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This beautiful image of our holy priests and bishops was taken at this week's Convocation, a bi-annual gathering of clergy.
Gracious and loving God, we thank you for the gift of our priests.
Through them, we experience your presence in the sacraments.
Help our priests to be strong in their vocation.
Set their souls on fire with love for your people.
Grant them the wisdom, understanding, and strength they need to follow in the footsteps of Jesus.
Inspire them with the vision of your Kingdom.
Give them the words they need to spread the Gospel.
Allow them to experience joy in their ministry.
Help them to become instruments of your divine grace.
We ask this through Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns as our Eternal Priest.
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Beautiful photo, Amen! 🙏
Thank you God for the gift of our Priests 🙏
Yes Indeed! Beautiful
17 hours ago
𝗕𝗲 𝘀𝘂𝗿𝗲 𝘁𝗼 𝗶𝗻𝗰𝗹𝘂𝗱𝗲 𝗰𝗲𝗹𝗲𝗯𝗿𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝟯𝟱𝘁𝗵 𝗬𝗲𝗮𝗿 𝗔𝗻𝗻𝗶𝘃𝗲𝗿𝘀𝗮𝗿𝘆 𝗼𝗳 𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗽𝗮𝗿𝗶𝘀𝗵 𝗶𝗻 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝘄𝗲𝗲𝗸𝗲𝗻𝗱 𝗽𝗹𝗮𝗻𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝗦𝗮𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗱𝗮𝘆 & 𝗦𝘂𝗻𝗱𝗮𝘆!
There are so many reasons to celebrate Our Lady of Mercy’s Feast day this coming weekend. �Come to any of the Mass times this weekend (4pm Saturday, 8am, 10am, 12pm and 5:30pm on Sunday) to find out some of the main reasons.
To start off our celebration, on 𝙎𝙖𝙩𝙪𝙧𝙙𝙖𝙮 9/23𝙧𝙙 𝙛𝙧𝙤𝙢 5𝙥𝙢 𝙩𝙤 7𝙥𝙢 𝙞𝙨 𝘽𝙚𝙚𝙧 & 𝘽𝙧𝙖𝙩𝙨, as well as hotdogs, burgers, and wine! (Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or at bit.ly/satsept27)
Followed by 𝘿𝙤𝙣𝙪𝙩 𝙎𝙪𝙣𝙙𝙖𝙮 𝙤𝙣 9/24 𝙖𝙛𝙩𝙚𝙧 𝙩𝙝𝙚 8𝙖𝙢 𝙖𝙣𝙙 10𝙖𝙢 𝙈𝙖𝙨𝙨. Stop by the gym for fellowship, delicious donuts, and coffee.
And while you are at OLM, 𝙘𝙝𝙚𝙘𝙠 𝙤𝙪𝙩 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙥𝙧𝙤𝙜𝙧𝙚𝙨𝙨 𝙤𝙛 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙀𝙪𝙘𝙝𝙖𝙧𝙞𝙨𝙩𝙞𝙘 𝘾𝙝𝙖𝙥𝙚𝙡!
The door will be open so you can see how the build-out is going.
An opportunity to sign up for Eucharistic Adoration will be available, so that we can have Eucharistic Adoration Monday through Friday once the Eucharistic Chapel is completed; 𝘄𝗲 𝗲𝗻𝗰𝗼𝘂𝗿𝗮𝗴𝗲 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝘁𝗼 𝘀𝗶𝗴𝗻 𝘂𝗽 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘀𝗽𝗲𝗻𝗱 𝘁𝗶𝗺𝗲 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝗝𝗲𝘀𝘂𝘀 𝗱𝘂𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘄𝗲𝗲𝗸!
𝗟𝗼𝗼𝗸𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗳𝗼𝗿𝘄𝗮𝗿𝗱 𝘁𝗼 𝘀𝗲𝗲𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝘄𝗲𝗲𝗸𝗲𝗻𝗱! ... See MoreSee Less
Walking Through Grief Begins 10/2
Experiencing the loss of a loved one is a difficult journey. Our Lady of Mercy is offering a supportive place for participants (ages 18 and older) to walk through grief together in a faith community to find hope and healing.
Walking Through Grief is a weekly support group for six weeks from 1pm to 2:30pm on the following Mondays, 10/2, 10/9, 10/16, 10/23, and 10/30 and 11/ 6 in Room 202 in the Parish Life Center (PLC).
If you would like to attend or have questions, please call 331-707-5380. ... See MoreSee Less
Who is Saint Matthew?
We who take access to words for granted should pause to be grateful to those who preserved the Gospel words so carefully and spread them to the utmost bounds of the world without benefit of the printing press or instantaneous media.
