June 23, 2024 | Parish Update

June 23, 2024 | Parish Update

Be Still. July 4th Mass. New daily Mass schedule on Fridays.

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

     Reincarnation is the belief that people after death will be brought back into the world, but with a different body and a new life.  I’m so glad that as Catholics, who have the fullness of faith, we know this not to be true.  This isn’t an attack on those who believe in reincarnation, but as I like to point out when it comes to a tenant of our faith, what loving God would allow someone to go through middle school more than once?  

     I have to say, growing up as a middle school student, I was definitely driven by emotions and struggled with things of the heart and mind. I believe that everyone has experienced this in some way or another.  Additionally, I believe most modern-day psychologists would call it healthy, and a time of self-discovery.  However, I would argue that one other step that is necessary in our self-discovery, but typically missed, is knowledge that we are grounded in our identity as a son or daughter of God and awareness of the Lord’s presence.  

     I believe my greatest struggles in middle school, high school, and beyond would have subsided if I only extended my trust in the Lord and truly understood his care for me.  In our Gospel we hear that the disciples are in a boat with the Lord.  A huge storm comes while Christ is sleeping in the stern of the boat.  On a side note, the stern is usually the place that steers the boat. The disciples are afraid and they wake up our Lord saying, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” The Lord wakes up and says to the wind and sea, “Quiet, Be Still!” (Mark :38-39)  

     Even though the command is directed at the wind and the sea, I’d argue that we need to ask the Lord to give the same command to our head and heart: “Quiet! Be Still!”  How often we get caught up in the emotions of the heart, or in our heads, and it feels like everything is falling apart; we are terrified not knowing what is beyond the horizon.  

     The Lord is a loving God; He desires for us to trust in him with faith, and rest in the knowledge that ultimately he is in control and always in our midst. What a beautiful gift to have this confidence in our Lord Jesus Christ who continues to reveal himself to us, especially in the gift of the Eucharist.  May we walk away as the disciples did after he calmed the storms: with great awe.  

Fr Michael

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

Healing the Whole Person Continues 6/26 & 6/27

  • ๐—œ๐˜’๐˜€ ๐—ป๐—ผ๐˜ ๐˜๐—ผ๐—ผ ๐—น๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฒ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐˜๐—ฎ๐—ธ๐—ฒ ๐—ฝ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐˜ ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—๐˜‚๐—ป๐—ฒ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ด๐—ต ๐—๐˜‚๐—น๐˜† ย ๐—ฒ๐˜…๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฐ๐—ฒ ๐—ผ๐—ณ โ€œ๐—›๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—น๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ช๐—ต๐—ผ๐—น๐—ฒ ๐—ฃ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜€๐—ผ๐—ปโ€ The goal of the Healing the Whole Person series is to facilitate a personal encounter with Jesusโ€™ 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.

    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 ๐’š๐’๐’– ๐’‚๐’“๐’† ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐‘ญ๐’‚๐’•๐’‰๐’†๐’“โ€™๐’” ๐‘ฉ๐’†๐’๐’๐’—๐’†๐’…, ๐’•๐’“๐’–๐’๐’š ๐’…๐’Š๐’”๐’„๐’๐’—๐’†๐’“ ๐’˜๐’‰๐’‚๐’• ๐’•๐’‰๐’‚๐’• ๐’Ž๐’†๐’‚๐’๐’”.
    Please register for this life-changing experience at this linkย 

“What’s the Big Deal with IVF?” by Deacon Tony Leazzo 6/27

  • June 27th in Room 114 of the PLC, 7-9 PM
  • ย Respect Life Ministry invites you to a presentation by Deacon Tony Leazzo on โ€œWhatโ€™s the Big Deal with IVF?โ€ As A deacon and family medicine physician at Northwestern Medicine, Deacon Tony will deliver his presentation regarding in vitro fertilization from a uniquely medical perspective rooted in Catholic doctrine.
  • ย With the increase in infertility amongst family and friends, and declining birth rates in our country, everyone is invited to learn more what IVF is, what the Church teaches & why regarding this reproductive technology, and options available to married couples facing infertility. There will be an open question and answer forum after his presentation.ย 

2024-2025 Faith Formation Registration is OPEN!

