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.

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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
      concerns.
    • 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.
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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.

MAMA’S GRACE GROW GROUP

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.

CONSUMING FIRE YOUNG ADULT GROW GROUP

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.

SALT AND LIGHT GROW GROUP
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.

VINE & BRANCHES GROW GROUP

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

GROW YOUR FAITH

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.

WORD ON FIRE

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

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.  

THE CATHOLIC GENTLEMAN

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

HEROIC MEN

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

AQUINAS 101 FREE COURSES

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.

PINTS WITH AQUINAS PODCAST

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.


PASTORAL CARE

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

RESTORE

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.

MOMS WALKING WITH MOMS IN NEED

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

FAITH BUDDIES

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


CONFERENCES

2024 SUMMER SCRIPTURE CONFERENCE 6/5 – 6/8

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.

2024 WORD ON FIRE CONFERENCE 8/2 – 8/4

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.

GOOD NEWS CONFERENCE 8/30 – 9/1

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

May 12, 2024 | Parish Update

May 12, 2024 | Parish Update

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

View the full posting at our Flocknote email (don’t forget to join so you can receive the update via email).


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

    I’ve known a lot of foolish people in my life; in particular, I’ve known many foolish women. I should probably rephrase that. I’ve known many women who have loved greatly. Have you ever noticed that from the outside looking in, those who love seem to act foolishly? We see an example of this in our faith, as the Apostles left everything behind because of their love for the Lord. And we also see this “foolishness” in our daily lives. In my own vocation, I’ve had people ask me about choosing the celibate life of a priest, only seeing it as something that is foolish. Of course, my response is that it is not foolishness, but really a response to love, for the sake of the Lord and his people, and only possible with God’s grace to respond to the call. 

     As we celebrate mother’s day, and a month dedicated to our Blessed Mother, I thought I would honor the “foolish” women in my life who loved radically. To my Grandmother, who allowed her husband to move to the United States to work for two years before reuniting with their 4 children. To my mother, who was engaged to another man, called off the wedding the night before, only to accept my Dad’s proposal three weeks later. To my sister, who after being firmly established in her practice and field, found a man online, picked up her life, and moved across the country to follow her heart and started a family of her own. From the outside looking in, these actions may seem foolish, but if you know their stories, you can see how greatly these women loved! 

     I’ve also been lucky to know friends who have left everything to join religious communities: from my friend Sister Joshua Marie, who left Notre Dame her sophomore year (a sin to the Irish I’m sure) to pursue a life with the Missionaries of Charity (St. Mother Theresa’s order), to my friend Mother Marie Benedicta of the Cross, who after college decided to join the Carmelites in the Des Plaines cloister. (Meaning that she is never able to leave and is called to live a life of continual prayer) I look up to these women, and am grateful for their example of how to love. 

     As we crown our Blessed Mother this weekend and celebrate Mother’s Day, I think it is only fitting to honor those who have loved so greatly, that to the world it seems foolish. May we be inspired by their “foolish” acts of love. May our Blessed Mother continue to bless us, guide us, and encourage us as we respond to her son, our Lord Jesus’ Christ and his beautiful call to bring the faith to all we meet. In the eyes of the world, our actions will look foolish but we know that it is all worth it because we are in love.

Fr Michael 

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

Healing the Whole Person Register Now 5/13

  • 𝗘𝗺𝗯𝗮𝗿𝗸 𝗼𝗻 𝗮𝗻 𝟴-𝘄𝗲𝗲𝗸 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.

    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

Mondays with Monica and Augustine on Monday 5/13

  • Join Mondays With Monica And Augustine Prayer Group at 7:30pm in the Church to pray “The Way of the Cross for Loved Ones Who Have Left the Faith.” 
  • Let’s come together to uplift our family and friends who have strayed from the faith. Your presence and prayers can make a profound impact. We kindly request registration to ensure an ample supply of prayer books, yet we warmly welcome walk-ins as well. Proceed here for details and registration.

Consuming Fire Young Adult Grow Group on Tuesday 5/14

  • 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

Bible Study on the Book of Revelation 5/14

  • On Tuesday evenings at 7pm through June 11, the Bible Study on the book of Revelation.  We will use the Ascension Press “Revelation: The Kingdom Yet to Come” study guide and video.  Please purchase the study guide online at the link below.  As Easter culminates in the coming of Jesus and His Kingdom, we’ll dive deep into the second coming.  Join us for this Book of good news and learn more about our mass through the revelation of John.
  • Register for the study here.  Purchase study guide here

SoulCore Continues on Wednesday 5/15

  • All women are invited to SoulCore on Wednesday evenings at 6:30pm to nourish body and soul through prayer, core strengthening and functional movements. This Easter season we will be praying the Glorious Mysteries.
    In May, SoulCore is holding a fitness challenge that women can take part in called “Movement for Mary” commit to 30 minutes of movement per day (your choice…cardio, strength or stretch) and pray at least one decade of the rosary each day. The focus is on different titles of Mary.  Each week you’ll receive an email containing 5 SoulCore Rosary single decade videos, with movements and reflection to accompany each title, you can sign up to take part in this challenge here.
  • Let us know you are attending, register here or just show up with a work-out mat, bottle of water and wear comfortable clothing on Wednesdays at 6:15pm so we can start at 6:30pm on May 15, and 22.

Catholic Charities Mobile Food Pantry 5/15

  • The Mobile Food Pantry is on Wednsday 5/15 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!

Last Night of the 7 Great Dates on Friday 5/17

  • It’s not too late to join the last date night on 5/17 about Love in Action! Drawing on the work of Dr. Gary Chapman, this date night looks at five main ways of expressing and receiving love—through words, time, touch, presents, and actions. Couples discover which expression of love is most important for their spouse and how they can put this into practice. 
  • Take this opportunity to invest in the flourishing of your relationship. We hope to see you on Friday 5/17th, register now at the following link

Knights of Columbus Blood Drive 5/18

  • Donate blood on Saturday 5/18 from 8am to 12pm at the Knights of Columbus Council #12005 Blood Drive. Every donor will save up to 3 lives!  
  • While appointments are greatly appreciated, walk-ins are welcome. You can register ahead of time at this link:
    https://donate.illinois.versiti.org/…/drive…/5607549
  • Please make sure to eat a healthy meal and drink plenty of water before donating. Also please bring a photo ID.

Faith Formation End of the Year Picnic 5/18

  • All families participating in our enriching Family Faith Formation programs from K to 12th grade are invited to the Year End Picnic following the 4pm Mass on Saturday, 5/18th celebrating a wonderful year of family faith formation.

Meet & Greet Gathering 5/19

  • 𝟱/𝟭𝟵 @ 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 5/19 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!

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 Alex Baier who is looking forward to hearing from you; email him at abaier823@gmail.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

St. Peregrine & St. Dymphna Prayer Service 5/21

  • For those with cancer, serious or chronic illnesses, and their caregivers, come to the St. Peregrine Prayer Service on Tuesday 5/21 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. The feast day of St. Peregrine is May 4. St. Dymphna is the patron saint of stress, anxiety, and mental health. The feast day of St. Dymphna is May 15.

Magnify Adoration 5/29    

  • Our monthly MAGNIFY is on Wednesday 5/29 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.
  • A quick note on worship/singing to Jesus.  Have you noticed how uplifted, less burdened you are after singing to Jesus at MAGNIFY? God has designed our bodies so perfectly that when you sing, blood is pumped through your body which stimulates the production of three great hormones and suppresses one bad hormone. The three good hormones include endorphins and dopamine, which promote relaxation and well-being. And the other good hormone is oxytocin, which is the hormone that is produced when a mother sings to their baby, or when you lovingly look at your dog.  It is the hormone of belonging, of community, of cohesion, of goodwill towards your fellow human beings.
    The bad hormone, that is suppressed when you sing, is cortisol which is produced in the body when we are stressed and singing is a natural de-stressing agent. In essence, singing to Jesus at MAGNIFY not only uplifts our spirits but also positively impacts our physical well-being. We hope to see you on 5/29.

Rummage Sale Donations Accepted Starting 6/1

  • Take part in the Annual Rummage Sale by donating items or purchasing items
    • Donated Items Drop Off
      • 6/1 – 6/2 Saturday & Sunday after all Mass times drop off in Room 124A/B
      • 6/3 – 6/5 Monday through Wednesdays 11am through 7pm
            drop off in the Parish Life Center.
    • Donations Requested (Please note, all items must be in GOOD condition)
      • Clothing must have no stains or holes (Please safety pin pieces of outfits together!!)
      • All electrical/battery operated items must be in working condition.
      • We’ll take books, clothing, household items, small appliances, knick-knacks, toys, bikes (no flat tires), puzzles, artwork, small furniture, etc.
      • PLEASE do not send things that are in disrepair and unusable.
      • No mattresses, TVs, or old computers or monitors will be accepted.
        (All items not sold will be donated to the SVDP society.)
    • Take Part in the Sale 
      (All proceeds from the sale benefit the Teen Summer Mission Trip!)
      • Friday 6/7 from 9am to 4pm
      • Saturday 6/8 from 9am to 5:30pm
      • Sunday 6/9 from 8am to 2pm after the Masses

Corpus Christi Eucharistic Procession 6/2

  • SAVE THE DATE. Let us gather together bearing witness to our love of our Lord Jesus in the Holy Eucharist by walking with Him at the Corpus Christi Procession on Sunday immediately following the 12pm Mass.

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 Saturday, 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!

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!

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

  • 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

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 May is titled “Valuing Life, No Matter Where You Live” 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.

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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
      concerns.
    • 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.
  • 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.

A MOTHER’S HEART GROW GROUP

Mission. A Mother’s Heart is a group for Catholic mothers with children ages 0-11 who are seeking to journey with other like-minded women of faith.  Following the example of St. Thérèse of Lisieux, we strive to imitate her “little way” of growing in holiness through the lenses of motherhood and family.

Website. Proceed here for details.

Meets. 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 Lydia Schmitt lydiadschmitt@gmail.com for any questions.

CONSUMING FIRE YOUNG ADULT GROW GROUP

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.

SALT AND LIGHT GROW GROUP
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.

VINE & BRANCHES GROW GROUP

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

GROW YOUR FAITH

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

Check it out HERE

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. There is also Family Content: Enjoy and share family-favorite audio from the series Brother Francis and the Jesus Stories.  Please enjoy this latest offering from the Augustine Institute.

HALLOW – A CATHOLIC PRAYER & MEDITATION APP  Hallow is a Catholic prayer & meditation app that helps users deepen their relationship with God through contemplative prayer and strengthen one’s mental health in the process. Easy-to-use, audio-guided sessions anywhere from 1 to 60 minutes long. Pray your own way with a personalized prayer plan pulling from 3,000+ unique sessions including the Lectio Divina on the Daily Gospel, Rosary, Examen, Night Prayer, Calm & Humility “Praylists” and much more. Hallow Light is free. Hallow Plus is $5 per month ($60 per year). Sign up for either one here.

WORD ON FIRE

Explore the goodness, truth, and beauty of the faith!

Did you know that you have complete access to Bishop Barron’s Word on Fire ENGAGE video library!   Check out this link to watch any of the videos whenever you want without ever having to login.

Not sure where to start? How about checking out the short 5 episode series on The Eucharist This fresh look at the Eucharist brings to light its reality as sacred meal, the sacrifice necessary for communion with God, and the real presence of Christ.

BLESSED IS SHE

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

THE CATHOLIC GENTLEMAN

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

HEROIC MEN

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, too, for quality Catholic content on the go.  Get it all—for FREE – at HeroicMen.com

AQUINAS 101 FREE COURSES

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.

PINTS WITH AQUINAS PODCAST

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.


PASTORAL CARE

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

RESTORE

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.

MOMS WALKING WITH MOMS IN NEED

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

FAITH BUDDIES

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

faith. Checkout the podcast here.


CONFERENCES

2024 SUMMER SCRIPTURE CONFERENCE 6/5 – 6/8

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.

2024 WORD ON FIRE CONFERENCE 8/2 – 8/4

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.

May 1, 2024 | Parish Update

May 1, 2024 | Parish Update

A hard question. Green & Fair Trade Fair. An Evening with Mother Mary on 5/11. And May Gatherings.

View the full posting at our Flocknote email (don’t forget to join so you can receive the update via email).


    What does it mean to be a disciple? In today’s first reading, it is Saul’s boldness in Christ that makes the other Christians finally acknowledge him as a disciple. That boldness is a quality we are also called to have.

     In the second reading, we hear of Jesus’ commandment to believe in him and love one another as he commanded us. This commandment has two features, which we might be tempted to separate into two commandments, but it is a singular directive. We are told that our faith should bear fruit in our works, especially in the way we love others. Our faith should find expression in our actions. To believe in Christ is to entrust yourself to Christ. It would be odd to believe in Christ and not obey him. Rather, to not obey would shed light on an area in yourself that Christ needs to be brought into, and that other brothers and sisters should be consulted about. Therefore, the disciples of Christ obey his commandments, and that obedience is proof of their faith.

    The Gospel continues with the imagery of vines, branches, fruit, and pruning. Jesus makes the point through this imagery that it is impossible to grow in holiness without also producing good fruit for others. The Gospel takes a frightening turn when it says that anyone who does not remain in Christ will be thrown into a fire like dead branches! As previously mentioned, faith and works go together as one. Thus, believing in Christ but refusing to do anything he asks us to do for our own good is the same as rejecting Christ. Perhaps we are not rejecting him entirely, but the invitation is to completely surrender ourselves to Christ and trust in him. In the same respect, he has already given himself entirely to us. The disciple is, therefore, dependent on Jesus and his grace. This leads to a deep unity, which bears much fruit.

     As a man who has committed himself to Christ, is seeking to be his disciple, and strives to make others his disciples, this Gospel reminded me of many of the fears I had when surrendering to God and entering priestly formation. One of the fears I had was that in configuring myself to Christ, I would become a different person. Perhaps I would become a priest who prays abundantly, but has little personality left afterwards. While I have changed in many respects, the Lord has pruned certain aspects of my life to make me more fruitful. All those moments of pruning and letting go of things has resulted in deep happiness. I am becoming who God truly created me to be. It is when I begin to reach for that which has been pruned away, that I often lose my peace. My invitation today is to ask Jesus a hard question: “Jesus, are you asking me to do something in order to love you more?”

Jonathan 

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

7 Great Dates on Friday 5/3

  • The 7 Great Dates aka the Marriage Course is a series of 7 sessions encompassed with food, talk, and private discussion between the couple only. Each session features leading experts, teaching content, and stories from around the globe.
  • Although each date night builds upon the previous night, couples are welcome to join at any time. Each date night is also designed to be enjoyed independently from the previous date night. Take this opportunity to invest in the flourishing of your relationship. Secure your place now and prioritize the enrichment of your marriage at the following link
  • Fridays from 6:30pm to 8:30pm through May 17th.
  • Upcoming date nights are 5/3 The Impact of Family, 5/10 Good Sex, and 5/17 Love in Action.

First Friday and First Saturday 5/3 & 5/4

  • 𝗟𝗲𝘁 𝘂𝘀 𝗯𝗲 𝗶𝗻 𝗽𝗿𝗮𝘆𝗲𝗿 𝗮𝘁 𝗮𝗻𝘆 𝗼𝗳 𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗴𝗿𝗲𝗮𝘁 𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗺𝘂𝗻𝗮𝗹 𝗽𝗿𝗮𝘆𝗲𝗿 𝗱𝗲𝘃𝗼𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀!
    This Friday and Saturday, all are invited to join the First Friday of Reparation and the Communal First Saturday!  
  • On First Fridays:
    • Confession immediately following the 8am Mass
    • Respect Life 1st Friday Devotion: The Respect Life Ministry invites you to stand and silently pray in front of Waterleaf Women’s Center on May 3rd. Prayer warriors are needed for one hour shifts 7 am – 4 pm to change hearts and save lives. For more information, please call Lisa at (630) 236-3310
    • In addition to the daily 8am Mass time, there will be an additional Mass at 12pm
  • On First Saturdays:
    • The First Saturday Devotion after the 8:30am Mass
    • Saturday Confessions are from 9:30am to 10:30am and also
      from 1:30pm to 2:30pm

Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat 5/3 thru 5/5

  • If you are suffering from grief after having had an abortion, remember that God always offers forgiveness. Nothing is unforgivable and the Church is the hospital of healing. Just as the father ran to the prodigal son when he came home, so too is God waiting with open arms to receive you back home!
  • Rachel’s Vineyard weekend retreats offer a beautiful opportunity for healing to any woman or man who has struggled with the emotional or spiritual pain of an abortion.
  • For more information, and to register, please proceed here: https://www.diojoliet.org/w/rachel-s-vineyard-retreat

PADS Board Drop-Off 5/4 & 5/5

  • The OLM PADS/Hesed House Board is now on display in the Atrium (Door B Entrance). The board contains a “wish-list” of items used to prepare meals for 250 guests at the Hesed House homeless shelter, on the first Tuesday of each month. Drop-off for all items are before all Masses this weekend, May 4th and 5th. Monetary donations can be made via the OLM Online Giving Portal (please specify donation is for Hesed House), or make checks payable to Our Lady of Mercy Church, and write on the memo “Hesed House-PADS”. Thank you for supporting our mission of mercy.

First Communion Masses 5/4 & 5/5

  • Let us be in prayer for our parish children who will be receiving Jesus for the first time in the Holy Eucharist this weekend, on Saturday May 4th at 11am and Sunday, May 5th at 2:30pm. 

Green Fair and Fair Trade Sale on Donut Sunday 5/5

  • Join us at the PLC after the 8am and 10am Masses on Sunday, May 5th, for a morning of delicious donuts, freshly brewed coffee, and warm fellowship. Plus, don’t miss the annual Green Fair happening simultaneously, where you can learn about environmental sustainability and ways to make a difference in our community and world. Also explore fair trade items such as jewelry, household items, coffee, baskets from Ten Thousand Villages and support artisans worldwide. It’s a morning you won’t want to miss—come for the treats, stay for the impact!

Mondays with Monica and Augustine on Monday 5/6

  • Join Mondays With Monica And Augustine Prayer Group at 7:30pm in the Church to pray “The Way of the Cross for Loved Ones Who Have Left the Faith.” 
  • Let’s come together to uplift our family and friends who have strayed from the faith. Your presence and prayers can make a profound impact. We kindly request registration to ensure an ample supply of prayer books, yet we warmly welcome walk-ins as well. Proceed here for details and registration.

Consuming Fire Young Adult Grow Group on Tuesday 5/7

  • 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

Monthly Grief Group “What We Can Learn from Mary While Grieving” 5/7

  • Experiencing the loss of a loved one is a difficult journey. Our Lady of Mercy is offering a monthly supportive place for participants ages 18 and older living with grief to be together in a faith community to find healing and hope.
  • Come to our session “What We Can Learn from Mary While Grieving” on Tuesday, 5/7 from 1pm to 2:30pm in Room 217
  • Registration is requested- Connect with Jolene Leroy at 331-707-5380 to RSVP or for questions.

Bible Study on the Book of Revelation 5/8

  • On Tuesday evenings at 7pm through June 11, the Bible Study on the book of Revelation.  We will use the Ascension Press “Revelation: The Kingdom Yet to Come” study guide and video.  Please purchase the study guide online at the link below.  As Easter culminates in the coming of Jesus and His Kingdom, we’ll dive deep into the second coming.  Join us for this Book of good news and learn more about our mass through the revelation of John.
  • Register for the study here.  Purchase study guide here

SoulCore Continues on Wednesday 5/8

  • All women are invited to SoulCore on Wednesday evenings at 6:30pm to nourish body and soul through prayer, core strengthening and functional movements. This Easter season we will be praying the Glorious Mysteries.
    In May, SoulCore is holding a fitness challenge that women can take part in called “Movement for Mary” commit to 30 minutes of movement per day (your choice…cardio, strength or stretch) and pray at least one decade of the rosary each day. The focus is on different titles of Mary.  Each week you’ll receive an email containing 5 SoulCore Rosary single decade videos, with movements and reflection to accompany each title, you can sign up to take part in this challenge here.
  • Let us know you are attending, register here or just show up with a work-out mat, bottle of water and wear comfortable clothing on Wednesdays at 6:15pm so we can start at 6:30pm on May 1, 8, 15, and 22.

An Introduction to Catholic Social Teaching 5/8

  • “Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.” (Matthew 25:40)What. Through prayer, reflection, and discussion we will become familiar with the social teachings of the Catholic Church.When. Part 1 on 5/8 and Part 2 on 5/15 from 6:30pm – 8:30 pmWhere. Room 114 of the PLCWho. Opened to anyone who is interested.  Sponsored by the OLM St. Vincent de Paul Society and the OLM Peace and SocialJustice Ministry.How. Please register by 4/28 by emailing Amy Milller at mt.al.miller@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 Alex Baier who is looking forward to hearing from you; email him at abaier823@gmail.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 and 3pm.  
  • 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

Aurora Day of Service 5/11

  • Teens from the LIGHT youth ministry program at OLM are hosting a Day of Service in the community!
  • This summer, some of us are traveling for mission work in the Winchester, Kentucky area. To help with the cost of the trip, we’re asking you to put us to work…for YOU!
  • HOW DOES IT WORK? It’s rather simple. Think of an outdoor job you simply don’t have the time or the desire to do, such as mulching, weeding, fence painting, yard clean-up, etc. Fill out the slip at the link below and return it to OLM by May 5th.   You will receive a call a few days later to confirm the job and location….and at the designated time (we arrange transportation), “SUPERTEENS” will arrive to do the work on May 11th!
  • CLICK HERE for more information & registration 

May Crowning at 4pm Mass 5/11

  • On Saturday May 11th at 4pm, a crown of flowers for Mary is brought up in procession and then placed on her statue by several of our first communion children. This beautiful tradition honors the Blessed Virgin Mary in her role as mother to everybody.