Matthew, or Levi, the Apostle and author of the first Gospel, met Christ while he was collecting taxes at Capernaum. Half a verse tells the story: “He said to him, ‘Follow me.’ And he got up and followed him” (Matthew 9:9). This moment of encounter between our Lord and Matthew, the sinner, has captured the imagination of many artists. Matthew can also be recognized in the Church’s art by his symbols: the book of the Gospel, the winged man, and even the sword—the supposed instrument of his martyrdom.
MEDITATION OF THE DAY
I did not come to call the righteous but sinners. (Matthew 9:13)
Despised as a collaborator with the Romans, Matthew knew that his job as a tax collector was nothing to be proud of. His hard-earned wealth only brought him contempt and rejection from his own people. And yet, when he heard Jesus call him, Matthew did not hesitate. All his sinful ways, all the ways he had mistreated people, and all the unworthiness that must have accompanied such behavior dissipated. There was something special about Jesus, and Matthew was not about to let any obstacle stand in his way.
It can be easy to buy into the lie that you are unworthy to answer Jesus’ call. Don’t believe it! Don’t imagine that your sins or weaknesses have convinced Jesus to pass you by in favor of a more worthy candidate. Remember what He said to the people who objected to His calling of Matthew: “I did not come to call the righteous but sinners” (Matthew 9:13). We are all sinners, and still, Jesus calls all of us: “Follow me” (9:9). He wants you to be with Him.
Today, if you are feeling unworthy, remember Matthew. Remember God’s kindness and mercy toward him. Remember the freedom and joy he felt when he left his old life behind and accepted Jesus’ invitation. God has called you and chosen you because He loves you just as much as He loved Matthew. Jump at his invitation, and let Him change your life. ... See MoreSee Less
𝗔 𝗺𝗲𝘀𝘀𝗮𝗴𝗲 𝘁𝗼 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗳𝗿𝗼𝗺 𝗖𝗵𝗿𝗶𝘀 𝗦𝘁𝗲𝗳𝗮𝗻𝗶𝗰𝗸….
See you on Wednesday, September 27th! ... See MoreSee Less
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Can’t wait!! 🙏🏻
High School Teens are invited to attend our Mission Trip to Winchester, Kentucky on July 7-13, 2024!
Tap this link for all the cool details and to join in! bit.ly/missiontrip2024
Questions? Please email email@example.com
𝗪𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗶𝘀 𝗮 𝗠𝗶𝘀𝘀𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗧𝗿𝗶𝗽?
Mission trips are domestic and international volunteer opportunities centered on serving residents and communities in need through sustainable service projects.
High school teens will serve elderly, disabled, veteran, and low-income families through home repair and construction projects. Project examples are home repairs, wheelchair ramp construction, or porch and deck repairs.
𝗪𝗵𝘆 𝗦𝗵𝗼𝘂𝗹𝗱 𝗛𝗶𝗴𝗵 𝗦𝗰𝗵𝗼𝗼𝗹 𝗧𝗲𝗲𝗻𝘀 𝗚𝗼 𝗼𝗻 𝗮 𝗠𝗶𝘀𝘀𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗧𝗿𝗶𝗽?
Beyond the service projects, mission trips are powerful experiences to:
Focus on others’ needs
Develop leadership skills
Invest in the next generation
Grow in faith and relationship with Jesus
Build authentic relationships
Earn community service hours
Disrupt the busyness of everyday life
It's an awesome transformative experience, encourage the high school teen in your life to go on the OLM Teen Mission Trip to Winchester, Kentucky in 2024!
𝗣𝗮𝗿𝗲𝗻𝘁𝘀, 𝗛𝗲𝗿𝗲 𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝟳 𝗥𝗲𝗮𝘀𝗼𝗻𝘀 𝘁𝗼 𝗦𝗲𝗻𝗱 𝗬𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗧𝗲𝗲𝗻𝗮𝗴𝗲𝗿 𝗼𝗻 𝗮 𝗠𝗶𝘀𝘀𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗧𝗿𝗶𝗽
1. EXPERIENCE NEW CULTURE, BROADEN VIEWS
The most noticeable part of leaving home is experiencing a new culture. By being planted in a new community, your teen will be able to practice compassion by walking in another person’s shoes. Having a broadened worldview is beneficial to teens as they prepare to leave for college.
