July 17, 2021 | Weekly Update


July 17, 2021 | Weekly Update

The Church is Our Home


Whether you’ve already started coming back to Mass or not, we hope these reasons will inspire you and your friends and family.

 

Why should you come back to Mass?  Because the Church is your home and we miss you!

 

THIS COMING WEEK

Please help us to better serve you!
  • Please let us know how you are doing by filling the survey out.  We continue to invite and pray that everyone comes back soon, we are also making plans for parish community-wide gatherings in August 20 thru 22 (save the date).To assist us with both of these, we would be most grateful if you can please fill out this quick, anonymous survey (2 minutes tops!) or tomar la encuesta.
The next AMA Ask Me Anything with Father James is on Monday 7/19
  • We’ve learned so much through the questions you asked! Thank you for submitting them.  Check out the AMA webpage to view the video of Part 2 (and Part 1) of the AMAas well as to submit any more of your “great’ questions!  The website also lists out all the questions that Father James answered such as “Why does mass attendance on Sunday matter? Can’t we just go during the week on the day that’s most convenient? What if we have to work on Sunday?”
  • The next one will be on Monday 7/19th at 7:30pm as Father James will continue to answer the questions you submitted.
Magnify on 7/21
  • Monthly Magnify is on 7/21st at 7pm. With the summer season comes swimming, sun, and BBQ.  But while summer can bring some much-needed time to slow down our lives and rest, it can also be tempting to take a break from prayer or even attending Mass itself. Rather, let’s come out to Magnify and have that personal contact with the living Jesus. Share your heart with Him to be loved by Him as you are.
Support Mundelein Seminary on 7/22
  • Join Mundelein Seminary for the online presentation of the 2021 Celebration of Mundelein at 7pm, where this year it is honoring the leadership and ministry of Bishop Ronald Hicks ’94 of the Diocese of Joliet and featuring seminarian interviews, musical performances and more!
  • Please consider a gift to help the seminary reach the $100k matching goal www.usml.edu/celebrate.  Supporting Mundelein Seminary makes it possible for our parishes in our Diocese to form priests to be “formed in tradition, trained in compassion, prepared to shepherd” like Father Mark, Father James and soon to be priest Deacon Tom.

 

Registration for the new Religious Education program which is now called Parish Family Evangelization and Catechesis
  • Please proceed here for registration and details for taking part in the K-5, EDGE, and LIGHT programs.
  • Do you have questions or would like to find out more about the exciting new offerings for the parents and children? Save the date and come out to one of the townhall meetings on Wednesday 7/28 at 7pm and Sunday 8/8 at 11am.

 

LOOKING AHEAD

Great News the Blessed Sacrament Chapel is open for Prayer
  • Did you know one of our Aspirational Values is Intentionality of Prayer? Where we dream to be a parish where everyone is committed to a daily prayer life, and our first instinct is to rely and call upon the Holy Spirit in all things we do.  (Proceed here to see the rest of our Aspirational Values which also has our Vision, Core Values and Game Plan).
  • The Blessed Sacrament chapel is now open for private prayer and devotion. Spend time with Jesus, come by after work, during a lunch break or make visiting Jesus part of your schedule, block it on your calendar.  Jesus loves spending time with you.  He is the greatest and most intimate friend we can have.  He is God and nothing is impossible for Him so come and share your heart with Him.  Open daily 8:30am to 9pm (will be unavailable during funeral, wedding, or baptism).
World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly on 7/24 and 7/25
  • Pope Francis has established a World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly taking place next weekend. A special blessing at all the Masses will be given to our wonderful grandparents and elderly. In remembrance of your deceased loved ones, please fill out one of the remembrance cards so they will be lifted up in prayer next weekend.  For those not able to complete the card in person, please email the names of your loved ones to jolenel@olmercy.com.
  • Additionally, Pope Francis has granted a Plenary Indulgence on the occasion of the first World Day of Grandparents and the Elderly, which will be celebrated on Sunday 25 July 2021 on the theme ‘I am with you always’ (Mt 28:20). The Indulgence is granted to grandparents, the elderly and all the faithful who participate “motivated by a true spirit of penance and charity.”
St. Vincent de Paul Truck on 7/24 and 7/25
  • The St. Vincent de Paul (SVDP) truck will be in our parking lot 7/24 and 7/25 for the clothing drive.  Pick up one of the SVDP bags to place your donated items.  Clear out your closets for a good cause; the items are sold at reasonable prices at thrift shops so needy families can shop with dignity. The sale proceeds from the thrift shops go into a general assistance fund where parishes source help for families needing assistance with rent, mortgage, or utility assistance.
Register for the Charisms Workshop 7/24 and 7/31
  • Register now for one of the Charisms Workshop!  You won’t want to miss this…. because wouldn’t you like to know about the gifts, the “charisms” God has given you?  To discern—figure out what they are?  And what the difference is between your natural talents, spiritual gifts, and the charisms God has gifted you with.
  • Discover all these things
    • The role of the Holy Spirit in your life
    • The charisms you received at Baptism
    • How those charisms help you become the disciple God intends you to be
    • How charisms transform parishes, communities and the world
    • A discernment process that will help you make good spiritual decisions
    • That you are a very needed part of the Body of Christ. You were made for more!
  • Looking forward to “activating” the gifts God has given you!

Catholic Baseball Camp; play baseball with Fr Burke Masters 7/27 – 7/28

  • Register at catholicsportscamps.org for the Catholic Baseball Camp for boys and girls ages 8-12. Fee is $150 (scholarships are available).
  • Basic to advanced baseball skills and training. Women’s softball/baseball coach for girls. Daily Mass, Rosary, Adoration, Confession.
OLM Block Party 8/20, 8/21, 8/22!
  • Save the dates for the OLM block party held on 8/20, 8/21, and 8/22.  Here is what is in the works.
    • Friday 8/20 Outdoor Movie Night at dusk
    • Saturday 8/21 Food Trucks and Concert after the 4pm Mass
    • Sunday 8/22 Get to know our ministries, see how we can better serve you, or check out how you can help others by taking part in some of the ministries.

Don’t Get Scammed by Fake Fathers!

  • Did you get an email or a text message from (a fake) Father Don this past week? Please remember, Father Don and Father James DO NOT send texts or emails asking for money or gift cards.  If you receive a message appearing to be from Father Don or Father James, please discard it and DO NOT SEND ANY ELECTRONIC MONETARY AID.

We’re Hiring!

  • We are looking for an intentional disciple of Jesus who has a heart for the youth, who will be the Associate Director of Family and Youth Evangelization and Catechesis for Grades 6-12. Please lift up in prayer who God is going to send to us and please let others know as well so as to cast the net wide for our search.
  • Click here for details.

Bulletin

  • Don’t forget to check out Father Don’s insightful weekly Bulletin article located here.

Supporting OLM through the CMAA

  • Thank you to those who have pledged!  We are so close to our parish goal, we are almost there!  Help us meet our goal; please support Our Lady of Mercy by supporting the Diocesan Catholic Ministries Annual Appeal (CMAA).
  • Father Don and Bishop Hicks are asking us to join them in pledging to the CMAA to help the poor and vulnerable, form our future shepherds, and spread the faith through our Catholic schools, faith formation programs in parishes, and programs for young adults.
  • Donations can be made here https://bit.ly/2MOQHVY  Check out how your how your gifts to the CMAA helps at this link https://bit.ly/3dd154X. Thank you for your consideration.

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.

Stream Team Update

  • We continue to (and permanently) livestream the 10am Sunday Mass and Daily week day Mass.  For those who are not comfortable attending Mass in the Church, please continue to watch on your mobile device in your vehicle, where Holy Communion will be brought to you at the 10am Mass.
  • Parents and middle school kids to high school teens, get broadcasting experience, consider volunteering; we seek creative individuals who are interested in joining our “Stream Team” to help. It is fun, easy, and fulfilling to take part in and you’ll have the love, support, and thankfulness of the Livestream Community. If you are interested or know someone who would enjoy volunteering in this role, please connect with zara@olmercy.com

A Note from the Intercessory Prayer Ministry

  • How can we be praying 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

We’re looking for volunteers to join “The Messengers”

  • The overall goal of this team is to bring to life through communications our parish vision: to offer every person a life-changing encounter with Jesus, grow disciples and send them on mission. Check out the details at this link. Connect with zara@olmercy.com, she would love to chat about the volunteer position over coffee, zoom, or phone call.

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 smart phones.  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.

Grow Groups | We continue to launch Grow Groups, one group at a time.
Connect with zara@olmercy.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.
WebsiteProceed here for details.
Meets. Tuesdays @ 7pm and every two weeks for social gatherings.
Connect.  Reach out to Matt Kubanda and Mary Rysavy rysavyme@gmail.com
See what they have been up to at this video.

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
John Frederick jdfredericj@icloud.com
Jim Marks jimm6351@yahoo.com
Check out the video to find out more about Vine and Branches

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

EUCHARIST RESOURCES

Check out our “Eucharist Resources” page to help us understand deeply the centrality of the Eucharist in our lives and the great Feast of Corpus Christi.

WORD ON FIRE

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

Not sure where to start? How about the episode of the Pivotal Players series of St. Ignatius of Loyola which covers Ignatius’ journey from a courageous and celebrated warrior to a passionate servant of Christ, and the influence he effected through the establishment of the Jesuit order and through his masterpiece, “The Spiritual Exercises.”

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 that 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. 

Each Aquinas 101 video walks viewers through a different theme in just a few minutes. On Aquinas101.com, you’ll also find short readings and podcast lectures accompanying each video. We encourage you to enroll in a course to receive full lessons in your email inbox or browse the lessons at your own pace. Please help them spread the light of truth by sharing these videos with your friends and family — because it matters what you think!

PINTS WITH AQUINAS – FREE CONFESSIONS COURSE

Become acquainted with one of the world’s greatest spiritual masterpieces!  https://bit.ly/PWA-Confessions
Join Dr. Chad Engelland for a FREE seven-part online course on St. Augustine’s “Confessions.” You’ll learn:
– What finally caused Augustine to leave a life of sin
– Why we find evil so attractive
– The right way to address God

July 3, 2021 | Weekly Update


July 3, 2021 | Weekly Update

Heed God’s Voice


“Are we open to the voice of God?