An Evening with Mother Mary 5/11

  • You and your family are invited to a special celebration in honor of our heavenly mother on Saturday 5/11th after the 4pm Mass, from 5:15pm to 6:45PM in the gym with supper.
  • Please RSVP at this link and connect with Justin Reyes reyeshj17@gmail.com for any questions.

Pick Up a Baby Bottle for Life 5/11 & 5/12

  • 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.

Catholic Charities Mobile Food Pantry 5/15

  • The Mobile Food Pantry is on Wednsday 5/15 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!

Meet & Greet Gathering 5/19

  • 𝟱/𝟭𝟵 @ 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 5/19 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!

St. Peregrine & St. Dymphna Prayer Service 5/21

  • For those with cancer, serious or chronic illnesses, and their caregivers, come to the St. Peregrine Prayer Service on Tuesday 5/21 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. The feast day of St. Peregrine is May 4. St. Dymphna is the patron saint of stress, anxiety, and mental health. The feast day of St. Dymphna is May 15. 

Magnify Adoration 5/29    

  • Our monthly MAGNIFY is on Wednesday 5/29 when we host a night of adoration in the church with praise and worship by Josh Goodman. After a 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.
  • A quick note on worship/singing to Jesus.  Have you noticed how uplifted, less burdened you are after singing to Jesus at MAGNIFY? God has designed our bodies so perfectly that when you sing, blood is pumped through your body which stimulates the production of three great hormones and suppresses one bad hormone. The three good hormones include endorphins and dopamine, which promote relaxation and well-being. And the other good hormone is oxytocin, which is the hormone that is produced when a mother sings to their baby, or when you lovingly look at your dog.  It is the hormone of belonging, of community, of cohesion, of goodwill towards your fellow human beings.
    The bad hormone, that is suppressed when you sing, is cortisol which is produced in the body when we are stressed and singing is a natural de-stressing agent. In essence, singing to Jesus at MAGNIFY not only uplifts our spirits but also positively impacts our physical well-being. We hope to see you on 5/29.

Corpus Christi Eucharistic Procession 6/2

  • SAVE THE DATE. Let us gather together bearing witness to our love of our Lord Jesus in the Holy Eucharist by walking with Him at the Corpus Christi Procession on Sunday immediately following the 12pm Mass. 

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.

2024-2025 Faith Formation Registration is now OPEN!

Knights of Columbus 2024 College Scholarship 

  • Applications for the 2024 Robert H Weaver Knights of Columbus College Scholarship program are now being accepted through Saturday, 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

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 April is titled “Faith-Inspired Movies” 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.

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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
      concerns.
    • 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.
  • 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.

A MOTHER’S HEART GROW GROUP

Mission. A Mother’s Heart is a group for Catholic mothers with children ages 0-11 who are seeking to journey with other like-minded women of faith.  Following the example of St. Thérèse of Lisieux, we strive to imitate her “little way” of growing in holiness through the lenses of motherhood and family.

Website. Proceed here for details.

Meets. 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 Lydia Schmitt lydiadschmitt@gmail.com for any questions.

CONSUMING FIRE YOUNG ADULT GROW GROUP

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.

SALT AND LIGHT GROW GROUP
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.

VINE & BRANCHES GROW GROUP

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

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Not sure where to start? How about checking out the short 5 episode series on The Eucharist This fresh look at the Eucharist brings to light its reality as sacred meal, the sacrifice necessary for communion with God, and the real presence of Christ.

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AQUINAS 101 FREE COURSES

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.

PINTS WITH AQUINAS PODCAST

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.


PASTORAL CARE

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

RESTORE

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.

MOMS WALKING WITH MOMS IN NEED

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

FAITH BUDDIES

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

faith. Checkout the podcast here.


CONFERENCES

2024 WORD ON FIRE CONFERENCE 8/2 – 8/4

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.

April 14, 2024 | Parish Update

April 14, 2024 | Parish Update

Confessions. St. Vincent de Paul Meeting and SoulCore on Wednesday. Faith Formation Open House after all Mass times this weekend.

View the full posting at our Flocknote email (don’t forget to join so you can receive the update via email).


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

        From our daily confessions, which are many, to our week long confessions during the 5th week of Lent, our long Holy week confession lines, and our Divine Mercy service confessions, you would think that as a priest I would say, “Ok, no more confessions please!” However, I know that I will always both promote, and seek out the beautiful Sacrament myself. This is not only because it has a tremendous impact on my life, or because I’ve been consecrated as a priest of Jesus Christ to offer the Sacrament and forgiveness of sins. At an even more fundamental level, our Gospel today points out that repentance and forgiveness of sins is the foundation of our Church, and needs to be proclaimed to the whole world (cf. Luke 24:47).

      In our first reading from the Acts of the Apostles, St. Peter recounts our Lord’s Passion to the crowds gathering after he performed a healing in the temple. He recalls the Israelite people choosing Barabbas, a murderer, over Jesus. What was St. Peter doing? He was encouraging those listening to “repent so that there can be forgiveness of sins” (cf. Acts 3:19). Barabbas has an interesting meaning in Scripture. Bar means “son of” and Abba means “father.” Hence, Israelite people were making a choice: which son of the father they would follow. Will they follow Barabbas, who followed his selfish passions, or Jesus, who surrenders himself completely as a self-gift?

      This same choice is offered to us every day. How many of us choose our own selfish desires over that of a sacrificial love like our Lord? And if we choose selfishness, what should our response be? Well, as the readings and Gospel point out, we need to repent (again) and receive the forgiveness of our sins (again)! 

      As we journey in our faith together, can I encourage you to see the Sacrament of Reconciliation as a gift that the Lord desires you to receive? It is not a punishment, but a reception of great joy and love. The Lord is patient with us and always merciful. He is moving us by His grace to grow ever closer to him in this Sacrament. In receiving his mercy and love, we are able to respond in mercy and love to the world. Even with all our scheduled confessions times, as your pastor, I will always be open to finding more opportunities for the Sacrament of Reconciliation to be celebrated and received. 

Fr. Michael

For reference, below is our current Confession schedule.

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


SoulCore resumes 4/17

  • All women are invited to SoulCore on Wednesday evenings at 6:30pm to nourish body and soul through prayer, core strengthening and functional movements. This Easter season we will be praying the Glorious Mysteries.
    In May, SoulCore is holding a fitness challenge that women can take part in called “Movement for Mary” commit to 30 minutes of movement per day (your choice…cardio, strength or stretch) and pray at least one decade of the rosary each day. The focus is on different titles of Mary.  Each week you’ll receive an email containing 5 SoulCore Rosary single decade videos, with movements and reflection to accompany each title, you can sign up to take part in this challenge here.
  • Let us know you are attending, register here or just show up with a work-out mat, bottle of water and wear comfortable clothing on Wednesdays at 6:15pm so we can start at 6:30pm on April 17, May 1, 8, 15, and 22.

St Vincent de Paul Society 4/17

  • Come and find out more about the St. Vincent de Paul Society on Wednesday April 17th at 7pm. 
  • 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
      concerns.
    • 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. Come to our next meeting is Wednesday April 17 at 7pm.
  • 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.

7 Great Dates Continues on Friday 4/19

  • The 7 Great Dates aka the Marriage Course is a series of 7 sessions encompassed with food, talk, and private discussion between the couple only. Each session features leading experts, teaching content, and stories from around the globe.
  • Although each date night builds upon the previous night, 𝙘𝙤𝙪𝙥𝙡𝙚𝙨 𝙖𝙧𝙚 𝙬𝙚𝙡𝙘𝙤𝙢𝙚 𝙩𝙤 𝙟𝙤𝙞𝙣 𝙖𝙩 𝙖𝙣𝙮 𝙩𝙞𝙢𝙚, even if they missed the first one. Each date night is also designed to be enjoyed independently from the previous date night. Take this opportunity to invest in the flourishing of your relationship. Secure your place now and prioritize the enrichment of your marriage at the following link
  • Fridays from 6:30pm to 8:30pm through May 17th.
  • Upcoming date nights are 4/19 Resolving Conflicts, 4/26 The Power of Forgiveness, 5/3 The Impact of Family, 5/10 Good Sex, and 5/17 Love in Action.


Joliet Youth Day Registration Deadline 4/21st 

  • Joliet Youth Day is for 8th through 12th grade teens! This one-day conference is a great way to grow in our Catholic faith alongside other teens from our Diocese! Join Bishop Ronald Hicks and others for this fun, active, and prayerful experience designed for the young Church!
  • More information and the registration packet can be found HERE


Fit Shepherds on Wednesday and Saturday mornings

  • To all men, in this time of renewed dedication to fitness, consider joining Fit Shepherds—a unique fusion of physical and spiritual growth. Join us for challenging workouts Saturdays at 7am and Wednesdays at 5:30am in the parking lot, as we strive to become better in every aspect of life, inspired by the Good Shepherd, Jesus Christ.
    Dads are encouraged to bring their sons 5th grade and older.
    Get a glimpse of a Saturday morning work out and see the video below:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hiVMnLrRzf0
  • For more information check out their website at this link or connect with Alex Baier who is looking forward to hearing from you; email him at abaier823@gmail.com

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 and 3pm.  
  • 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

Faith Formation Open House 4/20 & 4/21

  • Come to the PLC after all Masses 
  • 🙏 Come EXPLORE all of our Faith Formation options for children in grades K through 12! This includes Sacramental Preparation, Vacation Bible School, & Formation for those with special needs/DisABILITIES 
  • 🙏 Come REGISTER your children for the 2024-2025 year, and take advantage of our Early Bird Pricing! 
  • 🙏 Come VOLUNTEER and help share our beautiful faith with children & their families  
  •  …. And enjoy donuts & coffee! 🙂 

Mission Trip Bake Sale after all Masses 4/20 & 4/21

  • Get some delicious baked goods at our Bake Sale on Saturday-Sunday, April 20-21 after all masses in the PLC! All proceeds support the Teen Summer Mission Trip!

Meet & Greet Gathering 4/21

  • 𝟰/𝟮𝟭 @ 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 4/21 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!

New Teen Youth Group called Refuge Meets on 4/21, & 4/28

  • High School students are invited to join the new OLM High School Youth Ministry, called “Refuge”  Come by on Sundays in April from 3:16pm-5:16pm, in the Youth Center (Room 211). If you have a teenager in your life, please let them know of this new youth group where they’ll find a safe and fun place to grow and find positive social connections within a solid Catholic community

Mondays with Monica and Augustine 4/22

  • Join Mondays With Monica And Augustine Prayer Group at 7:30pm in the Church to pray “The Way of the Cross for Loved Ones Who Have Left the Faith.” 
  • Let’s come together to uplift our family and friends who have strayed from the faith. Your presence and prayers can make a profound impact. We kindly request registration to ensure an ample supply of prayer books, yet we warmly welcome walk-ins as well. Proceed here for details and registration.

Bible Study on the Book of Revelation 4/23

  • On Tuesday evenings at 7pm through 5/21st, the Bible Study on the book of Revelation is held. We will use the Ascension Press “Revelation: The Kingdom Yet to Come” study guide and video.  Please purchase the study guide online at the link below.  As Easter culminates in the coming of Jesus and His Kingdom, we’ll dive deep into the second coming.  Join us anytime for this Book of good news and learn more about our mass through the revelation of John.  
  • Register for the study here.  Purchase study guide here

Consuming Fire Young Adult Grow Group Continues on Tuesday 4/23

  • 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. On Tuesday 4/23rd, our seminarian Topher Otieno will be giving the talk.

An Easter MAGNIFY Adoration, Praise & Worship 4/24

  • Saint Pope John Paul II said “We are the Easter people and hallelujah is our song” so let us praise the King of Kings at MAGNIFY.  Hear a scriptural reflection from Fr. Michael, or go to Confession, receive prayer ministry, or adore Jesus singing praises to Him for rescuing us.  It’s also a wonderful family time with the kids and Jesus. 
  • A quick note on worship/singing to Jesus.  Have you noticed how uplifted, less burdened you are after singing to Jesus at MAGNIFY? God has designed our bodies so perfectly that when you sing, blood is pumped through your body which stimulates the production of three great hormones and suppresses one bad hormone. The three good hormones include endorphins and dopamine, which promote relaxation and well-being. And the other good hormone is oxytocin, which is the hormone that is produced when a mother sings to their baby, or when you lovingly look at your dog.  It is the hormone of belonging, of community, of cohesion, of goodwill towards your fellow human beings.
    The bad hormone, that is suppressed when you sing, is cortisol which is produced in the body when we are stressed and singing is a natural de-stressing agent. In essence, singing to Jesus at MAGNIFY not only uplifts our spirits but also positively impacts our physical well-being. We hope to see you on 4/24th.

Catholic Charities Mobile Food Pantry 4/25

  • The Mobile Food Pantry is on Thursday 4.25 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! 

A Mother’s Heart, Women’s Bible Study 4/25

  • Build wonderful friendships with beautiful women of God while journeying through the Bible with the Unlocking the Mystery of the Bible program
  • This Bible Study is held on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month at 7pm
  • For more information, please text Laura Reyes at 904-472-0385

Diocese of Joliet Jeremiah Day 4/27

  • This is a day for boys in grades 7-10 to grow closer to God and to visit Mundelein Seminary. The activities include a tour of Mundelein Seminary, talks about how God calls us, lunch, recreation time with open gym, and Mass. It is hosted and led by the Diocese of Joliet seminarians at Mundelein Seminary.
  • The day will take place from 10am to 5pm. Carpooling on a parish level is suggested. Parents, youth ministers, teachers, and parish priests are invited to attend as well. 
  • Registration & permission forms can be found at this link.

PADS Board Items on display 4/27

  • The OLM PADS/Hesed House Board is now on display in the Atrium (Door B Entrance). The board contains a “wish-list” of items used to prepare meals for 250 guests at the Hesed House homeless shelter, on the first Tuesday of each month. Drop-off for all items are before all Masses on the weekend of May 4th and 5th. Monetary donations can be made via the OLM Online Giving Portal (please specify donation is for Hesed House), or make checks payable to Our Lady of Mercy Church, and write on the memo “Hesed House-PADS”. Thank you for supporting our mission of mercy.

Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat 5/3 thru 5/5

  • If you are suffering from grief after having had an abortion, remember that God always offers forgiveness. Nothing is unforgivable and the Church is the hospital of healing. Just as the father ran to the prodigal son when he came home, so too is God waiting with open arms to receive you back home!
  •  Rachel’s Vineyard weekend retreats offer a beautiful opportunity for healing to any woman or man who has struggled with the emotional or spiritual pain of an abortion.
  • For more information, and to register, please proceed here: https://www.diojoliet.org/w/rachel-s-vineyard-retreat

An Introduction to Catholic Social Teaching 5/8 and 5/15

  • “Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.” (Matthew 25:40)What. Through prayer, reflection, and discussion we will become familiar with the social teachings of the Catholic Church.When. Part 1 on Wednesday 5/8 and Part 2 on 5/15 from 6:30pm – 8:30 pm Where. Room 114 of the PLCWho. Opened to anyone who is interested.  Sponsored by the OLM St. Vincent de Paul Society and the OLM Peace and SocialJustice Ministry.How. Please register by 4/28 by emailing Amy Milller at mt.al.miller@gmail.com

An Evening with Mother Mary 5/11

  • You and your family are invited to a special celebration in honor of our heavenly mother on Saturday 5/11th after the 4pm Mass, from 5:15pm to 6:45PM in the gym with supper.
  • Please RSVP at this link and connect with Justin Reyes reyeshj17@gmail.com for any questions.

St. Peregrine Prayer Service 5/21

  • For those with cancer, serious or chronic illnesses, and their caregivers, come to the St. Peregrine Prayer Service on Tuesday 4/16 following the 6:30pm Mass.
  • St. Peregrine is the patron saint of the sick, especially those suffering from cancer, serious illness, or chronic illness. The prayer service is for the intention of those with cancer, serious or chronic illnesses, and their caregivers to fortify them in their current situation.

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.

Knights of Columbus 2024 College Scholarship 

  • Applications for the 2024 Robert H Weaver Knights of Columbus College Scholarship program are now being accepted through Saturday, 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

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 April is titled “Faith-Inspired Movies” 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.

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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.
  • 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.

A MOTHER’S HEART GROW GROUP

Mission. A Mother’s Heart is a group for Catholic mothers with children ages 0-11 who are seeking to journey with other like-minded women of faith.  Following the example of St. Thérèse of Lisieux, we strive to imitate her “little way” of growing in holiness through the lenses of motherhood and family.

Website. Proceed here for details.

Meets. 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 Lydia Schmitt lydiadschmitt@gmail.com for any questions.

CONSUMING FIRE YOUNG ADULT GROW GROUP

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.

SALT AND LIGHT GROW GROUP
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.

VINE & BRANCHES GROW GROUP

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

GROW YOUR FAITH

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

Check it out HERE

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. There is also Family Content: Enjoy and share family-favorite audio from the series Brother Francis and the Jesus Stories.  Please enjoy this latest offering from the Augustine Institute.

HALLOW – A CATHOLIC PRAYER & MEDITATION APP  Hallow is a Catholic prayer & meditation app that helps users deepen their relationship with God through contemplative prayer and strengthen one’s mental health in the process. Easy-to-use, audio-guided sessions anywhere from 1 to 60 minutes long. Pray your own way with a personalized prayer plan pulling from 3,000+ unique sessions including the Lectio Divina on the Daily Gospel, Rosary, Examen, Night Prayer, Calm & Humility “Praylists” and much more. Hallow Light is free. Hallow Plus is $5 per month ($60 per year). Sign up for either one here.

WORD ON FIRE

Explore the goodness, truth, and beauty of the faith!

Did you know that you have complete access to Bishop Barron’s Word on Fire ENGAGE video library!   Check out this link to watch any of the videos whenever you want without ever having to login.

Not sure where to start? How about checking out the short 5 episode series on The Eucharist This fresh look at the Eucharist brings to light its reality as sacred meal, the sacrifice necessary for communion with God, and the real presence of Christ.

BLESSED IS SHE

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

THE CATHOLIC GENTLEMAN

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

HEROIC MEN

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, too, for quality Catholic content on the go.  Get it all—for FREE – at HeroicMen.com

AQUINAS 101 FREE COURSES

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.

PINTS WITH AQUINAS PODCAST

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.


PASTORAL CARE

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

RESTORE

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.

MOMS WALKING WITH MOMS IN NEED

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

FAITH BUDDIES

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

faith. Checkout the podcast here.


CONFERENCES

JOLIET YOUTH DAY 6/1

June 1, 2024
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Lewis University
1 University Parkway, Romeoville, IL 60446
Cost: $75/person 

Register to attend at this link

This exciting, first-of-its-kind youth event will be held at Lewis University on June 1, 2024, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. An unforgettable day conference dedicated to transforming the lives of 8th to 12th graders (current 7th to 12th graders) into passionate and joyful disciples, participants will:

  • Engage with national keynote speakers
  • Experience uplifting praise and worship
  • Deepen their faith through Eucharistic adoration
  • Find renewal in Reconciliation

2024 WORD ON FIRE CONFERENCE 8/2 – 8/4

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.

March 28, 2024 | Parish Update

March 28, 2024 | Parish Update

Triduum; Holy Thursday-Good Friday-Easter Sunday. 7 Great Dates starts 4/5. The question is, this Easter.

View the full posting at our Flocknote email (don’t forget to join so you can receive the update via email).


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

    If you go to the Cathedral Basilica in St. Louis, you will actually be visiting the second largest mosaic in the world; thousands of small pieces of glass depicting the life of Christ adorn the church. When you walk down the center aisle and look to your right, you will see the following passage on the wall: “Christ is not risen, your faith is in vain.” When I first encountered it, I was confused as the statement was contrary to the faith. Why was this in the Catholic Cathedral Basilica? It wasn’t until I moved closer toward that side of the church that a very important word was revealed, which had been previously blocked by my field of vision: “If”. This word completes St. Paul’s quote from his first letter to the Corinthians, If Christ is not risen, your faith is in vain.” 

    Every time I walk into that Basilica, I have my own little April Fool’s day! Christ is not risen- April fools, just kidding, He has risen! However, what is St. Paul getting at with his rhetorical statement? He is declaring a necessary need for action. Because Jesus rose from the dead it changes everything. Our faith was never meant to be something idle, or something stagnant. It was never meant to be something that we just acknowledge for one hour a week on Sunday, or even once a year! It is meant to move our very being to its core!

    When you encounter love, do you just sit there? Or do you respond to it with your whole being? When someone tells you that they love you, what happens if you say nothing? It becomes very awkward. Why? … Because encountering truth and love requires a response! 

     What do we celebrate this Easter? God’s unconditional love for us: that even in the midst of our sin and death, God conquers both for our sake! The question is: are we going to sit idle while God professes His love for us, or are we going to respond with our very being, saying a great yes, a great AMEN?

Christ is Risen! Alleluia! Alleluia!

He has risen indeed! Alleluia! Alleluia!

Fr. Michael

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


Holy Thursday Schedule 3/28
On Holy Thursday, we enter into the mystery of the Triduum, three days liturgically celebrated as one; these are the days that changed the world.
     Enter the mystery with us in the Mass of the Lord’s Supper @ 7pm followed immediately with Adoration of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament until midnight.
     For on this night, our Lord Jesus gave us three gifts by which He would remain with us always; Jesus gave us the gift of the priesthood of the new covenant, the gift of the Eucharist and the gift of His example of Love.

