October 16, 2021 | Weekly Update

 


October 16, 2021 | Weekly Update

To Serve & Give His Life

What’s the point of power and authority?

Is power meant for its own sake?  Is authority solely to boss others around?  

For the Christian, power is meant to be used to serve others and any authority we receive is meant to bring about good for the least around us.

“For the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve and to give His life as a ransom for many,” Jesus tells His disciples who are vying for the VIP seats in His heavenly kingdom.  Jesus’ mission was to die a lonely, humiliating death, a mission that would, through His sufferings, warrant for us new life.  

As St. Paul tells us, “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who has similarly been tested in every way, yet without sin. So let us confidently approach the throne of grace to receive mercy and to find grace for timely help!” (Hebrews 4).

To prepare our hearts before we go to Holy Mass this weekend and to get a glimpse of how Catholics understand the story of salvation, watch this short video from Matt Nelson from the Word on Fire Institute on the Flocknote email.

We look forward to seeing you at any of the Holy Mass times this weekend where the presider of each Mass will be preaching, or stop by to visit Jesus at the Blessed Sacrament Chapel or at daily Mass during the week.

LOOKING AHEAD


Brogan Family Coat Drive 10/24
  • Mike and Carole Brogan were icons at Our Lady of Mercy.  Both passed away in 2019. One of the ways they supported our parish was a yearly coat drive.  They would literally pack up their car with donations to the point that they could barely see out of their car windows.
  • Once again this year the Brogan Family and our church would like to continue this mission by asking for donations of new and gently used coats, hats, boots, and gloves. The donations for women and children will benefit Mutual Ground and the donations for men’s items will benefit Breaking Free.
  • The collection will be on Sunday, October 24 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm.  A trailer will be in the OLM parking lot accepting the donations.
Knights of Columbus Sunday Pancake Breakfast 10/24
  • Support the Knights of Columbus “Coats for Kids” Charity Campaign by joining them for a delicious pancake breakfast on Sunday 10/24 from 8am to 12pm in the gym.
  • Dine-in or take out, have some pancakes, eggs, sausage with coffee, tea or juice. Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for children 10 years old and under, free for children younger than 3 years old!
World Mission Sunday 10/24
  • World Mission Sunday, our annual celebration of the Church’s global missions, will take place on October 24 this year.  This is an opportunity for us to become missionaries by strengthening the Church abroad putting our faith into action by supporting World Mission Sunday. The second collection taken up will serve to strengthen more than 1,000 local churches in Asia, Africa the Pacific Islands, and parts of Latin America and Europe. Through the work of these churches and their witness to Christ, the poor receive practical help and experience God’s Love, mercy, and peace.
Sing your heart out to Jesus at MAGNIFY 10/27
  • Amen, we can now sing to Jesus through our masks!   Scripture reflection by Father James, adoration praise, and worship by Josh Goodman and his full worship band, confessions, and prayer ministry.  Save the date, bring the children, bring a friend and see you then.
Aurora Central Catholic High School Open House 10/28
  • Aurora Central Catholic High School (ACC) is happy to welcome parents and prospective students to an Open House, on Thursday 10/28th from 5:30pm to 7:30pm. Families come out and find out why you should consider the immeasurable value of a Catholic primary and secondary education.  Come to the Open House where you have an opportunity to tour their state-of-the-art campus and meet with ACC’s faculty and staff, representatives from various clubs and athletic teams.
  • ACC is a college-preparatory high school since 1926 with an enrollment of about 500 students, offering students a spiritual and educational foundation for life-long learning.
Trunk or Treating 10/30
  • TRUNK or TREATING w/the SAINTS is on Saturday 10/30 from 1:30pm to 3:30pm. Parents and children, come out and get to know the heroes of our church, see which saint is representing!
  • Social distancing protocols in place.
  • Volunteers are still needed, please consider helping out bringing joy to the children at this fun ‘Saint-filled’ gathering.  Connect with maryjot@olmercy.com.
Day of the Dead Altar Picture Drop Off 10/30 to 11/2
  • Join us to pray and remember our loved ones who have passed away.  Please drop off the photo of your loved ones who have passed away in a ziplock bag, placing them in a basket located on the front desk of the hallway. Please don’t forget to include your name and contact information in both the photo and the bag.
Waterleaf Baby Bottles for Life return by 10/31
  • Please return all donations in baby bottles or envelopes in the collection basket by the narthex.  Donations will be collected in the narthex until October 31. Thank you for your generosity.
Charismatic Healing Mass 11/6
  • On Saturday, November 6th at 6pm is the Charismatic Healing Mass. A healing Mass is a normal Mass, but it has a special focus on God’s healing power; this will be reflected in the songs, prayers, and scripture readings. If you’re in need of God’s healing grace, come to the Charismatic Healing Mass.
Open HEARTS Ministry 11/8
  • The next scheduled in-person gathering for Open HEARTS is Monday, November 8 from 7pm to 8:30pm in Room 218 in the Parish Life Center. The ministry is for anyone who has an interest in increasing the awareness of mental health and mental illness and sharing resources and experiences with others. The topic of discussion will be on MERCY – God’s mercy and how we are called to live a life of mercy in relationship to our faith and mental health and wellness. If you would like to learn more about the ministry, please send an email to Janice Hurtado Aeppli at olmopenhearts@yahoo.com
St. Vincent DePaul Truck at OLM – 11/6 and 11/7
  • The St. Vincent de Paul (SVDP) truck will be in our parking lot 11/6 and 11/7 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.
Knights of Columbus Blood Drive 11/13
  • Schedule to donate blood at this link on Saturday 11/13 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.
  • Please make sure to eat a healthy meal and drink plenty of water before donating. Thank you!
The weekend of September 11-12, Ertha Papillon, the founder, and director of an orphanage and school for the poorest of the poor in Duchity, Haiti, spoke at all the Masses. She sent the following thank you to the Our Lady of Mercy Community.
Dear Fr. Don, Parish Staff, and Parishioners,
Thank you, my brothers and sisters, from the bottom of my heart for your kindness and generosity that you showed to me during my visit to your parish. You truly have a wonderful, welcoming community of faith!
I am now back in my beloved country of Haiti and I carry you in my heart. Thank you for your warmth, kindness, prayers, and financial assistance at this very difficult time in the life of Haitians. The Earthquake hit our area of Haiti very hard, and there is much work to be done, but you have given us hope! With your assistance, we can now begin to repair the school roofs, and care for the many needs of the children in the orphanage. God’s grace was showered upon us by your wonderful parish community! God is always faithful!
Please continue to pray for us. The road ahead is difficult, but we know if we pray for
each other, God will bless Our Lady of Mercy Parish and Our Lady of Perpetual Help
School and Orphanage in Haiti. We will continue to pray for Fr. Don and your entire faith community. I say thank you in Haitian Creole. Mesi anpil!
God bless you,
Ertha
___
As a sidenote, the parish collection for Ertha’s mission in Haiti totaled $38,333
There was also a $5,000 donation (not included in above total) from a former parishioner who lives out of state and was watching our livestream Mass the weekend Ertha spoke.
“Mesi anpil!”

