Daily Mass & Sunday Mass Live Stream & Its Recordings

The Mass is the great encounter with Jesus Christ.

Bishop Barron


Mass Streamed Live


Pray with us at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass daily @ 8am and on Sunday @ 9am, please keep hitting refresh if you don’t see the livestream. If for some reason, the video is still not pulling up, we encourage you to proceed to our public Facebook page to view it.  Please note that you do not need a Facebook account to see the live stream feed on Facebook.   A recording will be posted below (just scroll down further).

At Home Mass Kit


 

We are excited to bring you this resource to use with your family as you watch the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass from home! Every week we will send this out on Saturday so you can use at home on Sunday.  Please click here for the “At Home Mass Kit” .

Virtual Narthex


 

After Sunday Mass we have the Virtual Narthex.  The narthex is where people gather after Mass to say hello to the Fathers, to each other or get holy water from the baptismal font.  It is also where the Stations of the Cross is located as well as the Confessionals/Reconciliation Room.

In these times where we can’t gather physically, we have the Virtual Narthex.  It is where we either have

  • “Q&A with the Fathers.”  Do you have any questions for them?  Submit here or post on the comment section during the live feed on Facebook.
  • Or a quick conversation about a topic.

After the 5/10/2020 5th Sunday of Easter Mass

Happy Mother’s Day. To All Mothers We Love You…
“The loveliest masterpiece of the heart of God is the heart of a mother.”
— St. Therese of Lisieux

After the 4/19/2020 Divine Mercy Sunday Mass

Jesus calling.  Did you miss the conversation with the Fathers and our seminarians on their calling to the priesthood and seminary life?  Hear what their brief stories.

After the 4/5/2020 Palm Sunday Mass

Sticking to our day jobs, a full house at the rectory, beautiful prayers at Mass.  The Fathers talk about the making of the Transformation Zone, having new fans of Chardonnay at the rectory and answering your awesome questions.

 

After the 3/29/2020 Sunday Mass

Chardonnay, Confessions and Cooking.  What did the Fathers have to say about all these, Holy Week and more?  Tune in to their first Q&A.

 

The Transformation Zone with the Fathers – Part 2


A wager, a winner, and a possible change of diet.

The Transformation Zone with the Fathers – Part 1


The purpose of Lent is to bring about spiritual change and transformation. The lockdown has provided new opportunities on our journey to the heights. Like you, we have also been spending much more time with each other due to the lockdown. This has caused some weird things to happen at OLM. Enter the Transformation Zone here, if you dare.

 

Recording of the Mass


 

We will post recordings of the most recent Mass as soon as its available.  Stay tuned.

Thursday of the 9th week of Ordinary Time 6/4/2020 The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass

Living Above Reproach.  In the 1st reading today (2 Tim 2:8-15) St. Paul exhorts Timothy to be “eager to present yourself as acceptable to God, a workman who causes no disgrace, imparting the word of truth without deviation.” Are you living above reproach? Are there any ongoing sins in your life that would bring shame if they were made public? Our world needs people to live above reproach, doing so leads others to Christ.

Wednesday of the 9th week of Ordinary Time 6/3/2020 The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass

Tuesday of the 9th week of Ordinary Time 6/2/2020 The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass

Peter’s One Thing.  Father Mark breaks open the 1st reading today and explains that for Peter it comes down to one thing, sanctity!

Monday Mass of the Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary Mother of God 6/1/2020

 

Unleash the Beauty.  In the midst of more and more ugliness in the world, one wonders how to proceed. Father Mark explains that beauty will save the world. As we celebrate Pentecost Sunday, Father Mark encourages us to ask the Lord for the fruits of the Holy Spirit so as to live and act beautifully.

Pentecost Sunday 5/31/2020 The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass

Unleash the Beauty.  In the midst of more and more ugliness in the world, one wonders how to proceed. Father Mark explains that beauty will save the world. As we celebrate Pentecost Sunday, Father Mark encourages us to ask the Lord for the fruits of the Holy Spirit so as to live and act beautifully.

Saturday of the 7th week of Easter 5/30/2020 The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass

 

Friday of the 7th week of Easter 5/29/2020 The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass

 

Thursday of the 7th week of Easter 5/28/2020 The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass

The Odor of Disunity.  In the 1st reading, we see the Scribes and Pharisees fighting with one another so much that their eyes are taken off their mission. Jesus knows we have this tendency toward in-fighting—whether that be in politics, in the church, in families, etc.— so He prays for unity. This kind of in-fighting takes our eyes off the mission. Father Mark challenges us to consider if our words sow seeds of unity or disunity in our relationships and community.