     Notice the ‘sound of silence’; 𝘀𝗶𝗹𝗲𝗻𝗰𝗲 𝗶𝘀 𝘂𝘀𝗲𝗱 𝗯𝘆 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗖𝗵𝘂𝗿𝗰𝗵 𝘁𝗼 𝗿𝗲𝗺𝗶𝗻𝗱 𝘂𝘀 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗿𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗿𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝗮𝘄𝗲 𝗮𝗽𝗽𝗿𝗼𝗽𝗿𝗶𝗮𝘁𝗲 𝗱𝘂𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝘀𝗲 𝗺𝗼𝘀𝘁 𝗛𝗼𝗹𝘆 𝗗𝗮𝘆𝘀. At the conclusion of the Mass this evening, the Blessed Sacrament will be processed to the repository. We depart from Mass 𝘪𝘯 𝘴𝘪𝘭𝘦𝘯𝘤𝘦, remembering the impending arrest and Passion of our Lord. On Good Friday, we gather and depart 𝘪𝘯 𝘴𝘪𝘭𝘦𝘯𝘤𝘦 in commemoration of the Lord’s Passion. Finally, we gather 𝘪𝘯 𝘴𝘪𝘭𝘦𝘯𝘤𝘦 for the Easter Vigil in joyful expectation of the Resurrection.
     As we celebrate these Holy Days dwelling in the silence, let us keep watch with Peter, James, and John, but this time, wide awake and mindful of Jesus’ agony in the garden, and Jesus steeling Himself not simply to die but to enter into battle alone against the powers of Sin, Death, satan, and Hell.

  • 8am Morning Prayer
  • 7pm Mass of the Lord’s Supper
  • 8:30pm Eucharistic Adoration from 8:30pm until Midnight

Good Friday Schedule 3/29

The starkness of Good Friday is profound because Jesus continues to obediently go to work against the powers of Sin, Death, satan, and hell, changing the course of the world and our destiny forever.

  • 8am Morning Prayer
  • 12pm Spanish Stations of the Cross
  • 3pm Living Stations by Teens
  • 7pm Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion

Good Friday Collection for the Holy Land 3/29

  • The Pontifical Good Friday Collection helps Christians in the Holy Land, where they are now less than 2% of the population. Your support is essential to help the Church minister in parishes, provide Catholic schools, and offer religious education.
  • The Pontifical Good Friday Collection also helps to preserve the sacred shrines of Christianity, including in Jerusalem, Nazareth, and Bethlehem, to name only a few. The wars, unrest and instability have been especially hard on Christians. In these times of crisis, the Pontifical Good Friday Collection provides humanitarian aid to refugees. When you contribute to the Pontifical Good Friday Collection, you become an instrument of peace and join with Catholics around the world in solidarity with the Church in the Holy Land.
  • Hear from Fr. Francesco Patton, OFM, Custos of the Holy Land at this link asking for your prayers on the situation they are facing and appealing to your generosity to help alleviate the dire need the community they serve are facing.
  • For more information about Christians in the Holy Land, visit www.custodia.org and www.myfranciscan.org

Divine Mercy Novena starts on Good Friday 3/29

  • Jesus asked that the Feast of Divine Mercy, known today as Divine Mercy Sunday which is on 4/7, be preceded by a Novena to The Divine Mercy. A Novena is nine days of prayer in preparation for a feast. In the case of the Novena to The Divine Mercy, we pray the Chaplet of The Divine Mercy each day for a specific intention. Our Lord told St. Faustina, “I desire that during these nine days you bring souls to the fountain of My mercy, that they may draw … strength and refreshment and whatever grace they need in the hardships of life, and especially at the hour of death” (Diary, 1209).
  • Please join us as we follow our Lord’s wish to bring to Him various intentions during our nine days of prayer. Proceed here to pray the Divine Mercy Novena 

Holy Saturday Schedule 3/30

In the stillness of Holy Saturday morning, we are in the midst of the mystery of the Triduum; waiting at the Lord’s tomb in prayer as He makes the descent into Hell; holding our breathes, anticipating His Resurrection.
As we take time today to be silent, here are powerful homilies for further reflection in the great silence of today: A Holy Saturday Ancient Homily
Homily on the Passion or Homily on the Pascha/Passover

  • 8am Morning Prayer
  • 12pm Basket Blessing
  • No Reconciliation 
  • No 4pm Mass

Easter Vigil Mass 3/30

  • The Easter Vigil Mass at 8pm with adult baptism, is the most beautiful liturgy in the Roman Catholic Church. Join us at the crowning moment of the Easter Triduum, the sublimely beautiful Easter Vigil Mass.
  • From our music director, Frank Sauter; of special note, this year, the recessional (the song at the end of the Mass) is going to be the “Finale to the Resurrection Symphony” by German composer Gustav Mahler. To help you get familiar with the song and to see the translation, please see our Easter page.
  • If You’ve Never Been To Easter Vigil Mass, Here’s Why You Need To Go

Easter Sunday Schedule 3/31

Experience the joy of Easter with us at any of our Easter Sunday Masses at 8am,10am and 12pm. Bring your friends and family to share in the warmth of our welcoming church and the beautiful liturgy.  Check out the Easter page for FAQs, Easter invitations you can text to your family, friends, and neighbors.

  • Mass in the Church 8am, 10am, 12pm
  • Mass in the PLC 10am, 12pm
  • No 5:30pm Mass

Parish Office is closed on Easter Monday 4/1

  • Happy Easter! The Parish Office will be closed on Easter Monday, 4/1, and will reopen the next day.

Fit Shepherds on Wednesday and Saturday mornings

  • To all men, in this time of renewed dedication to fitness, consider joining Fit Shepherds—a unique fusion of physical and spiritual growth. Join us for challenging workouts Saturdays at 7am and Wednesdays at 5:30am in the parking lot, as we strive to become better in every aspect of life, inspired by the Good Shepherd, Jesus Christ.
    Dads are encouraged to bring their sons 5th grade and older.
    Get a glimpse of a Saturday morning work out and see the video below:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hiVMnLrRzf0
  • For more information check out their website at this link or connect with Alex Baier who is looking forward to hearing from you; email him at abaier823@gmail.com

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 are also in need of committed adorers, simply click on the ‘Sign Up’ button on the hours we need a second adorer for. Proceed here for more details.

7 Great Dates on Fridays starting 4/5

  • 𝗜𝗻𝘃𝗲𝘀𝘁 𝗶𝗻 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗿𝗲𝗹𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀𝗵𝗶𝗽; 𝗿𝗲𝗴𝗶𝘀𝘁𝗲𝗿 𝗻𝗼𝘄 𝗳𝗼𝗿 ‘𝟳 𝗚𝗿𝗲𝗮𝘁 𝗗𝗮𝘁𝗲𝘀’ 𝗯𝗿𝗼𝘂𝗴𝗵𝘁 𝘁𝗼 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗯𝘆 𝗠𝗮𝗻𝗻𝗮 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗠𝗮𝗿𝗿𝗶𝗮𝗴𝗲 𝗠𝗶𝗻𝗶𝘀𝘁𝗿𝘆 𝗮𝘁 𝗢𝘂𝗿 𝗟𝗮𝗱𝘆 𝗼𝗳 𝗠𝗲𝗿𝗰𝘆.  
  • Whether married for six months or 40 years, whether in a good place or struggling, the date nights help couples navigate the modern challenges of marriage.  It is based on Christian principles, but designed to help couples of all faiths strengthen their relationship.
  • The 7 Great Dates aka the Marriage Course is a series of 7 sessions encompassed with food, talk, and private discussion between the couple only.  Each session features leading experts, teaching content, and stories from around the globe.
  • Topics for Each Date Night are Strengthening Connection, The Art of Communication, Resolving Conflicts, The Power of Forgiveness, The Impact of Family, Good Sex, and Love in Action.

    Starts Friday April 5th through May 17 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm. Further details, registration, and the trailer are found at this link
  • Secure your spot now for an unforgettable experience! Act swiftly, as our limited spots are filling up rapidly. Join us and invest in your relationship – register today!

Register for 7 Great Dates

Divine Mercy Sunday 4/7

  • In celebration of the Feast Day of Divine Mercy on Sunday 4/7, we will hold a beautiful celebratory service in the Church at 2pm. Our service will include prayer of the Chaplet of the Divine Mercy through song, a devotion that Jesus revealed in His numerous apparitions and revelations to Saint Faustina.

“On that (Feast) Day, the depths of My mercy will be open to all …. The soul that will go to Confession and receive Holy Communion shall obtain complete forgiveness of sins and punishment.”

Our observance of the Divine Mercy Feast Day will include the following:

  • Sacrament of Reconciliation, 2pm to 4pm
  • Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Eucharistic Adoration starting at 2pm
  • Recitation of the Holy Rosary
  • Silent Meditation and Prayer
  • Taking of Personal Intentions for the Divine Mercy Chaplet
  • Recitation of the Chaplet (at the Hour of Jesus’ Death)
  • Blessing of participants’ Divine Mercy Images at the altar
  • Benediction, closing prayers to Jesus and Mary
  • Pamphlets featuring the Chaplet of the Divine Mercy, as well as other resources, will be available, but participants should be sure to bring their Rosary!
  • *Also, on Good Friday morning (March 29), immediately after the 8am prayer service in the church, the Divine Mercy Chaplet will be recited. It’s a great way to start your Good Friday observance and Divine Mercy Novena, which should include your recitation of the Chaplet and a Spiritual or Corporal Work of Mercy through April 7

New Teen Youth Group called Refuge Meets on 4/7, 4/14, 4/21, & 4/28

  • High School students are invited to join the new OLM High School Youth Ministry, called “Refuge”  Come by on Sundays in April from 3:16pm-5:16pm, in the Youth Center (Room 211). If you have a teenager in your life, please let them know of this new youth group where they’ll find a safe and fun place to grow and find positive social connections within a solid Catholic community

Mondays with Monica and Augustine 4/8

  • Join Mondays With Monica And Augustine Prayer Group at 7:30pm in the Church to pray “The Way of the Cross for Loved Ones Who Have Left the Faith.” 
  • Let’s come together to uplift our family and friends who have strayed from the faith. Your presence and prayers can make a profound impact. We kindly request registration to ensure an ample supply of prayer books, yet we warmly welcome walk-ins as well. Proceed here for details and registration.

Walking Through Grief 6-Week Series Begins 4/8

  • Experiencing the loss of a loved one is a difficult journey. Our Lady of Mercy is offering a supportive place for participants (ages 18 and older) to walk through grief together in a faith community to find hope and healing.
  • Walking Through Grief is a weekly support group for six weeks from 7pm-8:30pm on the following Mondays: April 8, 15, 22 & 29, May 6 & 13 in Room 208 in the Parish Life Center (PLC)
  • Registration is requested, Please connect with Jolene Leroy at 331-707-5380

Bible Study on the Book of Revelation 4/9

  • On Tuesday evenings at 7pm for 11 sessions, the Bible Study on the book of Revelation is held starting on 4/9th.  We will use the Ascension Press “Revelation: The Kingdom Yet to Come” study guide and video.  Please purchase the study guide online at the link below.  As Easter culminates in the coming of Jesus and His Kingdom, we’ll dive deep into the second coming.  Join us for this Book of good news and learn more about our mass through the revelation of John.
  • Register for the study here.  Purchase study guide here

Annulment Information Session 4/10

  • “𝘞𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘦𝘹𝘢𝘤𝘵𝘭𝘺 𝘪𝘴 𝘢𝘯 𝘢𝘯𝘯𝘶𝘭𝘮𝘦𝘯𝘵? 𝘋𝘰 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘶𝘯𝘥𝘦𝘳𝘴𝘵𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘥𝘪𝘧𝘧𝘦𝘳𝘦𝘯𝘤𝘦 𝘣𝘦𝘵𝘸𝘦𝘦𝘯 𝘢 𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘵𝘳𝘢𝘤𝘵 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘢 𝘴𝘢𝘤𝘳𝘢𝘮𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘢𝘭 𝘤𝘰𝘷𝘦𝘯𝘢𝘯𝘵?”
  • If you or someone you know has suffered the loss of marital relationship and it ended in divorce, we invite you to this annulment information session. We will discuss the myths versus truths of annulment, why it is NOT a “Catholic divorce”, and what the annulment process looks like.
  • 𝗝𝗼𝗶𝗻 𝘂𝘀 𝗼𝗻 𝗪𝗲𝗱𝗻𝗲𝘀𝗱𝗮𝘆, 𝗔𝗽𝗿𝗶𝗹 𝟭𝟬𝘁𝗵 𝗳𝗿𝗼𝗺 𝟳-𝟵𝗽𝗺 𝗶𝗻 𝗿𝗼𝗼𝗺 𝟮𝟭𝟭. 𝗡𝗼 𝗥𝗦𝗩𝗣 𝗿𝗲𝗾𝘂𝗶𝗿𝗲𝗱.
  • *This session will be led by Annulment Field Advocates, Kim Harris and Mary LoGalbo, trained by the Catholic Diocese of Joliet. All information presented is from the Joliet Diocese and founded on the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

Dr. John Bergsma on Roots of the Eucharist 4/13

  • On Saturday 4/13 at 7pm at St. Raphael Church, Dr. John Bergsma will be speaking on the Roots of the Eucharist.  Dr. Bergsma is a renowned author and speaker of the St. Paul Center in Ohio.

St. Peregrine Prayer Service 4/16

  • For those with cancer, serious or chronic illnesses, and their caregivers, come to the St. Peregrine Prayer Service on Tuesday 4/16 following the 6:30pm Mass.
  • St. Peregrine is the patron saint of the sick, especially those suffering from cancer, serious illness, or chronic illness. The prayer service is for the intention of those with cancer, serious or chronic illnesses, and their caregivers to fortify them in their current situation.

Meet & Greet Gathering 4/21

  • 𝟰/𝟮𝟭 @ 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 4/21 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!

Catholic Charities Mobile Food Pantry 4/25

  • The Mobile Food Pantry is on Thursday 4.25 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! 

Diocese of Joliet Jeremiah Day 4/27

  • This is a day for boys in grades 7-10 to grow closer to God and to visit Mundelein Seminary. The activities include a tour of Mundelein Seminary, talks about how God calls us, lunch, recreation time with open gym, and Mass. It is hosted and led by the Diocese of Joliet seminarians at Mundelein Seminary. 
  • The day will take place from 10am to 5pm. Carpooling on a parish level is suggested. Parents, youth ministers, teachers, and parish priests are invited to attend as well. 
  • Registration & permission forms can be found Here: https://www.diojoliet.org/documents/d/vocations/jeremiah-day-registration-04-2024-pdf

Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat 5/3 thru 5/5

  • If you are suffering from grief after having had an abortion, remember that God always offers forgiveness. Nothing is unforgivable and the Church is the hospital of healing. Just as the father ran to the prodigal son when he came home, so too is God waiting with open arms to receive you back home!
  •  Rachel’s Vineyard weekend retreats offer a beautiful opportunity for healing to any woman or man who has struggled with the emotional or spiritual pain of an abortion.
  • For more information, and to register, please proceed here: https://www.diojoliet.org/w/rachel-s-vineyard-retreat

An Introduction to Catholic SocialTeaching 5/8 and 5/15

  • “Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.” (Matthew 25:40)What. Through prayer, reflection, and discussion we will become familiar with the social teachings of the Catholic Church.When. Part 1 on Wednesday 5/8 and Part 2 on 5/15 from 6:30pm – 8:30 pm Where. Room 114 of the PLCWho. Opened to anyone who is interested.  Sponsored by the OLM St. Vincent de Paul Society and the OLM Peace and SocialJustice Ministry.How. Please register by 4/28 by emailing Amy Milller at mt.al.miller@gmail.com

An Evening with Mother Mary 5/11

  • You and your family are invited to a special celebration in honor of our heavenly mother on Saturday 5/11th after the 4pm Mass, from 5:15pm to 6:45PM in the gym with supper.
  • Please RSVP at this link and connect with Justin Reyes reyeshj17@gmail.com for any questions.

Saint Vincent De Paul Society – Welcoming New Members

  • Volunteers are needed to answer phone requests, meet with people requesting financial assistance and help with clothing drives. Members meet as a group monthly on the third Wednesday of the month at 7pm in room 114.
  • To volunteer please contact the parish office at (630)851-3444 to learn more or email us at olmsvdp@gmail.com
  • We thank OLM parishioners for financial donations throughout the year and support of our clothing drives. Your donations allow us to help parishioners and neighbors in need. In 2023, we provided assistance to 79 households, helping more than 200 men, women and children!

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 February is titled “Peace in the Holy Land” 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.

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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.
  • 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.

A MOTHER’S HEART GROW GROUP

Mission. A Mother’s Heart is a group for Catholic mothers with children ages 0-11 who are seeking to journey with other like-minded women of faith.  Following the example of St. Thérèse of Lisieux, we strive to imitate her “little way” of growing in holiness through the lenses of motherhood and family.

Website. Proceed here for details.

Meets. 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 Lydia Schmitt lydiadschmitt@gmail.com for any questions.

CONSUMING FIRE YOUNG ADULT GROW GROUP

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.

SALT AND LIGHT GROW GROUP
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.

VINE & BRANCHES GROW GROUP

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

GROW YOUR FAITH

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

Check it out HERE

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. There is also Family Content: Enjoy and share family-favorite audio from the series Brother Francis and the Jesus Stories.  Please enjoy this latest offering from the Augustine Institute.

HALLOW – A CATHOLIC PRAYER & MEDITATION APP  Hallow is a Catholic prayer & meditation app that helps users deepen their relationship with God through contemplative prayer and strengthen one’s mental health in the process. Easy-to-use, audio-guided sessions anywhere from 1 to 60 minutes long. Pray your own way with a personalized prayer plan pulling from 3,000+ unique sessions including the Lectio Divina on the Daily Gospel, Rosary, Examen, Night Prayer, Calm & Humility “Praylists” and much more. Hallow Light is free. Hallow Plus is $5 per month ($60 per year). Sign up for either one here.

WORD ON FIRE

Explore the goodness, truth, and beauty of the faith!

Did you know that you have complete access to Bishop Barron’s Word on Fire ENGAGE video library!   Check out this link to watch any of the videos whenever you want without ever having to login.

Not sure where to start? How about checking out the short 5 episode series on The Eucharist This fresh look at the Eucharist brings to light its reality as sacred meal, the sacrifice necessary for communion with God, and the real presence of Christ.

BLESSED IS SHE

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

THE CATHOLIC GENTLEMAN

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

HEROIC MEN

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, too, for quality Catholic content on the go.  Get it all—for FREE – at HeroicMen.com

AQUINAS 101 FREE COURSES

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.

PINTS WITH AQUINAS PODCAST

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.


PASTORAL CARE

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

RESTORE

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.

MOMS WALKING WITH MOMS IN NEED

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

FAITH BUDDIES

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

faith. Checkout the podcast here.


CONFERENCES

JOLIET YOUTH DAY 6/1

June 1, 2024
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Lewis University
1 University Parkway, Romeoville, IL 60446
Cost: $75/person 

Register to attend at this link

This exciting, first-of-its-kind youth event will be held at Lewis University on June 1, 2024, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. An unforgettable day conference dedicated to transforming the lives of 8th to 12th graders (current 7th to 12th graders) into passionate and joyful disciples, participants will:

  • Engage with national keynote speakers
  • Experience uplifting praise and worship
  • Deepen their faith through Eucharistic adoration
  • Find renewal in Reconciliation

2024 WORD ON FIRE CONFERENCE 8/2 – 8/4

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.

 topics.

March 3, 2024 | Parish Update

March 3, 2024 | Parish Update

Sacrament of Reconciliation. Fr Hugh Fullmer. Registration deadlines for Holy Pause & 3/8th Fish Dinner.

View the full posting at our Flocknote email (don’t forget to join so you can receive the update via email).


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

     When I was a little kid, I would watch a show called The Big Comfy Couch, in which most of the adventures took place on the eponymous sofa. One of my favorite segments of the show was the “Ten Second Tidy.” At the end of the show, the characters would clean up the mess they made in ten seconds by comically shoving everything into the couch cushions. Of course, this show influenced how I cleaned as a child. One day, as we were leaving a friend’s house, my mom said I had to clean up my mess really quickly before we left. “Ten second tidy?” I said. She nodded, probably thinking I meant that I would clean really fast. When we got back home, my mom received a phone call from my friend’s mom. “We can’t find our remote control. Do you have any idea where it might be?” She looked at me for a second and replied, “Have you checked your couch cushions?” 

    Even now as an adult, I still do not enjoy cleaning, and much of my “tidying” probably still resembles shoving everything out of sight into the couch cushions. During this Lent, we are called to do a kind of “spring cleaning” of our souls. But left to ourselves, our cleaning might look more like a “ten second tidy,” shoving problems out of sight rather than truly removing them from our lives. So how can we truly clean our souls?

     In the Gospel, where Jesus makes a whip and drives all the money changers out of the Temple. What does that have to do with us? John gives us a clue: “But he was speaking about the temple of his body.” Jesus refers to His body as a Temple, and because we are joined to His Body through Baptism, St. Paul can call our bodies Temples of the Holy Spirit (1 Cor 6:19). 

 We need to invite Jesus to cleanse the temples of our bodies and souls of any sin. We do this primarily through the Sacrament of Reconciliation, but as we go to receive this sacrament during Lent, we should take Jesus as a model of the attitude we need to have toward sin. He doesn’t allow any of the money changers to remain in the Temple, but drives them completely out. In the same way, we cannot make any compromises with sin, but resolve to drive it completely out of our lives. 

     This driving out of the money changers isn’t without purpose. The Temple is a place of communion with God, and even more so the Temple of the Body of Christ. So we allow Jesus to cleanse the temples of our souls so that we can enter more deeply into communion with Him, especially through the Holy Eucharist. As we prepare for Easter, let’s remember that going to Confession shouldn’t be a “ten second tidy,” but a true cleansing of our sins so that Jesus can fill us with His Presence.

Fr. Frank

For the Confession schedule for our parish and nearby parishes, please proceed to our Lent webpage or see the times in the “Looking Ahead” section below for our Reconciliation service and the upcoming 6 successive days of Confession times.

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


Fr. Hugh Fullmer

  • It is with sadness that we share the news of the sudden passing on Friday 3/1 of our former pastor, Fr. Hugh Fullmer, who served our parish faithfully for 17 years (2000 – 2017). 

    Funeral arrangements are pending, and we will update you as soon as the details are finalized (we will release information on the app first and the rest of our communications platforms will follow, so please download the app if you haven’t done so already).