“Hard of face and obstinate of heart are they to whom I am sending you,” the author of Ezekiel notes in our first reading this Sunday, and Jesus Himself faces obstinancy in His ministry: “A prophet is not without honor except in His native place and among His own kin and in His own house.” (Mark 6:1-6).

Throughout the ages, people have been closed off to hearing from the messengers of God and answering the life-giving call to conversion.  Sometimes we’re stubborn or would rather do things “our way.”  Sometimes we’re stuck in our sin and don’t want to be challenged.  Sometimes. . .we just don’t care.

God wants better for us.  Jesus wants to break through to our stony hearts and invite us to new life.  Will we let Him?

We invite you to watch the short video on the Flocknote email, to help us prepare ourselves to participate at Holy Mass where Father James is preaching. The video is from Sr. Josephine Garrett, a sister and friend of the Word on Fire Institute, to learn more about the breakthrough of Jesus in the world.

Safe travels, for those of you traveling out of town, otherwise we hope to see you soon at Holy Mass; come celebrate the 4th of July holiday weekend with us.

 

THIS COMING WEEK

Please help us to better serve you!

  • Please let us know how you are doing by filling the survey out.  We continue to invite and pray that everyone comes back soon, we are also making plans for parish community-wide gatherings in August 20 thru 22 (save the date).To assist us with both of these, we would be most grateful if you can please fill out this quick, anonymous survey (2 minutes tops!).

Schedule for Monday 7/5

  • Holy Mass for Independence Day will be at 9am on Monday 7/5th. Come out and pray for our beautiful country. Please also note that there will be no Eucharistic Adoration and there will be Spanish Mass at 6:30pm. Also, the parish office will be closed.

PADS Hesed House on 7/6

  • PADS is on Tuesday 7/6th to help our brothers and sisters in need. Check out the PADS board at the Atrium (the entrance to our building) for the food items needed. We are also thankful for any funds donated via the Give page or checks payable to Our Lady of Mercy and note on the memo “Hesed House-PADS”. Thank you so much for your generosity.
    ‘Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.’— Matthew 25:40

Baptism Ministers Meeting 7/8

  • We are looking for individuals or couples who are interested in becoming a Baptism Minister. Please consider helping out at this most important and beautiful ministry.
    • Baptism Ministers serve once a month either on a Saturday from 11:15AM-1:30PM or a Sunday from 1:15-3:30PM.
    • Ministers assist the families who are bringing their child to be baptized by offering hospitality and welcoming each family and child into the Catholic Church.
    • In addition to greeting and welcoming the families, Baptism Ministers set up for the baptism, assist the celebrant during the ceremony, and clean up after the ceremony.
    • Training will be offered on Thursday July 8 from 7PM – 8:30PM in the Church. Please email Lydia Schmitt, lydias@olmercy.com, for more information about the Baptism Ministry and if you are interested in attending the training to become a Baptism Minister.

LOOKING AHEAD

Catholic Charities of Joliet Mobile Food Pantry on THURSDAY 7/15
  • Please spread the word on the Catholic Charities of Joliet  Mobile Food Pantry this month. Instead of Wednesday, it’s going to be on Thursday 7/15.
    Share the attached link. If you have a Facebook account, keep an eye for the upcoming Facebook post from our page and share it; this is an easy way to help someone you may be unaware of that is in need of food that is in your network of friends or acquaintances.
The next AMA Ask Me Anything with Father James is on Monday 7/19
  • We’ve learned so much through the questions you asked! Thank you for submitting them.  Check out the AMA webpage to view the video of Part 2 (and Part 1) of the AMAas well as to submit any more of your “great’ questions!  The website also lists out all the questions that Father James answered such as “Why does mass attendance on Sunday matter? Can’t we just go during the week on the day that’s most convenient? What if we have to work on Sunday?”
  • The next one will be on Monday 7/19th at 7:30pm as Father James will continue to answer the questions you submitted.
Magnify on 7/21
  • Monthly Magnify is on 7/21st at 7pm. With the summer season comes swimming, sun, and BBQ.  But while summer can bring some much-needed time to slow down our lives and rest, it can also be tempting to take a break from prayer or even attending Mass itself. Rather, let’s come out to Magnify and have that personal contact with the living Jesus. Share your heart with Him to be loved by Him as you are.
Register for the Charisms Workshop 7/24 and 7/31
  • Register now for one of the Charisms Workshop!  You won’t want to miss this…. because wouldn’t you like to know about the gifts, the “charisms” God has given you?  To discern—figure out what they are?  And what the difference is between your natural talents, spiritual gifts, and the charisms God has gifted you with.
  • Discover all these things
    • The role of the Holy Spirit in your life
    • The charisms you received at Baptism
    • How those charisms help you become the disciple God intends you to be
    • How charisms transform parishes, communities and the world
    • A discernment process that will help you make good spiritual decisions
    • That you are a very needed part of the Body of Christ. You were made for more!
  • Looking forward to “activating” the gifts God has given you!
Celebrating the World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly 7/25
  • Pope Francis has established a World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly taking place for the first time on Sunday 7/25.  Grandparents and the elderly are often overlooked, but this new day in the Universal Church calendar is a momentous achievement for Grandparents and the elderly and will hopefully reassure them that they are loved and that they are needed. We look forward to celebrating our Grandparents and elderly at the Masses that weekend.

Catholic Baseball Camp; play baseball with Fr Burke Masters 7/27 – 7/28

  • Register at catholicsportscamps.org for the Catholic Baseball Camp for boys and girls ages 8-12. Fee is $150 (scholarships are available).
  • Basic to advanced baseball skills and training. Women’s softball/baseball coach for girls. Daily Mass, Rosary, Adoration, Confession.

Vacation Bible School (VBS) 8/2 through 8/6

  • We are excited to announce that OLM Vacation Bible School will be welcoming 100 students in person this summer!  Children, come on out 8/6 thru 8/6 from 9am to 12pm and embark on an epic quest through hidden ruins, ancient caves, and dense jungles.
  • At Treasured VBS, kids dig into action-packed, faith-filled adventures. They’ll discover God’s greatest treasure isn’t diamonds, gems, or gold – it’s them!  Details and registration are at this link.

The Equality Act

  • The Equality Act discriminates against people of faith and threatens unborn life. Did you get a chance to tell senators to oppose the Equality Act?  If not, please do by going to this site. Each of our voices joined together is powerful.

Don’t Get Scammed by Fake Fathers!

  • Did you get an email or a text message from (a fake) Father Don this past week? Please remember, Father Don and Father James DO NOT send texts or emails asking for money or gift cards.  If you receive a message appearing to be from Father Don or Father James, please discard it and DO NOT SEND ANY ELECTRONIC MONETARY AID.

We’re Hiring!

  • We are looking for an intentional disciple of Jesus who has a heart for the youth, who will be the Associate Director of Family and Youth Evangelization and Catechesis for Grades 6-12. Please lift up in prayer who God is going to send to us and please let others know as well so as to cast the net wide for our search.
  • Click here for details.

Bulletin

  • Don’t forget to check out Father Don’s insightful weekly Bulletin article located here.

Supporting OLM through the CMAA

  • Thank you to those who have pledged!  We are so close to our parish goal, we are almost there!  Help us meet our goal; please support Our Lady of Mercy by supporting the Diocesan Catholic Ministries Annual Appeal (CMAA).
  • Father Don and Bishop Hicks are asking us to join them in pledging to the CMAA to help the poor and vulnerable, form our future shepherds, and spread the faith through our Catholic schools, faith formation programs in parishes, and programs for young adults.
  • Donations can be made here https://bit.ly/2MOQHVY  Check out how your how your gifts to the CMAA helps at this link https://bit.ly/3dd154X. Thank you for your consideration.

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.

Stream Team Update

  • We continue to (and permanently) livestream the 10am Sunday Mass and Daily week day Mass.  For those who are not comfortable attending Mass in the Church, please continue to watch on your mobile device in your vehicle, where Holy Communion will be brought to you at the 10am Mass.
  • We seek creative individuals who are interested in joining our “Stream Team” to help.  It is fun, easy, and fulfilling to take part in and you’ll have the love, support, and thankfulness of the Livestream Community. If you are interested or know someone who would enjoy volunteering in this role, please connect with zara@olmercy.com

A Note from the Intercessory Prayer Ministry

  • How can we be praying 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

We’re looking for volunteers to join “The Messengers”

  • The overall goal of this team is to bring to life through communications our parish vision: to offer every person a life-changing encounter with Jesus, grow disciples and send them on mission. Check out the details at this link. Connect with zara@olmercy.com, she would love to chat about the volunteer position over coffee, zoom, or phone call.

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 smart phones.  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.

Grow Groups | We continue to launch Grow Groups, one group at a time.
Connect with zara@olmercy.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.
WebsiteProceed here for details.
Meets. Tuesdays @ 7pm and every two weeks for social gatherings.
Connect.  Reach out to Matt Kubanda and Mary Rysavy rysavyme@gmail.com
See what they have been up to at this video.

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
John Frederick jdfredericj@icloud.com
Jim Marks jimm6351@yahoo.com
Check out the video to find out more about Vine and Branches

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

EUCHARIST RESOURCES

Check out our “Eucharist Resources” page to help us understand deeply the centrality of the Eucharist in our lives and the great Feast of Corpus Christi.

WORD ON FIRE

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

Not sure where to start? How about the episode of the Pivotal Players series of St. Ignatius of Loyola which covers Ignatius’ journey from a courageous and celebrated warrior to a passionate servant of Christ, and the influence he effected through the establishment of the Jesuit order and through his masterpiece, “The Spiritual Exercises.”

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

PINTS WITH AQUINAS – FREE CONFESSIONS COURSE

Become acquainted with one of the world’s greatest spiritual masterpieces!  https://bit.ly/PWA-Confessions
Join Dr. Chad Engelland for a FREE seven-part online course on St. Augustine’s “Confessions.” You’ll learn:
– What finally caused Augustine to leave a life of sin
– Why we find evil so attractive
– The right way to address God

Happy Independence Day!