Wednesday of the 7th week of Easter 5/27/2020 The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass

Be Little St. Pauls To Others. In today’s 1st reading (Acts 20:28-38) we see the love and concern Paul and the people had for each other. Father Mark explores the reasons why their bond was so tight. He exhorts us to be Pauls for those we have authority over.

Tuesday of the 7th week of Easter 5/26/2020 The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass

Do you seek God’s approval or Man’s approval?  Having the approval of others is good, normal, and healthy. However, the craving for approval can turn harmful. Many of us are slaves to what others think of us. Father Mark encourages us to stay rooted in the reality of Jesus; that the heart of Jesus knows each of us. The pull to seek the praise of men falls to the wayside the further rooted we are in the reality that we are His.

Memorial Day Monday of the 7th week of Easter 5/25/2020 The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass

 

Ascension Sunday of the 7th week of Easter 5/24/2020 The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass

 

Saturday of the 6th week of Easter 5/23/2020 The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass

Friday of the 6th week of Easter 5/22/2020 The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass

Thursday of the 6th week of Easter 5/21/2020 The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass

We all need a Tag Team of an Aquila and Priscilla
In our 1st reading (Acts 18:1-8) Paul, while in Corinth, meets a married couple named Aquila and Priscilla. They were a great help to St. Paul in his ministry and did much in spreading the Gospel. Father Mark gives us three takeaways from the things we know about this power couple. Take a listen https://bit.ly/2AQ0uoz
Speaking of marriages, it’s not too late to sign up for the Marriage Course that starts tomorrow, details and sign-up can be found here https://olmercy.com/mc/

Wednesday of the 6th week of Easter 5/20/2020 The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass

Tuesday of the 6th week of Easter 5/19/2020 The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass

 

Monday of the 6th week of Easter 5/18/2020 The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass

 

Do You Have Michael Jordan Intensity?
We are intense and passionate about a lot of different things. How intense are we toward the things most important? Father Mark encourages us to have a Michael Jordan intensity with keeping God number one and family number two. Given the anti-Christian creed in the world, he offers suggestions in seeking help. Father Mark explains that the most powerful help at our side is the Advocate which Jesus promises us in today’s Gospel.

Below are the items Father refers to
\_Marriage Course page which has the video he refers to and registration link https://olmercy.com/mc/ [Starts Friday 5/22 @ 7:30pm]

\_Virtual Narthex Small Groups After Mass [Starts Sunday 5/24 right after Mass]
https://olmercy.com/signup/

\_Bible Study on: Jesus: the Way, Truth & Life [Starts Tuesday 5/26 @7pm]
https://study.ascensionpress.com/studies/…/registrations/new

\_Bible Study on: The Bible Timeline Study [Starts Wednesday 6/3 @pm]
https://study.ascensionpress.com/studies/…/registrations/new

6th Sunday of Easter 5/17/2020 The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass

Saturday of the 5th week of Easter 5/16/2020 The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass

 

Friday of the 5th week of Easter 5/15/2020 The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass

Work and Love.  In today’s homily, Father Mark explores God’s command to work and His command to love. He explains that both commands bring with it the desired result.

Thursday of the 5th week of Easter 5/14/2020 The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass

Wednesday of the 5th week of Easter 5/13/2020 The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass

Tuesday of the 5th week of Easter 5/12/2020 The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass

Encouragement Anyone?  Our 1st reading today (Acts 14:19-28) is flooded with encouragement. It’s amazing how little encouragement we need to keep persevering. Father Mark exhorts us to encourage others today and to be encouraged by Jesus’ words in the gospel.

Monday of the 5th week of Easter 5/11/2020 The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass

Sunday of the 5th week of Easter 5/10/2020 The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass

Saturday of the 4th week of Easter 5/9/2020 The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass

The Cry of Every Human Heart.  In our 1st reading (Acts 13:44-52) we hear that “almost the whole city gathered to hear the word of the Lord.” The people’s hearts were moved the following Sabbath and want to hear more of the power of the Gospel. This is the same cry we hear from Philip in the Gospel when he asks Jesus to show him the Father. Father Mark encourages us to pause today in order to rest in the trinitarian love our hearts were created for.