Bulletin
  • Don’t forget to check out Father Don’s insightful weekly Bulletin article located here
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.
For the Hispanic Community
  • Please proceed here for the OLM Hispanic Ministry’s upcoming events and resources.
    Continúe aquí para conocer los próximos eventos y recursos del Ministerio Hispano de OLM.
  • There will be Stations of the Cross in Spanish every 2nd Wednesday of the month after the 12pm Mass.
    A partir de la próxima semana, habrá Estaciones de la Cruz en español cada segundo miércoles del mes después de la misa de las 12 pm.
A Note from the Intercessory Prayer Ministry
  • How can we 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
  • Prayer Ministry at MAGNIFY 10/27 and after all Mass times 10/30 &10/31
    Come forward after Mass by yourself, or with your family, friends, spouse, or in the place of someone you know who needs prayer. Prayer ministry is for all those in need of prayer, be it for spiritual, physical or emotional need or thankful praise.
Have you downloaded our myParish App yet?
  • If you haven’t done so, we encourage you to download the Our Lady of Mercy app available to download for iPhone and Android smartphones.  Or text APP to 88202 to download.
    • Stay connected with our parish throughout the week with instant notifications, an easy-to-access event calendar, and the ability to quickly reply to or share messages via Facebook or Twitter. Also enjoy a bunch of additional features like prayers, daily readings, helpful reminders to silence your phone before Mass or Confession, and much more.

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 twice a month 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.

AMEN – CATHOLIC MEDITATION APP

From Augustine Institute comes this FREE Catholic prayer app that inspires your daily conversation with God through faithful meditations and nourishing Scripture. There is also Family Content: Enjoy and share family-favorite audio from the series Brother Francis and the Jesus Stories.  Please enjoy this latest offering from the Augustine Institute.

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.

HEROIC MEN

Looking for authentically Catholic content for men? Look no further than HeroicMen.com—the all-new, 100% FREE Catholic streaming platform for men.

Learn about your faith from today’s best Catholic speakers—and do it all from the convenience of home. Stream-on-demand from your phone or tablet, too, for quality Catholic content on the go.

Get it all—for FREE – at HeroicMen.com

AQUINAS 101 FREE COURSES

Have you wanted to get to know St. Thomas Aquinas and his writings more so as to grow closer to Jesus?
Sign up for any of the short and free courses at Aquinas 101 a project of the Thomistic Institute seeks to promote understanding of the thought of St. Thomas Aquinas, the eminent 13th-century philosopher, and theologian.
Aquinas is a masterful interpreter of reality. His writings assist us in answering perennial questions on topics like God, man, the natural world, law, and morality, and questions of special relevance to our time like the relationship between modern science and faith or pursuing happiness in the digital era.

 

 

 

 

October 7, 2021 | October is Respect Life Month


October 7, 2021 | October is Respect Life Month

We believe that all life is sacred, and that every person is created in the image and likeness of God. We must share the good news that every person is loved by God and that we are called to defend the dignity of life from conception until natural death.

Be encouraged to engage in one or several of the following ways to be an advocate for the innocent unborn who can’t speak for themselves, pray for the sanctity of life.  Please also share this message with anyone you know who is able to help or would like to participate.

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DO YOU KNOW SOMEONE FACING AN UNEXPECTED PREGNANCY?

