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June 23, 2024 | Parish Update

Be Still. July 4th Mass. New daily Mass schedule on Fridays.

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News from Pastor in Training (P.I.T.)

     Reincarnation is the belief that people after death will be brought back into the world, but with a different body and a new life.  I’m so glad that as Catholics, who have the fullness of faith, we know this not to be true.  This isn’t an attack on those who believe in reincarnation, but as I like to point out when it comes to a tenant of our faith, what loving God would allow someone to go through middle school more than once?  

     I have to say, growing up as a middle school student, I was definitely driven by emotions and struggled with things of the heart and mind. I believe that everyone has experienced this in some way or another.  Additionally, I believe most modern-day psychologists would call it healthy, and a time of self-discovery.  However, I would argue that one other step that is necessary in our self-discovery, but typically missed, is knowledge that we are grounded in our identity as a son or daughter of God and awareness of the Lord’s presence.  

     I believe my greatest struggles in middle school, high school, and beyond would have subsided if I only extended my trust in the Lord and truly understood his care for me.  In our Gospel we hear that the disciples are in a boat with the Lord.  A huge storm comes while Christ is sleeping in the stern of the boat.  On a side note, the stern is usually the place that steers the boat. The disciples are afraid and they wake up our Lord saying, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” The Lord wakes up and says to the wind and sea, “Quiet, Be Still!” (Mark :38-39)  

     Even though the command is directed at the wind and the sea, I’d argue that we need to ask the Lord to give the same command to our head and heart: “Quiet! Be Still!”  How often we get caught up in the emotions of the heart, or in our heads, and it feels like everything is falling apart; we are terrified not knowing what is beyond the horizon.  

     The Lord is a loving God; He desires for us to trust in him with faith, and rest in the knowledge that ultimately he is in control and always in our midst. What a beautiful gift to have this confidence in our Lord Jesus Christ who continues to reveal himself to us, especially in the gift of the Eucharist.  May we walk away as the disciples did after he calmed the storms: with great awe.  

Fr Michael

Did you miss one? View past news from the P.I.T. here.

Healing the Whole Person Continues 6/26 & 6/27

  • 𝗜𝘁’𝘀 đ—»đ—Œđ˜ đ˜đ—Œđ—Œ đ—č𝗼𝘁đ—Č đ˜đ—Œ 𝘁𝗼𝗾đ—Č đ—œđ—źđ—żđ˜ đ—¶đ—» đ˜đ—”đ—Č đ—đ˜‚đ—»đ—Č đ˜đ—”đ—żđ—Œđ˜‚đ—Žđ—” 𝗝𝘂đ—č𝘆  đ—Čđ˜…đ—œđ—Čđ—żđ—¶đ—Čđ—»đ—°đ—Č đ—Œđ—ł “𝗛đ—Č𝗼đ—čđ—¶đ—»đ—Ž đ˜đ—”đ—Č đ—Șđ—”đ—Œđ—čđ—Č 𝗣đ—Čđ—żđ˜€đ—Œđ—»â€ The goal of the Healing the Whole Person series is to facilitate a personal encounter with Jesus’ merciful love and healing truth in the areas where people have felt disconnected from love and bound by lies. God has worked powerfully in the lives of those who have participated in these series with an open heart.

    Join us either Wednesday evenings at 6:30pm or Thursday afternoons at 1pm, begin a new chapter in your life of healing, light and peace; invite the Holy Spirit for 𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝒂𝒓𝒆 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝑭𝒂𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒓’𝒔 đ‘©đ’†đ’đ’đ’—đ’†đ’…, 𝒕𝒓𝒖𝒍𝒚 𝒅𝒊𝒔𝒄𝒐𝒗𝒆𝒓 𝒘𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝒕𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝒎𝒆𝒂𝒏𝒔.
    Please register for this life-changing experience at this link 

“What’s the Big Deal with IVF?” by Deacon Tony Leazzo 6/27

  • June 27th in Room 114 of the PLC, 7-9 PM
  •  Respect Life Ministry invites you to a presentation by Deacon Tony Leazzo on “What’s the Big Deal with IVF?” As A deacon and family medicine physician at Northwestern Medicine, Deacon Tony will deliver his presentation regarding in vitro fertilization from a uniquely medical perspective rooted in Catholic doctrine.
  •  With the increase in infertility amongst family and friends, and declining birth rates in our country, everyone is invited to learn more what IVF is, what the Church teaches & why regarding this reproductive technology, and options available to married couples facing infertility. There will be an open question and answer forum after his presentation. 

2024-2025 Faith Formation Registration is OPEN!

Fit Shepherds on Wednesday and Saturday mornings

  • đŸ”„ Join the Ranks of Fit Shepherds! đŸ”„Are you tired of the narrative that encourages men to scatter when life gets tough? Ready to break free from the mold of the hireling and embrace the call of the Good Shepherd? Then it’s time to step up and join Fit Shepherds!At Fit Shepherds, we’re not just about fitness; we’re about becoming the best version of ourselves—physically, mentally, and spiritually. Through challenging workouts, camaraderie, and discipleship, we’re forging men who lay down their lives for their families and communities.In a world where the wolf prowls and seeks to scatter, we stand together as brothers, ready to face the challenges head-on. Whether you’re 14 or 40, if you want to be better—for yourself, your loved ones, and your community—Fit Shepherds is the place for you.Join us Saturdays at 7am and Wednesdays at 5:30am in the parking lot, and together, let’s become the leaders, the protectors, and the shepherds our world desperately needs. Don’t be a hireling—be a Fit Shepherd. Let’s embark on a journey of transformation, strength, and purpose!
  • For more information check out their website at this link or connect with Dan Maxwell who is looking forward to hearing from you;  630.779.7114 Dannymax80@hotmail.com. Dads are encouraged to bring their sons 5th grade and older. Get a glimpse of a Saturday morning work out at the following video,

Weekly Praying for Priests

  • A prayer group has been praying for priests in front of the Blessed Sacrament weekly for over a year now, as well as on First Fridays. Even if you can’t join the group inside the church, you can pray wherever you are at during the times below.
  • Wednesdays at 10:30am – Rosary and Chaplet of Divine Mercy with meditations for priests,   Thursdays at 12:30pm –  Rosary and Chaplet of Divine Mercy with meditations for priests,First Friday of the month following 12pm Mass – Stations of the Cross with meditations for priests in the narthex.

Restore Weekly Restore Confidential Meetings

  • Restore is a ministry that accompanies men so as to win the battle against the struggles of living a lust-free life.
  • The ministry meets at a weekly (anonymous) meeting where men lean on each other for support and accountability and share ideas about strengthening their resolve to stay on God’s path of chastity.  All men are welcome, whether you have been free of the addiction for many years or struggle with it every single day. Though the meetings are weekly, at the last weekly meeting of the month, men are guided by a licensed Catholic therapist. If you are ready to start breaking free from the struggles of living chastely and want to Restore your life email Restore.olm@gmail.com to find out more information on when and where we meet or call 331-684-7415.

Come Visit Jesus in the New Adoration Chapel

  • Create more time for silence and prayer in your schedule by spending time with Jesus at the new Eucharistic Adoration Chapel anytime right after the 8am Mass until 10pm. 
  • We’re currently seeking committed adorers for Tuesdays at 3pm.
  • We continue to seek second adorers for the times where we only have one committed adorer. 
  • Proceed here to sign up.  
  • Fr. Michael is urging us to not only dedicate an hour to spend with Jesus but also to consider sharing this commitment with one or two friends. If you’re unsure about making this commitment, this suggestion offers a lovely way to overcome doubts and enhance your friendships.Just imagine the enriching conversations you could have with each other about your experiences spending time with Jesus.

Every Holy Hour we make so pleases the Heart of Jesus that it is recorded in Heaven and retold for all eternity!

St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta

National Eucharistic Pilgrimage Chicagoland Events 6/26 through 6/30

  • The National Eucharistic Pilgrimage is an initiative that stems from the grassroots focus of the National Eucharistic Congress. Each (arch)diocese along the four routes of the NEP has served as a partner in planning events
  • Check out all the events that are taking place over June 26-June 30 and register for your FREE pilgrim passport. Click the button below for more info:  

CLICK HERE for Event Information

Chicago Young Adult Eucharistic Revival Event 6/28

  • the Eucharistic Congress is happening this summer in July in Indianapolis, and to lead up to the Congress, Jesus is going on a Pilgrimage along 4 different routes, all headed towards Indianapolis. The exciting news is that CHICAGO is along the Marian Route of the Pilgrimage!!!!!! AND there is a special event on Friday, June 28th specifically for young adults. 
  • The event will include Mass at 6:30pm at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church (1429 W Wellington Ave), followed by a Eucharistic procession around the block and a social with food.

SoulCore Rosary Walks Continue 6/29

  • Join us for a beautiful blend of prayer and movement with Rosary Walks at SoulCore Saturdays! Nourish your body, mind, and soul as we combine the prayers of the rosary with light stretching before we set off on a prayerful walk.
  • When: Saturday June 29 at 9:15am (Optional start with the 8:30am Mass) 
  • Where: Our Lady of Mercy Parish Life Center (PLC) Please arrive 15 minutes prior to check-in and bring a rosary, water, and wear comfortable clothing and walking shoes.
  • We’ll start with light stretching in the PLC, then head outside for the Rosary Walk. If the weather is bad, we’ll stay in the PLC.
  • Registration & Contact Info: Visit olmercy.com/soulcore  
  •  Connect with SoulCore leader Jen Bickel for any questions at 815-557-9437 or mamaj5grand@gmail.com.

Prayer Ministry After All Masses 6/29 & 6/30

  • đ—–đ—Œđ—șđ—Č đ˜‚đ—œ đ—łđ—Œđ—ż đ—œđ—żđ—źđ˜†đ—Č𝗿 đ—șđ—¶đ—»đ—¶đ˜€đ˜đ—żđ˜† 𝗼𝗳𝘁đ—Č𝗿 𝗼đ—čđ—č đ˜đ—”đ—Č đ—ș𝗼𝘀𝘀 đ˜đ—¶đ—șđ—Č𝘀 đ˜đ—”đ—¶đ˜€ 𝘄đ—Čđ—Č𝗾đ—Čđ—»đ—± đ˜„đ—”đ—Č𝗿đ—Č đ˜đ—żđ—źđ—¶đ—»đ—Čđ—± đ—œđ—żđ—źđ˜†đ—Č𝗿 đ—șđ—¶đ—»đ—¶đ˜€đ˜đ—Č𝗿𝘀 đ˜„đ—¶đ—čđ—č 𝗯đ—Č đ—źđ˜ƒđ—źđ—¶đ—č𝗼𝗯đ—čđ—Č đ—¶đ—» đ˜đ—”đ—Č 𝗯𝗼𝗰𝗾 đ—Œđ—ł đ˜đ—”đ—Č đ—–đ—”đ˜‚đ—żđ—°đ—”
    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 https://olmercy.com/prayerforme/ 
  • Prayer Ministry takes place monthly at MAGNIFY and on the last weekend of the month Mass times. Prayer ministry is an opportunity for those in need of physical, emotional, or spiritual healing or with a specific intention. Come as an individual, as a couple, or as a family and receive prayer for yourself or request prayers for someone in need. Listen and receive the prayers while being open to the Holy Spirit’s movement.

Peter’s Pence Second Collection 6/29 & 6/30

  • By contributing to Peter’s Pence second collection, we can all together support the Pope’s mission through the activities of the Holy See and the initiatives of solidarity in favor of the most needy.
  • It is a concrete way to strengthen our sense of belonging to the Church and our love for the Bishop of Rome, who presides over all Churches in charity.When we donate to Peter’s Pence, we not only help the Pope aid those suffering but also participate in his mission to proclaim the Gospel and assist local Churches through the Dicasteries of the Holy See and the network of his representatives worldwide, promoting integral human development, education, peace, justice, and fraternity. Donate now online at this link or after Mass, place your donation in the basket located in the Narthex.

Meet & Greet Gathering 6/30

  • đŸČ/đŸŻđŸŹđ˜đ—” @ 𝟭𝟭:đŸ­đŸ±đ—źđ—ș đ—¶đ˜€ đ—łđ—Œđ—ż đ˜đ—”đ—Œđ˜€đ—Č đ—čđ—Œđ—Œđ—žđ—¶đ—»đ—Ž đ˜đ—Œ 𝗿đ—Čđ—Žđ—¶đ˜€đ˜đ—Č𝗿 𝗼𝘀 đ—»đ—Č𝘄 đ—œđ—źđ—żđ—¶đ˜€đ—”đ—¶đ—Œđ—»đ—Č𝗿𝘀/đ—șđ—Čđ—ș𝗯đ—Č𝗿𝘀 đ—źđ—»đ—± đ—łđ—Œđ—ż đ—»đ—Č𝘄đ—č𝘆 𝗿đ—Čđ—Žđ—¶đ˜€đ˜đ—Č𝗿đ—Čđ—± đ—œđ—źđ—żđ—¶đ˜€đ—”đ—¶đ—Œđ—»đ—Č𝗿𝘀 𝗼𝘁 đ˜đ—”đ—Č đ—Șđ—Čđ—čđ—°đ—Œđ—șđ—Č 𝗠đ—Čđ—Č𝘁 & 𝗚𝗿đ—Čđ—Č𝘁 đ—šđ—źđ˜đ—”đ—Čđ—żđ—¶đ—»đ—Ž!
  • Whether you’ve recently registered as a member (parishioner) or if you’ve been attending our Sunday or Daily Mass, actively participating in community life, 𝘄đ—Č đ—Čđ—»đ—°đ—Œđ˜‚đ—żđ—źđ—Žđ—Č đ˜†đ—Œđ˜‚ đ˜đ—Œ đ—ș𝗼𝗾đ—Č đ—¶đ˜ đ—Œđ—łđ—łđ—¶đ—°đ—¶đ—źđ—č đ—źđ—»đ—± 𝗯đ—Čđ—°đ—Œđ—șđ—Č 𝗼 đ—șđ—Čđ—ș𝗯đ—Č𝗿/đ—œđ—źđ—żđ—¶đ˜€đ—”đ—¶đ—Œđ—»đ—Č𝗿 𝗼𝘁 đ˜đ—”đ—Č 𝗠đ—Čđ—Č𝘁 & 𝗚𝗿đ—Čđ—Č𝘁—𝘄đ—Č’đ—čđ—č 𝗯đ—Č 𝗿đ—Čđ—źđ—±đ˜† đ˜đ—Œ đ—źđ˜€đ˜€đ—¶đ˜€đ˜ đ˜„đ—¶đ˜đ—” 𝗿đ—Čđ—Žđ—¶đ˜€đ˜đ—żđ—źđ˜đ—¶đ—Œđ—»đ˜€!  We hope to see you on Sunday 6/30th for a joyful experience of connection, belonging, and the start of a beautiful journey together. We can’t wait to meet you and welcome you officially into the OLM family!

July 4th Mass, Patriotic Rosary and Schedule 7/4

  • Start your July 4th Celebration by coming to Mass. đ—–đ—Œđ—șđ—Č đ—œđ—żđ—źđ˜† đ—łđ—Œđ—ż đ—Œđ˜‚đ—ż đ—°đ—Œđ˜‚đ—»đ˜đ—żđ˜†; đ—”đ—Œđ—œđ—Č đ˜đ—Œ 𝘀đ—Čđ—Č đ˜†đ—Œđ˜‚ @ đŸ”đ—źđ—ș đ—Œđ—» 𝟳/đŸ°đ˜đ—”! Please join us immediately following the Mass to pray the Patriotic Rosary for our country.
  • In observance of this holiday, the parish office will be closed on July 4th & 5th.

NEW Friday Daily Mass Schedule begins on 7/5

  • Exciting news! Starting on July 5th there will no longer be 8am Daily Mass. đ—œđ—»đ˜€đ˜đ—Čđ—źđ—±, đ˜đ—”đ—Č𝗿đ—Č đ˜„đ—¶đ—čđ—č 𝗿đ—Č𝗮𝘂đ—č𝗼𝗿đ—č𝘆 𝗯đ—Č đ—Ąđ—Œđ—Œđ—» 𝗠𝗼𝘀𝘀, đ—łđ—Œđ—čđ—čđ—Œđ˜„đ—Čđ—± 𝗯𝘆 đ˜đ—”đ—Č đ—Œđ—œđ—œđ—Œđ—żđ˜đ˜‚đ—»đ—¶đ˜đ˜† đ—łđ—Œđ—ż đ—–đ—Œđ—»đ—łđ—Čđ˜€đ˜€đ—¶đ—Œđ—».
    This will allow Fr. Michael and Fr. Frank to be able to say Mass at local schools in the mornings, including at All Saints, Chesterton Academy, and Aurora Central Catholic as well as at the local jail and Waterleaf. This new schedule will also give OLM parishioners another opportunity for Confession.  
    Thank you Heavenly Father for the gift of our priests who bring Jesus not only to our parish family but intentionally to the youth in our area at our local Catholic schools and the incarcerated men and women.

Children’s Liturgy of the Word (CLOW) Resumes 7/7

  • We are thrilled to announce the resumption of the Children’s Liturgy of the Word (CLOW) during the 10am Sunday Mass, starting on July 7th, and we couldn’t be more excited to have the children join us at CLOW
  • What is CLOW? The Children’s Liturgy of the Word is a beautiful and meaningful experience designed specifically for our young ones. Through storytelling, interactive discussions, and age-appropriate activities, children have the opportunity to deepen their connection to faith and spirituality. The scriptures are brought to life in a manner that resonates with their hearts and minds, allowing them to grasp the timeless teachings and wisdom contained within. By creating a space that is inviting and inclusive, we hope to instill a love for God’s Word within each child, nurturing their spiritual growth and helping them discover the beauty and significance of their own faith journey. Sometime after the beginning of Mass, Father invites all children to participate in CLOW. The children joyfully return to rejoin their families, just before the Eucharistic Prayers take place, ensuring a shared celebration of faith for the entire congregation.

Mama’s Grace Mom’s Grow Group 7/12

  • Join Mama’s Grace Grow Group for mothers with young children!
    • Bible Study Nights for Moms 2nd and 4th Thursday each month
    • Pray and Splash Play Dates: Friday, July 12th at 10am at Prairie Point Splash Park
  • Connect and grow with us!  Call or text Laura Reyes 904-472-0385. Email Katelyn Wood kmisdom2@gmail.com. Or check out the webpage.

Filipino Street Food Fair 7/14

  • 𝗩𝗼𝘃đ—Č đ˜đ—”đ—Č 𝗗𝗼𝘁đ—Č đ—łđ—Œđ—ż đ—Œđ˜‚đ—ż đ—™đ—¶đ—čđ—¶đ—œđ—¶đ—»đ—Œ 𝗩𝘁𝗿đ—Čđ—Č𝘁 đ—™đ—Œđ—Œđ—± đ—™đ—źđ—¶đ—ż đ—Œđ—» 𝗝𝘂đ—č𝘆 đŸ­đŸ°đ˜đ—”
  • Filipinos eat at least five times a day! Eating is our past time! Find out why – at the next Filipino Street Food Fair at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church Multi-Purpose Room (MPR) on Sunday, July 14th from 9am to 2pm. 
  • TICKETS are $1 each, will be sold on-site and are good towards purchase of food, drinks, and all other products. All proceeds from this event will benefit the Simbang Gabi 2023 and other outreach projects of the Simbang Gabi Ministry. 
  • Interested in selling food products during this event? Please email us at sgcommittee16@gmail.com

Wedding Anniversary Mass Register By 7/28

  • The 46th Annual Diocesan Wedding Anniversary Mass will be celebrated on Sunday 8/25th at 2pm at the Cathedral of St. Raymond in Joliet. Couples celebrating anniversaries of 25 years, 50 years, and more than 50 years, are welcome to attend. Bishop Ronald A. Hicks will celebrate the Mass and will lead all couples in a special renewal of wedding commitment.
  • Pre-registration is required by 7/28 at this link.
  • For any questions, please connect with Jim Elias 815-221-6134 jelias@dioceseofjoliet.org

Donut Sunday 7/28

  • Stop by the PLC after the 8am and 10am Masses on Sunday, 7/28th for Yummy Donuts, Good Coffee & Wonderful Fellowship. 

Meet & Greet Gathering 7/28

  • 7/28 @ 𝟭𝟭:đŸ­đŸ±đ—źđ—ș đ—¶đ˜€ đ—łđ—Œđ—ż đ˜đ—”đ—Œđ˜€đ—Č đ—čđ—Œđ—Œđ—žđ—¶đ—»đ—Ž đ˜đ—Œ 𝗿đ—Čđ—Žđ—¶đ˜€đ˜đ—Č𝗿 𝗼𝘀 đ—»đ—Č𝘄 đ—œđ—źđ—żđ—¶đ˜€đ—”đ—¶đ—Œđ—»đ—Č𝗿𝘀/đ—șđ—Čđ—ș𝗯đ—Č𝗿𝘀 đ—źđ—»đ—± đ—łđ—Œđ—ż đ—»đ—Č𝘄đ—č𝘆 𝗿đ—Čđ—Žđ—¶đ˜€đ˜đ—Č𝗿đ—Čđ—± đ—œđ—źđ—żđ—¶đ˜€đ—”đ—¶đ—Œđ—»đ—Č𝗿𝘀 𝗼𝘁 đ˜đ—”đ—Č đ—Șđ—Čđ—čđ—°đ—Œđ—șđ—Č 𝗠đ—Čđ—Č𝘁 & 𝗚𝗿đ—Čđ—Č𝘁 đ—šđ—źđ˜đ—”đ—Čđ—żđ—¶đ—»đ—Ž!

Quo Vadis Days 7/28 through 7/31

  • All young men between 13 and 18 years old are invited by our seminarians Jonathan Hernandez, Christopher Otieno, Vincent Otieno, Jared Beltz and Lemar Barbosa at retreat they and there fellow seminarians from the Joliet Diocese and Archdiocese of Chicago are hosting. Quo Vadis Days are a 4-day/3-night camp is 100 percent seminarian-led held at University of St. Mary of the Lake seminary in Mundelein. Experience dynamic talks, small group discussions, and meaningful prayer experiences—including Mass, the Liturgy of the Hours, and Eucharistic Adoration. Quo Vadis is a dynamic and fun camp, with great food, basketball, volleyball, Ultimate, campfires and much more. To take part
  • To best understand the powerful weekend you’ll experience, please enjoy these video and share them with your family and friends:

OLM Vacation Bible School 8/5 through 8/9

  • Camper registration is open and filling fast! Take kids deep into an amazing undersea adventure where they’ll experience the ever-flowing, never-ending love of God. At Totally Catholic Scuba VBS, kids will be immersed in the Sacred Scripture and discover what living water is really all about!
    Click here to register, and for more information: https://olmercy.com/vbs/ 

Save the Date for the Our Lady of Mercy Anniversary Pig Roast 9/22

  • Block your calendar for the OLM Anniversary Pig Roast on Sunday, September 22nd from 1pm to 4pm. Ticket sales will start in August.

A Message from the Catholic Bishops of Illinois on Assisted Suicide

Have a Minister of Care Bring Holy Communion to Your Loved One that is Homebound

  • Ministers of Care are trained in the ministry and commissioned by the parish to visit those unable to come to Church to receive Holy Communion.
  • If you know someone in the parish who is unable to come to church and wishes to receive Holy Communion in the home, please contact Jolene at jolenel@olmercy.com and arrangements will be made.

Is God Calling You to the Priesthood?

  • Marriage is good and priesthood is good so how do you choose between two goods?  Connect with Fr Michael at frmichael@olmercy.com and speak with him.

Bishop Hick’s Monthly Column 

  • Bishop Hicks’ monthly column for June is titled “Celebrating a Loving and Merciful Heart ” Read his insightful column HERE.
    • 75th Jubilee of the Diocese of Joliet. Our diocese was founded on December 11, 1948. For an entire year, we will highlight the accomplishments of our past & how we were founded in faith, while being called to witness now and in the future, and continue to be sent forth to serve. Hear from Bishop Hicks as he describes the events leading up to the year-long celebration of the 75th Anniversary of the Diocese of Joliet; find out all the details, and see the year-long schedule HERE.

Catholic Ministries Annual Appeal 2024 

  • If you have already pledged your support to the Catholic Ministries Annual Appeal (CMAA), we sincerely thank you! If we all join together, we can meet our parish’s goal of $140,500. Each and every gift, regardless of size, truly matters and makes a difference. If you still plan on making your gift, please prayerfully reflect on how best you can support the CMAA this year to help those in need throughout our diocese, For the Glory of God. Pledge envelopes are still available in the church, or you can use the envelope you received in the mail from the diocese. Or donate online here.Remember, if we raise more than our goal, the diocese will return 70 percent of the amount over goal to us to reinvest in our own parish. This is an incredible opportunity and blessing. Your generosity is so greatly appreciated. Thank you for sharing your blessings!

Scam Emails and Text Messages

  • From time to time, there are phishing (SCAM) emails going out to members of the parish and staff claiming to be Father Michael as well as text messages.
    Please note that Father Michael and Father Frank DO NOT send texts or emails asking for money or gift cards. If you receive a message appearing to be from Father Michael or Father Frank, please discard it (any email that does not have “olmercy.com” is a fake email) and DO NOT SEND ANY ELECTRONIC MONETARY AID.  No one on the staff will personally ask for money in whatever form (gift cards etc). If someone sends you a private message asking for a donation of sorts, it’s undoubtedly a fake account. Please keep praying for us, and God bless you!

Did You Know We Have a Parish School?

  • All Saints Catholic Academy (ASCA) located at 1155 Aurora Ave, Naperville is our parish school!
  • Are you a parent with preschool, elementary, and middle school-aged children struggling with the antithetical Christian values the government schools are indoctrinating the children who attend government schools?  You’re not alone.
  • Join a growing number of OLM parents who have made the move by sending their child(ren) to public school to All Saints Catholic Academy.
  • Connect with Patty Bajek at (630) 961-6125, or pbajek@ascacademy.org to express your interest and schedule a personalized tour.  Or peruse their website to explore your interest.  

Totally Yours Pilgrimages

  • Experience pilgrimage with a newness at Totally Yours Pilgrimages hosts trips to Italy, Fatima, Medjugorje and more throughout the year. There pilgrimages offer the comforting presence of dedicated priests and the opportunity for daily Mass. Experience the serenity of sacred sites, knowing that every aspect of your journey, including flights, accommodations, and two daily meals, is expertly arranged for your convenience. If you’re seeking a meaningful escape and a chance to deepen your faith, don’t miss out on this unique opportunity. For more information contact 630-315-0533 or visit there website to begin your journey today.

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St. Vincent de Paul Society

  • Who is the Our Lady of Mercy St. Vincent de Paul Society? We are a parish group of men and women who are called to follow Jesus Christ through service to our neighbors. You can find these details at their website.
  • Who are the neighbors assisted?
    • They are parishioners and non-parishioners who experience a temporary financial set back.
    • They are single mothers who have missed a paycheck due to a
      child’s illness.
    • They are people living paycheck to paycheck where one
      unexpected expense, like a car repair or medical bill can cause
      them to get behind on rent or utility payments.
  • How does the society help them?
    • We visit them in their homes and listen to their needs and
      concerns.
    • We help them with rent or mortgage payments, utility payments or food certificates.
  • How can you help?
    • You can donate to the St Vincent de Paul Society, either with a
      monthly envelope or through online giving.
    • You can join our society. We need your help. Please email us at olmsvdp@gmail.com
  • Last year, with God’s grace and parish donations, the Our Lady of Mercy’s St. Vincent de Paul Society assisted 79 families! That is 79 families who were able to stay in their home, have their electricity or water service restored. Thank you again for your continued support. Please keep our society and those we help in your prayers.

For the Hispanic Community

  • Please proceed here for the OLM Hispanic Ministry’s upcoming events and resources.
    ContinĂșe aquĂ­ para conocer los prĂłximos 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 prĂłxima semana, habrĂĄ Estaciones de la Cruz en español cada segundo miĂ©rcoles del mes despuĂ©s de la misa de las 12 pm.

A Note from the Intercessory Prayer Ministry

  • How can we pray for you today?
    There are times when life is overwhelming when all we have is questions.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 takes place monthly at MAGNIFY and on the last weekend of the month Mass times.  Prayer ministry is an opportunity for those in need of physical, emotional, or spiritual healing or with a specific intention. Come as an individual, as a couple, or as a family. Listen and receive the prayers while being open to the Holy Spirit’s movement.  

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 reply to or share messages. Enjoy a bunch of additional features like prayers, daily readings, reminders to silence your phone before Mass, & much more.

Donate Online Through OSV Giving 

  • Whether you are a registered parishioner with us or visiting, we are set up to receive donations online through OSV Our Sunday Visitor.
  •  Click here to for online giving.
  • You can also access this link through our myParish App “Giving” button. Don’t have the myParish App yet? Text APP to 88202 to download!  Receive this update, instant news, and get access to the parish calendar, daily readings, and Confession guide.

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

MAMA’S GRACE GROW GROUP

Mission. Mama’s Grace is a group for Catholic mothers with children ages 0-11 who are seeking to journey with other like-minded women of faith.  Following the example of St. ThĂ©rĂšse of Lisieux, we strive to imitate her “little way” of growing in holiness through the lenses of motherhood and family.

Website. Proceed here for details.

Meets. Each month for any of the following: book chats, podcast discussions, “Mom’s Night Out”, community service projects, fellowship, playgroups, prayer.

Connect.  Reach out to  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.

Website. Proceed here for details.

Meets. Tuesdays @ 7pm and twice a month for social gatherings.

Connect.  Reach out to our Core Team at cfyagg@gmail.com for any questions.

SALT AND LIGHT GROW GROUP
Mission. â€œEncounter/Grow/Witness” is the threefold dimension of the Christian life.  Once we encounter Jesus, we are then called to grow daily as His disciples. Grow Groups are one way Our Lady of Mercy is responding to our missionary identity where we are called to help parishioners grow continually in discipleship.

Website. Proceed here for details.

Meets. Wednesdays 7pm to 8:30pm

Connect. For more information, connect with Geri Capulong at gericapulong@gmail.com or Bonnie Ramirez at bnnrmrz@gmail.com.

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
Jim Marks jimm6351@yahoo.com

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

or Download the FORMED App through these links: App Store or Google Play

EUCHARIST RESOURCES Check out our “Eucharist Resources” page to help us understand deeply the centrality of the Eucharist in our lives.

INTRODUCING THE ASCENSION APP A Catholic Bible and Catechism App 

We consulted more than 1,000 Catholics on what would make the ideal Bible and Catechism app and collected their direct feedback for over a year. Download the App for free today on the App Store or the Google Play Store.Check it out HERE

AMEN – CATHOLIC MEDITATION APP From Augustine Institute comes this NEW AND FREE Catholic prayer app that inspires your daily conversation with God through faithful meditations and nourishing Scripture.Please enjoy this latest offering from the Augustine Institute.

HALLOW – A CATHOLIC PRAYER & MEDITATION APP  Hallow is a Catholic prayer & meditation app that helps users deepen their relationship with God through contemplative prayer. Easy-to-use, audio-guided sessions anywhere from 1 to 60 minutes long. Pray your own way with a personalized prayer plan pulling from 3,000+ sessions including the Lectio Divina on the Daily Gospel, Rosary, Examen, Night Prayer, “Praylists” and much more. Hallow Light is free. Hallow Plus is $5 per month ($60 per year). Sign up for either one here.

WORD ON FIRE

Explore the goodness, truth, and beauty of the faith!

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

Not sure where to start? Check out the short 5 episode series on The Eucharist This fresh look at the Eucharist brings to light its reality as sacred meal, the sacrifice necessary for communion with God, and the real presence of Christ.

BLESSED IS SHE

Blessed is She is a sisterhood of women who want to grow in their relationship with Jesus through their Catholic faith. They create beautiful & accessible resources and experiences to deepen prayer and foster community, both online and in person.  

THE CATHOLIC GENTLEMAN

Founded in 2013, The Catholic Gentleman has become one of the most recognizable online men’s apostolate. Each week hundreds of thousands of men around the world visit our site for the insightful articles and products designed to encourage a life of authentic manhood. Their mission: To inspire men to holiness

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 for quality content on the go.  Get it all 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.

PINTS WITH AQUINAS PODCAST

Matt Fradd’s Pints with Aquinas is an online Catholic community of faith and truth… and maybe a pint or two. The podcast has long-form discussions, debates and teachings on the Catholic faith. Checkout the podcast here.


PASTORAL CARE

If you have physical, mental, emotional or spiritual health concerns or questions about end-of-life issues, funeral planning, journeying through grief, caregiving for a loved one or are homebound, please contact the parish office at 630-851-3444 or parishoffice@olmercy.com

RESTORE

Do you find yourself struggling in overcoming your battle with pornography?   Restore is a weekly (anonymous) meeting where men lean on each other for support and share ideas about strengthening our resolve to stay on God’s path of chastity.  All men are welcome, whether you have been free of pornography addiction for many years or struggle with it every single day.

If you are ready to start breaking free and want to Restore your life, email us at Restore.olm@gmail.com to find out more information on when and where we meet or call 331-684-7415. Check out the website for FAQs and further details. 

Be encouraged; check out this Testimony.

MOMS WALKING WITH MOMS IN NEED

Pregnant and parenting moms in need are in our parishes and our neighborhoods. As Pope Francis reminds us, our parishes need to be “islands of mercy in the midst of a sea of indifference.” Everyone in the parish community should know where to refer a pregnant woman in need. Connect with Lydia Schmitt for further questions at lydias@olmercy.com

FAITH BUDDIES

OLM invites you to learn more about a new program for children with special needs that will be launching in the spring!


If you are interested in becoming a volunteer or enrolling your child, please get in touch with Lydia Schmitt at lydias@olmercy.com


CONFERENCES

2024 SUMMER SCRIPTURE CONFERENCE 6/5 – 6/8

“The EUCHARIST & the WORD” Conference will be held at the beautiful Loyola Lake Shore Campus. Loyola University Chicago has taken the reins to continue this tradition launched in 1974 out of the encouragement of Vatican II, to bring understanding and study of Scripture into the forefront of a wider Catholic audience. This will be the first year the Conference will be held at Loyola University’s beautiful Lake Shore Campus!

     In support of the USCCB’s efforts for National Eucharistic Revival, we are happy
to announce this year’s theme – in a name: Jesus. Every word in Sacred Scripture tells of Him, the Word of God, and of His love for us. This love is remembered and celebrated – in fact, realized – in the Sacrament of the Most Holy Eucharist. Truly, Jesus, the Word made flesh, time and time again. Please join our conference as we seek to understand better the relationship between Sacred Scripture and the Word made flesh in the Eucharist, and how this relationship gives life to us and the world, now and forever. Amen!

     Opening Keynote will be Todd Williamson, Director of the Office for Divine Worship for the Archdiocese of Chicago. Scripture Scholars include Dr. Thomas Wetzel,
Dr. Maria Barga and Dr. Joan Gorski.

2024 WORD ON FIRE CONFERENCE 8/2 – 8/4

Join over 1,000 Catholics at the 2024 Word on Fire Conference, Wonder: Nature and the Human Body

This conference is for you if you love Word on Fire and want to become more confident in your conversations with friends, coworkers, or family members about some of the most pressing issues the Church faces today.

Get 12% OFF your tickets here. Your ticket includes access to four keynotes (including one by Bishop Barron), three breakout sessions, two dinners, and two Masses.

This year’s conference is in Bishop’s home diocese of Rochester, Minnesota! It will be at the Mayo Civic Center (which is also the event space of the world-renowned Mayo Clinic). This year’s theme is Nature and the Human Body. All humans are bodied creatures. The human body is at the core of today’s most controversial topics, including evolution, artificial intelligence, and gender ideology. It’s more important than ever to be confident when talking with friends and family about these topics.

GOOD NEWS CONFERENCE 8/30 – 9/1

The 3-day, 2-night Good NewsConference will be hosted at the Hyatt Regency in Minneapolis, MN, from August 30 – September 1, 2024.  The theme this year is “Mercy,” and through our incredible presenters, we will celebrate the Good News of God’s unending mercy to learn how we might extend his mercy throughout the world! Proceed to this link for further details are registration.

Keynote speakers include:

  • Jordan and Tammy Peterson, award-winning authors and speakers
  • Neal McDonough, award-winning actor and producer
  • Chris Stefanick, speaker, author, and television host
  • Sally Read, writer and poet
  • Fr. Mike Schmitz, priest, pro-life advocate, and speaker

Along with…

  • Arthur C. Brooks, NYT best-selling author 
  • Sr. Miriam James Heidland, author 
  • Monsignor James Patrick Shea, President of the University of Mary
  • Dr. Barbara Jatta, Director of the Vatican Museums 
  • Katie Shaw, pro-life advocate

June 9, 2024 | Parish Update

Foolish Acts of Love. Healing the Whole Person @ OLM. Meet & Greet on Sunday. And Save the Date for Corpus Christi Procession.

View the full posting at our Flocknote email (don’t forget to join so you can receive the update via email).


News from Priest in Training (P.I.T.)

     One summer, I was teaching first and second graders about salvation history. I was teaching them about how Mary is the New Eve because, as we can see on so many statues of Mary, she crushes the head of the serpent. As I was saying this, all the first and second graders spontaneously stood up and began stomping on imaginary serpents. In some way, they had gotten the message

     But the First Reading which says, “I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will strike at your head, while you strike at his heel.” Doesn’t that mean that Jesus will crush the head of the serpent? Yes, but this passage traditionally reads (in the Latin Vulgate), “She will crush your head.” So which is it? As with many aspects of our faith, the answer is both. Mary crushes the head of the serpent in union with and through the victory of Jesus on the Cross.

     Jesus says, “If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand.” Even though Satan’s kingdom may not be divided, he delights in sowing division in others. Through the doubt that he has planted in the hearts of Adam and Eve, Satan has successfully divided them from God, from each other, from nature, and internally. They are unable to stand, and because of this, God promises them the woman and her offspring who will crush the head of the serpent, namely Mary and Jesus.

     This is what we see in the Gospel. Jesus gains a reputation for driving out demons, even saying that He has tied up the strong man, Satan, to plunder his house. He clearly demonstrates His coming victory over Satan. In the midst of this conversation, Mary and Jesus’ relatives arrive. At first glance, it might seem like Jesus is dismissing them, but we need to look carefully at what He says: “For whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother.”

     Mary is Jesus’ mother not only in virtue of giving birth to Him but also because she does the will of God better than any other human person. We see this most clearly at the Annunciation when she says, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord; let it be done unto me according to your word,” but her entire life is a “yes” to God. In doing this, she also crushes the head of the serpent in union with Christ.

    This union of Jesus and Mary through doing the will of God undoes the division sown by Satan, and shows us that we also can crush the head of the serpent. If anyone who does the will of God is Jesus’ brother and sister and mother, then all we need to do is imitate Mary in staying in union with Jesus Who has already won the victory. When we do this, like my first and second graders, we can also stomp on the head of the serpent

Fr Frank 

Did you miss one? View past news from the P.I.T. here.

Consuming Fire Young Adult Grow Group on Tuesday 6/11

  • Calling all young adults, join our Consuming Fire Young Adult Grow Group (CFYA) on Tuesdays at 7pm for community, faith building and social gatherings. Reach out to cfyagg@gmail.com to get plugged in with the group or sign up at the link HERE

Living with Grief Summer Picnic 6/11

  • The next gathering for the monthly grief support is on Tuesday, June 11 from 12:30 to 2:00pm in Room 114 for a picnic
  • Let’s take time for fellowship and sharing while enjoying favorite picnic foods.Hamburgers and brats will be provided. Participants are invited to bring a side dish to share.
  • Please RSVP and mention what you will bring by calling 331-707-5380 or at jolenel@olmercy.com.