Friday of the 4th week of Easter 5/8/2020 The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass

Thursday of the 4th week of Easter 5/7/2020 The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass

Will you be Ready to Swing? Today we hear Paul given the opportunity to share the gospel with the Jews in the Synagogue (Acts 13:13-25). The ball was placed on the tee for him to swing, and swing he did. When our children or grandchildren ask us why they have to go to Mass, will we be ready to swing away?

Wednesday of the 4th week of Easter 5/6/2020 The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass

Tuesday of the 4th week of Easter 5/5/2020 The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass

Monday of the 4th week of Easter 5/4/2020 The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass

What Are We Suppose to Look Like?   Today we hear (Acts 11:19-26) what the early church looked like. Church communities were formed by individuals responding to the gospel. Hearts were pieced and convicted which led to different living from the world. Is that what our parishes look like today? Does Our Lady of Mercy look that way? Father Mark encourages us to be the change when we come back to church.

Sunday of the 4th week of Easter 5/3/2020 The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass

Weak spots in the Wall.  Even though Easter is the celebration of Jesus’ victory over Sin, Death, and Satan, the battle continues. Satan lurks around like a thief, looking for weak spots in our wall in order to break in and cause havoc. Father Mark explains that the Good Shepherd comes with his rod and staff in hand to protect and heal us by His wounds.

Saturday of the 3rd week of Easter 5/2/2020 The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass

Not much has changed.  Not much has changed over the years, difficult teachings of Jesus don’t become less difficult as time goes on. Many leave the church because of church teachings that are hard. Father Mark encourages us to double down, reflect deeply on John 6 with Jesus, continue to believe in, and grow our devotion in Him, in the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist.

Friday of the 3rd week of Easter 5/1/2020 The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass

 

Thursday of the 3rd week of Easter 4/30/2020 The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass

Manna and God’s Initiative.  In today’s gospel, Jesus refers to manna. Father Mark explains how manna was miraculous food given by God to sustain the wandering Israelites. The manna is a prefiguration to Jesus’ own flesh He gives to sustain us on our journey.

Wednesday of the 3rd week of Easter 4/29/2020 The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass

Tuesday of the 3rd week of Easter 4/28/2020 The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass

Stop and Think.  If the crowd would have just stopped and thought, they would have seen the mighty works of God. Father Mark explains how important it is in the spiritual life to ‘stop and think’. We tend to move throughout the day so fast that we don’t realize God’s love for us; we even move fast through prayers, not thinking and expecting the Spirit to come. The gift of the Holy Spirit is always available to us if we would just stop and think. Take a listen. Father Mark gives two challenges to share the gospel to those who are searching for answers in this time of pandemic.

Monday of the 3rd week of Easter 4/27/2020 The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass

Sunday of the 3rd week of Easter 4/26/2020 The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass

What’s Essential Anyways?  Father Mark describes how the locked church doors are an image for modern man casting God as non-essential.  When God is viewed as non-essential, sadness and despair reign. In the Gospel today, the two disciples find themselves saddened before Jesus restores their hope.  Father Mark gives two challenges to share the gospel to those who are searching for answers in this time of pandemic.

Sunday of the 3rd week of Easter 4/26/2020 The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass

What’s Essential Anyways?  Father Mark describes how the locked church doors are an image for modern man casting God as non-essential.  When God is viewed as non-essential, sadness and despair reign. In the Gospel today, the two disciples find themselves saddened before Jesus restores their hope.  Father Mark gives two challenges to share the gospel to those who are searching for answers in this time of pandemic.

Saturday of the 2nd week of Easter 4/25/2020 The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass

Where Are You Being Stingy? The inner life of God is one of self-donating love. The Father pours everything he has into the Son; the Son everything into the Father.
Father Mark explains that we are created to give of ourselves in a move of self-donating love. Where we were once excited to give ourselves as a gift we perhaps have grown stale, stingy. Where are you stingy in making yourself a gift? Relate this to Christ, receive from the Triune God, be refreshed, then be the gift.

Friday of the 2nd week of Easter 4/24/2020 The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass

 

Thursday of the 2nd week of Easter 4/23/2020 The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass

Where Are You Being Stingy? The inner life of God is one of self-donating love. The Father pours everything he has into the Son; the Son everything into the Father.
Father Mark explains that we are created to give of ourselves in a move of self-donating love. Where we were once excited to give ourselves as a gift we perhaps have grown stale, stingy. Where are you stingy in making yourself a gift? Relate this to Christ, receive from the Triune God, be refreshed, then be the gift.