Here is a snippet from American Catholic history that is often little known and unexpected from the podcast American Catholic History.

George Washington, Catholic?

Ever since he died, there has been speculation that George Washington converted to Catholicism on his deathbed. Part of the reason why some think our first President did so is related to the attitudes and actions in his life that were favorable toward Catholics.

Throughout his public life, Washington was known to be more favorably disposed toward Catholics than was usual for a man of his social standing. Many of the officers he relied upon most closely during the Revolutionary War were themselves Catholic, including the Marquis de Lafayette, who was almost like a son. He almost put an end to anti-Catholic customs, like Pope Night, among his soldiers, calling the demonstrations idiotic.

He attended Mass on a number of occasions at St. Mary’s in Philadelphia over the years, as a sign of acceptance of religious plurality in America. He would later write a letter to Charles Carroll–the only Catholic signer of the Declaration of Independence–and his brother who become American’s first bishop, John Carroll of his hope that Americans would not forget the vital role that Catholics played in independence. A letter to a Jewish congregation in Newport, Rhode Island, in 1790 of the right to religious liberty now enjoyed by all Americans:

“The Citizens of the United States of America have a right to applaud themselves for having given to mankind examples of an enlarged and liberal policy: a policy worthy of imitation. All possess alike liberty of conscience and immunities of citizenship It is now no more that toleration is spoken of, as if it was by the indulgence of one class of people, that another enjoyed the exercise of their inherent natural rights. For happily the Government of the United States, which gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance, requires only that they who live under its protection should demean themselves as good citizens, in giving it on all occasions their effectual support.”

Washington was also known for his generosity toward the construction of several Catholic Churches in Philadelphia; Alexandria, Virginia; and Baltimore. In addition, it is known that he kept a painting of the Immaculate Conception in his private room in Philadelphia and that he crossed himself before prayers.But it was in 1799, after ending his service as President, as Washington lay dying at Mount Vernon that he called for Jesuit Father Leonard Neale to be with him at his deathbed. Fr. Neale stayed by Washington’s bedside for four hours before his death.
While none of that constitutes definitive evidence of conversion, it does paint an interesting portrait of the tolerant and pious man that was George Washington. What do you think?

For much more about George Washington and his attitudes toward Catholicism, listen to American Catholic History, Episode #85 and check out the links to further resources.


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June 26, 2021 | Weekly Update


June 26, 2021 | Weekly Update

Arise! Jesus says


“God did not make death,” the Book of Wisdom asserts in our first reading this Sunday, “For God formed man to be imperishable; the image of His own nature He made him. But by the envy of the devil, death entered the world.” (Wisdom 1:13-15; 2:23-24).

In our Gospel, Jesus raises a young girl from the dead and heals a hemorrhaging woman. Christ makes it clear that He desires for us, life and life in abundance, and that includes the life to come that will overcome even death.

Do we believe that?  Do we believe that God is involved actively in our world and has a plan for our lives?

Let’s prepare ourselves to participate at Holy Mass where Father Don is preaching, by watching the short video on the Flocknote email from Matt Nelson, an author and Fellow of Apologetics at the Word on Fire Institute, from their new series Catholicism 101, to learn more about the power of God in our history.

Looking forward to seeing you at Holy Mass!

THIS COMING WEEK

Peter’s Pence Collection 6/26 & 6/27
  • This weekend is an opportunity for us to join with Pope Francis and be a sign of mercy through the “Peter’s Pence Collection”, a worldwide collection that supports the activities of the Holy See through which Pope Francis governs the Church and exercises his charitable works. Support for such papal efforts has its roots in the scriptural message to take care of the poor and is an expression of unity with the Holy Father.
  • To donate online: https://www.givecentral.org/scpp21-v2
    For more information: http://www.peterspence.va/en.html
Thanking Jean Rehmer whose last day is 6/30
  • Please see this beautiful note from Father Don thanking our wonderful secretary in the Religious Education office, Jean Rehmer.  As Father Don says, “Jean, we thank you for all you have done for us at OLM and wish you all the best in your retirement!”
  • You may still reach Jean at jeanr@olmercy.com if you want to send your best wishes to her or 630.851.3444 ext 232.
1st Friday 7/2 and 1st Saturday 7/3 Devotions
  • Respect Life 1st Friday Devotion on 7/2 from 8am to 4pm
    • We hope you can come out anytime from 8am to 4pm, to pray for the helpless, innocent unborn who can’t speak for themselves.  Pray in front of Planned Parenthood, at the public right of way access.  Connect with Lisa SanDiego for any questions (630) 258-0122 or sandiego_family@msn.com.    https://bit.ly/3yGSzmU
    • Confessions immediately following the 8am Mass
  • Every 1st Friday (in addition to the 8am Mass), we will have a 12pm Mass. We hope you join us.
  • 1st Saturday 7/5 after the 8:30 am Mass is the First Saturday Devotion  
    • This devotion is one of the principal points of the Fatima message.  It consists of the following, on 5 consecutive first Saturdays: Going to Confession, receiving the Sacrament of Holy Communion, praying five decades of the Rosary, and Meditating for 15 minutes on the mysteries of the Rosary.
      Find out the reasons why the five Saturdays from our Lord Jesus to Sister Lucia as well as additional details here.  We hope you incorporate this powerful devotion into your life. Please connect with Bonnie Ramirez 630-723-4289 for any questions.

LOOKING AHEAD

PADS Hesed House on 7/6
  • A reminder that PADS is on 7/6th to help our brothers and sisters in need. Check out the PADS board at the Atrium (the entrance to our building) for the food items needed. We are also thankful for any funds donated via the Give page or checks payable to Our Lady of Mercy and note on the memo “Hesed House-PADS”.
    Thank you so much for your generosity.
    ‘Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.’— Matthew 25:40
Baptism Ministers Meeting 7/8
  • We are looking for individuals or couples who are interested in becoming a Baptism Minister. Please consider helping out at this most important and beautiful ministry.
    • Baptism Ministers serve once a month either on a Saturday from 11:15AM-1:30PM or a Sunday from 1:15-3:30PM.
    • Ministers assist the families who are bringing their child to be baptized by offering hospitality and welcoming each family and child into the Catholic Church.
    • In addition to greeting and welcoming the families, Baptism Ministers set up for the baptism, assist the celebrant during the ceremony, and clean up after the ceremony.
    • Training will be offered on Thursday July 8 from 7PM – 8:30PM in the Church. Please email Lydia Schmitt, lydias@olmercy.com, for more information about the Baptism Ministry and if you are interested in attending the training to become a Baptism Minister.
Catholic Charities of Joliet Mobile Food Pantry on THURSDAY 7/15
  • Please spread the word on the Catholic Charities of Joliet  Mobile Food Pantry this month. Instead of Wednesday, it’s going to be on Thursday 7/15.
    Share the attached link. If you have a Facebook account, keep an eye for the upcoming Facebook post from our page and share it; this is an easy way to help someone you may be unaware of that is in need of food that is in your network of friends or acquaintances.
The next AMA Ask Me Anything with Father James is on Monday 7/19
  • We’ve learned so much through the questions you asked! Thank you for submitting them.  Proceed to the AMA webpage to view the video of Part 2 of the AMA.
  • The next one will be on Monday 7/19th at 7:30pm as Father James will continue to answer the questions you submitted.
  • Have more ‘great’ questions; submit them here.  Or check out the AMA webpage for the list of the questions and the two videos.  Here are is a snippet of some of the questions.
    • Why does mass attendance on Sunday matter? Can’t we just go during the week on the day that’s most convenient? What if we have to work on Sunday?
       
      What does the church believe about non-Christians and salvation?
       