Healing the Whole Person Continues 6/12 & 6/13

  • 𝗜𝘁’𝘀 đ—»đ—Œđ˜ đ˜đ—Œđ—Œ đ—č𝗼𝘁đ—Č đ˜đ—Œ 𝘁𝗼𝗾đ—Č đ—œđ—źđ—żđ˜ đ—¶đ—» đ˜đ—”đ—Č đ—đ˜‚đ—»đ—Č đ˜đ—”đ—żđ—Œđ˜‚đ—Žđ—” 𝗝𝘂đ—č𝘆  đ—Čđ˜…đ—œđ—Čđ—żđ—¶đ—Čđ—»đ—°đ—Č đ—Œđ—ł “𝗛đ—Č𝗼đ—čđ—¶đ—»đ—Ž đ˜đ—”đ—Č đ—Șđ—”đ—Œđ—čđ—Č 𝗣đ—Čđ—żđ˜€đ—Œđ—»â€ The goal of the Healing the Whole Person series is to facilitate a personal encounter with Jesus’ merciful love and healing truth in the areas where people have felt disconnected from love and bound by lies. God has worked powerfully in the lives of those who have participated in these series with an open heart.

    The course is divided into 8 talks đ™œđ™žđ™«đ™šđ™Ł 𝙗𝙼 𝙎𝙧. đ™ˆđ™žđ™§đ™žđ™–đ™ą 𝙃𝙚𝙞𝙙𝙡𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝘿𝙧. đ˜œđ™€đ™— 𝙎𝙘𝙝đ™Șđ™˜đ™đ™©s. The talks are meant to give hope and vision for the healing process, and the reflection times will be an opportunity for the Holy Spirit to prepare your hearts in very personal ways for an encounter with Jesus.

    Join us either Wednesday evenings at 6:30pm or Thursday afternoons at 1pm, begin a new chapter in your life of healing, light and peace; invite the Holy Spirit for 𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝒂𝒓𝒆 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝑭𝒂𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒓’𝒔 đ‘©đ’†đ’đ’đ’—đ’†đ’…, 𝒕𝒓𝒖𝒍𝒚 𝒅𝒊𝒔𝒄𝒐𝒗𝒆𝒓 𝒘𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝒕𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝒎𝒆𝒂𝒏𝒔.You can attend 

    This 8-week experience from June through July takes place Wednesdays 6/5, 6/12, 6/19, 6/26, 7/10, 7/14, 7/24, 7/31 or Thursdays 6/6, 6/13, 6/20, 6/27, 7/11, 7/15, 7/25, 8/1.  Each participant will receive a workbook.

    Please register for this life-changing experience at this link 

    Check out the trailer below from Sr. Miriam and Dr. Bob Schuchts.
    For any questions, connect with Jeanine Malone comeadorejesus@gmail.com 630-670-4062 or Sophie Petrone pet791@aol.com 630-723-1888

Mama’s Grace Mom’s Grow Group 6/13 & 6/14

  • Join Mama’s Grace Grow Group for mothers with young children!
    • Bible Study Nights for Moms2nd and 4th Thursday each month, including this Thursday, June 13
    • Mama’s Night Out social night for Momsat Craft’d in Yorkville on June 18th at 6:30pm
    • Pray and Splash Play Dates: This Friday, June 14, at 10am at Wolf’s Crossing Pad
  • Connect and grow with us!  Call or text Laura Reyes 904-472-0385. Email Katelyn Wood kmisdom2@gmail.com. Or check out the webpage.

Knights of Columbus 2024 College Scholarship, Deadline is 6/14

  • Applications for the 2024 Robert H Weaver Knights of Columbus College Scholarship program are now being accepted through Friday, June 14th. A total of $2,000 will be awarded to students graduating from High School in 2024 and attending a 2 or 4 year University program starting in the fall of 2024. Applications can be found by visiting the following link on the Parish Website.  Awards will be made in July.  Good luck to all applicants.  Questions please reach out to Jeff LeRoy, Grand Knight jleroy53@hotmail.com

2024-2025 Faith Formation Registration, Early Bird Special Through 6/14!

SoulCore Rosary Walks Continue 6/15

  • Join us for a beautiful blend of prayer and movement with Rosary Walks at SoulCore Saturdays! Nourish your body, mind, and soul as we combine the prayers of the rosary with light stretching before we set off on a prayerful walk.
  • When: Saturdays June 15, 22 & 29 at 9:15am (Optional start with the 8:30am Mass) 
  • Where: Our Lady of Mercy Parish Life Center (PLC) Please arrive 15 minutes prior to check-in and bring a rosary, water, and wear comfortable clothing and walking shoes.
  • We’ll start with light stretching in the PLC, then head outside for the Rosary Walk. If the weather is bad, we’ll stay in the PLC.
  • Registration & Contact Info: Visit olmercy.com/soulcore  
  •  Connect with SoulCore leader Jen Bickel for any questions at 815-557-9437 or mamaj5grand@gmail.com.

Fit Shepherds on Wednesday and Saturday mornings

  • đŸ”„ Join the Ranks of Fit Shepherds! đŸ”„Are you tired of the narrative that encourages men to scatter when life gets tough? Ready to break free from the mold of the hireling and embrace the call of the Good Shepherd? Then it’s time to step up and join Fit Shepherds!At Fit Shepherds, we’re not just about fitness; we’re about becoming the best version of ourselves—physically, mentally, and spiritually. Through challenging workouts, camaraderie, and discipleship, we’re forging men who lay down their lives for their families and communities.In a world where the wolf prowls and seeks to scatter, we stand together as brothers, ready to face the challenges head-on. Whether you’re 14 or 40, if you want to be better—for yourself, your loved ones, and your community—Fit Shepherds is the place for you.Join us Saturdays at 7am and Wednesdays at 5:30am in the parking lot, and together, let’s become the leaders, the protectors, and the shepherds our world desperately needs. Don’t be a hireling—be a Fit Shepherd. Let’s embark on a journey of transformation, strength, and purpose!
  • For more information check out their website at this link or connect with Dan Maxwell who is looking forward to hearing from you;  630.779.7114 Dannymax80@hotmail.com. Dads are encouraged to bring their sons 5th grade and older. Get a glimpse of a Saturday morning work out at the following video,

Weekly Praying for Priests

  • A prayer group has been praying for priests in front of the Blessed Sacrament weekly for over a year now, as well as on First Fridays. Even if you can’t join the group inside the church, you can pray wherever you are at during the times below.
  • Wednesdays at 10:30am – Rosary and Chaplet of Divine Mercy with meditations for priests,   Thursdays at 12:30pm –  Rosary and Chaplet of Divine Mercy with meditations for priests,First Friday of the month following 12pm Mass – Stations of the Cross with meditations for priests in the narthex.

Restore Weekly Restore Confidential Meetings

  • Restore is a ministry that accompanies men so as to win the battle against the struggles of living a lust-free life.
  • The ministry meets at a weekly (anonymous) meeting where men lean on each other for support and accountability and share ideas about strengthening their resolve to stay on God’s path of chastity.  All men are welcome, whether you have been free of the addiction for many years or struggle with it every single day. Though the meetings are weekly, at the last weekly meeting of the month, men are guided by a licensed Catholic therapist. If you are ready to start breaking free from the struggles of living chastely and want to Restore your life email Restore.olm@gmail.com to find out more information on when and where we meet or call 331-684-7415.

Come Visit Jesus in the New Adoration Chapel

  • Create more time for silence and prayer in your schedule by spending time with Jesus at the new Eucharistic Adoration Chapel anytime right after the 8am Mass until 10pm. 
  • We’re currently seeking committed adorers for Wednesdays at 1pm.
  • We continue to seek second adorers for the times where we only have one committed adorer. 
  • Proceed here to sign up.  
  • Fr. Michael is urging us to not only dedicate an hour to spend with Jesus but also to consider sharing this commitment with one or two friends. If you’re unsure about making this commitment, this suggestion offers a lovely way to overcome any doubts and enhance your friendships. Just imagine the enriching conversations you could have with each other about your experiences spending time with Jesus.

Every Holy Hour we make so pleases the Heart of Jesus that it is recorded in Heaven and retold for all eternity!

St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta

Return your Baby Bottle for Life 6/15 & 6/16

  • The 2024 Waterleaf Baby Bottles for Life campaign is to benefit, support, and educate pregnant women facing crisis or unintended pregnancies.  The funds collected will support the life-affirming programs and services of the Waterleaf Women’s Center located in Aurora.  The campaign will run from 5/12 (Mother’s Day) through 6/16 (Father’s Day).
    Participation is so easy;
    • Take a bottle or envelope home
    • Fill your bottle with coins, cash, or checks (envelopes cash and check only)
    • Return the bottle or envelope to the church
    • Pray for the clients and staff at Waterleaf
  • Waterleaf’s mission is to be the chosen destination for women facing an unplanned pregnancy, transforming their fear into confidence by addressing their physical, spiritual, and emotional needs and equipping them to make healthy, life-affirming decisions.
  • An anonymous donor will match all funds collected, let us be generous in our giving and take advantage of this amazing opportunity to double our donations!

St. Peregrine Prayer Service 6/18

  • For those with cancer, serious or chronic illnesses, and their caregivers, come to the St. Peregrine Prayer Service on Tuesday 6/18 following the 6:30pm Mass.
  • St. Peregrine is the patron saint of the sick especially those experiencing cancer, serious or terminal illness, or chronic illness. 

Knights of Columbus Pancake Breakfast 6/23

  • The Knights of Columbus Pancake Breakfast has been rescheduled for Sunday, June 23rd from 8am to Noon in the PLC. Plan on stopping by for a delicious breakfast while helping to support the Faith Buddies Program. Tickets will be available at the door.

Catholic Charities Mobile Food Pantry 6/26

  • The Mobile Food Pantry is on Wednsday 6/26 from 4:30pm to 6pm in the Our Lady of Mercy Parking Lot. Don’t forget to share the Our Lady of Mercy social media posting on your network; đ˜†đ—Œđ˜‚ đ—»đ—Č𝘃đ—Č𝗿 đ—žđ—»đ—Œđ˜„ đ˜„đ—”đ—Œ 𝗼đ—șđ—Œđ—»đ—Ž đ˜†đ—Œđ˜‚đ—ż đ—»đ—Čđ˜đ˜„đ—Œđ—żđ—ž đ—¶đ˜€ đ—¶đ—» đ—»đ—Čđ—Čđ—± đ—Œđ—ł đ—łđ—Œđ—Œđ—±.
  • 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! Catholic Charities helps people of all faiths and beliefs. Mobile Food Pantries use a “drive-thru” method to distribute. Please clear space in your trunk or backseat so volunteers can load boxes of food directly into your vehicle. Mobile Food Pantries take place snow, rain, or shine!

Magnify Adoration 6/26

  • Our monthly MAGNIFY is on Wednesday 6/26 when we host a night of adoration in the church with a scriptural reflection by Fr. Michael, praise and worship by Josh Goodman. After the scriptural reflection there will be opportunities for confession and prayer ministry.
  • We pray that you come and spend time in prayer with Jesus, encountering Him in a special way. He is personally inviting you to come and share your heart with Him. Join us anytime from 7pm- 8:30pm in the Church. Don’t forget to bring your children, neighbors, and friends.

Meet & Greet Gathering 6/30

  • đŸČ/đŸŻđŸŹđ˜đ—” @ 𝟭𝟭:đŸ­đŸ±đ—źđ—ș đ—¶đ˜€ đ—łđ—Œđ—ż đ˜đ—”đ—Œđ˜€đ—Č đ—čđ—Œđ—Œđ—žđ—¶đ—»đ—Ž đ˜đ—Œ 𝗿đ—Čđ—Žđ—¶đ˜€đ˜đ—Č𝗿 𝗼𝘀 đ—»đ—Č𝘄 đ—œđ—źđ—żđ—¶đ˜€đ—”đ—¶đ—Œđ—»đ—Č𝗿𝘀/đ—șđ—Čđ—ș𝗯đ—Č𝗿𝘀 đ—źđ—»đ—± đ—łđ—Œđ—ż đ—»đ—Č𝘄đ—č𝘆 𝗿đ—Čđ—Žđ—¶đ˜€đ˜đ—Č𝗿đ—Čđ—± đ—œđ—źđ—żđ—¶đ˜€đ—”đ—¶đ—Œđ—»đ—Č𝗿𝘀 𝗼𝘁 đ˜đ—”đ—Č đ—Șđ—Čđ—čđ—°đ—Œđ—șđ—Č 𝗠đ—Čđ—Č𝘁 & 𝗚𝗿đ—Čđ—Č𝘁 đ—šđ—źđ˜đ—”đ—Čđ—żđ—¶đ—»đ—Ž!
  • Whether you’ve recently registered as a member (parishioner) or if you’ve been attending our Sunday or Daily Mass, actively participating in community life, 𝘄đ—Č đ—Čđ—»đ—°đ—Œđ˜‚đ—żđ—źđ—Žđ—Č đ˜†đ—Œđ˜‚ đ˜đ—Œ đ—ș𝗼𝗾đ—Č đ—¶đ˜ đ—Œđ—łđ—łđ—¶đ—°đ—¶đ—źđ—č đ—źđ—»đ—± 𝗯đ—Čđ—°đ—Œđ—șđ—Č 𝗼 đ—șđ—Čđ—ș𝗯đ—Č𝗿/đ—œđ—źđ—żđ—¶đ˜€đ—”đ—¶đ—Œđ—»đ—Č𝗿 𝗼𝘁 đ˜đ—”đ—Č 𝗠đ—Čđ—Č𝘁 & 𝗚𝗿đ—Čđ—Č𝘁—𝘄đ—Č’đ—čđ—č 𝗯đ—Č 𝗿đ—Čđ—źđ—±đ˜† đ˜đ—Œ đ—źđ˜€đ˜€đ—¶đ˜€đ˜ đ˜„đ—¶đ˜đ—” 𝗿đ—Čđ—Žđ—¶đ˜€đ˜đ—żđ—źđ˜đ—¶đ—Œđ—»đ˜€!  We hope to see you on Sunday 3/17th for a joyful experience of connection, belonging, and the start of a beautiful journey together. We can’t wait to meet you and welcome you officially into the OLM family!

Donut Sunday 6/30

  • Stop by the PLC after the 8am and 10am Masses on Sunday, 6/30th for Yummy Donuts, Good Coffee & Wonderful Fellowship. 

National Eucharistic Pilgrimage Chicagoland Events 6/26 through 6/30

  • The National Eucharistic Pilgrimage is an initiative that stems from the grassroots focus of the National Eucharistic Congress. Each (arch)diocese along the four routes of the NEP has served as a partner in planning events
  • Check out all the events that are taking place over June 26-June 30 and register for your FREE pilgrim passport. Click the button below for more info:  

CLICK HERE for Event Information

Chicago Young Adult Eucharistic Revival Event 6/28

  • the Eucharistic Congress is happening this summer in July in Indianapolis, and to lead up to the Congress, Jesus is going on a Pilgrimage along 4 different routes, all headed towards Indianapolis. The exciting news is that CHICAGO is along the Marian Route of the Pilgrimage!!!!!! AND there is a special event on Friday, June 28th specifically for young adults. 
  • The event will include Mass at 6:30pm at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church (1429 W Wellington Ave), followed by a Eucharistic procession around the block and a social with food.

Wedding Anniversary Mass Register By 7/28

  • The 46th Annual Diocesan Wedding Anniversary Mass will be celebrated on Sunday 8/25th at 2pm at the Cathedral of St. Raymond in Joliet. Couples celebrating anniversaries of 25 years, 50 years, and more than 50 years, are welcome to attend. Bishop Ronald A. Hicks will celebrate the Mass and will lead all couples in a special renewal of wedding commitment.
  • Pre-registration is required by 7/28 at this link.
  • For any questions, please connect with Jim Elias 815-221-6134 jelias@dioceseofjoliet.org

Quo Vadis Days 7/28 through 7/31

  • All young men between 13 and 18 years old are invited by our seminarians Jonathan Hernandez, Christopher Otieno, Vincent Otieno, Jared Beltz and Lemar Barbosa at retreat they and there fellow seminarians from the Joliet Diocese and Archdiocese of Chicago are hosting. Quo Vadis Days are a 4-day/3-night camp is 100 percent seminarian-led held at University of St. Mary of the Lake seminary in Mundelein. Experience dynamic talks, small group discussions, and meaningful prayer experiences—including Mass, the Liturgy of the Hours, and Eucharistic Adoration. Quo Vadis is a dynamic and fun camp, with great food, basketball, volleyball, Ultimate, campfires and much more. To take part
  • To best understand the powerful weekend you’ll experience, please enjoy these video and share them with your family and friends:

OLM Vacation Bible School 8/5 through 8/9

  • Camper registration is open and filling fast! Take kids deep into an amazing undersea adventure where they’ll experience the ever-flowing, never-ending love of God. At Totally Catholic Scuba VBS, kids will be immersed in the Sacred Scripture and discover what living water is really all about!
    Click here to register, and for more information: https://olmercy.com/vbs/ 

A Message from the Catholic Bishops of Illinois on Assisted Suicide

Have a Minister of Care Bring Holy Communion to Your Loved One that is Homebound

  • Ministers of Care are trained in the ministry and commissioned by the parish to visit those unable to come to Church to receive Holy Communion.
  • If you know someone in the parish who is unable to come to church and wishes to receive Holy Communion in the home, please contact Jolene at jolenel@olmercy.com and arrangements will be made.

Is God Calling You to the Priesthood?

  • Marriage is good and priesthood is good so how do you choose between two goods?  Connect with Fr Michael at frmichael@olmercy.com and speak with him.

Bishop Hick’s Monthly Column 

  • Bishop Hicks’ monthly column for June is titled “Celebrating a Loving and Merciful Heart ” Read his insightful column HERE.
    • 75th Jubilee of the Diocese of Joliet. Our diocese was founded on December 11, 1948. For an entire year, we will highlight the accomplishments of our past & how we were founded in faith, while being called to witness now and in the future, and continue to be sent forth to serve. Hear from Bishop Hicks as he describes the events leading up to the year-long celebration of the 75th Anniversary of the Diocese of Joliet; find out all the details, and see the year-long schedule HERE.

Catholic Ministries Annual Appeal 2024 

  • If you have already pledged your support to the Catholic Ministries Annual Appeal (CMAA), we sincerely thank you! If we all join together, we can meet our parish’s goal of $140,500. Each and every gift, regardless of size, truly matters and makes a difference. If you still plan on making your gift, please prayerfully reflect on how best you can support the CMAA this year to help those in need throughout our diocese, For the Glory of God. Pledge envelopes are still available in the church, or you can use the envelope you received in the mail from the diocese. Or donate online here.Remember, if we raise more than our goal, the diocese will return 70 percent of the amount over goal to us to reinvest in our own parish. This is an incredible opportunity and blessing. Your generosity is so greatly appreciated. Thank you for sharing your blessings!

Scam Emails and Text Messages

  • From time to time, there are phishing (SCAM) emails going out to members of the parish and staff claiming to be Father Michael as well as text messages.
    Please note that Father Michael and Father Frank DO NOT send texts or emails asking for money or gift cards. If you receive a message appearing to be from Father Michael or Father Frank, please discard it (any email that does not have “olmercy.com” is a fake email) and DO NOT SEND ANY ELECTRONIC MONETARY AID.  No one on the staff will personally ask for money in whatever form (gift cards etc). If someone sends you a private message asking for a donation of sorts, it’s undoubtedly a fake account. Please keep praying for us, and God bless you!

Did You Know We Have a Parish School?

  • All Saints Catholic Academy (ASCA) located at 1155 Aurora Ave, Naperville is our parish school!
  • Are you a parent with preschool, elementary, and middle school-aged children struggling with the antithetical Christian values the government schools are indoctrinating the children who attend government schools?  You’re not alone.
  • Join a growing number of OLM parents who have made the move by sending their child(ren) to public school to All Saints Catholic Academy.
  • Connect with Patty Bajek at (630) 961-6125, or pbajek@ascacademy.org to express your interest and schedule a personalized tour.  Or peruse their website to explore your interest.  

Totally Yours Pilgrimages

  • Experience pilgrimage with a newness at Totally Yours Pilgrimages hosts trips to Italy, Fatima, Medjugorje and more throughout the year. There pilgrimages offer the comforting presence of dedicated priests and the opportunity for daily Mass. Experience the serenity of sacred sites, knowing that every aspect of your journey, including flights, accommodations, and two daily meals, is expertly arranged for your convenience. If you’re seeking a meaningful escape and a chance to deepen your faith, don’t miss out on this unique opportunity. For more information contact 630-315-0533 or visit there website to begin your journey today.

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St. Vincent de Paul Society

  • Who is the Our Lady of Mercy St. Vincent de Paul Society? We are a parish group of men and women who are called to follow Jesus Christ through service to our neighbors. You can find these details at their website.
  • Who are the neighbors assisted?
    • They are parishioners and non-parishioners who experience a temporary financial set back.
    • They are single mothers who have missed a paycheck due to a
      child’s illness.
    • They are people living paycheck to paycheck where one
      unexpected expense, like a car repair or medical bill can cause
      them to get behind on rent or utility payments.
  • How does the society help them?
    • We visit them in their homes and listen to their needs and
      concerns.
    • We help them with rent or mortgage payments, utility payments or food certificates.
  • How can you help?
    • You can donate to the St Vincent de Paul Society, either with a
      monthly envelope or through online giving.
    • You can join our society. We need your help. Please email us at olmsvdp@gmail.com
  • Last year, with God’s grace and parish donations, the Our Lady of Mercy’s St. Vincent de Paul Society assisted 79 families! That is 79 families who were able to stay in their home, have their electricity or water service restored. Thank you again for your continued support. Please keep our society and those we help in your prayers.

For the Hispanic Community

  • Please proceed here for the OLM Hispanic Ministry’s upcoming events and resources.
    ContinĂșe aquĂ­ para conocer los prĂłximos 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 prĂłxima semana, habrĂĄ Estaciones de la Cruz en español cada segundo miĂ©rcoles del mes despuĂ©s de la misa de las 12 pm.

A Note from the Intercessory Prayer Ministry

  • How can we pray for you today?
    There are times when life is overwhelming when all we have is questions.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 takes place monthly at MAGNIFY and on the last weekend of the month Mass times.  Prayer ministry is an opportunity for those in need of physical, emotional, or spiritual healing or with a specific intention. Come as an individual, as a couple, or as a family. Listen and receive the prayers while being open to the Holy Spirit’s movement.  

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 reply to or share messages. Enjoy a bunch of additional features like prayers, daily readings, reminders to silence your phone before Mass, & much more.

Donate Online Through OSV Giving 

  • Whether you are a registered parishioner with us or visiting, we are set up to receive donations online through OSV Our Sunday Visitor.
  •  Click here to for online giving.
  • You can also access this link through our myParish App “Giving” button. Don’t have the myParish App yet? Text APP to 88202 to download!  Receive this update, instant news, and get access to the parish calendar, daily readings, and Confession guide.

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

MAMA’S GRACE GROW GROUP

Mission. Mama’s Grace is a group for Catholic mothers with children ages 0-11 who are seeking to journey with other like-minded women of faith.  Following the example of St. ThĂ©rĂšse of Lisieux, we strive to imitate her “little way” of growing in holiness through the lenses of motherhood and family.

Website. Proceed here for details.

Meets. Each month for any of the following: book chats, podcast discussions, “Mom’s Night Out”, community service projects, fellowship, playgroups, prayer.

Connect.  Reach out to  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.

Website. Proceed here for details.

Meets. Tuesdays @ 7pm and twice a month for social gatherings.

Connect.  Reach out to our Core Team at cfyagg@gmail.com for any questions.

SALT AND LIGHT GROW GROUP
Mission. â€œEncounter/Grow/Witness” is the threefold dimension of the Christian life.  Once we encounter Jesus, we are then called to grow daily as His disciples. Grow Groups are one way Our Lady of Mercy is responding to our missionary identity where we are called to help parishioners grow continually in discipleship.

Website. Proceed here for details.

Meets. Wednesdays 7pm to 8:30pm

Connect. For more information, connect with Geri Capulong at gericapulong@gmail.com or Bonnie Ramirez at bnnrmrz@gmail.com.

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
Jim Marks jimm6351@yahoo.com

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

or Download the FORMED App through these links: App Store or Google Play

EUCHARIST RESOURCES Check out our “Eucharist Resources” page to help us understand deeply the centrality of the Eucharist in our lives.

INTRODUCING THE ASCENSION APP A Catholic Bible and Catechism App 

We consulted more than 1,000 Catholics on what would make the ideal Bible and Catechism app and collected their direct feedback for over a year. Download the App for free today on the App Store or the Google Play Store.Check it out HERE

AMEN – CATHOLIC MEDITATION APP From Augustine Institute comes this NEW AND FREE Catholic prayer app that inspires your daily conversation with God through faithful meditations and nourishing Scripture.Please enjoy this latest offering from the Augustine Institute.

HALLOW – A CATHOLIC PRAYER & MEDITATION APP  Hallow is a Catholic prayer & meditation app that helps users deepen their relationship with God through contemplative prayer. Easy-to-use, audio-guided sessions anywhere from 1 to 60 minutes long. Pray your own way with a personalized prayer plan pulling from 3,000+ sessions including the Lectio Divina on the Daily Gospel, Rosary, Examen, Night Prayer, “Praylists” and much more. Hallow Light is free. Hallow Plus is $5 per month ($60 per year). Sign up for either one here.

WORD ON FIRE

Explore the goodness, truth, and beauty of the faith!

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

Not sure where to start? Check out the short 5 episode series on The Eucharist This fresh look at the Eucharist brings to light its reality as sacred meal, the sacrifice necessary for communion with God, and the real presence of Christ.

BLESSED IS SHE

Blessed is She is a sisterhood of women who want to grow in their relationship with Jesus through their Catholic faith. They create beautiful & accessible resources and experiences to deepen prayer and foster community, both online and in person.  

THE CATHOLIC GENTLEMAN

Founded in 2013, The Catholic Gentleman has become one of the most recognizable online men’s apostolate. Each week hundreds of thousands of men around the world visit our site for the insightful articles and products designed to encourage a life of authentic manhood. Their mission: To inspire men to holiness

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 for quality content on the go.  Get it all 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.

PINTS WITH AQUINAS PODCAST

Matt Fradd’s Pints with Aquinas is an online Catholic community of faith and truth… and maybe a pint or two. The podcast has long-form discussions, debates and teachings on the Catholic faith. Checkout the podcast here.


PASTORAL CARE

If you have physical, mental, emotional or spiritual health concerns or questions about end-of-life issues, funeral planning, journeying through grief, caregiving for a loved one or are homebound, please contact the parish office at 630-851-3444 or parishoffice@olmercy.com

RESTORE

Do you find yourself struggling in overcoming your battle with pornography?   Restore is a weekly (anonymous) meeting where men lean on each other for support and share ideas about strengthening our resolve to stay on God’s path of chastity.  All men are welcome, whether you have been free of pornography addiction for many years or struggle with it every single day.

If you are ready to start breaking free and want to Restore your life, email us at Restore.olm@gmail.com to find out more information on when and where we meet or call 331-684-7415. Check out the website for FAQs and further details. 

Be encouraged; check out this Testimony.

MOMS WALKING WITH MOMS IN NEED

Pregnant and parenting moms in need are in our parishes and our neighborhoods. As Pope Francis reminds us, our parishes need to be “islands of mercy in the midst of a sea of indifference.” Everyone in the parish community should know where to refer a pregnant woman in need. Connect with Lydia Schmitt for further questions at lydias@olmercy.com

FAITH BUDDIES

OLM invites you to learn more about a new program for children with special needs that will be launching in the spring!


If you are interested in becoming a volunteer or enrolling your child, please get in touch with Lydia Schmitt at lydias@olmercy.com


CONFERENCES

2024 SUMMER SCRIPTURE CONFERENCE 6/5 – 6/8

“The EUCHARIST & the WORD” Conference will be held at the beautiful Loyola Lake Shore Campus. Loyola University Chicago has taken the reins to continue this tradition launched in 1974 out of the encouragement of Vatican II, to bring understanding and study of Scripture into the forefront of a wider Catholic audience. This will be the first year the Conference will be held at Loyola University’s beautiful Lake Shore Campus!

     In support of the USCCB’s efforts for National Eucharistic Revival, we are happy
to announce this year’s theme – in a name: Jesus. Every word in Sacred Scripture tells of Him, the Word of God, and of His love for us. This love is remembered and celebrated – in fact, realized – in the Sacrament of the Most Holy Eucharist. Truly, Jesus, the Word made flesh, time and time again. Please join our conference as we seek to understand better the relationship between Sacred Scripture and the Word made flesh in the Eucharist, and how this relationship gives life to us and the world, now and forever. Amen!

     Opening Keynote will be Todd Williamson, Director of the Office for Divine Worship for the Archdiocese of Chicago. Scripture Scholars include Dr. Thomas Wetzel,
Dr. Maria Barga and Dr. Joan Gorski.

2024 WORD ON FIRE CONFERENCE 8/2 – 8/4

Join over 1,000 Catholics at the 2024 Word on Fire Conference, Wonder: Nature and the Human Body

This conference is for you if you love Word on Fire and want to become more confident in your conversations with friends, coworkers, or family members about some of the most pressing issues the Church faces today.

Get 12% OFF your tickets here. Your ticket includes access to four keynotes (including one by Bishop Barron), three breakout sessions, two dinners, and two Masses.

This year’s conference is in Bishop’s home diocese of Rochester, Minnesota! It will be at the Mayo Civic Center (which is also the event space of the world-renowned Mayo Clinic). This year’s theme is Nature and the Human Body. All humans are bodied creatures. The human body is at the core of today’s most controversial topics, including evolution, artificial intelligence, and gender ideology. It’s more important than ever to be confident when talking with friends and family about these topics.

GOOD NEWS CONFERENCE 8/30 – 9/1

The 3-day, 2-night Good NewsConference will be hosted at the Hyatt Regency in Minneapolis, MN, from August 30 – September 1, 2024.  The theme this year is “Mercy,” and through our incredible presenters, we will celebrate the Good News of God’s unending mercy to learn how we might extend his mercy throughout the world! Proceed to this link for further details are registration.

Keynote speakers include:

  • Jordan and Tammy Peterson, award-winning authors and speakers
  • Neal McDonough, award-winning actor and producer
  • Chris Stefanick, speaker, author, and television host
  • Sally Read, writer and poet
  • Fr. Mike Schmitz, priest, pro-life advocate, and speaker

Along with…

  • Arthur C. Brooks, NYT best-selling author 
  • Sr. Miriam James Heidland, author 
  • Monsignor James Patrick Shea, President of the University of Mary
  • Dr. Barbara Jatta, Director of the Vatican Museums 
  • Katie Shaw, pro-life advocate

May 12, 2024 | Parish Update

Foolish Acts of Love. Healing the Whole Person @ OLM. Meet & Greet on Sunday. And Save the Date for Corpus Christi Procession.

View the full posting at our Flocknote email (don’t forget to join so you can receive the update via email).


News from Pastor in Training (P.I.T.)

    I’ve known a lot of foolish people in my life; in particular, I’ve known many foolish women. I should probably rephrase that. I’ve known many women who have loved greatly. Have you ever noticed that from the outside looking in, those who love seem to act foolishly? We see an example of this in our faith, as the Apostles left everything behind because of their love for the Lord. And we also see this “foolishness” in our daily lives. In my own vocation, I’ve had people ask me about choosing the celibate life of a priest, only seeing it as something that is foolish. Of course, my response is that it is not foolishness, but really a response to love, for the sake of the Lord and his people, and only possible with God’s grace to respond to the call. 

     As we celebrate mother’s day, and a month dedicated to our Blessed Mother, I thought I would honor the “foolish” women in my life who loved radically. To my Grandmother, who allowed her husband to move to the United States to work for two years before reuniting with their 4 children. To my mother, who was engaged to another man, called off the wedding the night before, only to accept my Dad’s proposal three weeks later. To my sister, who after being firmly established in her practice and field, found a man online, picked up her life, and moved across the country to follow her heart and started a family of her own. From the outside looking in, these actions may seem foolish, but if you know their stories, you can see how greatly these women loved! 

     I’ve also been lucky to know friends who have left everything to join religious communities: from my friend Sister Joshua Marie, who left Notre Dame her sophomore year (a sin to the Irish I’m sure) to pursue a life with the Missionaries of Charity (St. Mother Theresa’s order), to my friend Mother Marie Benedicta of the Cross, who after college decided to join the Carmelites in the Des Plaines cloister. (Meaning that she is never able to leave and is called to live a life of continual prayer) I look up to these women, and am grateful for their example of how to love. 

     As we crown our Blessed Mother this weekend and celebrate Mother’s Day, I think it is only fitting to honor those who have loved so greatly, that to the world it seems foolish. May we be inspired by their “foolish” acts of love. May our Blessed Mother continue to bless us, guide us, and encourage us as we respond to her son, our Lord Jesus’ Christ and his beautiful call to bring the faith to all we meet. In the eyes of the world, our actions will look foolish but we know that it is all worth it because we are in love.

Fr Michael 

Did you miss one? View past news from the P.I.T. here.

Healing the Whole Person Register Now 5/13

  • 𝗘đ—ș𝗯𝗼𝗿𝗾 đ—Œđ—» đ—źđ—» 𝟮-𝘄đ—Čđ—Č𝗾 đ—Čđ˜…đ—œđ—Čđ—żđ—¶đ—Čđ—»đ—°đ—Č đ—Œđ—ł “𝗛đ—Č𝗼đ—čđ—¶đ—»đ—Ž đ˜đ—”đ—Č đ—Șđ—”đ—Œđ—čđ—Č 𝗣đ—Čđ—żđ˜€đ—Œđ—»â€
    The goal of the Healing the Whole Person series is to facilitate a personal encounter with Jesus’ merciful love and healing truth in the areas where people have felt disconnected from love and bound by lies. God has worked powerfully in the lives of those who have participated in these series with an open heart.

    The course is divided into 8 talks đ™œđ™žđ™«đ™šđ™Ł 𝙗𝙼 𝙎𝙧. đ™ˆđ™žđ™§đ™žđ™–đ™ą 𝙃𝙚𝙞𝙙𝙡𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝘿𝙧. đ˜œđ™€đ™— 𝙎𝙘𝙝đ™Șđ™˜đ™đ™©s. The talks are meant to give hope and vision for the healing process, and the reflection times will be an opportunity for the Holy Spirit to prepare your hearts in very personal ways for an encounter with Jesus.

    Join us either Wednesday evenings at 6:30pm or Thursday afternoons at 1pm, begin a new chapter in your life of healing, light and peace; invite the Holy Spirit for 𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝒂𝒓𝒆 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝑭𝒂𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒓’𝒔 đ‘©đ’†đ’đ’đ’—đ’†đ’…, 𝒕𝒓𝒖𝒍𝒚 𝒅𝒊𝒔𝒄𝒐𝒗𝒆𝒓 𝒘𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝒕𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝒎𝒆𝒂𝒏𝒔.

    This 8-week experience from June through July takes place Wednesdays 6/5, 6/12, 6/19, 6/26, 7/10, 7/14, 7/24, 7/31 or Thursdays 6/6, 6/13, 6/20, 6/27, 7/11, 7/15, 7/25, 8/1.  Each participant will receive a workbook.

    Please register for this life-changing experience at this link 

    Check out the trailer below from Sr. Miriam and Dr. Bob Schuchts.
    For any questions, connect with Jeanine Malone comeadorejesus@gmail.com 630-670-4062 or Sophie Petrone pet791@aol.com 630-723-1888

Mondays with Monica and Augustine on Monday 5/13

  • Join Mondays With Monica And Augustine Prayer Group at 7:30pm in the Church to pray “The Way of the Cross for Loved Ones Who Have Left the Faith.” 
  • Let’s come together to uplift our family and friends who have strayed from the faith. Your presence and prayers can make a profound impact. We kindly request registration to ensure an ample supply of prayer books, yet we warmly welcome walk-ins as well. Proceed here for details and registration.

Consuming Fire Young Adult Grow Group on Tuesday 5/14

  • Calling all young adults, join our Consuming Fire Young Adult Grow Group (CFYA) on Tuesdays at 7pm for community, faith building and social gatherings. Reach out to cfyagg@gmail.com to get plugged in with the group or sign up at the link HERE

Bible Study on the Book of Revelation 5/14

  • On Tuesday evenings at 7pm through June 11, the Bible Study on the book of Revelation.  We will use the Ascension Press “Revelation: The Kingdom Yet to Come” study guide and video.  Please purchase the study guide online at the link below.  As Easter culminates in the coming of Jesus and His Kingdom, we’ll dive deep into the second coming.  Join us for this Book of good news and learn more about our mass through the revelation of John.
  • Register for the study here.  Purchase study guide here

SoulCore Continues on Wednesday 5/15

  • All women are invited to SoulCore on Wednesday evenings at 6:30pm to nourish body and soul through prayer, core strengthening and functional movements. This Easter season we will be praying the Glorious Mysteries.
    In May, SoulCore is holding a fitness challenge that women can take part in called “Movement for Mary” commit to 30 minutes of movement per day (your choice…cardio, strength or stretch) and pray at least one decade of the rosary each day. The focus is on different titles of Mary.  Each week you’ll receive an email containing 5 SoulCore Rosary single decade videos, with movements and reflection to accompany each title, you can sign up to take part in this challenge here.
  • Let us know you are attending, register here or just show up with a work-out mat, bottle of water and wear comfortable clothing on Wednesdays at 6:15pm so we can start at 6:30pm on May 15, and 22.

Catholic Charities Mobile Food Pantry 5/15

  • The Mobile Food Pantry is on Wednsday 5/15 from 4:30pm to 6pm in the Our Lady of Mercy Parking Lot. Don’t forget to share the Our Lady of Mercy social media posting on your network; đ˜†đ—Œđ˜‚ đ—»đ—Č𝘃đ—Č𝗿 đ—žđ—»đ—Œđ˜„ đ˜„đ—”đ—Œ 𝗼đ—șđ—Œđ—»đ—Ž đ˜†đ—Œđ˜‚đ—ż đ—»đ—Čđ˜đ˜„đ—Œđ—żđ—ž đ—¶đ˜€ đ—¶đ—» đ—»đ—Čđ—Čđ—± đ—Œđ—ł đ—łđ—Œđ—Œđ—±.
  • 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! Catholic Charities helps people of all faiths and beliefs. Mobile Food Pantries use a “drive-thru” method to distribute. Please clear space in your trunk or backseat so volunteers can load boxes of food directly into your vehicle. Mobile Food Pantries take place snow, rain, or shine!

Last Night of the 7 Great Dates on Friday 5/17

  • It’s not too late to join the last date night on 5/17 about Love in Action! Drawing on the work of Dr. Gary Chapman, this date night looks at five main ways of expressing and receiving love—through words, time, touch, presents, and actions. Couples discover which expression of love is most important for their spouse and how they can put this into practice. 
  • Take this opportunity to invest in the flourishing of your relationship. We hope to see you on Friday 5/17th, register now at the following link

Knights of Columbus Blood Drive 5/18

  • Donate blood on Saturday 5/18 from 8am to 12pm at the Knights of Columbus Council #12005 Blood Drive. Every donor will save up to 3 lives!  
  • While appointments are greatly appreciated, walk-ins are welcome. You can register ahead of time at this link:
    https://donate.illinois.versiti.org/…/drive…/5607549
  • Please make sure to eat a healthy meal and drink plenty of water before donating. Also please bring a photo ID.

Faith Formation End of the Year Picnic 5/18

  • All families participating in our enriching Family Faith Formation programs from K to 12th grade are invited to the Year End Picnic following the 4pm Mass on Saturday, 5/18th celebrating a wonderful year of family faith formation.

