You're invited to OLM’s R.E. K-5 (a.k.a. Family Faith Formation) Open House, July 9 & 10.
Join us in our gym after one of our weekend Masses (Sat. 4:00p.m., Sun. 8:00a.m., 10:00a.m., Noon, or 5:30p.m.)
Come & See the positive difference our faith community & resources will make in your families' lives.
It's also a great time to get details on our preparation process for the Sacraments of First Reconciliation and Holy Communion for younger and older students.
Light refreshments will be available to everyone & there will be a Christian craft station with volunteers to keep your kids engaged.
Questions? Call Mary Jo (Director) at 331-707-5378
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We are ONE Week Away From Our 2nd Summer Girls' Night Out: Undone Book Study Meeting! Join us on Wednesday, July 13th @ 6:30pm at Quigley's Irish Pub in Naperville.
The first gathering for the book study was awesome; 40 women had a wonderful time! It's not too late to join our gatherings. Come out on whichever nights work with your schedule. All women, no matter whether you belong to the Our Lady of Mercy Parish Family or not, are welcome. It's always wonderful to make new friends 🙂
The next GNO dates are Weds. 8/10 @ Altiro Latin Fusion in downtown Aurora, and Weds. 9/14 @ Minghin Chinese Dim Sum in Naperville. Read one chapter (part) before each gathering. Each woman will be responsible for their meal (separate checks), the curated meal for each restaurant is no more than $25. See you then and don't forget to bring a friend!
Registration and details can be found here: www.olmalpha.com/events/summer-girls-night-out-undone-book-study ... See MoreSee Less
This was so much fun! Thank you to the team organizing this book study.
July 6 marks the feast day of St. Maria Goretti, a young virgin and martyr whose life is an example of purity and mercy for all Christians. She is best known for her commitment to purity and the courageous defense of her faith at the young age of eleven that made her willing to undergo death rather than participate in a sin against God. She is also remarkable for the forgiveness she willingly granted her attacker as she lay on her deathbed.
Maria was born in Corinaldo, Italy in 1890. Her father, a farmer, died when she was young, and her mother had to work to support their six children. Maria took care of the younger children while her mother worked, and prayed the Rosary every night for the repose of her father’s soul.
In 1902, a neighboring farm hand, Alessandro Serenelli, tried to rape Maria. He locked her in a room and tried to force himself upon her. She fought against him, shouting, "No! It is a sin! God does not want it!" and warning him that this was the path towards hell. When Maria declared that she would rather die than submit to this sin, Alessandro angrily grabbed her and stabbed her 14 times with a knife.
As she lay dying, she forgave Alessandro for the crime he had committed against her, saying, "Yes, for the love of Jesus I forgive him...and I want him to be with me in Paradise."Although the doctors tried to save her, she died two agonizing days later, only eleven years old.
Many miracles were attributed to Maria Goretti after her death. In 1950, she was canonized by Pope Pius XII, becoming the youngest Roman Catholic saint officially recognized by name. Her feast day is celebrated by the Church on July 6, and she is the patron saint of purity, rape victims, young women, and youth in general. ... See MoreSee Less
We had the grace to visit the relic of St. Maria Goretti, in the USA Tour in St. Mary Parish, Plainfield. A long queue of devotees ..