      If a friend is getting married outside of the Catholic Church can you attend their wedding or be in their wedding? If your sibling is getting married and is Catholic but isn’t getting married in the Catholic Church can you attend?
SAVE THE DATE Charisms Workshop 7/24 and 7/31
  • Pencil these dates in!  You won’t want to miss this…. because wouldn’t you like to know about the gifts, the “charisms” God has given you?  To discern—figure out what they are?
  • Every person is born with certain natural gifts, and every baptized person is given at least one charism, or spiritual gift, through the power of the Holy Spirit.
  • Keep an eye out for an App Blast, and email message Blast which will have details, timeframe, and registration link.
    • Don’t have the App? Text “App” to 88202 to download our parish app. Or download “myParish App” on your mobile device, then select our parish.
Catholic Baseball Camp; play baseball with Fr Burke Masters 7/27 – 7/28
  • Register at catholicsportscamps.org for the Catholic Baseball Camp for boys and girls ages 8-12. Fee is $150 (scholarships are available).
  • Basic to advanced baseball skills and training. Women’s softball/baseball coach for girls. Daily Mass, Rosary, Adoration, Confession.
Vacation Bible School (VBS) 8/2 through 8/6
  • We are excited to announce that OLM Vacation Bible School will be welcoming 100 students in person this summer!  Children, come on out 8/6 thru 8/6 from 9am to 12pm and embark on an epic quest through hidden ruins, ancient caves, and dense jungles.
  • At Treasured VBS, kids dig into action-packed, faith-filled adventures. They’ll discover God’s greatest treasure isn’t diamonds, gems, or gold – it’s them!  Details and registration are at this link.
The Equality Act
  • The Equality Act discriminates against people of faith and threatens unborn life. Tell senators to oppose it by going to this site.
Don’t Get Scammed by Fake Fathers!
  • Did you get an email from (a fake) Father Don this past week? Please remember, Father Don and Father James DO NOT send texts or emails asking for money or gift cards.  If you receive a message appearing to be from Father Don or Father James, please discard it and DO NOT SEND ANY ELECTRONIC MONETARY AID.
We’re Hiring!
  • We are looking for an intentional disciple of Jesus who has a heart for the youth, who will be the Associate Director of Family and Youth Evangelization and Catechesis for Grades 6-12. Please lift up in prayer who God is going to send to us and please let others know as well so as to cast the net wide for our search.
  • Click here for details.
Bulletin
  • Don’t forget to check out Father Don’s insightful weekly Bulletin article located here.
Supporting OLM through the CMAA
  • If you have not done so already, please do consider supporting Our Lady of Mercy by supporting the Diocesan Catholic Ministries Annual Appeal (CMAA).
  • The CMAA allows us, together, to do our part in building God’s kingdom here on earth.  Father Don and Bishop Hicks are asking us to join them in supporting the CMAA to help the poor and vulnerable, form our future shepherds, and spread the faith through our Catholic schools, faith formation programs in parishes, and programs for young adults.
  • Our parish’s goal for the 2021 CMAA is $154,400, with 70 percent of any amount we raise over this goal returned to us for our use.
  • If you wish to donate now, please click here https://bit.ly/2MOQHVY  Read the following report at this link https://bit.ly/3dd154X on how your gifts to the CMAA helps. For further details, please click here https://bit.ly/3jQxf7i
  • Thank you for prayerfully considering supporting the 30 ministries and shining Jesus’ light brightly in our diocese.
Regarding OSV Online Giving
  • Our Online Giving has been upgraded to a newer, easier-to-use platform! If you currently give online, you should have received an email with instructions on how to log into the new system. Best of all, your existing payment and donation information will be migrated over so you will not have to set up your gifts again! Please reach out to the business office for any questions 630-851-3444.
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.
Stream Team Update
  • Hooray, we are at full capacity! Because of this, we will only live stream the 10am Mass.
  • For those who are not comfortable attending Mass in the Church, please continue to watch on your mobile device in your vehicle, where Holy Communion will be brought to you at the 10am Mass.
  • We continue to seek creative individuals who are interested in joining our “Stream Team” to help.  It is fun, easy, and fulfilling to take part in and you’ll have the love, support, and thankfulness of the Livestream Community.
  • If you are interested or know someone who would enjoy volunteering in this role, please connect with zara@olmercy.com
A Note from the Intercessory Prayer Ministry
  • How can we be praying 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
We’re looking for volunteers to join “The Messengers”
  • The overall goal of this team is to bring to life through communications our parish vision: to offer every person a life-changing encounter with Jesus, grow disciples and send them on mission.
  • Volunteers that will be part of “The Messengers” team will be tasked with implementing the Communications, Social Media, and Online Engagement Strategy of Our Lady of Mercy.
  • They will be trained and empowered to manage engaging communications pieces of our parish such as our emails (like this Weekly Update), and postings on all our Communications platforms (website, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, and Twitter).
    They can also assist in creating social media content that builds relationships and community as well as other projects at the direction of the Communications Director.

    • Must either be a committed disciple of Jesus or open to being one
    • Needed skill sets
      • Must enjoy working with others towards common/shared goals and communicate well in a spiritually paced, engaging environment.
      • Some knowledge of Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Twitter, and other emerging platforms.
      • Strong content writing/editing background.
      • Takes initiative and responsibility, a self-starter.
    • Desirable skill sets (but not necessary)
      • Some skills in graphic design. Photography, audio/video editing are assets.
      • Familiarity with best practices and analyzing analytics of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and other emerging platforms.
  • Interested?  Have questions?  Know of someone that can be a “Messenger”? Connect with zara@olmercy.com, she would love to chat about the volunteer position over coffee, zoom, or phone call.

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

CONSUMING FIRE YOUNG ADULT GROW GROUP 

The group exists to grow a community that inspires and forms the young adult generation to be saints. Since February, they have grown to a roster of more than 50 souls from all over the Aurora, Naperville, and surrounding areas. Join them during the summer session for a wide variety of social activities (rock climbing, and rosary & volleyball are scheduled for June), all with the underlying purpose of cultivating holiness.

  • Or let the young adult in your life know about Consuming Fire, they are going to go through a new series “Metanoia” on Tuesday evenings this summer from 7pm to 8:30pm.
  • Connect them to their website at this link or with Matt Kubanda and Mary Rysavy rysavyme@gmail.com
  • See what they have been up to at this video or at their website

VINE & BRANCHES GROW GROUP

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.

WORD ON FIRE

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

Not sure where to start? How about the episode of the Pivotal Players series of St. Ignatius of Loyola which covers Ignatius’ journey from a courageous and celebrated warrior to a passionate servant of Christ, and the influence he effected through the establishment of the Jesuit order and through his masterpiece, “The Spiritual Exercises.”

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From the Pastor’s Desk

June 26 – Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

At this time of the year, parishes throughout the Diocese often experience a change in staff. OLM is no exception. It is with mixed feelings that I announce that Jean Rehmer who has worked as a secretary in our Religious Education office for the past 18 years is retiring at the end of June. I say mixed feelings because retirement is a happy thing to look forward to, but Jean will be sorely missed! Jean has been a huge behind the scenes support to our staff, catechists, and leaders in the Junior High (EDGE) and High School (LIGHT) religious education programs for our parish youth and teens. Taking care of all the details for Confirmation and many other celebrations and programs, Jean has been the one to answer all your calls and questions. She has especially enjoyed meeting and working with our parish youth and teens, always offering support and encouragement to them. Jean has also worked with and coordinated RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) for the past 15 years. She has also covered the parish office reception desk and answered phones when needed. Jean has always been gracious and willing to perform any needed tasks.

Jean and her husband Deacon Phil (who retired a few months ago) have also been great witnesses to their faith. Members of OLM for 28 years, both volunteered in baptismal preparation ministry for many years. Jean also was a catechist for several years prior to employment at OLM. Both Jean and Deacon Phil have been powerful witnesses to justice and peace ministry with their commitment to Hesed House and PADS. They will continue to coordinate our Hesed House/PADS ministry at OLM during their retirement.

So, Jean, we thank you for all you have done for us at OLM and wish you all the best in your retirement!

God Bless Jean Rehmer!

Have a blessed week!

Father Don

June 19, 2021 | Weekly Update


June 19, 2021 | To All Dad’s Happy Father’s Day – A Prayer for Father’s Day

Good and gracious God, you showed us the importance of fathers when you chose Joseph to care for your Son.

Bless all the fathers who share your unconditional love with their children.

Bring comfort to those fathers who have lost children, or are estranged from their children, and all those who mourn the loss of their beloved fathers.

Share your blessings with all those who yearn for a father’s love and heal those wounded by a father’s fallibilities. Bless all men who mentor and nurture children who are not their own and become fathers to children who need them.

Help us, the sons and daughters of their hearts and bodies, to return their love and honor them as Jesus honored Joseph.

In Jesus Name We Pray, Amen

June 12, 2021 | Weekly Update


June 12, 2021 | Weekly Update

The Seed of Faith


The mustard seed of faith is small and fragile, but with faith, we can move mountains and be a mighty force for God in the world.

To say, “I believe in God” is to assert this faith that isn’t merely a blind, irrational act, but stepping out in confidence knowing that our God is trustworthy and He keeps His promises.

To prepare ourselves to go to Mass this weekend where Deacon Tom will be preaching at all the Masses (except the 5:30pm ), we invite you to watch the short video on the Flocknote email from Father Stephen Gadberry – a combat war veteran and American Ninja Warrior.

“Perhaps I am only a grain of sand, but every grain has its own place, its special role to carry out.”
—Venerable Francis Xavier Nguyen Van Thuan

Questions for Additional Reflection: 
Where is God asking me to have great faith?
Who are the examples of steadfast faith in my life?
St. Augustine said that “faith seeks understanding.”  What questions about the Catholic faith do you have right now?  

THIS COMING WEEK

Update on Father Don
  • Thank you for praying! Father Don’s surgery went well. Please continue to keep him in your prayers for a full and safe recovery.
    -|- We give you praise Jesus for looking after our beloved pastor whom we love so much -|-.
New Diocesan Covid Protocols as of 6/11
  • If you haven’t done so already, don’t forget to read up on the new guidelines. (It’s exciting for we are able to welcome everyone at full capacity!)
24 Hour Adoration Chapel at Saints Peter and Paul opens back up on 6/13
  • Our Lady of Mercy Eucharist Adoration times are Monday and Thursdays 8:30am to 6pm. Wednesdays 8am to 12pm and at Magnify typically at the last Wednesday of the month from 7pm to 8:30pm. To sign-up for any of these times, click here.
  • If these times do not work for you, Saints Peter and Paul have a 24 Hour Adoration Chapel which will re-open on Sunday 6/13th, you can sign up at this link or by calling their parish office 630-355-1081.
Teen Mission Trip Openings through 6/15
  • High school teenagers, sign-up for the much-coveted Teen Mission Trip spot, there are a few openings left, sign up by 6/15. Do something extraordinary this summer; impact a community in a very real way.  Reach out to Dave Miserendino at the Youth Ministry office.
Grandparent Ministry meets 6/15
  • The Grandparents Ministry will be meeting in-person on Tuesday 6/15 from 7pm to 8:30pm in Room 124. If you prefer to attend via Zoom, please connect with Jolene at jolenel@olmercy.com.
A summer MAGNIFY Wednesday 6/16
  • Come out this Wednesday evening for a summer MAGNIFY, bring the children, invite your friends and neighbors to spend some time with Jesus; share what’s on your mind with Him.  Scriptural reflection by Father James, confessions and an evening of praise and worship lead by Josh Goodman; all good reasons to go to MAGNIFY.
AMA with Father James Friday 6/18
    • AMA with Father James Part 2 is Friday 6/18th @ 7pm. Check out the trailer below.

  • Submit your “great question” at this link
  • Part 1 last month was illuminating and fun; from answering “Why does Fr. James use a different sized host than Fr. Don?” to “What do I do if a close relative/friend invites me to their same-sex ceremony?”   
  • Did you miss Part 1 of the AMA with Father James? You can view it here or here.
Bread for the World Offering of Letters send in by next weekend 6/19
  • Bread for the World through your signed Offering of Letter and Bread members urge Congress to expand anti-hunger programs in response to the pandemic and increase funding for nutrition programs.  Watch this brief video to understand how your letter helps and what the organization does.
  • In past years OLM parishioners have offered over 500+ letters. The letters you write will be given to the diocesan group that will meet later this month with our Illinois senators and representatives.  People can address the letter to Senator Durbin and/or Senator Duckworth and Representative Foster. Sample letters in English and Spanish are available.  A box will be available on the desk in the PLC lobby for the signed letters. Please return printed, signed letters to OLM next week.
Welcome Back from Bishop Hicks!
    • Please see the below message from Bishop Hicks. We hope to see each and every one of you soon. The church is ready and your parish family here at Our Lady of Mercy can’t wait to see you!