Wednesday of the 2nd week of Easter 4/22/2020 The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass

 

Tuesday of the 2nd week of Easter 4/21/2020 The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass

Don’t be a Nicodemus! In today’s gospel Jesus continues His conversation with Nicodemus. Nicodemus is clueless; his mind is on earthly things where Jesus speaks of heavenly things. Father Mark explains that the spiritual world is incredibly active. Unfortunately, most of us don’t meet Christ throughout the day because we live as practical materialists.

Monday of the 2nd week of Easter 4/20/2020 The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass

 

Sunday of Divine Mercy or Second Sunday of Easter 4/19/2020 The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass

The ABC of God’s Mercy.  Father Don beautifully speaks about God’s deep abiding mercy.  A recognition that we need God’s mercy and that we are to; Ask for His Mercy, Be Merciful and
Completely trust in Jesus.

Saturday of the Octave of Easter 4/18/2020 The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass

Companions of Jesus. Peter and John are recognized by the scribes as companions of Jesus. Father Mark explains that companionship with Jesus is the first step to evangelization and having an impact on our circle of influence.

Friday of the Octave of Easter 4/17/2020 The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass

Thursday of the Octave of Easter 4/16/2020 The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass

When given to Christ, your wounds become a Badge of Honor.  Today we hear from Luke’s account of Jesus appearing to the apostles. Father Mark explains why the resurrected Jesus still has His wounds. May we also be quick to show our wounds to Jesus; they then become a badge of honor to show a hurting world.

Wednesday of the Octave of Easter 4/15/2020 The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass

What is it that prevents us from recognizing the presence of Jesus in our midst?

Tuesday of the Octave of Easter 4/14/2020 The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass

No one calls our name the way Jesus calls our name.  In todays Gospel we encounter Mary Magdalene weeping outside the tomb. She doesn’t recognize the resurrected Christ until she hears Him say her name. Let us take time today to hear Jesus call our name as no one calls our name the way Jesus calls our name.

Monday of the Octave of Easter 4/13/2020 The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass

Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord 4/12/2020  Come See Jesus.  Death was on the mind of Mary Magdalene and the other Mary on the very first Easter morning. Similarly death is on our mind this Easter morning due to the pandemic. Fr. Mark explains that Satan is the ultimate invisible enemy who hold us ransom. Jesus rose from the dead, which means we will not die. Now the invitation is for us to come see Jesus.

Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord 4/12/2020

 

Easter Vigil In the Holy Night 4/12/2020

Empty Tomb Empty Church. Perhaps there is a message in having an empty church, it’s like the empty tomb. We know that Jesus is always present to us in Word and Sacrament. Father Don speaks about how given the circumstances we find ourselves, perhaps God is calling us to recognize the presence of the risen Lord in a different way.

Good Friday 4/10/2020 Celebration of the Passion of the Lord

Why Me?  Why Us?  The groan of Jesus on the cross is echoed a million times every day. When we suffer, we sometimes ask, why me, why us; and God is strangely silent to our inquiries.  Father Don explains that though this is a mystery, God is not silent and in fact God knows and has experienced every physical and mental torment we have ever suffered.

Holy Thursday 4/9/2020 The Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper

We’re Hurting and You’re Hurting.  Father Mark explains how all Priests are hurting during this time being away from their people. Time away from the Eucharist is also causing the laity to hurt. On this Holy Thursday, where we commemorate the institution of the Priesthood and the institution of the Eucharist, Father Mark suggest that in the hurting there can be great spiritual growth and renewal.

Wednesday of Holy Week 4/8/2020 The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass

Tuesday of Holy Week 4/7/2020 The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass

Lean Back into Jesus’ Chest. Father Mark contrasts Peter and John’s reaction in the face of fear. Peter’s fear caused himself to distance himself from Christ. John leaned back into Jesus’ chest. Father Mark encourages us to spend time today imagining ourselves resting our head on Jesus’ chest.

Monday of Holy Week 4/6/2020 The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass

Palm Sunday 4/5/2020 

Center Stage. There is a tragic element to our humanity. Father Mark reflects on how pain and suffering seems to be taking center stage these days. Jesus’ passion and death speaks into the tragedy of our humanity. Father Mark encourages us to watch Jesus closely this week as He takes center stage and goes to work.

