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He said to them in reply, “My mother and my brothers are those who hear the word of God and act on it.”

Luke 8:21

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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!

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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.
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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/