2. EXPERIENCE LIVING OUTSIDE THEIR COMFORT ZONE BEFORE GOING TO COLLEGE
Leaving home before the big move to college gives teenagers a leg up in real-world experiences outside their childhood home. College is often the first time a student is away from their family. However, if they have gone on a short-term mission trip to a new city (or country), they will feel more prepared to leave home once they graduate. The confidence felt in being fully capable and functional on their own, empowers them in their new life away from home.
3. MAKE AN IMPACT BY SPREADING HIS GLORY
Teens can see His love and compassion across the globe, and instant connections can be made across language barriers due to sharing God’s love. Additionally, they can see just how much small acts can impact communities in need, glorify God, and change the lives of not only them but those that they serve.
4. TRAVEL TO NEW PLACES
Participating in a mission trip can give you the chance to travel, and to go with a purpose. The benefits of traveling are vast – the obvious of which is getting to experience a new place in great depth. Traveling can also help in gaining new skills like social interaction and communication. You get to interact with people who have a different view on life and learn how to incorporate that into how you think on a global scale. This can translate into more creative thinking and improved school discussions. Traveling has been known to assist people in self-reflection and exploration, something teenagers can benefit from greatly.
5. PARTICIPATE IN VOLUNTEER WORK
The volunteer work done on a short-term mission trip can foster a heart of compassion, a value that can be taught at any age and sticks with you for life. This can assist teens in shifting from a self-centric perspective to a selfless attitude. As they serve others, God’s name is glorified, and that can make a massive impact on the life of a teenager.
6. MAKE LIFELONG FRIENDSHIPS
The relationships made on a short-term mission trip can last a lifetime due to eating, sleeping, traveling, and serving together 24 hours a day. It forces friendship. However, these friendships are like no other; they are centered in Christ, and they are experiencing life-changing events together, causing the friendship to strengthen immensely. Mission trips provide teenagers with the space to form bonds as they grow their personal relationship with God.
7. STRENGTHEN FAITH AND RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD
A mission trip is a wonderful place to feel God’s presence. It gives one the opportunity to spread His word and serve His people while also strengthening their own personal relationship with God. Hard work in a small community with peers who passionately love Jesus helps to provide a Christ-centered community for believers who can grow in love and faith together. ... See MoreSee Less
Great for teens. Wish I were young again. Take my advice. Do all you can.
Who are Saints Andrew Kim Tae-gŏn, Paul Chŏng Ha-sang, and Companions?
In God’s hand is the soul of every living thing, and the life-breath of all mankind. (Job 12:10)
The martyrs bear witness to the core of Christ’s sacrifice: they surrender their lives into God’s hands to do with them as He wills. To them, the present cost of their offering counts as nothing in comparison to life with the Lord who awaits them.
After an earlier attempt failed, the Korean Church arose in the late 18th century after a Korean visitor heard Christ preached by the Jesuits in China and brought Christian tracts home to share. Persecutions began when the Korean authorities attacked the fledgling Christian community for introducing foreign influences into the country. Among the saints honored on this feast are eleven priests and ninety-two laypersons. These martyrs were scholars, court officials, farmers, merchants, widows, and wives. Each had found the pearl of great price and gave his or her life for it. They represent the countless others who met death rather than renounce their faith during a hundred years of persecution.
Let us pray;
My portion is the Lord, says my soul; therefore will I hope in him. (Lamentations 3:24)
The martyrs’ portion is the Lord. For them, that is reward enough.
Strengthened by the faith of the martyrs, let us pray:
R/Hear us, O Lord.
You delivered the disciples imprisoned for preaching without fear in your name:
– deliver all those imprisoned in infidelity by fear of displeasing others. R/Hear us, O Lord.
You kept your martyrs steadfast in the face of every threat:
– make steadfast those tempted to compromise their discipleship for fear of consequences. R/Hear us, O Lord.
You raised to life the martyrs, who chose death rather than faithlessness:
– raise all those who have died. R/Hear us, O Lord. ... See MoreSee Less
𝗪𝗘𝗘𝗞 𝟮 𝗪𝗛𝗢 𝗜𝗦 𝗝𝗘𝗦𝗨𝗦? 𝗮𝘁 𝗔𝗹𝗽𝗵𝗮 𝘄𝗮𝘀 𝗷𝘂𝘀𝘁 𝗮𝘀 𝗮𝘄𝗲𝘀𝗼𝗺𝗲 𝗮𝘀 𝘄𝗲𝗲𝗸 𝟭 𝗶𝗳 𝗻𝗼𝘁 𝗺𝗼𝗿𝗲! — The greatest adventure is just beginning at our in-person Alpha!