Palm Sunday 4/5/2020 The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass

Center Stage. There is a tragic element to our humanity. Father Mark reflects on how pain and suffering seems to be taking center stage these days. Jesus’ passion and death speaks into the tragedy of our humanity. Father Mark encourages us to watch Jesus closely this week as He takes center stage and goes to work.

5th Saturday of Lent 4/4/2020 The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass

A Good Father Keeps His Promises.
Father Mark explains the situation the Israelites find themselves during Babylonian Exile. The prophet Ezekiel gives the people hope by proclaiming God’s outrageous promises.

Take a listen https://bit.ly/2xLKNNC

For further contemplation, here is an accompanying song by Cody Carnes “Run to the Father” https://youtu.be/HcpeLDp0Foo

5th Friday of Lent 4/3/2020 The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass

 

5th Thursday of Lent 4/2/2020 The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass

Never tasting death. If Jesus is God then everything He said is true. Father Mark encourages us to spend time today with the claim Jesus makes in the Gospel today, “Whoever keeps my word will never taste death.”

5th Wednesday of Lent 4/1/2020 The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass

Who you calling “Not Free?!?”  Father Mark reflects on the 8th chapter of the Gospel of John. The Jews take issue with being told they aren’t free. This is our common reaction to Jesus as well. It is only in remaining in Jesus where we find freedom.

5th Tuesday of Lent 3/31/2020 The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass

Healing Gaze at the Cross. As we approach Holy Week, Father Mark exhorts us to gaze at the crucifix for healing. To help with our prayer today, he reads a meditation from Bishop Fulton Sheen.

5th Monday of Lent 3/30/2020 The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass

Don’t Sugar Coat Things. The valley of the shadow of death is a real place; and it can come at us quickly. Using the readings from the day, Father Mark shows why the cross enables us to forge ahead while in the valley.

5th Sunday of Lent 3/29/2020 The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass

What have we allowed to die in us? Martha in her grief, says to Jesus, “Lord, if you had been here.” Jesus, grief stricken as well, then brings his best friend, Lazarus back to life. Father Don’s powerful homily has us face the very same question we may have of Jesus during this time, “Lord, where are you?” He also has us asking ourselves what we should bring before the Lord; what has died in you and me that we need to ask Jesus to bring back to life? To resurrect in us.

4th Saturday of Lent 3/28/2020 The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass

When Darkness Chases You. Satan and Evil are real. There are times in our lives where we especially feel attacked by the Devil. Father Mark proposes three things we can do during those times.

4th Friday of Lent 3/27/2020 The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass

Do what is right. Father Mark reflects on the readings today, how it emphasizes that “many are the troubles of the just man.” Nonetheless, we have the moral obligation to always do what is right, even when it’s not well received.

4th Thursday of Lent 3/26/2020 The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass

Golden Calf—How in the world?  While Moses is absent 40 days on the top of Mt. Sinai, the people grow restless and they begin to worship a golden calf. When God seems distant it is easy for us to grasp for other things to replace Him. We tend to lose moral judgment due to the social mob.

4th Wednesday of Lent 3/25/2020 The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass

Annunciation-The Crazy Impact. As we celebrate the Annunciation of the Lord, Father Mark contrasts the impact of two women; one in the Eden and the other in Nazareth. Our daily ‘yes’ to God also bears great impact on the world.

4th Tuesday of Lent 3/24/2020 The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass

The Weight of Self-Pity. Father Mark recounts Jesus’ conversation with the man who has been ill for 38 years. The man’s problem is that he bemoans in his self-pity. Father Mark gives us three tips to be freed from the weight of self-pity.

4th Monday of Lent 3/23/2020 The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass

Practice Breeds Confidence. Father Mark teaches how important confidence is in the spiritual life. This is a problem for us because our tendency is to place our confidence in ourselves rather than God. Todays Gospel shows the royal officials great confidence in Christ. How can we practice our confidence in God this Lent so as to breed confidence in Him.

4th Sunday of Lent 3/22/2020 The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass

Spiritual Blindness.  Today’s Gospel shows us how sometimes because of our spiritual blindness we don’t pay attention to the important things in life. At the moment, many of us are restricted from leaving the house and therefore in a way are forced to look at our life in a new light. Jesus can use this mess we’re in and make a message out of it.