    Let us join in prayer for the repose of his soul and for strength and comfort for his family and friends during this difficult time. 

    During this time of reflection, let us remember the various ways he impacted our parish community and offer support to one another. 

    Eternal rest grant unto Your servant, Fr. Hugh Fullmer, and let Your perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

Holy Pause-Family Faith Formation Lenten Event Last Day to Register is 3/5

  • 𝗘𝗺𝗯𝗿𝗮𝗰𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘀𝗮𝗰𝗿𝗲𝗱 𝘀𝗲𝗮𝘀𝗼𝗻 𝗼𝗳 𝗟𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝗮 𝘀𝗽𝗲𝗰𝗶𝗮𝗹 𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝘁𝗮𝗶𝗹𝗼𝗿𝗲𝗱 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗳𝗮𝗺𝗶𝗹𝗶𝗲𝘀 – 𝘁𝗵𝗲 “𝗛𝗼𝗹𝘆 𝗣𝗮𝘂𝘀𝗲.” Join us on Saturday, 3/9th from 2pm to 3:45pm in the gym for an enriching experience designed to deepen your Lenten journey as a family.
  • 🙌 Activities Include
    • Path of Creative Prayer Stations. Explore a journey of reflection and connection as a family, lifting up your own needs and the needs of others through unique prayer stations.
    • Make and Take Prayer Bowl Project. Engage in a hands-on, creative activity to craft personalized prayer bowls, a tangible reminder of your family’s shared spiritual journey.
    • Small Service Opportunity. Embrace the spirit of giving back as a family through a meaningful service opportunity.
  • 📅 Registration Deadline. To ensure we can accommodate everyone, please register for this free special gathering by 3/5th. Let’s come together as a community to pause, reflect, and strengthen our spiritual bonds during this Lenten season. We look forward to sharing this sacred time with you and your loved ones.

Register for Holy Pause HERE

Consuming Fire Young Adult Grow Group Continues on Tuesday 3/5

  • Calling all young adults, join our Consuming Fire Young Adult Grow Group (CFYA) on Tuesdays at 7pm for community and faith building. Reach out to cfyagg@gmail.com to get plugged in with the group or sign up at the link HERE
  • This Tuesday 3/5th, the group will be at Feed My Starving Children packing nutritious meals for hungry children around the world.

Bible Studies Continue on Tuesdays and Wednesdays 3/5 & 3/6

  • How exciting! There are two Bible Study opportunities to take part in. We hope to see you at any of the following. Should you have any questions, please connect with Joe Wiacek and Joe Glasgow who are looking forward to hearing from you at OLMBiblestudies@gmail.com

SoulCore’s Second of Three Classes on Wednesday 3/6

  • Join SoulCore Leaders Jen Bickel, and Lisa Hir, to nourish body, mind & soul with SoulCore — a prayer experience that combines the prayers of the rosary with core strengthening, stretching, and functional movement.  
    No fitness level or experience is required. All are welcome!
    This lenten themed fitness class will meet at 6:30pm on Wednesday 2/21, 3/6, and 3/13 focusing on the Sorrowful Mysteries.  

Vine & Branches Meets on Wednesdays 3/6

  • Vine & Branches is a Grow Group at Our Lady of Mercy that offers support and belonging to individuals who have experienced the trauma of a broken marital relationship.
  • For more information, please reach out to one of our group leaders. They look forward to hearing from you: Kim Harris kimharris73@yahoo.com
    Mary LoGalbo logalbo.marycarol@gmail.com, Jim Marks jimm6351@yahoo.com

Salt and Light Grow Group Continues on Wednesdays & Thursdays 3/6 & 3/7

  • Join Salt and Light Grow Group 𝗼𝗻 𝗮 𝗷𝗼𝘂𝗿𝗻𝗲𝘆 𝗶𝗻𝘁𝗼 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗵𝗲𝗮𝗿𝘁 𝗼𝗳 𝗦𝘁. 𝗧𝗵𝗲́𝗿𝗲̀𝘀𝗲 𝗼𝗳 𝗟𝗶𝘀𝗶𝗲𝘂𝘅’𝘀 𝗟𝗶𝘁𝘁𝗹𝗲 𝗪𝗮𝘆 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝘁𝗵𝗲 “𝟯𝟯 𝗗𝗮𝘆𝘀 𝘁𝗼 𝗠𝗲𝗿𝗰𝗶𝗳𝘂𝗹 𝗟𝗼𝘃𝗲 𝗚𝗿𝗼𝘂𝗽 𝗥𝗲𝘁𝗿𝗲𝗮𝘁”
  • Choose from Wednesday evenings at 6:30pm or Thursday afternoons at 1pm; For more details and registration, proceed here, and please don’t forget to bring a friend.
  • At this lenten journey, uncover the power of trust; find the inspiration to become great saints in ordinary circumstances; and prepare for a personal consecration to Divine Mercy. This parish study which culminates on Divine Mercy Sunday 4/7th, includes workbooks, group discussion, and talks by renowned speaker and author Fr. Michael Gaitley, MIC.
    All participants will receive a free workbook, however, you must purchase the book “33 Days to Merciful Love” it is available on Amazon.
    Saint Pope John Paul II emphasized that now is the time of mercy, now is a time of great and extraordinary grace, a time in which all of us can become great saints — if we tap into that grace. One of the ways we tap into that grace is by asking God to fill us with an ocean of His tenderness and mercy. And we do that by consecrating ourselves to His Mercy. Please consider joining us. All are welcome!
    Check out the trailer

The Rescue Project Continues 3/7

  • We head into Chapter 4 “It Gets Worse” at the Rescue Project.  We are often taught that the result of the Fall as depicted in Genesis 3 is something that might solely be described as “separation from God.” Chapter Four attempts to correct this fairly common misunderstanding and lays out in stark fashion the true horror of our reality. Sacred Scripture and Church tradition make clear that the human race, as a consequence of our rebellion, has sold itself into slavery to powers against which we cannot compete.  Please continue to be in prayer for our all the participants taking part in our parish lenten journey at The Rescue Project.

Lenten Fish Dinner 3/8 & 3/22

  • Purchase your Friday Lenten Fish Dinner meal tickets here 
  • The deadline to purchase meal tickets for Friday 3/8th is on 3/7th
  • The deadline for 3/22nd it will be on 3/21st.
    • Held from 5:30pm to 8pm, all proceeds support a wonderful cause, the Teen Mission Trip.
    • $15 Fish Dinner Plates consists of potatoes, dinner roll, dessert and beverage. Choose from shrimp, cod (fried), or salmon.

Stations of the Cross on Fridays 

  • We hope to see you every Friday in Lent; let’s journey together through the Stations of the Cross! It’s a beautiful way to journey and reflect on God’s sacrifice and love for us. 12pm in Spanish and 7pm in English.
  • Or just come by at your convenience and walk the stations of the cross inside the narthex and if the weather is nice, you can also pray at the beautiful outdoor stations of the cross  May God’s grace be with you this Lenten Season.

Fit Shepherds on Wednesday and Saturday mornings

  • To all men, in this time of renewed dedication to fitness, consider joining Fit Shepherds—a unique fusion of physical and spiritual growth. Join us for challenging workouts Saturdays at 7am and Wednesdays at 5:30am in the parking lot, as we strive to become better in every aspect of life, inspired by the Good Shepherd, Jesus Christ.
    Dads are encouraged to bring their sons 5th grade and older.
    Get a glimpse of a Saturday morning work out and see the video below:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hiVMnLrRzf0
  • For more information check out their website at this link or connect with Alex Baier who is looking forward to hearing from you; email him at abaier823@gmail.com

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

  • Deepen your Lenten journey and 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 are also in need of committed adorers, simply click on the ‘Sign Up’ button on the hours we need a second adorer for. Proceed here for more details.

Sunday and Daily Mass Penitential Rite Responses 

  • As we journey through the special season of Lent, at the beginning of the Mass during the Penitential Rite, our responses will be:
    • Priest “Have mercy on us O, Lord.”
      Response “For we have sinned against You.”
      Priest “Show us O, Lord, Your mercy.”
      Response “And grant us Your salvation.”

Easter Bag Donations Collection 3/9 & 3/10

  • Thank you to all who picked up an Easter Bag for a child in need benefiting children and families assisted by the Aurora Interfaith Food Pantry!  Please return the bags by the weekend of 3/9th and 3/10th.

Charismatic Healing Mass 3/9

  • The Charismatic Healing Mass is on Saturday 3/9th at 6pm. A healing Mass is a normal Mass, but it has a special focus on God’s healing power; this will be reflected in the songs, prayers, and scripture readings. If you’re in need of God’s healing grace, come to the Charismatic Healing Mass.

Men of Christ Half Day Retreat “Mastering WHAT Matters” 3/9

  • Join this hybrid nationwide conference at St. Michaels in Wheaton on Saturday 3/9th at 7am. Share, celebrate, and live Christ with us.
    The St. Michael venue is open to any interested man, not just parish members. We will enjoy prayer, fellowship, confession and world-class speakers. Proceed here to for further details, the agenda and registration. Video presentations by Bishop Hicks, Fr. Mark Bernhard and Sam Blair a former navy seal.

DisABILITIES Mass at Our Lady of Mercy 3/10

  • We’re excited to warmly welcome individuals with disABILITIES, and their friends and family, at Our Lady of Mercy’s first disABILITIES Mass on Sunday 3/10th at 2pm! Please save the date!
  • We look forward to welcoming you and many others from throughout the Diocese of Joliet and we hope you will join us as we celebrate the blessings of those with disABILITIES in our Church family, as well as the wonderful gifts they bring to our parish!
  • Please sign up here so we can plan on welcoming you.

New Teen Youth Group called Refuge Meets on 3/10

  • High School students are invited to join the new OLM High School Youth Ministry, called “Refuge”  Come by on Sunday, 3/10th from 3:16pm-5:16pm, in the Youth Center (Room 211). If you have a teenager in your life, please let them know of this new youth group where they’ll find a safe and fun place to grow and find positive social connections within a solid Catholic community

Praying “The Way of the Cross for Loved Ones Who Have Left the Faith” at Mondays with Monica & Augustine Prayer Group 3/11

  • We continue a meaningful journey this Lent on 3/11 to lift up in prayer our family and friends who have strayed from the faith; join us at 7:30pm in the Church as we fervently pray “The Way of the Cross for Loved Ones Who Have Left the Faith.” Your presence and prayers can make a profound impact.

Discovering Divine Mercy Seminar 3/12 & 3/13

  • Discover, “The Extraordinary Graces and Gifts of the Divine Mercy Devotion,” in special seminars Tuesday, 3/12th at 9am or Wednesday, 3/13th at 7pm. Both seminars will be held in PLC Room 208. No registration is needed, but please be sure to bring your Rosary! For more details, e-mail trollerw@live.com or call (630) 585-1865.

Living with Grief Monthly Meeting: “Grief & Your Lenten Journey”  3/13

  • Experiencing the loss of a loved one is a difficult journey. Our Lady of Mercy is offering a supportive place for participants ages 18 and older living with grief to be together in a faith community to find healing and hope.
  • Join Deacon Tony Leazzo as we discuss grief & our connections with the Lenten Season. We will meet from 1pm-2:30pm in Room 217
  • Registration is requested- Connect with Jolene Leroy at 331-707-5380 to RSVP or for questions.

Unbound Freedom in Christ Conference 3/15 & 3/16

  • Fr. James at St. Mary Immaculate in Plainfield, along with the Unbound Joliet team, is hosting an Unbound Freedom in Christ Conference on Friday, 3/15th 6:30pm to 9:30pm through Saturday, 3/16th 8:30am to 8:30pm. God wants to speak into your life and reveal His heart to you. This conference will help you to learn the 5 keys of Unbound and to experience deeper freedom in Christ. Registration and details are found at this link.

Knights of Columbus Easter Egg Hunt 3/16

  • The Knights of Columbus are hosting an Easter Egg Hunt for kids ages 0-10 on Saturday, 3/16, at 10am with the Egg Hunt starting at 10:30am. It will be held in the PLC. Please bring your Easter basket or a bag to hold all the eggs you find. Maybe even the Easter Bunny will stop in for some fun!!! We hope to see you there!
  • *There will be a “Sensory Friendly” egg hunt and sensory bins in a separate room with less stimuli and lower lighting*

Meet & Greet Gathering 3/17

  • 𝟯/𝟭𝟳𝘁𝗵 @ 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!

St. Joseph Feast Day 3/17

  • Join us for a luncheon in honor of St. Joseph from 1pm to 3pm in the Parish Life Center (PLC)! The OLM Social Committee will provide meatless pasta (spaghetti with marinara & pasta alfredo), salad, and beverages.
  • Please feel free to drop off baked goods in the PLC after any of the morning Masses on 3/17th (breads, cakes, cookies, fruit, Italian desserts, zeppoli etc. in honor of St. Joseph).
  • It is also an Old-World custom to provide food for the poor on this feast day, an act of Lenten almsgiving. Please bring non-expired canned and other non-perishable foods with you to the PLC for the Interfaith Food Pantry. For any questions please email olmsocialcomm@gmail.com

Parish Mission with Fr. Sean Grismer 3/18 & 3/19

  • “The Joy of the Lord Is Our Strength” is the theme for our Parish Mission with Fr. Sean Grismer on Monday 3/18 and Tuesday 3/19 from 7pm to 8:30pm.
    Blessed with fervor for his faith, a keen sense of humor, and a way with words, Fr. Grismer compels his audiences’ attention. He will dive into the great call upon each of our lives allow the joy of the Lord to be our strength.
    In 2016, Fr. Grismer was ordained a priest in the Diocese of Rockford. Presently, he is the Assistant Principal and Spiritual Director at Aurora Central Catholic High School, Aurora. Fr. Grismer has led several pilgrimages to Lourdes, Rome, and serves as a parish retreat leader. He is a member of Our Lady of Lourdes North American Volunteers. He holds a License in Sacred Theology with a focus on Dogmatic Theology from Rome’s Pontifical Angelicum University.

Palm Weaving Workshop 3/18, 3/20 & 3/21

  • Come out and weave palms to help us decorate our church for Palm Sunday and Holy Week on any of the following days. The Arts and Environment team will give easy-to-follow instructions on how to weave the palms.
    • Monday 3/18 from 7pm to 9:30pm in Room 114.
    • Wednesday 3/20 from 9am to 11:30am in Room 114.
    • Thursday 3/21 from 7pm to 9:30pm in Room 114.

Confession Times 3/18 through 3/23

  • The hope for the Lent Season is to offer Confessions as much as the priests are able which is why… there will be SIX straight days of Confessions from 3/18 through 3/23!
    𝗠𝗼𝗻𝗱𝗮𝘆 𝘁𝗵𝗿𝗼𝘂𝗴𝗵 𝗙𝗿𝗶𝗱𝗮𝘆 𝗳𝗿𝗼𝗺 𝟳𝗽𝗺 𝘁𝗼 𝟴:𝟯𝟬𝗽𝗺
    𝗦𝗮𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗱𝗮𝘆 𝟵𝗮𝗺 𝘁𝗼 𝟭𝟬𝗮𝗺 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝟭:𝟯𝟬𝗽𝗺 𝘁𝗼 𝟮:𝟯𝟬𝗽𝗺
    Using the examination of conscience from the link below, ask the Holy Spirit to help you search your heart. Where do you sense God is calling you to repent? Remember, Jesus will never condemn you; He is always ready to forgive you.
    https://bit.ly/ConfessionsatOLMPage
  • If you prefer going to another priest for Confession, here is a link to Confession times at other parishes.

A MAGNIFY Lenten Reconciliation Service 3/20

  • Join us for a special evening at MAGNIFY on Wednesday, 3/20th, just before Holy Week, as we host a special Lenten Reconciliation Service. There will be a handful of priests who will hear Confessions from 7pm to 8:30pm.

FREE Online Lenten Retreat “Ecce Homo” 3/21 through 3/23

A Spring Clearing of Closets Could Benefit the St. Vincent de Paul Clothing Drive 3/23 & 3/24 

  • The truck for the next SVDP Clothing Drive will be in the church parking lot from noon on Saturday, 3/23 to approximately noon on Sunday, 3/24. 
  • No early drop off’s please. We will accept: Clothing, shoes, linens and books in good or bad condition. Unusable clothing, shoes, linens and even books generate income for the needy because they are sold for rags or in bulk. 
  • No baby equipment such as cribs walkers strollers playpens etc… ALL BABY CLOTHES ACCEPTED Small housewares and electronics – dishes, glassware, utensils, toasters, blenders, coffee makers, radios, cd players etc. SORRY NO TV’s. 
  • Your donations go to the St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Shops where much of your donations are given away free to needy families in the community. Some are sold at reasonable prices at the thrift shops so that needy families can shop with dignity. 

Holy Week, the Triduum and Easter Sunday 3/24 through 3/31

  • Please keep an eye for our app blast, emails and social media posting for the Holy Week, Triduum and Easter Sunday schedule. We will also have a “Holy Week” webpage included.

7 Great Dates on Fridays starting 4/5

  • 𝗜𝗻𝘃𝗲𝘀𝘁 𝗶𝗻 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗿𝗲𝗹𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀𝗵𝗶𝗽; 𝗿𝗲𝗴𝗶𝘀𝘁𝗲𝗿 𝗻𝗼𝘄 𝗳𝗼𝗿 ‘𝟳 𝗚𝗿𝗲𝗮𝘁 𝗗𝗮𝘁𝗲𝘀’ 𝗯𝗿𝗼𝘂𝗴𝗵𝘁 𝘁𝗼 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗯𝘆 𝗠𝗮𝗻𝗻𝗮 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗠𝗮𝗿𝗿𝗶𝗮𝗴𝗲 𝗠𝗶𝗻𝗶𝘀𝘁𝗿𝘆 𝗮𝘁 𝗢𝘂𝗿 𝗟𝗮𝗱𝘆 𝗼𝗳 𝗠𝗲𝗿𝗰𝘆.  

    Whether married for six months or 40 years, whether in a good place or struggling, the date nights help couples navigate the modern challenges of marriage.  It is based on Christian principles, but designed to help couples of all faiths strengthen their relationship.

    The 7 Great Dates aka the Marriage Course is a series of 7 sessions encompassed with food, talk, and private discussion between the couple only.  Each session features leading experts, teaching content, and stories from around the globe.

    Topics for Each Date Night are Strengthening Connection, The Art of Communication, Resolving Conflicts, The Power of Forgiveness, The Impact of Family, Good Sex, and Love in Action.

    Starts Friday April 5th through May 17 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm. Further details, registration, and the trailer are found at this link https://olmercy.com/m4m/

    Secure your spot now for an unforgettable experience! Act swiftly, as our limited spots are filling up rapidly. Join us and invest in your relationship – register today!

Register for 7 Great Dates

Walking Through Grief 6-Week Series Begins 4/8

  • Experiencing the loss of a loved one is a difficult journey. Our Lady of Mercy is offering a supportive place for participants (ages 18 and older) to walk through grief together in a faith community to find hope and healing.
  • Walking Through Grief is a weekly support group for six weeks from 7pm to 8:30pm on the following Mondays, in Room 208 in the Parish Life Center (PLC)
  • Registration is requested, Please connect with Jolene Leroy at 331-707-5380

Saint Vincent De Paul Society – Welcoming New Members

  • Volunteers are needed to answer phone requests, meet with people requesting financial assistance and help with clothing drives. Members meet as a group monthly on the third Wednesday of the month at 7pm in room 114.
  • To volunteer please contact the parish office at (630)851-3444 to learn more or email us at olmsvdp@gmail.com
  • We thank OLM parishioners for financial donations throughout the year and support of our clothing drives. Your donations allow us to help parishioners and neighbors in need. In 2023, we provided assistance to 79 households, helping more than 200 men, women and children!

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 February is titled “Peace in the Holy Land” 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.  

St. Vincent de Paul Society Volunteers

  • Thank you for your support of our clothing drive. Your clothing donation, as well as your financial donations throughout the year, allows us to help our parishioners and neighbors in need. In 2022, we provided assistance to 72 households, helping 185 men, women, and children to remain in their homes or apartments in time of financial need.
  • The ministry is always looking for volunteers to join our St. Vincent de Paul Society in assisting our neighbors in need. If you would like to volunteer or learn more, send an email to olmsvdp@gmail.com with your name and contact information.

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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.
  • 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.

A MOTHER’S HEART GROW GROUP

Mission. A Mother’s Heart is a group for Catholic mothers with children ages 0-11 who are seeking to journey with other like-minded women of faith.  Following the example of St. Thérèse of Lisieux, we strive to imitate her “little way” of growing in holiness through the lenses of motherhood and family.

Website. Proceed here for details.

Meets. 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 Lydia Schmitt lydiadschmitt@gmail.com for any questions.

CONSUMING FIRE YOUNG ADULT GROW GROUP

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.

SALT AND LIGHT GROW GROUP
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.

VINE & BRANCHES GROW GROUP

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

GROW YOUR FAITH

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

Check it out HERE

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. There is also Family Content: Enjoy and share family-favorite audio from the series Brother Francis and the Jesus Stories.  Please enjoy this latest offering from the Augustine Institute.

HALLOW – A CATHOLIC PRAYER & MEDITATION APP  Hallow is a Catholic prayer & meditation app that helps users deepen their relationship with God through contemplative prayer and strengthen one’s mental health in the process. Easy-to-use, audio-guided sessions anywhere from 1 to 60 minutes long. Pray your own way with a personalized prayer plan pulling from 3,000+ unique sessions including the Lectio Divina on the Daily Gospel, Rosary, Examen, Night Prayer, Calm & Humility “Praylists” and much more. Hallow Light is free. Hallow Plus is $5 per month ($60 per year). Sign up for either one here.

WORD ON FIRE

Explore the goodness, truth, and beauty of the faith!

Did you know that you have complete access to Bishop Barron’s Word on Fire ENGAGE video library!   Check out this link to watch any of the videos whenever you want without ever having to login.