"𝙃𝙚 𝙞𝙨 𝙧𝙚𝙥𝙧𝙚𝙨𝙚𝙣𝙩𝙚𝙙 𝙞𝙣 𝘼𝙧𝙩𝙨 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙇𝙞𝙩𝙚𝙧𝙖𝙩𝙪𝙧𝙚 𝙢𝙤𝙧𝙚 𝙩𝙝𝙖𝙣 𝙖𝙣𝙮 𝙤𝙩𝙝𝙚𝙧 𝙛𝙞𝙜𝙪𝙧𝙚."
We got to know more new people, had another delicious meal, and watched a really compelling talk!
It's not too late to join! No matter where you are in your life/faith journey, come to Alpha, it's life-changing!
𝙄𝙩'𝙙 𝙗𝙚 𝙧𝙚𝙖𝙡𝙡𝙮 𝙖𝙬𝙚𝙨𝙤𝙢𝙚 𝙩𝙤 𝙝𝙖𝙣𝙜 𝙤𝙪𝙩 𝙬𝙞𝙩𝙝 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙩𝙝𝙞𝙨 𝙏𝙝𝙪𝙧𝙨𝙙𝙖𝙮; 𝙝𝙤𝙥𝙚 𝙩𝙤 𝙨𝙚𝙚 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙩𝙝𝙚𝙣 www.olmercy.com/alpha
Groups for everyone as well as Young Adults and in Spanish! ... See MoreSee Less
Calling all young adults, join our Consuming Fire Young Adult Grow Group (CFYA) on Tuesdays at 7pm for community and faith building. Reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org to get plugged in with the group.
WE GATHER | CFYA gather with regularity at OLM and other venues to eat, pray, and ‘do life together’! The gatherings are open to anyone: Catholics, non-Catholics, seekers, and those just curious about Jesus. OUR PURPOSE | The primary purpose of Consuming Fire is to help young adults grow in their relationship with Jesus together – and community is the most effective way to do that! After all, there are no “solo disciples”. Discipleship cannot be lived (and definitely will not flourish) in isolation. KEEPING IT REAL | Consuming Fire is all about real relationships where there is authenticity, accountability, and accompaniment. ... See MoreSee Less
Who is Saint Januarius?
Januarius was the bishop of Benevento. Januarius was arrested during the Christian persecution of Diocletian in 305. The young bishop was thrown to the lions, but the beasts weren’t hungry. Eventually, the soldiers decided to simply kill him & chopped off his head.
Now here’s where things get interesting. Christians, because of their belief in the resurrection of the body, go to great lengths to assure proper burial. The faithful requested the body, and someone collected some of Januarius’ blood. This blood was transferred into a small glass vial – which made its way to Naples. The bishop’s bones are buried in the crypt of the cathedral. The ampoule still contains some of his dried blood.
A few times a year, the vial is shown to the public – today, the feast of St. Januarius, is one of those days. The Archbishop of Naples processes with the relic, the faithful pray and then sometimes Januarius’ dried blood begins to liquefy as the ancient relic is shown to the people!
I know, I know – it’s weird. Indeed it is. And it’s been happening for over 400 years. I’ve never been to Naples to see it, but thousands of other people have. Experiments have been conducted, yet there has been no medical or scientific explanation for this strange phenomenon.
What do we make of this strange happening? Do we dismiss it as a magic trick? Do we book a ticket to Naples? Do we simply roll our eyes or do we go to church this Sunday, for the first time in a long time, because of this miraculous story?
Jesus said that we would know a tree by its fruits. When it comes to miraculous stories like the one of Januarius’ blood, it’s best to look at the lives of the faithful. Does this strange phenomenon bring people to deeper conversion? For over 400 years folks have found a deeper faith in Christ and his Church because of the blood of Januarius. Some have even turned to Jesus for the first time because of it. Repentance, conversion, and discipleship are, no doubt, good fruits.
-Fr. Damian Ference "St. Januarius, Patron Saint of Blood Banks" ... See MoreSee Less
5 days ago
Happy 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time. Even with his newfound wealth, the forgiven servant says to his fellow servant, “Pay back what you owe.” In doing so he refuses “mercy to another like himself.” However, “the vengeful will suffer the Lord’s vengeance, for he remembers their sins in detail.” The “logic” of mercy is very simple: “Forgive your neighbor’s injustice; then your own sins will be forgiven.” Thus, “none of us” is to “live for oneself”; rather, “we live for the Lord” and by the Lord. The “Lord of both the dead and the living” will endow us with the power to forgive others as he himself does. The desire to forgive others—even when painful wounds remain with us—is already the indication that God’s mercy is present in our hearts. United to Jesus, we dare to “expect healing from the Lord.”
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