3rd Saturday of Lent 3/21/2020 The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass

God’s warm and gentle invitation.

3rd Sunday of Lent 3/15/2020 The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass

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3rd Sunday of Lent 2020-3-15 Father Mark – Sunlight into the well?

It is high noon when Jesus encounters the woman at the well, allowing Him to go to the depths of her heart. In the wake of the news on the Coronavirus, Father Mark suggests three things God might be illuminating in our hearts during these difficult and uncertain times.

1st Sunday of Lent 2020-3-1 Father Mark – What is your white noise?

Father Mark introduces the parish’s Lenten theme of “Journey To The Heights.” Lent is to be a journey of transformation to new spiritual heights. He describes two reasons why many people won’t embark on this journey to the heights. If one chooses to go on this journey the first stop is the desert. In the desert we are to identify what our white noise masks so as to grow in intimacy with Christ.

2020-2-23 Bishop Pates and Bishop Conlon – Be Kind and Merciful

Every gift to the Catholic Ministries Annual Appeal (CMAA), large and small, helps us to be kind and merciful because our annual appeal supports 30 vital ministries and 585,080 Catholics in our diocese.

Your gift to the CMAA also touches our parish for it has funded the education of our transitional deacon Senovio and the rest of the 37 seminarians studying to become priests. We will rejoice with Deacon Senovio when he is ordained a priest this coming May!

As well, we will receive a 70% rebate of the funds collected over our goal of $146,700.  Please consider making a gift to the 2020 CMAA and help us surpass our goal again.  Thank you.

2020-1-26 Father Mark – Be Salt. Be Light. Be a Game Changer.

The world is in desperate need of Game Changers to give flavor to a world that has lost flavor, to cast light into a world that has become really dark.
And so Father Mark exhorts us to be salt, be light, be a Game Changer by doing the corporal works of mercy to have an impact in the world.
Food pantry/homeless shelter https://bit.ly/2tPhDeZ
St. Vincent De Paul https://bit.ly/2OIdjW0

2020-1-26 Father Mark – The Bible is Truth, Power, and Life!

Father Mark describes how the Bible gives us truth, power, and life.  The Truth, Power and Life that moved the Apostles to drop their nets is the same Truth, Power, and Life that is at our fingertips in the scriptures. Read the Bible and receive Truth, Power, and Life!

Bible Resources

2020-1-12 Father Mark Feast of the Baptism of the Lord – Crush It! By Knowing Your WHY!

The doctrine of divinization means we should be crushing it more than anyone else! Father Mark explains that our baptism gives us our WHY on HOW we are to live. The aim is for us all to become saints!

#tryalpha

2020-1-6 Father Don Feast of the Epiphany – A Blessing and A Call to Journey!

Father Don sheds light on two things for us on the Feast of Epiphany.
1. Epiphany is a call to journey. Just like the star that lead the 3 Kings to a life-changing encounter with Jesus, ponder on being open to what that star could be in your life.
2. Take part in the annual blessing of your home which places God at the entrance of your home and your entire family under His protection. Using the initials of the names of the 3 Kings Caspar, Melchior and Balthasar, inscribe on the door posts as follows 20 + C + M + B + 20 which means Christus Mansionem Benedicat—May Christ bless this house.
We encourage you to post pictures of your door posts below if you wish.

2019-12-29 Father Mark Feast of the Holy Family – Identify the threat, and act!

On the feast of the Holy Family Father Mark mentions that nothing is more important for a strong family than a strong marriage. Marriage is under attack today and its important for couples not to wait to seek help in their marriage. Couples need to seek out marriage enrichment opportunities to strengthen their marriage and family.
Sign up for Marriage Tune Up

2019-12-25 Father Mark Christmas Day – No one schemes the way God does

Father Mark shows that on no day is God’s scheming more apparent than on Christmas.

 

2019-12-15 Father Mark 3rd Sunday of Advent – Confession & the Eucharist

Father Mark reflects on why it is so many Catholics don’t go to the sacrament of reconciliation. He shows the relationship between confession and the Eucharist. To help alleviate fear around going to confession he offers tips on how to make a good confession.

Confession Resources

2019-12-01 Father Mark 1st Sunday of Advent – You Snooze You Lose

Father Mark looks at how St. Paul might encourage us to prepare during this Advent season.

—It is time to wake up from our moral and spiritual slumber.