Meet & Greet Gathering 5/19

  • đŸ±/đŸ­đŸ” @ 𝟭𝟭:đŸ­đŸ±đ—źđ—ș đ—¶đ˜€ đ—łđ—Œđ—ż đ˜đ—”đ—Œđ˜€đ—Č đ—čđ—Œđ—Œđ—žđ—¶đ—»đ—Ž đ˜đ—Œ 𝗿đ—Čđ—Žđ—¶đ˜€đ˜đ—Č𝗿 𝗼𝘀 đ—»đ—Č𝘄 đ—œđ—źđ—żđ—¶đ˜€đ—”đ—¶đ—Œđ—»đ—Č𝗿𝘀/đ—șđ—Čđ—ș𝗯đ—Č𝗿𝘀 đ—źđ—»đ—± đ—łđ—Œđ—ż đ—»đ—Č𝘄đ—č𝘆 𝗿đ—Čđ—Žđ—¶đ˜€đ˜đ—Č𝗿đ—Čđ—± đ—œđ—źđ—żđ—¶đ˜€đ—”đ—¶đ—Œđ—»đ—Č𝗿𝘀 𝗼𝘁 đ˜đ—”đ—Č đ—Șđ—Čđ—čđ—°đ—Œđ—șđ—Č 𝗠đ—Čđ—Č𝘁 & 𝗚𝗿đ—Čđ—Č𝘁 đ—šđ—źđ˜đ—”đ—Čđ—żđ—¶đ—»đ—Ž!
  • Whether you’ve recently registered as a member (parishioner) or if you’ve been attending our Sunday or Daily Mass, actively participating in community life, 𝘄đ—Č đ—Čđ—»đ—°đ—Œđ˜‚đ—żđ—źđ—Žđ—Č đ˜†đ—Œđ˜‚ đ˜đ—Œ đ—ș𝗼𝗾đ—Č đ—¶đ˜ đ—Œđ—łđ—łđ—¶đ—°đ—¶đ—źđ—č đ—źđ—»đ—± 𝗯đ—Čđ—°đ—Œđ—șđ—Č 𝗼 đ—șđ—Čđ—ș𝗯đ—Č𝗿/đ—œđ—źđ—żđ—¶đ˜€đ—”đ—¶đ—Œđ—»đ—Č𝗿 𝗼𝘁 đ˜đ—”đ—Č 𝗠đ—Čđ—Č𝘁 & 𝗚𝗿đ—Čđ—Č𝘁—𝘄đ—Č’đ—čđ—č 𝗯đ—Č 𝗿đ—Čđ—źđ—±đ˜† đ˜đ—Œ đ—źđ˜€đ˜€đ—¶đ˜€đ˜ đ˜„đ—¶đ˜đ—” 𝗿đ—Čđ—Žđ—¶đ˜€đ˜đ—żđ—źđ˜đ—¶đ—Œđ—»đ˜€!  We hope to see you on Sunday 5/19 for a joyful experience of connection, belonging, and the start of a beautiful journey together. We can’t wait to meet you and welcome you officially into the OLM family!

Fit Shepherds on Wednesday and Saturday mornings

  • đŸ”„ Join the Ranks of Fit Shepherds! đŸ”„Are you tired of the narrative that encourages men to scatter when life gets tough? Ready to break free from the mold of the hireling and embrace the call of the Good Shepherd? Then it’s time to step up and join Fit Shepherds!At Fit Shepherds, we’re not just about fitness; we’re about becoming the best version of ourselves—physically, mentally, and spiritually. Through challenging workouts, camaraderie, and discipleship, we’re forging men who lay down their lives for their families and communities.In a world where the wolf prowls and seeks to scatter, we stand together as brothers, ready to face the challenges head-on. Whether you’re 14 or 40, if you want to be better—for yourself, your loved ones, and your community—Fit Shepherds is the place for you.Join us Saturdays at 7am and Wednesdays at 5:30am in the parking lot, and together, let’s become the leaders, the protectors, and the shepherds our world desperately needs. Don’t be a hireling—be a Fit Shepherd. Let’s embark on a journey of transformation, strength, and purpose!
  • For more information check out their website at this link or connect with Alex Baier who is looking forward to hearing from you; email him at abaier823@gmail.com. Dads are encouraged to bring their sons 5th grade and older. Get a glimpse of a Saturday morning work out at the following video,

Weekly Praying for Priests

  • A prayer group has been praying for priests in front of the Blessed Sacrament weekly for over a year now, as well as on First Fridays. Even if you can’t join the group inside the church, you can pray wherever you are at during the times below.
  • Wednesdays at 10:30am – Rosary and Chaplet of Divine Mercy with meditations for priests,   Thursdays at 12:30pm –  Rosary and Chaplet of Divine Mercy with meditations for priests,First Friday of the month following 12pm Mass – Stations of the Cross with meditations for priests in the narthex.

Restore Weekly Restore Confidential Meetings

  • Restore is a ministry that accompanies men so as to win the battle against the struggles of living a lust-free life.
  • The ministry meets at a weekly (anonymous) meeting where men lean on each other for support and accountability and share ideas about strengthening their resolve to stay on God’s path of chastity.  All men are welcome, whether you have been free of the addiction for many years or struggle with it every single day. Though the meetings are weekly, at the last weekly meeting of the month, men are guided by a licensed Catholic therapist. If you are ready to start breaking free from the struggles of living chastely and want to Restore your life email Restore.olm@gmail.com to find out more information on when and where we meet or call 331-684-7415.

Come Visit Jesus in the New Adoration Chapel

  • Create more time for silence and prayer in your schedule by spending time with Jesus at the new Eucharistic Adoration Chapel anytime right after the 8am Mass until 10pm. 
  • We’re currently seeking committed adorers for Wednesdays at 1pm.
  • We continue to seek second adorers for the times where we only have one committed adorer. 
  • Proceed here to sign up.  
  • Fr. Michael is urging us to not only dedicate an hour to spend with Jesus but also to consider sharing this commitment with one or two friends. If you’re unsure about making this commitment, this suggestion offers a lovely way to overcome any doubts and enhance your friendships. Just imagine the enriching conversations you could have with each other about your experiences spending time with Jesus.

Every Holy Hour we make so pleases the Heart of Jesus that it is recorded in Heaven and retold for all eternity!

St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta

St. Peregrine & St. Dymphna Prayer Service 5/21

  • For those with cancer, serious or chronic illnesses, and their caregivers, come to the St. Peregrine Prayer Service on Tuesday 5/21 following the 6:30pm Mass.
  • St. Peregrine is the patron saint of the sick especially those experiencing cancer, serious or terminal illness, or chronic illness. The feast day of St. Peregrine is May 4. St. Dymphna is the patron saint of stress, anxiety, and mental health. The feast day of St. Dymphna is May 15.

Magnify Adoration 5/29    

  • Our monthly MAGNIFY is on Wednesday 5/29 when we host a night of adoration in the church with a scriptural reflection by Fr. Michael, praise and worship by Josh Goodman. After the scriptural reflection there will be opportunities for confession and prayer ministry.
  • We pray that you come and spend time in prayer with Jesus, encountering Him in a special way. He is personally inviting you to come and share your heart with Him. Join us anytime from 7pm- 8:30pm in the Church. Don’t forget to bring your children, neighbors, and friends.
  • A quick note on worship/singing to Jesus.  Have you noticed how uplifted, less burdened you are after singing to Jesus at MAGNIFY? God has designed our bodies so perfectly that when you sing, blood is pumped through your body which stimulates the production of three great hormones and suppresses one bad hormone. The three good hormones include endorphins and dopamine, which promote relaxation and well-being. And the other good hormone is oxytocin, which is the hormone that is produced when a mother sings to their baby, or when you lovingly look at your dog.  It is the hormone of belonging, of community, of cohesion, of goodwill towards your fellow human beings.
    The bad hormone, that is suppressed when you sing, is cortisol which is produced in the body when we are stressed and singing is a natural de-stressing agent. In essence, singing to Jesus at MAGNIFY not only uplifts our spirits but also positively impacts our physical well-being. We hope to see you on 5/29.

Rummage Sale Donations Accepted Starting 6/1

  • Take part in the Annual Rummage Sale by donating items or purchasing items
    • Donated Items Drop Off
      • 6/1 – 6/2 Saturday & Sunday after all Mass times drop off in Room 124A/B
      • 6/3 – 6/5 Monday through Wednesdays 11am through 7pm
            drop off in the Parish Life Center.
    • Donations Requested (Please note, all items must be in GOOD condition)
      • Clothing must have no stains or holes (Please safety pin pieces of outfits together!!)
      • All electrical/battery operated items must be in working condition.
      • We’ll take books, clothing, household items, small appliances, knick-knacks, toys, bikes (no flat tires), puzzles, artwork, small furniture, etc.
      • PLEASE do not send things that are in disrepair and unusable.
      • No mattresses, TVs, or old computers or monitors will be accepted.
        (All items not sold will be donated to the SVDP society.)
    • Take Part in the Sale 
      (All proceeds from the sale benefit the Teen Summer Mission Trip!)
      • Friday 6/7 from 9am to 4pm
      • Saturday 6/8 from 9am to 5:30pm
      • Sunday 6/9 from 8am to 2pm after the Masses

Corpus Christi Eucharistic Procession 6/2

  • SAVE THE DATE. Let us gather together bearing witness to our love of our Lord Jesus in the Holy Eucharist by walking with Him at the Corpus Christi Procession on Sunday immediately following the 12pm Mass.

Knights of Columbus 2024 College Scholarship, Deadline is 6/14

  • Applications for the 2024 Robert H Weaver Knights of Columbus College Scholarship program are now being accepted through Saturday, June 14th. A total of $2,000 will be awarded to students graduating from High School in 2024 and attending a 2 or 4 year University program starting in the fall of 2024. Applications can be found by visiting the following link on the Parish Website.  Awards will be made in July.  Good luck to all applicants.  Questions please reach out to Jeff LeRoy, Grand Knight jleroy53@hotmail.com

2024-2025 Faith Formation Registration, Early Bird Special Through 6/14!

Return your Baby Bottle for Life 6/15 & 6/16

  • The 2024 Waterleaf Baby Bottles for Life campaign is to benefit, support, and educate pregnant women facing crisis or unintended pregnancies.  The funds collected will support the life-affirming programs and services of the Waterleaf Women’s Center located in Aurora.  The campaign will run from 5/12 (Mother’s Day) through 6/16 (Father’s Day).
    Participation is so easy;
    • Take a bottle or envelope home
    • Fill your bottle with coins, cash, or checks (envelopes cash and check only)
    • Return the bottle or envelope to the church
    • Pray for the clients and staff at Waterleaf
  • Waterleaf’s mission is to be the chosen destination for women facing an unplanned pregnancy, transforming their fear into confidence by addressing their physical, spiritual, and emotional needs and equipping them to make healthy, life-affirming decisions.
  • An anonymous donor will match all funds collected, let us be generous in our giving and take advantage of this amazing opportunity to double our donations!

National Eucharistic Pilgrimage Chicagoland Events 6/26-6/30

  • The National Eucharistic Pilgrimage is an initiative that stems from the grassroots focus of the National Eucharistic Congress. Each (arch)diocese along the four routes of the NEP has served as a partner in planning events
  • Check out all the events that are taking place over June 26-June 30 and register for your FREE pilgrim passport. Click the button below for more info:  

CLICK HERE for Event Information

Chicago Young Adult Eucharistic Revival Event 6/28

  • the Eucharistic Congress is happening this summer in July in Indianapolis, and to lead up to the Congress, Jesus is going on a Pilgrimage along 4 different routes, all headed towards Indianapolis. The exciting news is that CHICAGO is along the Marian Route of the Pilgrimage!!!!!! AND there is a special event on Friday, June 28th specifically for young adults. 
  • The event will include Mass at 6:30pm at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church (1429 W Wellington Ave), followed by a Eucharistic procession around the block and a social with food.

Wedding Anniversary Mass Register By 7/28

  • The 46th Annual Diocesan Wedding Anniversary Mass will be celebrated on Sunday 8/25th at 2pm at the Cathedral of St. Raymond in Joliet. Couples celebrating anniversaries of 25 years, 50 years, and more than 50 years, are welcome to attend. Bishop Ronald A. Hicks will celebrate the Mass and will lead all couples in a special renewal of wedding commitment.
  • Pre-registration is required by 7/28 at this link.
  • For any questions, please connect with Jim Elias 815-221-6134 jelias@dioceseofjoliet.org

A Message from the Catholic Bishops of Illinois on Assisted Suicide

Have a Minister of Care Bring Holy Communion to Your Loved One that is Homebound

  • Ministers of Care are trained in the ministry and commissioned by the parish to visit those unable to come to Church to receive Holy Communion.
  • If you know someone in the parish who is unable to come to church and wishes to receive Holy Communion in the home, please contact Jolene at jolenel@olmercy.com and arrangements will be made.

Is God Calling You to the Priesthood?

  • Marriage is good and priesthood is good so how do you choose between two goods?  Connect with Fr Michael at frmichael@olmercy.com and speak with him.

Bishop Hick’s Monthly Column 

  • Bishop Hicks’ monthly column for May is titled “Valuing Life, No Matter Where You Live” Read his insightful column HERE.
    • 75th Jubilee of the Diocese of Joliet. Our diocese was founded on December 11, 1948. For an entire year, we will highlight the accomplishments of our past & how we were founded in faith, while being called to witness now and in the future, and continue to be sent forth to serve. Hear from Bishop Hicks as he describes the events leading up to the year-long celebration of the 75th Anniversary of the Diocese of Joliet; find out all the details, and see the year-long schedule HERE.

Catholic Ministries Annual Appeal 2024 

  • If you have already pledged your support to the Catholic Ministries Annual Appeal (CMAA), we sincerely thank you! If we all join together, we can meet our parish’s goal of $140,500. Each and every gift, regardless of size, truly matters and makes a difference. If you still plan on making your gift, please prayerfully reflect on how best you can support the CMAA this year to help those in need throughout our diocese, For the Glory of God. Pledge envelopes are still available in the church, or you can use the envelope you received in the mail from the diocese. Or donate online here.Remember, if we raise more than our goal, the diocese will return 70 percent of the amount over goal to us to reinvest in our own parish. This is an incredible opportunity and blessing. Your generosity is so greatly appreciated. Thank you for sharing your blessings!

Scam Emails and Text Messages

  • From time to time, there are phishing (SCAM) emails going out to members of the parish and staff claiming to be Father Michael as well as text messages.
    Please note that Father Michael and Father Frank DO NOT send texts or emails asking for money or gift cards. If you receive a message appearing to be from Father Michael or Father Frank, please discard it (any email that does not have “olmercy.com” is a fake email) and DO NOT SEND ANY ELECTRONIC MONETARY AID.  No one on the staff will personally ask for money in whatever form (gift cards etc). If someone sends you a private message asking for a donation of sorts, it’s undoubtedly a fake account. Please keep praying for us, and God bless you!

Did You Know We Have a Parish School?

  • All Saints Catholic Academy (ASCA) located at 1155 Aurora Ave, Naperville is our parish school!
  • Are you a parent with preschool, elementary, and middle school-aged children struggling with the antithetical Christian values the government schools are indoctrinating the children who attend government schools?  You’re not alone.
  • Join a growing number of OLM parents who have made the move by sending their child(ren) to public school to All Saints Catholic Academy.
  • Connect with Patty Bajek at (630) 961-6125, or pbajek@ascacademy.org to express your interest and schedule a personalized tour.  Or peruse their website to explore your interest.  

Totally Yours Pilgrimages

  • Experience pilgrimage with a newness at Totally Yours Pilgrimages hosts trips to Italy, Fatima, Medjugorje and more throughout the year. There pilgrimages offer the comforting presence of dedicated priests and the opportunity for daily Mass. Experience the serenity of sacred sites, knowing that every aspect of your journey, including flights, accommodations, and two daily meals, is expertly arranged for your convenience. If you’re seeking a meaningful escape and a chance to deepen your faith, don’t miss out on this unique opportunity. For more information contact 630-315-0533 or visit there website to begin your journey today.

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St. Vincent de Paul Society

  • Who is the Our Lady of Mercy St. Vincent de Paul Society? We are a parish group of men and women who are called to follow Jesus Christ through service to our neighbors. You can find these details at their website.
  • Who are the neighbors assisted?
    • They are parishioners and non-parishioners who experience a temporary financial set back.
    • They are single mothers who have missed a paycheck due to a
      child’s illness.
    • They are people living paycheck to paycheck where one
      unexpected expense, like a car repair or medical bill can cause
      them to get behind on rent or utility payments.
  • How does the society help them?
    • We visit them in their homes and listen to their needs and
      concerns.
    • We help them with rent or mortgage payments, utility payments or food certificates.
  • How can you help?
    • You can donate to the St Vincent de Paul Society, either with a
      monthly envelope or through online giving.
    • You can join our society. We need your help. Please email us at olmsvdp@gmail.com
  • Last year, with God’s grace and parish donations, the Our Lady of Mercy’s St. Vincent de Paul Society assisted 79 families! That is 79 families who were able to stay in their home, have their electricity or water service restored. Thank you again for your continued support. Please keep our society and those we help in your prayers.

For the Hispanic Community

  • Please proceed here for the OLM Hispanic Ministry’s upcoming events and resources.
    ContinĂșe aquĂ­ para conocer los prĂłximos 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 prĂłxima semana, habrĂĄ Estaciones de la Cruz en español cada segundo miĂ©rcoles del mes despuĂ©s de la misa de las 12 pm.

A Note from the Intercessory Prayer Ministry

  • How can we pray for you today?
    There are times when life is overwhelming when all we have is questions.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 takes place monthly at MAGNIFY and on the last weekend of the month Mass times.  Prayer ministry is an opportunity for those in need of physical, emotional, or spiritual healing or with a specific intention. Come as an individual, as a couple, or as a family. Listen and receive the prayers while being open to the Holy Spirit’s movement.  

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 reply to or share messages. Enjoy a bunch of additional features like prayers, daily readings, reminders to silence your phone before Mass, & much more.

Donate Online Through OSV Giving 

  • Whether you are a registered parishioner with us or visiting, we are set up to receive donations online through OSV Our Sunday Visitor.
  •  Click here to for online giving.
  • You can also access this link through our myParish App “Giving” button. Don’t have the myParish App yet? Text APP to 88202 to download!  Receive this update, instant news, and get access to the parish calendar, daily readings, and Confession guide.

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

A MOTHER’S HEART GROW GROUP

Mission. A Mother’s Heart is a group for Catholic mothers with children ages 0-11 who are seeking to journey with other like-minded women of faith.  Following the example of St. ThĂ©rĂšse of Lisieux, we strive to imitate her “little way” of growing in holiness through the lenses of motherhood and family.

Website. Proceed here for details.

Meets. Each month for any of the following: book chats, podcast discussions, “Mom’s Night Out”, community service projects, fellowship, playgroups, prayer.

Connect.  Reach out to Lydia Schmitt lydiadschmitt@gmail.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.

Website. Proceed here for details.

Meets. Tuesdays @ 7pm and twice a month for social gatherings.

Connect.  Reach out to our Core Team at cfyagg@gmail.com for any questions.

SALT AND LIGHT GROW GROUP
Mission. â€œEncounter/Grow/Witness” is the threefold dimension of the Christian life.  Once we encounter Jesus, we are then called to grow daily as His disciples. Grow Groups are one way Our Lady of Mercy is responding to our missionary identity where we are called to help parishioners grow continually in discipleship.

Website. Proceed here for details.

Meets. Wednesdays 7pm to 8:30pm

Connect. For more information, connect with Geri Capulong at gericapulong@gmail.com or Bonnie Ramirez at bnnrmrz@gmail.com.

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
Jim Marks jimm6351@yahoo.com

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

or Download the FORMED App through these links: App Store or Google Play

EUCHARIST RESOURCES Check out our “Eucharist Resources” page to help us understand deeply the centrality of the Eucharist in our lives.

INTRODUCING THE ASCENSION APP A Catholic Bible and Catechism AppWe consulted more than 1,000 Catholics on what would make the ideal Bible and Catechism app and collected their direct feedback for over a year. Now it’s here! Download the App for free today on the App Store or the Google Play Store.

Check it out HERE

AMEN – CATHOLIC MEDITATION APP From Augustine Institute comes this NEW AND 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.

HALLOW – A CATHOLIC PRAYER & MEDITATION APP  Hallow is a Catholic prayer & meditation app that helps users deepen their relationship with God through contemplative prayer and strengthen one’s mental health in the process. Easy-to-use, audio-guided sessions anywhere from 1 to 60 minutes long. Pray your own way with a personalized prayer plan pulling from 3,000+ unique sessions including the Lectio Divina on the Daily Gospel, Rosary, Examen, Night Prayer, Calm & Humility “Praylists” and much more. Hallow Light is free. Hallow Plus is $5 per month ($60 per year). Sign up for either one here.

WORD ON FIRE

Explore the goodness, truth, and beauty of the faith!

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

Not sure where to start? How about checking out the short 5 episode series on The Eucharist This fresh look at the Eucharist brings to light its reality as sacred meal, the sacrifice necessary for communion with God, and the real presence of Christ.

BLESSED IS SHE

Blessed is She is a sisterhood of women who want to grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ through their Catholic faith.  They create beautiful and accessible resources, products, and experiences to deepen prayer and foster community, both online and in person.  

THE CATHOLIC GENTLEMAN

Founded in 2013, The Catholic Gentleman has become one of the most recognizable online men’s apostolate. Each week hundreds of thousands of men around the world visit our site for the insightful articles and the highest-quality products designed to encourage a life of authentic manhood. Their mission: To inspire men to holiness

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.

PINTS WITH AQUINAS PODCAST

Matt Fradd’s Pints with Aquinas is an online Catholic community of faith and truth… and maybe a pint or two. The podcast has long-form discussions, debates and teachings on the Catholic faith. Checkout the podcast here.


PASTORAL CARE

If you have physical, mental, emotional or spiritual health concerns or questions about end-of-life issues, funeral planning, journeying through grief, caregiving for a loved one or are homebound, please contact the parish office at 630-851-3444 or parishoffice@olmercy.com

RESTORE

Do you find yourself struggling in overcoming your battle with pornography?   Restore is a weekly (anonymous) meeting where men lean on each other for support and share ideas about strengthening our resolve to stay on God’s path of chastity.  All men are welcome, whether you have been free of pornography addiction for many years or struggle with it every single day.

If you are ready to start breaking free and want to Restore your life, email us at Restore.olm@gmail.com to find out more information on when and where we meet or call 331-684-7415. Check out the website for FAQs and further details. 

Be encouraged; check out this Testimony.

MOMS WALKING WITH MOMS IN NEED

Pregnant and parenting moms in need are in our parishes and our neighborhoods. As Pope Francis reminds us, our parishes need to be “islands of mercy in the midst of a sea of indifference.” Everyone in the parish community should know where to refer a pregnant woman in need. Connect with Lydia Schmitt for further questions at lydias@olmercy.com

FAITH BUDDIES

OLM invites you to learn more about a new program for children with special needs that will be launching in the spring!

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer or enrolling your child, please get in touch with Lydia Schmitt at lydias@olmercy.com

faith. Checkout the podcast here.


CONFERENCES

2024 SUMMER SCRIPTURE CONFERENCE 6/5 – 6/8

“The EUCHARIST & the WORD” Conference will be held at the beautiful Loyola Lake Shore Campus. Loyola University Chicago has taken the reins to continue this tradition launched in 1974 out of the encouragement of Vatican II, to bring understanding and study of Scripture into the forefront of a wider Catholic audience. This will be the first year the Conference will be held at Loyola University’s beautiful Lake Shore Campus!

     In support of the USCCB’s efforts for National Eucharistic Revival, we are happy
to announce this year’s theme – in a name: Jesus. Every word in Sacred Scripture tells of Him, the Word of God, and of His love for us. This love is remembered and celebrated – in fact, realized – in the Sacrament of the Most Holy Eucharist. Truly, Jesus, the Word made flesh, time and time again. Please join our conference as we seek to understand better the relationship between Sacred Scripture and the Word made flesh in the Eucharist, and how this relationship gives life to us and the world, now and forever. Amen!

     Opening Keynote will be Todd Williamson, Director of the Office for Divine Worship for the Archdiocese of Chicago. Scripture Scholars include Dr. Thomas Wetzel,
Dr. Maria Barga and Dr. Joan Gorski.

2024 WORD ON FIRE CONFERENCE 8/2 – 8/4

Join over 1,000 Catholics at the 2024 Word on Fire Conference, Wonder: Nature and the Human Body

This conference is for you if you love Word on Fire and want to become more confident in your conversations with friends, coworkers, or family members about some of the most pressing issues the Church faces today.

Get 12% OFF your tickets here. Your ticket includes access to four keynotes (including one by Bishop Barron), three breakout sessions, two dinners, and two Masses.

This year’s conference is in Bishop’s home diocese of Rochester, Minnesota! It will be at the Mayo Civic Center (which is also the event space of the world-renowned Mayo Clinic). This year’s theme is Nature and the Human Body. All humans are bodied creatures. The human body is at the core of today’s most controversial topics, including evolution, artificial intelligence, and gender ideology. It’s more important than ever to be confident when talking with friends and family about these topics.

May 1, 2024 | Parish Update

A hard question. Green & Fair Trade Fair. An Evening with Mother Mary on 5/11. And May Gatherings.

View the full posting at our Flocknote email (don’t forget to join so you can receive the update via email).


    What does it mean to be a disciple? In today’s first reading, it is Saul’s boldness in Christ that makes the other Christians finally acknowledge him as a disciple. That boldness is a quality we are also called to have.

     In the second reading, we hear of Jesus’ commandment to believe in him and love one another as he commanded us. This commandment has two features, which we might be tempted to separate into two commandments, but it is a singular directive. We are told that our faith should bear fruit in our works, especially in the way we love others. Our faith should find expression in our actions. To believe in Christ is to entrust yourself to Christ. It would be odd to believe in Christ and not obey him. Rather, to not obey would shed light on an area in yourself that Christ needs to be brought into, and that other brothers and sisters should be consulted about. Therefore, the disciples of Christ obey his commandments, and that obedience is proof of their faith.

    The Gospel continues with the imagery of vines, branches, fruit, and pruning. Jesus makes the point through this imagery that it is impossible to grow in holiness without also producing good fruit for others. The Gospel takes a frightening turn when it says that anyone who does not remain in Christ will be thrown into a fire like dead branches! As previously mentioned, faith and works go together as one. Thus, believing in Christ but refusing to do anything he asks us to do for our own good is the same as rejecting Christ. Perhaps we are not rejecting him entirely, but the invitation is to completely surrender ourselves to Christ and trust in him. In the same respect, he has already given himself entirely to us. The disciple is, therefore, dependent on Jesus and his grace. This leads to a deep unity, which bears much fruit.

     As a man who has committed himself to Christ, is seeking to be his disciple, and strives to make others his disciples, this Gospel reminded me of many of the fears I had when surrendering to God and entering priestly formation. One of the fears I had was that in configuring myself to Christ, I would become a different person. Perhaps I would become a priest who prays abundantly, but has little personality left afterwards. While I have changed in many respects, the Lord has pruned certain aspects of my life to make me more fruitful. All those moments of pruning and letting go of things has resulted in deep happiness. I am becoming who God truly created me to be. It is when I begin to reach for that which has been pruned away, that I often lose my peace. My invitation today is to ask Jesus a hard question: “Jesus, are you asking me to do something in order to love you more?”

Jonathan 

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7 Great Dates on Friday 5/3

  • The 7 Great Dates aka the Marriage Course is a series of 7 sessions encompassed with food, talk, and private discussion between the couple only. Each session features leading experts, teaching content, and stories from around the globe.
  • Although each date night builds upon the previous night, couples are welcome to join at any time. Each date night is also designed to be enjoyed independently from the previous date night. Take this opportunity to invest in the flourishing of your relationship. Secure your place now and prioritize the enrichment of your marriage at the following link
  • Fridays from 6:30pm to 8:30pm through May 17th.
  • Upcoming date nights are 5/3 The Impact of Family, 5/10 Good Sex, and 5/17 Love in Action.

First Friday and First Saturday 5/3 & 5/4

  • 𝗟đ—Č𝘁 𝘂𝘀 𝗯đ—Č đ—¶đ—» đ—œđ—żđ—źđ˜†đ—Č𝗿 𝗼𝘁 đ—źđ—»đ˜† đ—Œđ—ł đ—Œđ˜‚đ—ż 𝗮𝗿đ—Č𝗼𝘁 đ—°đ—Œđ—șđ—șđ˜‚đ—»đ—źđ—č đ—œđ—żđ—źđ˜†đ—Č𝗿 đ—±đ—Čđ˜ƒđ—Œđ˜đ—¶đ—Œđ—»đ˜€!
    This Friday and Saturday, all are invited to join the First Friday of Reparation and the Communal First Saturday!  
  • On First Fridays:
    • Confession immediately following the 8am Mass
    • Respect Life 1st Friday Devotion: The Respect Life Ministry invites you to stand and silently pray in front of Waterleaf Women’s Center on May 3rd. Prayer warriors are needed for one hour shifts 7 am – 4 pm to change hearts and save lives. For more information, please call Lisa at (630) 236-3310
    • In addition to the daily 8am Mass time, there will be an additional Mass at 12pm
  • On First Saturdays:
    • The First Saturday Devotion after the 8:30am Mass
    • Saturday Confessions are from 9:30am to 10:30am and also
      from 1:30pm to 2:30pm

Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat 5/3 thru 5/5

  • If you are suffering from grief after having had an abortion, remember that God always offers forgiveness. Nothing is unforgivable and the Church is the hospital of healing. Just as the father ran to the prodigal son when he came home, so too is God waiting with open arms to receive you back home!
  • Rachel’s Vineyard weekend retreats offer a beautiful opportunity for healing to any woman or man who has struggled with the emotional or spiritual pain of an abortion.
  • For more information, and to register, please proceed here: https://www.diojoliet.org/w/rachel-s-vineyard-retreat

PADS Board Drop-Off 5/4 & 5/5

  • The OLM PADS/Hesed House Board is now on display in the Atrium (Door B Entrance). The board contains a “wish-list” of items used to prepare meals for 250 guests at the Hesed House homeless shelter, on the first Tuesday of each month. Drop-off for all items are before all Masses this weekend, May 4th and 5th. Monetary donations can be made via the OLM Online Giving Portal (please specify donation is for Hesed House), or make checks payable to Our Lady of Mercy Church, and write on the memo “Hesed House-PADS”. Thank you for supporting our mission of mercy.

First Communion Masses 5/4 & 5/5

  • Let us be in prayer for our parish children who will be receiving Jesus for the first time in the Holy Eucharist this weekend, on Saturday May 4th at 11am and Sunday, May 5th at 2:30pm. 

Green Fair and Fair Trade Sale on Donut Sunday 5/5

  • Join us at the PLC after the 8am and 10am Masses on Sunday, May 5th, for a morning of delicious donuts, freshly brewed coffee, and warm fellowship. Plus, don’t miss the annual Green Fair happening simultaneously, where you can learn about environmental sustainability and ways to make a difference in our community and world. Also explore fair trade items such as jewelry, household items, coffee, baskets from Ten Thousand Villages and support artisans worldwide. It’s a morning you won’t want to miss—come for the treats, stay for the impact!

Mondays with Monica and Augustine on Monday 5/6

  • Join Mondays With Monica And Augustine Prayer Group at 7:30pm in the Church to pray “The Way of the Cross for Loved Ones Who Have Left the Faith.” 
  • Let’s come together to uplift our family and friends who have strayed from the faith. Your presence and prayers can make a profound impact. We kindly request registration to ensure an ample supply of prayer books, yet we warmly welcome walk-ins as well. Proceed here for details and registration.

Consuming Fire Young Adult Grow Group on Tuesday 5/7

  • Calling all young adults, join our Consuming Fire Young Adult Grow Group (CFYA) on Tuesdays at 7pm for community, faith building and social gatherings. Reach out to cfyagg@gmail.com to get plugged in with the group or sign up at the link HERE

Monthly Grief Group “What We Can Learn from Mary While Grieving” 5/7

  • Experiencing the loss of a loved one is a difficult journey. Our Lady of Mercy is offering a monthly supportive place for participants ages 18 and older living with grief to be together in a faith community to find healing and hope.
  • Come to our session “What We Can Learn from Mary While Grieving” on Tuesday, 5/7 from 1pm to 2:30pm in Room 217
  • Registration is requested- Connect with Jolene Leroy at 331-707-5380 to RSVP or for questions.

Bible Study on the Book of Revelation 5/8

  • On Tuesday evenings at 7pm through June 11, the Bible Study on the book of Revelation.  We will use the Ascension Press “Revelation: The Kingdom Yet to Come” study guide and video.  Please purchase the study guide online at the link below.  As Easter culminates in the coming of Jesus and His Kingdom, we’ll dive deep into the second coming.  Join us for this Book of good news and learn more about our mass through the revelation of John.
  • Register for the study here.  Purchase study guide here

SoulCore Continues on Wednesday 5/8

  • All women are invited to SoulCore on Wednesday evenings at 6:30pm to nourish body and soul through prayer, core strengthening and functional movements. This Easter season we will be praying the Glorious Mysteries.
    In May, SoulCore is holding a fitness challenge that women can take part in called “Movement for Mary” commit to 30 minutes of movement per day (your choice…cardio, strength or stretch) and pray at least one decade of the rosary each day. The focus is on different titles of Mary.  Each week you’ll receive an email containing 5 SoulCore Rosary single decade videos, with movements and reflection to accompany each title, you can sign up to take part in this challenge here.
  • Let us know you are attending, register here or just show up with a work-out mat, bottle of water and wear comfortable clothing on Wednesdays at 6:15pm so we can start at 6:30pm on May 1, 8, 15, and 22.

An Introduction to Catholic Social Teaching 5/8

  • “Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.” (Matthew 25:40)What. Through prayer, reflection, and discussion we will become familiar with the social teachings of the Catholic Church.When. Part 1 on 5/8 and Part 2 on 5/15 from 6:30pm – 8:30 pmWhere. Room 114 of the PLCWho. Opened to anyone who is interested.  Sponsored by the OLM St. Vincent de Paul Society and the OLM Peace and SocialJustice Ministry.How. Please register by 4/28 by emailing Amy Milller at mt.al.miller@gmail.com

Fit Shepherds on Wednesday and Saturday mornings

  • đŸ”„ Join the Ranks of Fit Shepherds! đŸ”„Are you tired of the narrative that encourages men to scatter when life gets tough? Ready to break free from the mold of the hireling and embrace the call of the Good Shepherd? Then it’s time to step up and join Fit Shepherds!At Fit Shepherds, we’re not just about fitness; we’re about becoming the best version of ourselves—physically, mentally, and spiritually. Through challenging workouts, camaraderie, and discipleship, we’re forging men who lay down their lives for their families and communities.In a world where the wolf prowls and seeks to scatter, we stand together as brothers, ready to face the challenges head-on. Whether you’re 14 or 40, if you want to be better—for yourself, your loved ones, and your community—Fit Shepherds is the place for you.Join us Saturdays at 7am and Wednesdays at 5:30am in the parking lot, and together, let’s become the leaders, the protectors, and the shepherds our world desperately needs. Don’t be a hireling—be a Fit Shepherd. Let’s embark on a journey of transformation, strength, and purpose!
  • For more information check out their website at this link or connect with Alex Baier who is looking forward to hearing from you; email him at abaier823@gmail.com. Dads are encouraged to bring their sons 5th grade and older. Get a glimpse of a Saturday morning work out at the following video,

Weekly Praying for Priests

  • A prayer group has been praying for priests in front of the Blessed Sacrament weekly for over a year now, as well as on First Fridays. Even if you can’t join the group inside the church, you can pray wherever you are at during the times below.
  • Wednesdays at 10:30am – Rosary and Chaplet of Divine Mercy with meditations for priests,   Thursdays at 12:30pm –  Rosary and Chaplet of Divine Mercy with meditations for priests,First Friday of the month following 12pm Mass – Stations of the Cross with meditations for priests in the narthex.

Restore Weekly Restore Confidential Meetings

  • Restore is a ministry that accompanies men so as to win the battle against the struggles of living a lust-free life.
  • The ministry meets at a weekly (anonymous) meeting where men lean on each other for support and accountability and share ideas about strengthening their resolve to stay on God’s path of chastity.  All men are welcome, whether you have been free of the addiction for many years or struggle with it every single day. Though the meetings are weekly, at the last weekly meeting of the month, men are guided by a licensed Catholic therapist. If you are ready to start breaking free from the struggles of living chastely and want to Restore your life email Restore.olm@gmail.com to find out more information on when and where we meet or call 331-684-7415.

Come Visit Jesus in the New Adoration Chapel

  • Create more time for silence and prayer in your schedule by spending time with Jesus at the new Eucharistic Adoration Chapel anytime right after the 8am Mass until 10pm. 
  • We’re currently seeking committed adorers for Wednesdays at 1pm and 3pm.  
  • We continue to seek second adorers for the times where we only have one committed adorer. 
  • Proceed here to sign up.  
  • Fr. Michael is urging us to not only dedicate an hour to spend with Jesus but also to consider sharing this commitment with one or two friends. If you’re unsure about making this commitment, this suggestion offers a lovely way to overcome any doubts and enhance your friendships. Just imagine the enriching conversations you could have with each other about your experiences spending time with Jesus.

Every Holy Hour we make so pleases the Heart of Jesus that it is recorded in Heaven and retold for all eternity!

St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta

Aurora Day of Service 5/11

  • Teens from the LIGHT youth ministry program at OLM are hosting a Day of Service in the community!
  • This summer, some of us are traveling for mission work in the Winchester, Kentucky area. To help with the cost of the trip, we’re asking you to put us to work…for YOU!
  • HOW DOES IT WORK? It’s rather simple. Think of an outdoor job you simply don’t have the time or the desire to do, such as mulching, weeding, fence painting, yard clean-up, etc. Fill out the slip at the link below and return it to OLM by May 5th.   You will receive a call a few days later to confirm the job and location
.and at the designated time (we arrange transportation), “SUPERTEENS” will arrive to do the work on May 11th!
  • CLICK HERE for more information & registration 

May Crowning at 4pm Mass 5/11

  • On Saturday May 11th at 4pm, a crown of flowers for Mary is brought up in procession and then placed on her statue by several of our first communion children. This beautiful tradition honors the Blessed Virgin Mary in her role as mother to everybody.

An Evening with Mother Mary 5/11

  • You and your family are invited to a special celebration in honor of our heavenly mother on Saturday 5/11th after the 4pm Mass, from 5:15pm to 6:45PM in the gym with supper.
  • Please RSVP at this link and connect with Justin Reyes reyeshj17@gmail.com for any questions.

Pick Up a Baby Bottle for Life 5/11 & 5/12

  • The 2024 Waterleaf Baby Bottles for Life campaign is to benefit, support, and educate pregnant women facing crisis or unintended pregnancies.  The funds collected will support the life-affirming programs and services of the Waterleaf Women’s Center located in Aurora.  The campaign will run from 5/12 (Mother’s Day) through 6/16 (Father’s Day).
    Participation is so easy;
    • Take a bottle or envelope home
    • Fill your bottle with coins, cash, or checks (envelopes cash and check only)
    • Return the bottle or envelope to the church
    • Pray for the clients and staff at Waterleaf
  • Waterleaf’s mission is to be the chosen destination for women facing an unplanned pregnancy, transforming their fear into confidence by addressing their physical, spiritual, and emotional needs and equipping them to make healthy, life-affirming decisions.

Catholic Charities Mobile Food Pantry 5/15

  • The Mobile Food Pantry is on Wednsday 5/15 from 4:30pm to 6pm in the Our Lady of Mercy Parking Lot. Don’t forget to share the Our Lady of Mercy social media posting on your network; đ˜†đ—Œđ˜‚ đ—»đ—Č𝘃đ—Č𝗿 đ—žđ—»đ—Œđ˜„ đ˜„đ—”đ—Œ 𝗼đ—șđ—Œđ—»đ—Ž đ˜†đ—Œđ˜‚đ—ż đ—»đ—Čđ˜đ˜„đ—Œđ—żđ—ž đ—¶đ˜€ đ—¶đ—» đ—»đ—Čđ—Čđ—± đ—Œđ—ł đ—łđ—Œđ—Œđ—±.
  • 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! Catholic Charities helps people of all faiths and beliefs. Mobile Food Pantries use a “drive-thru” method to distribute. Please clear space in your trunk or backseat so volunteers can load boxes of food directly into your vehicle. Mobile Food Pantries take place snow, rain, or shine!