Fit Shepherds on Wednesday and Saturday mornings

  • ๐Ÿ”ฅ Join the Ranks of Fit Shepherds! ๐Ÿ”ฅAre 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 ourselvesโ€”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 betterโ€”for yourself, your loved ones, and your communityโ€”Fit Shepherds is the place for you.Join usย Saturdays at 7amย andย Wednesdays at 5:30amย in the parking lot, and together, let’s become the leaders, the protectors, and the shepherds our world desperately needs. Don’t be a hirelingโ€”be a Fit Shepherd. Let’s embark on a journey of transformation, strength, and purpose!
  • For more information check outย their website at this linkย or connect with Dan Maxwellย who is looking forward to hearing from you;ย ย 630.779.7114ย Dannymax80@hotmail.com. Dads are encouraged to bring their sons 5th grade andย older.ย 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 10:30amย – Rosary and Chaplet of Divine Mercy with meditations for priests, ย ย Thursdays at 12:30pmย – ย Rosary and Chaplet of Divine Mercy with meditations for priests,First Friday of the monthย following 12pm Massย – 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 Godโ€™s path of chastity. ย 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,ย men are guided by a licensed Catholic therapist.ย If you are ready to start breaking free from the struggles of living chastely and want toย Restoreย your life emailย Restore.olm@gmail.comย 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.ย 
  • We’re currently seeking committed adorers for Tuesdays at 3pm.
  • We continue to seek second adorers for the times where we only have one committed adorer.ย 
  • Proceed here to sign up. ย 
  • Fr. Michael is urging us to not only dedicate an hour to spend with Jesus but also toย 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 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

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: ย 

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 onย Friday, June 28thย specifically for young adults.ย 
  • 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.

SoulCore Rosary Walks Continue 6/29

  • 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: Saturday June 29 at 9:15amย (Optional start with the 8:30am Mass)ย 
  • 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: Visitย olmercy.com/soulcoreย ย 
  • ย Connect with SoulCore leader Jen Bickel for any questions at 815-557-9437 orย mamaj5grand@gmail.com.

Prayer Ministry After All Masses 6/29 & 6/30

  • ๐—–๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ฒ ๐˜‚๐—ฝ ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—ฝ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐˜†๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—บ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ถ๐˜€๐˜๐—ฟ๐˜† ๐—ฎ๐—ณ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—ฎ๐—น๐—น ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐˜€๐˜€ ๐˜๐—ถ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐˜„๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐—ธ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐˜„๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐˜๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—ฝ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐˜†๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—บ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ถ๐˜€๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜€ ๐˜„๐—ถ๐—น๐—น ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ ๐—ฎ๐˜ƒ๐—ฎ๐—ถ๐—น๐—ฎ๐—ฏ๐—น๐—ฒ ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฏ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ธ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—–๐—ต๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐—ฐ๐—ต
    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 itย shifts our perspective toward the One who stands ready to listen. No matter what youโ€™re facing, weโ€™d love to pray with you. Submit your prayer requests at this linkย https://olmercy.com/prayerforme/ย 
  • 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 Spiritโ€™s movement.

Peter’s Pence Second Collection 6/29 & 6/30

  • By contributing toย Peterโ€™s Penceย second collection, we can all together supportย the Pope’s missionย through the activities of the Holy See and the initiatives of solidarity in favor of the most needy.
  • It is a concrete way to strengthen our sense of belonging to the Church and our love for the Bishop of Rome, who presides over all Churches in charity.When we donate to Peter’s Pence, we not only help the Pope aid those suffering but also participate in his mission to proclaim the Gospel and assist local Churches through the Dicasteries of the Holy See and the network of his representatives worldwide, promoting integral human development, education, peace, justice, and fraternity.ย Donate nowย online at this linkย or after Mass, place your donation in the basket located in the Narthex.