—It is time to clean up and notice what smells in our life. What keeps us from looking more like Jesus?

—It is time to dress up by “putting on the Lord Jesus Christ.” Father Mark suggests implementing 2 ancient Spiritual Disciplines in framing our day with spending 10 minutes in the morning reflecting on the daily Gospel reading and in the evening using the Examen Prayer.

Bishop Barron’s Daily Gospel Reflections

Examen Prayer

2019-11-17 Father Mark 33rd Sunday of Ordinary Time – God Is 100% Mercy & 100% Just at the same time

Father Mark expounds on God’s attribute of being 100% mercy and 100% just at the same time.

He gives us 3 pitfalls to avoid when pondering God’s judgement with perfect mercy and perfect justice.

1. Don’t think yourself the judge.
2. Don’t take sin too lightly.
3. Don’t live as though your judgement is far off.

2019-11-03 Father Mark 31st Sunday of Ordinary Time – God Is Relentlessly Pursuing You

Relentless | God’s Pursuit
For the conclusion of the “Relentless” preaching series Fr. Mark discusses how God relentlessly pursues us. Fr. Mark considers two reasons why most people often have a hard time believing this reality. How will you respond today to God’s relentless pursuit of you?

2019-10-27 Deacon Senovio 30th Sunday of Ordinary Time -Relentlessly Participating in God’s Power

Relentless | Deacon Senovio continues the 2nd of the Relentless three week preaching series with a deeper look at ways we participate in God’s power through our sanctity.

Deacon Senovio lays out the framework of St. Paul’s winning formula of prayer, fasting, and Scripture all in the Name of Jesus and whatever vocation we are in, to give ourselves completely in the Name of Jesus.

2019-10-20 Fr Mark 29th Sunday of Ordinary Time -Relentlessly engaging, relentlessly praying

Relentless | Father Mark starts out the 3 week preaching series exhorting us to examine why being relentless is an essential trait to have in the Christian life.

Father Mark suggests that Exodus 17 offers a two-part formula in facing and overcoming obstacles in life: we need to engage and persevere in prayer.

2019-09-29 Fr Mark 26th Sunday of Ordinary Time – Raising Our Eyes To See The Poor

Father Mark encourages us this week to “raise our eyes” and see the poor. Not caring for the poor in God’s eyes is a major offense; an offense against God Himself.

God’s eyes are always on the poor. Are yours? Do you see them?

A couple suggestions for us.
1. St. Vincent de Paul (SVDP). Participate in the next SVDP clothing drive. Volunteer at the SDVP Ministry.
2. Public Action to Deliver Shelter (PADS). Please consider grabbing a food tag from the PADS board.
3. Hesed House a homeless shelter. Please consider helping by serving a meal, they are in dire need of volunteers.

Don’t be like the rich man who did nothing to help, take action and contact the parish office at 630-851-3444 | parishoffice@olmercy.com

2019-09-15 Fr Mark 24th Sunday of Ordinary Time – Vision & Values

Father Mark’s Vision & Values Homily exhorts us to think of the following.

Proverbs 29 says that without a vision the people will perish. And in the parable of the Prodigal Son in this Sunday’s Gospel, Jesus left the parable open ended because He is asking us whether or not we are going to buy into God’s surprising vision of relentlessly seeking the lost, seeking those who are not of the fold.

And so it is also open ended for us as well, whether or not we will buy into God’s bold vision that He has given Our Lady of Mercy.

Will you buy into God’s bold vision for our parish; that is,
to offer every person a life-changing encounter with Jesus, grow disciples, and send them on mission.

2019-09-08 Fr Mark 23rd Sunday of Ordinary Time – How Soft Are You?

Father Mark proposes that Jesus is inviting us to check our softness barometer. How soft are you?

Luke 14:25-33 urges us to examine 3 things as we gauge our softness barometer:
— Don’t be soft by not putting Him first.
— Don’t be soft by not making a decision.
— Don’t be soft by not feeling the cost.

2019-08-25 Fr Mark 21st Sunday of Ordinary Time – I Got You

Father Mark encouraged all of us to stop and listen in order to hear cries for help; to look to see who is going under, to see who is drowning. Identify them and invite them to Alpha beginning the week of Sept 8th. Show them that Jesus is the way out of the riptide.

Maybe you find yourself bobbing above and below water right now; maybe you’ve begun to take on water. Jesus is the way out of the riptide. https://olmercy.com/alpha/

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