Meet & Greet Gathering 5/19

  • đŸ±/đŸ­đŸ” @ 𝟭𝟭:đŸ­đŸ±đ—źđ—ș đ—¶đ˜€ đ—łđ—Œđ—ż đ˜đ—”đ—Œđ˜€đ—Č đ—čđ—Œđ—Œđ—žđ—¶đ—»đ—Ž đ˜đ—Œ 𝗿đ—Čđ—Žđ—¶đ˜€đ˜đ—Č𝗿 𝗼𝘀 đ—»đ—Č𝘄 đ—œđ—źđ—żđ—¶đ˜€đ—”đ—¶đ—Œđ—»đ—Č𝗿𝘀/đ—șđ—Čđ—ș𝗯đ—Č𝗿𝘀 đ—źđ—»đ—± đ—łđ—Œđ—ż đ—»đ—Č𝘄đ—č𝘆 𝗿đ—Čđ—Žđ—¶đ˜€đ˜đ—Č𝗿đ—Čđ—± đ—œđ—źđ—żđ—¶đ˜€đ—”đ—¶đ—Œđ—»đ—Č𝗿𝘀 𝗼𝘁 đ˜đ—”đ—Č đ—Șđ—Čđ—čđ—°đ—Œđ—șđ—Č 𝗠đ—Čđ—Č𝘁 & 𝗚𝗿đ—Čđ—Č𝘁 đ—šđ—źđ˜đ—”đ—Čđ—żđ—¶đ—»đ—Ž!
  • Whether you’ve recently registered as a member (parishioner) or if you’ve been attending our Sunday or Daily Mass, actively participating in community life, 𝘄đ—Č đ—Čđ—»đ—°đ—Œđ˜‚đ—żđ—źđ—Žđ—Č đ˜†đ—Œđ˜‚ đ˜đ—Œ đ—ș𝗼𝗾đ—Č đ—¶đ˜ đ—Œđ—łđ—łđ—¶đ—°đ—¶đ—źđ—č đ—źđ—»đ—± 𝗯đ—Čđ—°đ—Œđ—șđ—Č 𝗼 đ—șđ—Čđ—ș𝗯đ—Č𝗿/đ—œđ—źđ—żđ—¶đ˜€đ—”đ—¶đ—Œđ—»đ—Č𝗿 𝗼𝘁 đ˜đ—”đ—Č 𝗠đ—Čđ—Č𝘁 & 𝗚𝗿đ—Čđ—Č𝘁—𝘄đ—Č’đ—čđ—č 𝗯đ—Č 𝗿đ—Čđ—źđ—±đ˜† đ˜đ—Œ đ—źđ˜€đ˜€đ—¶đ˜€đ˜ đ˜„đ—¶đ˜đ—” 𝗿đ—Čđ—Žđ—¶đ˜€đ˜đ—żđ—źđ˜đ—¶đ—Œđ—»đ˜€!  We hope to see you on Sunday 5/19 for a joyful experience of connection, belonging, and the start of a beautiful journey together. We can’t wait to meet you and welcome you officially into the OLM family!

St. Peregrine & St. Dymphna Prayer Service 5/21

  • For those with cancer, serious or chronic illnesses, and their caregivers, come to the St. Peregrine Prayer Service on Tuesday 5/21 following the 6:30pm Mass.
  • St. Peregrine is the patron saint of the sick especially those experiencing cancer, serious or terminal illness, or chronic illness. The feast day of St. Peregrine is May 4. St. Dymphna is the patron saint of stress, anxiety, and mental health. The feast day of St. Dymphna is May 15. 

Magnify Adoration 5/29    

  • Our monthly MAGNIFY is on Wednesday 5/29 when we host a night of adoration in the church with praise and worship by Josh Goodman. After a scriptural reflection there will be opportunities for confession and prayer ministry.
  • We pray that you come and spend time in prayer with Jesus, encountering Him in a special way. He is personally inviting you to come and share your heart with Him. Join us anytime from 7pm- 8:30pm in the Church. Don’t forget to bring your children, neighbors, and friends.
  • A quick note on worship/singing to Jesus.  Have you noticed how uplifted, less burdened you are after singing to Jesus at MAGNIFY? God has designed our bodies so perfectly that when you sing, blood is pumped through your body which stimulates the production of three great hormones and suppresses one bad hormone. The three good hormones include endorphins and dopamine, which promote relaxation and well-being. And the other good hormone is oxytocin, which is the hormone that is produced when a mother sings to their baby, or when you lovingly look at your dog.  It is the hormone of belonging, of community, of cohesion, of goodwill towards your fellow human beings.
    The bad hormone, that is suppressed when you sing, is cortisol which is produced in the body when we are stressed and singing is a natural de-stressing agent. In essence, singing to Jesus at MAGNIFY not only uplifts our spirits but also positively impacts our physical well-being. We hope to see you on 5/29.

Corpus Christi Eucharistic Procession 6/2

  • SAVE THE DATE. Let us gather together bearing witness to our love of our Lord Jesus in the Holy Eucharist by walking with Him at the Corpus Christi Procession on Sunday immediately following the 12pm Mass. 

Chicago Young Adult Eucharistic Revival Event 6/28

  • the Eucharistic Congress is happening this summer in July in Indianapolis, and to lead up to the Congress, Jesus is going on a Pilgrimage along 4 different routes, all headed towards Indianapolis. The exciting news is that CHICAGO is along the Marian Route of the Pilgrimage!!!!!! AND there is a special event on Friday, June 28th specifically for young adults. 
  • The event will include Mass at 6:30pm at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church (1429 W Wellington Ave), followed by a Eucharistic procession around the block and a social with food.

2024-2025 Faith Formation Registration is now OPEN!

Knights of Columbus 2024 College Scholarship 

  • Applications for the 2024 Robert H Weaver Knights of Columbus College Scholarship program are now being accepted through Saturday, June 14th. A total of $2,000 will be awarded to students graduating from High School in 2024 and attending a 2 or 4 year University program starting in the fall of 2024. Applications can be found by visiting the following link on the Parish Website.  Awards will be made in July.  Good luck to all applicants.  Questions please reach out to Jeff LeRoy, Grand Knight jleroy53@hotmail.com

Have a Minister of Care Bring Holy Communion to Your Loved One that is Homebound

  • Ministers of Care are trained in the ministry and commissioned by the parish to visit those unable to come to Church to receive Holy Communion.
  • If you know someone in the parish who is unable to come to church and wishes to receive Holy Communion in the home, please contact Jolene at jolenel@olmercy.com and arrangements will be made.

Is God Calling You to the Priesthood?

  • Marriage is good and priesthood is good so how do you choose between two goods?  Connect with Fr Michael at frmichael@olmercy.com and speak with him.

Bishop Hick’s Monthly Column 

  • Bishop Hicks’ monthly column for April is titled “Faith-Inspired Movies” Read his insightful column HERE.
    • 75th Jubilee of the Diocese of Joliet. Our diocese was founded on December 11, 1948. For an entire year, we will highlight the accomplishments of our past & how we were founded in faith, while being called to witness now and in the future, and continue to be sent forth to serve. Hear from Bishop Hicks as he describes the events leading up to the year-long celebration of the 75th Anniversary of the Diocese of Joliet; find out all the details, and see the year-long schedule HERE.

Catholic Ministries Annual Appeal 2024 

  • If you have already pledged your support to the Catholic Ministries Annual Appeal (CMAA), we sincerely thank you! If we all join together, we can meet our parish’s goal of $140,500. Each and every gift, regardless of size, truly matters and makes a difference. If you still plan on making your gift, please prayerfully reflect on how best you can support the CMAA this year to help those in need throughout our diocese, For the Glory of God. Pledge envelopes are still available in the church, or you can use the envelope you received in the mail from the diocese. Or donate online here.Remember, if we raise more than our goal, the diocese will return 70 percent of the amount over goal to us to reinvest in our own parish. This is an incredible opportunity and blessing. Your generosity is so greatly appreciated. Thank you for sharing your blessings!

Scam Emails and Text Messages

  • From time to time, there are phishing (SCAM) emails going out to members of the parish and staff claiming to be Father Michael as well as text messages.
    Please note that Father Michael and Father Frank DO NOT send texts or emails asking for money or gift cards. If you receive a message appearing to be from Father Michael or Father Frank, please discard it (any email that does not have “olmercy.com” is a fake email) and DO NOT SEND ANY ELECTRONIC MONETARY AID.  No one on the staff will personally ask for money in whatever form (gift cards etc). If someone sends you a private message asking for a donation of sorts, it’s undoubtedly a fake account. Please keep praying for us, and God bless you!

Did You Know We Have a Parish School?

  • All Saints Catholic Academy (ASCA) located at 1155 Aurora Ave, Naperville is our parish school!
  • Are you a parent with preschool, elementary, and middle school-aged children struggling with the antithetical Christian values the government schools are indoctrinating the children who attend government schools?  You’re not alone.
  • Join a growing number of OLM parents who have made the move by sending their child(ren) to public school to All Saints Catholic Academy.
  • Connect with Patty Bajek at (630) 961-6125, or pbajek@ascacademy.org to express your interest and schedule a personalized tour.  Or peruse their website to explore your interest.  

Totally Yours Pilgrimages

  • Experience pilgrimage with a newness at Totally Yours Pilgrimages hosts trips to Italy, Fatima, Medjugorje and more throughout the year. There pilgrimages offer the comforting presence of dedicated priests and the opportunity for daily Mass. Experience the serenity of sacred sites, knowing that every aspect of your journey, including flights, accommodations, and two daily meals, is expertly arranged for your convenience. If you’re seeking a meaningful escape and a chance to deepen your faith, don’t miss out on this unique opportunity. For more information contact 630-315-0533 or visit there website to begin your journey today.

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St. Vincent de Paul Society

  • Who is the Our Lady of Mercy St. Vincent de Paul Society? We are a parish group of men and women who are called to follow Jesus Christ through service to our neighbors. You can find these details at their website.
  • Who are the neighbors assisted?
    • They are parishioners and non-parishioners who experience a temporary financial set back.
    • They are single mothers who have missed a paycheck due to a
      child’s illness.
    • They are people living paycheck to paycheck where one
      unexpected expense, like a car repair or medical bill can cause
      them to get behind on rent or utility payments.
  • How does the society help them?
    • We visit them in their homes and listen to their needs and
      concerns.
    • We help them with rent or mortgage payments, utility payments or food certificates.
  • How can you help?
    • You can donate to the St Vincent de Paul Society, either with a
      monthly envelope or through online giving.
    • You can join our society. We need your help. Please email us at olmsvdp@gmail.com
  • Last year, with God’s grace and parish donations, the Our Lady of Mercy’s St. Vincent de Paul Society assisted 79 families! That is 79 families who were able to stay in their home, have their electricity or water service restored. Thank you again for your continued support. Please keep our society and those we help in your prayers.

For the Hispanic Community

  • Please proceed here for the OLM Hispanic Ministry’s upcoming events and resources.
    ContinĂșe aquĂ­ para conocer los prĂłximos 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 prĂłxima semana, habrĂĄ Estaciones de la Cruz en español cada segundo miĂ©rcoles del mes despuĂ©s de la misa de las 12 pm.

A Note from the Intercessory Prayer Ministry

  • How can we pray for you today?
    There are times when life is overwhelming when all we have is questions.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 takes place monthly at MAGNIFY and on the last weekend of the month Mass times.  Prayer ministry is an opportunity for those in need of physical, emotional, or spiritual healing or with a specific intention. Come as an individual, as a couple, or as a family. Listen and receive the prayers while being open to the Holy Spirit’s movement.  

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 reply to or share messages. Enjoy a bunch of additional features like prayers, daily readings, reminders to silence your phone before Mass, & much more.

Donate Online Through OSV Giving 

  • Whether you are a registered parishioner with us or visiting, we are set up to receive donations online through OSV Our Sunday Visitor.
  •  Click here to for online giving.
  • You can also access this link through our myParish App “Giving” button. Don’t have the myParish App yet? Text APP to 88202 to download!  Receive this update, instant news, and get access to the parish calendar, daily readings, and Confession guide.

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

A MOTHER’S HEART GROW GROUP

Mission. A Mother’s Heart is a group for Catholic mothers with children ages 0-11 who are seeking to journey with other like-minded women of faith.  Following the example of St. ThĂ©rĂšse of Lisieux, we strive to imitate her “little way” of growing in holiness through the lenses of motherhood and family.

Website. Proceed here for details.

Meets. Each month for any of the following: book chats, podcast discussions, “Mom’s Night Out”, community service projects, fellowship, playgroups, prayer.

Connect.  Reach out to Lydia Schmitt lydiadschmitt@gmail.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.

Website. Proceed here for details.

Meets. Tuesdays @ 7pm and twice a month for social gatherings.

Connect.  Reach out to our Core Team at cfyagg@gmail.com for any questions.

SALT AND LIGHT GROW GROUP
Mission. â€œEncounter/Grow/Witness” is the threefold dimension of the Christian life.  Once we encounter Jesus, we are then called to grow daily as His disciples. Grow Groups are one way Our Lady of Mercy is responding to our missionary identity where we are called to help parishioners grow continually in discipleship.

Website. Proceed here for details.

Meets. Wednesdays 7pm to 8:30pm

Connect. For more information, connect with Geri Capulong at gericapulong@gmail.com or Bonnie Ramirez at bnnrmrz@gmail.com.

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
Jim Marks jimm6351@yahoo.com

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

or Download the FORMED App through these links: App Store or Google Play

EUCHARIST RESOURCES Check out our “Eucharist Resources” page to help us understand deeply the centrality of the Eucharist in our lives.

INTRODUCING THE ASCENSION APP A Catholic Bible and Catechism AppWe consulted more than 1,000 Catholics on what would make the ideal Bible and Catechism app and collected their direct feedback for over a year. Now it’s here! Download the App for free today on the App Store or the Google Play Store.

Check it out HERE

AMEN – CATHOLIC MEDITATION APP From Augustine Institute comes this NEW AND 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.

HALLOW – A CATHOLIC PRAYER & MEDITATION APP  Hallow is a Catholic prayer & meditation app that helps users deepen their relationship with God through contemplative prayer and strengthen one’s mental health in the process. Easy-to-use, audio-guided sessions anywhere from 1 to 60 minutes long. Pray your own way with a personalized prayer plan pulling from 3,000+ unique sessions including the Lectio Divina on the Daily Gospel, Rosary, Examen, Night Prayer, Calm & Humility “Praylists” and much more. Hallow Light is free. Hallow Plus is $5 per month ($60 per year). Sign up for either one here.

WORD ON FIRE

Explore the goodness, truth, and beauty of the faith!

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

Not sure where to start? How about checking out the short 5 episode series on The Eucharist This fresh look at the Eucharist brings to light its reality as sacred meal, the sacrifice necessary for communion with God, and the real presence of Christ.

BLESSED IS SHE

Blessed is She is a sisterhood of women who want to grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ through their Catholic faith.  They create beautiful and accessible resources, products, and experiences to deepen prayer and foster community, both online and in person.  

THE CATHOLIC GENTLEMAN

Founded in 2013, The Catholic Gentleman has become one of the most recognizable online men’s apostolate. Each week hundreds of thousands of men around the world visit our site for the insightful articles and the highest-quality products designed to encourage a life of authentic manhood. Their mission: To inspire men to holiness

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.

PINTS WITH AQUINAS PODCAST

Matt Fradd’s Pints with Aquinas is an online Catholic community of faith and truth… and maybe a pint or two. The podcast has long-form discussions, debates and teachings on the Catholic faith. Checkout the podcast here.


PASTORAL CARE

If you have physical, mental, emotional or spiritual health concerns or questions about end-of-life issues, funeral planning, journeying through grief, caregiving for a loved one or are homebound, please contact the parish office at 630-851-3444 or parishoffice@olmercy.com

RESTORE

Do you find yourself struggling in overcoming your battle with pornography?   Restore is a weekly (anonymous) meeting where men lean on each other for support and share ideas about strengthening our resolve to stay on God’s path of chastity.  All men are welcome, whether you have been free of pornography addiction for many years or struggle with it every single day.

If you are ready to start breaking free and want to Restore your life, email us at Restore.olm@gmail.com to find out more information on when and where we meet or call 331-684-7415. Check out the website for FAQs and further details. 

Be encouraged; check out this Testimony.

MOMS WALKING WITH MOMS IN NEED

Pregnant and parenting moms in need are in our parishes and our neighborhoods. As Pope Francis reminds us, our parishes need to be “islands of mercy in the midst of a sea of indifference.” Everyone in the parish community should know where to refer a pregnant woman in need. Connect with Lydia Schmitt for further questions at lydias@olmercy.com

FAITH BUDDIES

OLM invites you to learn more about a new program for children with special needs that will be launching in the spring!

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer or enrolling your child, please get in touch with Lydia Schmitt at lydias@olmercy.com

faith. Checkout the podcast here.


CONFERENCES

2024 WORD ON FIRE CONFERENCE 8/2 – 8/4

Join over 1,000 Catholics at the 2024 Word on Fire Conference, Wonder: Nature and the Human Body

This conference is for you if you love Word on Fire and want to become more confident in your conversations with friends, coworkers, or family members about some of the most pressing issues the Church faces today.

Get 12% OFF your tickets here. Your ticket includes access to four keynotes (including one by Bishop Barron), three breakout sessions, two dinners, and two Masses.

This year’s conference is in Bishop’s home diocese of Rochester, Minnesota! It will be at the Mayo Civic Center (which is also the event space of the world-renowned Mayo Clinic). This year’s theme is Nature and the Human Body. All humans are bodied creatures. The human body is at the core of today’s most controversial topics, including evolution, artificial intelligence, and gender ideology. It’s more important than ever to be confident when talking with friends and family about these topics.

April 14, 2024 | Parish Update

Confessions. St. Vincent de Paul Meeting and SoulCore on Wednesday. Faith Formation Open House after all Mass times this weekend.

View the full posting at our Flocknote email (don’t forget to join so you can receive the update via email).


News from Pastor in Training (P.I.T.)

        From our daily confessions, which are many, to our week long confessions during the 5th week of Lent, our long Holy week confession lines, and our Divine Mercy service confessions, you would think that as a priest I would say, “Ok, no more confessions please!” However, I know that I will always both promote, and seek out the beautiful Sacrament myself. This is not only because it has a tremendous impact on my life, or because I’ve been consecrated as a priest of Jesus Christ to offer the Sacrament and forgiveness of sins. At an even more fundamental level, our Gospel today points out that repentance and forgiveness of sins is the foundation of our Church, and needs to be proclaimed to the whole world (cf. Luke 24:47).

      In our first reading from the Acts of the Apostles, St. Peter recounts our Lord’s Passion to the crowds gathering after he performed a healing in the temple. He recalls the Israelite people choosing Barabbas, a murderer, over Jesus. What was St. Peter doing? He was encouraging those listening to “repent so that there can be forgiveness of sins” (cf. Acts 3:19). Barabbas has an interesting meaning in Scripture. Bar means “son of” and Abba means “father.” Hence, Israelite people were making a choice: which son of the father they would follow. Will they follow Barabbas, who followed his selfish passions, or Jesus, who surrenders himself completely as a self-gift?

      This same choice is offered to us every day. How many of us choose our own selfish desires over that of a sacrificial love like our Lord? And if we choose selfishness, what should our response be? Well, as the readings and Gospel point out, we need to repent (again) and receive the forgiveness of our sins (again)! 

      As we journey in our faith together, can I encourage you to see the Sacrament of Reconciliation as a gift that the Lord desires you to receive? It is not a punishment, but a reception of great joy and love. The Lord is patient with us and always merciful. He is moving us by His grace to grow ever closer to him in this Sacrament. In receiving his mercy and love, we are able to respond in mercy and love to the world. Even with all our scheduled confessions times, as your pastor, I will always be open to finding more opportunities for the Sacrament of Reconciliation to be celebrated and received. 

Fr. Michael

For reference, below is our current Confession schedule.

Did you miss one? View past news from the P.I.T. here.


SoulCore resumes 4/17

  • All women are invited to SoulCore on Wednesday evenings at 6:30pm to nourish body and soul through prayer, core strengthening and functional movements. This Easter season we will be praying the Glorious Mysteries.
    In May, SoulCore is holding a fitness challenge that women can take part in called “Movement for Mary” commit to 30 minutes of movement per day (your choice…cardio, strength or stretch) and pray at least one decade of the rosary each day. The focus is on different titles of Mary.  Each week you’ll receive an email containing 5 SoulCore Rosary single decade videos, with movements and reflection to accompany each title, you can sign up to take part in this challenge here.
  • Let us know you are attending, register here or just show up with a work-out mat, bottle of water and wear comfortable clothing on Wednesdays at 6:15pm so we can start at 6:30pm on April 17, May 1, 8, 15, and 22.

St Vincent de Paul Society 4/17

  • Come and find out more about the St. Vincent de Paul Society on Wednesday April 17th at 7pm. 
  • Who is the Our Lady of Mercy St. Vincent de Paul Society?We are a parish group of men and women who are called to follow Jesus Christ through service to our neighbors. You can find these details at their website.Who are the neighbors assisted?
    • They are parishioners and non-parishioners who experience a temporary financial set back.
    • They are single mothers who have missed a paycheck due to a
      child’s illness.
    • They are people living paycheck to paycheck where one
      unexpected expense, like a car repair or medical bill can cause
      them to get behind on rent or utility payments.
  • How does the society help them?
    • We visit them in their homes and listen to their needs and
      concerns.
    • We help them with rent or mortgage payments, utility payments or food certificates.
  • How can you help?
    • You can donate to the St Vincent de Paul Society, either with a
      monthly envelope or through online giving.
    • You can join our society. We need your help. Come to our next meeting is Wednesday April 17 at 7pm.
  • Last year, with God’s grace and parish donations, the Our Lady of Mercy’s St. Vincent de Paul Society assisted 79 families! That is 79 families who were able to stay in their home, have their electricity or water service restored. Thank you again for your continued support. Please keep our society and those we help in your prayers.

7 Great Dates Continues on Friday 4/19

  • The 7 Great Dates aka the Marriage Course is a series of 7 sessions encompassed with food, talk, and private discussion between the couple only. Each session features leading experts, teaching content, and stories from around the globe.
  • Although each date night builds upon the previous night, đ™˜đ™€đ™Șđ™„đ™Ąđ™šđ™š 𝙖𝙧𝙚 đ™Źđ™šđ™Ąđ™˜đ™€đ™ąđ™š đ™©đ™€ đ™Ÿđ™€đ™žđ™Ł đ™–đ™© 𝙖𝙣𝙼 đ™©đ™žđ™ąđ™š, even if they missed the first one. Each date night is also designed to be enjoyed independently from the previous date night. Take this opportunity to invest in the flourishing of your relationship. Secure your place now and prioritize the enrichment of your marriage at the following link
  • Fridays from 6:30pm to 8:30pm through May 17th.
  • Upcoming date nights are 4/19 Resolving Conflicts, 4/26 The Power of Forgiveness, 5/3 The Impact of Family, 5/10 Good Sex, and 5/17 Love in Action.


Joliet Youth Day Registration Deadline 4/21st 

  • Joliet Youth Day is for 8th through 12th grade teens! This one-day conference is a great way to grow in our Catholic faith alongside other teens from our Diocese! Join Bishop Ronald Hicks and others for this fun, active, and prayerful experience designed for the young Church!
  • More information and the registration packet can be found HERE. 


Fit Shepherds on Wednesday and Saturday mornings

  • To all men, in this time of renewed dedication to fitness, consider joining Fit Shepherds—a unique fusion of physical and spiritual growth. Join us for challenging workouts Saturdays at 7am and Wednesdays at 5:30am in the parking lot, as we strive to become better in every aspect of life, inspired by the Good Shepherd, Jesus Christ.
    Dads are encouraged to bring their sons 5th grade and older.
    Get a glimpse of a Saturday morning work out and see the video below:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hiVMnLrRzf0
  • For more information check out their website at this link or connect with Alex Baier who is looking forward to hearing from you; email him at abaier823@gmail.com

Weekly Praying for Priests

  • A prayer group has been praying for priests in front of the Blessed Sacrament weekly for over a year now, as well as on First Fridays. Even if you can’t join the group inside the church, you can pray wherever you are at during the times below.
  • Wednesdays at 10:30am – Rosary and Chaplet of Divine Mercy with meditations for priests,   Thursdays at 12:30pm –  Rosary and Chaplet of Divine Mercy with meditations for priests,First Friday of the month following 12pm Mass – Stations of the Cross with meditations for priests in the narthex.

Restore Weekly Restore Confidential Meetings

  • Restore is a ministry that accompanies men so as to win the battle against the struggles of living a lust-free life.
  • The ministry meets at a weekly (anonymous) meeting where men lean on each other for support and accountability and share ideas about strengthening their resolve to stay on God’s path of chastity.  All men are welcome, whether you have been free of the addiction for many years or struggle with it every single day. Though the meetings are weekly, at the last weekly meeting of the month, men are guided by a licensed Catholic therapist. If you are ready to start breaking free from the struggles of living chastely and want to Restore your life email Restore.olm@gmail.com to find out more information on when and where we meet or call 331-684-7415.

Come Visit Jesus in the New Adoration Chapel

  • Create more time for silence and prayer in your schedule by spending time with Jesus at the new Eucharistic Adoration Chapel anytime right after the 8am Mass until 10pm. 
  • We’re currently seeking committed adorers for Wednesdays at 1pm and 3pm.  
  • We continue to seek second adorers for the times where we only have one committed adorer. 
  • Proceed here to sign up.  
  • Fr. Michael is urging us to not only dedicate an hour to spend with Jesus but also to consider sharing this commitment with one or two friends. If you’re unsure about making this commitment, this suggestion offers a lovely way to overcome any doubts and enhance your friendships. Just imagine the enriching conversations you could have with each other about your experiences spending time with Jesus.

Every Holy Hour we make so pleases the Heart of Jesus that it is recorded in Heaven and retold for all eternity! -St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta

Faith Formation Open House 4/20 & 4/21

  • Come to the PLC after all Masses 
  • 🙏 Come EXPLORE all of our Faith Formation options for children in grades K through 12! This includes Sacramental Preparation, Vacation Bible School, & Formation for those with special needs/DisABILITIES 
  • 🙏 Come REGISTER your children for the 2024-2025 year, and take advantage of our Early Bird Pricing! 
  • 🙏 Come VOLUNTEER and help share our beautiful faith with children & their families  
  •  
. And enjoy donuts & coffee! 🙂 

Mission Trip Bake Sale after all Masses 4/20 & 4/21

  • Get some delicious baked goods at our Bake Sale on Saturday-Sunday, April 20-21 after all masses in the PLC! All proceeds support the Teen Summer Mission Trip!

Meet & Greet Gathering 4/21

  • 𝟰/𝟼𝟭 @ 𝟭𝟭:đŸ­đŸ±đ—źđ—ș đ—¶đ˜€ đ—łđ—Œđ—ż đ˜đ—”đ—Œđ˜€đ—Č đ—čđ—Œđ—Œđ—žđ—¶đ—»đ—Ž đ˜đ—Œ 𝗿đ—Čđ—Žđ—¶đ˜€đ˜đ—Č𝗿 𝗼𝘀 đ—»đ—Č𝘄 đ—œđ—źđ—żđ—¶đ˜€đ—”đ—¶đ—Œđ—»đ—Č𝗿𝘀/đ—șđ—Čđ—ș𝗯đ—Č𝗿𝘀 đ—źđ—»đ—± đ—łđ—Œđ—ż đ—»đ—Č𝘄đ—č𝘆 𝗿đ—Čđ—Žđ—¶đ˜€đ˜đ—Č𝗿đ—Čđ—± đ—œđ—źđ—żđ—¶đ˜€đ—”đ—¶đ—Œđ—»đ—Č𝗿𝘀 𝗼𝘁 đ˜đ—”đ—Č đ—Șđ—Čđ—čđ—°đ—Œđ—șđ—Č 𝗠đ—Čđ—Č𝘁 & 𝗚𝗿đ—Čđ—Č𝘁 đ—šđ—źđ˜đ—”đ—Čđ—żđ—¶đ—»đ—Ž!
  • Whether you’ve recently registered as a member (parishioner) or if you’ve been attending our Sunday or Daily Mass, actively participating in community life, 𝘄đ—Č đ—Čđ—»đ—°đ—Œđ˜‚đ—żđ—źđ—Žđ—Č đ˜†đ—Œđ˜‚ đ˜đ—Œ đ—ș𝗼𝗾đ—Č đ—¶đ˜ đ—Œđ—łđ—łđ—¶đ—°đ—¶đ—źđ—č đ—źđ—»đ—± 𝗯đ—Čđ—°đ—Œđ—șđ—Č 𝗼 đ—șđ—Čđ—ș𝗯đ—Č𝗿/đ—œđ—źđ—żđ—¶đ˜€đ—”đ—¶đ—Œđ—»đ—Č𝗿 𝗼𝘁 đ˜đ—”đ—Č 𝗠đ—Čđ—Č𝘁 & 𝗚𝗿đ—Čđ—Č𝘁—𝘄đ—Č’đ—čđ—č 𝗯đ—Č 𝗿đ—Čđ—źđ—±đ˜† đ˜đ—Œ đ—źđ˜€đ˜€đ—¶đ˜€đ˜ đ˜„đ—¶đ˜đ—” 𝗿đ—Čđ—Žđ—¶đ˜€đ˜đ—żđ—źđ˜đ—¶đ—Œđ—»đ˜€!  We hope to see you on Sunday 4/21 for a joyful experience of connection, belonging, and the start of a beautiful journey together. We can’t wait to meet you and welcome you officially into the OLM family!

New Teen Youth Group called Refuge Meets on 4/21, & 4/28

  • High School students are invited to join the new OLM High School Youth Ministry, called “Refuge”  Come by on Sundays in April from 3:16pm-5:16pm, in the Youth Center (Room 211). If you have a teenager in your life, please let them know of this new youth group where they’ll find a safe and fun place to grow and find positive social connections within a solid Catholic community

Mondays with Monica and Augustine 4/22

  • Join Mondays With Monica And Augustine Prayer Group at 7:30pm in the Church to pray “The Way of the Cross for Loved Ones Who Have Left the Faith.” 
  • Let’s come together to uplift our family and friends who have strayed from the faith. Your presence and prayers can make a profound impact. We kindly request registration to ensure an ample supply of prayer books, yet we warmly welcome walk-ins as well. Proceed here for details and registration.

Bible Study on the Book of Revelation 4/23

  • On Tuesday evenings at 7pm through 5/21st, the Bible Study on the book of Revelation is held. We will use the Ascension Press “Revelation: The Kingdom Yet to Come” study guide and video.  Please purchase the study guide online at the link below.  As Easter culminates in the coming of Jesus and His Kingdom, we’ll dive deep into the second coming.  Join us anytime for this Book of good news and learn more about our mass through the revelation of John.  
  • Register for the study here.  Purchase study guide here

Consuming Fire Young Adult Grow Group Continues on Tuesday 4/23

  • Calling all young adults, join our Consuming Fire Young Adult Grow Group (CFYA) on Tuesdays at 7pm for community, faith building and social gatherings. Reach out to cfyagg@gmail.com to get plugged in with the group or sign up at the link HERE. On Tuesday 4/23rd, our seminarian Topher Otieno will be giving the talk.

An Easter MAGNIFY Adoration, Praise & Worship 4/24

  • Saint Pope John Paul II said “We are the Easter people and hallelujah is our song” so let us praise the King of Kings at MAGNIFY.  Hear a scriptural reflection from Fr. Michael, or go to Confession, receive prayer ministry, or adore Jesus singing praises to Him for rescuing us.  It’s also a wonderful family time with the kids and Jesus. 
  • A quick note on worship/singing to Jesus.  Have you noticed how uplifted, less burdened you are after singing to Jesus at MAGNIFY? God has designed our bodies so perfectly that when you sing, blood is pumped through your body which stimulates the production of three great hormones and suppresses one bad hormone. The three good hormones include endorphins and dopamine, which promote relaxation and well-being. And the other good hormone is oxytocin, which is the hormone that is produced when a mother sings to their baby, or when you lovingly look at your dog.  It is the hormone of belonging, of community, of cohesion, of goodwill towards your fellow human beings.
    The bad hormone, that is suppressed when you sing, is cortisol which is produced in the body when we are stressed and singing is a natural de-stressing agent. In essence, singing to Jesus at MAGNIFY not only uplifts our spirits but also positively impacts our physical well-being. We hope to see you on 4/24th.

Catholic Charities Mobile Food Pantry 4/25

  • The Mobile Food Pantry is on Thursday 4.25 from 4:30pm to 6pm in the Our Lady of Mercy Parking Lot. Don’t forget to share the Our Lady of Mercy social media posting on your network; đ˜†đ—Œđ˜‚ đ—»đ—Č𝘃đ—Č𝗿 đ—žđ—»đ—Œđ˜„ đ˜„đ—”đ—Œ 𝗼đ—șđ—Œđ—»đ—Ž đ˜†đ—Œđ˜‚đ—ż đ—»đ—Čđ˜đ˜„đ—Œđ—żđ—ž đ—¶đ˜€ đ—¶đ—» đ—»đ—Čđ—Čđ—± đ—Œđ—ł đ—łđ—Œđ—Œđ—±.
  • 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! Catholic Charities helps people of all faiths and beliefs. Mobile Food Pantries use a “drive-thru” method to distribute. Please clear space in your trunk or backseat so volunteers can load boxes of food directly into your vehicle. Mobile Food Pantries take place snow, rain, or shine! 

A Mother’s Heart, Women’s Bible Study 4/25

  • Build wonderful friendships with beautiful women of God while journeying through the Bible with the Unlocking the Mystery of the Bible program
  • This Bible Study is held on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month at 7pm
  • For more information, please text Laura Reyes at 904-472-0385

Diocese of Joliet Jeremiah Day 4/27

  • This is a day for boys in grades 7-10 to grow closer to God and to visit Mundelein Seminary. The activities include a tour of Mundelein Seminary, talks about how God calls us, lunch, recreation time with open gym, and Mass. It is hosted and led by the Diocese of Joliet seminarians at Mundelein Seminary.
  • The day will take place from 10am to 5pm. Carpooling on a parish level is suggested. Parents, youth ministers, teachers, and parish priests are invited to attend as well. 
  • Registration & permission forms can be found at this link.

PADS Board Items on display 4/27

  • The OLM PADS/Hesed House Board is now on display in the Atrium (Door B Entrance). The board contains a “wish-list” of items used to prepare meals for 250 guests at the Hesed House homeless shelter, on the first Tuesday of each month. Drop-off for all items are before all Masses on the weekend of May 4th and 5th. Monetary donations can be made via the OLM Online Giving Portal (please specify donation is for Hesed House), or make checks payable to Our Lady of Mercy Church, and write on the memo “Hesed House-PADS”. Thank you for supporting our mission of mercy.

Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat 5/3 thru 5/5

  • If you are suffering from grief after having had an abortion, remember that God always offers forgiveness. Nothing is unforgivable and the Church is the hospital of healing. Just as the father ran to the prodigal son when he came home, so too is God waiting with open arms to receive you back home!
  •  Rachel’s Vineyard weekend retreats offer a beautiful opportunity for healing to any woman or man who has struggled with the emotional or spiritual pain of an abortion.
  • For more information, and to register, please proceed here: https://www.diojoliet.org/w/rachel-s-vineyard-retreat

An Introduction to Catholic Social Teaching 5/8 and 5/15

  • “Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.” (Matthew 25:40)What. Through prayer, reflection, and discussion we will become familiar with the social teachings of the Catholic Church.When. Part 1 on Wednesday 5/8 and Part 2 on 5/15 from 6:30pm – 8:30 pm Where. Room 114 of the PLCWho. Opened to anyone who is interested.  Sponsored by the OLM St. Vincent de Paul Society and the OLM Peace and SocialJustice Ministry.How. Please register by 4/28 by emailing Amy Milller at mt.al.miller@gmail.com

An Evening with Mother Mary 5/11

  • You and your family are invited to a special celebration in honor of our heavenly mother on Saturday 5/11th after the 4pm Mass, from 5:15pm to 6:45PM in the gym with supper.
  • Please RSVP at this link and connect with Justin Reyes reyeshj17@gmail.com for any questions.

St. Peregrine Prayer Service 5/21

  • For those with cancer, serious or chronic illnesses, and their caregivers, come to the St. Peregrine Prayer Service on Tuesday 4/16 following the 6:30pm Mass.
  • St. Peregrine is the patron saint of the sick, especially those suffering from cancer, serious illness, or chronic illness. The prayer service is for the intention of those with cancer, serious or chronic illnesses, and their caregivers to fortify them in their current situation.

Chicago Young Adult Eucharistic Revival Event 6/28

  • the Eucharistic Congress is happening this summer in July in Indianapolis, and to lead up to the Congress, Jesus is going on a Pilgrimage along 4 different routes, all headed towards Indianapolis. The exciting news is that CHICAGO is along the Marian Route of the Pilgrimage!!!!!! AND there is a special event on Friday, June 28th specifically for young adults. 
  • The event will include Mass at 6:30pm at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church (1429 W Wellington Ave), followed by a Eucharistic procession around the block and a social with food.

Knights of Columbus 2024 College Scholarship 

  • Applications for the 2024 Robert H Weaver Knights of Columbus College Scholarship program are now being accepted through Saturday, June 14th. A total of $2,000 will be awarded to students graduating from High School in 2024 and attending a 2 or 4 year University program starting in the fall of 2024. Applications can be found by visiting the following link on the Parish Website.  Awards will be made in July.  Good luck to all applicants.  Questions please reach out to Jeff LeRoy, Grand Knight jleroy53@hotmail.com

Have a Minister of Care Bring Holy Communion to Your Loved One that is Homebound

  • Ministers of Care are trained in the ministry and commissioned by the parish to visit those unable to come to Church to receive Holy Communion.
  • If you know someone in the parish who is unable to come to church and wishes to receive Holy Communion in the home, please contact Jolene at jolenel@olmercy.com and arrangements will be made.

Is God Calling You to the Priesthood?

  • Marriage is good and priesthood is good so how do you choose between two goods?  Connect with Fr Michael at frmichael@olmercy.com and speak with him.

Bishop Hick’s Monthly Column 

  • Bishop Hicks’ monthly column for April is titled “Faith-Inspired Movies” Read his insightful column HERE.
    • 75th Jubilee of the Diocese of Joliet. Our diocese was founded on December 11, 1948. For an entire year, we will highlight the accomplishments of our past & how we were founded in faith, while being called to witness now and in the future, and continue to be sent forth to serve. Hear from Bishop Hicks as he describes the events leading up to the year-long celebration of the 75th Anniversary of the Diocese of Joliet; find out all the details, and see the year-long schedule HERE.

Catholic Ministries Annual Appeal 2024 

  • If you have already pledged your support to the Catholic Ministries Annual Appeal (CMAA), we sincerely thank you! If we all join together, we can meet our parish’s goal of $140,500. Each and every gift, regardless of size, truly matters and makes a difference. If you still plan on making your gift, please prayerfully reflect on how best you can support the CMAA this year to help those in need throughout our diocese, For the Glory of God. Pledge envelopes are still available in the church, or you can use the envelope you received in the mail from the diocese. Or donate online here.Remember, if we raise more than our goal, the diocese will return 70 percent of the amount over goal to us to reinvest in our own parish. This is an incredible opportunity and blessing. Your generosity is so greatly appreciated. Thank you for sharing your blessings!

Scam Emails and Text Messages

  • From time to time, there are phishing (SCAM) emails going out to members of the parish and staff claiming to be Father Michael as well as text messages.
    Please note that Father Michael and Father Frank DO NOT send texts or emails asking for money or gift cards. If you receive a message appearing to be from Father Michael or Father Frank, please discard it (any email that does not have “olmercy.com” is a fake email) and DO NOT SEND ANY ELECTRONIC MONETARY AID.  No one on the staff will personally ask for money in whatever form (gift cards etc). If someone sends you a private message asking for a donation of sorts, it’s undoubtedly a fake account. Please keep praying for us, and God bless you!