Meet & Greet Gathering 6/30

  • ๐Ÿฒ/๐Ÿฏ๐Ÿฌ๐˜๐—ต @ ๐Ÿญ๐Ÿญ:๐Ÿญ๐Ÿฑ๐—ฎ๐—บ ๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ผ๐˜€๐—ฒ ๐—น๐—ผ๐—ผ๐—ธ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ด๐—ถ๐˜€๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—ฎ๐˜€ ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐˜„ ๐—ฝ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐˜€๐—ต๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜€/๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—บ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜€ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐˜„๐—น๐˜† ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ด๐—ถ๐˜€๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—ฝ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐˜€๐—ต๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜€ ๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ช๐—ฒ๐—น๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ฒ ๐— ๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐˜ & ๐—š๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐˜ ๐—š๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด!
  • Whether youโ€™ve recently registered as a member (parishioner) or if youโ€™ve been attending our Sunday or Daily Mass, actively participating in community life, ๐˜„๐—ฒ ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ด๐—ฒ ๐˜†๐—ผ๐˜‚ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐—ธ๐—ฒ ๐—ถ๐˜ ๐—ผ๐—ณ๐—ณ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ถ๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ฒ ๐—ฎ ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—บ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ/๐—ฝ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐˜€๐—ต๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐— ๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐˜ & ๐—š๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐˜โ€”๐˜„๐—ฒโ€™๐—น๐—น ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฑ๐˜† ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—ฎ๐˜€๐˜€๐—ถ๐˜€๐˜ ๐˜„๐—ถ๐˜๐—ต ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ด๐—ถ๐˜€๐˜๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป๐˜€! ย We hope to see you on Sunday 6/30th for a joyful experience of connection, belonging, and the start of a beautiful journey together. We canโ€™t wait to meet you and welcome you officially into the OLM family!

July 4th Mass, Patriotic Rosary and Schedule 7/4

  • Start your July 4th Celebration by coming to Mass. ๐—–๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ฒ ๐—ฝ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐˜† ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ป๐˜๐—ฟ๐˜†; ๐—ต๐—ผ๐—ฝ๐—ฒ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—ฒ ๐˜†๐—ผ๐˜‚ @ ๐Ÿต๐—ฎ๐—บ ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐Ÿณ/๐Ÿฐ๐˜๐—ต! Please join us immediately following the Mass to pray the Patriotic Rosary for our country.
  • In observance of this holiday, the parish office will be closed on July 4th & 5th.

NEW Friday Daily Mass Schedule begins on 7/5

  • Exciting news! Starting on July 5th there will no longer be 8am Daily Mass. ๐—œ๐—ป๐˜€๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฑ, ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐˜„๐—ถ๐—น๐—น ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ด๐˜‚๐—น๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—น๐˜† ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ ๐—ก๐—ผ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐— ๐—ฎ๐˜€๐˜€, ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—น๐—น๐—ผ๐˜„๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—ฏ๐˜† ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ผ๐—ฝ๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜๐˜‚๐—ป๐—ถ๐˜๐˜† ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—–๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ณ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป.
    This will allow Fr. Michael and Fr. Frank to be able to say Mass at local schools in the mornings, including at All Saints, Chesterton Academy, and Aurora Central Catholic as well as at the local jail and Waterleaf. This new schedule will also give OLM parishioners another opportunity for Confession. ย 
    Thank you Heavenly Father for the gift of our priests who bring Jesus not only to our parish family but intentionally to the youth in our area at our local Catholic schools and the incarcerated men and women.

Children’s Liturgy of the Word (CLOW) Resumes 7/7

  • We are thrilled to announce the resumption of the Childrenโ€™s Liturgy of the Word (CLOW) during the 10am Sunday Mass, starting on July 7th, and we couldnโ€™t be more excited to have the children join us at CLOW
  • What is CLOW? The Childrenโ€™s Liturgy of the Word is a beautiful and meaningful experience designed specifically for our young ones. Through storytelling, interactive discussions, and age-appropriate activities, children have the opportunity to deepen their connection to faith and spirituality. The scriptures are brought to life in a manner that resonates with their hearts and minds, allowing them to grasp the timeless teachings and wisdom contained within. By creating a space that is inviting and inclusive, we hope to instill a love for Godโ€™s Word within each child, nurturing their spiritual growth and helping them discover the beauty and significance of their own faith journey. Sometime after the beginning of Mass, Father invites all children to participate in CLOW. The children joyfully return to rejoin their families, just before the Eucharistic Prayers take place, ensuring a shared celebration of faith for the entire congregation.