  1. Share this video with them so they know they aren’t alone and that there is support for them and their beautiful baby.
  2. Invite them to Waterleaf, where they offer free pregnancy services and options consultation so they can make educated decisions about their pregnancy.
Waterleaf
3055 E. New York Street
Aurora, IL 60504
630.701.6270

 

HELP FOR MEN, WOMEN, AND FAMILIES RECOVER AFTER AN ABORTION

You may feel alone.  Maybe your abortion was some time ago, and you never told anyone.

At the time, you may have felt like abortion was your only choice. Some of us felt that way too. Many of us thought we were the only ones struggling afterwards.

But now we realize that other women regret their choice too. We’re now learning that abortion didn’t solve our problems, it just created different ones that it has a deep ripple effect. You may have chosen abortion personally, lost a child to abortion, or your life has been profoundly affected by abortion. SaveOne can help you through the healing process. Click here to start your journey today.

September 24, 2021 | Weekly Update

 


September 24, 2021 | Weekly Update

You Belong to Jesus


“If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off!”

Many of us know well this teaching from Christ in our Gospel this weekend.  How many of us though take Him seriously?

It’s easy to note the problematic areas of our life and our habitual sin, but it takes work, (both from submitting to God and our own efforts), to identify and ROOT out our sources of sin.  The trappings of this earth will pass away; do we take seriously the health of our souls?

To prepare our hearts before we go to Holy Mass this weekend and to learn more about how God calls us to be fully alive in our relationship with Christ watch this short video from Father Stephen Gadberry (a veteran of the US Air Force, Cross-Fit coach, and pastor of St. Mary’s) on the Flocknote email.

We  look forward to seeing you at any of the Holy Mass times this weekend wherein the Deacons will be preaching, or stop by to visit Jesus at the Blessed Sacrament Chapel or at daily Mass during the week.


LOOKING AHEAD

Thinking About Becoming Catholic?
October Respect Life Month Parish Activities
  • OLM PRAYER VIGIL OCT 1 (7 AM – 7 PM) We will be distributing Prayer Commitment Cards at all masses this weekend and next weekend.
  • ANNUAL OCTOBER WHITE CROSS MEMORIAL FOR ABORTION VICTIMS SET UP ON 9/25 AFTERNOON All help in setting up the crosses, banners and lighting for the White Cross Memorial for the Victims of Abortion is much appreciated.  We usually start about 1pm and try to finish before the 4pm Mass.  The more helping hands, the faster we are done!  This would be a great way to help fulfill service hours for teens.
Flu Shot Clinic at Our Lady of Mercy Church 10/3
  • Sunday October 3 2021 from 8:30am to 11:30am
  • Located in the Ministry Room of the Narthex of Church
  • Provided by AMITA Health Mercy Medical Center Health Institute
  • Cost: $25 (cash, check or Medicare Part B – please bring your Medicare card)
  • Walk-ins are welcome. If you would like to register for the clinic or have questions, please contact Jolene LeRoy RN atjolenel@olmercy.comor call 331-707-5380.
EDGE Night 10/4
  • Families with students in grades 6, 7, or 8 are invited to EDGE NIGHTS the next is on Monday, October 4h!  EDGE meets twice a month on Monday evenings from 6:30-8:00 pm in the Parish Life Center. We will have large group activities, games, prayer time, small group faith lessons, and a chance to grow in our Catholic faith with other teens your own age! Check out our EDGE webpage for details and session dates:https://olmercy.com/formation/edge/. Please register online as a family here:https://olmercy.com/family-registration-2021-2022/
  • EDGE Nights are also in need of adults and high school teens to help with various small groups and activities throughout the year. Please consider this awesome ministry to get involved with and contact Dave in the Youth & Family Office at 331-707-5371 or DaveM@olmercy.com
Speaker at Vines & Branches on 10/6
  • Is there life after divorce?
  • Vines and Branches are hosting a speaker who will share his story of isolation, loss of relationship with his children, loss of finances, of friendships, faith, feeling different about being at church, and living through what the new normal is.
    Come and hear from Mike Maude as he shares his story and answers the question “Is there life after divorce?” with a resounding Yes there absolutely is!
  • Come to OLM on Wednesday 10/6th @ 7:15pm, please share this invitation with anyone you know who is going through a difficult time right now in their divorce.

Happy 40th Anniversary of Father Don’s Priesthood 10/10
  • Come and celebrate Father Don’s 40 years of the gift of his priestly ministry!
  • Father Don will be offering a Mass of Thanksgiving on Sunday at 2pm with hors d’oeuvre reception immediately after.  He hopes to see you there.
  • To prepare adequately for the reception, please RSVP by 9/30 to frdon@olmercy.com
  • Also at all the Mass times on 10/9 and 10/10
    • Father Don will be preaching
    • And there will be a coffee and donuts reception in the PLC; please stop by after Mass to greet Father Don.
  • In addition, if you would like to greet Father Don with a Happy Anniversary video shout-out and well wishes, please submit with the following guidance
    • Send to this email address forfrdon@gmail.com by 10/7th
    • 10 – 15 seconds video (longer videos are harder to email and upload)
    • Landscape / horizontal orientation