Did You Know We Have a Parish School?

  • All Saints Catholic Academy (ASCA) located at 1155 Aurora Ave, Naperville is our parish school!
  • Are you a parent with preschool, elementary, and middle school-aged children struggling with the antithetical Christian values the government schools are indoctrinating the children who attend government schools?  You’re not alone.
  • Join a growing number of OLM parents who have made the move by sending their child(ren) to public school to All Saints Catholic Academy.
  • Connect with Patty Bajek at (630) 961-6125, or pbajek@ascacademy.org to express your interest and schedule a personalized tour.  Or peruse their website to explore your interest.  

Totally Yours Pilgrimages

  • Experience pilgrimage with a newness at Totally Yours Pilgrimages hosts trips to Italy, Fatima, Medjugorje and more throughout the year. There pilgrimages offer the comforting presence of dedicated priests and the opportunity for daily Mass. Experience the serenity of sacred sites, knowing that every aspect of your journey, including flights, accommodations, and two daily meals, is expertly arranged for your convenience. If you’re seeking a meaningful escape and a chance to deepen your faith, don’t miss out on this unique opportunity. For more information contact 630-315-0533 or visit there website to begin your journey today.

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For the Hispanic Community

  • Please proceed here for the OLM Hispanic Ministry’s upcoming events and resources.
    ContinĂșe aquĂ­ para conocer los prĂłximos 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 prĂłxima semana, habrĂĄ Estaciones de la Cruz en español cada segundo miĂ©rcoles del mes despuĂ©s de la misa de las 12 pm.

A Note from the Intercessory Prayer Ministry

  • How can we pray for you today?
    There are times when life is overwhelming when all we have is questions.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 takes place monthly at MAGNIFY and on the last weekend of the month Mass times.  Prayer ministry is an opportunity for those in need of physical, emotional, or spiritual healing or with a specific intention. Come as an individual, as a couple, or as a family. Listen and receive the prayers while being open to the Holy Spirit’s movement.  

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 reply to or share messages. Enjoy a bunch of additional features like prayers, daily readings, reminders to silence your phone before Mass, & much more.

Donate Online Through OSV Giving 

  • Whether you are a registered parishioner with us or visiting, we are set up to receive donations online through OSV Our Sunday Visitor.
  •  Click here to for online giving.
  • You can also access this link through our myParish App “Giving” button. Don’t have the myParish App yet? Text APP to 88202 to download!  Receive this update, instant news, and get access to the parish calendar, daily readings, and Confession guide.

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

A MOTHER’S HEART GROW GROUP

Mission. A Mother’s Heart is a group for Catholic mothers with children ages 0-11 who are seeking to journey with other like-minded women of faith.  Following the example of St. ThĂ©rĂšse of Lisieux, we strive to imitate her “little way” of growing in holiness through the lenses of motherhood and family.

Website. Proceed here for details.

Meets. Each month for any of the following: book chats, podcast discussions, “Mom’s Night Out”, community service projects, fellowship, playgroups, prayer.

Connect.  Reach out to Lydia Schmitt lydiadschmitt@gmail.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.

Website. Proceed here for details.

Meets. Tuesdays @ 7pm and twice a month for social gatherings.

Connect.  Reach out to our Core Team at cfyagg@gmail.com for any questions.

SALT AND LIGHT GROW GROUP
Mission. â€œEncounter/Grow/Witness” is the threefold dimension of the Christian life.  Once we encounter Jesus, we are then called to grow daily as His disciples. Grow Groups are one way Our Lady of Mercy is responding to our missionary identity where we are called to help parishioners grow continually in discipleship.

Website. Proceed here for details.

Meets. Wednesdays 7pm to 8:30pm

Connect. For more information, connect with Geri Capulong at gericapulong@gmail.com or Bonnie Ramirez at bnnrmrz@gmail.com.

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
Jim Marks jimm6351@yahoo.com

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

or Download the FORMED App through these links: App Store or Google Play

EUCHARIST RESOURCES Check out our “Eucharist Resources” page to help us understand deeply the centrality of the Eucharist in our lives.

INTRODUCING THE ASCENSION APP A Catholic Bible and Catechism AppWe consulted more than 1,000 Catholics on what would make the ideal Bible and Catechism app and collected their direct feedback for over a year. Now it’s here! Download the App for free today on the App Store or the Google Play Store.

Check it out HERE

AMEN – CATHOLIC MEDITATION APP From Augustine Institute comes this NEW AND 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.

HALLOW – A CATHOLIC PRAYER & MEDITATION APP  Hallow is a Catholic prayer & meditation app that helps users deepen their relationship with God through contemplative prayer and strengthen one’s mental health in the process. Easy-to-use, audio-guided sessions anywhere from 1 to 60 minutes long. Pray your own way with a personalized prayer plan pulling from 3,000+ unique sessions including the Lectio Divina on the Daily Gospel, Rosary, Examen, Night Prayer, Calm & Humility “Praylists” and much more. Hallow Light is free. Hallow Plus is $5 per month ($60 per year). Sign up for either one here.

WORD ON FIRE

Explore the goodness, truth, and beauty of the faith!

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

Not sure where to start? How about checking out the short 5 episode series on The Eucharist This fresh look at the Eucharist brings to light its reality as sacred meal, the sacrifice necessary for communion with God, and the real presence of Christ.

BLESSED IS SHE

Blessed is She is a sisterhood of women who want to grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ through their Catholic faith.  They create beautiful and accessible resources, products, and experiences to deepen prayer and foster community, both online and in person.  

THE CATHOLIC GENTLEMAN

Founded in 2013, The Catholic Gentleman has become one of the most recognizable online men’s apostolate. Each week hundreds of thousands of men around the world visit our site for the insightful articles and the highest-quality products designed to encourage a life of authentic manhood. Their mission: To inspire men to holiness

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.

PINTS WITH AQUINAS PODCAST

Matt Fradd’s Pints with Aquinas is an online Catholic community of faith and truth… and maybe a pint or two. The podcast has long-form discussions, debates and teachings on the Catholic faith. Checkout the podcast here.


PASTORAL CARE

If you have physical, mental, emotional or spiritual health concerns or questions about end-of-life issues, funeral planning, journeying through grief, caregiving for a loved one or are homebound, please contact the parish office at 630-851-3444 or parishoffice@olmercy.com

RESTORE

Do you find yourself struggling in overcoming your battle with pornography?   Restore is a weekly (anonymous) meeting where men lean on each other for support and share ideas about strengthening our resolve to stay on God’s path of chastity.  All men are welcome, whether you have been free of pornography addiction for many years or struggle with it every single day.

If you are ready to start breaking free and want to Restore your life, email us at Restore.olm@gmail.com to find out more information on when and where we meet or call 331-684-7415. Check out the website for FAQs and further details. 

Be encouraged; check out this Testimony.

MOMS WALKING WITH MOMS IN NEED

Pregnant and parenting moms in need are in our parishes and our neighborhoods. As Pope Francis reminds us, our parishes need to be “islands of mercy in the midst of a sea of indifference.” Everyone in the parish community should know where to refer a pregnant woman in need. Connect with Lydia Schmitt for further questions at lydias@olmercy.com

FAITH BUDDIES

OLM invites you to learn more about a new program for children with special needs that will be launching in the spring!

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer or enrolling your child, please get in touch with Lydia Schmitt at lydias@olmercy.com

faith. Checkout the podcast here.


CONFERENCES

JOLIET YOUTH DAY 6/1

June 1, 2024
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Lewis University
1 University Parkway, Romeoville, IL 60446
Cost: $75/person 

Register to attend at this link

This exciting, first-of-its-kind youth event will be held at Lewis University on June 1, 2024, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. An unforgettable day conference dedicated to transforming the lives of 8th to 12th graders (current 7th to 12th graders) into passionate and joyful disciples, participants will:

  • Engage with national keynote speakers
  • Experience uplifting praise and worship
  • Deepen their faith through Eucharistic adoration
  • Find renewal in Reconciliation

2024 WORD ON FIRE CONFERENCE 8/2 – 8/4

Join over 1,000 Catholics at the 2024 Word on Fire Conference, Wonder: Nature and the Human Body

This conference is for you if you love Word on Fire and want to become more confident in your conversations with friends, coworkers, or family members about some of the most pressing issues the Church faces today.

Get 12% OFF your tickets here. Your ticket includes access to four keynotes (including one by Bishop Barron), three breakout sessions, two dinners, and two Masses.

This year’s conference is in Bishop’s home diocese of Rochester, Minnesota! It will be at the Mayo Civic Center (which is also the event space of the world-renowned Mayo Clinic). This year’s theme is Nature and the Human Body. All humans are bodied creatures. The human body is at the core of today’s most controversial topics, including evolution, artificial intelligence, and gender ideology. It’s more important than ever to be confident when talking with friends and family about these topics.

March 28, 2024 | Parish Update

Triduum; Holy Thursday-Good Friday-Easter Sunday. 7 Great Dates starts 4/5. The question is, this Easter.

View the full posting at our Flocknote email (don’t forget to join so you can receive the update via email).


News from Pastor in Training (P.I.T.)

    If you go to the Cathedral Basilica in St. Louis, you will actually be visiting the second largest mosaic in the world; thousands of small pieces of glass depicting the life of Christ adorn the church. When you walk down the center aisle and look to your right, you will see the following passage on the wall: â€œChrist is not risen, your faith is in vain.” When I first encountered it, I was confused as the statement was contrary to the faith. Why was this in the Catholic Cathedral Basilica? It wasn’t until I moved closer toward that side of the church that a very important word was revealed, which had been previously blocked by my field of vision: “If”. This word completes St. Paul’s quote from his first letter to the Corinthians, â€œIf Christ is not risen, your faith is in vain.” 

    Every time I walk into that Basilica, I have my own little April Fool’s day! Christ is not risen- April fools, just kidding, He has risen! However, what is St. Paul getting at with his rhetorical statement? He is declaring a necessary need for action. Because Jesus rose from the dead it changes everything. Our faith was never meant to be something idle, or something stagnant. It was never meant to be something that we just acknowledge for one hour a week on Sunday, or even once a year! It is meant to move our very being to its core!

    When you encounter love, do you just sit there? Or do you respond to it with your whole being? When someone tells you that they love you, what happens if you say nothing? It becomes very awkward. Why? … Because encountering truth and love requires a response! 

     What do we celebrate this Easter? God’s unconditional love for us: that even in the midst of our sin and death, God conquers both for our sake! The question is: are we going to sit idle while God professes His love for us, or are we going to respond with our very being, saying a great yes, a great AMEN?

Christ is Risen! Alleluia! Alleluia!

He has risen indeed! Alleluia! Alleluia!

Fr. Michael

Did you miss one? View past news from the P.I.T. here.


Holy Thursday Schedule 3/28
On Holy Thursday, we enter into the mystery of the Triduum, three days liturgically celebrated as one; these are the days that changed the world.
     Enter the mystery with us in the Mass of the Lord’s Supper @ 7pm followed immediately with Adoration of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament until midnight.
     For on this night, our Lord Jesus gave us three gifts by which He would remain with us always; Jesus gave us the gift of the priesthood of the new covenant, the gift of the Eucharist and the gift of His example of Love.

     Notice the ‘sound of silence’; đ˜€đ—¶đ—čđ—Čđ—»đ—°đ—Č đ—¶đ˜€ 𝘂𝘀đ—Čđ—± 𝗯𝘆 đ˜đ—”đ—Č đ—–đ—”đ˜‚đ—żđ—°đ—” đ˜đ—Œ 𝗿đ—Čđ—șđ—¶đ—»đ—± 𝘂𝘀 đ—Œđ—ł đ˜đ—”đ—Č 𝗿đ—Č𝘃đ—Č𝗿đ—Čđ—»đ˜ 𝗼𝘄đ—Č đ—źđ—œđ—œđ—żđ—Œđ—œđ—żđ—¶đ—źđ˜đ—Č đ—±đ˜‚đ—żđ—¶đ—»đ—Ž đ˜đ—”đ—Č𝘀đ—Č đ—șđ—Œđ˜€đ˜ đ—›đ—Œđ—č𝘆 𝗗𝗼𝘆𝘀. At the conclusion of the Mass this evening, the Blessed Sacrament will be processed to the repository. We depart from Mass đ˜Ș𝘯 𝘮đ˜Șđ˜­đ˜Šđ˜Żđ˜€đ˜Š, remembering the impending arrest and Passion of our Lord. On Good Friday, we gather and depart đ˜Ș𝘯 𝘮đ˜Șđ˜­đ˜Šđ˜Żđ˜€đ˜Š in commemoration of the Lord’s Passion. Finally, we gather đ˜Ș𝘯 𝘮đ˜Șđ˜­đ˜Šđ˜Żđ˜€đ˜Š for the Easter Vigil in joyful expectation of the Resurrection.
     As we celebrate these Holy Days dwelling in the silence, let us keep watch with Peter, James, and John, but this time, wide awake and mindful of Jesus’ agony in the garden, and Jesus steeling Himself not simply to die but to enter into battle alone against the powers of Sin, Death, satan, and Hell.

  • 8am Morning Prayer
  • 7pm Mass of the Lord’s Supper
  • 8:30pm Eucharistic Adoration from 8:30pm until Midnight

Good Friday Schedule 3/29

The starkness of Good Friday is profound because Jesus continues to obediently go to work against the powers of Sin, Death, satan, and hell, changing the course of the world and our destiny forever.

  • 8am Morning Prayer
  • 12pm Spanish Stations of the Cross
  • 3pm Living Stations by Teens
  • 7pm Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion

Good Friday Collection for the Holy Land 3/29

  • The Pontifical Good Friday Collection helps Christians in the Holy Land, where they are now less than 2% of the population. Your support is essential to help the Church minister in parishes, provide Catholic schools, and offer religious education.
  • The Pontifical Good Friday Collection also helps to preserve the sacred shrines of Christianity, including in Jerusalem, Nazareth, and Bethlehem, to name only a few. The wars, unrest and instability have been especially hard on Christians. In these times of crisis, the Pontifical Good Friday Collection provides humanitarian aid to refugees. When you contribute to the Pontifical Good Friday Collection, you become an instrument of peace and join with Catholics around the world in solidarity with the Church in the Holy Land.
  • Hear from Fr. Francesco Patton, OFM, Custos of the Holy Land at this link asking for your prayers on the situation they are facing and appealing to your generosity to help alleviate the dire need the community they serve are facing.
  • For more information about Christians in the Holy Land, visit www.custodia.org and www.myfranciscan.org

Divine Mercy Novena starts on Good Friday 3/29

  • Jesus asked that the Feast of Divine Mercy, known today as Divine Mercy Sunday which is on 4/7, be preceded by a Novena to The Divine Mercy. A Novena is nine days of prayer in preparation for a feast. In the case of the Novena to The Divine Mercy, we pray the Chaplet of The Divine Mercy each day for a specific intention. Our Lord told St. Faustina, â€œI desire that during these nine days you bring souls to the fountain of My mercy, that they may draw 
 strength and refreshment and whatever grace they need in the hardships of life, and especially at the hour of death” (Diary, 1209).
  • Please join us as we follow our Lord’s wish to bring to Him various intentions during our nine days of prayer. Proceed here to pray the Divine Mercy Novena 

Holy Saturday Schedule 3/30

In the stillness of Holy Saturday morning, we are in the midst of the mystery of the Triduum; waiting at the Lord’s tomb in prayer as He makes the descent into Hell; holding our breathes, anticipating His Resurrection.
As we take time today to be silent, here are powerful homilies for further reflection in the great silence of today: A Holy Saturday Ancient Homily
Homily on the Passion or Homily on the Pascha/Passover

  • 8am Morning Prayer
  • 12pm Basket Blessing
  • No Reconciliation 
  • No 4pm Mass

Easter Vigil Mass 3/30

  • The Easter Vigil Mass at 8pm with adult baptism, is the most beautiful liturgy in the Roman Catholic Church. Join us at the crowning moment of the Easter Triduum, the sublimely beautiful Easter Vigil Mass.
  • From our music director, Frank Sauter; of special note, this year, the recessional (the song at the end of the Mass) is going to be the â€œFinale to the Resurrection Symphony” by German composer Gustav Mahler. To help you get familiar with the song and to see the translation, please see our Easter page.
  • If You’ve Never Been To Easter Vigil Mass, Here’s Why You Need To Go

Easter Sunday Schedule 3/31

Experience the joy of Easter with us at any of our Easter Sunday Masses at 8am,10am and 12pm. Bring your friends and family to share in the warmth of our welcoming church and the beautiful liturgy.  Check out the Easter page for FAQs, Easter invitations you can text to your family, friends, and neighbors.

  • Mass in the Church 8am, 10am, 12pm
  • Mass in the PLC 10am, 12pm
  • No 5:30pm Mass

Parish Office is closed on Easter Monday 4/1

  • Happy Easter! The Parish Office will be closed on Easter Monday, 4/1, and will reopen the next day.

Fit Shepherds on Wednesday and Saturday mornings

  • To all men, in this time of renewed dedication to fitness, consider joining Fit Shepherds—a unique fusion of physical and spiritual growth. Join us for challenging workouts Saturdays at 7am and Wednesdays at 5:30am in the parking lot, as we strive to become better in every aspect of life, inspired by the Good Shepherd, Jesus Christ.
    Dads are encouraged to bring their sons 5th grade and older.
    Get a glimpse of a Saturday morning work out and see the video below:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hiVMnLrRzf0
  • For more information check out their website at this link or connect with Alex Baier who is looking forward to hearing from you; email him at abaier823@gmail.com

Weekly Praying for Priests

  • A prayer group has been praying for priests in front of the Blessed Sacrament weekly for over a year now, as well as on First Fridays. Even if you can’t join the group inside the church, you can pray wherever you are at during the times below.
  • Wednesdays at 10:30am – Rosary and Chaplet of Divine Mercy with meditations for priests,   Thursdays at 12:30pm –  Rosary and Chaplet of Divine Mercy with meditations for priests,First Friday of the month following 12pm Mass – Stations of the Cross with meditations for priests in the narthex.

Restore Weekly Restore Confidential Meetings

  • Restore is a ministry that accompanies men so as to win the battle against the struggles of living a lust-free life.
  • The ministry meets at a weekly (anonymous) meeting where men lean on each other for support and accountability and share ideas about strengthening their resolve to stay on God’s path of chastity.  All men are welcome, whether you have been free of the addiction for many years or struggle with it every single day. Though the meetings are weekly, at the last weekly meeting of the month, men are guided by a licensed Catholic therapist. If you are ready to start breaking free from the struggles of living chastely and want to Restore your life email Restore.olm@gmail.com to find out more information on when and where we meet or call 331-684-7415.

Come Visit Jesus in the New Adoration Chapel

  • Create more time for silence and prayer in your schedule by spending time with Jesus at the new Eucharistic Adoration Chapel anytime right after the 8am Mass until 10pm. We are also in need of committed adorers, simply click on the ‘Sign Up’ button on the hours we need a second adorer for. Proceed here for more details.

7 Great Dates on Fridays starting 4/5

  • đ—œđ—»đ˜ƒđ—Č𝘀𝘁 đ—¶đ—» đ˜†đ—Œđ˜‚đ—ż 𝗿đ—Čđ—čđ—źđ˜đ—¶đ—Œđ—»đ˜€đ—”đ—¶đ—œ; 𝗿đ—Čđ—Žđ—¶đ˜€đ˜đ—Č𝗿 đ—»đ—Œđ˜„ đ—łđ—Œđ—ż ‘𝟳 𝗚𝗿đ—Č𝗼𝘁 𝗗𝗼𝘁đ—Č𝘀’ đ—Żđ—żđ—Œđ˜‚đ—Žđ—”đ˜ đ˜đ—Œ đ˜†đ—Œđ˜‚ 𝗯𝘆 đ— đ—źđ—»đ—»đ—ź đ—łđ—Œđ—ż đ— đ—źđ—żđ—żđ—¶đ—źđ—Žđ—Č đ— đ—¶đ—»đ—¶đ˜€đ˜đ—żđ˜† 𝗼𝘁 𝗱𝘂𝗿 đ—Ÿđ—źđ—±đ˜† đ—Œđ—ł 𝗠đ—Č𝗿𝗰𝘆.  
  • Whether married for six months or 40 years, whether in a good place or struggling, the date nights help couples navigate the modern challenges of marriage.  It is based on Christian principles, but designed to help couples of all faiths strengthen their relationship.
  • The 7 Great Dates aka the Marriage Course is a series of 7 sessions encompassed with food, talk, and private discussion between the couple only.  Each session features leading experts, teaching content, and stories from around the globe.
  • Topics for Each Date Night are Strengthening Connection, The Art of Communication, Resolving Conflicts, The Power of Forgiveness, The Impact of Family, Good Sex, and Love in Action.

    Starts Friday April 5th through May 17 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm. Further details, registration, and the trailer are found at this link
  • Secure your spot now for an unforgettable experience! Act swiftly, as our limited spots are filling up rapidly. Join us and invest in your relationship – register today!

Register for 7 Great Dates

Divine Mercy Sunday 4/7

  • In celebration of the Feast Day of Divine Mercy on Sunday 4/7, we will hold a beautiful celebratory service in the Church at 2pm. Our service will include prayer of the Chaplet of the Divine Mercy through song, a devotion that Jesus revealed in His numerous apparitions and revelations to Saint Faustina.

“On that (Feast) Day, the depths of My mercy will be open to all 
. The soul that will go to Confession and receive Holy Communion shall obtain complete forgiveness of sins and punishment.”

Our observance of the Divine Mercy Feast Day will include the following:

  • Sacrament of Reconciliation, 2pm to 4pm
  • Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Eucharistic Adoration starting at 2pm
  • Recitation of the Holy Rosary
  • Silent Meditation and Prayer
  • Taking of Personal Intentions for the Divine Mercy Chaplet
  • Recitation of the Chaplet (at the Hour of Jesus’ Death)
  • Blessing of participants’ Divine Mercy Images at the altar
  • Benediction, closing prayers to Jesus and Mary
  • Pamphlets featuring the Chaplet of the Divine Mercy, as well as other resources, will be available, but participants should be sure to bring their Rosary!
  • *Also, on Good Friday morning (March 29), immediately after the 8am prayer service in the church, the Divine Mercy Chaplet will be recited. It’s a great way to start your Good Friday observance and Divine Mercy Novena, which should include your recitation of the Chaplet and a Spiritual or Corporal Work of Mercy through April 7

New Teen Youth Group called Refuge Meets on 4/7, 4/14, 4/21, & 4/28

  • High School students are invited to join the new OLM High School Youth Ministry, called “Refuge”  Come by on Sundays in April from 3:16pm-5:16pm, in the Youth Center (Room 211). If you have a teenager in your life, please let them know of this new youth group where they’ll find a safe and fun place to grow and find positive social connections within a solid Catholic community

Mondays with Monica and Augustine 4/8

  • Join Mondays With Monica And Augustine Prayer Group at 7:30pm in the Church to pray “The Way of the Cross for Loved Ones Who Have Left the Faith.” 
  • Let’s come together to uplift our family and friends who have strayed from the faith. Your presence and prayers can make a profound impact. We kindly request registration to ensure an ample supply of prayer books, yet we warmly welcome walk-ins as well. Proceed here for details and registration.

Walking Through Grief 6-Week Series Begins 4/8

  • 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 7pm-8:30pm on the following Mondays: April 8, 15, 22 & 29, May 6 & 13 in Room 208 in the Parish Life Center (PLC)
  • Registration is requested, Please connect with Jolene Leroy at 331-707-5380

Bible Study on the Book of Revelation 4/9

  • On Tuesday evenings at 7pm for 11 sessions, the Bible Study on the book of Revelation is held starting on 4/9th.  We will use the Ascension Press “Revelation: The Kingdom Yet to Come” study guide and video.  Please purchase the study guide online at the link below.  As Easter culminates in the coming of Jesus and His Kingdom, we’ll dive deep into the second coming.  Join us for this Book of good news and learn more about our mass through the revelation of John.
  • Register for the study here.  Purchase study guide here

Annulment Information Session 4/10

  • â€œđ˜žđ˜©đ˜ąđ˜” 𝘩đ˜čđ˜ąđ˜€đ˜”đ˜­đ˜ș đ˜Ș𝘮 𝘱𝘯 đ˜ąđ˜Żđ˜Żđ˜¶đ˜­đ˜źđ˜Šđ˜Żđ˜”? 𝘋𝘰 đ˜șđ˜°đ˜¶ đ˜¶đ˜Żđ˜„đ˜Šđ˜łđ˜Žđ˜”đ˜ąđ˜Żđ˜„ đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Š đ˜„đ˜Șđ˜§đ˜§đ˜Šđ˜łđ˜Šđ˜Żđ˜€đ˜Š đ˜Łđ˜Šđ˜”đ˜žđ˜Šđ˜Šđ˜Ż 𝘱 đ˜€đ˜°đ˜Żđ˜”đ˜łđ˜ąđ˜€đ˜” đ˜ąđ˜Żđ˜„ 𝘱 đ˜Žđ˜ąđ˜€đ˜łđ˜ąđ˜źđ˜Šđ˜Żđ˜”đ˜ąđ˜­ đ˜€đ˜°đ˜·đ˜Šđ˜Żđ˜ąđ˜Żđ˜”?”
  • If you or someone you know has suffered the loss of marital relationship and it ended in divorce, we invite you to this annulment information session. We will discuss the myths versus truths of annulment, why it is NOT a “Catholic divorce”, and what the annulment process looks like.
  • đ—đ—Œđ—¶đ—» 𝘂𝘀 đ—Œđ—» đ—Șđ—Čđ—±đ—»đ—Čđ˜€đ—±đ—źđ˜†, đ—”đ—œđ—żđ—¶đ—č đŸ­đŸŹđ˜đ—” đ—łđ—żđ—Œđ—ș 𝟳-đŸ”đ—œđ—ș đ—¶đ—» đ—żđ—Œđ—Œđ—ș 𝟼𝟭𝟭. đ—Ąđ—Œ đ—„đ—Šđ—©đ—Ł 𝗿đ—Čđ—Ÿđ˜‚đ—¶đ—żđ—Čđ—±.
  • *This session will be led by Annulment Field Advocates, Kim Harris and Mary LoGalbo, trained by the Catholic Diocese of Joliet. All information presented is from the Joliet Diocese and founded on the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

Dr. John Bergsma on Roots of the Eucharist 4/13

  • On Saturday 4/13 at 7pm at St. Raphael Church, Dr. John Bergsma will be speaking on the Roots of the Eucharist.  Dr. Bergsma is a renowned author and speaker of the St. Paul Center in Ohio.

St. Peregrine Prayer Service 4/16

  • For those with cancer, serious or chronic illnesses, and their caregivers, come to the St. Peregrine Prayer Service on Tuesday 4/16 following the 6:30pm Mass.
  • St. Peregrine is the patron saint of the sick, especially those suffering from cancer, serious illness, or chronic illness. The prayer service is for the intention of those with cancer, serious or chronic illnesses, and their caregivers to fortify them in their current situation.

Meet & Greet Gathering 4/21

  • 𝟰/𝟼𝟭 @ 𝟭𝟭:đŸ­đŸ±đ—źđ—ș đ—¶đ˜€ đ—łđ—Œđ—ż đ˜đ—”đ—Œđ˜€đ—Č đ—čđ—Œđ—Œđ—žđ—¶đ—»đ—Ž đ˜đ—Œ 𝗿đ—Čđ—Žđ—¶đ˜€đ˜đ—Č𝗿 𝗼𝘀 đ—»đ—Č𝘄 đ—œđ—źđ—żđ—¶đ˜€đ—”đ—¶đ—Œđ—»đ—Č𝗿𝘀/đ—șđ—Čđ—ș𝗯đ—Č𝗿𝘀 đ—źđ—»đ—± đ—łđ—Œđ—ż đ—»đ—Č𝘄đ—č𝘆 𝗿đ—Čđ—Žđ—¶đ˜€đ˜đ—Č𝗿đ—Čđ—± đ—œđ—źđ—żđ—¶đ˜€đ—”đ—¶đ—Œđ—»đ—Č𝗿𝘀 𝗼𝘁 đ˜đ—”đ—Č đ—Șđ—Čđ—čđ—°đ—Œđ—șđ—Č 𝗠đ—Čđ—Č𝘁 & 𝗚𝗿đ—Čđ—Č𝘁 đ—šđ—źđ˜đ—”đ—Čđ—żđ—¶đ—»đ—Ž!
  • Whether you’ve recently registered as a member (parishioner) or if you’ve been attending our Sunday or Daily Mass, actively participating in community life, 𝘄đ—Č đ—Čđ—»đ—°đ—Œđ˜‚đ—żđ—źđ—Žđ—Č đ˜†đ—Œđ˜‚ đ˜đ—Œ đ—ș𝗼𝗾đ—Č đ—¶đ˜ đ—Œđ—łđ—łđ—¶đ—°đ—¶đ—źđ—č đ—źđ—»đ—± 𝗯đ—Čđ—°đ—Œđ—șđ—Č 𝗼 đ—șđ—Čđ—ș𝗯đ—Č𝗿/đ—œđ—źđ—żđ—¶đ˜€đ—”đ—¶đ—Œđ—»đ—Č𝗿 𝗼𝘁 đ˜đ—”đ—Č 𝗠đ—Čđ—Č𝘁 & 𝗚𝗿đ—Čđ—Č𝘁—𝘄đ—Č’đ—čđ—č 𝗯đ—Č 𝗿đ—Čđ—źđ—±đ˜† đ˜đ—Œ đ—źđ˜€đ˜€đ—¶đ˜€đ˜ đ˜„đ—¶đ˜đ—” 𝗿đ—Čđ—Žđ—¶đ˜€đ˜đ—żđ—źđ˜đ—¶đ—Œđ—»đ˜€!  We hope to see you on Sunday 4/21 for a joyful experience of connection, belonging, and the start of a beautiful journey together. We can’t wait to meet you and welcome you officially into the OLM family!

Catholic Charities Mobile Food Pantry 4/25

  • The Mobile Food Pantry is on Thursday 4.25 from 4:30pm to 6pm in the Our Lady of Mercy Parking Lot. Don’t forget to share the Our Lady of Mercy social media posting on your network; đ˜†đ—Œđ˜‚ đ—»đ—Č𝘃đ—Č𝗿 đ—žđ—»đ—Œđ˜„ đ˜„đ—”đ—Œ 𝗼đ—șđ—Œđ—»đ—Ž đ˜†đ—Œđ˜‚đ—ż đ—»đ—Čđ˜đ˜„đ—Œđ—żđ—ž đ—¶đ˜€ đ—¶đ—» đ—»đ—Čđ—Čđ—± đ—Œđ—ł đ—łđ—Œđ—Œđ—±.
  • 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! Catholic Charities helps people of all faiths and beliefs. Mobile Food Pantries use a “drive-thru” method to distribute. Please clear space in your trunk or backseat so volunteers can load boxes of food directly into your vehicle. Mobile Food Pantries take place snow, rain, or shine! 

Diocese of Joliet Jeremiah Day 4/27

  • This is a day for boys in grades 7-10 to grow closer to God and to visit Mundelein Seminary. The activities include a tour of Mundelein Seminary, talks about how God calls us, lunch, recreation time with open gym, and Mass. It is hosted and led by the Diocese of Joliet seminarians at Mundelein Seminary. 
  • The day will take place from 10am to 5pm. Carpooling on a parish level is suggested. Parents, youth ministers, teachers, and parish priests are invited to attend as well. 
  • Registration & permission forms can be found Here: https://www.diojoliet.org/documents/d/vocations/jeremiah-day-registration-04-2024-pdf

Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat 5/3 thru 5/5

  • If you are suffering from grief after having had an abortion, remember that God always offers forgiveness. Nothing is unforgivable and the Church is the hospital of healing. Just as the father ran to the prodigal son when he came home, so too is God waiting with open arms to receive you back home!
  •  Rachel’s Vineyard weekend retreats offer a beautiful opportunity for healing to any woman or man who has struggled with the emotional or spiritual pain of an abortion.
  • For more information, and to register, please proceed here: https://www.diojoliet.org/w/rachel-s-vineyard-retreat

An Introduction to Catholic SocialTeaching 5/8 and 5/15

  • “Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.” (Matthew 25:40)What. Through prayer, reflection, and discussion we will become familiar with the social teachings of the Catholic Church.When. Part 1 on Wednesday 5/8 and Part 2 on 5/15 from 6:30pm – 8:30 pm Where. Room 114 of the PLCWho. Opened to anyone who is interested.  Sponsored by the OLM St. Vincent de Paul Society and the OLM Peace and SocialJustice Ministry.How. Please register by 4/28 by emailing Amy Milller at mt.al.miller@gmail.com

An Evening with Mother Mary 5/11

  • You and your family are invited to a special celebration in honor of our heavenly mother on Saturday 5/11th after the 4pm Mass, from 5:15pm to 6:45PM in the gym with supper.
  • Please RSVP at this link and connect with Justin Reyes reyeshj17@gmail.com for any questions.

Saint Vincent De Paul Society – Welcoming New Members

  • Volunteers are needed to answer phone requests, meet with people requesting financial assistance and help with clothing drives. Members meet as a group monthly on the third Wednesday of the month at 7pm in room 114.
  • To volunteer please contact the parish office at (630)851-3444 to learn more or email us at olmsvdp@gmail.com
  • We thank OLM parishioners for financial donations throughout the year and support of our clothing drives. Your donations allow us to help parishioners and neighbors in need. In 2023, we provided assistance to 79 households, helping more than 200 men, women and children!

Have a Minister of Care Bring Holy Communion to Your Loved One that is Homebound

  • Ministers of Care are trained in the ministry and commissioned by the parish to visit those unable to come to Church to receive Holy Communion.
  • If you know someone in the parish who is unable to come to church and wishes to receive Holy Communion in the home, please contact Jolene at jolenel@olmercy.com and arrangements will be made.

Is God Calling You to the Priesthood?

  • Marriage is good and priesthood is good so how do you choose between two goods?  Connect with Fr Michael at frmichael@olmercy.com and speak with him.

Bishop Hick’s Monthly Column 

  • Bishop Hicks’ monthly column for February is titled “Peace in the Holy Land” Read his insightful column HERE.
    • 75th Jubilee of the Diocese of Joliet. Our diocese was founded on December 11, 1948. For an entire year, we will highlight the accomplishments of our past & how we were founded in faith, while being called to witness now and in the future, and continue to be sent forth to serve. Hear from Bishop Hicks as he describes the events leading up to the year-long celebration of the 75th Anniversary of the Diocese of Joliet; find out all the details, and see the year-long schedule HERE.

Catholic Ministries Annual Appeal 2024 

  • If you have already pledged your support to the Catholic Ministries Annual Appeal (CMAA), we sincerely thank you! If we all join together, we can meet our parish’s goal of $140,500. Each and every gift, regardless of size, truly matters and makes a difference. If you still plan on making your gift, please prayerfully reflect on how best you can support the CMAA this year to help those in need throughout our diocese, For the Glory of God. Pledge envelopes are still available in the church, or you can use the envelope you received in the mail from the diocese. Or donate online here.Remember, if we raise more than our goal, the diocese will return 70 percent of the amount over goal to us to reinvest in our own parish. This is an incredible opportunity and blessing. Your generosity is so greatly appreciated. Thank you for sharing your blessings!

Scam Emails and Text Messages

  • From time to time, there are phishing (SCAM) emails going out to members of the parish and staff claiming to be Father Michael as well as text messages.
    Please note that Father Michael and Father Frank DO NOT send texts or emails asking for money or gift cards. If you receive a message appearing to be from Father Michael or Father Frank, please discard it (any email that does not have “olmercy.com” is a fake email) and DO NOT SEND ANY ELECTRONIC MONETARY AID.  No one on the staff will personally ask for money in whatever form (gift cards etc). If someone sends you a private message asking for a donation of sorts, it’s undoubtedly a fake account. Please keep praying for us, and God bless you!

Did You Know We Have a Parish School?

  • All Saints Catholic Academy (ASCA) located at 1155 Aurora Ave, Naperville is our parish school!
  • Are you a parent with preschool, elementary, and middle school-aged children struggling with the antithetical Christian values the government schools are indoctrinating the children who attend government schools?  You’re not alone.
  • Join a growing number of OLM parents who have made the move by sending their child(ren) to public school to All Saints Catholic Academy.
  • Connect with Patty Bajek at (630) 961-6125, or pbajek@ascacademy.org to express your interest and schedule a personalized tour.  Or peruse their website to explore your interest.  

Totally Yours Pilgrimages

  • Experience pilgrimage with a newness at Totally Yours Pilgrimages hosts trips to Italy, Fatima, Medjugorje and more throughout the year. There pilgrimages offer the comforting presence of dedicated priests and the opportunity for daily Mass. Experience the serenity of sacred sites, knowing that every aspect of your journey, including flights, accommodations, and two daily meals, is expertly arranged for your convenience. If you’re seeking a meaningful escape and a chance to deepen your faith, don’t miss out on this unique opportunity. For more information contact 630-315-0533 or visit there website to begin your journey today.

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For the Hispanic Community

  • Please proceed here for the OLM Hispanic Ministry’s upcoming events and resources.
    ContinĂșe aquĂ­ para conocer los prĂłximos 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 prĂłxima semana, habrĂĄ Estaciones de la Cruz en español cada segundo miĂ©rcoles del mes despuĂ©s de la misa de las 12 pm.

A Note from the Intercessory Prayer Ministry

  • How can we pray for you today?
    There are times when life is overwhelming when all we have is questions.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 takes place monthly at MAGNIFY and on the last weekend of the month Mass times.  Prayer ministry is an opportunity for those in need of physical, emotional, or spiritual healing or with a specific intention. Come as an individual, as a couple, or as a family. Listen and receive the prayers while being open to the Holy Spirit’s movement.  

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 reply to or share messages. Enjoy a bunch of additional features like prayers, daily readings, reminders to silence your phone before Mass, & much more.

Donate Online Through OSV Giving 

  • Whether you are a registered parishioner with us or visiting, we are set up to receive donations online through OSV Our Sunday Visitor.
  •  Click here to for online giving.
  • You can also access this link through our myParish App “Giving” button. Don’t have the myParish App yet? Text APP to 88202 to download!  Receive this update, instant news, and get access to the parish calendar, daily readings, and Confession guide.

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

A MOTHER’S HEART GROW GROUP

Mission. A Mother’s Heart is a group for Catholic mothers with children ages 0-11 who are seeking to journey with other like-minded women of faith.  Following the example of St. ThĂ©rĂšse of Lisieux, we strive to imitate her “little way” of growing in holiness through the lenses of motherhood and family.

Website. Proceed here for details.

Meets. Each month for any of the following: book chats, podcast discussions, “Mom’s Night Out”, community service projects, fellowship, playgroups, prayer.

Connect.  Reach out to Lydia Schmitt lydiadschmitt@gmail.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.

Website. Proceed here for details.

Meets. Tuesdays @ 7pm and twice a month for social gatherings.

Connect.  Reach out to our Core Team at cfyagg@gmail.com for any questions.

SALT AND LIGHT GROW GROUP
Mission. â€œEncounter/Grow/Witness” is the threefold dimension of the Christian life.  Once we encounter Jesus, we are then called to grow daily as His disciples. Grow Groups are one way Our Lady of Mercy is responding to our missionary identity where we are called to help parishioners grow continually in discipleship.

Website. Proceed here for details.

Meets. Wednesdays 7pm to 8:30pm

Connect. For more information, connect with Geri Capulong at gericapulong@gmail.com or Bonnie Ramirez at bnnrmrz@gmail.com.

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
Jim Marks jimm6351@yahoo.com

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

or Download the FORMED App through these links: App Store or Google Play

EUCHARIST RESOURCES Check out our “Eucharist Resources” page to help us understand deeply the centrality of the Eucharist in our lives.