 

LOOKING AHEAD

Knights of Columbus Blood Drive 6/19
  • Schedule to donate blood at this link on Saturday 6/19 from 8am to 12pm. Every donor will save up to 3 lives!
  • While appointments are appreciated, walk-ins are welcome!
  • You DO NOT NEED the Covid-19 vaccine in order to donate.
  • You are also eligible to donate if you received a COVID-19 vaccine on or before 6/16.
  • Please make sure to eat a healthy meal and drink plenty of water before donating.  Thank you!
Virtual Baby Bottles for Life Mother’s Day to Father’s Day 6/20
  • Please help the babies and their mothers and fathers who are facing the unexpected news of their unplanned pregnancy.
  • Support the Our Lady of Mercy Respect Life Ministry annual Baby Bottle For Life Fundraising for Waterleaf Women’s Center from Mother’s Day (May 9, 2021) to Father’s Day (June 20, 2021).   http://www.fundeasy.com/m/5133322/
Father’s Day Collection for Diocesan Infirmed and Elderly Priests 6/19 – 6/20 
  • The Fathers Day Collection for Diocesan Infirmed and Elderly Priests is 6/19 – 6/20. This annual collection helps meet the needs of our elderly, informed, and retired diocesan priests, especially those who have extraordinary medical expenses beyond what insurance can cover.  Please give generously to these second fathers in our lives at this link
  • “The heart of Christ’s priests knows only two directions: the Lord and His people.”

    — Pope Francis, Jubilee of Mercy for Priests, June 3, 2016

    “It helps out with unusual expenses that a priest might encounter, like a huge dental bill or a hearing aid,” said Father John Balluff, episcopal vicar for clergy for the diocese.

    This second collection also helps to pay for repairs at the St. John Vianney Villa Priest Retirement Home in Naperville, an assisted living facility for retired priests. But we all know that few priests really retire, as they often fill in for a pastor who becomes sick or goes on sabbatical. They also celebrate daily and weekend Masses, hear confessions, perform funerals, celebrate weddings, and anoint the sick.

Father’s Day 6/20
  • Not sure what to get the father(s) in your life? Scroll to the end to see what “The Catholic Gentleman” recommends.
Biblical Institute of the Diocese of Joliet this Fall at OLM! Preview on 6/26
  • Here’s your chance to join our excellent diocesan Bible school right here at this parish. The Biblical Institute offers an in-depth study of the Bible, from the Catholic point of view, presented by trained and experienced Catholic teachers.
    For information, go to: www.dioceseofjoliet.org/bidj
    Or call 815-221-6147.
    Biblical Institute Preview Event – Our Lady of Mercy
    In person event: Saturday 6/25 from 9am -10:30 am
    Zoom event: go to www.dioceseofjoliet.org/bidj
Catholic Baseball Camp; play baseball with Fr Burke Masters 7/27 – 7/28
  • Register at catholicsportscamps.org for the Catholic Baseball Camp for boys and girls ages 8-12. Fee is $150 (scholarships are available).
  • Basic to advanced baseball skills and training. Women’s softball/baseball coach for girls. Daily Mass, Rosary, Adoration, Confession.
Vacation Bible School (VBS) 8/2 through 8/6 Sign up by 6/16
  • We are excited to announce that OLM Vacation Bible School will be welcoming 100 students in person this summer!  Children, come on out 8/6 thru 8/6 from 9am to 12pm and embark on an epic quest through hidden ruins, ancient caves, and dense jungles.
  • At Treasured VBS, kids dig into action-packed, faith-filled adventures. They’ll discover God’s greatest treasure isn’t diamonds, gems, or gold – it’s them! The deadline to signup is June 16th.  Details and registration are at this link.
Don’t Get Scammed by Fake Fathers!
  • Did you get an email from (a fake) Father Don this past week? Please remember, Father Don and Father James DO NOT send texts or emails asking for money or gift cards.  If you receive a message appearing to be from Father Don or Father James, please discard it and DO NOT SEND ANY ELECTRONIC MONETARY AID.
We’re Hiring!
  • We are looking for an intentional disciple of Jesus who will be the Associate Director of Family and Youth Evangelization and Catechesis for Grades 6-12. Please lift up in prayer who God is going to send to us and please let others know as well so as to cast the net wide for our search.
  • Click here for details.
Bulletin
  • Don’t forget to check out Father Don’s insightful weekly Bulletin article located here.
Supporting OLM through the CMAA
  • If you have not done so already, please do consider supporting our efforts here at Our Lady of Mercy by supporting the Diocesan Catholic Ministries Annual Appeal (CMAA).
  • The CMAA allows us, together, to do our part in building God’s kingdom here on earth.  Father Don and Bishop Hicks are asking us to join them in supporting the CMAA to help the poor and vulnerable, form our future shepherds, and spread the faith through our Catholic schools, faith formation programs in parishes, and programs for young adults.
  • Our parish’s goal for the 2021 CMAA is $154,400, with 70 percent of any amount we raise over this goal returned to us for our use.
  • If you wish to donate now, please click here https://bit.ly/2MOQHVY  Read the following report at this link https://bit.ly/3dd154X on how your gifts to the CMAA helps. For further details, please click here https://bit.ly/3jQxf7i
  • Thank you for prayerfully considering supporting the 30 ministries and shining Jesus’ light brightly in our diocese.
Regarding OSV Online Giving
  • Our Online Giving is getting an upgrade to a newer, easier-to-use platform! If you currently give online, you should have received an email with instructions on how to log into the new system. Best of all, your existing payment and donation information will be migrated over so you will not have to set up your gifts again! Please reach out to the business office for any questions 630-851-3444.
For the Hispanic Community
  • Please proceed here for the OLM Hispanic Ministry 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.
Stream Team Update
  • Hooray, we are at full capacity! Because of this, we will only live stream the 10am Mass.
  • For those who are not comfortable attending Mass in the Church, please continue to watch on your mobile device in your vehicle, where Holy Communion will be brought to you at the 10am Mass.
  • We continue to seek creative individuals who are interested in joining our “Stream Team” to help.  It is fun, easy, and fulfilling to take part in and you’ll have the love, support, and thankfulness of the Livestream Community.
  • If you are interested or know someone who would enjoy volunteering in this role, please connect with zara@olmercy.com
A Note from the Intercessory Prayer Ministry
  • How can we be praying 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
We’re looking for volunteers to join “The Messengers”
  • The overall goal of this team is to bring to life through communications our parish vision: to offer every person a life-changing encounter with Jesus, grow disciples and send them on mission.
  • Volunteers that will be part of “The Messengers” team will be tasked with implementing the Communications, Social Media, and Online Engagement Strategy of Our Lady of Mercy.
  • They will be trained and empowered to manage engaging communications pieces of our parish such as our emails (like this Weekly Update), and postings on all our Communications platforms (website, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, and Twitter).
    They can also assist in creating social media content that builds relationships and community as well as other projects at the direction of the Communications Director.

    • Must either be a committed disciple of Jesus or open to being one
    • Needed skill sets
      • Must enjoy working with others towards common/shared goals and communicate well in a spiritually paced, engaging environment.
      • Some knowledge of Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Twitter, and other emerging platforms.
      • Strong content writing/editing background.
      • Takes initiative and responsibility, a self-starter.
    • Desirable skill sets (but not necessary)
      • Some skills in graphic design. Photography, audio/video editing are assets.
      • Familiarity with best practices and analyzing analytics of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and other emerging platforms.
  • Interested?  Have questions?  Know of someone that can be a “Messenger”? Connect with zara@olmercy.com, she would love to chat about the volunteer position over coffee, zoom, or phone call.
Grow Groups | We continue to launch Grow Groups, one group at a time

The group exists to grow a community that inspires and forms the young adult generation to be saints. Since February, they have grown to a roster of more than 50 souls from all over the Aurora, Naperville, and surrounding areas. Join them during the summer session for a wide variety of social activities (rock climbing, and rosary & volleyball are scheduled for June), all with the underlying purpose of cultivating holiness.

  • Or let the young adult in your life know about Consuming Fire, they are going to go through a new series “Metanoia” on Tuesday evenings this summer from 7pm to 8:30pm.
  • Connect them to their website at this link or with Matt Kubanda and Mary Rysavy rysavyme@gmail.com
  • See what they have been up to below.

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.

GROW YOUR FAITH

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EUCHARIST RESOURCES

Check out our “Eucharist Resources” page to help us understand deeply the centrality of the Eucharist in our lives and the great Feast of Corpus Christi.

FREE CONFERENCES

In this section, you will find free conferences, webinars, and studies that you can freely take part in that can grow your faith.

 

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

Streaming Now – Rise: A 30 Day Challenge for Men. Become the man you were meant to be.
Available at this link HeroicMen.com

 

REAL LIFE CATHOLIC

It’s hard to believe, but we’re already halfway through the year of St. Joseph.

To help you understand the huge significance of what this means, our good friends at Real Life Catholic have created a series so you can get to know Joseph as your friend, protector, and spiritual father.

If you’re feeling worn down by life’s daily grind, or you are struggling with temptations, or you simply want to make a change, Joseph, an 8-part Personal Development Program, will help you discover more Jesus, have more joy, and find more purpose in your everyday life.

Presented by eight of the leading voices in the Church, you’ll learn about:

  • St. Joseph’s faith and flight to Egypt with Dr. Scott Hahn and Fr. Don Calloway
  • His steadfast virtues from Sister Josephine Garrett, Jason Evert and Dallas Carter
  • How he can help us in our everyday lives from Beth Davis and Simone Rizkallah
  • How Joseph is an unmatched example of a real life Catholic from Chris Stefanick
Enroll by clicking this link. Joseph begins June 17.