Virtual Faith, Family and Financial Security 10/13
  • The Knights of Columbus will be sponsoring a virtual Faith, Family, and Financial Security event on 10/13 available to all in the Parish.  Register for this free event at this link.
  • The topic is “Financial Success Under Any Circumstance” which will cover compelling questions that will help you clarify how to have financial and retirement success such as
    • How can you maximize your social security?
    • Do you prefer to build a legacy for your family and business or the Internal Revenue Service?
    • If there was a way to reduce or eliminate the income tax liability on your IRA or 401K, when would you want to know about it. Before or after they charge the tax?
    • Can you build a wonderful retirement income if interest rates remain at zero and the stock market offers zero return for a decade?
Eucharistic Procession for Life 10/16th
  • 1pm start at Benet Academy | Welcome, Speakers and Prayer
  • 2pm Eucharistic Procession through Lisle & Naperville with Rosary
  • 3:30pm Closing Benediction at Sts. Peter and Paul Church
  • Guests include
    • Redwing for Life Leaders
      • Featuring Benet’s Redwings for Life Leaders as the pro life generation who will speak on the many aspects of forming pro life thought, winning the hearts and minds of individuals in order to build families and communities which respect life in all ages and stages! St. Joseph pray for us!
    • Students for Life of America
      • The nation’s largest youth pro-life organization
Undy Sunday 10/16 – 10/17
  • Did you know that NEW underwear and socks are the most-requested, but least-donated items at Catholic Charities? These basic items (new underwear, warm socks, a fresh diaper) are truly treasures to those who are living in poverty.
  • Collection Boxes will be placed in the Narthex for NEW underwear, undershirts, socks, and diapers for children and adults living in low-income households with the following special request
    • size 14 girl’s underwear
    • men’s size medium undershirts (all styles)
    • size 1 diapers (boys and girls)
  • Other ways to help out are
    • You can also purchase items to donate through the Undy Sunday Amazon Wish List
    • If you’d prefer to send a monetary donation, please mail it to:
      Catholic Charities, Diocese of Joliet/Undy Sunday
      16555 Weber Road, Crest Hill, IL 60403
Bishop Hicks Celebrating Mass on 10/17
  • In preparation for the work of the Synod of Bishops 2023, every Diocese in the world has been asked to gather on Sunday 10/17 to celebrate a Mass to begin praying for blessings upon the preparation for the Synod and upon the Diocesan consultation that will take place in each Diocese.
  • Two parishioners are invited to join Bishop Hicks as he celebrates this Mass on 10/17 at 2pm at the Cathedral of St. Raymond Nonnatus to inaugurate the Diocesan consultation for the Synod of Bishops 2023.  If you are interested in attending please reach out to zara@olmercy.com
World Mission Sunday 10/24
  • World Mission Sunday, our annual worldwide Eucharistic celebration for the Missions and missionaries of the world, will be celebrated on 10/24 this year. This collection on the next-to-last Sunday in October is a unique, global effort for the entire Church to provide for the building up of over one thousand local churches in Asia and Africa, the Pacific Islands, and parts of Latin America and Europe. Through the work of these churches, and their witness to Christ, the poor receive practical help and experience God’s love and mercy, His hope, and peace.
Bulletin
  • Don’t forget to check out Father Don’s insightful weekly Bulletin article located here
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.
For the Hispanic Community
  • Please proceed here for the OLM Hispanic Ministry’s upcoming events and resources.
    Continúe aquí para conocer los próximos eventos y recursos del Ministerio Hispano de OLM.
  • There will be Stations of the Cross in Spanish every 2nd Wednesday of the month after the 12pm Mass.
    A partir de la próxima semana, habrá Estaciones de la Cruz en español cada segundo miércoles del mes después de la misa de las 12 pm.
A Note from the Intercessory Prayer Ministry
  • How can we 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
Have you downloaded our myParish App yet?
  • If you haven’t done so, we encourage you to download the Our Lady of Mercy app available to download for iPhone and Android smartphones.  Or text APP to 88202 to download.
    • Stay connected with our parish throughout the week with instant notifications, an easy-to-access event calendar, and the ability to quickly reply to or share messages via Facebook or Twitter. Also enjoy a bunch of additional features like prayers, daily readings, helpful reminders to silence your phone before Mass or Confession, and much more.

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.

FREE HEALING AND FORGIVENESS VIRTUAL CATHOLIC CONFERENCE 10/8 through 10/10

Register for free.

There is hope in finding and giving forgiveness, and you don’t have to go it alone.

Discover how to encounter the forgiving love of Christ in the areas where you feel most broken, most ashamed, most unloved, and most forgotten, and see for yourself what God has planned for those who love Him.

The Worldwide Healing Event is a global gathering of men and women who are ready to stop postponing their healing with unforgiveness and take the first step in living their redemption story!
  • Releasing unforgiveness
  • Healing from addiction
  • Healing from generational wounds
  • The healing power of worship!
  • Encountering healing through all Persons of the Trinity
  • And more!
Some of the Conference speakers are
  • Matt Lozano
  • Neal Lozano
  • Dr. Bob Schuchts
  • Dr. Mary Healy
  • Fr. Chris Alar
  • Fr. Donald Calloway
  • Sr. Briege McKenna


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 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.