INTRODUCING THE ASCENSION APP A Catholic Bible and Catechism AppWe consulted more than 1,000 Catholics on what would make the ideal Bible and Catechism app and collected their direct feedback for over a year. Now it’s here! Download the App for free today on the App Store or the Google Play Store.

Check it out HERE

AMEN – CATHOLIC MEDITATION APP From Augustine Institute comes this NEW AND 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.

HALLOW – A CATHOLIC PRAYER & MEDITATION APP  Hallow is a Catholic prayer & meditation app that helps users deepen their relationship with God through contemplative prayer and strengthen one’s mental health in the process. Easy-to-use, audio-guided sessions anywhere from 1 to 60 minutes long. Pray your own way with a personalized prayer plan pulling from 3,000+ unique sessions including the Lectio Divina on the Daily Gospel, Rosary, Examen, Night Prayer, Calm & Humility “Praylists” and much more. Hallow Light is free. Hallow Plus is $5 per month ($60 per year). Sign up for either one here.

WORD ON FIRE

Explore the goodness, truth, and beauty of the faith!

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

Not sure where to start? How about checking out the short 5 episode series on The Eucharist This fresh look at the Eucharist brings to light its reality as sacred meal, the sacrifice necessary for communion with God, and the real presence of Christ.

BLESSED IS SHE

Blessed is She is a sisterhood of women who want to grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ through their Catholic faith.  They create beautiful and accessible resources, products, and experiences to deepen prayer and foster community, both online and in person.  

THE CATHOLIC GENTLEMAN

Founded in 2013, The Catholic Gentleman has become one of the most recognizable online men’s apostolate. Each week hundreds of thousands of men around the world visit our site for the insightful articles and the highest-quality products designed to encourage a life of authentic manhood. Their mission: To inspire men to holiness

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.

PINTS WITH AQUINAS PODCAST

Matt Fradd’s Pints with Aquinas is an online Catholic community of faith and truth… and maybe a pint or two. The podcast has long-form discussions, debates and teachings on the Catholic faith. Checkout the podcast here.


PASTORAL CARE

If you have physical, mental, emotional or spiritual health concerns or questions about end-of-life issues, funeral planning, journeying through grief, caregiving for a loved one or are homebound, please contact the parish office at 630-851-3444 or parishoffice@olmercy.com

RESTORE

Do you find yourself struggling in overcoming your battle with pornography?   Restore is a weekly (anonymous) meeting where men lean on each other for support and share ideas about strengthening our resolve to stay on God’s path of chastity.  All men are welcome, whether you have been free of pornography addiction for many years or struggle with it every single day.

If you are ready to start breaking free and want to Restore your life, email us at Restore.olm@gmail.com to find out more information on when and where we meet or call 331-684-7415. Check out the website for FAQs and further details. 

Be encouraged; check out this Testimony.

MOMS WALKING WITH MOMS IN NEED

Pregnant and parenting moms in need are in our parishes and our neighborhoods. As Pope Francis reminds us, our parishes need to be “islands of mercy in the midst of a sea of indifference.” Everyone in the parish community should know where to refer a pregnant woman in need. Connect with Lydia Schmitt for further questions at lydias@olmercy.com

FAITH BUDDIES

OLM invites you to learn more about a new program for children with special needs that will be launching in the spring!

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer or enrolling your child, please get in touch with Lydia Schmitt at lydias@olmercy.com

faith. Checkout the podcast here.


CONFERENCES

JOLIET YOUTH DAY 6/1

June 1, 2024
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Lewis University
1 University Parkway, Romeoville, IL 60446
Cost: $75/person 

Register to attend at this link

This exciting, first-of-its-kind youth event will be held at Lewis University on June 1, 2024, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. An unforgettable day conference dedicated to transforming the lives of 8th to 12th graders (current 7th to 12th graders) into passionate and joyful disciples, participants will:

  • Engage with national keynote speakers
  • Experience uplifting praise and worship
  • Deepen their faith through Eucharistic adoration
  • Find renewal in Reconciliation

2024 WORD ON FIRE CONFERENCE 8/2 – 8/4

Join over 1,000 Catholics at the 2024 Word on Fire Conference, Wonder: Nature and the Human Body

This conference is for you if you love Word on Fire and want to become more confident in your conversations with friends, coworkers, or family members about some of the most pressing issues the Church faces today.

Get 12% OFF your tickets here. Your ticket includes access to four keynotes (including one by Bishop Barron), three breakout sessions, two dinners, and two Masses.

This year’s conference is in Bishop’s home diocese of Rochester, Minnesota! It will be at the Mayo Civic Center (which is also the event space of the world-renowned Mayo Clinic). This year’s theme is Nature and the Human Body. All humans are bodied creatures. The human body is at the core of today’s most controversial topics, including evolution, artificial intelligence, and gender ideology. It’s more important than ever to be confident when talking with friends and family about these topics.

 topics.

March 3, 2024 | Parish Update

Sacrament of Reconciliation. Fr Hugh Fullmer. Registration deadlines for Holy Pause & 3/8th Fish Dinner.

View the full posting at our Flocknote email (don’t forget to join so you can receive the update via email).


News from Priest in Training (P.I.T.)

     When I was a little kid, I would watch a show called The Big Comfy Couch, in which most of the adventures took place on the eponymous sofa. One of my favorite segments of the show was the “Ten Second Tidy.” At the end of the show, the characters would clean up the mess they made in ten seconds by comically shoving everything into the couch cushions. Of course, this show influenced how I cleaned as a child. One day, as we were leaving a friend’s house, my mom said I had to clean up my mess really quickly before we left. “Ten second tidy?” I said. She nodded, probably thinking I meant that I would clean really fast. When we got back home, my mom received a phone call from my friend’s mom. “We can’t find our remote control. Do you have any idea where it might be?” She looked at me for a second and replied, “Have you checked your couch cushions?” 

    Even now as an adult, I still do not enjoy cleaning, and much of my “tidying” probably still resembles shoving everything out of sight into the couch cushions. During this Lent, we are called to do a kind of “spring cleaning” of our souls. But left to ourselves, our cleaning might look more like a “ten second tidy,” shoving problems out of sight rather than truly removing them from our lives. So how can we truly clean our souls?

     In the Gospel, where Jesus makes a whip and drives all the money changers out of the Temple. What does that have to do with us? John gives us a clue: “But he was speaking about the temple of his body.” Jesus refers to His body as a Temple, and because we are joined to His Body through Baptism, St. Paul can call our bodies Temples of the Holy Spirit (1 Cor 6:19). 

 We need to invite Jesus to cleanse the temples of our bodies and souls of any sin. We do this primarily through the Sacrament of Reconciliation, but as we go to receive this sacrament during Lent, we should take Jesus as a model of the attitude we need to have toward sin. He doesn’t allow any of the money changers to remain in the Temple, but drives them completely out. In the same way, we cannot make any compromises with sin, but resolve to drive it completely out of our lives. 

     This driving out of the money changers isn’t without purpose. The Temple is a place of communion with God, and even more so the Temple of the Body of Christ. So we allow Jesus to cleanse the temples of our souls so that we can enter more deeply into communion with Him, especially through the Holy Eucharist. As we prepare for Easter, let’s remember that going to Confession shouldn’t be a “ten second tidy,” but a true cleansing of our sins so that Jesus can fill us with His Presence.

Fr. Frank

For the Confession schedule for our parish and nearby parishes, please proceed to our Lent webpage or see the times in the “Looking Ahead” section below for our Reconciliation service and the upcoming 6 successive days of Confession times.

Did you miss one? View past news from the P.I.T. here.


Fr. Hugh Fullmer

  • It is with sadness that we share the news of the sudden passing on Friday 3/1 of our former pastor, Fr. Hugh Fullmer, who served our parish faithfully for 17 years (2000 – 2017). 

    Funeral arrangements are pending, and we will update you as soon as the details are finalized (we will release information on the app first and the rest of our communications platforms will follow, so please download the app if you haven’t done so already).

    Let us join in prayer for the repose of his soul and for strength and comfort for his family and friends during this difficult time. 

    During this time of reflection, let us remember the various ways he impacted our parish community and offer support to one another. 

    Eternal rest grant unto Your servant, Fr. Hugh Fullmer, and let Your perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

Holy Pause-Family Faith Formation Lenten Event Last Day to Register is 3/5

  • 𝗘đ—ș𝗯𝗿𝗼𝗰đ—Č đ˜đ—”đ—Č 𝘀𝗼𝗰𝗿đ—Čđ—± 𝘀đ—Čđ—źđ˜€đ—Œđ—» đ—Œđ—ł 𝗟đ—Čđ—»đ˜ đ˜„đ—¶đ˜đ—” 𝗼 đ˜€đ—œđ—Čđ—°đ—¶đ—źđ—č đ—Č𝘃đ—Čđ—»đ˜ đ˜đ—źđ—¶đ—čđ—Œđ—żđ—Čđ—± đ—łđ—Œđ—ż 𝗳𝗼đ—șđ—¶đ—čđ—¶đ—Č𝘀 – đ˜đ—”đ—Č “đ—›đ—Œđ—č𝘆 𝗣𝗼𝘂𝘀đ—Č.” Join us on Saturday, 3/9th from 2pm to 3:45pm in the gym for an enriching experience designed to deepen your Lenten journey as a family.
  • 🙌 Activities Include
    • Path of Creative Prayer Stations. Explore a journey of reflection and connection as a family, lifting up your own needs and the needs of others through unique prayer stations.
    • Make and Take Prayer Bowl Project. Engage in a hands-on, creative activity to craft personalized prayer bowls, a tangible reminder of your family’s shared spiritual journey.
    • Small Service Opportunity. Embrace the spirit of giving back as a family through a meaningful service opportunity.
  • 📅 Registration Deadline. To ensure we can accommodate everyone, please register for this free special gathering by 3/5th. Let’s come together as a community to pause, reflect, and strengthen our spiritual bonds during this Lenten season. We look forward to sharing this sacred time with you and your loved ones.

Register for Holy Pause HERE

Consuming Fire Young Adult Grow Group Continues on Tuesday 3/5

  • 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 cfyagg@gmail.com to get plugged in with the group or sign up at the link HERE
  • This Tuesday 3/5th, the group will be at Feed My Starving Children packing nutritious meals for hungry children around the world.

Bible Studies Continue on Tuesdays and Wednesdays 3/5 & 3/6

  • How exciting! There are two Bible Study opportunities to take part in. We hope to see you at any of the following. Should you have any questions, please connect with Joe Wiacek and Joe Glasgow who are looking forward to hearing from you at OLMBiblestudies@gmail.com

SoulCore’s Second of Three Classes on Wednesday 3/6

  • Join SoulCore Leaders Jen Bickel, and Lisa Hir, to nourish body, mind & soul with SoulCore — a prayer experience that combines the prayers of the rosary with core strengthening, stretching, and functional movement.  
    No fitness level or experience is required. All are welcome!
    This lenten themed fitness class will meet at 6:30pm on Wednesday 2/21, 3/6, and 3/13 focusing on the Sorrowful Mysteries.  

Vine & Branches Meets on Wednesdays 3/6

  • Vine & Branches is a Grow Group at Our Lady of Mercy that offers support and belonging to individuals who have experienced the trauma of a broken marital relationship.
  • For more information, please reach out to one of our group leaders. They look forward to hearing from you: Kim Harris kimharris73@yahoo.com
    Mary LoGalbo logalbo.marycarol@gmail.com, Jim Marks jimm6351@yahoo.com

Salt and Light Grow Group Continues on Wednesdays & Thursdays 3/6 & 3/7

  • Join Salt and Light Grow Group đ—Œđ—» 𝗼 đ—·đ—Œđ˜‚đ—żđ—»đ—Č𝘆 đ—¶đ—»đ˜đ—Œ đ˜đ—”đ—Č đ—”đ—Č𝗼𝗿𝘁 đ—Œđ—ł 𝗩𝘁. đ—§đ—”đ—ČÌđ—żđ—ČÌ€đ˜€đ—Č đ—Œđ—ł đ—Ÿđ—¶đ˜€đ—¶đ—Č𝘂𝘅’𝘀 đ—Ÿđ—¶đ˜đ˜đ—čđ—Č đ—Ș𝗼𝘆 đ˜„đ—¶đ˜đ—” đ˜đ—”đ—Č “𝟯𝟯 𝗗𝗼𝘆𝘀 đ˜đ—Œ 𝗠đ—Čđ—żđ—°đ—¶đ—łđ˜‚đ—č đ—Ÿđ—Œđ˜ƒđ—Č đ—šđ—żđ—Œđ˜‚đ—œ đ—„đ—Č𝘁𝗿đ—Č𝗼𝘁”
  • Choose from Wednesday evenings at 6:30pm or Thursday afternoons at 1pm; For more details and registration, proceed here, and please don’t forget to bring a friend.
  • At this lenten journey, uncover the power of trust; find the inspiration to become great saints in ordinary circumstances; and prepare for a personal consecration to Divine Mercy. This parish study which culminates on Divine Mercy Sunday 4/7th, includes workbooks, group discussion, and talks by renowned speaker and author Fr. Michael Gaitley, MIC.
    All participants will receive a free workbook, however, you must purchase the book “33 Days to Merciful Love” it is available on Amazon.
    Saint Pope John Paul II emphasized that now is the time of mercy, now is a time of great and extraordinary grace, a time in which all of us can become great saints — if we tap into that grace. One of the ways we tap into that grace is by asking God to fill us with an ocean of His tenderness and mercy. And we do that by consecrating ourselves to His Mercy. Please consider joining us. All are welcome!
    Check out the trailer

The Rescue Project Continues 3/7

  • We head into Chapter 4 “It Gets Worse” at the Rescue Project.  We are often taught that the result of the Fall as depicted in Genesis 3 is something that might solely be described as “separation from God.” Chapter Four attempts to correct this fairly common misunderstanding and lays out in stark fashion the true horror of our reality. Sacred Scripture and Church tradition make clear that the human race, as a consequence of our rebellion, has sold itself into slavery to powers against which we cannot compete.  Please continue to be in prayer for our all the participants taking part in our parish lenten journey at The Rescue Project.

Lenten Fish Dinner 3/8 & 3/22

  • Purchase your Friday Lenten Fish Dinner meal tickets here 
  • The deadline to purchase meal tickets for Friday 3/8th is on 3/7th
  • The deadline for 3/22nd it will be on 3/21st.
    • Held from 5:30pm to 8pm, all proceeds support a wonderful cause, the Teen Mission Trip.
    • $15 Fish Dinner Plates consists of potatoes, dinner roll, dessert and beverage. Choose from shrimp, cod (fried), or salmon.

Stations of the Cross on Fridays 

  • We hope to see you every Friday in Lent; let’s journey together through the Stations of the Cross! It’s a beautiful way to journey and reflect on God’s sacrifice and love for us. 12pm in Spanish and 7pm in English.
  • Or just come by at your convenience and walk the stations of the cross inside the narthex and if the weather is nice, you can also pray at the beautiful outdoor stations of the cross  May God’s grace be with you this Lenten Season.

Fit Shepherds on Wednesday and Saturday mornings

  • To all men, in this time of renewed dedication to fitness, consider joining Fit Shepherds—a unique fusion of physical and spiritual growth. Join us for challenging workouts Saturdays at 7am and Wednesdays at 5:30am in the parking lot, as we strive to become better in every aspect of life, inspired by the Good Shepherd, Jesus Christ.
    Dads are encouraged to bring their sons 5th grade and older.
    Get a glimpse of a Saturday morning work out and see the video below:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hiVMnLrRzf0
  • For more information check out their website at this link or connect with Alex Baier who is looking forward to hearing from you; email him at abaier823@gmail.com

Weekly Praying for Priests

  • A prayer group has been praying for priests in front of the Blessed Sacrament weekly for over a year now, as well as on First Fridays. Even if you can’t join the group inside the church, you can pray wherever you are at during the times below.
  • Wednesdays at 10:30am – Rosary and Chaplet of Divine Mercy with meditations for priests,   Thursdays at 12:30pm –  Rosary and Chaplet of Divine Mercy with meditations for priests,First Friday of the month following 12pm Mass – Stations of the Cross with meditations for priests in the narthex.

Restore Weekly Restore Confidential Meetings

  • Restore is a ministry that accompanies men so as to win the battle against the struggles of living a lust-free life.
  • The ministry meets at a weekly (anonymous) meeting where men lean on each other for support and accountability and share ideas about strengthening their resolve to stay on God’s path of chastity.  All men are welcome, whether you have been free of the addiction for many years or struggle with it every single day. Though the meetings are weekly, at the last weekly meeting of the month, men are guided by a licensed Catholic therapist. If you are ready to start breaking free from the struggles of living chastely and want to Restore your life email Restore.olm@gmail.com to find out more information on when and where we meet or call 331-684-7415.

Come Visit Jesus in the New Adoration Chapel

  • Deepen your Lenten journey and create more time for silence and prayer in your schedule by spending time with Jesus at the new Eucharistic Adoration Chapel anytime right after the 8am Mass until 10pm. We are also in need of committed adorers, simply click on the ‘Sign Up’ button on the hours we need a second adorer for. Proceed here for more details.

Sunday and Daily Mass Penitential Rite Responses 

  • As we journey through the special season of Lent, at the beginning of the Mass during the Penitential Rite, our responses will be:
    • Priest “Have mercy on us O, Lord.”
      Response “For we have sinned against You.”
      Priest “Show us O, Lord, Your mercy.”
      Response “And grant us Your salvation.”

Easter Bag Donations Collection 3/9 & 3/10

  • Thank you to all who picked up an Easter Bag for a child in need benefiting children and families assisted by the Aurora Interfaith Food Pantry!  Please return the bags by the weekend of 3/9th and 3/10th.

Charismatic Healing Mass 3/9

  • The Charismatic Healing Mass is on Saturday 3/9th at 6pm. 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.

Men of Christ Half Day Retreat “Mastering WHAT Matters” 3/9

  • Join this hybrid nationwide conference at St. Michaels in Wheaton on Saturday 3/9th at 7am. Share, celebrate, and live Christ with us.
    The St. Michael venue is open to any interested man, not just parish members. We will enjoy prayer, fellowship, confession and world-class speakers. Proceed here to for further details, the agenda and registration. Video presentations by Bishop Hicks, Fr. Mark Bernhard and Sam Blair a former navy seal.

DisABILITIES Mass at Our Lady of Mercy 3/10

  • We’re excited to warmly welcome individuals with disABILITIES, and their friends and family, at Our Lady of Mercy’s first disABILITIES Mass on Sunday 3/10th at 2pm! Please save the date!
  • We look forward to welcoming you and many others from throughout the Diocese of Joliet and we hope you will join us as we celebrate the blessings of those with disABILITIES in our Church family, as well as the wonderful gifts they bring to our parish!
  • Please sign up here so we can plan on welcoming you.

New Teen Youth Group called Refuge Meets on 3/10

  • High School students are invited to join the new OLM High School Youth Ministry, called “Refuge”  Come by on Sunday, 3/10th from 3:16pm-5:16pm, in the Youth Center (Room 211). If you have a teenager in your life, please let them know of this new youth group where they’ll find a safe and fun place to grow and find positive social connections within a solid Catholic community

Praying “The Way of the Cross for Loved Ones Who Have Left the Faith” at Mondays with Monica & Augustine Prayer Group 3/11

  • We continue a meaningful journey this Lent on 3/11 to lift up in prayer our family and friends who have strayed from the faith; join us at 7:30pm in the Church as we fervently pray “The Way of the Cross for Loved Ones Who Have Left the Faith.” Your presence and prayers can make a profound impact.

Discovering Divine Mercy Seminar 3/12 & 3/13

  • Discover, “The Extraordinary Graces and Gifts of the Divine Mercy Devotion,” in special seminars Tuesday, 3/12th at 9am or Wednesday, 3/13th at 7pm. Both seminars will be held in PLC Room 208. No registration is needed, but please be sure to bring your Rosary! For more details, e-mail trollerw@live.com or call (630) 585-1865.

Living with Grief Monthly Meeting: “Grief & Your Lenten Journey”  3/13

  • 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 living with grief to be together in a faith community to find healing and hope.
  • Join Deacon Tony Leazzo as we discuss grief & our connections with the Lenten Season. We will meet from 1pm-2:30pm in Room 217
  • Registration is requested- Connect with Jolene Leroy at 331-707-5380 to RSVP or for questions.

Unbound Freedom in Christ Conference 3/15 & 3/16

  • Fr. James at St. Mary Immaculate in Plainfield, along with the Unbound Joliet team, is hosting an Unbound Freedom in Christ Conference on Friday, 3/15th 6:30pm to 9:30pm through Saturday, 3/16th 8:30am to 8:30pm. God wants to speak into your life and reveal His heart to you. This conference will help you to learn the 5 keys of Unbound and to experience deeper freedom in Christ. Registration and details are found at this link.

Knights of Columbus Easter Egg Hunt 3/16

  • The Knights of Columbus are hosting an Easter Egg Hunt for kids ages 0-10 on Saturday, 3/16, at 10am with the Egg Hunt starting at 10:30am. It will be held in the PLC. Please bring your Easter basket or a bag to hold all the eggs you find. Maybe even the Easter Bunny will stop in for some fun!!! We hope to see yï»żou there!
  • *There will be a “Sensory Friendly” egg hunt and sensory bins in a separate room with less stimuli and lower lighting*

Meet & Greet Gathering 3/17

  • 𝟯/đŸ­đŸłđ˜đ—” @ 𝟭𝟭:đŸ­đŸ±đ—źđ—ș đ—¶đ˜€ đ—łđ—Œđ—ż đ˜đ—”đ—Œđ˜€đ—Č đ—čđ—Œđ—Œđ—žđ—¶đ—»đ—Ž đ˜đ—Œ 𝗿đ—Čđ—Žđ—¶đ˜€đ˜đ—Č𝗿 𝗼𝘀 đ—»đ—Č𝘄 đ—œđ—źđ—żđ—¶đ˜€đ—”đ—¶đ—Œđ—»đ—Č𝗿𝘀/đ—șđ—Čđ—ș𝗯đ—Č𝗿𝘀 đ—źđ—»đ—± đ—łđ—Œđ—ż đ—»đ—Č𝘄đ—č𝘆 𝗿đ—Čđ—Žđ—¶đ˜€đ˜đ—Č𝗿đ—Čđ—± đ—œđ—źđ—żđ—¶đ˜€đ—”đ—¶đ—Œđ—»đ—Č𝗿𝘀 𝗼𝘁 đ˜đ—”đ—Č đ—Șđ—Čđ—čđ—°đ—Œđ—șđ—Č 𝗠đ—Čđ—Č𝘁 & 𝗚𝗿đ—Čđ—Č𝘁 đ—šđ—źđ˜đ—”đ—Čđ—żđ—¶đ—»đ—Ž!
  • Whether you’ve recently registered as a member (parishioner) or if you’ve been attending our Sunday or Daily Mass, actively participating in community life, 𝘄đ—Č đ—Čđ—»đ—°đ—Œđ˜‚đ—żđ—źđ—Žđ—Č đ˜†đ—Œđ˜‚ đ˜đ—Œ đ—ș𝗼𝗾đ—Č đ—¶đ˜ đ—Œđ—łđ—łđ—¶đ—°đ—¶đ—źđ—č đ—źđ—»đ—± 𝗯đ—Čđ—°đ—Œđ—șđ—Č 𝗼 đ—șđ—Čđ—ș𝗯đ—Č𝗿/đ—œđ—źđ—żđ—¶đ˜€đ—”đ—¶đ—Œđ—»đ—Č𝗿 𝗼𝘁 đ˜đ—”đ—Č 𝗠đ—Čđ—Č𝘁 & 𝗚𝗿đ—Čđ—Č𝘁—𝘄đ—Č’đ—čđ—č 𝗯đ—Č 𝗿đ—Čđ—źđ—±đ˜† đ˜đ—Œ đ—źđ˜€đ˜€đ—¶đ˜€đ˜ đ˜„đ—¶đ˜đ—” 𝗿đ—Čđ—Žđ—¶đ˜€đ˜đ—żđ—źđ˜đ—¶đ—Œđ—»đ˜€!  We hope to see you on Sunday 3/17th for a joyful experience of connection, belonging, and the start of a beautiful journey together. We can’t wait to meet you and welcome you officially into the OLM family!

St. Joseph Feast Day 3/17

  • Join us for a luncheon in honor of St. Joseph from 1pm to 3pm in the Parish Life Center (PLC)! The OLM Social Committee will provide meatless pasta (spaghetti with marinara & pasta alfredo), salad, and beverages.
  • Please feel free to drop off baked goods in the PLC after any of the morning Masses on 3/17th (breads, cakes, cookies, fruit, Italian desserts, zeppoli etc. in honor of St. Joseph).
  • It is also an Old-World custom to provide food for the poor on this feast day, an act of Lenten almsgiving. Please bring non-expired canned and other non-perishable foods with you to the PLC for the Interfaith Food Pantry. For any questions please email olmsocialcomm@gmail.com

Parish Mission with Fr. Sean Grismer 3/18 & 3/19

  • “The Joy of the Lord Is Our Strength” is the theme for our Parish Mission with Fr. Sean Grismer on Monday 3/18 and Tuesday 3/19 from 7pm to 8:30pm.
    Blessed with fervor for his faith, a keen sense of humor, and a way with words, Fr. Grismer compels his audiences’ attention. He will dive into the great call upon each of our lives allow the joy of the Lord to be our strength.
    In 2016, Fr. Grismer was ordained a priest in the Diocese of Rockford. Presently, he is the Assistant Principal and Spiritual Director at Aurora Central Catholic High School, Aurora. Fr. Grismer has led several pilgrimages to Lourdes, Rome, and serves as a parish retreat leader. He is a member of Our Lady of Lourdes North American Volunteers. He holds a License in Sacred Theology with a focus on Dogmatic Theology from Rome’s Pontifical Angelicum University.

Palm Weaving Workshop 3/18, 3/20 & 3/21

  • Come out and weave palms to help us decorate our church for Palm Sunday and Holy Week on any of the following days. The Arts and Environment team will give easy-to-follow instructions on how to weave the palms.
    • Monday 3/18 from 7pm to 9:30pm in Room 114.
    • Wednesday 3/20 from 9am to 11:30am in Room 114.
    • Thursday 3/21 from 7pm to 9:30pm in Room 114.

Confession Times 3/18 through 3/23

  • The hope for the Lent Season is to offer Confessions as much as the priests are able which is why
 there will be SIX straight days of Confessions from 3/18 through 3/23!
    đ— đ—Œđ—»đ—±đ—źđ˜† đ˜đ—”đ—żđ—Œđ˜‚đ—Žđ—” đ—™đ—żđ—¶đ—±đ—źđ˜† đ—łđ—żđ—Œđ—ș đŸłđ—œđ—ș đ˜đ—Œ 𝟮:đŸŻđŸŹđ—œđ—ș
    đ—Šđ—źđ˜đ˜‚đ—żđ—±đ—źđ˜† đŸ”đ—źđ—ș đ˜đ—Œ 𝟭𝟬𝗼đ—ș đ—źđ—»đ—± 𝟭:đŸŻđŸŹđ—œđ—ș đ˜đ—Œ 𝟼:đŸŻđŸŹđ—œđ—ș
    Using the examination of conscience from the link below, ask the Holy Spirit to help you search your heart. Where do you sense God is calling you to repent? Remember, Jesus will never condemn you; He is always ready to forgive you.
    https://bit.ly/ConfessionsatOLMPage
  • If you prefer going to another priest for Confession, here is a link to Confession times at other parishes.

A MAGNIFY Lenten Reconciliation Service 3/20

  • Join us for a special evening at MAGNIFY on Wednesday, 3/20th, just before Holy Week, as we host a special Lenten Reconciliation Service. There will be a handful of priests who will hear Confessions from 7pm to 8:30pm.

FREE Online Lenten Retreat “Ecce Homo” 3/21 through 3/23

A Spring Clearing of Closets Could Benefit the St. Vincent de Paul Clothing Drive 3/23 & 3/24 

  • The truck for the next SVDP Clothing Drive will be in the church parking lot from noon on Saturday, 3/23 to approximately noon on Sunday, 3/24. 
  • No early drop off’s please. We will accept: Clothing, shoes, linens and books in good or bad condition. Unusable clothing, shoes, linens and even books generate income for the needy because they are sold for rags or in bulk. 
  • No baby equipment such as cribs walkers strollers playpens etc… ALL BABY CLOTHES ACCEPTED Small housewares and electronics – dishes, glassware, utensils, toasters, blenders, coffee makers, radios, cd players etc. SORRY NO TV’s. 
  • Your donations go to the St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Shops where much of your donations are given away free to needy families in the community. Some are sold at reasonable prices at the thrift shops so that needy families can shop with dignity. 

Holy Week, the Triduum and Easter Sunday 3/24 through 3/31

  • Please keep an eye for our app blast, emails and social media posting for the Holy Week, Triduum and Easter Sunday schedule. We will also have a “Holy Week” webpage included.

7 Great Dates on Fridays starting 4/5

  • đ—œđ—»đ˜ƒđ—Č𝘀𝘁 đ—¶đ—» đ˜†đ—Œđ˜‚đ—ż 𝗿đ—Čđ—čđ—źđ˜đ—¶đ—Œđ—»đ˜€đ—”đ—¶đ—œ; 𝗿đ—Čđ—Žđ—¶đ˜€đ˜đ—Č𝗿 đ—»đ—Œđ˜„ đ—łđ—Œđ—ż ‘𝟳 𝗚𝗿đ—Č𝗼𝘁 𝗗𝗼𝘁đ—Č𝘀’ đ—Żđ—żđ—Œđ˜‚đ—Žđ—”đ˜ đ˜đ—Œ đ˜†đ—Œđ˜‚ 𝗯𝘆 đ— đ—źđ—»đ—»đ—ź đ—łđ—Œđ—ż đ— đ—źđ—żđ—żđ—¶đ—źđ—Žđ—Č đ— đ—¶đ—»đ—¶đ˜€đ˜đ—żđ˜† 𝗼𝘁 𝗱𝘂𝗿 đ—Ÿđ—źđ—±đ˜† đ—Œđ—ł 𝗠đ—Č𝗿𝗰𝘆.  

    Whether married for six months or 40 years, whether in a good place or struggling, the date nights help couples navigate the modern challenges of marriage.  It is based on Christian principles, but designed to help couples of all faiths strengthen their relationship.

    The 7 Great Dates aka the Marriage Course is a series of 7 sessions encompassed with food, talk, and private discussion between the couple only.  Each session features leading experts, teaching content, and stories from around the globe.

    Topics for Each Date Night are Strengthening Connection, The Art of Communication, Resolving Conflicts, The Power of Forgiveness, The Impact of Family, Good Sex, and Love in Action.

    Starts Friday April 5th through May 17 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm. Further details, registration, and the trailer are found at this link https://olmercy.com/m4m/

    Secure your spot now for an unforgettable experience! Act swiftly, as our limited spots are filling up rapidly. Join us and invest in your relationship – register today!

Register for 7 Great Dates

Walking Through Grief 6-Week Series Begins 4/8

  • 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 7pm to 8:30pm on the following Mondays, in Room 208 in the Parish Life Center (PLC)
  • Registration is requested, Please connect with Jolene Leroy at 331-707-5380

Saint Vincent De Paul Society – Welcoming New Members

  • Volunteers are needed to answer phone requests, meet with people requesting financial assistance and help with clothing drives. Members meet as a group monthly on the third Wednesday of the month at 7pm in room 114.
  • To volunteer please contact the parish office at (630)851-3444 to learn more or email us at olmsvdp@gmail.com
  • We thank OLM parishioners for financial donations throughout the year and support of our clothing drives. Your donations allow us to help parishioners and neighbors in need. In 2023, we provided assistance to 79 households, helping more than 200 men, women and children!

Have a Minister of Care Bring Holy Communion to Your Loved One that is Homebound

  • Ministers of Care are trained in the ministry and commissioned by the parish to visit those unable to come to Church to receive Holy Communion.
  • If you know someone in the parish who is unable to come to church and wishes to receive Holy Communion in the home, please contact Jolene at jolenel@olmercy.com and arrangements will be made.

Is God Calling You to the Priesthood?

  • Marriage is good and priesthood is good so how do you choose between two goods?  Connect with Fr Michael at frmichael@olmercy.com and speak with him.

Bishop Hick’s Monthly Column 

  • Bishop Hicks’ monthly column for February is titled “Peace in the Holy Land” Read his insightful column HERE.
    • 75th Jubilee of the Diocese of Joliet. Our diocese was founded on December 11, 1948. For an entire year, we will highlight the accomplishments of our past & how we were founded in faith, while being called to witness now and in the future, and continue to be sent forth to serve. Hear from Bishop Hicks as he describes the events leading up to the year-long celebration of the 75th Anniversary of the Diocese of Joliet; find out all the details, and see the year-long schedule HERE.

Catholic Ministries Annual Appeal 2024 

  • If you have already pledged your support to the Catholic Ministries Annual Appeal (CMAA), we sincerely thank you! If we all join together, we can meet our parish’s goal of $140,500. Each and every gift, regardless of size, truly matters and makes a difference. If you still plan on making your gift, please prayerfully reflect on how best you can support the CMAA this year to help those in need throughout our diocese, For the Glory of God. Pledge envelopes are still available in the church, or you can use the envelope you received in the mail from the diocese. Or donate online here.Remember, if we raise more than our goal, the diocese will return 70 percent of the amount over goal to us to reinvest in our own parish. This is an incredible opportunity and blessing. Your generosity is so greatly appreciated. Thank you for sharing your blessings!

Scam Emails and Text Messages

  • From time to time, there are phishing (SCAM) emails going out to members of the parish and staff claiming to be Father Michael as well as text messages.
    Please note that Father Michael and Father Frank DO NOT send texts or emails asking for money or gift cards. If you receive a message appearing to be from Father Michael or Father Frank, please discard it (any email that does not have “olmercy.com” is a fake email) and DO NOT SEND ANY ELECTRONIC MONETARY AID.  No one on the staff will personally ask for money in whatever form (gift cards etc). If someone sends you a private message asking for a donation of sorts, it’s undoubtedly a fake account. Please keep praying for us, and God bless you!

Did You Know We Have a Parish School?

  • All Saints Catholic Academy (ASCA) located at 1155 Aurora Ave, Naperville is our parish school!
  • Are you a parent with preschool, elementary, and middle school-aged children struggling with the antithetical Christian values the government schools are indoctrinating the children who attend government schools?  You’re not alone.
  • Join a growing number of OLM parents who have made the move by sending their child(ren) to public school to All Saints Catholic Academy.
  • Connect with Patty Bajek at (630) 961-6125, or pbajek@ascacademy.org to express your interest and schedule a personalized tour.  Or peruse their website to explore your interest.  

St. Vincent de Paul Society Volunteers

  • Thank you for your support of our clothing drive. Your clothing donation, as well as your financial donations throughout the year, allows us to help our parishioners and neighbors in need. In 2022, we provided assistance to 72 households, helping 185 men, women, and children to remain in their homes or apartments in time of financial need.
  • The ministry is always looking for volunteers to join our St. Vincent de Paul Society in assisting our neighbors in need. If you would like to volunteer or learn more, send an email to olmsvdp@gmail.com with your name and contact information.

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For the Hispanic Community

  • Please proceed here for the OLM Hispanic Ministry’s upcoming events and resources.
    ContinĂșe aquĂ­ para conocer los prĂłximos 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 prĂłxima semana, habrĂĄ Estaciones de la Cruz en español cada segundo miĂ©rcoles del mes despuĂ©s de la misa de las 12 pm.

A Note from the Intercessory Prayer Ministry

  • How can we pray for you today?
    There are times when life is overwhelming when all we have is questions.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 takes place monthly at MAGNIFY and on the last weekend of the month Mass times.  Prayer ministry is an opportunity for those in need of physical, emotional, or spiritual healing or with a specific intention. Come as an individual, as a couple, or as a family. Listen and receive the prayers while being open to the Holy Spirit’s movement.  

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 reply to or share messages. Enjoy a bunch of additional features like prayers, daily readings, reminders to silence your phone before Mass, & much more.

Donate Online Through OSV Giving 

  • Whether you are a registered parishioner with us or visiting, we are set up to receive donations online through OSV Our Sunday Visitor.
  •  Click here to for online giving.
  • You can also access this link through our myParish App “Giving” button. Don’t have the myParish App yet? Text APP to 88202 to download!  Receive this update, instant news, and get access to the parish calendar, daily readings, and Confession guide.

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

A MOTHER’S HEART GROW GROUP

Mission. A Mother’s Heart is a group for Catholic mothers with children ages 0-11 who are seeking to journey with other like-minded women of faith.  Following the example of St. ThĂ©rĂšse of Lisieux, we strive to imitate her “little way” of growing in holiness through the lenses of motherhood and family.

Website. Proceed here for details.

Meets. Each month for any of the following: book chats, podcast discussions, “Mom’s Night Out”, community service projects, fellowship, playgroups, prayer.

Connect.  Reach out to Lydia Schmitt lydiadschmitt@gmail.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.

Website. Proceed here for details.

Meets. Tuesdays @ 7pm and twice a month for social gatherings.

Connect.  Reach out to our Core Team at cfyagg@gmail.com for any questions.

SALT AND LIGHT GROW GROUP
Mission. â€œEncounter/Grow/Witness” is the threefold dimension of the Christian life.  Once we encounter Jesus, we are then called to grow daily as His disciples. Grow Groups are one way Our Lady of Mercy is responding to our missionary identity where we are called to help parishioners grow continually in discipleship.

Website. Proceed here for details.

Meets. Wednesdays 7pm to 8:30pm

Connect. For more information, connect with Geri Capulong at gericapulong@gmail.com or Bonnie Ramirez at bnnrmrz@gmail.com.

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
Jim Marks jimm6351@yahoo.com

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

or Download the FORMED App through these links: App Store or Google Play

EUCHARIST RESOURCES Check out our “Eucharist Resources” page to help us understand deeply the centrality of the Eucharist in our lives.

INTRODUCING THE ASCENSION APP A Catholic Bible and Catechism AppWe consulted more than 1,000 Catholics on what would make the ideal Bible and Catechism app and collected their direct feedback for over a year. Now it’s here! Download the App for free today on the App Store or the Google Play Store.

Check it out HERE

AMEN – CATHOLIC MEDITATION APP From Augustine Institute comes this NEW AND 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.

HALLOW – A CATHOLIC PRAYER & MEDITATION APP  Hallow is a Catholic prayer & meditation app that helps users deepen their relationship with God through contemplative prayer and strengthen one’s mental health in the process. Easy-to-use, audio-guided sessions anywhere from 1 to 60 minutes long. Pray your own way with a personalized prayer plan pulling from 3,000+ unique sessions including the Lectio Divina on the Daily Gospel, Rosary, Examen, Night Prayer, Calm & Humility “Praylists” and much more. Hallow Light is free. Hallow Plus is $5 per month ($60 per year). Sign up for either one here.

WORD ON FIRE

Explore the goodness, truth, and beauty of the faith!

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

Not sure where to start? How about checking out the short 5 episode series on The Eucharist This fresh look at the Eucharist brings to light its reality as sacred meal, the sacrifice necessary for communion with God, and the real presence of Christ.

BLESSED IS SHE

Blessed is She is a sisterhood of women who want to grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ through their Catholic faith.  They create beautiful and accessible resources, products, and experiences to deepen prayer and foster community, both online and in person.  

THE CATHOLIC GENTLEMAN

Founded in 2013, The Catholic Gentleman has become one of the most recognizable online men’s apostolate. Each week hundreds of thousands of men around the world visit our site for the insightful articles and the highest-quality products designed to encourage a life of authentic manhood. Their mission: To inspire men to holiness

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.

