raymond in Joliet. Couples celebrating anniversaries of 25 years, 50 years, and more than 50 years, are welcome to attend. Bishop Ronald A. Hicks will celebrate the Mass and will lead all couples in a special renewal of wedding commitment.
  • Pre-registration is required by 7/28 at this link.
  • For any questions, please connect with Jim Elias 815-221-6134 jelias@dioceseofjoliet.org

Quo Vadis Days 7/28 through 7/31

  • All young men between 13 and 18 years old are invited by our seminarians Jonathan Hernandez, Christopher Otieno, Vincent Otieno, Jared Beltz and Lemar Barbosa at retreat they and there fellow seminarians from the Joliet Diocese and Archdiocese of Chicago are hosting. Quo Vadis Days are a 4-day/3-night camp is 100 percent seminarian-led held at University of St. Mary of the Lake seminary in Mundelein. Experience dynamic talks, small group discussions, and meaningful prayer experiences—including Mass, the Liturgy of the Hours, and Eucharistic Adoration. Quo Vadis is a dynamic and fun camp, with great food, basketball, volleyball, Ultimate, campfires and much more. To take part
  • To best understand the powerful weekend you’ll experience, please enjoy these video and share them with your family and friends:

OLM Vacation Bible School 8/5 through 8/9

  • Camper registration is open and filling fast! Take kids deep into an amazing undersea adventure where they’ll experience the ever-flowing, never-ending love of God. At Totally Catholic Scuba VBS, kids will be immersed in the Sacred Scripture and discover what living water is really all about!
    Click here to register, and for more information: https://olmercy.com/vbs/ 

A Message from the Catholic Bishops of Illinois on Assisted Suicide

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.
  • 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 Jolene at jolenel@olmercy.com and arrangements will be made.

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 frmichael@olmercy.com and speak with him.

Bishop Hick’s Monthly Column 

  • Bishop Hicks’ monthly column for June is titled “Celebrating a Loving and Merciful Heart ” 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 accomplishments of our past & 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 leading up to the year-long celebration of the 75th Anniversary of the Diocese of Joliet; find out all the details, and see the year-long schedule HERE.

Catholic Ministries Annual Appeal 2024 

  • If you have already pledged your support to the Catholic Ministries Annual Appeal (CMAA), we sincerely thank you! If we all join together, we can meet our parish’s goal of $140,500. Each and every gift, regardless of size, truly matters and makes a difference. If you still plan on making your gift, please prayerfully reflect on how best you can support the CMAA this year to help those in need throughout our diocese, For the Glory of God. Pledge envelopes are still available in the church, or you can use the envelope you received in the mail from the diocese. Or donate online here.Remember, if we raise more than our goal, the diocese will return 70 percent of the amount over goal to us to reinvest in our own parish. This is an incredible opportunity and blessing. Your generosity is so greatly appreciated. Thank you for sharing your blessings!

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 Frank, please discard it (any email that does not have “olmercy.com” 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 pbajek@ascacademy.org to express your interest and schedule a personalized tour.  Or peruse their website to explore your interest.  

Totally Yours Pilgrimages

  • Experience pilgrimage with a newness at Totally Yours Pilgrimages hosts trips to Italy, Fatima, Medjugorje and more throughout the year. There pilgrimages offer the comforting presence of dedicated priests and the opportunity for daily Mass. Experience the serenity of sacred sites, knowing that every aspect of your journey, including flights, accommodations, and two daily meals, is expertly arranged for your convenience. If you’re seeking a meaningful escape and a chance to deepen your faith, don’t miss out on this unique opportunity. For more information contact 630-315-0533 or visit there website to begin your journey today.


St. Vincent de Paul Society

  • Who is the Our Lady of Mercy St. Vincent de Paul Society? We are a parish group of men and women who are called to follow Jesus Christ through service to our neighbors. You can find these details at their website.
  • Who are the neighbors assisted?
    • They are parishioners and non-parishioners who experience a temporary financial set back.
    • They are single mothers who have missed a paycheck due to a
      child’s illness.
    • They are people living paycheck to paycheck where one
      unexpected expense, like a car repair or medical bill can cause
      them to get behind on rent or utility payments.
  • How does the society help them?
    • We visit them in their homes and listen to their needs and
    • We help them with rent or mortgage payments, utility payments or food certificates.
  • How can you help?
    • You can donate to the St Vincent de Paul Society, either with a
      monthly envelope or through online giving.
    • You can join our society. We need your help. Please email us at olmsvdp@gmail.com
  • Last year, with God’s grace and parish donations, the Our Lady of Mercy’s St. Vincent de Paul Society assisted 79 families! That is 79 families who were able to stay in their home, have their electricity or water service restored. Thank you again for your continued support. Please keep our society and those we help in your prayers.

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.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. Listen and receive the prayers while being open to the Holy Spirit’s movement.  

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 reply to or share messages. Enjoy a bunch of additional features like prayers, daily readings, reminders to silence your phone before Mass, & 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.
  •  Click here to for online giving.
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Grow Groups | We continue to launch Grow Groups, one group at a time.
Connect with zara@olmercy.com for any questions.