This Wednesday and Thursday is the last week to invite people to Alpha for this fall session.  Extend the invitation, it can be life-changing like it was for Joe Glasgow.

 

 

September 4, 2021 | Weekly Update

 


September 4, 2021 | Weekly Update

The Deaf Hear and the Mute Speak


Have you ever witnessed miraculous healing?  Was it a friend, teammate, family member, or even yourself?  


God wants us healed!  He wants all of His creation whole again!  Signs of healing and wonders would accompany the Messiah, the Old Testament prophets affirmed: the blind would see, the deaf would hear, and the lame would leap!  When Jesus began His miraculous healings, many believed that this was indeed the evidence that He was the chosen one, the Son of God.

To prepare our hearts before we go to Holy Mass this weekend and to learn more about how God is offering the gift of healing to us all watch this short video on the Flocknote email.

We  look forward to seeing you at any of the Holy Mass times this weekend wherein Father James will be preaching, or stop by to visit Jesus at the Blessed Sacrament Chapel or at daily Mass during the week.


 

LOOKING AHEAD


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.

FREE RECLAIMING FAITH AND FAMILY VIRTUAL CATHOLIC CONFERENCE 9/17 through 9/19

Register for free.

Learn to overcome the challenges of evangelizing those closest to you.

The Reclaiming Faith and Family conference is about helping you to enter into relationships and dialogue with those who are away from Christ and/or the Church, without losing your own peace in the process–starting with those closest to you.

Check out the following Conference Presenters

  • Jackie Francois Angel
  • Mark Brumley
  • Pete Burak
  • Josh and Lisa Canning
  • Fr. Martin Connor, LC
  • Jared Dees
  • Cathy Duffy
  • Tim Glemkowski
  • Dr. Ryan Hanning
  • Mark Hart
  • Trent Horn
  • Dr. Coleen Kelly Mast
  • Dr. Peter Kreeft
  • Marcel LeJeune
  • Dr. Anthony Lilles
  • Curtis Martin
  • Ralph Martin
  • Hector Molina
  • Fr. Michael  Nixon
  • Fr. Jorge Obregon, LC
  • Justin Reyes
  • Steve Ray
  • Fr. Larry Richards
  • Theresa Rickard
  • Jennifer Ristine
  • Steven Rummelsburg
  • John Sablan
  • Andrew Swafford
  • Dr. Kevin Vost
  • Joan Watson
  • Sherry Weddell
  • Krista Wilertz
  • Susan Windley-Daoust


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 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.

 

September 2, 2021 | alpha

 


September 2, 2021 | who will you invite or go with to alpha on sept 16th?

Did you know that . . .

For millennials, disagreement is now interpreted as judgment, and that this interpretation is up over 100% from older generations.

Twice as many millennials outside the church are interested in learning more about Christianity and what it could mean for their lives compared to older non-Christians.

The top qualities they would look for in a person with whom to talk about faith are:
“listens without judgment” (62%)
“does not force a conclusion” (50%)

However, only a minority would say the Christians they know personally possess these qualities:
listens without judgment (34%)
does not force a conclusion (26%)

The future blueprint of our Church must create more space to listen.


This isn’t just the way forward… it’s been the way of Jesus all along.

 

Our current cultural moment finds many of us without connection and community and within an increasingly growing-hostile-to-Christianity secular society. Some may even wonder if God is there and if He cares. Like the shepherd in the parable of the lost sheep, Jesus is still seeking out those far from Him. He longs to be with them, to comfort them, and draw them near.  He invites us to seek them out, too.

Alpha at Our Lady of Mercy is upon us once again, it is where people have been hospitably welcomed to bring questions, disorientation, and even hostility to the table—and experience love through listening.

Who will you invite or go with to Alpha?

Or perhaps the guiding question is do any of the following resonate with you. . .

Are you tired of the negativity and divisiveness out there? Consider the fraternity that Alpha brings is a comfort, a unitive comfort in a culture that now interprets a personal disagreement on an issue as judgment. 
Alpha shakes us out of the divisiveness and brings us back to the unitive power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. You come to realize that we are all on a journey, we are all in this together and that’s how we build up the body of Christ as one.
 
If you’re hungry literally (because it’s awesome free food being served), physically, spiritually, and mentally; you’ll want to come to Alpha.
 
If life’s just dull, gray, boring.
 
If you know someone skeptical, hostile, not sure of their purpose, identity, or where they belong.
 
Or maybe you got it all; the nice car, the nice house, a good family, living a good life but find you are hungry, restless… come to Alpha.
 

We are all restless in some way or form because we’re made for God. He’s the one who has created us and called us into friendship. And until “I know Him, I’m always going to be hungry, I’m always going to be restless.”  So if you’re experiencing this right now, Alpha is for you.  If you’ve got friends experiencing this right now, invite them because what they’re hungry for, even if they don’t know it, is Jesus.


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Sign Up for

IN-PERSON Alpha

ONLINE Alpha

SPANISH Alpha

TEEN Alpha (Do you have or know of high school teenager(s)?)


Still can’t decide? Listening to the following stories may help

Here is an invite you can send out

So come and journey with the Holy Spirit this fall and begin sharing the life-shaping good news of Jesus that speaks into the deep questions around identity, belonging, and purpose by listening well with love,
because Love Listens.