PINTS WITH AQUINAS PODCAST

Matt Fradd’s Pints with Aquinas is an online Catholic community of faith and truth… and maybe a pint or two. The podcast has long-form discussions, debates and teachings on the Catholic faith. Checkout the podcast here.


PASTORAL CARE

If you have physical, mental, emotional or spiritual health concerns or questions about end-of-life issues, funeral planning, journeying through grief, caregiving for a loved one or are homebound, please contact the parish office at 630-851-3444 or parishoffice@olmercy.com

RESTORE

Do you find yourself struggling in overcoming your battle with pornography?   Restore is a weekly (anonymous) meeting where men lean on each other for support and share ideas about strengthening our resolve to stay on God’s path of chastity.  All men are welcome, whether you have been free of pornography addiction for many years or struggle with it every single day.

If you are ready to start breaking free and want to Restore your life, email us at Restore.olm@gmail.com to find out more information on when and where we meet or call 331-684-7415. Check out the website for FAQs and further details. 

Be encouraged; check out this Testimony.

MOMS WALKING WITH MOMS IN NEED

Pregnant and parenting moms in need are in our parishes and our neighborhoods. As Pope Francis reminds us, our parishes need to be “islands of mercy in the midst of a sea of indifference.” Everyone in the parish community should know where to refer a pregnant woman in need. Connect with Lydia Schmitt for further questions at lydias@olmercy.com

FAITH BUDDIES

OLM invites you to learn more about a new program for children with special needs that will be launching in the spring!

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer or enrolling your child, please get in touch with Lydia Schmitt at lydias@olmercy.com

February 18, 2024 | Parish Update

Our Story. Families register for Holy Pause by 3/5th. Purchase tickets for Lenten Fish Dinners.

View the full posting at our Flocknote email (don’t forget to join so you can receive the update via email).


News from Priest in Training (P.I.T.)

       As a kid, I loved to watch the Tobey Maguire Spiderman with my dad and my brother. Because of this, I was dismayed when they decided to reboot the series with a new actor, Andrew Garfield, and I refused to watch it. After this, it was rebooted once again with another actor, Tom Holland. I thought, “If I didn’t watch the Andrew Garfield reboot, I’m definitely not going to watch this one.” But in the most recent Spiderman movie, No Way Home, something surprising happened. (This movie came out in 2021, so I don’t feel guilty about giving spoilers). The filmmakers decided to bring back the two other Spiderman actors, and make them part of the story, as Spidermen from different universes. As a result, their stories continued and were even able to find satisfying conclusions. 

     At first glance, it seems like God is trying to reboot humanity in the Great Flood, having Noah replacing Adam in the starring role of the father of humanity. And if this were the case, it would seem to be a mistake. Noah ultimately has his own fall like Adam, and evil still persists in the heart of man. But God is not really trying to reboot humanity. If anything, He is showing us that this is impossible. In the First Reading, God renews the covenant with creation that He had created with Adam and promises never to allow a Great Flood to destroy humanity in the future. He invites Noah to remember Adam, giving him an opportunity to return to Adam’s goodness while also having a chance to move beyond his mistakes. 

      Throughout salvation history, we see many more figures arise like Noah, receiving a chance to enter into relationship with God, but to greater or lesser degrees falling short. Finally, in the Gospel, we come to Jesus, and perhaps once again, it seems like a reboot. Like Adam, Jesus is tempted by Satan, and like Adam, Jesus lives in harmony with angels and wild beasts. But unlike Adam, Jesus conquers Satan, and as He does this, He is not trying to erase the memory of Adam. Instead, He is beginning a new chapter in the story, in fact the culmination of the story. Jesus takes up everything that has come before Him, but rather than erasing it or repeating it, He fulfills it. 

         As we begin Lent, it might seem like it’s time for a reboot, to give up what we’ve done in the past and start again. As tempting as it might be, we shouldn’t try to start with a blank slate. Instead, we should see it as a new chapter in our story, a chapter where we begin again, while also keeping in mind all that has gone before us to help us to avoid similar sins in the future. This Lent is the latest part of our story, and with God’s help, we don’t have to reboot it, but instead write the most interesting chapter so far. 

Fr. Frank

Did you miss one? View past news from the P.I.T. here.

Lent Resources

  • 𝗟đ—Čđ—»đ˜ @ 𝗱𝗟𝗠 đ—šđ˜‚đ—¶đ—±đ—Č (𝗟đ—Čđ—»đ˜ 𝗙đ—č𝘆đ—Č𝗿, đ—Šđ—°đ—”đ—Čđ—±đ˜‚đ—čđ—Č, đ—™đ—”đ—€đ˜€, đ—„đ—Čđ—°đ—Œđ—»đ—°đ—¶đ—čđ—¶đ—źđ˜đ—¶đ—Œđ—» đ—§đ—¶đ—șđ—Č𝘀 đ—Č𝘁𝗰)
    www.olmercy.com/lent2024/ 
  • There are countless opportunities at OLM to open our hearts to His grace and mercy—through repentance, generosity, worship, forgiveness, and acts of service; see what those are at the Lent Resources page.  This resource (as well as the lenten flyer) has information on our parish Lenten Offerings such as the Parish Mission, Stations of the Cross, Reconciliation times, Reconciliation Service at our parish as well as other parishes, Fish Dinner Fridays and more.
  • This weekend’s bulletin includes the Lenten Flyer or pick one up in the wooden flyer display near the adoration chapel entrance or at the parish office.

Come Visit Jesus in the New Adoration Chapel

  • Deepen your Lenten journey and create more time for silence and prayer in your schedule by spending time with Jesus at the new Eucharistic Adoration Chapel anytime right after the 8am Mass until 10pm. Proceed here for more details.

Parish Office and Adoration Chapel Hours on 2/19

  • The Parish Office will be closed on 2/19th for President’s Day and will resume normal hours on Tuesday.
  • Touch up work will be carried out in the adoration chapel in the morning, a funeral memorial will take place inside the church. As a result, Adoration will be moved inside the church, starting at 11am and concluding at 6pm.

Praying “The Way of the Cross for Loved Ones Who Have Left the Faith” at Mondays with Monica & Augustine Prayer Group 2/19

  • Embark on a meaningful journey this Lent on 2/19, 2/26, 3/4 & 3/11, let’s come together to uplift our family and friends who have strayed from the faith; join us at 7:30pm in the Church as we fervently pray “The Way of the Cross for Loved Ones Who Have Left the Faith.”
    Your presence and prayers can make a profound impact.
  • We kindly request registration to ensure an ample supply of prayer books, yet we warmly welcome walk-ins as well.

Consuming Fire Young Adult Grow Group Continues on Tuesdays 2/20

  • 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 cfyagg@gmail.com to get plugged in with the group or sign up at the link HERE
  • The topic this Tuesday is a ‘Masculinity Talk’ with Matt Kubanda.

St. Peregrine Prayer Service 2/20

  • For those with cancer, serious or chronic illnesses, and their caregivers
 Come to the St. Peregrine Prayer Service on Tuesday 2/20th following the 6:30pm Mass.
  • St. Peregrine is the patron saint of the sick, especially those suffering from cancer, serious illness, or chronic illness. The prayer service is for the intention of those with cancer, serious or chronic illnesses, and their caregivers

Bible Studies Continue on Tuesdays and Wednesdays 2/19 & 2/20

  • How exciting! There are two Bible Study opportunities to take part in. We hope to see you at any of the following. Should you have any questions, please connect with Joe Wiacek and Joe Glasgow who are looking forward to hearing from you at OLMBiblestudies@gmail.com

Catholic Charities Mobile Food Pantry 2/21

  • The Mobile Food Pantry is on Weds 2/21 from 4:30pm to 6pm.  Don’t forget to share the Our Lady of Mercy social media posting on your network; you never know who among your network is in need of food.
  • 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. Please clear space in your trunk or backseat so volunteers can load boxes of food directly into your vehicle. Mobile Food Pantries take place snow, rain, or shine!

SoulCore Begins on Wednesday 2/21 

  • Join SoulCore Leaders Jen Bickel, and Lisa Hir, to nourish body, mind & soul with SoulCore — a prayer experience that combines the prayers of the rosary with core strengthening, stretching, and functional movement.  
    No fitness level or experience is required. All are welcome!
    This lenten themed fitness class will meet at 6:30pm on Wednesday 2/21, 3/6, and 3/13 focusing on the Sorrowful Mysteries.  

Vine & Branches Meets on Wednesdays 2/21

  • Vine & Branches is a Grow Group at Our Lady of Mercy that offers support and belonging to individuals who have experienced the trauma of a broken marital relationship.
  • For more information, please reach out to one of our group leaders. They look forward to hearing from you: Kim Harris kimharris73@yahoo.com
    Mary LoGalbo logalbo.marycarol@gmail.com, Jim Marks jimm6351@yahoo.com

Salt and Light Grow Group Continues on Wednesdays & Thursdays 2/21 & 2/22

  • Join Salt and Light Grow Group đ—Œđ—» 𝗼 đ—·đ—Œđ˜‚đ—żđ—»đ—Č𝘆 đ—¶đ—»đ˜đ—Œ đ˜đ—”đ—Č đ—”đ—Č𝗼𝗿𝘁 đ—Œđ—ł 𝗩𝘁. đ—§đ—”đ—ČÌđ—żđ—ČÌ€đ˜€đ—Č đ—Œđ—ł đ—Ÿđ—¶đ˜€đ—¶đ—Č𝘂𝘅’𝘀 đ—Ÿđ—¶đ˜đ˜đ—čđ—Č đ—Ș𝗼𝘆 đ˜„đ—¶đ˜đ—” đ˜đ—”đ—Č “𝟯𝟯 𝗗𝗼𝘆𝘀 đ˜đ—Œ 𝗠đ—Čđ—żđ—°đ—¶đ—łđ˜‚đ—č đ—Ÿđ—Œđ˜ƒđ—Č đ—šđ—żđ—Œđ˜‚đ—œ đ—„đ—Č𝘁𝗿đ—Č𝗼𝘁”
  • Choose from Wednesday evenings at 6:30pm or Thursday afternoons at 1pm; For more details and registration, proceed here, and please don’t forget to bring a friend.
  • At this lenten journey, uncover the power of trust; find the inspiration to become great saints in ordinary circumstances; and prepare for a personal consecration to Divine Mercy. This parish study which culminates on Divine Mercy Sunday 4/7th, includes workbooks, group discussion, and talks by renowned speaker and author Fr. Michael Gaitley, MIC.
    All participants will receive a free workbook, however, you must purchase the book “33 Days to Merciful Love” it is available on Amazon.
    Saint Pope John Paul II emphasized that now is the time of mercy, now is a time of great and extraordinary grace, a time in which all of us can become great saints — if we tap into that grace. One of the ways we tap into that grace is by asking God to fill us with an ocean of His tenderness and mercy. And we do that by consecrating ourselves to His Mercy. Please consider joining us. All are welcome!
    Check out the trailer

The Rescue Project Continues 2/22

  • “𝘐 đ˜¶đ˜Żđ˜„đ˜Šđ˜łđ˜Žđ˜”đ˜ąđ˜Żđ˜„ đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Š đ˜Șđ˜źđ˜±đ˜°đ˜łđ˜”đ˜ąđ˜Żđ˜€đ˜Š 𝘰𝘧 đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Š 𝘔𝘱𝘮𝘮 𝘯𝘰𝘾. 𝘐 𝘹𝘰 đ˜Łđ˜Šđ˜€đ˜ąđ˜¶đ˜Žđ˜Š 𝘐 đ˜žđ˜ąđ˜Żđ˜” đ˜”đ˜°, đ˜Łđ˜Šđ˜€đ˜ąđ˜¶đ˜Žđ˜Š 𝘐 𝘧𝘩𝘩𝘭 đ˜€đ˜°đ˜źđ˜±đ˜Šđ˜­đ˜­đ˜Šđ˜„ đ˜”đ˜° 𝘹𝘰.”
    “𝘐’𝘼 𝘧𝘩𝘩𝘭đ˜Ș𝘯𝘹 đ˜€đ˜©đ˜ąđ˜­đ˜­đ˜Šđ˜Żđ˜šđ˜Šđ˜„, đ˜Łđ˜Šđ˜€đ˜ąđ˜¶đ˜Žđ˜Š 𝘐’đ˜·đ˜Š 𝘕𝘌𝘝𝘌𝘙 đ˜©đ˜Šđ˜ąđ˜łđ˜„ đ˜‘đ˜Šđ˜Žđ˜¶đ˜Ž đ˜±đ˜łđ˜Šđ˜ąđ˜€đ˜©đ˜Šđ˜„ 𝘭đ˜Ș𝘬𝘩 đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Ș𝘮.”
    “đ˜›đ˜©đ˜Š đ˜™đ˜Šđ˜Žđ˜€đ˜¶đ˜Š đ˜—đ˜łđ˜°đ˜«đ˜Šđ˜€đ˜” đ˜€đ˜°đ˜Żđ˜”đ˜Șđ˜Żđ˜¶đ˜Šđ˜Ž đ˜”đ˜° 𝘣𝘩 đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Š đ˜šđ˜łđ˜Šđ˜ąđ˜”đ˜Šđ˜Žđ˜” 𝘮𝘩𝘳đ˜Ș𝘩𝘮 𝘐’đ˜·đ˜Š đ˜Šđ˜·đ˜Šđ˜ł 𝘮𝘩𝘩𝘯 𝘰𝘳 𝘣𝘩𝘩𝘯 đ˜±đ˜ąđ˜łđ˜” 𝘰𝘧.”
    “𝘐 đ˜€đ˜ąđ˜Ż’đ˜” 𝘳𝘩𝘱𝘭𝘭đ˜ș đ˜±đ˜¶đ˜” đ˜Șđ˜” đ˜Șđ˜Żđ˜”đ˜° đ˜žđ˜°đ˜łđ˜„đ˜Ž, đ˜Łđ˜¶đ˜” đ˜”đ˜°đ˜„đ˜ąđ˜ș 𝘐 𝘱𝘼 𝘱 đ˜Šđ˜©đ˜łđ˜Șđ˜Žđ˜”đ˜Ș𝘱𝘯 𝘼𝘱𝘯 đ˜žđ˜©đ˜° đ˜©đ˜ąđ˜Ž 𝘣𝘩𝘩𝘯 đ˜łđ˜Šđ˜”đ˜¶đ˜łđ˜Żđ˜Šđ˜„ đ˜”đ˜° 𝘱 𝘭đ˜Ș𝘧𝘩 𝘰𝘧 đ˜±đ˜¶đ˜łđ˜±đ˜°đ˜Žđ˜Š 𝘱𝘮 𝘱 𝘮𝘰𝘯 𝘰𝘧 đ˜Žđ˜°đ˜„ đ˜ąđ˜Żđ˜„ đ˜Łđ˜łđ˜°đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Šđ˜ł 𝘰𝘧 đ˜Šđ˜©đ˜łđ˜Șđ˜Žđ˜” đ˜”đ˜©đ˜ąđ˜” 𝘐 đ˜ąđ˜­đ˜­đ˜°đ˜žđ˜Šđ˜„ đ˜”đ˜° 𝘮𝘭đ˜Șđ˜± 𝘱𝘾𝘱đ˜ș 𝘱 𝘧𝘩𝘾 đ˜ș𝘩𝘱𝘳𝘮 𝘱𝘹𝘰.”— Feedback from people who have experienced The Rescue Project

    𝗜𝘁’𝘀 đ—»đ—Œđ˜ đ˜đ—Œđ—Œ đ—č𝗼𝘁đ—Č đ˜đ—Œ đ—·đ—Œđ—¶đ—» đ—Œđ˜‚đ—ż đ—œđ—źđ—żđ—¶đ˜€đ—” 𝗟đ—Čđ—»đ˜đ—Čđ—» đ—Œđ—łđ—łđ—Čđ—żđ—¶đ—»đ—Ž, 𝘄đ—Č’đ—± đ—čđ—Œđ˜ƒđ—Č đ˜đ—Œ 𝘄đ—Čđ—čđ—°đ—Œđ—șđ—Č đ˜†đ—Œđ˜‚, đ—°đ—Œđ—șđ—Č đ—źđ—»đ—± 𝗿đ—Čđ—Žđ—¶đ˜€đ˜đ—Č𝗿 đ—»đ—Œđ˜„ held on Thursday evenings at 6:30pm with free dinner, followed by Fr. Riccardo breaking open The Rescue Project segments of Created, Captured, Rescued and Response. The evening ends with a small group discussion.  Register at this link for this transformative experience of the gospel which gives you a deeper insight on the Mass!

Register for the Rescue Project

Stations of the Cross on Fridays 2/23

  • We hope to see you every Friday in Lent; let’s journey together through the Stations of the Cross! It’s a beautiful way to journey and reflect on God’s sacrifice and love for us. 12pm in Spanish and 7pm in English.
  • Or just come by at your convenience and walk the stations of the cross inside the narthex and if the weather is nice, you can also pray at the beautiful outdoor stations of the cross  May God’s grace be with you this Lenten Season.

Fit Shepherds on Wednesday and Saturday mornings

  • To all men, in this time of renewed dedication to fitness, consider joining Fit Shepherds—a unique fusion of physical and spiritual growth. Join us for challenging workouts Saturdays at 7am and Wednesdays at 5:30am in the parking lot, as we strive to become better in every aspect of life, inspired by the Good Shepherd, Jesus Christ.
    Dads are encouraged to bring their sons 5th grade and older.
    Get a glimpse of a Saturday morning work out and see the video below:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hiVMnLrRzf0
  • For more information check out their website at this link or connect with Alex Baier who is looking forward to hearing from you; email him at abaier823@gmail.com

Weekly Praying for Priests

  • A prayer group has been praying for priests in front of the Blessed Sacrament weekly for over a year now, as well as on First Fridays. Even if you can’t join the group inside the church, you can pray wherever you are at during the times below.
  • Wednesdays at 10:30am – Rosary and Chaplet of Divine Mercy with meditations for priests,   Thursdays at 12:30pm –  Rosary and Chaplet of Divine Mercy with meditations for priests,First Friday of the month following 12pm Mass – Stations of the Cross with meditations for priests in the narthex.

Restore Weekly Restore Confidential Meetings

  • Restore is a ministry that accompanies men so as to win the battle against the struggles of living a lust-free life.
  • The ministry meets at a weekly (anonymous) meeting where men lean on each other for support and accountability and share ideas about strengthening their resolve to stay on God’s path of chastity.  All men are welcome, whether you have been free of the addiction for many years or struggle with it every single day. Though the meetings are weekly, at the last weekly meeting of the month, men are guided by a licensed Catholic therapist. If you are ready to start breaking free from the struggles of living chastely and want to Restore your life email Restore.olm@gmail.com to find out more information on when and where we meet or call 331-684-7415.

Saint Vincent De Paul Society – Welcoming New Members

  • Volunteers are needed to answer phone requests, meet with people requesting financial assistance and help with clothing drives. Members meet as a group monthly on the third Wednesday of the month at 7pm in room 114.
  • To volunteer please contact the parish office at (630)851-3444 to learn more or email us at olmsvdp@gmail.com
  • We thank OLM parishioners for financial donations throughout the year and support of our clothing drives. Your donations allow us to help parishioners and neighbors in need. In 2023, we provided assistance to 79 households, helping more than 200 men, women and children!

Sunday Mass Penitential Rite Responses 2/24 & 2/25 

  • As we journey through the special season of Lent, at the beginning of the Mass during the Penitential Rite, our responses will be:
    • Priest “Have mercy on us O, Lord.”
      Response “For we have sinned against You.”
      Priest “Show us O, Lord, Your mercy.”
      Response “And grant us Your salvation.”

CRHP Men’s Retreat 2/24 – 2/25 & Women’s Retreat 3/2 – 3/3

  • This could be your CRHP year, we hope you register today it truly is an incredible experience that will recharge your faith life, help you develop lasting friendships, and fill you with newfound energy and purpose.
  • Should you have any questions, connect with the Men and Women’s invitation coordinators for any questions Alex Grove (331)330-0257 or Beatriz Cultura (630)544-0720 crhpolm@gmail.com or check out the FAQs at their webpage.
  • A Special Opportunity for Men & Women
    WHAT. Do you sense that something’s missing in your life? Do you feel that if you weren’t so busy you would be happier, healthier, more effective, more fulfilled, and maybe even a better person?
    Come to the men’s and women’s CRHP weekend! It’s an incredible experience that will help you discover what’s missing in your life and what to do about it.
    Whether you want to connect with other men or women in the parish, improve your prayer life, or just take a break from the craziness of your everyday to have fun and not have to cook or clean, work, shovel the snow, tackle the next item on the ‘to do’ list, you will find what you are looking for—and more.

    WHEN. đ— đ—Čđ—»â€™đ˜€ đ—„đ—Č𝘁𝗿đ—Č𝗼𝘁 𝟼/𝟼𝟰 – 𝟼/đŸźđŸ± & đ—Șđ—Œđ—șđ—Čđ—»â€™đ˜€ đ—„đ—Č𝘁𝗿đ—Č𝗼𝘁 𝟯/𝟼 – 𝟯/𝟯. The day on Saturday starts at 7:30am and goes through the evening at 8:30pm.  We return the next day at the same time 7:30am ending at 3pm.
    WHERE. In the Parish Life Center (PLC) at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church, 701 S. Eola Road, Aurora
    WHO. Any individual over the age of 18.
    WHY. Because you deserve to live with passion and purpose.
    REGISTER. Please register today.

“Teen Youth Group 3:16” on 2/25

  • High School students are invited to join the new OLM High School Youth Ministry, called “Teen Youth Group 3:16.” The first meeting is Sunday, 2/25th from 3:16pm-5:16pm, in the Youth Center (Room 211). If you have a teenager in your life, please let them know of this new youth group where they’ll find a safe and fun place to grow and find positive social connections within a solid Catholic community

A Lenten Themed MAGNIFY 2/28 

  • During Lent we take a step back from our day-to-day activities so that we can spend more time with Jesus. When we make room for Jesus, we’ll be drawn closer to Him. We’ll be more joyful. We’ll be more lighthearted.
    Lent is about filling our time with things that will draw us closer to God: may we suggest spending more time with Jesus at a lenten themed MAGNIFY? There will be a scriptural reflection, adoration, prayer ministry, confessions and worship; draw closer to Jesus during this special season of Lent at MAGNIFY.

First Friday and Saturday Devotion 3/1 & 3/2

  • Let us be in prayer at any of our great communal prayer devotions.  đ—Ÿđ—Č𝘁 𝘂𝘀 𝗯đ—Č đ—¶đ—» đ—œđ—żđ—źđ˜†đ—Č𝗿 𝗼𝘁 đ—źđ—»đ˜† đ—Œđ—ł đ—Œđ˜‚đ—ż 𝗮𝗿đ—Č𝗼𝘁 đ—°đ—Œđ—șđ—șđ˜‚đ—»đ—źđ—č đ—œđ—żđ—źđ˜†đ—Č𝗿 đ—±đ—Čđ˜ƒđ—Œđ˜đ—¶đ—Œđ—»đ˜€! All are invited to join the First Friday of Reparation and the Communal First Saturday!
    • Extra Friday Confession immediately following the 8am Mass
    • Respect Life 1st Friday Devotion: The Respect Life Ministry invites you to stand and silently pray in front of Waterleaf Women’s Center on January 5. Prayer warriors are needed for one hour shifts 7am – 4pm to change hearts and save lives. For more information, please call Lisa at (630) 236-3310-
    • ADDITIONAL FRIDAY MASS AT 12PM
    • First Saturday Devotion after the 8:30AM Mass
    • Saturday Confessions immediately following the 8:30am Mass and also from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
  • Here is a really good video from Fr. Chris Alar MIC on the First Saturday Devotion https://youtu.be/IaCNDjukTHI?si=9n6xgNE3I9TQBH3z

PADS/Hesed House Service Day 3/5

  • Our next PADS service day is Tuesday, 3/5th. The PADS Board with the “wish-list” of items needed to prepare the meals for 250 guests at Hesed House, is currently on display at the Atrium. Please help us feed the hungry.
  • All donated items must be dropped off during the weekend of 3/2nd and 3rd, before all Masses.  

Lenten Fish Dinners 3/8 & 3/15

  • Friday Lenten Fish Dinner tickets are now on sale!  Held on 3/8th and 3/15th from 5:30pm to 8pm purchase your meal tickets here (all proceeds support a wonderful cause, the Teen Mission Trip!).
    • $15 Fish Dinner Plates consists of potatoes, dinner roll, dessert and beverage. Choose from shrimp, cod (fried), or salmon.

Men of Christ Half Day Retreat “Mastering WHAT Matters” 3/9

  • Join this hybrid nationwide conference at St. Michaels in Wheaton on Saturday 3/9th at 7am. Share, celebrate, and live Christ with us.
    The St. Michael venue is open to any interested man, not just parish members. We will enjoy prayer, fellowship, confession and world-class speakers. Proceed here to for further details, the agenda and registration. Video presentations by Bishop Hicks, Fr. Mark Bernhard and Sam Blair a former navy seal.

Holy Pause-Family Faith Formation Lenten Event 3/9

  • 𝗘đ—ș𝗯𝗿𝗼𝗰đ—Č đ˜đ—”đ—Č 𝘀𝗼𝗰𝗿đ—Čđ—± 𝘀đ—Čđ—źđ˜€đ—Œđ—» đ—Œđ—ł 𝗟đ—Čđ—»đ˜ đ˜„đ—¶đ˜đ—” 𝗼 đ˜€đ—œđ—Čđ—°đ—¶đ—źđ—č đ—Č𝘃đ—Čđ—»đ˜ đ˜đ—źđ—¶đ—čđ—Œđ—żđ—Čđ—± đ—łđ—Œđ—ż 𝗳𝗼đ—șđ—¶đ—čđ—¶đ—Č𝘀 – đ˜đ—”đ—Č “đ—›đ—Œđ—č𝘆 𝗣𝗼𝘂𝘀đ—Č.” Join us on Saturday, 3/9th from 2pm to 3:45pm in the gym for an enriching experience designed to deepen your Lenten journey as a family.
  • 🙌 Activities Include
    • Path of Creative Prayer Stations. Explore a journey of reflection and connection as a family, lifting up your own needs and the needs of others through unique prayer stations.
    • Make and Take Prayer Bowl Project. Engage in a hands-on, creative activity to craft personalized prayer bowls, a tangible reminder of your family’s shared spiritual journey.
    • Small Service Opportunity. Embrace the spirit of giving back as a family through a meaningful service opportunity.
  • 📅 Registration Deadline. To ensure we can accommodate everyone, please register for this free special gathering by 3/5th. Let’s come together as a community to pause, reflect, and strengthen our spiritual bonds during this Lenten season. We look forward to sharing this sacred time with you and your loved ones.

Register for Holy Pause HERE

DisABILITIES Mass at Our Lady of Mercy 3/10

  • We’re excited to warmly welcome individuals with disABILITIES, and their friends and family, at Our Lady of Mercy’s first disABILITIES Mass on Sunday 3/10th at 2pm! Please save the date!
  • We look forward to welcoming you and many others from throughout the Diocese of Joliet and we hope you will join us as we celebrate the blessings of those with disABILITIES in our Church family, as well as the wonderful gifts they bring to our parish!
  • Please sign up here so we can plan on welcoming you: https://ourladyofmercyaurora.flocknote.com/signup/152664

Discovering Divine Mercy Seminar 3/12 & 3/13

  • Discover, “The Extraordinary Graces and Gifts of the Divine Mercy Devotion,” in special seminars Tuesday, 3/12th at 9am or Wednesday, 3/13th at 7pm. Both seminars will be held in PLC Room 208. No registration is needed, but please be sure to bring your Rosary! For more details, e-mail trollerw@live.com or call (630) 585-1865.

Living with Grief Monthly Meeting: “Grief & Your Lenten Journey”  3/13

  • 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 living with grief to be together in a faith community to find healing and hope.
  • Join Deacon Tony Leazzo as we discuss grief & our connections with the Lenten Season. We will meet from 1-2:30pm in Room 217
  • Registration is requested- Connect with Jolene Leroy at 331-707-5380 to RSVP or for questions.

Unbound Freedom in Christ Conference 3/15 & 3/16

  • Fr. James at St. Mary Immaculate in Plainfield, along with the Unbound Joliet team, is hosting an Unbound Freedom in Christ Conference on Friday, 3/15th 6:30pm to 9:30pm through Saturday, 3/16th 8:30am to 8:30pm. God wants to speak into your life and reveal His heart to you. This conference will help you to learn the 5 keys of Unbound and to experience deeper freedom in Christ. Registration and details are found at this link.

Knights of Columbus Easter Egg Hunt 3/16

  • The Knights of Columbus are hosting an Easter Egg Hunt for kids ages 0-10 on Saturday, 3/16, at 10am with the Egg Hunt starting at 10:30am. It will be held in the PLC. Please bring your Easter basket or a bag to hold all the eggs you find. Maybe even the Easter Bunny will stop in for some fun!!! We hope to see yï»żou there!
  • *There will be a “Sensory Friendly” egg hunt and sensory bins in a separate room with less stimuli and lower lighting*

Meet & Greet Gathering 3/17

  • 𝟯/đŸ­đŸłđ˜đ—” @ 𝟭𝟭:đŸ­đŸ±đ—źđ—ș đ—¶đ˜€ đ—łđ—Œđ—ż đ˜đ—”đ—Œđ˜€đ—Č đ—čđ—Œđ—Œđ—žđ—¶đ—»đ—Ž đ˜đ—Œ 𝗿đ—Čđ—Žđ—¶đ˜€đ˜đ—Č𝗿 𝗼𝘀 đ—»đ—Č𝘄 đ—œđ—źđ—żđ—¶đ˜€đ—”đ—¶đ—Œđ—»đ—Č𝗿𝘀/đ—șđ—Čđ—ș𝗯đ—Č𝗿𝘀 đ—źđ—»đ—± đ—łđ—Œđ—ż đ—»đ—Č𝘄đ—č𝘆 𝗿đ—Čđ—Žđ—¶đ˜€đ˜đ—Č𝗿đ—Čđ—± đ—œđ—źđ—żđ—¶đ˜€đ—”đ—¶đ—Œđ—»đ—Č𝗿𝘀 𝗼𝘁 đ˜đ—”đ—Č đ—Șđ—Čđ—čđ—°đ—Œđ—șđ—Č 𝗠đ—Čđ—Č𝘁 & 𝗚𝗿đ—Čđ—Č𝘁 đ—šđ—źđ˜đ—”đ—Čđ—żđ—¶đ—»đ—Ž!
  • Whether you’ve recently registered as a member (parishioner) or if you’ve been attending our Sunday or Daily Mass, actively participating in community life, 𝘄đ—Č đ—Čđ—»đ—°đ—Œđ˜‚đ—żđ—źđ—Žđ—Č đ˜†đ—Œđ˜‚ đ˜đ—Œ đ—ș𝗼𝗾đ—Č đ—¶đ˜ đ—Œđ—łđ—łđ—¶đ—°đ—¶đ—źđ—č đ—źđ—»đ—± 𝗯đ—Čđ—°đ—Œđ—șđ—Č 𝗼 đ—șđ—Čđ—ș𝗯đ—Č𝗿/đ—œđ—źđ—żđ—¶đ˜€đ—”đ—¶đ—Œđ—»đ—Č𝗿 𝗼𝘁 đ˜đ—”đ—Č 𝗠đ—Čđ—Č𝘁 & 𝗚𝗿đ—Čđ—Č𝘁—𝘄đ—Č’đ—čđ—č 𝗯đ—Č 𝗿đ—Čđ—źđ—±đ˜† đ˜đ—Œ đ—źđ˜€đ˜€đ—¶đ˜€đ˜ đ˜„đ—¶đ˜đ—” 𝗿đ—Čđ—Žđ—¶đ˜€đ˜đ—żđ—źđ˜đ—¶đ—Œđ—»đ˜€!  We hope to see you on Sunday 3/17th for a joyful experience of connection, belonging, and the start of a beautiful journey together. We can’t wait to meet you and welcome you officially into the OLM family!

Donut Sunday 3/17

  • Stop by the PLC after the 8am and 10am Masses on Sunday, 3/17th for Yummy Donuts, Good Coffee & Wonderful Fellowship. 

Parish Mission with Fr. Sean Grismer 3/18 & 3/19

  • “The Joy of the Lord Is Our Strength” is the theme for our Parish Mission with Fr. Sean Grismer on Monday 3/18 and Tuesday 3/19 from 7pm to 8:30pm.
    Blessed with fervor for his faith, a keen sense of humor, and a way with words, Fr. Grismer compels his audiences’ attention. He will dive into the great call upon each of our lives allow the joy of the Lord to be our strength.
    In 2016, Fr. Grismer was ordained a priest in the Diocese of Rockford. Presently, he is the Assistant Principal and Spiritual Director at Aurora Central Catholic High School, Aurora. Fr. Grismer has led several pilgrimages to Lourdes, Rome, and serves as a parish retreat leader. He is a member of Our Lady of Lourdes North American Volunteers. He holds a License in Sacred Theology with a focus on Dogmatic Theology from Rome’s Pontifical Angelicum University.

Palm Weaving Workshop 3/18, 3/20 & 3/21

  • Come out and weave palms to help us decorate our church for Palm Sunday and Holy Week on any of the following days. The Arts and Environment team will give easy-to-follow instructions on how to weave the palms.
    • Monday 3/18 from 7pm to 9:30pm in Room 114.
    • Wednesday 3/20 from 9am to 11:30am in Room 114.
    • Thursday 3/21 from 7pm to 9:30pm in Room 114.

A MAGNIFY Lenten Reconciliation Service 3/20

  • Join us for a special evening at MAGNIFY on Wednesday, 3/20th, just before Holy Week, as we host a special Lenten Reconciliation Service. There will be a handful of priests who will hear Confessions from 7pm to 8:30pm.

FREE Online Lenten Retreat “Ecce Homo” 3/21-3/23

A Spring Clearing of Closets Could Benefit the St. Vincent de Paul Clothing Drive 3/23 & 3/24 

  • In the season of spring, let’s go on a cleaning spree,Open up those closets, set your wardrobe free.Spring cleaning’s not just about dusting and mopping,It’s a chance to give back, to keep compassion popping.Clear out those closets, where garments reside,Clothes you don’t wear, it’s time to decide.A clothing drive awaits, with arms open wideTo give those unused garments a new place to reside.Spring’s renewal extends to more than just blooms,It’s about sharing warmth, dispelling cold glooms.Donate those jackets, those jeans, and those shirts,Help others in need, where compassion asserts.So fold up the sweaters, the scarves, and the rest,Each piece that you give, makes someone’s heart zest.Spring cleaning, a chance for a fresh, caring start,Turn unused clothes into warmth, like a kindhearted art.
  • The truck for the next SVDP Clothing Drive will be in the church parking lot from noon on Saturday, 3/23 to approximately noon on Sunday, 3/24.

Walking Through Grief 6-Week Series Begins 4/8

  • 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,  in Room 208 in the Parish Life Center (PLC)
  • Registration is requested, Please connect with Jolene Leroy at 331-707-5380

Have a Minister of Care Bring Holy Communion to Your Loved One that is Homebound

  • Ministers of Care are trained in the ministry and commissioned by the parish to visit those unable to come to Church to receive Holy Communion.
  • If you know someone in the parish who is unable to come to church and wishes to receive Holy Communion in the home, please contact Jolene at jolenel@olmercy.com and arrangements will be made.

Is God Calling You to the Priesthood?

  • Marriage is good and priesthood is good so how do you choose between two goods?  Connect with Fr Michael at frmichael@olmercy.com and speak with him.

Bishop Hick’s Monthly Column 

  • Bishop Hicks’ monthly column for February is titled “Peace in the Holy Land” Read his insightful column HERE.
    • 75th Jubilee of the Diocese of Joliet. Our diocese was founded on December 11, 1948. For an entire year, we will highlight the accomplishments of our past & how we were founded in faith, while being called to witness now and in the future, and continue to be sent forth to serve. Hear from Bishop Hicks as he describes the events leading up to the year-long celebration of the 75th Anniversary of the Diocese of Joliet; find out all the details, and see the year-long schedule HERE.

Catholic Ministries Annual Appeal 2024 

  • If you have already pledged your support to the Catholic Ministries Annual Appeal (CMAA), we sincerely thank you! If we all join together, we can meet our parish’s goal of $140,500. Each and every gift, regardless of size, truly matters and makes a difference. If you still plan on making your gift, please prayerfully reflect on how best you can support the CMAA this year to help those in need throughout our diocese, For the Glory of God. Pledge envelopes are still available in the church, or you can use the envelope you received in the mail from the diocese. Or donate online here.Remember, if we raise more than our goal, the diocese will return 70 percent of the amount over goal to us to reinvest in our own parish. This is an incredible opportunity and blessing. Your generosity is so greatly appreciated. Thank you for sharing your blessings!

Scam Emails and Text Messages

  • From time to time, there are phishing (SCAM) emails going out to members of the parish and staff claiming to be Father Michael as well as text messages.
    Please note that Father Michael and Father Frank DO NOT send texts or emails asking for money or gift cards. If you receive a message appearing to be from Father Michael or Father Frank, please discard it (any email that does not have “olmercy.com” is a fake email) and DO NOT SEND ANY ELECTRONIC MONETARY AID.  No one on the staff will personally ask for money in whatever form (gift cards etc). If someone sends you a private message asking for a donation of sorts, it’s undoubtedly a fake account. Please keep praying for us, and God bless you!

Did You Know We Have a Parish School?

  • All Saints Catholic Academy (ASCA) located at 1155 Aurora Ave, Naperville is our parish school!
  • Are you a parent with preschool, elementary, and middle school-aged children struggling with the antithetical Christian values the government schools are indoctrinating the children who attend government schools?  You’re not alone.
  • Join a growing number of OLM parents who have made the move by sending their child(ren) to public school to All Saints Catholic Academy.
  • Connect with Patty Bajek at (630) 961-6125, or pbajek@ascacademy.org to express your interest and schedule a personalized tour.  Or peruse their website to explore your interest.  

St. Vincent de Paul Society Volunteers

  • Thank you for your support of our clothing drive. Your clothing donation, as well as your financial donations throughout the year, allows us to help our parishioners and neighbors in need. In 2022, we provided assistance to 72 households, helping 185 men, women, and children to remain in their homes or apartments in time of financial need.
  • The ministry is always looking for volunteers to join our St. Vincent de Paul Society in assisting our neighbors in need. If you would like to volunteer or learn more, send an email to olmsvdp@gmail.com with your name and contact information.

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For the Hispanic Community

  • Please proceed here for the OLM Hispanic Ministry’s upcoming events and resources.
    ContinĂșe aquĂ­ para conocer los prĂłximos 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 prĂłxima semana, habrĂĄ Estaciones de la Cruz en español cada segundo miĂ©rcoles del mes despuĂ©s de la misa de las 12 pm.

A Note from the Intercessory Prayer Ministry

  • How can we pray for you today?
    There are times when life is overwhelming when all we have is questions.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 takes place monthly at MAGNIFY and on the last weekend of the month Mass times.  Prayer ministry is an opportunity for those in need of physical, emotional, or spiritual healing or with a specific intention. Come as an individual, as a couple, or as a family. Listen and receive the prayers while being open to the Holy Spirit’s movement.  

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 reply to or share messages. Enjoy a bunch of additional features like prayers, daily readings, reminders to silence your phone before Mass, & much more.

Donate Online Through OSV Giving 

  • Whether you are a registered parishioner with us or visiting, we are set up to receive donations online through OSV Our Sunday Visitor.
  •  Click here to for online giving.
  • You can also access this link through our myParish App “Giving” button. Don’t have the myParish App yet? Text APP to 88202 to download!  Receive this update, instant news, and get access to the parish calendar, daily readings, and Confession guide.

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

A MOTHER’S HEART GROW GROUP

Mission. A Mother’s Heart is a group for Catholic mothers with children ages 0-11 who are seeking to journey with other like-minded women of faith.  Following the example of St. ThĂ©rĂšse of Lisieux, we strive to imitate her “little way” of growing in holiness through the lenses of motherhood and family.