 

THE CATHOLIC GENTLEMAN

Not sure what to get the father(s) in your life for Father’s Day? Check out this free guide featuring Catholic gifts for Catholic men.

If you’re a Catholic man who wants to grow in his faith and become a better man, subscribe to “The Catholic Gentleman.” You’ll find posts about manly saints, beer, dressing sharp, marriage, spiritual weapons, and a lot more. You’ll find everything an authentic gentleman needs to know.

June 10, 2021 | Diocese of Joliet Announces New Covid Protocols for Parishes


June 10, 2021 | Diocese of Joliet Announces New Covid Protocols for Parishes

These are effective June 11th when the State enters Phase 5
(If the State does not enter Phase 5 we will continue with the previously issued “Bridge Phase” protocols)

Dispensation

  • The dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass remains in place for the time being, with the intention of providing our parishes and our parishioners the opportunity to navigate and adjust to the new guidelines and protocols.
  • As always, if you are not feeling well or have a medical condition that puts you at a higher risk of being infected with COVID, you should not attend Mass. Those having such conditions are encouraged to contact our parish nurse to arrange for communion to be brought to their home.

Wearing of masks

  • According to the CDC, fully vaccinated individuals can participate in indoor and outdoor activities, large or small, without wearing a mask or physical distancing. Individuals who have not been vaccinated should continue to wear masks.
  • Continue wearing a mask if you feel uneasy sitting with unmasked individuals.
  • Per CDC guidance, children younger than 12 should continue to wear masks since they have not yet been approved for vaccination.

Capacity and registration

  • Full capacity is allowed, and registration is no longer required.

Hand sanitizer

  • Hand sanitizer will be available, but not required for entering/exiting the church and/or at the reception of Holy Communion. Feel free to sanitize your hands before receiving communion with your own personal sanitizer.

Holy water fonts

  • Small holy water fonts or stoups with stationary water should remain empty. However, mechanically filtered and chlorinate baptismal fonts can be used.

Paper worship aids

  • Missals, hymnals, prayer books, bulletins, posters, etc. are now allowed

Singing

  • To our disappointment, restrictions remain for congregation singing. Choirs, as well as wind and brass instruments, are still not allowed.

Sign of peace

  • The sign of peace will continue to be made without physical contact.

Communion on the tongue

  • Communion on the hand is still the preferable option. Communion on the tongue is allowed at the pastor’s discretion.
  • The initial post crossed out below has been revised. Those wishing to receive communion on the tongue are invited to receive last; after those who have received Jesus on the hand has gone up the line first.
    • Fr. Don, in consultation with Fr. James and our parish nurse Jolene LeRoy and others has determined that communion on the tongue will be permitted in all communion lines. Those wishing to receive communion on the tongue no longer need to sit in a designated section.
  • Those distributing communion will have a sanitized cloth with them to wipe their fingers in the event they touch a person’s tongue while distributing communion.
  • Fully vaccinated priests, deacons, and Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist are no longer required to wear masks and face shields when distributing Holy Communion. Communion ministers not vaccinated will wear a facemask.
  • Communion from the cup is still not permitted.

Livestream Mass and parking lot communion

  • The 10:00AM Mass on Sunday will continued to be livestreamed. Those not comfortable coming inside the church may continue to watch the Mass on a mobile device in their car and communion will be brought to you.
  • Once the obligation to attend Mass is re-instated, parking lot communion will be discontinued. Watching Mass on livestream or television does not fulfill the obligation to attend Mass.

Altar servers

  • We will resume the use of altar servers the first weekend in August. This gives us time to train new servers and offer “refresher” sessions for those who wish to continue being an altar server.

Vaccination status

  • You will not be asked your vaccination status. However, we strongly encourage vaccinations for all liturgical ministers and for all who minister to others on behalf of Our Lady of Mercy parish.

THERE IS NO CHANGE TO OUR CURRENT WEEKEND & WEEKDAY MASS, CONFESSION & ADORATION SCHEDULE

FYI….The Blessed Sacrament Chapel is still closed until the cable holding the sanctuary lamp is replaced, which hopefully will be by the end of June.

We are extremely grateful to all who graciously cooperated with all the protocols and directives during the COVID pandemic. Thank you!

June 4, 2021 | Weekly Update


June 4, 2021 | Weekly Update

Are Catholics Cannibals?

asks Chris Stefanick from Real Life Catholic, he expounds further “Jesus told His disciples to eat His flesh and drink His blood. Was He crazy?! Are Catholics cannibals? The Feast of Corpus Christi is this coming weekend. I hope this video helps you to celebrate it more fully.”

Has it been a while since you’ve been to Mass?

Perhaps this Sunday at the Feast of Corpus Christi is a good turning point to make the decision to come back.  Be inspired by the brief 3-minute video below; there are compelling reasons to come back.

We pray you come to in-person Mass to “take and eat” and be united with Jesus at this most awesome and pivotal feast, Corpus Christi Sunday where Father James will be preaching. We also hope you join us at the Corpus Christi Procession after the 12pm Mass. 

Sign in ahead of time at this link.

 

THIS COMING WEEK

Testify to your love of Jesus; come out and walk with Jesus at the Corpus Christi Procession on 6/6
  • St. John Paul said of Eucharistic processions: “Our faith in the God who took flesh in order to become our companion along the way needs to be everywhere proclaimed, especially in our streets and homes, as an expression of our grateful love and as an inexhaustible source of blessings” (Mane Nobiscum Domine, No. 18).
    And, Pope Benedict XVI said, “Corpus Christi processions allow us to “immerse [Christ], so to speak, in the daily routine of our lives, so that He may walk where we walk and live where we live.”
  • We pray you will walk with Jesus at the procession that will begin after the 12pm Mass.
    • Special note to the children who had their First Communion last year and this year; come to the procession in your white dress or suit, paving the way for Jesus by ringing the bells and covering the path with flower petals.
  • Connect with Shirley Staples for any questions and/or to help out at 630-815-5799 or shirleystaples@yahoo.com 

Launching Weds 6/9 is Vine & Branches. Please see below!

Catholic Charities of Joliet Mobile Food Pantry on Weds 6/9
  • Please spread the word on the Catholic Charities of Joliet  Mobile Food Pantry this month. Share the attached link. If you have a Facebook account, keep an eye for the upcoming Facebook post from our page and share it; this is an easy way to help someone you may be unaware that is in need of food that is in your network of friends or acquaintances.
Let us be in Prayer on 6/10
  • Let us be in prayer on June 10th for our Father Don. He will be in the hospital for surgery to remove his thyroid.
Another Pizza Party for a Cause at Little Pops Pizzeria on 6/10
  • Make it a pizza night on Thursday 6/10th!  Or rather, make it a pizza DAY! Proceeds benefit the Teen Mission Trip to the Twin Cities. Thank you to the Knights of Columbus Council #12005 for hosting.  What a great excuse to eat pizza “eat pizza for a good cause!”  Share this ad with others and support our Mission Trip teens.
We’re Hiring!
  • We are looking for an intentional disciple of Jesus who will be the Associate Director of Family and Youth Evangelization and Catechesis for Grades 6-12. Please lift up in prayer who God is going to send to us and please let others know as well so as to cast the net wide for our search.
  • Click here for details.

 