Mama’s Grace Mom’s Grow Group 7/12

  • Join Mamaโ€™s Grace Grow Group for mothers with young children!
    • Bible Study Nights for Momsย 2nd and 4th Thursday each month
    • Pray and Splash Play Dates:ย Friday, July 12th at 10am at Prairie Point Splash Park
  • Connect and grow with us! ย Call or text Laura Reyes 904-472-0385. Email Katelyn Woodย kmisdom2@gmail.com. Or check out theย webpage.

Filipino Street Food Fair 7/14

  • ๐—ฆ๐—ฎ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐——๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฒ ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ ๐—™๐—ถ๐—น๐—ถ๐—ฝ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ผ ๐—ฆ๐˜๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐˜ ๐—™๐—ผ๐—ผ๐—ฑ ๐—™๐—ฎ๐—ถ๐—ฟ ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—๐˜‚๐—น๐˜† ๐Ÿญ๐Ÿฐ๐˜๐—ต
  • Filipinos eat at least five times a day! Eating is our past time! Find out why โ€“ at the next Filipino Street Food Fair at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church Multi-Purpose Room (MPR) on Sunday, July 14th from 9am to 2pm.ย 
  • TICKETS are $1 each, will be sold on-site and are good towards purchase of food, drinks, and all other products. All proceeds from this event will benefit the Simbang Gabi 2023 and other outreach projects of the Simbang Gabi Ministry.ย 
  • Interested in selling food products during this event? Please email us atย sgcommittee16@gmail.com

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 ofย 25 years, 50 years, andย 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 815-221-6134ย jelias@dioceseofjoliet.org

Donut Sunday 7/28

  • Stop by the PLC after the 8am and 10am Masses on Sunday, 7/28th for Yummy Donuts, Good Coffee & Wonderful Fellowship.ย 

Meet & Greet Gathering 7/28

  • 7/28 @ ๐Ÿญ๐Ÿญ:๐Ÿญ๐Ÿฑ๐—ฎ๐—บ ๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ผ๐˜€๐—ฒ ๐—น๐—ผ๐—ผ๐—ธ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ด๐—ถ๐˜€๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—ฎ๐˜€ ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐˜„ ๐—ฝ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐˜€๐—ต๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜€/๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—บ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜€ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐˜„๐—น๐˜† ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ด๐—ถ๐˜€๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—ฝ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐˜€๐—ต๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜€ ๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ช๐—ฒ๐—น๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ฒ ๐— ๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐˜ & ๐—š๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐˜ ๐—š๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด!

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 experiencesโ€”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 theyโ€™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:ย https://olmercy.com/vbs/ย 

Save the Date for the Our Lady of Mercy Anniversary Pig Roast 9/22

  • Block your calendar for the OLM Anniversary Pig Roast on Sunday, September 22nd from 1pm to 4pm. Ticket sales will start in August.

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 Hickโ€™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 parishโ€™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
      childโ€™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 Godโ€™s grace and parish donations, the Our Lady of Mercyโ€™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.
    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, habrรก Estaciones de la Cruz en espaรฑol cada segundo miรฉrcoles del mes despuรฉs 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 youโ€™re facing, weโ€™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.
  • 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 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. Thรฉrรจse 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. โ€œEncounter/Grow/Witnessโ€ 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, โ€œPraylistsโ€ 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 menโ€™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.comโ€”the all-new, 100% FREE Catholic streaming platform for men.
Learn about your faith from today’s best Catholic speakersโ€”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 Godโ€™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 โ€œislands of mercy in the midst of a sea of indifference.โ€ 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



โ€œThe EUCHARIST & the WORDโ€ 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 Universityโ€™s beautiful Lake Shore Campus!

     In support of the USCCBโ€™s efforts for National Eucharistic Revival, we are happy
to announce this yearโ€™s theme โ€“ 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 โ€“ in fact, realized โ€“ 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 yearโ€™s conference is in Bishopโ€™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 yearโ€™s theme is Nature and the Human Body. All humans are bodied creatures. The human body is at the core of todayโ€™s most controversial topics, including evolution, artificial intelligence, and gender ideology. Itโ€™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 โ€“ September 1, 2024.  The theme this year is โ€œMercy,โ€ and through our incredible presenters, we will celebrate the Good News of Godโ€™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