Not sure where to start? How about checking out the short 5 episode series on The Eucharist This fresh look at the Eucharist brings to light its reality as sacred meal, the sacrifice necessary for communion with God, and the real presence of Christ.

BLESSED IS SHE

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

THE CATHOLIC GENTLEMAN

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

HEROIC MEN

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, too, for quality Catholic content on the go.  Get it all—for FREE – at HeroicMen.com

AQUINAS 101 FREE COURSES

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.

PINTS WITH AQUINAS PODCAST

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.


PASTORAL CARE

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

RESTORE

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.

MOMS WALKING WITH MOMS IN NEED

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

FAITH BUDDIES

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

February 18, 2024 | Parish Update

February 18, 2024 | Parish Update

Our Story. Families register for Holy Pause by 3/5th. Purchase tickets for Lenten Fish Dinners.

View the full posting at our Flocknote email (don’t forget to join so you can receive the update via email).


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

       As a kid, I loved to watch the Tobey Maguire Spiderman with my dad and my brother. Because of this, I was dismayed when they decided to reboot the series with a new actor, Andrew Garfield, and I refused to watch it. After this, it was rebooted once again with another actor, Tom Holland. I thought, “If I didn’t watch the Andrew Garfield reboot, I’m definitely not going to watch this one.” But in the most recent Spiderman movie, No Way Home, something surprising happened. (This movie came out in 2021, so I don’t feel guilty about giving spoilers). The filmmakers decided to bring back the two other Spiderman actors, and make them part of the story, as Spidermen from different universes. As a result, their stories continued and were even able to find satisfying conclusions. 

     At first glance, it seems like God is trying to reboot humanity in the Great Flood, having Noah replacing Adam in the starring role of the father of humanity. And if this were the case, it would seem to be a mistake. Noah ultimately has his own fall like Adam, and evil still persists in the heart of man. But God is not really trying to reboot humanity. If anything, He is showing us that this is impossible. In the First Reading, God renews the covenant with creation that He had created with Adam and promises never to allow a Great Flood to destroy humanity in the future. He invites Noah to remember Adam, giving him an opportunity to return to Adam’s goodness while also having a chance to move beyond his mistakes. 

      Throughout salvation history, we see many more figures arise like Noah, receiving a chance to enter into relationship with God, but to greater or lesser degrees falling short. Finally, in the Gospel, we come to Jesus, and perhaps once again, it seems like a reboot. Like Adam, Jesus is tempted by Satan, and like Adam, Jesus lives in harmony with angels and wild beasts. But unlike Adam, Jesus conquers Satan, and as He does this, He is not trying to erase the memory of Adam. Instead, He is beginning a new chapter in the story, in fact the culmination of the story. Jesus takes up everything that has come before Him, but rather than erasing it or repeating it, He fulfills it. 

         As we begin Lent, it might seem like it’s time for a reboot, to give up what we’ve done in the past and start again. As tempting as it might be, we shouldn’t try to start with a blank slate. Instead, we should see it as a new chapter in our story, a chapter where we begin again, while also keeping in mind all that has gone before us to help us to avoid similar sins in the future. This Lent is the latest part of our story, and with God’s help, we don’t have to reboot it, but instead write the most interesting chapter so far. 

Fr. Frank

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

Lent Resources

  • 𝗟𝗲𝗻𝘁 @ 𝗢𝗟𝗠 𝗚𝘂𝗶𝗱𝗲 (𝗟𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝗙𝗹𝘆𝗲𝗿, 𝗦𝗰𝗵𝗲𝗱𝘂𝗹𝗲, 𝗙𝗔𝗤𝘀, 𝗥𝗲𝗰𝗼𝗻𝗰𝗶𝗹𝗶𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗧𝗶𝗺𝗲𝘀 𝗲𝘁𝗰)
    www.olmercy.com/lent2024/ 
  • There are countless opportunities at OLM to open our hearts to His grace and mercy—through repentance, generosity, worship, forgiveness, and acts of service; see what those are at the Lent Resources page.  This resource (as well as the lenten flyer) has information on our parish Lenten Offerings such as the Parish Mission, Stations of the Cross, Reconciliation times, Reconciliation Service at our parish as well as other parishes, Fish Dinner Fridays and more.
  • This weekend’s bulletin includes the Lenten Flyer or pick one up in the wooden flyer display near the adoration chapel entrance or at the parish office.

Come Visit Jesus in the New Adoration Chapel

  • Deepen your Lenten journey and 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. Proceed here for more details.

Parish Office and Adoration Chapel Hours on 2/19

  • The Parish Office will be closed on 2/19th for President’s Day and will resume normal hours on Tuesday.
  • Touch up work will be carried out in the adoration chapel in the morning, a funeral memorial will take place inside the church. As a result, Adoration will be moved inside the church, starting at 11am and concluding at 6pm.

Praying “The Way of the Cross for Loved Ones Who Have Left the Faith” at Mondays with Monica & Augustine Prayer Group 2/19

  • Embark on a meaningful journey this Lent on 2/19, 2/26, 3/4 & 3/11, let’s come together to uplift our family and friends who have strayed from the faith; join us at 7:30pm in the Church as we fervently pray “The Way of the Cross for Loved Ones Who Have Left the Faith.”
    Your presence and prayers can make a profound impact.
  • We kindly request registration to ensure an ample supply of prayer books, yet we warmly welcome walk-ins as well.

Consuming Fire Young Adult Grow Group Continues on Tuesdays 2/20

  • Calling all young adults, join our Consuming Fire Young Adult Grow Group (CFYA) on Tuesdays at 7pm for community and faith building. Reach out to cfyagg@gmail.com to get plugged in with the group or sign up at the link HERE
  • The topic this Tuesday is a ‘Masculinity Talk’ with Matt Kubanda.

St. Peregrine Prayer Service 2/20

  • For those with cancer, serious or chronic illnesses, and their caregivers… Come to the St. Peregrine Prayer Service on Tuesday 2/20th following the 6:30pm Mass.
  • St. Peregrine is the patron saint of the sick, especially those suffering from cancer, serious illness, or chronic illness. The prayer service is for the intention of those with cancer, serious or chronic illnesses, and their caregivers

Bible Studies Continue on Tuesdays and Wednesdays 2/19 & 2/20

  • How exciting! There are two Bible Study opportunities to take part in. We hope to see you at any of the following. Should you have any questions, please connect with Joe Wiacek and Joe Glasgow who are looking forward to hearing from you at OLMBiblestudies@gmail.com

Catholic Charities Mobile Food Pantry 2/21

  • The Mobile Food Pantry is on Weds 2/21 from 4:30pm to 6pm.  Don’t forget to share the Our Lady of Mercy social media posting on your network; you never know who among your network is in need of food.
  • The Catholic Charities, Diocese of Joliet Mobile Food Pantry delivers healthy food (meat, produce, and non-perishable items) to people in need. No identification or information will be required or collected. This event is open to anyone in need of food! Mobile Food Pantries use a “drive-thru” method to distribute. Please clear space in your trunk or backseat so volunteers can load boxes of food directly into your vehicle. Mobile Food Pantries take place snow, rain, or shine!

SoulCore Begins on Wednesday 2/21 

  • Join SoulCore Leaders Jen Bickel, and Lisa Hir, to nourish body, mind & soul with SoulCore — a prayer experience that combines the prayers of the rosary with core strengthening, stretching, and functional movement.  
    No fitness level or experience is required. All are welcome!
    This lenten themed fitness class will meet at 6:30pm on Wednesday 2/21, 3/6, and 3/13 focusing on the Sorrowful Mysteries.  

Vine & Branches Meets on Wednesdays 2/21

  • Vine & Branches is a Grow Group at Our Lady of Mercy that offers support and belonging to individuals who have experienced the trauma of a broken marital relationship.
  • For more information, please reach out to one of our group leaders. They look forward to hearing from you: Kim Harris kimharris73@yahoo.com
    Mary LoGalbo logalbo.marycarol@gmail.com, Jim Marks jimm6351@yahoo.com

Salt and Light Grow Group Continues on Wednesdays & Thursdays 2/21 & 2/22

  • Join Salt and Light Grow Group 𝗼𝗻 𝗮 𝗷𝗼𝘂𝗿𝗻𝗲𝘆 𝗶𝗻𝘁𝗼 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗵𝗲𝗮𝗿𝘁 𝗼𝗳 𝗦𝘁. 𝗧𝗵𝗲́𝗿𝗲̀𝘀𝗲 𝗼𝗳 𝗟𝗶𝘀𝗶𝗲𝘂𝘅’𝘀 𝗟𝗶𝘁𝘁𝗹𝗲 𝗪𝗮𝘆 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝘁𝗵𝗲 “𝟯𝟯 𝗗𝗮𝘆𝘀 𝘁𝗼 𝗠𝗲𝗿𝗰𝗶𝗳𝘂𝗹 𝗟𝗼𝘃𝗲 𝗚𝗿𝗼𝘂𝗽 𝗥𝗲𝘁𝗿𝗲𝗮𝘁”
  • Choose from Wednesday evenings at 6:30pm or Thursday afternoons at 1pm; For more details and registration, proceed here, and please don’t forget to bring a friend.
  • At this lenten journey, uncover the power of trust; find the inspiration to become great saints in ordinary circumstances; and prepare for a personal consecration to Divine Mercy. This parish study which culminates on Divine Mercy Sunday 4/7th, includes workbooks, group discussion, and talks by renowned speaker and author Fr. Michael Gaitley, MIC.
    All participants will receive a free workbook, however, you must purchase the book “33 Days to Merciful Love” it is available on Amazon.
    Saint Pope John Paul II emphasized that now is the time of mercy, now is a time of great and extraordinary grace, a time in which all of us can become great saints — if we tap into that grace. One of the ways we tap into that grace is by asking God to fill us with an ocean of His tenderness and mercy. And we do that by consecrating ourselves to His Mercy. Please consider joining us. All are welcome!
    Check out the trailer

The Rescue Project Continues 2/22

  • “𝘐 𝘶𝘯𝘥𝘦𝘳𝘴𝘵𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘪𝘮𝘱𝘰𝘳𝘵𝘢𝘯𝘤𝘦 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘔𝘢𝘴𝘴 𝘯𝘰𝘸. 𝘐 𝘨𝘰 𝘣𝘦𝘤𝘢𝘶𝘴𝘦 𝘐 𝘸𝘢𝘯𝘵 𝘵𝘰, 𝘣𝘦𝘤𝘢𝘶𝘴𝘦 𝘐 𝘧𝘦𝘦𝘭 𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘱𝘦𝘭𝘭𝘦𝘥 𝘵𝘰 𝘨𝘰.”
    “𝘐’𝘮 𝘧𝘦𝘦𝘭𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘤𝘩𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘦𝘯𝘨𝘦𝘥, 𝘣𝘦𝘤𝘢𝘶𝘴𝘦 𝘐’𝘷𝘦 𝘕𝘌𝘝𝘌𝘙 𝘩𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘥 𝘑𝘦𝘴𝘶𝘴 𝘱𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘤𝘩𝘦𝘥 𝘭𝘪𝘬𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘴.”
    “𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘙𝘦𝘴𝘤𝘶𝘦 𝘗𝘳𝘰𝘫𝘦𝘤𝘵 𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘶𝘦𝘴 𝘵𝘰 𝘣𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘨𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘵𝘦𝘴𝘵 𝘴𝘦𝘳𝘪𝘦𝘴 𝘐’𝘷𝘦 𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘳 𝘴𝘦𝘦𝘯 𝘰𝘳 𝘣𝘦𝘦𝘯 𝘱𝘢𝘳𝘵 𝘰𝘧.”
    “𝘐 𝘤𝘢𝘯’𝘵 𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘺 𝘱𝘶𝘵 𝘪𝘵 𝘪𝘯𝘵𝘰 𝘸𝘰𝘳𝘥𝘴, 𝘣𝘶𝘵 𝘵𝘰𝘥𝘢𝘺 𝘐 𝘢𝘮 𝘢 𝘊𝘩𝘳𝘪𝘴𝘵𝘪𝘢𝘯 𝘮𝘢𝘯 𝘸𝘩𝘰 𝘩𝘢𝘴 𝘣𝘦𝘦𝘯 𝘳𝘦𝘵𝘶𝘳𝘯𝘦𝘥 𝘵𝘰 𝘢 𝘭𝘪𝘧𝘦 𝘰𝘧 𝘱𝘶𝘳𝘱𝘰𝘴𝘦 𝘢𝘴 𝘢 𝘴𝘰𝘯 𝘰𝘧 𝘎𝘰𝘥 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘣𝘳𝘰𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘰𝘧 𝘊𝘩𝘳𝘪𝘴𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘐 𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘰𝘸𝘦𝘥 𝘵𝘰 𝘴𝘭𝘪𝘱 𝘢𝘸𝘢𝘺 𝘢 𝘧𝘦𝘸 𝘺𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘴 𝘢𝘨𝘰.”— Feedback from people who have experienced The Rescue Project

    𝗜𝘁’𝘀 𝗻𝗼𝘁 𝘁𝗼𝗼 𝗹𝗮𝘁𝗲 𝘁𝗼 𝗷𝗼𝗶𝗻 𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗽𝗮𝗿𝗶𝘀𝗵 𝗟𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗻 𝗼𝗳𝗳𝗲𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗴, 𝘄𝗲’𝗱 𝗹𝗼𝘃𝗲 𝘁𝗼 𝘄𝗲𝗹𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗲 𝘆𝗼𝘂, 𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗲 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗿𝗲𝗴𝗶𝘀𝘁𝗲𝗿 𝗻𝗼𝘄 held on Thursday evenings at 6:30pm with free dinner, followed by Fr. Riccardo breaking open The Rescue Project segments of Created, Captured, Rescued and Response. The evening ends with a small group discussion.  Register at this link for this transformative experience of the gospel which gives you a deeper insight on the Mass!

Register for the Rescue Project

Stations of the Cross on Fridays 2/23

  • We hope to see you every Friday in Lent; let’s journey together through the Stations of the Cross! It’s a beautiful way to journey and reflect on God’s sacrifice and love for us. 12pm in Spanish and 7pm in English.
  • Or just come by at your convenience and walk the stations of the cross inside the narthex and if the weather is nice, you can also pray at the beautiful outdoor stations of the cross  May God’s grace be with you this Lenten Season.

Fit Shepherds on Wednesday and Saturday mornings

  • To all men, in this time of renewed dedication to fitness, consider joining Fit Shepherds—a unique fusion of physical and spiritual growth. Join us for challenging workouts Saturdays at 7am and Wednesdays at 5:30am in the parking lot, as we strive to become better in every aspect of life, inspired by the Good Shepherd, Jesus Christ.
    Dads are encouraged to bring their sons 5th grade and older.
    Get a glimpse of a Saturday morning work out and see the video below:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hiVMnLrRzf0
  • For more information check out their website at this link or connect with Alex Baier who is looking forward to hearing from you; email him at abaier823@gmail.com

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.

Saint Vincent De Paul Society – Welcoming New Members

  • Volunteers are needed to answer phone requests, meet with people requesting financial assistance and help with clothing drives. Members meet as a group monthly on the third Wednesday of the month at 7pm in room 114.
  • To volunteer please contact the parish office at (630)851-3444 to learn more or email us at olmsvdp@gmail.com
  • We thank OLM parishioners for financial donations throughout the year and support of our clothing drives. Your donations allow us to help parishioners and neighbors in need. In 2023, we provided assistance to 79 households, helping more than 200 men, women and children!

Sunday Mass Penitential Rite Responses 2/24 & 2/25 

  • As we journey through the special season of Lent, at the beginning of the Mass during the Penitential Rite, our responses will be:
    • Priest “Have mercy on us O, Lord.”
      Response “For we have sinned against You.”
      Priest “Show us O, Lord, Your mercy.”
      Response “And grant us Your salvation.”

CRHP Men’s Retreat 2/24 – 2/25 & Women’s Retreat 3/2 – 3/3

  • This could be your CRHP year, we hope you register today it truly is an incredible experience that will recharge your faith life, help you develop lasting friendships, and fill you with newfound energy and purpose.
  • Should you have any questions, connect with the Men and Women’s invitation coordinators for any questions Alex Grove (331)330-0257 or Beatriz Cultura (630)544-0720 crhpolm@gmail.com or check out the FAQs at their webpage.
  • A Special Opportunity for Men & Women
    WHAT. Do you sense that something’s missing in your life? Do you feel that if you weren’t so busy you would be happier, healthier, more effective, more fulfilled, and maybe even a better person?
    Come to the men’s and women’s CRHP weekend! It’s an incredible experience that will help you discover what’s missing in your life and what to do about it.
    Whether you want to connect with other men or women in the parish, improve your prayer life, or just take a break from the craziness of your everyday to have fun and not have to cook or clean, work, shovel the snow, tackle the next item on the ‘to do’ list, you will find what you are looking for—and more.

    WHEN. 𝗠𝗲𝗻’𝘀 𝗥𝗲𝘁𝗿𝗲𝗮𝘁 𝟮/𝟮𝟰 – 𝟮/𝟮𝟱 & 𝗪𝗼𝗺𝗲𝗻’𝘀 𝗥𝗲𝘁𝗿𝗲𝗮𝘁 𝟯/𝟮 – 𝟯/𝟯. The day on Saturday starts at 7:30am and goes through the evening at 8:30pm.  We return the next day at the same time 7:30am ending at 3pm.
    WHERE. In the Parish Life Center (PLC) at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church, 701 S. Eola Road, Aurora
    WHO. Any individual over the age of 18.
    WHY. Because you deserve to live with passion and purpose.
    REGISTER. Please register today.

“Teen Youth Group 3:16” on 2/25

  • High School students are invited to join the new OLM High School Youth Ministry, called “Teen Youth Group 3:16.” The first meeting is Sunday, 2/25th from 3:16pm-5:16pm, in the Youth Center (Room 211). If you have a teenager in your life, please let them know of this new youth group where they’ll find a safe and fun place to grow and find positive social connections within a solid Catholic community

A Lenten Themed MAGNIFY 2/28 

  • During Lent we take a step back from our day-to-day activities so that we can spend more time with Jesus. When we make room for Jesus, we’ll be drawn closer to Him. We’ll be more joyful. We’ll be more lighthearted.
    Lent is about filling our time with things that will draw us closer to God: may we suggest spending more time with Jesus at a lenten themed MAGNIFY? There will be a scriptural reflection, adoration, prayer ministry, confessions and worship; draw closer to Jesus during this special season of Lent at MAGNIFY.

First Friday and Saturday Devotion 3/1 & 3/2

  • Let us be in prayer at any of our great communal prayer devotions.  𝗟𝗲𝘁 𝘂𝘀 𝗯𝗲 𝗶𝗻 𝗽𝗿𝗮𝘆𝗲𝗿 𝗮𝘁 𝗮𝗻𝘆 𝗼𝗳 𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗴𝗿𝗲𝗮𝘁 𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗺𝘂𝗻𝗮𝗹 𝗽𝗿𝗮𝘆𝗲𝗿 𝗱𝗲𝘃𝗼𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀! All are invited to join the First Friday of Reparation and the Communal First Saturday!
    • Extra Friday Confession immediately following the 8am Mass
    • Respect Life 1st Friday Devotion: The Respect Life Ministry invites you to stand and silently pray in front of Waterleaf Women’s Center on January 5. Prayer warriors are needed for one hour shifts 7am – 4pm to change hearts and save lives. For more information, please call Lisa at (630) 236-3310-
    • ADDITIONAL FRIDAY MASS AT 12PM
    • First Saturday Devotion after the 8:30AM Mass
    • Saturday Confessions immediately following the 8:30am Mass and also from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
  • Here is a really good video from Fr. Chris Alar MIC on the First Saturday Devotion https://youtu.be/IaCNDjukTHI?si=9n6xgNE3I9TQBH3z

PADS/Hesed House Service Day 3/5

  • Our next PADS service day is Tuesday, 3/5th. The PADS Board with the “wish-list” of items needed to prepare the meals for 250 guests at Hesed House, is currently on display at the Atrium. Please help us feed the hungry.
  • All donated items must be dropped off during the weekend of 3/2nd and 3rd, before all Masses.  

Lenten Fish Dinners 3/8 & 3/15

  • Friday Lenten Fish Dinner tickets are now on sale!  Held on 3/8th and 3/15th from 5:30pm to 8pm purchase your meal tickets here (all proceeds support a wonderful cause, the Teen Mission Trip!).
    • $15 Fish Dinner Plates consists of potatoes, dinner roll, dessert and beverage. Choose from shrimp, cod (fried), or salmon.

Men of Christ Half Day Retreat “Mastering WHAT Matters” 3/9

  • Join this hybrid nationwide conference at St. Michaels in Wheaton on Saturday 3/9th at 7am. Share, celebrate, and live Christ with us.
    The St. Michael venue is open to any interested man, not just parish members. We will enjoy prayer, fellowship, confession and world-class speakers. Proceed here to for further details, the agenda and registration. Video presentations by Bishop Hicks, Fr. Mark Bernhard and Sam Blair a former navy seal.

Holy Pause-Family Faith Formation Lenten Event 3/9

  • 𝗘𝗺𝗯𝗿𝗮𝗰𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘀𝗮𝗰𝗿𝗲𝗱 𝘀𝗲𝗮𝘀𝗼𝗻 𝗼𝗳 𝗟𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝗮 𝘀𝗽𝗲𝗰𝗶𝗮𝗹 𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝘁𝗮𝗶𝗹𝗼𝗿𝗲𝗱 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗳𝗮𝗺𝗶𝗹𝗶𝗲𝘀 – 𝘁𝗵𝗲 “𝗛𝗼𝗹𝘆 𝗣𝗮𝘂𝘀𝗲.” Join us on Saturday, 3/9th from 2pm to 3:45pm in the gym for an enriching experience designed to deepen your Lenten journey as a family.
  • 🙌 Activities Include
    • Path of Creative Prayer Stations. Explore a journey of reflection and connection as a family, lifting up your own needs and the needs of others through unique prayer stations.
    • Make and Take Prayer Bowl Project. Engage in a hands-on, creative activity to craft personalized prayer bowls, a tangible reminder of your family’s shared spiritual journey.
    • Small Service Opportunity. Embrace the spirit of giving back as a family through a meaningful service opportunity.
  • 📅 Registration Deadline. To ensure we can accommodate everyone, please register for this free special gathering by 3/5th. Let’s come together as a community to pause, reflect, and strengthen our spiritual bonds during this Lenten season. We look forward to sharing this sacred time with you and your loved ones.