Hope to see you soon at Alpha and happy inviting!

August 14, 2021 | Weekly Update

 


August 14, 2021 | Weekly Update

Our Story Is Real


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 story of our faith is REAL!

Jesus historically lived, died, and rose from the dead. The Biblical sites exist and can be visited today.  Our story of faith isn’t a myth, legend, or something in a galaxy far, far away.

What’s more, God wants us to take an active role in passing on this reality to others. We’re in the age of evangelization where the Holy Spirit wants us to be fueled by the Word and Eucharist at Mass and then go out to bring this real Jesus to others. And who better to aid us in doing this than our Blessed Mother, Mary.  Our Mother, who intercedes for us and cheers us on that we too might participate in this life-giving relationship with Jesus Christ and sharing it with others.


This Sunday is the Solemnity of her Assumption, of when Mary was assumed, body and soul, into heaven — it is the culmination of her faith-filled yes to the angel’s invitation to become the Mother of God.  As we celebrate Mary’s faithfulness this Sunday, let’s also think about our own yeses to the Lord, the small ones as well as the big ones. 

“Lord, give me the grace to say yes to You in every moment.”

Listen to the short 2-minute message on the Flocknote email from Bobby Angel that details the reality of our Christian story.

We look forward to seeing you at any of the Holy Mass times this weekend or stop by to visit Jesus at Blessed Sacrament Chapel or at daily Mass during the week.

 

THIS COMING WEEK


AMA with Father James Thursday 8/19
Biblical Institute Previews on 8/19 online & 8/28 in-person 
  • The Biblical Institute of the Diocese of Joliet (BIDJ) is for everyone who wants in-depth study of the Bible and prayerful reflection on Scripture within a Catholic faith community and with graduate-level instructors.
  • A brand new option is offering the class online!
  • There is also an on-site class here at Our Lady of Mercy this fall.
  • Bring your questions and check out the following previews
  • For further questions and details check out the diocesan website at this link or call 815-221-6147
Refresh our community and neighborhood parish life – Come out to the OLM Block Party 8/20, 8/21, 8/22!
  • Who will you invite to 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
      • Parking lot opens up at 7pm. The movie starts at sunset estimated at 7:45pm
      • Please bring your folding chairs, lawn blankets, and dinner! Oh and bug spray!  Think Ravinia style set-up/gathering.
      • There will be a popcorn stand and a cotton candy stands for the children.
    • Saturday 8/21 Food Trucks and Concert after the 4pm Mass
      • Please bring your folding chairs, lawn blanket, and bug spray. Think Ravinia style set-up/gathering.
    • Sunday 8/22 Ministry Expo with Cookies & Donuts while you check out the Ministries and Groups at Our Lady of Mercy! See how our parish can be here for you spiritually, physically, and mentally.
  • For more details, check out the Block Party page at this link.
  • Interested in helping out with setup?  Please connect with Doug McIlvaine at da.mac94@att.net or Shirley Staples at shirleystaples@yahoo.com.

 

LOOKING AHEAD

Opening Your Heart Women’s Bible Study begins 8/23
  • CALLING ALL WOMEN – The Opening Your Heart Women’s Bible Study will begin on Monday, August 23rd @ 6:30pm.  There will be an in-person and virtual offering.  And if you’re seeing this past 8/23rd, no worries, you can still join!
  • Join this women’s Bible Study and journey closer to the heart of God.  Bring the women in your life; your mother, a sister, a friend, a daughter, a colleague, anyone – who you feel would like to explore questions, bible verses, personal testimonies to help them grow in their faith, please invite them. There is always a  seat available!
  • Opening Your Heart is filled with truth and beauty that assists each of us in filling holes in our spiritual foundations so that we have something firm to stand on when life brings us challenges.
  • Details and registration are at this link.  Or connect with Wendy Jo Burnett wendyburnett0907@yahoo.com, she would love to hear from you!

MAGNIFY is on 8/25
  • Our monthly MAGNIFY praise and worship adoration is on Weds 8/25th @ 7pm. Save the date.
Catholic Charities Mobile Food Pantry on 8/25
  • Keep an eye out for the social media posting so you can share the notification on your accounts; you never know who on your network of friends is in need of food.  It will be from 5pm to 6:30pm Weds 8/25th.
  • The Catholic Charities, Diocese of Joliet Mobile Food Pantry delivers healthy food (meat, produce, and non-perishable items) to people in need. No identification or information will be required or collected. This event is open to anyone in need of food!
  • Mobile Food Pantries use a “drive-thru” method to distribute food during the
    COVID-19 pandemic. Please clear space in your trunk or backseat so volunteers can load boxes of food directly into your vehicle.
  • Catholic Charities helps people of all faiths and beliefs.
  • Mobile Food Pantries take place rain or shine!
Registration is open for Fall Alpha!
  • Registration has begun for Fall Alpha, beginning September 16th!  The goal of Alpha is to grow in our personal relationship with Jesus, if you have not been through Alpha, or if you’d like to do it again, and most importantly if there is someone in your life that you could invite to Alpha, we encourage you to invite them, and come to Alpha!  Starts with an awesome free meal, video, and small groups. #Food #fellowship #faith #friendships, and a babysitting option if you need it.
  • Various pathways this fall are In-person, Online, Spanish, Young Adults, and Family Alpha.  Check out the details and registration at this link.
  • Be encouraged and hear about reasons for coming to Alpha, hear from Cardinal Christoph Schonborn, Doctor Mary Healy, Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, Father Mike Schmitz, and Father James Mallon.