LOOKING AHEAD

24 Hour Adoration Chapel at Saints Peter and Paul opens back up on 6/13
  • Our Lady of Mercy Eucharist Adoration times are Monday and Thursdays 8:30am to 6pm. Wednesdays 8am to 12pm and at Magnify typically at the last Wednesday of the month from 7pm to 8:30pm. To sign-up for any of these times, click here.
  • If these times do not work for you, Saints Peter and Paul have a 24 Hour Adoration Chapel which will re-open on Sunday 6/13th, you can sign up at this link or by calling their parish office 630-355-1081.
Teen Mission Trip Openings through 6/15!
  • There are several openings for high school teens and an opening for a female adult (age 25 or older) to attend this summer’s Mission Trip to the Twin Cities in Minnesota on July 18-23. Please contact Dave in the youth ministry office by June 15th if you are interested or need more information.
A summer MAGNIFY Wednesday 6/16
  • Save the date for a summer MAGNIFY.
Knights of Columbus Blood Drive 6/19
  • Schedule to donate blood at this link on Saturday 6/19 from 8am to 12pm. Every donor will save up to 3 lives!
  • While appointments are appreciated, walk-ins are welcome!
  • You DO NOT NEED the Covid-19 vaccine in order to donate.
  • You are also eligible to donate if you received a COVID-19 vaccine on or before 6/16.
  • Please make sure to eat a healthy meal and drink plenty of water before donating.  Thank you!
Virtual Baby Bottles for Life Mother’s Day to Father’s Day 6/20
  • Help the babies and their mothers and fathers who are facing the unexpected news of their unplanned pregnancy.
  • Support the Our Lady of Mercy Respect Life Ministry annual Baby Bottle For Life Fundraising for Waterleaf Women’s Center from Mother’s Day (May 9, 2021) to Father’s Day (June 20, 2021).  http://www.fundeasy.com/m/5133322/
AMA with Father James sometime in June
  • From answering “Why does Fr. James use a different sized host than Fr. Don?” to “What do I do if a close relative/friend invites me to their same-sex ceremony?” made for a fun and an illuminating AMA. Was your question one of the 13 Father James answered?  At this link is the recent AMA with a timestamp for each of the questions and topic-related links.
  • Keep an eye out for when we will have the next one sometime in June as we continue to answer all the questions that was submitted (10% was answered). Have more questions? Submit them at this link.
Catholic Baseball Camp; play baseball with Fr Burke Masters 7/27 – 7/28
  • Register at catholicsportscamps.org for the Catholic Baseball Camp for boys and girls ages 8-12. Fee is $150 (scholarships are available).
  • Basic to advanced baseball skills and training. Women’s softball/baseball coach for girls. Daily Mass, Rosary, Adoration, Confession.
Vacation Bible School (VBS) Coming this Summer! 8/2 – 8/6
  • We are excited to announce that OLM Vacation Bible School will be welcoming 100 students in person this summer!  Children, come on out 8/6 thru 8/6 from 9am to 12pm and embark on an epic quest through hidden ruins, ancient caves, and dense jungles.
  • At Treasured VBS, kids dig into action-packed, faith-filled adventures. They’ll discover God’s greatest treasure isn’t diamonds, gems, or gold – it’s them!  Details and registration are at this link.
Don’t Get Scammed by Fake Fathers!
  • Did you get an email from (a fake) Father Don this past week? Please remember, Father Don and Father James DO NOT send texts or emails asking for money or gift cards.  If you receive a message appearing to be from Father Don or Father James, please discard it and DO NOT SEND ANY ELECTRONIC MONETARY AID.
Bulletin
  • Don’t forget to check out Father Don’s insightful weekly Bulletin articlelocated here.
Supporting OLM through the CMAA
  • If you have not done so already, please do consider supporting our efforts here at Our Lady of Mercy by supporting the Diocesan Catholic Ministries Annual Appeal (CMAA).
  • The CMAA allows us, together, to do our part in building God’s kingdom here on earth.  Father Don and Bishop Hicks are asking us to join them in supporting the CMAA to help the poor and vulnerable, form our future shepherds, and spread the faith through our Catholic schools, faith formation programs in parishes, and programs for young adults.
  • Our parish’s goal for the 2021 CMAA is $154,400, with 70 percent of any amount we raise over this goal returned to us for our use.
  • If you wish to donate now, please click here https://bit.ly/2MOQHVY  Read the following report at this link https://bit.ly/3dd154Xon how your gifts to the CMAA helps. For further details, please click here https://bit.ly/3jQxf7i
  • Thank you for prayerfully considering supporting the 30 ministries and shining Jesus’ light brightly in our diocese.
Regarding OSV Online Giving
  • Our Online Giving is getting an upgrade to a newer, easier-to-use platform! If you currently give online, you will soon be receiving an email with instructions on how to log into the new system. Best of all, your existing payment and donation information will be migrated over so you will not have to set up your gifts again! Keep an eye on your email for more information coming very soon.
For the Hispanic Community
  • Please proceed herefor the OLM Hispanic Ministry 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.
Stream Team Update
  • With the increased Church capacity of 600 people, we will only live stream the 10am Mass.  We will live stream additional Mass times if we find there are more than 600 people attending each Mass and will need to seat people in the PLC/gym area.
  • For those who are not comfortable attending Mass in the Church, please continue to watch on your mobile device in your vehicle, where Holy Communion will be brought to you.
  • We continue to seek creative individuals who are interested in joining our “Stream Team” to help.  It is fun, easy, and fulfilling to take part in and you’ll have the love, support, and thankfulness of the Livestream Community.
  • If you are interested or know someone who would enjoy volunteering in this role, please connect with zara@olmercy.com
A Note from the Intercessory Prayer Ministry
  • How can we be praying 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
We’re looking for volunteers to join “The Messengers”
  • The overall goal of this team is to bring to life through communications our parish vision: to offer every person a life-changing encounter with Jesus, grow disciples and send them on mission.
  • Volunteers that will be part of “The Messengers” team will be tasked with implementing the Communications, Social Media, and Online Engagement Strategy of Our Lady of Mercy.
  • They will be trained and empowered to manage engaging communications pieces of our parish such as our emails (like this Weekly Update), and postings on all our Communications platforms (website, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, and Twitter).
    They can also assist in creating social media content that builds relationships and community as well as other projects at the direction of the Communications Director.

    • Must either be a committed disciple of Jesus or open to being one
    • Needed skill sets
      • Must enjoy working with others towards common/shared goals and communicate well in a spiritually paced, engaging environment.
      • Some knowledge of Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Twitter, and other emerging platforms.
      • Strong content writing/editing background.
      • Takes initiative and responsibility, a self-starter.
    • Desirable skill sets (but not necessary)
      • Some skills in graphic design. Photography, audio/video editing are assets.
      • Familiarity with best practices and analyzing analytics of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and other emerging platforms.
  • Interested?  Have questions?  Know of someone that can be a “Messenger”? Connect with zara@olmercy.com, she would love to chat about the volunteer position over coffee, zoom, or phone call.
Grow Groups
  • We continue to launch Grow Groups, one group at a time.  In February, we launched the Consuming Fire Young Adultwhich has grown to be a community of about 40 young adults that are growing in their relationship with Jesus together living out discipleship through real relationships where there is authenticity, accountability, and accompaniment.
    • Let the young adult in your life know about Consuming Fire, they are going to go through a new series “Metanoia” is starting for the summer on Tues 6/5th.
    • Connect them to their website at this link or with Matt Kubanda and Mary Rysavy rysavyme@gmail.com
  • Launching Weds June 9th is Vine & Branches. Please see below!

What is Vine & Branches? Watch the brief video to find out more.

  • 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.
  • The group’s primary purpose is to help divorced or separated individuals looking to restore hope, find healing, and grow authentic friendships with other individuals who are in a similar situation.
  • If this group is of interest to you or if you would like to know more, connect at the following. Don’t forget to let others know who may want to be part of this grow group.

GROW YOUR FAITH

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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.
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  2. Enter our parish zip or name
  3. Enter your name and email
EUCHARIST RESOURCES
Check out our “Eucharist Resources” page to help us understand deeply the centrality of the Eucharist in our lives and the great Feast of Corpus Christi.
FREE CONFERENCES
In this section, you will find free conferences, webinars, and studies that you can freely take part in that can grow your faith.
  • JUNE 4 – 6 EUCHARISTIC CONFERENCE

REGISTRATION for the virtual EUCHARISTIC CONFERENCE being held next week can be found by clicking here at this link as well as for the list of the amazing presenters. Be a part of a revival of love for the Eucharist in the Catholic Church

  • JUNE 5 FRANCISCAN UNIVERSITY STEUBENVILLE CONFERENCE

REGISTRATION for the free livestreamed session of POWER and PURPOSE held on June 5th can be found by clicking here at this link.

  • JUNE 5 AUGUSTINE INSTITUTE’S 2 HOUR BIBLE CONFERENCE

A Power-Packed two hours!  We’re excited to invite you to the next Augustine Institute Bible Conference! To prepare for the Feast of Corpus Christi, Dr. Brant Pitre, Dr. Mary Healy, and Dr. Tim Gray will uncover the sacramental mystery, power, and significance of the Holy Eucharist found in Sacred Scripture. Submit your questions early and join us for this two-hour virtual event on Saturday, June 5!

REGISTRATION for the free 2-hour virtual BIBLE CONFERENCE Saturday, June 5th from the Augustine Institute can be found here at this link.

May 30, 2021 | Weekly Update


May 30, 2021 | Weekly Update

How can one God be in three persons?


At the root of Christianity is the belief in the Trinity, which means that in one God, there are three persons—the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

The Trinity is a mystery, not in the sense that we know nothing about it, but rather it’s something we can know and understand only partly.

Watch the short video on the Flocknote email to see how St. Augustine uses the metaphor of the mind to make the Trinity more understandable.  As you watch, reflect on how the truth that “God is love” also helps us understand the Trinity.

We hope to see you at the Mass for Holy Trinity Sunday where the presider for each Mass will be preaching, or see you during the week at any of our gatherings or daily Mass.  Sign-in ahead of time at this link or at the door.

THIS COMING WEEK

Join us at Mass on Memorial Day at 9am
  • Let us be in prayer for our heroes; please join us on Memorial Day at the 9am Mass. We’re the land of the free because of the brave.
Testify to your love of Jesus; come out and walk with Jesus at the Corpus Christi Procession on 6/6
  • St. John Paul said of Eucharistic processions: “Our faith in the God who took flesh in order to become our companion along the way needs to be everywhere proclaimed, especially in our streets and homes, as an expression of our grateful love and as an inexhaustible source of blessings” (Mane Nobiscum Domine, No. 18).
    And, Pope Benedict XVI said, “Corpus Christi processions allow us to “immerse [Christ], so to speak, in the daily routine of our lives, so that He may walk where we walk and live where we live.”
  • We pray you will walk with Jesus at the procession that will begin after the 12pm Mass.
    • Special note to the children who had their First Communion last year and this year; come to the procession in your white dress or suit, paving the way for Jesus by ringing the bells and covering the path with flower petals.
  • Connect with Shirley Staples for any questions and/or to help out at 630-815-5799 or shirleystaples@yahoo.com 
PADS Hesed House on 6/1
  • Please help our brothers and sisters in need; sign up at this link for any of the items posted, or send funds via the Give page or checks payable to Our Lady of Mercy and note on the memo “Hesed House-PADS”. Thank you so much for your generosity.
    ‘Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.’— Matthew 25:40
1st Friday and 1st Saturday Devotions
  • Respect Life 1st Friday Devotion on 6/4 from 8am to 2pm
    • We hope you can come out anytime from 8am to 2pm, to pray for the helpless, innocent unborn who can’t speak for themselves.  Pray in front of Planned Parenthood, at the public right of way access.   Connect with Lisa SanDiego for any questions (630) 258-0122 or sandiego_family@msn.com.    https://bit.ly/3yGSzmU
    • Confessions immediately following the 8am Mass
  • Every 1st Friday (in addition to the 8am Mass), we will have a 12pm Mass.
  • 1st Saturday 6/5 after the 8:30 am Mass is the First Saturday Devotion  
    • This devotion is one ot the principal points of the Fatima message.  It consists of the following, on 5 consecutive first Saturdays: Going to Confession, Receiving the Sacrament of Holy Communion, Praying five decades of the Rosary, and Meditating for 15 minutes on the mysteries of the Rosary. Find out the reasons why the five Saturdays from our Lord Jesus to Sister Lucia as well as additional details here.  We hope you incorporate this powerful devotion into your life. Please connect with Bonnie Ramirez 630-723-4289 for any questions.
    • Outdoor Confessions are dependent upon the weather. If it is raining heavily, Father James will hear Confessions in the Narthex.  If it is light rain where you won’t be drenched, he will hear Confessions outside.
We’re Hiring!
  • We are looking for an intentional disciple of Jesus who will be the Associate Director of Family and Youth Evangelization and Catechesis for Grades 6-12. Please lift up in prayer who God is going to send to us and please let others know as well so as to cast the net wide for our search.
  • Click here for details.