Mission. Mama’s Grace 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. Each month for any of the following: book chats, podcast discussions, “Mom’s Night Out”, community service projects, fellowship, playgroups, prayer.

Connect.  Reach out to  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 our Core Team at cfyagg@gmail.com for any questions.

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 gericapulong@gmail.com or Bonnie Ramirez at bnnrmrz@gmail.com.


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

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 kimharris73@yahoo.com
Mary LoGalbo logalbo.marycarol@gmail.com
Jim Marks jimm6351@yahoo.com


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.

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.

  1. Visit http://signup.formed.org/
  2. Enter our parish zip or name
  3. Enter your name and email

or Download the FORMED App through these links: App Store or Google Play

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

INTRODUCING THE ASCENSION APP 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. Download the App for free today on the App Store or the Google Play Store.Check it out HERE

AMEN – CATHOLIC MEDITATION APP From Augustine Institute comes this NEW AND FREE Catholic prayer app that inspires your daily conversation with God through faithful meditations and nourishing Scripture.Please enjoy this latest offering from the Augustine Institute.

HALLOW – A CATHOLIC PRAYER & MEDITATION APP  Hallow is a Catholic prayer & meditation app that helps users deepen their relationship with God through contemplative prayer. 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+ sessions including the Lectio Divina on the Daily Gospel, Rosary, Examen, Night Prayer, “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? Check 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 through their Catholic faith. They create beautiful & accessible resources 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 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 HeroicMen.com—the all-new, 100% FREE Catholic streaming platform for men.
Learn about your faith from today’s best Catholic speakers—and do it all from the convenience of home. Stream-on-demand from your phone or tablet for quality content on the go.  Get it all at HeroicMen.com


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. The podcast has long-form discussions, debates and teachings on the Catholic faith. Checkout the podcast here.


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 parishoffice@olmercy.com


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 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 and want to Restore your life, email us at Restore.olm@gmail.com 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. Connect with Lydia Schmitt for further questions at lydias@olmercy.com


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 lydias@olmercy.com



The EUCHARIST & the WORD” Conference will be held at the beautiful Loyola Lake Shore Campus. Loyola University Chicago has taken the reins to continue this tradition launched in 1974 out of the encouragement of Vatican II, to bring understanding and study of Scripture into the forefront of a wider Catholic audience. This will be the first year the Conference will be held at Loyola University’s beautiful Lake Shore Campus!

     In support of the USCCB’s efforts for National Eucharistic Revival, we are happy
to announce this year’s theme – in a name: Jesus. Every word in Sacred Scripture tells of Him, the Word of God, and of His love for us. This love is remembered and celebrated – in fact, realized – in the Sacrament of the Most Holy Eucharist. Truly, Jesus, the Word made flesh, time and time again. Please join our conference as we seek to understand better the relationship between Sacred Scripture and the Word made flesh in the Eucharist, and how this relationship gives life to us and the world, now and forever. Amen!

     Opening Keynote will be Todd Williamson, Director of the Office for Divine Worship for the Archdiocese of Chicago. Scripture Scholars include Dr. Thomas Wetzel,
Dr. Maria Barga and Dr. Joan Gorski.


Join over 1,000 Catholics at the 2024 Word on Fire Conference, Wonder: Nature and the Human Body

This conference is for you if you love Word on Fire and want to become more confident in your conversations with friends, coworkers, or family members about some of the most pressing issues the Church faces today.

Get 12% OFF your tickets here. Your ticket includes access to four keynotes (including one by Bishop Barron), three breakout sessions, two dinners, and two Masses.

This year’s conference is in Bishop’s home diocese of Rochester, Minnesota! It will be at the Mayo Civic Center (which is also the event space of the world-renowned Mayo Clinic). This year’s theme is Nature and the Human Body. All humans are bodied creatures. The human body is at the core of today’s most controversial topics, including evolution, artificial intelligence, and gender ideology. It’s more important than ever to be confident when talking with friends and family about these topics.


The 3-day, 2-night Good NewsConference will be hosted at the Hyatt Regency in Minneapolis, MN, from August 30 – September 1, 2024.  The theme this year is “Mercy,” and through our incredible presenters, we will celebrate the Good News of God’s unending mercy to learn how we might extend his mercy throughout the world! Proceed to this link for further details are registration.

Keynote speakers include:

  • Jordan and Tammy Peterson, award-winning authors and speakers
  • Neal McDonough, award-winning actor and producer
  • Chris Stefanick, speaker, author, and television host
  • Sally Read, writer and poet
  • Fr. Mike Schmitz, priest, pro-life advocate, and speaker

Along with…

  • Arthur C. Brooks, NYT best-selling author 
  • Sr. Miriam James Heidland, author 
  • Monsignor James Patrick Shea, President of the University of Mary
  • Dr. Barbara Jatta, Director of the Vatican Museums 
  • Katie Shaw, pro-life advocate