Thinking About Becoming Catholic?
Coming Soon is a full line-up of our Fall Offerings!
  • You can also check it out at the MINISTRY EXPO that is part of the three-day OLM Block Party Event on Sunday 8/22nd after all the Mass Times.
Bulletin
  • Don’t forget to check out Father Don’s insightful weekly Bulletin article located hereHe talks about how to help our seminarian Andrew Bogusz.  Recall Andrew was with us during the lockdown.  He is back living in the rectory.  Check out Father Don’s Bulletin article to see how you can help Andrew.

Meet and Support Father Don’s Friend Ertha Papilion from Haiti at the Masses RESCHEDULED to 9/11 and 9/12
  • In the summer of 2014, Father Don traveled to the small village of Duchity in the mountains of southwest Haiti. It was there that he met Ertha Papillon, a leader in her faith community of Ste. Marie-Madeleine. Ertha is the founder and director of an orphanage and an elementary school. She has dedicated her life to serving the poorest of the poor in the countryside near Duchity.
  • Ertha will return Father Don’s visit and will speak at all the Masses. She will share her story and the story of the people she serves.
  • A collection will be taken to benefit the orphanage and the school.
  • A promise from Ertha: “I am happy to visit you. We are all God’s children. Please pray for me and the children of Haiti and I will pray for you.”

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.

For the Hispanic Community

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

A Note from the Intercessory Prayer Ministry

  • How can we 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
  • Prayer Ministry after all Mass times 8/28 & 8/29
    Come forward after Mass by yourself, or with your family, friends, spouse, or in the place of someone you know who needs prayer. Prayer ministry is for all those in need of prayer, be it for spiritual, physical or emotional need or thankful praise.

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.

MARRIAGE TUNE-UP – EPIC Intimacy Challenge
Getting the marriage you want from the marriage you have is possible! 
Sign up for the EPIC Intimacy Challenge.  Hosted by Damon and Melanie Owens, the Intimacy Challenge brings together the most effective Catholic marital experts, including:
  • Dr. Greg & Lisa Popcak [Eight Marriage Friendly Habits]
  • Dr. Greg Bottaro [The Art of Making Love]
  • Dr. Monique Ruberu [The Science of Making Love]
  • Dr. Edward & Beth Sri [How Well Do You Know Your Spouse?]
  • Dr. Christopher & Wendy West [The Gift of Making Love]
  • Dr. Bob Schuchts [Opening Up Pathways to Emotional Intimacy]
  • Dr. Mario Sacasa [The 3 Styles of Attachment]
  • Fr. Tim Gallagher [Discernment of Spirits in Marriage]
  • Chris Stefanick [The Joy of Making Love]
  • Matt & Jenn Lozano [Prayer is the Foundation of Everything]
  • Byron & Francine Pirola [Teamwork: We’re in this Together!]
  • Nathan & Dr. Sarah Bartel [Dream Together Again!]
This FREE 4-day challenge is crafted to help you reignite the fire, increase satisfaction, avoid drift, and divorce-proof your marriage by introducing you to the four levels of Intimacy (Emotional, Physical, Intellectual, and Communicative).

 

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!

August 6, 2021 | Weekly Update


August 6, 2021 | Weekly Update

God Loves You


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 God of the universe loves YOU!

 

THIS COMING WEEK

A note on Reception of Holy Communion 

  • Communion on the hand is still the preferable option.
  • Communion on the tongue is allowed at the pastor’s discretion.  At our parish, only the priests/deacons will distribute communion on the tongue. The extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion will not distribute communion on the tongue. To receive communion on the tongue, you must go to one of the lines where a priest or deacon is distributing.
  • For those concerned about receiving communion on the hand following someone who just received communion on the tongue, please note that the priest/deacon has a cloth in their hand treated with hand sanitizer. After a person receives communion on the tongue, the priest/deacon wipes their fingers on this cloth, reducing the possibility of transmission of viruses. If one is still uncomfortable, please receive communion from one of the extraordinary communion ministers instead of the priest/deacon.

