This is man’s glory, to persevere and abide in the service of God.

Saint Irenaeus, Father of the Church

At Our Lady of Mercy we encourage all our members to serve in ministry. The Church is the Body of Christ in this world, and each of us are members of it (1 Cor: 2:27). As members of this Body, we truly are His hands, His feet and His eyes. To be a Christian, then, is to be committed to action, to living out our faith through service to one another: Jesus said, “The Son of Man came not to be served, but to serve.” (Mark 10:45). We are Christians, we are the Church, we are the Body of Christ, not to be served but to serve and every member of our parish has something to offer towards the Mission of the Church.

The Lord Jesus sent his apostles to every person, people and place on earth. In the apostles, the Church received a universal mission-one which knows no boundaries-which involves the communication of salvation in its integrity according to that fullness of life which Christ came to bring (cf. Jn 10:10). The Church was “sent by Christ to reveal and communicate the love of God to all people and nations.”

Redemptoris Missio