Register for Holy Pause HERE

DisABILITIES Mass at Our Lady of Mercy 3/10

  • We’re excited to warmly welcome individuals with disABILITIES, and their friends and family, at Our Lady of Mercy’s first disABILITIES Mass on Sunday 3/10th at 2pm! Please save the date!
  • We look forward to welcoming you and many others from throughout the Diocese of Joliet and we hope you will join us as we celebrate the blessings of those with disABILITIES in our Church family, as well as the wonderful gifts they bring to our parish!
  • Please sign up here so we can plan on welcoming you: https://ourladyofmercyaurora.flocknote.com/signup/152664

Discovering Divine Mercy Seminar 3/12 & 3/13

  • Discover, “The Extraordinary Graces and Gifts of the Divine Mercy Devotion,” in special seminars Tuesday, 3/12th at 9am or Wednesday, 3/13th at 7pm. Both seminars will be held in PLC Room 208. No registration is needed, but please be sure to bring your Rosary! For more details, e-mail trollerw@live.com or call (630) 585-1865.

Living with Grief Monthly Meeting: “Grief & Your Lenten Journey”  3/13

  • Experiencing the loss of a loved one is a difficult journey. Our Lady of Mercy is offering a supportive place for participants ages 18 and older living with grief to be together in a faith community to find healing and hope.
  • Join Deacon Tony Leazzo as we discuss grief & our connections with the Lenten Season. We will meet from 1-2:30pm in Room 217
  • Registration is requested- Connect with Jolene Leroy at 331-707-5380 to RSVP or for questions.

Unbound Freedom in Christ Conference 3/15 & 3/16

  • Fr. James at St. Mary Immaculate in Plainfield, along with the Unbound Joliet team, is hosting an Unbound Freedom in Christ Conference on Friday, 3/15th 6:30pm to 9:30pm through Saturday, 3/16th 8:30am to 8:30pm. God wants to speak into your life and reveal His heart to you. This conference will help you to learn the 5 keys of Unbound and to experience deeper freedom in Christ. Registration and details are found at this link.

Knights of Columbus Easter Egg Hunt 3/16

  • The Knights of Columbus are hosting an Easter Egg Hunt for kids ages 0-10 on Saturday, 3/16, at 10am with the Egg Hunt starting at 10:30am. It will be held in the PLC. Please bring your Easter basket or a bag to hold all the eggs you find. Maybe even the Easter Bunny will stop in for some fun!!! We hope to see you there!
  • *There will be a “Sensory Friendly” egg hunt and sensory bins in a separate room with less stimuli and lower lighting*

Meet & Greet Gathering 3/17

  • 𝟯/𝟭𝟳𝘁𝗵 @ 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 3/17

  • Stop by the PLC after the 8am and 10am Masses on Sunday, 3/17th for Yummy Donuts, Good Coffee & Wonderful Fellowship. 

Parish Mission with Fr. Sean Grismer 3/18 & 3/19

  • “The Joy of the Lord Is Our Strength” is the theme for our Parish Mission with Fr. Sean Grismer on Monday 3/18 and Tuesday 3/19 from 7pm to 8:30pm.
    Blessed with fervor for his faith, a keen sense of humor, and a way with words, Fr. Grismer compels his audiences’ attention. He will dive into the great call upon each of our lives allow the joy of the Lord to be our strength.
    In 2016, Fr. Grismer was ordained a priest in the Diocese of Rockford. Presently, he is the Assistant Principal and Spiritual Director at Aurora Central Catholic High School, Aurora. Fr. Grismer has led several pilgrimages to Lourdes, Rome, and serves as a parish retreat leader. He is a member of Our Lady of Lourdes North American Volunteers. He holds a License in Sacred Theology with a focus on Dogmatic Theology from Rome’s Pontifical Angelicum University.

Palm Weaving Workshop 3/18, 3/20 & 3/21

  • Come out and weave palms to help us decorate our church for Palm Sunday and Holy Week on any of the following days. The Arts and Environment team will give easy-to-follow instructions on how to weave the palms.
    • Monday 3/18 from 7pm to 9:30pm in Room 114.
    • Wednesday 3/20 from 9am to 11:30am in Room 114.
    • Thursday 3/21 from 7pm to 9:30pm in Room 114.

A MAGNIFY Lenten Reconciliation Service 3/20

  • Join us for a special evening at MAGNIFY on Wednesday, 3/20th, just before Holy Week, as we host a special Lenten Reconciliation Service. There will be a handful of priests who will hear Confessions from 7pm to 8:30pm.

FREE Online Lenten Retreat “Ecce Homo” 3/21-3/23

A Spring Clearing of Closets Could Benefit the St. Vincent de Paul Clothing Drive 3/23 & 3/24 

  • In the season of spring, let’s go on a cleaning spree,Open up those closets, set your wardrobe free.Spring cleaning’s not just about dusting and mopping,It’s a chance to give back, to keep compassion popping.Clear out those closets, where garments reside,Clothes you don’t wear, it’s time to decide.A clothing drive awaits, with arms open wideTo give those unused garments a new place to reside.Spring’s renewal extends to more than just blooms,It’s about sharing warmth, dispelling cold glooms.Donate those jackets, those jeans, and those shirts,Help others in need, where compassion asserts.So fold up the sweaters, the scarves, and the rest,Each piece that you give, makes someone’s heart zest.Spring cleaning, a chance for a fresh, caring start,Turn unused clothes into warmth, like a kindhearted art.
  • The truck for the next SVDP Clothing Drive will be in the church parking lot from noon on Saturday, 3/23 to approximately noon on Sunday, 3/24.

Walking Through Grief 6-Week Series Begins 4/8

  • Experiencing the loss of a loved one is a difficult journey. Our Lady of Mercy is offering a supportive place for participants (ages 18 and older) to walk through grief together in a faith community to find hope and healing.
  • Walking Through Grief is a weekly support group for six weeks from 1pm to 2:30pm on the following Mondays,  in Room 208 in the Parish Life Center (PLC)
  • Registration is requested, Please connect with Jolene Leroy at 331-707-5380

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 February is titled “Peace in the Holy Land” 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.  

St. Vincent de Paul Society Volunteers

  • Thank you for your support of our clothing drive. Your clothing donation, as well as your financial donations throughout the year, allows us to help our parishioners and neighbors in need. In 2022, we provided assistance to 72 households, helping 185 men, women, and children to remain in their homes or apartments in time of financial need.
  • The ministry is always looking for volunteers to join our St. Vincent de Paul Society in assisting our neighbors in need. If you would like to volunteer or learn more, send an email to olmsvdp@gmail.com with your name and contact information.

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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.
  • 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.

A MOTHER’S HEART GROW GROUP

Mission. A Mother’s Heart is a group for Catholic mothers with children ages 0-11 who are seeking to journey with other like-minded women of faith.  Following the example of St. Thérèse of Lisieux, we strive to imitate her “little way” of growing in holiness through the lenses of motherhood and family.

Website. Proceed here for details.

Meets. 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 Lydia Schmitt lydiadschmitt@gmail.com for any questions.

CONSUMING FIRE YOUNG ADULT GROW GROUP

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.

SALT AND LIGHT GROW GROUP
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.

VINE & BRANCHES GROW GROUP

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

Parish School | All Saints Catholic Academy

Dear Friends,

     Welcome to All Saints Catholic Academy, and thank you for your interest in our school! We are grateful for your consideration and hope you find our website helpful in your discernment.

     As a parent, you have much to consider when selecting a school for your child. By choosing All Saints, you are providing your children with the learning environment and preparation they will need for a bright future. Our daily curriculum promotes each child’s academic, physical, spiritual, and emotional growth. We educate the whole child, helping each student become a well-rounded young adult prepared to meet the challenges of high school and beyond.

     At ASCA, we have a tremendously dedicated, highly qualified degreed and licensed faculty as well as superb academic and formation programs. As a Catholic school open to students of all faiths, our belief in Jesus Christ and His Church guide our faith formation program. Your son or daughter will find in ASCA a welcoming, inclusive, safe, disciplined, and academically rigorous program that offers high expectations in a supportive way. Whether through academics, preparation for sacraments, athletics, or a myriad of extracurricular programs, we have something to engage each student. All are welcome at All Saints!

     Please peruse our website, and contact us to schedule a personalized tour. We look forward to meeting you and welcoming you to the All Saints family. Our prayers are with you as you make this important decision for your child’s future.

     Yours in Christ,
     Margie Marshall
     Principal

Marvin Booker, an OLM parishioner, shares the journey of his family’s decision to enroll their kids in All Saints Catholic Academy, our parish school. 

Discover why All Saints could be the perfect fit for your family in today’s dynamic world, schedule a tour!

GROW YOUR FAITH

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

Check it out HERE

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. There is also Family Content: Enjoy and share family-favorite audio from the series Brother Francis and the Jesus Stories.  Please enjoy this latest offering from the Augustine Institute.

HALLOW – A CATHOLIC PRAYER & MEDITATION APP  Hallow is a Catholic prayer & meditation app that helps users deepen their relationship with God through contemplative prayer and strengthen one’s mental health in the process. Easy-to-use, audio-guided sessions anywhere from 1 to 60 minutes long. Pray your own way with a personalized prayer plan pulling from 3,000+ unique sessions including the Lectio Divina on the Daily Gospel, Rosary, Examen, Night Prayer, Calm & Humility “Praylists” and much more. Hallow Light is free. Hallow Plus is $5 per month ($60 per year). Sign up for either one here.

WORD ON FIRE

Explore the goodness, truth, and beauty of the faith!

Did you know that you have complete access to Bishop Barron’s Word on Fire ENGAGE video library!   Check out this link to watch any of the videos whenever you want without ever having to login.

Not sure where to start? How about checking out the short 5 episode series on The Eucharist This fresh look at the Eucharist brings to light its reality as sacred meal, the sacrifice necessary for communion with God, and the real presence of Christ.

BLESSED IS SHE

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

THE CATHOLIC GENTLEMAN

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

HEROIC MEN

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, too, for quality Catholic content on the go.  Get it all—for FREE – at HeroicMen.com

AQUINAS 101 FREE COURSES

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.

PINTS WITH AQUINAS PODCAST

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.


PASTORAL CARE

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

RESTORE

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.

MOMS WALKING WITH MOMS IN NEED

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

FAITH BUDDIES

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

February 9, 2024 | Parish Update

February 9, 2024 | Parish Update

Embrace the Silence – Eucharistic Adoration Begins In the New Chapel Monday 2/12th

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Peace be with you!

We are delighted to share with you the joyous news that our new Eucharistic Adoration Chapel will open its doors for silent adoration starting Monday, February 12th.

As we begin this new chapter of adoration at our parish in encountering the healing presence of Jesus amidst our trials through the peace that can be found in the silence, the profound words of Cardinal Robert Sarah comes to mind,

“Christ lived for thirty years in silence. Then, during His public life, He withdrew to the desert to listen to and speak with His Father. The world vitally needs those who go off into the desert because God speaks in silence.”

CARDINAL ROBERT SARAH

Before we begin, let us keep the following guidelines in mind.

  • Silent Adoration Chapel. This will be a silent space. Let us be the ones who heed the call to “go off into the desert” and embrace the silence where God speaks. In this sacred space, find solace and connection with the Divine through silent prayer.
  • Respecting Sacred Spaces. As you enter this sanctuary, please refrain from touching the statues or placing items on them or the wooden ledge. 
  • Adoration Hours. There will be some interruptions this week, February 12 through the 16th, as we finish some last minute touches on the chapel. Join us Monday through Friday, following the 8am Mass until 10pm. Please note that on Wednesdays during the 12pm Mass, there will be no adoration. And on Wednesday evenings during MAGNIFY from 7pm to 8:30pm, adoration will take place inside the church. 
  • Please Sign-In Every time You Visit Jesus. Familiarize yourself with the sign-in process by watching the following tutorial video. I would like to emphasize the importance of signing in for both committed adorers and visitors to ensure a smooth operation of the chapel. Signing in helps us track attendance and ensure someone is always present with Jesus, for we cannot leave Him alone.

We warmly encourage you to listen to

my recent homily, “Bringing Our Difficulties to the Lord at the New Adoration Chapel.” I share from my own experience of bringing my trials to Jesus during adoration which can lead to profound solace and healing. My prayer is that you find comfort in laying your burdens before the Lord in the sacred sanctuary of our new Adoration Chapel.

A Life-Changing Commitment. 

Experience the transformative power of adoration by making a commitment to adore Jesus for an hour during the week. Simply sign up to become a committed adorer – available hours have a convenient “sign up” button next to them. It’s a commitment that will truly change your life. Just click on the graphic below to become a committed adorer.

Don’t Forget the Children.

Encourage the entire family, including children, teenagers, college kids, and young adults, to partake in this beautiful experience of adoration. It’s an opportunity for them to encounter the presence of Jesus in a unique and special way.

Hope To See You at the Dedication.

Join us for the Dedication of the Eucharistic Adoration Chapel by Bishop Hicks on Sunday, immediately following the 12pm Mass. The ceremony will be followed by a delightful cake and coffee reception. Let us celebrate this momentous occasion together as a community.

As we step into this new chapter of spiritual growth, let us remember the words of St. Teresa of Calcutta

The time you spend with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament is the best time you will spend on earth.

Embrace the silence, and let the Eucharistic Adoration Chapel be a source of peace, grace and blessing in your lives.
With warm regards and excitement for this new journey for our parish,

Fr. Michael

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P.S. To accompany you during the Lenten season, here is a Eucharistic Prayer Companion for Lent and Triduum. Feel free to download and print.

Eucharistic Prayer Companion for Lent and Triduum.


	

February 4, 2024 | Parish Update


February 4, 2024 | Parish Update

A Sacred Space. CMAA 2024. & Ash Wednesday.

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

       I’m pretty good at throwing parties, in particular, pity parties. When I was 25 years old, I was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. As I look back, I know that the Lord uses all things for His glory because my diagnosis led to my priestly discernment. But, for selfish reasons, it added to my pity party; I was now a proud owner of “the cancer card”! I remember one time when my sister and I were discussing with my mom where we should all go to dinner. My sister and I had different ideas of which restaurant to go to, but ultimately, I won in the end. Why? Because I had cancer!

       I bring this up because in our first reading, Job is throwing his own pity party. “Job spoke, saying: ‘Is not man’s life on earth is a drudgery?’” (Job 7:1) Now, I don’t think it’s just Job or myself that tend to feel this way sometimes. Why? Well, when we are going through our crosses and trials, or when we are hurting, we typically feel isolated and alone. We may feel like no one can grasp or comprehend what we are actually going through. 

       However, what our faith makes clear is that we are never alone, and the Lord knows exactly what we are going through. In our Gospel reading today, the Lord seeks out Peter’s Mother-in-Law who is sick. Not only does the Lord seek us out, but we are also able to approach Him and call out in our need. Later in Job’s story, he will cry out to the Lord and the Lord will hear his cry. In the Gospel, many people come to Lord seeking healing as the sun sets. 

      May I invite us, especially with the crosses we bear, to seek out the Lord in prayer instead of throwing a pity party and feeling isolated. Next Sunday, February 11th, after the Noon Mass Bishop Ronald Hicks will dedicate our new Adoration Chapel. My hope is that this sacred space may become a place where many can come and bring their crosses before the Lord, knowing that they are never alone, and that the Lord is with them!


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


Mondays with Monica & Augustine Prayer Group Continues 2/5

  • Join us at OLM on Mondays at 7:30 pm, where we can find inspiration and companionship in the stories of St. Monica and St. Augustine. Together, let’s reflect on our family situations and navigate the challenges we encounter with our loved ones who may have strayed from the Church. See you there!

Consuming Fire Young Adult Grow Group Continues 2/6

  • Calling all young adults, join our Consuming Fire Young Adult Grow Group (CFYA) on Tuesday at 7pm for community and faith building. The talk on Tuesday evening will be about “Preparing for Lent.” Reach out to cfyagg@gmail.com to get plugged in with the group or sign up at the link HERE

Bible Studies Continue on Tuesdays and Wednesdays 2/6 & 2/7

  • How exciting! There are two Bible Study opportunities to take part in. We hope to see you at any of the following. Should you have any questions, please connect with Joe Wiacek and Joe Glasgow who are looking forward to hearing from you at OLMBiblestudies@gmail.com

Vine & Branches Continues 2/7

  • Vine & Branches is a Grow Group at Our Lady of Mercy that offers support and belonging to individuals who have experienced the trauma of a broken marital relationship.
  • For more information, please reach out to one of our group leaders. They look forward to hearing from you: Kim Harris kimharris73@yahoo.com
    Mary LoGalbo logalbo.marycarol@gmail.com, Jim Marks jimm6351@yahoo.com

Salt and Light Grow Group Continues 2/7 & 2/8

  • Join Salt and Light Grow Group for 𝗙𝗿 𝗠𝗶𝗰𝗵𝗮𝗲𝗹 𝗚𝗮𝗶𝘁𝗹𝗲𝘆’𝘀 “𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗦𝗲𝗰𝗼𝗻𝗱 𝗚𝗿𝗲𝗮𝘁𝗲𝘀𝘁 𝗦𝘁𝗼𝗿𝘆 𝗘𝘃𝗲𝗿 𝗧𝗼𝗹𝗱” for fast-paced and lively sessions through a video talk followed by group discussion.
  • Join us either Wednesday evenings at 6:30pm or Thursday afternoons at 1pm; For more details and registration, proceed here, and please don’t forget to bring a friend.

Fit Shepherds on Wednesday and Saturday mornings

  • To all men, as we embrace the New Year and thoughts turn to fitness resolutions, consider joining Fit Shepherds—a unique blend of physical and spiritual growth. Join us for challenging workouts Saturdays at 7am and Wednesdays at 5:30am in the parking lot, as we strive to become better in every aspect of life, inspired by the Good Shepherd, Jesus Christ. Dads are encouraged to bring their sons 5th grade and older.
  • For more information check out their website at this link or connect with Alex Baier who is looking forward to hearing from you; email him at abaier823@gmail.com
  • Get a glimpse of a Saturday morning work out and see the video below.

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.

Support the Teen Mission Trip & Help Raise $10,000 so that Fr. Michael Shaves Off his Beard! 

Catholic Ministries Annual Appeal  2024 on 2/10 & 2/11

  • We will hear from Bishop Hicks about the 2024 Catholic Ministries Annual Appeal at all the Mass times during the weekend of 2/10 through 2/11.  The CMAA is a powerful way we can honor God’s glory by helping our neighbors in need.Every day, across the Diocese of Joliet, your generosity is making a difference in the lives of those less fortunate through Catholic Charities, inspiring our next generation of faithful in our Catholic schools and parishes, and it’s educating the men who will devote their lives to shepherding us as our future priests. Please prayerfully consider what you are able to give and live your faith fully by making your gift today. Your generosity is so greatly appreciated. Thank you for sharing your blessings!
  • Fill out the envelope during the Mass or donate online here.

https://www.youtube.com/embed/cWINlRjvTAQKnights of Columbus Pancake Breakfast 2/11

  • The Knights of Columbus Pancake Breakfast has been rescheduled for Sunday, February 11th from 8am to Noon in the PLC. Plan on stopping by for a delicious breakfast while helping to support the Teen Mission Trip. Tickets will be available at the door.

Eucharistic Adoration Chapel Dedication 2/11

  • Please join us on Sunday 2/11th as Bishop Hicks will be dedicating the new Eucharistic Adoration Chapel immediately following the Noon Mass. (around 1pm) This dedication will be followed by a cake and coffee reception hosted by Fr. Michael and Fr. Frank in the PLC. See you there!

Eucharistic Adoration Begins in the Chapel 2/12

  • On Monday 2/12th after the 8:30am Mass, Eucharistic Adoration begins in the Chapel. Adorers who have signed up for an hour commitment during the week will allow for anyone to stop by and pray with Jesus Monday through Friday 8:30am through 6pm.  Here are a few guidelines to be keep in mind.
    • Please adore in silence.
    • Please sign in. Whether you are just visiting or a committed adorer, we are asking that you please sign in. Beside the doors into the chapel is a wall mounted kiosk where you can sign in, just select “Adorer Sign In.”  To get familiar with this process here is a link to the check-in software.
    • The statues are so beautiful it makes you want to touch them; however, we are asking if you could please refrain from touching them.

Walking Through Grief 6-Week Series Begins 2/12

  • Experiencing the loss of a loved one is a difficult journey. Our Lady of Mercy is offering a supportive place for participants (ages 18 and older) to walk through grief together in a faith community to find hope and healing.
  • Walking Through Grief is a weekly support group for six weeks from 1pm to 2:30pm on the following Mondays, 2/12, 2/19, 2/26, 3/4, 3/11, & 3/18 in Room 208 in the Parish Life Center (PLC)
  • Registration is requested, Please connect with Jolene Leroy at 331-707-5380 

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

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

Join us on Ash Wednesday 2/14

  • Begin Lent with us on Ash Wednesday 2/14th and receive Ashes at either the 6:30am, 8am, 12pm (livestreamed), 7pm Mass times or at the 5:30pm Scripture Service.
  • To find out more about Ash Wednesday check out our FAQ page (is it a Holy Day of Obligation, does someone need to be Catholic to receive ashes etc.)