LOOKING AHEAD

AMA with Father James Thursday 8/19
Biblical Institute Previews on 8/19 online & 8/28 in-person 
  • The Biblical Institute of the Diocese of Joliet (BIDJ) is for everyone who wants in-depth study of the Bible and prayerful reflection on Scripture within a Catholic faith community and with graduate-level instructors.
  • A brand new option is offering the class online!
  • There is also an on-site class here at Our Lady of Mercy this fall.
  • Bring your questions and check out the following previews
  • For further questions and details check out the diocesan website at this link or call 815-221-6147
OLM Block Party 8/20, 8/21, 8/22!
  • Who will you invite to 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
      • Parking lot opens up at 7pm. The movie starts at sunset estimated at 7:45pm
      • Please bring your folding chairs, lawn blankets, and dinner! Oh and bug spray!  Think Ravinia style set-up/gathering.
      • There will be a popcorn stand and a cotton candy stands for the children.
    • Saturday 8/21 Food Trucks and Concert after the 4pm Mass
      • Please bring your folding chairs, lawn blanket, and bug spray. Think Ravinia style set-up/gathering.
    • Sunday 8/22 Ministry Expo with Cookies & Donuts while you check out the Ministries and Groups at Our Lady of Mercy! See how our parish can be here for you spiritually, physically, and mentally.
  • Check out the Block Party page at this link.
Meet and Support Father Don’s Friend Ertha Papilion from Haiti at the Masses on 8/21 & 8/22
  • In the summer of 2014, Father Don traveled to the small village of Duchity in the mountains of southwest Haiti. It was there that he met Ertha Papillon, a leader in her faith community of Ste. Marie-Madeleine. Ertha is the founder and director of an orphanage and an elementary school. She has dedicated her life to serving the poorest of the poor in the countryside near Duchity.
  • Ertha will return Father Don’s visit and will speak at all the Masses. She will share her story and the story of the people she serves.
  • A collection will be taken to benefit the orphanage and the school.
  • A promise from Ertha: “I am happy to visit you. We are all God’s children. Please pray for me and the children of Haiti and I will pray for you.”
MAGNIFY is on 8/25
  • Our monthly MAGNIFY praise and worship adoration is on Weds 8/25th @ 7pm. Save the date.
Catholic Charities Mobile Food Pantry on 8/25
  • Keep an eye out for the social media posting so you can share the notification on your accounts; you never know who on your network of friends is in need of food.  It will be from 5pm to 6:30pm Weds 8/25th.
Registration is open for Fall Alpha!
  • Registration has begun for Fall Alpha, beginning September 16th!  The goal of Alpha is to grow in our personal relationship with Jesus, if you have not been through Alpha, or if you’d like to do it again, and most importantly if there is someone in your life that you could invite to Alpha, we encourage you to invite them, and come to Alpha!  Starts with an awesome free meal, video, and small groups. #Food #fellowship #faith #friendships, and a babysitting option if you need it.
  • Various pathways this fall are In-person, Online, Spanish, Young Adults, and Family Alpha.  Check out the details and registration at this link.
  • Be encouraged and hear about reasons for coming to Alpha, hear from Cardinal Christoph Schonborn, Doctor Mary Healy, Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, Father Mike Schmitz, and Father James Mallon.

Thinking About Becoming Catholic?
A note from the Respect Life Ministry – a young mother seeking an abortion has chosen life and needs help
  • A mother and baby need your help!  Can you help buy some essential items for a mom and baby?
    A mom seeking an abortion in Downers Grove has chosen life! A sidewalk advocate has been walking with her every step of the way, but this brave mama needs your help.  Please proceed to this link to see how you can help.
  • Cardinal DiNardo is urging all Catholics to join him in reaching out to the U.S. Congress today. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has created a petition for Catholics, asking Congress to maintain the Hyde Amendment and similar provisions for the current budget. This petition can be found here.
Coming Soon is a full line-up of our Fall Offerings!
  • You can also check it out at the MINISTRY EXPO that is part of the three-day OLM Block Party Event on Sunday 8/22nd after all the Mass Times.

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.

Bulletin

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

For the Hispanic Community

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

A Note from the Intercessory Prayer Ministry

  • How can we 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
  • Prayer Ministry after all Mass times 8/28 & 8/29
    Come forward after Mass by yourself, or with your family, friends, spouse, or in the place of someone you know who needs prayer. Prayer ministry is for all those in need of prayer, be it for spiritual, physical or emotional need or thankful praise.

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.

MARRIAGE TUNE-UP – EPIC Intimacy Challenge
Getting the marriage you want from the marriage you have is possible! 
Sign up for the EPIC Intimacy Challenge.  Hosted by Damon and Melanie Owens, the Intimacy Challenge brings together the most effective Catholic marital experts, including:
  • Dr. Greg & Lisa Popcak
  • Dr. Greg Bottaro
  • Dr. Monique Ruberu
  • Dr. Edward & Beth Sri
  • Dr. Christopher & Wendy West
  • Dr. Bob Schuchts
  • Dr. Mario Sacasa
  • Fr. Tim Gallagher
  • Chris Stefanick
  • Matt & Jenn Lozano
  • Byron & Francine Pirola
  • Nathan & Dr. Sarah Bartel
This FREE 4-day challenge is crafted to help you reignite the fire, increase satisfaction, avoid drift, and divorce-proof your marriage by introducing you to the four levels of Intimacy (Emotional, Physical, Intellectual, and Communicative).

 

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 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.

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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.

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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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.


The American Catholic History podcast, hosted by Tom and Noelle Crowe, finds the hidden gems and compelling stories of Catholic Americans who have contributed to their nation by virtue of their faith over the past three centuries. In about 15 minutes, American Catholic History will introduce you to the amazing men and women who came to these American shores and were born here and contributed in ways both great and small, celebrated and unheralded. Send them your feedback at history@sqpn.com. To find more stories from American Catholic History and to subscribe to the podcast, please visit sqpn.com/history.

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.”

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