     

    LOOKING AHEAD 

    Mobile Food Pantry on Weds 6/9
    • Please spread the word on the Mobile Food Pantry this month. Share the attached link. If you have a Facebook account, keep an eye for the upcoming Facebook post from our page and share it; this is an easy way to help someone you may be unaware that is in need of food that is in your network of friends or acquaintances.
    Let us be in Prayer on 6/10
    • Let us be in prayer on June 10th for our Father Don. He will be in the hospital for surgery to remove his thyroid.
    Another Pizza Party for a Cause at Little Pops Pizzeria on 6/10
    • Make it a pizza night on Thursday 6/10th!  Or rather, make it a pizza DAY! Proceeds benefit the Teen Mission Trip to the Twin Cities. Thank you to the Knights of Columbus Council #12005 for hosting.  What a great excuse to eat pizza “eat pizza for a good cause!”  Share this ad with others and support our Mission Trip teens.
    24 Hour Adoration Chapel at Saints Peter and Paul opens back up on 6/13
    • Our Lady of Mercy Eucharist Adoration times are Monday and Thursdays 8:30am to 6pm. Wednesdays 8am to 12pm and at Magnify typically at the last Wednesday of the month from 7pm to 8:30pm. To sign-up for any of these times, click here.
    • If these times do not work for you, Saints Peter and Paul have a 24 Hour Adoration Chapel which will re-open on Sunday 6/13th, you can sign up at this link or by calling their parish office 630-355-1081.
    Knights of Columbus Blood Drive 6/19
    • Schedule to donate blood at this link on Saturday 6/19 from 8am to 12pm. Every donor will save up to 3 lives!
    • While appointments are appreciated, walk-ins are welcome!
    • You DO NOT NEED the Covid-19 vaccine in order to donate.
    • You are also eligible to donate if you received a COVID-19 vaccine on or before 6/16.
    • Please make sure to eat a healthy meal and drink plenty of water before donating.  Thank you!
    Virtual Baby Bottles for Life Mother’s Day to Father’s Day 6/20
    • Help the babies and their mothers and fathers who are facing the unexpected news of their unplanned pregnancy.
    • Support the Our Lady of Mercy Respect Life Ministry annual Baby Bottle For Life Fundraising for Waterleaf Women’s Center from Mother’s Day (May 9, 2021) to Father’s Day (June 20, 2021).  http://www.fundeasy.com/m/5133322/
    A summer MAGNIFY Wednesday 6/16
    • Save the date for a summer MAGNIFY.
    AMA with Father James sometime in June
    • From answering “Why does Fr. James use a different sized host than Fr. Don?” to “What do I do if a close relative/friend invites me to their same-sex ceremony?” made for a fun and an illuminating AMA. Was your question one of the 13 Father James answered?  At this link is the recent AMA with a timestamp for each of the questions and topic-related links.
    • Keep an eye out for when we will have the next one sometime in June as we continue to answer all the questions that was submitted (10% was answered). Have more questions? Submit them at this link.
    Vacation Bible School (VBS) Coming this Summer! 8/2 – 8/6
    • We are excited to announce that OLM Vacation Bible School will be welcoming 100 students in person this summer!  Children, come on out 8/6 thru 8/6 from 9am to 12pm and embark on an epic quest through hidden ruins, ancient caves, and dense jungles.
    • At Treasured VBS, kids dig into action-packed, faith-filled adventures. They’ll discover God’s greatest treasure isn’t diamonds, gems, or gold – it’s them!  Details and registration are at this link.
    Don’t Get Scammed by Fake Fathers!
    • Did you get an email from (a fake) Father Don this past week? Please remember, Father Don and Father James DO NOT send texts or emails asking for money or gift cards.  If you receive a message appearing to be from Father Don or Father James, please discard it and DO NOT SEND ANY ELECTRONIC MONETARY AID.
    Bulletin
    • Don’t forget to check out Father Don’s insightful weekly Bulletin articlelocated here.
    Supporting OLM through the CMAA
    • If you have not done so already, please do consider supporting our efforts here at Our Lady of Mercy by supporting the Diocesan Catholic Ministries Annual Appeal (CMAA).
    • The CMAA allows us, together, to do our part in building God’s kingdom here on earth.  Father Don and Bishop Hicks are asking us to join them in supporting the CMAA to help the poor and vulnerable, form our future shepherds, and spread the faith through our Catholic schools, faith formation programs in parishes, and programs for young adults.
    • Our parish’s goal for the 2021 CMAA is $154,400, with 70 percent of any amount we raise over this goal returned to us for our use.
    • If you wish to donate now, please click here https://bit.ly/2MOQHVY  Read the following report at this link https://bit.ly/3dd154Xon how your gifts to the CMAA helps. For further details, please click here https://bit.ly/3jQxf7i
    • Thank you for prayerfully considering supporting the 30 ministries and shining Jesus’ light brightly in our diocese.
    Regarding OSV Online Giving
    • Our Online Giving is getting an upgrade to a newer, easier-to-use platform! If you currently give online, you will soon be receiving an email with instructions on how to log into the new system. Best of all, your existing payment and donation information will be migrated over so you will not have to set up your gifts again! Keep an eye on your email for more information coming very soon.
    For the Hispanic Community
    • Please proceed herefor the OLM Hispanic Ministry 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.
    Stream Team Update
    • With the increased Church capacity of 600 people, we will only live stream the 10am Mass.  We will live stream additional Mass times if we find there are more than 600 people attending each Mass and will need to seat people in the PLC/gym area.
    • For those who are not comfortable attending Mass in the Church, please continue to watch on your mobile device in your vehicle, where Holy Communion will be brought to you.
    • We continue to seek creative individuals who are interested in joining our “Stream Team” to help.  It is fun, easy, and fulfilling to take part in and you’ll have the love, support, and thankfulness of the Livestream Community.
    • If you are interested or know someone who would enjoy volunteering in this role, please connect with zara@olmercy.com
    A Note from the Intercessory Prayer Ministry
    • How can we be praying 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
    We’re looking for volunteers to join “The Messengers”
    • The overall goal of this team is to bring to life through communications our parish vision: to offer every person a life-changing encounter with Jesus, grow disciples and send them on mission.
    • Volunteers that will be part of “The Messengers” team will be tasked with implementing the Communications, Social Media, and Online Engagement Strategy of Our Lady of Mercy.
    • They will be trained and empowered to manage engaging communications pieces of our parish such as our emails (like this Weekly Update), and postings on all our Communications platforms (website, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, and Twitter).
      They can also assist in creating social media content that builds relationships and community as well as other projects at the direction of the Communications Director.

      • Must either be a committed disciple of Jesus or open to being one
      • Needed skill sets
        • Must enjoy working with others towards common/shared goals and communicate well in a spiritually paced, engaging environment.
        • Some knowledge of Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Twitter, and other emerging platforms.
        • Strong content writing/editing background.
        • Takes initiative and responsibility, a self-starter.
      • Desirable skill sets (but not necessary)
        • Some skills in graphic design. Photography, audio/video editing are assets.
        • Familiarity with best practices and analyzing analytics of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and other emerging platforms.
    • Interested?  Have questions?  Know of someone that can be a “Messenger”? Connect with zara@olmercy.com, she would love to chat about the volunteer position over coffee, zoom, or phone call.
    Grow Groups
    • We continue to launch Grow Groups, one group at a time.  In February, we launched the Consuming Fire Young Adultwhich has grown to be a community of about 40 young adults that are growing in their relationship with Jesus together living out discipleship through real relationships where there is authenticity, accountability, and accompaniment.  Let the young adult in your life know about Consuming Fire, connect them to their website at this link or with Matt Kubanda and Mary Rysavy rysavyme@gmail.com
    • Launching Weds June 9th is Vine & Branches. Please see below!
    • What is Vine & Branches?
      • 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.
      • The group’s primary purpose is to help divorced or separated individuals looking to restore hope, find healing, and grow authentic friendships with other individuals who are in a similar situation.
      • If this group is of interest to you or if you would like to know more, connect at the following. Don’t forget to let others know who may want to be part of this grow group.

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  • JUNE 4 – 6 EUCHARISTIC CONFERENCE

REGISTRATION for the virtual EUCHARISTIC CONFERENCE being held next week can be found by clicking here at this link as well as for the list of the amazing presenters. Be a part of a revival of love for the Eucharist in the Catholic Church

  • JUNE 5 FRANCISCAN UNIVERSITY STEUBENVILLE CONFERENCE

REGISTRATION for the free livestreamed session of POWER and PURPOSE held on June 5th can be found by clicking here at this link.

  • JUNE 5 AUGUSTINE INSTITUTE’S 2 HOUR BIBLE CONFERENCE

A Power-Packed two hours!  We’re excited to invite you to the next Augustine Institute Bible Conference! To prepare for the Feast of Corpus Christi, Dr. Brant Pitre, Dr. Mary Healy, and Dr. Tim Gray will uncover the sacramental mystery, power, and significance of the Holy Eucharist found in Sacred Scripture. Submit your questions early and join us for this two-hour virtual event on Saturday, June 5!

REGISTRATION for the free 2-hour virtual BIBLE CONFERENCE Saturday, June 5th from the Augustine Institute can be found here at this link.

 

Associate Director of Family and Youth Evangelization and Catechesis for Grades 6-12

Associate Director of Family and Youth Evangelization and Catechesis for Grades 6-12.

Our Lady of Mercy Parish, Aurora IL

Our Lady of Mercy Parish is seeking a full-time Associate Director for Family  and Youth Catechesis and Evangelization for Grades 6-12. The Associate Director will work with a ministry team to develop and grow disciples for Christ and send them on mission. Primary focus will be spent working with high school teens and their families, while providing support for the other catechetical/evangelization ministries of the parish. An applicant must have experience in youth or family ministry, rooted in the Catholic faith and have a Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in Religious Studies, or Pastoral Ministry or related field. Benefits are offered with this position.

Please submit resume to Dave Miserendino at Our Lady of Mercy Parish via email at DaveM@olmercy.com or mail at 701 S. Eola Road, Aurora IL 60504.