The Rescue Project Begins 2/15

  • “𝘐 𝘶𝘯𝘥𝘦𝘳𝘴𝘵𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘪𝘮𝘱𝘰𝘳𝘵𝘢𝘯𝘤𝘦 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘔𝘢𝘴𝘴 𝘯𝘰𝘸. 𝘐 𝘨𝘰 𝘣𝘦𝘤𝘢𝘶𝘴𝘦 𝘐 𝘸𝘢𝘯𝘵 𝘵𝘰, 𝘣𝘦𝘤𝘢𝘶𝘴𝘦 𝘐 𝘧𝘦𝘦𝘭 𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘱𝘦𝘭𝘭𝘦𝘥 𝘵𝘰 𝘨𝘰.”
    “𝘐’𝘮 𝘧𝘦𝘦𝘭𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘤𝘩𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘦𝘯𝘨𝘦𝘥, 𝘣𝘦𝘤𝘢𝘶𝘴𝘦 𝘐’𝘷𝘦 𝘕𝘌𝘝𝘌𝘙 𝘩𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘥 𝘑𝘦𝘴𝘶𝘴 𝘱𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘤𝘩𝘦𝘥 𝘭𝘪𝘬𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘴.”
    “𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘙𝘦𝘴𝘤𝘶𝘦 𝘗𝘳𝘰𝘫𝘦𝘤𝘵 𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘶𝘦𝘴 𝘵𝘰 𝘣𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘨𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘵𝘦𝘴𝘵 𝘴𝘦𝘳𝘪𝘦𝘴 𝘐’𝘷𝘦 𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘳 𝘴𝘦𝘦𝘯 𝘰𝘳 𝘣𝘦𝘦𝘯 𝘱𝘢𝘳𝘵 𝘰𝘧.”
    “𝘐 𝘤𝘢𝘯’𝘵 𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘺 𝘱𝘶𝘵 𝘪𝘵 𝘪𝘯𝘵𝘰 𝘸𝘰𝘳𝘥𝘴, 𝘣𝘶𝘵 𝘵𝘰𝘥𝘢𝘺 𝘐 𝘢𝘮 𝘢 𝘊𝘩𝘳𝘪𝘴𝘵𝘪𝘢𝘯 𝘮𝘢𝘯 𝘸𝘩𝘰 𝘩𝘢𝘴 𝘣𝘦𝘦𝘯 𝘳𝘦𝘵𝘶𝘳𝘯𝘦𝘥 𝘵𝘰 𝘢 𝘭𝘪𝘧𝘦 𝘰𝘧 𝘱𝘶𝘳𝘱𝘰𝘴𝘦 𝘢𝘴 𝘢 𝘴𝘰𝘯 𝘰𝘧 𝘎𝘰𝘥 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘣𝘳𝘰𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘰𝘧 𝘊𝘩𝘳𝘪𝘴𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘐 𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘰𝘸𝘦𝘥 𝘵𝘰 𝘴𝘭𝘪𝘱 𝘢𝘸𝘢𝘺 𝘢 𝘧𝘦𝘸 𝘺𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘴 𝘢𝘨𝘰.”— Feedback from people who have experienced The Rescue Project
    𝟭𝟬 𝗥𝗲𝗮𝘀𝗼𝗻𝘀 𝗪𝗵𝘆 𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗥𝗲𝘀𝗰𝘂𝗲 𝗣𝗿𝗼𝗷𝗲𝗰𝘁 𝗜𝘀 𝗙𝗼𝗿 𝗬𝗼𝘂
    1. Perhaps you would like to resonate with some of the feedback mentioned above.
    2. If you are experiencing OR think of the Christian faith as a mere set of rules and disciplines.
    3. If going to Mass is boring or attending a Church service is more a habit (a check the box) than something you feel a need to participate in.
    4. If Jesus is only a figure in ancient history for you.
    5. If you have been walking with Jesus for years and love Him.
    6. If you want to experience the gospel surrounded by good food, conversation, and prayer.
    7. If you want to experience beauty, authentic humanity, and accompaniment.
    8. If you want to go into a deeper dive into your relationship with Jesus this Lent.
    9. If you are at juncture in life and are uncertain of what to do next.
    10. If you don’t know Jesus, want to know Him and recognize being known by Him.
    𝗪𝗲’𝗿𝗲 𝗹𝗼𝗼𝗸𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗳𝗼𝗿𝘄𝗮𝗿𝗱 𝘁𝗼 𝘄𝗲𝗹𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘆𝗼𝘂, 𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗲 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗿𝗲𝗴𝗶𝘀𝘁𝗲𝗿 𝗻𝗼𝘄 held on Thursday evenings at 6:30pm with free dinner, followed by Fr. Riccardo breaking open The Rescue Project segments of Created, Captured, RESCUED and Response. The evening ends with a small group discussion.  Register at this link for this transformative experience of the gospel which gives you a deeper insight on the Mass!
  • Check out the personal message below from Fr. John Riccardo to you!

Register for the Rescue Project

Winter Vianney Visit 2/15-2/17

  • 𝗜𝘁’𝘀 𝗻𝗼𝘁 𝘁𝗼𝗼 𝗹𝗮𝘁𝗲 𝘁𝗼 𝘀𝗶𝗴𝗻 𝘂𝗽 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗪𝗶𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗿 𝗩𝗶𝗮𝗻𝗻𝗲𝘆 𝗩𝗶𝘀𝗶𝘁!
    Spend a winter weekend developing your prayer life and trust in God’s plan for you. The Vianney Visit provides high school sophomores through college age men (ages 16–24) the opportunity to take a closer look and experience college seminary. Attend Mass, prayer and spiritual conferences with SJV priests and hear testimonies from SJV seminarians. 𝗧𝗵𝗲𝗿𝗲 𝗶𝘀 𝗻𝗼 𝗰𝗵𝗮𝗿𝗴𝗲 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗻𝘁. 𝗔𝗹𝗹 𝗺𝗲𝗮𝗹𝘀 𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝘃𝗶𝗱𝗲𝗱.For more information & registration forms, please click here: https://www.diojoliet.org/w/vianney-visit

Migrant Support Collection 2/17 & 2/18

  • Looking for a way to support the many migrant families arriving in the area?
    𝗢𝘂𝗿 𝗽𝗮𝗿𝗶𝘀𝗵 𝗶𝘀 𝗰𝗼𝗹𝗹𝗲𝗰𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗻𝗼𝗻-𝗽𝗲𝗿𝗶𝘀𝗵𝗮𝗯𝗹𝗲 𝗳𝗼𝗼𝗱 𝗶𝘁𝗲𝗺𝘀, 𝗴𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗹𝘆 𝘂𝘀𝗲𝗱 𝗰𝗹𝗼𝘁𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗴 & 𝗵𝗼𝘂𝘀𝗲𝗵𝗼𝗹𝗱 𝗴𝗼𝗼𝗱𝘀, 𝗯𝗹𝗮𝗻𝗸𝗲𝘁𝘀, 𝗱𝗶𝗮𝗽𝗲𝗿𝘀 (𝗲𝘀𝗽𝗲𝗰𝗶𝗮𝗹𝗹𝘆 𝘀𝗶𝘇𝗲 𝟰/𝟱/𝟲) 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘄𝗶𝗽𝗲𝘀 𝗯𝗲𝗳𝗼𝗿𝗲 𝗮𝗹𝗹 𝗠𝗮𝘀𝘀𝗲𝘀 𝗼𝗻 𝗙𝗲𝗯𝗿𝘂𝗮𝗿𝘆 𝟭𝟳𝘁𝗵 & 𝟭𝟴𝘁𝗵.  
  • These items will be brought to the Mission of Our Lady of the Angels in West Humboldt Park. The Franciscans of the Eucharist of Chicago have been serving many families, and the need for material support is very high. Thank you so much for your generosity.
  • You can find out more about the Mission of Our Lady of the Angels here:
    https://www.missionola.com/
  • Franciscans of the Eucharist of Chicago:
    https://www.franciscansoftheeucharistofchicago.com/ 
  • Questions? Please contact Chris Harvey at 631-561-9722 OR chrisharveyny@gmail.com

Fill an Easter Bag for a Child in Need 2/17 & 2/18

  • Service Opportunity: Fill an Easter Bag for a Child in Need!
    Pick up a Bag at OLM the Weekend of Feb. 17th & 18th
  • Fill your bag with items and return by the weekend of March 9th & 10th
    These Easter Bags will benefit children and families assisted by the Aurora Interfaith Food Pantry. 
  • Questions? Contact lydias@olmercy.com

Donut Sunday 2/18

  • Stop by the PLC after the 8am and 10am Masses on Sunday, February 18th for Yummy Donuts, Good Coffee & Wonderful Fellowship.

St. Peregrine Prayer Service 2/20

  • For those with cancer, serious or chronic illnesses, and their caregivers… Come to the St. Peregrine Prayer Service on Tuesday 2/20th following the 6:30pm Mass.
  • St. Peregrine is the patron saint of the sick, especially those suffering from cancer, serious illness, or chronic illness. The prayer service is for the intention of those with cancer, serious or chronic illnesses, and their caregivers

Catholic Charities Mobile Food Pantry 2/21

  • The Mobile Food Pantry is on Weds 2/21 from 4:30pm to 6pm.  Don’t forget to share the Our Lady of Mercy social media posting on your network; you never know who among your network is in need of food.
  • The Catholic Charities, Diocese of Joliet Mobile Food Pantry delivers healthy food (meat, produce, and non-perishable items) to people in need. No identification or information will be required or collected. This event is open to anyone in need of food! Mobile Food Pantries use a “drive-thru” method to distribute. Please clear space in your trunk or backseat so volunteers can load boxes of food directly into your vehicle. Mobile Food Pantries take place snow, rain, or shine!

CRHP Men’s Retreat 2/24 – 2/25 & Women’s Retreat 3/2 – 3/3

  • Register now for CRHP, an incredible experience that will recharge your faith life, help you develop lasting friendships, and fill you with newfound energy and purpose.
  • Should you have any questions in the meantime, connect with the Men and Women’s invitation coordinators for any questions Alex Grove (331)330-0257 or Beatriz Cultura (630)544-0720 crhpolm@gmail.com or check out the FAQs at their webpage.
  • A Special Opportunity for Men & Women
    WHAT. Do you sense that something’s missing in your life? Do you feel that if you weren’t so busy you would be happier, healthier, more effective, more fulfilled, and maybe even a better person?
    Come to the next men’s and women’s CRHP weekend! It’s an incredible experience that will help you discover what’s missing in your life and what to do about it.
    Whether you want to connect with other men or women in the parish, improve your prayer life, or just take a break from the craziness of your everyday to have fun and not have to cook or clean, work, shovel the snow, tackle the next item on the ‘to do’ list, you will find what you are looking for—and more.

    WHEN. 𝗠𝗲𝗻’𝘀 𝗥𝗲𝘁𝗿𝗲𝗮𝘁 𝟮/𝟮𝟰 – 𝟮/𝟮𝟱 & 𝗪𝗼𝗺𝗲𝗻’𝘀 𝗥𝗲𝘁𝗿𝗲𝗮𝘁 𝟯/𝟮 – 𝟯/𝟯. The day on Saturday starts at 7:30am and goes through the evening at 8:30pm.  We return the next day at the same time 7:30am ending at 3pm.
    WHERE. In the Parish Life Center (PLC) at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church, 701 S. Eola Road, Aurora
    WHO. Any individual over the age of 18
    WHY. Because you deserve to live with passion and purpose.
    REGISTER. Please register soon

First Friday and Saturday Devotion 3/1 & 3/2

  • Let us be in prayer at any of our great communal prayer devotions.  𝗟𝗲𝘁 𝘂𝘀 𝗯𝗲 𝗶𝗻 𝗽𝗿𝗮𝘆𝗲𝗿 𝗮𝘁 𝗮𝗻𝘆 𝗼𝗳 𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗴𝗿𝗲𝗮𝘁 𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗺𝘂𝗻𝗮𝗹 𝗽𝗿𝗮𝘆𝗲𝗿 𝗱𝗲𝘃𝗼𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀! All are invited to join the First Friday of Reparation and the Communal First Saturday!
    • Extra Friday Confession immediately following the 8am Mass
    • Respect Life 1st Friday Devotion: The Respect Life Ministry invites you to stand and silently pray in front of Waterleaf Women’s Center on January 5. Prayer warriors are needed for one hour shifts 7 am – 4 pm to change hearts and save lives. For more information, please call Lisa at (630) 236-3310-
    • ADDITIONAL FRIDAY MASS AT 12PM
    • First Saturday Devotion after the 8:30AM Mass
    • Saturday Confessions immediately following the 8:30am Mass and also from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
  • Here is a really good video from Fr. Chris Alar MIC on the First Saturday Devotion https://youtu.be/IaCNDjukTHI?si=9n6xgNE3I9TQBH3z

DisABILITIES Mass at Our Lady of Mercy 3/10

  • We’re excited to warmly welcome individuals with disABILITIES, and their friends and family, at Our Lady of Mercy’s first disABILITIES Mass on Sunday 3/10th at 2pm! Please save the date!
  • We look forward to welcoming you and many others from throughout the Diocese of Joliet and we hope you will join us as we celebrate the blessings of those with disABILITIES in our Church family, as well as the wonderful gifts they bring to our parish!
  • Please sign up here so we can plan on welcoming you: https://ourladyofmercyaurora.flocknote.com/signup/152664

Unbound Freedom in Christ Conference 3/15 & 3/16

  • Fr. James at St. Mary Immaculate in Plainfield, along with the Unbound Joliet team, is hosting an Unbound Freedom in Christ Conference on Friday, 3/15th 6:30pm to 9:30pm through Saturday, 3/16th 8:30am to 8:30pm. God wants to speak into your life and reveal His heart to you. This conference will help you to learn the 5 keys of Unbound and to experience deeper freedom in Christ. Registration and details are found at this link.

Knights of Columbus Easter Egg Hunt 3/16

  • The Knights of Columbus are hosting an Easter Egg Hunt for kids ages 0-10 on Saturday, 3/16, at 10am with the Egg Hunt starting at 10:30am. It will be held in the PLC. Please bring your Easter basket or a bag to hold all the eggs you find. Maybe even the Easter Bunny will stop in for some fun!!! We hope to see you there!
  • *There will be a “Sensory Friendly” egg hunt and sensory bins in a separate room with less stimuli and lower lighting*

2024 Knights of Columbus Free Throw Champions

  • The Robert H. Weaver Knights of Columbus Council #12005 would like to congratulate the following winners of our free throw competition held January 18, 2024, at the Our Lady of Mercy Parish Life Center:
    Gabriella Curcio, Aiden Gross, Juan Pablo Cordero, Giovanni Sanderlin
         We wish them luck as they move on to the District competition in February, with the winners advancing to the Regional competition in March.
         We thank all the kids that came out for a fun evening of competition.
    Congratulations once again.

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 Deacon Bugsy Sindanc at bugsys@olmercy.com and arrangements will be made. 
  • Caring for a Loved One with Mary” by Theresa Kiser is in the book kiosk. Completely occupied by the constant care necessary for her son’s medically complex situation, Theresa Kiser struggled to reconcile with the physical, emotional, social, and mental tolls it took on her family. But when she stumbled upon the devotion of the Seven Sorrows of Mary, she was surprised — and deeply relieved — to discover that Our Lady walked this caregiving road before her. The Seven Sorrows devotion nourished her soul with comfort, companionship, and grace at a time when she needed it most.

Is God Calling You to the Priesthood?

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

Bishop Hick’s Monthly Column 

  • Bishop Hicks’ monthly column for January is titled “Benefits of a Paper Calendar in the Digital Age” 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.
  • ther” Read his insightful column HERE.

Scam Emails and Text Messages

  • From time to time, there are phishing (SCAM) emails going out to members of the parish and staff claiming to be Father Michael as well as text messages.
    Please note that Father Michael and Father Frank DO NOT send texts or emails asking for money or gift cards. If you receive a message appearing to be from Father Michael or Father James, please discard it (any email that does not have “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.  

St. Vincent de Paul Society Volunteers

  • Thank you for your support of our clothing drive. Your clothing donation, as well as your financial donations throughout the year, allows us to help our parishioners and neighbors in need. In 2023, we provided assistance to 79 households, helping 200 men, women and children to remain in their homes or apartments in time of financial need.
  • The ministry is always looking for volunteers to join our St. Vincent de Paul Society in assisting our neighbors in need. If you would like to volunteer or learn more, send an email to olmsvdp@gmail.com with your name and contact information.

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For the Hispanic Community

  • Please proceed here for the OLM Hispanic Ministry’s upcoming events and resources.
    Continúe aquí para conocer los próximos eventos y recursos del Ministerio Hispano de OLM.
  • There will be Stations of the Cross in Spanish every 2nd Wednesday of the month after the 12pm Mass.
    A partir de la próxima semana, habrá Estaciones de la Cruz en español cada segundo miércoles del mes después de la misa de las 12 pm.

A Note from the Intercessory Prayer Ministry

  • How can we pray for you today?
    There are times when life is overwhelming when all we have is questions. In those moments, hope can feel far away. The great thing about prayer is that it shifts our perspective toward the One who stands ready to listen. No matter what you’re facing, we’d love to pray with you. Submit your prayer requests at this link
  • Prayer Ministry takes place monthly at MAGNIFY and on the last weekend of the month Mass times.  Prayer ministry is an opportunity for those in need of physical, emotional, or spiritual healing or with a specific intention. Come as an individual, as a couple, or as. a family and receive prayer for yourself or request prayers for someone in need. Listen and receive the prayers while being open to the Holy Spirit’s movement. Trained prayer ministers are available.

Have you downloaded our myParish App yet?

  • If you haven’t done so, we encourage you to download the Our Lady of Mercy app, available to download for iPhone and Android smartphones.  Or text APP to 88202 to download.
    • Stay connected with our parish throughout the week with instant notifications, an easy-to-access event calendar, and the ability to quickly reply to or share messages via Facebook or Twitter. Also enjoy a bunch of additional features like prayers, daily readings, helpful reminders to silence your phone before Mass or Confession, and much more.

Donate Online Through OSV Giving

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

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

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

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

SALT AND LIGHT GROW GROUP
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.


VINE & BRANCHES GROW GROUP
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

GROW YOUR FAITH

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

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.

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. There is also Family Content: Enjoy and share family-favorite audio from the series Brother Francis and the Jesus Stories.  Please enjoy this latest offering from the Augustine Institute.

HALLOW – A CATHOLIC PRAYER & MEDITATION APP
Hallow is a Catholic prayer & meditation app that helps users deepen their relationship with God through contemplative prayer and strengthen one’s mental health in the process. Easy-to-use, audio-guided sessions anywhere from 1 to 60 minutes long. Pray your own way with a personalized prayer plan pulling from 3,000+ unique sessions including the Lectio Divina on the Daily Gospel, Rosary, Examen, Night Prayer, Calm & Humility “Praylists” and much more. Hallow Light is free. Hallow Plus is $5 per month ($60 per year). Sign up for either one here.

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

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

THE CATHOLIC GENTLEMAN
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HEROIC MEN
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AQUINAS 101 FREE COURSES
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PINTS WITH AQUINAS
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PASTORAL CARE

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

RESTORE
Do you find yourself struggling in overcoming your battle with pornography?   Restore is a weekly (anonymous) meeting where men lean on each other for support and accountability and share ideas about strengthening our resolve to stay on God’s path of chastity.  All men are welcome, whether you have been free of pornography addiction for many years or struggle with it every single day.If you are ready to start breaking free from the grips of pornography and want to Restore your life, email us at 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.

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

FAITH BUDDIES
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

January 21, 2024 | Parish Update


January 21, 2024 | Parish Update

Hope. Save the Date for Eucharistic Adoration Chapel Dedication. & The Rescue Project.

View the full posting at our Flocknote email (don’t forget to join so you can receive the update via email).


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

     For our comprehensive exam in seminary, we were given a pastoral scenario, and we were asked to write a homily responding to it. After we had submitted the homilies, we decided to see what the artificial intelligence bot, ChatGPT, would come up with. The homily it generated started pretty well: “In this reading, Jesus calls us to love God and to love our neighbor.” But things went downhill pretty quickly. “And you, as sinners, are in direct violation of the Church’s teachings.” The AI-generated homily might have been correct in essentials, but it lacked any sense of hope in God’s mercy.

     In the First Reading, we hear about Jonah’s preaching mission to the people of Nineveh. After he runs from God’s command to preach repentance, is swallowed, and spit up by a great fish, he preaches a hopeless sermon: “Forty days more and Nineveh shall be destroyed.” But astonishingly, this pagan city repents before Jonah can even finish preaching, and God shows them mercy.

     In the Gospel, Jesus calls Peter, Andrew, James, and John to be fishers of men. Biblical scholar John Bergsma says that this is a fulfillment of a prophecy of Jeremiah: “I will send many fishermen to catch them. After that, I will send many hunters to hunt them out from every mountain and hill and rocky crevice” (Jer 16:16). The context of the original prophecy is judgment on Israel’s idolatry. But in Jesus’ fulfillment, something surprising happens. Rather than condemning sinners, the fishermen are sent to preach repentance.

     So what changes an oracle of judgment into an oracle of mercy? It is our response. We don’t change God, but He sends His messengers to preach repentance in order to change us. In both readings, we see people responding to the calls to repentance almost instantly. What moves them to respond in this way?

     It is the virtue of hope. Hope looks to the future good of our eternal happiness and believes it is possible. This hope is what leads the Ninevites and the apostles to believe that God wants to show them mercy and wants a relationship with them. But how can we live the same hope in our lives?

We often think of hope as wishful thinking. But Pope Benedict XVI tells us that hope comes from the objective fact that God has come into our lives, making that future hope take root in our present. We have probably already accepted God into our lives. But this can always grow deeper so that we can truly believe that if we also turn to God in repentance of our sins, He will change us.

     Unlike the AI-generated homily of my classmates, today’s readings call us to new hope in God’s mercy, not only that God wants to forgive us, but that He is longing to forgive us when we repent of our sins. It might seem impossible, but if we open our hearts to God in repentance, then He will help us the rest of the way.

Father Frank


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


Mondays with Monica & Augustine Prayer Group Continues 1/22

  • Come and pray for our loved ones and friends who have fallen away from the faith at 𝗠𝗼𝗻𝗱𝗮𝘆𝘀 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝗠𝗼𝗻𝗶𝗰𝗮 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗔𝘂𝗴𝘂𝘀𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗲 from 7:30pm – 8:30pm in the Church.
    𝗪𝗵𝘆 𝗽𝗿𝗮𝘆 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝗦𝘁 𝗠𝗼𝗻𝗶𝗰𝗮 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗦𝘁 𝗔𝘂𝗴𝘂𝘀𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗲….
         It is a story of yesterday… and today.  St. Monica faced the challenge of having a pagan husband and faced an even deeper grief when her oldest son, Augustine, turned away from the Church. In college, Augustine, a brilliant student, fell for a “New Age” like philosophy, along with a string of vices. He eventually returned home, accompanied by his girlfriend and their young son.
         Throughout it all, St. Monica persisted in her prayers, which ultimately were answered beyond her imagining—though not quickly, nor in exactly the way she had thought. Still, God’s grace bore fruit in His time. After 17 years of spiritual wandering, Augustine experienced a profound conversion, becoming a great saint and one of the most influential theologians in Christian history.
         Join us at OLM on Mondays at 7:30 pm, where we can find inspiration and companionship in the stories of St. Monica and St. Augustine. Together, let’s reflect on our family situations and navigate the challenges we encounter with our loved ones who may have strayed from the Church. See you there!
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    𝘏𝑒𝘳𝑒 𝑖𝘴 𝘱𝑎𝘳𝑡 𝑜𝘧 𝘵ℎ𝘦 𝘳𝑒𝘧𝑙𝘦𝑐𝘵𝑖𝘰𝑛 𝑡𝘩𝑖𝘴 𝘤𝑜𝘮𝑖𝘯𝑔 𝑀𝘰𝑛𝘥𝑎𝘺 𝘑𝑎𝘯𝑢𝘢𝑟𝘺 22𝘯𝑑 𝑎𝘵 7:30𝘱𝑚
    The ache of having an estranged prodigal isn’t merely a sadness that comes and goes. It’s the whole experience of brokenness. we have held our prodigal children in our arms, in our hearts, and they still live there-even when they’ve grown, even when they’ve rejected what we hoped would be their greatest treasure. It’s hard not to feel as if we’ve failed in parenting, and those feelings can make it very difficult not to lose our temper, not to lash out. We will fail at times and say things that reveal our hurt.

Bible Studies Starts on Tuesdays and Wednesdays 1/24 & 1/30

  • How exciting! There are two Bible Study opportunities coming up. We hope to see you at any of the following. Should you have any questions, please connect with Joe Wiacek and Joe Glasgow who are looking forward to hearing from you at OLMBiblestudies@gmail.com
  • Ascension Press The Timeline Bible Study.Held on Wednesdays at 7pm starting on 1/24th for 22 sessions (with a summer break). This Bible Study is a great fit for those new to the Bible.  See the trailer below.  Please register here for this study.
    The Bible Timeline® Study Program takes you n a guided journey through salvation history. Presenter Jeff Cavins shows you how fourteen of the Bible’s narrative books tell the biblical story from beginning to end and gives you the keys to understanding the amazing story woven through Scripture. Using a unique color-coded chart, you will learn the major people, places, and events of the Bible and discover how they all come together to reveal the remarkable story of our Faith. Please purchase the study guide online at this link.
  • The Gospel of John.Held on Tuesdays at 7pm starting on 1/30th for about 8 sessions. This Bible Study is a great fit for those that have made Bible Study part of their relationship with Jesus.  See the trailer below.  Please register here for this study.
    • We will use the Ascension Press Follow Me: Meeting Jesus in the Gospel of John study guide and video. Please purchase the study guide online at this link.
    • We will also read from The Gospel of John – Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture by Francis Martin and William M Wright IV; this commentary is a favorite reference by priests (Fr Michael, Fr Frank, Fr James). While this book is additional reading and is not mandatoryhere is the link in case you would like to purchase it.

Vine & Branches Continues 1/24

  • Vine & Branches is a Grow Group at Our Lady of Mercy that offers support and belonging to individuals who have experienced the trauma of a broken marital relationship.
  • For more information, please reach out to one of our group leaders. They look forward to hearing from you: Kim Harris kimharris73@yahoo.com
    Mary LoGalbo logalbo.marycarol@gmail.com, Jim Marks jimm6351@yahoo.com

Salt and Light Grow Group Continues 1/24 & 1/25

  • Join Salt and Light Grow Group for 𝗙𝗿 𝗠𝗶𝗰𝗵𝗮𝗲𝗹 𝗚𝗮𝗶𝘁𝗹𝗲𝘆’𝘀 “𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗦𝗲𝗰𝗼𝗻𝗱 𝗚𝗿𝗲𝗮𝘁𝗲𝘀𝘁 𝗦𝘁𝗼𝗿𝘆 𝗘𝘃𝗲𝗿 𝗧𝗼𝗹𝗱” for fast-paced and lively sessions through a video talk followed by group discussion.
  • Join us either Wednesday evenings at 6:30pm or Thursday afternoons at 1pm; For more details and registration, proceed here, and please don’t forget to bring a friend.

Fit Shepherds 1/27

  • To all men, as we embrace the New Year and thoughts turn to fitness resolutions, consider joining Fit Shepherds—a unique blend of physical and spiritual growth. Join Fit Shepherds for challenging workouts Saturdays at 7am and Wednesdays at 5:30am in the parking lot, as we strive to become better in every aspect of life, inspired by the Good Shepherd, Jesus Christ. Dads are encouraged to bring their sons 5th grade and older.
  • For more information check out their website at this link or connect with Alex Baier who is looking forward to hearing from you; email him at abaier823@gmail.com

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.

Weekly Adoration

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

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

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

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

Prayer Ministry 1/27 & 1/28

  • Receive Prayer Ministry after all the Mass times the weekend of 1/27 and 1/28! Prayer ministry is an opportunity for those in need of physical, emotional, or spiritual healing or with a specific intention. 
  • Come as an individual, as a couple, or family. Listen and receive the prayers while being open to the Holy Spirit’s movement. Trained prayer ministers will be available in the back of Church.

PADS Items Drop-Off 1/27 & 1/28

  • Our next PADS service day is Tuesday, 2/6. The PADS Board with the “wish-list” of items needed to prepare the meals for 250 guests at Hesed House, is currently on display at the Atrium. Drop off the items on weekend of 1/27 & 1/28. Please help us feed the hungry. You may also donate monetarily online at the following link under “Hesed House.”

Donut Sunday 1/28

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

Consuming Fire Talk “Faith & Reason” with Dr. Fernanda Psihas 1/30

  • Let’s unravel the scientific tapestry of time and explore the authentic Catholic perspective on science, creation, and the vast Universe by coming to the talk on “Faith and Reason” by particle physicist Dr. Fernanda Psihas on Tuesday 1/30th at 7pm. 🚀 Don’t miss out on this mind-expanding journey! #FaithAndReason #ScienceMeetsSpirituality✨

Magnify 1/31

  • Join us @ MAGNIFY on January 31st from 7pm-8:30pm
  • Our monthly MAGNIFY is on Wednesday 1/31 when we host a night of Adoration in the church with praise and worship by Josh Goodman. After a 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 7- 8:30pm in the Church. Don’t forget to bring your children, neighbors, and friends. 

2023 Tax Statements will be mailed out no later than 1/31

  • Tax Statements for 2023 will be mailed out no later than 1/31st to anyone who donated $250 or more for the 2023 calendar year, thank you for your genorosity. If you do not receive a statement and would like one to be mailed out, please email Lydia Schmitt at lydias@olmercy.com or call 331-707-5377.

First Friday and Saturday Devotions 2/2 & 2/3

  • 𝗟𝗲𝘁 𝘂𝘀 𝗯𝗲 𝗶𝗻 𝗽𝗿𝗮𝘆𝗲𝗿 𝗮𝘁 𝗮𝗻𝘆 𝗼𝗳 𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗴𝗿𝗲𝗮𝘁 𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗺𝘂𝗻𝗮𝗹 𝗽𝗿𝗮𝘆𝗲𝗿 𝗱𝗲𝘃𝗼𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀! This Friday and Saturday, all are invited to join the First Friday of Reparation and the Communal First Saturday!
  • Extra Friday Confession immediately following the 8am Mass
  • Respect Life 1st Friday Devotion: The Respect Life Ministry invites you to stand and silently pray in front of Waterleaf Women’s Center on January 5. Prayer warriors are needed for one hour shifts 7 am – 4 pm to change hearts and save lives. For more information, please call Lisa at (630) 236-3310-
  • ADDITIONAL FRIDAY MASS AT 12PM
  • First Saturday Devotion after the 8:30AM Mass
  • Saturday Confessions immediately following the 8:30am Mass and also from 1:30pm to 2:30pm

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

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

Adoration Chapel Dedication 2/11

  • Please save the date of Sunday 2/11th because Bishop Hicks will be dedicating the new Eucharistic Adoration Chapel at 1pm, which will be immediately followed by a cake and coffee reception hosted by Fr. Michael and Fr. Frank; how exciting!

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

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

The Rescue Project Begins 2/15

  • “𝘐 𝘶𝘯𝘥𝘦𝘳𝘴𝘵𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘪𝘮𝘱𝘰𝘳𝘵𝘢𝘯𝘤𝘦 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘔𝘢𝘴𝘴 𝘯𝘰𝘸. 𝘐 𝘨𝘰 𝘣𝘦𝘤𝘢𝘶𝘴𝘦 𝘐 𝘸𝘢𝘯𝘵 𝘵𝘰, 𝘣𝘦𝘤𝘢𝘶𝘴𝘦 𝘐 𝘧𝘦𝘦𝘭 𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘱𝘦𝘭𝘭𝘦𝘥 𝘵𝘰 𝘨𝘰.”
    “𝘐’𝘮 𝘧𝘦𝘦𝘭𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘤𝘩𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘦𝘯𝘨𝘦𝘥, 𝘣𝘦𝘤𝘢𝘶𝘴𝘦 𝘐’𝘷𝘦 𝘕𝘌𝘝𝘌𝘙 𝘩𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘥 𝘑𝘦𝘴𝘶𝘴 𝘱𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘤𝘩𝘦𝘥 𝘭𝘪𝘬𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘴.”
    “𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘙𝘦𝘴𝘤𝘶𝘦 𝘗𝘳𝘰𝘫𝘦𝘤𝘵 𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘶𝘦𝘴 𝘵𝘰 𝘣𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘨𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘵𝘦𝘴𝘵 𝘴𝘦𝘳𝘪𝘦𝘴 𝘐’𝘷𝘦 𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘳 𝘴𝘦𝘦𝘯 𝘰𝘳 𝘣𝘦𝘦𝘯 𝘱𝘢𝘳𝘵 𝘰𝘧.”
    “𝘐 𝘤𝘢𝘯’𝘵 𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘺 𝘱𝘶𝘵 𝘪𝘵 𝘪𝘯𝘵𝘰 𝘸𝘰𝘳𝘥𝘴, 𝘣𝘶𝘵 𝘵𝘰𝘥𝘢𝘺 𝘐 𝘢𝘮 𝘢 𝘊𝘩𝘳𝘪𝘴𝘵𝘪𝘢𝘯 𝘮𝘢𝘯 𝘸𝘩𝘰 𝘩𝘢𝘴 𝘣𝘦𝘦𝘯 𝘳𝘦𝘵𝘶𝘳𝘯𝘦𝘥 𝘵𝘰 𝘢 𝘭𝘪𝘧𝘦 𝘰𝘧 𝘱𝘶𝘳𝘱𝘰𝘴𝘦 𝘢𝘴 𝘢 𝘴𝘰𝘯 𝘰𝘧 𝘎𝘰𝘥 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘣𝘳𝘰𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘰𝘧 𝘊𝘩𝘳𝘪𝘴𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘐 𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘰𝘸𝘦𝘥 𝘵𝘰 𝘴𝘭𝘪𝘱 𝘢𝘸𝘢𝘺 𝘢 𝘧𝘦𝘸 𝘺𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘴 𝘢𝘨𝘰.”— Feedback from people who have experienced The Rescue Project
    𝟭𝟬 𝗥𝗲𝗮𝘀𝗼𝗻𝘀 𝗪𝗵𝘆 𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗥𝗲𝘀𝗰𝘂𝗲 𝗣𝗿𝗼𝗷𝗲𝗰𝘁 𝗜𝘀 𝗙𝗼𝗿 𝗬𝗼𝘂
    1. Perhaps you would like to resonate with some of the feedback mentioned above.
    2. If you are experiencing OR think of the Christian faith as a mere set of rules and disciplines.
    3. If going to Mass is boring or attending a Church service is more a habit (a check the box) than something you feel a need to participate in.
    4. If Jesus is only a figure in ancient history for you.
    5. If you have been walking with Jesus for years and love Him.
    6. If you want to experience the gospel surrounded by good food, conversation, and prayer.
    7. If you want to experience beauty, authentic humanity, and accompaniment.
    8. If you want to go into a deeper dive into your relationship with Jesus this Lent.
    9. If you are at juncture in life and are uncertain of what to do next.
    10. If you don’t know Jesus, want to know Him and recognize being known by Him.
    𝗪𝗲’𝗿𝗲 𝗹𝗼𝗼𝗸𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗳𝗼𝗿𝘄𝗮𝗿𝗱 𝘁𝗼 𝘄𝗲𝗹𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘆𝗼𝘂, 𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗲 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗿𝗲𝗴𝗶𝘀𝘁𝗲𝗿 𝗻𝗼𝘄 held on Thursday evenings at 6:30pm with free dinner, followed by Fr. Riccardo breaking open The Rescue Project segments of Created, Captured, RESCUED and Response. The evening ends with a small group discussion.  Register at this link for this transformative experience of the gospel which gives you a deeper insight on the Mass!
  • Join the Babette meal and set-up teams! Reach out to zara@olmercy.com to get involved. Your help is valued, and it’s a wonderful way to serve, connect, and discover delicious recipes during the Lenten season.

Register for the Rescue Project

CRHP Men’s Retreat 2/24 – 2/25 & Women’s Retreat 3/2 – 3/3

  • Register now for CRHP, an incredible experience that will recharge your faith life, help you develop lasting friendships, and fill you with newfound energy and purpose.
  • Should you have any questions in the meantime, connect with the Men and Women’s invitation coordinators for any questions Alex Grove (331)330-0257 or Beatriz Cultura (630)544-0720 crhpolm@gmail.com or check out the FAQs at their webpage.
  • A Special Opportunity for Men & Women
    WHAT. Do you sense that something’s missing in your life? Do you feel that if you weren’t so busy you would be happier, healthier, more effective, more fulfilled, and maybe even a better person?
    Come to the next men’s and women’s CRHP weekend! It’s an incredible experience that will help you discover what’s missing in your life and what to do about it.
    Whether you want to connect with other men or women in the parish, improve your prayer life, or just take a break from the craziness of your everyday to have fun and not have to cook or clean, work, shovel the snow, tackle the next item on the ‘to do’ list, you will find what you are looking for—and more.

    WHEN. 𝗠𝗲𝗻’𝘀 𝗥𝗲𝘁𝗿𝗲𝗮𝘁 𝟮/𝟮𝟰 – 𝟮/𝟮𝟱 & 𝗪𝗼𝗺𝗲𝗻’𝘀 𝗥𝗲𝘁𝗿𝗲𝗮𝘁 𝟯/𝟮 – 𝟯/𝟯. The day on Saturday starts at 7:30am and goes through the evening at 8:30pm.  We return the next day at the same time 7:30am ending at 3pm.
    WHERE. In the Parish Life Center (PLC) at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church, 701 S. Eola Road, Aurora
    WHO. Any individual over the age of 18
    WHY. Because you deserve to live with passion and purpose.
    REGISTER. Please register soon

DisABILITIES Mass at Our Lady of Mercy 3/10

  • We’re excited to warmly welcome individuals with disABILITIES, and their friends and family, at Our Lady of Mercy’s first disABILITIES Mass on Sunday 3/10th at 2pm! Please save the date!
  • We look forward to welcoming you and many others from throughout the Diocese of Joliet and we hope you will join us as we celebrate the blessings of those with disABILITIES in our Church family, as well as the wonderful gifts they bring to our parish!

Unbound Freedom in Christ Conference 3/15 & 3/16

  • Fr. James at St. Mary Immaculate in Plainfield, along with the Unbound Joliet team, is hosting an Unbound Freedom in Christ Conference on Friday, 3/15th 6:30pm to 9:30pm through Saturday, 3/16th 8:30am to 8:30pm. God wants to speak into your life and reveal His heart to you. This conference will help you to learn the 5 keys of Unbound and to experience deeper freedom in Christ. Registration and details are found at this link.

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

Is God Calling You to the Priesthood?

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

Bishop Hick’s Monthly Column 

  • Bishop Hicks’ monthly column for January is titled “Benefits of a Paper Calendar in the Digital Age” 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.
  • ther” Read his insightful column HERE.

Scam Emails and Text Messages

  • From time to time, there are phishing (SCAM) emails going out to members of the parish and staff claiming to be Father Michael as well as text messages.
    Please note that Father Michael and Father Frank DO NOT send texts or emails asking for money or gift cards. If you receive a message appearing to be from Father Michael or Father James, please discard it (any email that does not have “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.  

St. Vincent de Paul Society Volunteers

  • Thank you for your support of our clothing drive. Your clothing donation, as well as your financial donations throughout the year, allows us to help our parishioners and neighbors in need. In 2022, we provided assistance to 72 households, helping 185 men, women and children to remain in their homes or apartments in time of financial need.
  • The ministry is always looking for volunteers to join our St. Vincent de Paul Society in assisting our neighbors in need. If you would like to volunteer or learn more, send an email to olmsvdp@gmail.com with your name and contact information.

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For the Hispanic Community

  • Please proceed here for the OLM Hispanic Ministry’s upcoming events and resources.
    Continúe aquí para conocer los próximos eventos y recursos del Ministerio Hispano de OLM.
  • There will be Stations of the Cross in Spanish every 2nd Wednesday of the month after the 12pm Mass.
    A partir de la próxima semana, habrá Estaciones de la Cruz en español cada segundo miércoles del mes después de la misa de las 12 pm.

A Note from the Intercessory Prayer Ministry

  • How can we pray for you today?
    There are times when life is overwhelming when all we have is questions. In those moments, hope can feel far away. The great thing about prayer is that it shifts our perspective toward the One who stands ready to listen. No matter what you’re facing, we’d love to pray with you. Submit your prayer requests at this link
  • Prayer Ministry takes place monthly at MAGNIFY and on the last weekend of the month Mass times.  Prayer ministry is an opportunity for those in need of physical, emotional, or spiritual healing or with a specific intention. Come as an individual, as a couple, or as. a family and receive prayer for yourself or request prayers for someone in need. Listen and receive the prayers while being open to the Holy Spirit’s movement. Trained prayer ministers are available.

Have you downloaded our myParish App yet?

  • If you haven’t done so, we encourage you to download the Our Lady of Mercy app, available to download for iPhone and Android smartphones.  Or text APP to 88202 to download.
    • Stay connected with our parish throughout the week with instant notifications, an easy-to-access event calendar, and the ability to quickly reply to or share messages via Facebook or Twitter. Also enjoy a bunch of additional features like prayers, daily readings, helpful reminders to silence your phone before Mass or Confession, and much more.

Donate Online Through OSV Giving

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

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

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

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

SALT AND LIGHT GROW GROUP
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.


VINE & BRANCHES GROW GROUP
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

GROW YOUR FAITH

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

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.

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. There is also Family Content: Enjoy and share family-favorite audio from the series Brother Francis and the Jesus Stories.  Please enjoy this latest offering from the Augustine Institute.

HALLOW – A CATHOLIC PRAYER & MEDITATION APP
Hallow is a Catholic prayer & meditation app that helps users deepen their relationship with God through contemplative prayer and strengthen one’s mental health in the process. Easy-to-use, audio-guided sessions anywhere from 1 to 60 minutes long. Pray your own way with a personalized prayer plan pulling from 3,000+ unique sessions including the Lectio Divina on the Daily Gospel, Rosary, Examen, Night Prayer, Calm & Humility “Praylists” and much more. Hallow Light is free. Hallow Plus is $5 per month ($60 per year). Sign up for either one here.

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

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

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

HEROIC MEN
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, too, for quality Catholic content on the go.  Get it all—for FREE – at HeroicMen.com

AQUINAS 101 FREE COURSES
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.

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


PASTORAL CARE

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

RESTORE
Do you find yourself struggling in overcoming your battle with pornography?   Restore is a weekly (anonymous) meeting where men lean on each other for support and accountability and share ideas about strengthening our resolve to stay on God’s path of chastity.  All men are welcome, whether you have been free of pornography addiction for many years or struggle with it every single day.If you are ready to start breaking free from the grips of pornography and want to Restore your life, email us at 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.

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

FAITH BUDDIES
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

Mass Times

Weekend

Saturday 8:30AM Daily Mass and 4PM Sunday Vigil

Sunday 8AM | 10AM  | 12PM | 5:30PM

Weekdays

Monday 8AM
Monday in Spanish 6:30PM
Tuesday 8AM & 6:30PM
Wednesday 12PM
Thursday 6:30AM & 8AM
Friday 8AM
Saturday 8:30AM

Confession

Tuesdays 7PM until all are heard
Wednesdays 12:30PM until all are heard
Saturday 9AM – 10AM | 1:30PM – 2:30PM
First Friday 8:30AM
During Magnify last Weds of the month 7PM – 8:30PM
Or please schedule an appointment here.

Eucharistic Adoration

Monday through Friday 8:30AM – 10PM
Magnify last Weds of the month 7PM – 8:30PM

Private Prayer in Church

Open daily 8:30AM – 8PM
(Will close if there is a Funeral, Wedding, or Baptism as well as early closing when the safety and security are at risk as determined by the pastor.)

Location

Parish Office

(630) 851-3444

Monday thru Thursday
8:30AM – 4:30PM

Friday
8:30AM – 1PM

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