Website. Proceed here for details.

Meets. Each month for any of the following: book chats, podcast discussions, “Mom’s Night Out”, community service projects, fellowship, playgroups, prayer.

Connect.  Reach out to Lydia Schmitt lydiadschmitt@gmail.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.

Website. Proceed here for details.

Meets. Tuesdays @ 7pm and twice a month for social gatherings.

Connect.  Reach out to our Core Team at cfyagg@gmail.com for any questions.

SALT AND LIGHT GROW GROUP
Mission. â€œEncounter/Grow/Witness” is the threefold dimension of the Christian life.  Once we encounter Jesus, we are then called to grow daily as His disciples. Grow Groups are one way Our Lady of Mercy is responding to our missionary identity where we are called to help parishioners grow continually in discipleship.

Website. Proceed here for details.

Meets. Wednesdays 7pm to 8:30pm

Connect. For more information, connect with Geri Capulong at gericapulong@gmail.com or Bonnie Ramirez at bnnrmrz@gmail.com.

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
Jim Marks jimm6351@yahoo.com

Parish School | All Saints Catholic Academy

Dear Friends,

     Welcome to All Saints Catholic Academy, and thank you for your interest in our school! We are grateful for your consideration and hope you find our website helpful in your discernment.

     As a parent, you have much to consider when selecting a school for your child. By choosing All Saints, you are providing your children with the learning environment and preparation they will need for a bright future. Our daily curriculum promotes each child’s academic, physical, spiritual, and emotional growth. We educate the whole child, helping each student become a well-rounded young adult prepared to meet the challenges of high school and beyond.

     At ASCA, we have a tremendously dedicated, highly qualified degreed and licensed faculty as well as superb academic and formation programs. As a Catholic school open to students of all faiths, our belief in Jesus Christ and His Church guide our faith formation program. Your son or daughter will find in ASCA a welcoming, inclusive, safe, disciplined, and academically rigorous program that offers high expectations in a supportive way. Whether through academics, preparation for sacraments, athletics, or a myriad of extracurricular programs, we have something to engage each student. All are welcome at All Saints!

     Please peruse our website, and contact us to schedule a personalized tour. We look forward to meeting you and welcoming you to the All Saints family. Our prayers are with you as you make this important decision for your child’s future.

     Yours in Christ,
     Margie Marshall
     Principal

Marvin Booker, an OLM parishioner, shares the journey of his family’s decision to enroll their kids in All Saints Catholic Academy, our parish school. 

Discover why All Saints could be the perfect fit for your family in today’s dynamic world, schedule a tour!

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

or Download the FORMED App through these links: App Store or Google Play

EUCHARIST RESOURCES Check out our “Eucharist Resources” page to help us understand deeply the centrality of the Eucharist in our lives.

INTRODUCING THE ASCENSION APP A Catholic Bible and Catechism AppWe consulted more than 1,000 Catholics on what would make the ideal Bible and Catechism app and collected their direct feedback for over a year. Now it’s here! Download the App for free today on the App Store or the Google Play Store.

Check it out HERE

AMEN – CATHOLIC MEDITATION APP From Augustine Institute comes this NEW AND 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.

HALLOW – A CATHOLIC PRAYER & MEDITATION APP  Hallow is a Catholic prayer & meditation app that helps users deepen their relationship with God through contemplative prayer and strengthen one’s mental health in the process. Easy-to-use, audio-guided sessions anywhere from 1 to 60 minutes long. Pray your own way with a personalized prayer plan pulling from 3,000+ unique sessions including the Lectio Divina on the Daily Gospel, Rosary, Examen, Night Prayer, Calm & Humility “Praylists” and much more. Hallow Light is free. Hallow Plus is $5 per month ($60 per year). Sign up for either one here.

WORD ON FIRE

Explore the goodness, truth, and beauty of the faith!

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

Not sure where to start? How about checking out the short 5 episode series on The Eucharist This fresh look at the Eucharist brings to light its reality as sacred meal, the sacrifice necessary for communion with God, and the real presence of Christ.

BLESSED IS SHE

Blessed is She is a sisterhood of women who want to grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ through their Catholic faith.  They create beautiful and accessible resources, products, and experiences to deepen prayer and foster community, both online and in person.  

THE CATHOLIC GENTLEMAN

Founded in 2013, The Catholic Gentleman has become one of the most recognizable online men’s apostolate. Each week hundreds of thousands of men around the world visit our site for the insightful articles and the highest-quality products designed to encourage a life of authentic manhood. Their mission: To inspire men to holiness

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.

PINTS WITH AQUINAS PODCAST

Matt Fradd’s Pints with Aquinas is an online Catholic community of faith and truth… and maybe a pint or two. The podcast has long-form discussions, debates and teachings on the Catholic faith. Checkout the podcast here.


PASTORAL CARE

If you have physical, mental, emotional or spiritual health concerns or questions about end-of-life issues, funeral planning, journeying through grief, caregiving for a loved one or are homebound, please contact the parish office at 630-851-3444 or parishoffice@olmercy.com

RESTORE

Do you find yourself struggling in overcoming your battle with pornography?   Restore is a weekly (anonymous) meeting where men lean on each other for support and share ideas about strengthening our resolve to stay on God’s path of chastity.  All men are welcome, whether you have been free of pornography addiction for many years or struggle with it every single day.

If you are ready to start breaking free and want to Restore your life, email us at Restore.olm@gmail.com to find out more information on when and where we meet or call 331-684-7415. Check out the website for FAQs and further details. 

Be encouraged; check out this Testimony.

MOMS WALKING WITH MOMS IN NEED

Pregnant and parenting moms in need are in our parishes and our neighborhoods. As Pope Francis reminds us, our parishes need to be “islands of mercy in the midst of a sea of indifference.” Everyone in the parish community should know where to refer a pregnant woman in need. Connect with Lydia Schmitt for further questions at lydias@olmercy.com

FAITH BUDDIES

OLM invites you to learn more about a new program for children with special needs that will be launching in the spring!


If you are interested in becoming a volunteer or enrolling your child, please get in touch with Lydia Schmitt at lydias@olmercy.com

February 9, 2024 | Parish Update

Embrace the Silence – Eucharistic Adoration Begins In the New Chapel Monday 2/12th

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Peace be with you!

We are delighted to share with you the joyous news that our new Eucharistic Adoration Chapel will open its doors for silent adoration starting Monday, February 12th.

As we begin this new chapter of adoration at our parish in encountering the healing presence of Jesus amidst our trials through the peace that can be found in the silence, the profound words of Cardinal Robert Sarah comes to mind,

“Christ lived for thirty years in silence. Then, during His public life, He withdrew to the desert to listen to and speak with His Father. The world vitally needs those who go off into the desert because God speaks in silence.”

CARDINAL ROBERT SARAH

Before we begin, let us keep the following guidelines in mind.

  • Silent Adoration Chapel. This will be a silent space. Let us be the ones who heed the call to “go off into the desert” and embrace the silence where God speaks. In this sacred space, find solace and connection with the Divine through silent prayer.
  • Respecting Sacred Spaces. As you enter this sanctuary, please refrain from touching the statues or placing items on them or the wooden ledge. 
  • Adoration Hours. There will be some interruptions this week, February 12 through the 16th, as we finish some last minute touches on the chapel. Join us Monday through Friday, following the 8am Mass until 10pm. Please note that on Wednesdays during the 12pm Mass, there will be no adoration. And on Wednesday evenings during MAGNIFY from 7pm to 8:30pm, adoration will take place inside the church. 
  • Please Sign-In Every time You Visit Jesus. Familiarize yourself with the sign-in process by watching the following tutorial video. I would like to emphasize the importance of signing in for both committed adorers and visitors to ensure a smooth operation of the chapel. Signing in helps us track attendance and ensure someone is always present with Jesus, for we cannot leave Him alone.

We warmly encourage you to listen to

my recent homily, “Bringing Our Difficulties to the Lord at the New Adoration Chapel.” I share from my own experience of bringing my trials to Jesus during adoration which can lead to profound solace and healing. My prayer is that you find comfort in laying your burdens before the Lord in the sacred sanctuary of our new Adoration Chapel.

A Life-Changing Commitment. 

Experience the transformative power of adoration by making a commitment to adore Jesus for an hour during the week. Simply sign up to become a committed adorer – available hours have a convenient “sign up” button next to them. It’s a commitment that will truly change your life. Just click on the graphic below to become a committed adorer.

Don’t Forget the Children.

Encourage the entire family, including children, teenagers, college kids, and young adults, to partake in this beautiful experience of adoration. It’s an opportunity for them to encounter the presence of Jesus in a unique and special way.

Hope To See You at the Dedication.

Join us for the Dedication of the Eucharistic Adoration Chapel by Bishop Hicks on Sunday, immediately following the 12pm Mass. The ceremony will be followed by a delightful cake and coffee reception. Let us celebrate this momentous occasion together as a community.

As we step into this new chapter of spiritual growth, let us remember the words of St. Teresa of Calcutta

The time you spend with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament is the best time you will spend on earth.

Embrace the silence, and let the Eucharistic Adoration Chapel be a source of peace, grace and blessing in your lives.
With warm regards and excitement for this new journey for our parish,

Fr. Michael

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P.S. To accompany you during the Lenten season, here is a Eucharistic Prayer Companion for Lent and Triduum. Feel free to download and print.

Eucharistic Prayer Companion for Lent and Triduum.


						

February 4, 2024 | Parish Update

A Sacred Space. CMAA 2024. & Ash Wednesday.

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News from Pastor in Training (P.I.T.)

       I’m pretty good at throwing parties, in particular, pity parties. When I was 25 years old, I was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. As I look back, I know that the Lord uses all things for His glory because my diagnosis led to my priestly discernment. But, for selfish reasons, it added to my pity party; I was now a proud owner of “the cancer card”! I remember one time when my sister and I were discussing with my mom where we should all go to dinner. My sister and I had different ideas of which restaurant to go to, but ultimately, I won in the end. Why? Because I had cancer!

       I bring this up because in our first reading, Job is throwing his own pity party. “Job spoke, saying: ‘Is not man’s life on earth is a drudgery?’” (Job 7:1) Now, I don’t think it’s just Job or myself that tend to feel this way sometimes. Why? Well, when we are going through our crosses and trials, or when we are hurting, we typically feel isolated and alone. We may feel like no one can grasp or comprehend what we are actually going through. 

       However, what our faith makes clear is that we are never alone, and the Lord knows exactly what we are going through. In our Gospel reading today, the Lord seeks out Peter’s Mother-in-Law who is sick. Not only does the Lord seek us out, but we are also able to approach Him and call out in our need. Later in Job’s story, he will cry out to the Lord and the Lord will hear his cry. In the Gospel, many people come to Lord seeking healing as the sun sets. 

      May I invite us, especially with the crosses we bear, to seek out the Lord in prayer instead of throwing a pity party and feeling isolated. Next Sunday, February 11th, after the Noon Mass Bishop Ronald Hicks will dedicate our new Adoration Chapel. My hope is that this sacred space may become a place where many can come and bring their crosses before the Lord, knowing that they are never alone, and that the Lord is with them!


Did you miss one? View past news from the P.I.T. here.


Mondays with Monica & Augustine Prayer Group Continues 2/5

  • Join us at OLM on Mondays at 7:30 pm, where we can find inspiration and companionship in the stories of St. Monica and St. Augustine. Together, let’s reflect on our family situations and navigate the challenges we encounter with our loved ones who may have strayed from the Church. See you there!

Consuming Fire Young Adult Grow Group Continues 2/6

  • Calling all young adults, join our Consuming Fire Young Adult Grow Group (CFYA) on Tuesday at 7pm for community and faith building. The talk on Tuesday evening will be about “Preparing for Lent.” Reach out to cfyagg@gmail.com to get plugged in with the group or sign up at the link HERE

Bible Studies Continue on Tuesdays and Wednesdays 2/6 & 2/7

  • How exciting! There are two Bible Study opportunities to take part in. We hope to see you at any of the following. Should you have any questions, please connect with Joe Wiacek and Joe Glasgow who are looking forward to hearing from you at OLMBiblestudies@gmail.com

Vine & Branches Continues 2/7

  • Vine & Branches is a Grow Group at Our Lady of Mercy that offers support and belonging to individuals who have experienced the trauma of a broken marital relationship.
  • For more information, please reach out to one of our group leaders. They look forward to hearing from you: Kim Harris kimharris73@yahoo.com
    Mary LoGalbo logalbo.marycarol@gmail.com, Jim Marks jimm6351@yahoo.com

Salt and Light Grow Group Continues 2/7 & 2/8

  • Join Salt and Light Grow Group for 𝗙𝗿 đ— đ—¶đ—°đ—”đ—źđ—Čđ—č đ—šđ—źđ—¶đ˜đ—čđ—Č𝘆’𝘀 â€œđ—§đ—”đ—Č 𝗩đ—Čđ—°đ—Œđ—»đ—± 𝗚𝗿đ—Č𝗼𝘁đ—Č𝘀𝘁 đ—Šđ˜đ—Œđ—żđ˜† 𝗘𝘃đ—Č𝗿 đ—§đ—Œđ—čđ—±â€ for fast-paced and lively sessions through a video talk followed by group discussion.
  • Join us either Wednesday evenings at 6:30pm or Thursday afternoons at 1pm; For more details and registration, proceed here, and please don’t forget to bring a friend.

Fit Shepherds on Wednesday and Saturday mornings

  • To all men, as we embrace the New Year and thoughts turn to fitness resolutions, consider joining Fit Shepherds—a unique blend of physical and spiritual growth. Join us for challenging workouts Saturdays at 7am and Wednesdays at 5:30am in the parking lot, as we strive to become better in every aspect of life, inspired by the Good Shepherd, Jesus Christ. Dads are encouraged to bring their sons 5th grade and older.
  • For more information check out their website at this link or connect with Alex Baier who is looking forward to hearing from you; email him at abaier823@gmail.com
  • Get a glimpse of a Saturday morning work out and see the video below.

Weekly Praying for Priests

  • A prayer group has been praying for priests in front of the Blessed Sacrament weekly for over a year now, as well as on First Fridays. Even if you can’t join the group inside the church, you can pray wherever you are at during the times below.
  • Wednesdays at 10:30am – Rosary and Chaplet of Divine Mercy with meditations for priests,   Thursdays at 12:30pm –  Rosary and Chaplet of Divine Mercy with meditations for priests,First Friday of the month following 12pm Mass – Stations of the Cross with meditations for priests in the narthex.

Restore Weekly Restore Confidential Meetings

  • Restore is a ministry that accompanies men so as to win the battle against the struggles of living a lust-free life.
  • The ministry meets at a weekly (anonymous) meeting where men lean on each other for support and accountability and share ideas about strengthening their resolve to stay on God’s path of chastity.  All men are welcome, whether you have been free of the addiction for many years or struggle with it every single day. Though the meetings are weekly, at the last weekly meeting of the month, men are guided by a licensed Catholic therapist. If you are ready to start breaking free from the struggles of living chastely and want to Restore your life email Restore.olm@gmail.com to find out more information on when and where we meet or call 331-684-7415.

Support the Teen Mission Trip & Help Raise $10,000 so that Fr. Michael Shaves Off his Beard! 

Catholic Ministries Annual Appeal  2024 on 2/10 & 2/11

  • We will hear from Bishop Hicks about the 2024 Catholic Ministries Annual Appeal at all the Mass times during the weekend of 2/10 through 2/11.  The CMAA is a powerful way we can honor God’s glory by helping our neighbors in need.Every day, across the Diocese of Joliet, your generosity is making a difference in the lives of those less fortunate through Catholic Charities, inspiring our next generation of faithful in our Catholic schools and parishes, and it’s educating the men who will devote their lives to shepherding us as our future priests. Please prayerfully consider what you are able to give and live your faith fully by making your gift today. Your generosity is so greatly appreciated. Thank you for sharing your blessings!
  • Fill out the envelope during the Mass or donate online here.

https://www.youtube.com/embed/cWINlRjvTAQKnights of Columbus Pancake Breakfast 2/11

  • The Knights of Columbus Pancake Breakfast has been rescheduled for Sunday, February 11th from 8am to Noon in the PLC. Plan on stopping by for a delicious breakfast while helping to support the Teen Mission Trip. Tickets will be available at the door.

Eucharistic Adoration Chapel Dedication 2/11

  • Please join us on Sunday 2/11th as Bishop Hicks will be dedicating the new Eucharistic Adoration Chapel immediately following the Noon Mass. (around 1pm) This dedication will be followed by a cake and coffee reception hosted by Fr. Michael and Fr. Frank in the PLC. See you there!

Eucharistic Adoration Begins in the Chapel 2/12

  • On Monday 2/12th after the 8:30am Mass, Eucharistic Adoration begins in the Chapel. Adorers who have signed up for an hour commitment during the week will allow for anyone to stop by and pray with Jesus Monday through Friday 8:30am through 6pm.  Here are a few guidelines to be keep in mind.
    • Please adore in silence.
    • Please sign in. Whether you are just visiting or a committed adorer, we are asking that you please sign in. Beside the doors into the chapel is a wall mounted kiosk where you can sign in, just select “Adorer Sign In.”  To get familiar with this process here is a link to the check-in software.
    • The statues are so beautiful it makes you want to touch them; however, we are asking if you could please refrain from touching them.

Walking Through Grief 6-Week Series Begins 2/12

  • 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, 2/12, 2/19, 2/26, 3/4, 3/11, & 3/18 in Room 208 in the Parish Life Center (PLC)
  • Registration is requested, Please connect with Jolene Leroy at 331-707-5380 

Living With Grief Session- “Caring For Your Heart While Grieving” 2/13

  • 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 living with grief to be together in a faith community to find healing and hope.
  • Come to our session “Caring For Your Heart While Grieving” on Tuesday 2/13th from 1pm to 2:30pm in Room 208
  • Registration is requested- Connect with Jolene Leroy at 331-707-5380 to RSVP or for questions.

Join us on Ash Wednesday 2/14

  • Begin Lent with us on Ash Wednesday 2/14th and receive Ashes at either the 6:30am, 8am, 12pm (livestreamed), 7pm Mass times or at the 5:30pm Scripture Service.
  • To find out more about Ash Wednesday check out our FAQ page (is it a Holy Day of Obligation, does someone need to be Catholic to receive ashes etc.)

The Rescue Project Begins 2/15

  • “𝘐 đ˜¶đ˜Żđ˜„đ˜Šđ˜łđ˜Žđ˜”đ˜ąđ˜Żđ˜„ đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Š đ˜Șđ˜źđ˜±đ˜°đ˜łđ˜”đ˜ąđ˜Żđ˜€đ˜Š 𝘰𝘧 đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Š 𝘔𝘱𝘮𝘮 𝘯𝘰𝘾. 𝘐 𝘹𝘰 đ˜Łđ˜Šđ˜€đ˜ąđ˜¶đ˜Žđ˜Š 𝘐 đ˜žđ˜ąđ˜Żđ˜” đ˜”đ˜°, đ˜Łđ˜Šđ˜€đ˜ąđ˜¶đ˜Žđ˜Š 𝘐 𝘧𝘩𝘩𝘭 đ˜€đ˜°đ˜źđ˜±đ˜Šđ˜­đ˜­đ˜Šđ˜„ đ˜”đ˜° 𝘹𝘰.”
    “𝘐’𝘼 𝘧𝘩𝘩𝘭đ˜Ș𝘯𝘹 đ˜€đ˜©đ˜ąđ˜­đ˜­đ˜Šđ˜Żđ˜šđ˜Šđ˜„, đ˜Łđ˜Šđ˜€đ˜ąđ˜¶đ˜Žđ˜Š 𝘐’đ˜·đ˜Š 𝘕𝘌𝘝𝘌𝘙 đ˜©đ˜Šđ˜ąđ˜łđ˜„ đ˜‘đ˜Šđ˜Žđ˜¶đ˜Ž đ˜±đ˜łđ˜Šđ˜ąđ˜€đ˜©đ˜Šđ˜„ 𝘭đ˜Ș𝘬𝘩 đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Ș𝘮.”
    “đ˜›đ˜©đ˜Š đ˜™đ˜Šđ˜Žđ˜€đ˜¶đ˜Š đ˜—đ˜łđ˜°đ˜«đ˜Šđ˜€đ˜” đ˜€đ˜°đ˜Żđ˜”đ˜Șđ˜Żđ˜¶đ˜Šđ˜Ž đ˜”đ˜° 𝘣𝘩 đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Š đ˜šđ˜łđ˜Šđ˜ąđ˜”đ˜Šđ˜Žđ˜” 𝘮𝘩𝘳đ˜Ș𝘩𝘮 𝘐’đ˜·đ˜Š đ˜Šđ˜·đ˜Šđ˜ł 𝘮𝘩𝘩𝘯 𝘰𝘳 𝘣𝘩𝘩𝘯 đ˜±đ˜ąđ˜łđ˜” 𝘰𝘧.”
    “𝘐 đ˜€đ˜ąđ˜Ż’đ˜” 𝘳𝘩𝘱𝘭𝘭đ˜ș đ˜±đ˜¶đ˜” đ˜Șđ˜” đ˜Șđ˜Żđ˜”đ˜° đ˜žđ˜°đ˜łđ˜„đ˜Ž, đ˜Łđ˜¶đ˜” đ˜”đ˜°đ˜„đ˜ąđ˜ș 𝘐 𝘱𝘼 𝘱 đ˜Šđ˜©đ˜łđ˜Șđ˜Žđ˜”đ˜Ș𝘱𝘯 𝘼𝘱𝘯 đ˜žđ˜©đ˜° đ˜©đ˜ąđ˜Ž 𝘣𝘩𝘩𝘯 đ˜łđ˜Šđ˜”đ˜¶đ˜łđ˜Żđ˜Šđ˜„ đ˜”đ˜° 𝘱 𝘭đ˜Ș𝘧𝘩 𝘰𝘧 đ˜±đ˜¶đ˜łđ˜±đ˜°đ˜Žđ˜Š 𝘱𝘮 𝘱 𝘮𝘰𝘯 𝘰𝘧 đ˜Žđ˜°đ˜„ đ˜ąđ˜Żđ˜„ đ˜Łđ˜łđ˜°đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Šđ˜ł 𝘰𝘧 đ˜Šđ˜©đ˜łđ˜Șđ˜Žđ˜” đ˜”đ˜©đ˜ąđ˜” 𝘐 đ˜ąđ˜­đ˜­đ˜°đ˜žđ˜Šđ˜„ đ˜”đ˜° 𝘮𝘭đ˜Șđ˜± 𝘱𝘾𝘱đ˜ș 𝘱 𝘧𝘩𝘾 đ˜ș𝘩𝘱𝘳𝘮 𝘱𝘹𝘰.”— Feedback from people who have experienced The Rescue Project
    𝟭𝟬 đ—„đ—Čđ—źđ˜€đ—Œđ—»đ˜€ đ—Șđ—”đ˜† đ—§đ—”đ—Č đ—„đ—Č𝘀𝗰𝘂đ—Č đ—Łđ—żđ—Œđ—·đ—Č𝗰𝘁 𝗜𝘀 đ—™đ—Œđ—ż đ—Źđ—Œđ˜‚
    1. Perhaps you would like to resonate with some of the feedback mentioned above.
    2. If you are experiencing OR think of the Christian faith as a mere set of rules and disciplines.
    3. If going to Mass is boring or attending a Church service is more a habit (a check the box) than something you feel a need to participate in.
    4. If Jesus is only a figure in ancient history for you.
    5. If you have been walking with Jesus for years and love Him.
    6. If you want to experience the gospel surrounded by good food, conversation, and prayer.
    7. If you want to experience beauty, authentic humanity, and accompaniment.
    8. If you want to go into a deeper dive into your relationship with Jesus this Lent.
    9. If you are at juncture in life and are uncertain of what to do next.
    10. If you don’t know Jesus, want to know Him and recognize being known by Him.
    đ—Șđ—Č’𝗿đ—Č đ—čđ—Œđ—Œđ—žđ—¶đ—»đ—Ž đ—łđ—Œđ—żđ˜„đ—źđ—żđ—± đ˜đ—Œ 𝘄đ—Čđ—čđ—°đ—Œđ—șđ—¶đ—»đ—Ž đ˜†đ—Œđ˜‚, đ—°đ—Œđ—șđ—Č đ—źđ—»đ—± 𝗿đ—Čđ—Žđ—¶đ˜€đ˜đ—Č𝗿 đ—»đ—Œđ˜„ held on Thursday evenings at 6:30pm with free dinner, followed by Fr. Riccardo breaking open The Rescue Project segments of Created, Captured, RESCUED and Response. The evening ends with a small group discussion.  Register at this link for this transformative experience of the gospel which gives you a deeper insight on the Mass!
  • Check out the personal message below from Fr. John Riccardo to you!

Register for the Rescue Project

Winter Vianney Visit 2/15-2/17

  • 𝗜𝘁’𝘀 đ—»đ—Œđ˜ đ˜đ—Œđ—Œ đ—č𝗼𝘁đ—Č đ˜đ—Œ đ˜€đ—¶đ—Žđ—» đ˜‚đ—œ đ—łđ—Œđ—ż đ˜đ—”đ—Č đ—Șđ—¶đ—»đ˜đ—Č𝗿 đ—©đ—¶đ—źđ—»đ—»đ—Č𝘆 đ—©đ—¶đ˜€đ—¶đ˜!
    Spend a winter weekend developing your prayer life and trust in God’s plan for you. The Vianney Visit provides high school sophomores through college age men (ages 16–24) the opportunity to take a closer look and experience college seminary. Attend Mass, prayer and spiritual conferences with SJV priests and hear testimonies from SJV seminarians. đ—§đ—”đ—Č𝗿đ—Č đ—¶đ˜€ đ—»đ—Œ đ—°đ—”𝗼𝗿𝗮đ—Č đ—łđ—Œđ—ż đ˜đ—”đ—Č đ—Č𝘃đ—Čđ—»đ˜. 𝗔đ—čđ—č đ—șđ—Č𝗼đ—č𝘀 𝗼𝗿đ—Č đ—œđ—żđ—Œđ˜ƒđ—¶đ—±đ—Čđ—±.For more information & registration forms, please click here: https://www.diojoliet.org/w/vianney-visit

Migrant Support Collection 2/17 & 2/18

  • Looking for a way to support the many migrant families arriving in the area?
    𝗱𝘂𝗿 đ—œđ—źđ—żđ—¶đ˜€đ—” đ—¶đ˜€ đ—°đ—Œđ—čđ—čđ—Čđ—°đ˜đ—¶đ—»đ—Ž đ—»đ—Œđ—»-đ—œđ—Čđ—żđ—¶đ˜€đ—”đ—źđ—Żđ—čđ—Č đ—łđ—Œđ—Œđ—± đ—¶đ˜đ—Čđ—ș𝘀, 𝗮đ—Čđ—»đ˜đ—č𝘆 𝘂𝘀đ—Čđ—± 𝗰đ—čđ—Œđ˜đ—”đ—¶đ—»đ—Ž & đ—”đ—Œđ˜‚đ˜€đ—Čđ—”đ—Œđ—čđ—± đ—Žđ—Œđ—Œđ—±đ˜€, 𝗯đ—čđ—źđ—»đ—žđ—Č𝘁𝘀, đ—±đ—¶đ—źđ—œđ—Č𝗿𝘀 (đ—Čđ˜€đ—œđ—Čđ—°đ—¶đ—źđ—čđ—č𝘆 đ˜€đ—¶đ˜‡đ—Č 𝟰/đŸ±/đŸČ) đ—źđ—»đ—± đ˜„đ—¶đ—œđ—Č𝘀 𝗯đ—Čđ—łđ—Œđ—żđ—Č 𝗼đ—čđ—č 𝗠𝗼𝘀𝘀đ—Č𝘀 đ—Œđ—» 𝗙đ—Č𝗯𝗿𝘂𝗼𝗿𝘆 đŸ­đŸłđ˜đ—” & đŸ­đŸŽđ˜đ—”.  
  • These items will be brought to the Mission of Our Lady of the Angels in West Humboldt Park. The Franciscans of the Eucharist of Chicago have been serving many families, and the need for material support is very high. Thank you so much for your generosity.
  • You can find out more about the Mission of Our Lady of the Angels here:
    https://www.missionola.com/
  • Franciscans of the Eucharist of Chicago:
    https://www.franciscansoftheeucharistofchicago.com/ 
  • Questions? Please contact Chris Harvey at 631-561-9722 OR chrisharveyny@gmail.com

Fill an Easter Bag for a Child in Need 2/17 & 2/18

  • Service Opportunity: Fill an Easter Bag for a Child in Need!
    Pick up a Bag at OLM the Weekend of Feb. 17th & 18th
  • Fill your bag with items and return by the weekend of March 9th & 10th
    These Easter Bags will benefit children and families assisted by the Aurora Interfaith Food Pantry. 
  • Questions? Contact lydias@olmercy.com

Donut Sunday 2/18

  • Stop by the PLC after the 8am and 10am Masses on Sunday, February 18th for Yummy Donuts, Good Coffee & Wonderful Fellowship.

St. Peregrine Prayer Service 2/20

  • For those with cancer, serious or chronic illnesses, and their caregivers
 Come to the St. Peregrine Prayer Service on Tuesday 2/20th following the 6:30pm Mass.
  • St. Peregrine is the patron saint of the sick, especially those suffering from cancer, serious illness, or chronic illness. The prayer service is for the intention of those with cancer, serious or chronic illnesses, and their caregivers

Catholic Charities Mobile Food Pantry 2/21

  • The Mobile Food Pantry is on Weds 2/21 from 4:30pm to 6pm.  Don’t forget to share the Our Lady of Mercy social media posting on your network; you never know who among your network is in need of food.
  • 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. Please clear space in your trunk or backseat so volunteers can load boxes of food directly into your vehicle. Mobile Food Pantries take place snow, rain, or shine!

CRHP Men’s Retreat 2/24 – 2/25 & Women’s Retreat 3/2 – 3/3

  • Register now for CRHP, an incredible experience that will recharge your faith life, help you develop lasting friendships, and fill you with newfound energy and purpose.
  • Should you have any questions in the meantime, connect with the Men and Women’s invitation coordinators for any questions Alex Grove (331)330-0257 or Beatriz Cultura (630)544-0720 crhpolm@gmail.com or check out the FAQs at their webpage.
  • A Special Opportunity for Men & Women
    WHAT. Do you sense that something’s missing in your life? Do you feel that if you weren’t so busy you would be happier, healthier, more effective, more fulfilled, and maybe even a better person?
    Come to the next men’s and women’s CRHP weekend! It’s an incredible experience that will help you discover what’s missing in your life and what to do about it.
    Whether you want to connect with other men or women in the parish, improve your prayer life, or just take a break from the craziness of your everyday to have fun and not have to cook or clean, work, shovel the snow, tackle the next item on the ‘to do’ list, you will find what you are looking for—and more.

    WHEN. đ— đ—Čđ—»â€™đ˜€ đ—„đ—Č𝘁𝗿đ—Č𝗼𝘁 𝟼/𝟼𝟰 – 𝟼/đŸźđŸ± & đ—Șđ—Œđ—șđ—Čđ—»â€™đ˜€ đ—„đ—Č𝘁𝗿đ—Č𝗼𝘁 𝟯/𝟼 – 𝟯/𝟯. The day on Saturday starts at 7:30am and goes through the evening at 8:30pm.  We return the next day at the same time 7:30am ending at 3pm.
    WHERE. In the Parish Life Center (PLC) at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church, 701 S. Eola Road, Aurora
    WHO. Any individual over the age of 18
    WHY. Because you deserve to live with passion and purpose.
    REGISTER. Please register soon

First Friday and Saturday Devotion 3/1 & 3/2

  • Let us be in prayer at any of our great communal prayer devotions.  đ—Ÿđ—Č𝘁 𝘂𝘀 𝗯đ—Č đ—¶đ—» đ—œđ—żđ—źđ˜†đ—Č𝗿 𝗼𝘁 đ—źđ—»đ˜† đ—Œđ—ł đ—Œđ˜‚đ—ż 𝗮𝗿đ—Č𝗼𝘁 đ—°đ—Œđ—șđ—șđ˜‚đ—»đ—źđ—č đ—œđ—żđ—źđ˜†đ—Č𝗿 đ—±đ—Čđ˜ƒđ—Œđ˜đ—¶đ—Œđ—»đ˜€! All are invited to join the First Friday of Reparation and the Communal First Saturday!
    • Extra Friday Confession immediately following the 8am Mass
    • Respect Life 1st Friday Devotion: The Respect Life Ministry invites you to stand and silently pray in front of Waterleaf Women’s Center on January 5. Prayer warriors are needed for one hour shifts 7 am – 4 pm to change hearts and save lives. For more information, please call Lisa at (630) 236-3310-
    • ADDITIONAL FRIDAY MASS AT 12PM
    • First Saturday Devotion after the 8:30AM Mass
    • Saturday Confessions immediately following the 8:30am Mass and also from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
  • Here is a really good video from Fr. Chris Alar MIC on the First Saturday Devotion https://youtu.be/IaCNDjukTHI?si=9n6xgNE3I9TQBH3z

DisABILITIES Mass at Our Lady of Mercy 3/10

  • We’re excited to warmly welcome individuals with disABILITIES, and their friends and family, at Our Lady of Mercy’s first disABILITIES Mass on Sunday 3/10th at 2pm! Please save the date!
  • We look forward to welcoming you and many others from throughout the Diocese of Joliet and we hope you will join us as we celebrate the blessings of those with disABILITIES in our Church family, as well as the wonderful gifts they bring to our parish!
  • Please sign up here so we can plan on welcoming you: https://ourladyofmercyaurora.flocknote.com/signup/152664

Unbound Freedom in Christ Conference 3/15 & 3/16

  • Fr. James at St. Mary Immaculate in Plainfield, along with the Unbound Joliet team, is hosting an Unbound Freedom in Christ Conference on Friday, 3/15th 6:30pm to 9:30pm through Saturday, 3/16th 8:30am to 8:30pm. God wants to speak into your life and reveal His heart to you. This conference will help you to learn the 5 keys of Unbound and to experience deeper freedom in Christ. Registration and details are found at this link.

Knights of Columbus Easter Egg Hunt 3/16

  • The Knights of Columbus are hosting an Easter Egg Hunt for kids ages 0-10 on Saturday, 3/16, at 10am with the Egg Hunt starting at 10:30am. It will be held in the PLC. Please bring your Easter basket or a bag to hold all the eggs you find. Maybe even the Easter Bunny will stop in for some fun!!! We hope to see yï»żou there!
  • *There will be a “Sensory Friendly” egg hunt and sensory bins in a separate room with less stimuli and lower lighting*

2024 Knights of Columbus Free Throw Champions

  • The Robert H. Weaver Knights of Columbus Council #12005 would like to congratulate the following winners of our free throw competition held January 18, 2024, at the Our Lady of Mercy Parish Life Center:
    Gabriella Curcio, Aiden Gross, Juan Pablo Cordero, Giovanni Sanderlin
         We wish them luck as they move on to the District competition in February, with the winners advancing to the Regional competition in March.
         We thank all the kids that came out for a fun evening of competition.
    Congratulations once again.

Have a Minister of Care Bring Holy Communion to Your Loved One that is Homebound

  • Ministers of Care are trained in the ministry and commissioned by the parish to visit those unable to come to Church to receive Holy Communion.
  • If you know someone in the parish who is unable to come to church and wishes to receive Holy Communion in the home, please contact Deacon Bugsy Sindanc at bugsys@olmercy.com and arrangements will be made. 
  • Caring for a Loved One with Mary” by Theresa Kiser is in the book kiosk. Completely occupied by the constant care necessary for her son’s medically complex situation, Theresa Kiser struggled to reconcile with the physical, emotional, social, and mental tolls it took on her family. But when she stumbled upon the devotion of the Seven Sorrows of Mary, she was surprised — and deeply relieved — to discover that Our Lady walked this caregiving road before her. The Seven Sorrows devotion nourished her soul with comfort, companionship, and grace at a time when she needed it most.

Is God Calling You to the Priesthood?

  • Marriage is good and priesthood is good so how do you choose between two goods?  Connect with Fr Michael at frmichael@olmercy.com and speak with him.

Bishop Hick’s Monthly Column 

  • Bishop Hicks’ monthly column for January is titled “Benefits of a Paper Calendar in the Digital Age” Read his insightful column HERE.
    • 75th Jubilee of the Diocese of Joliet. Our diocese was founded on December 11, 1948. For an entire year, we will highlight the accomplishments of our past & how we were founded in faith, while being called to witness now and in the future, and continue to be sent forth to serve. Hear from Bishop Hicks as he describes the events leading up to the year-long celebration of the 75th Anniversary of the Diocese of Joliet; find out all the details, and see the year-long schedule HERE.
  • ther” Read his insightful column HERE.

Scam Emails and Text Messages

  • From time to time, there are phishing (SCAM) emails going out to members of the parish and staff claiming to be Father Michael as well as text messages.
    Please note that Father Michael and Father Frank DO NOT send texts or emails asking for money or gift cards. If you receive a message appearing to be from Father Michael or Father James, please discard it (any email that does not have “olmercy.com” is a fake email) and DO NOT SEND ANY ELECTRONIC MONETARY AID.  No one on the staff will personally ask for money in whatever form (gift cards etc). If someone sends you a private message asking for a donation of sorts, it’s undoubtedly a fake account. Please keep praying for us, and God bless you!

Did You Know We Have a Parish School?

  • All Saints Catholic Academy (ASCA) located at 1155 Aurora Ave, Naperville is our parish school!
  • Are you a parent with preschool, elementary, and middle school-aged children struggling with the antithetical Christian values the government schools are indoctrinating the children who attend government schools?  You’re not alone.
  • Join a growing number of OLM parents who have made the move by sending their child(ren) to public school to All Saints Catholic Academy.
  • Connect with Patty Bajek at (630) 961-6125, or pbajek@ascacademy.org to express your interest and schedule a personalized tour.  Or peruse their website to explore your interest.  

St. Vincent de Paul Society Volunteers

  • Thank you for your support of our clothing drive. Your clothing donation, as well as your financial donations throughout the year, allows us to help our parishioners and neighbors in need. In 2023, we provided assistance to 79 households, helping 200 men, women and children to remain in their homes or apartments in time of financial need.
  • The ministry is always looking for volunteers to join our St. Vincent de Paul Society in assisting our neighbors in need. If you would like to volunteer or learn more, send an email to olmsvdp@gmail.com with your name and contact information.

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For the Hispanic Community

  • Please proceed here for the OLM Hispanic Ministry’s upcoming events and resources.
    ContinĂșe aquĂ­ para conocer los prĂłximos 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 prĂłxima semana, habrĂĄ Estaciones de la Cruz en español cada segundo miĂ©rcoles del mes despuĂ©s de la misa de las 12 pm.

A Note from the Intercessory Prayer Ministry

  • How can we pray 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 takes place monthly at MAGNIFY and on the last weekend of the month Mass times.  Prayer ministry is an opportunity for those in need of physical, emotional, or spiritual healing or with a specific intention. Come as an individual, as a couple, or as. a family and receive prayer for yourself or request prayers for someone in need. Listen and receive the prayers while being open to the Holy Spirit’s movement. Trained prayer ministers are available.

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.

Donate Online Through OSV Giving

  • Whether you are a registered parishioner with us or visiting, we are set up to receive donations online through OSV Our Sunday Visitor.
  • OSV is an online website that makes contributions faster, easier, and accessible at anytime for donors. Click here to for online giving.
  • You can also access this link through our myParish App “Giving” button. Don’t have the myParish App yet? Text APP to 88202 to download!  Receive this update, instant news, and get access to the parish calendar, daily readings, and Confession guide.

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

A MOTHER’S HEART GROW GROUP
Mission. A Mother’s Heart is a group for Catholic mothers with children ages 0-11 who are seeking to journey with other like-minded women of faith.  Following the example of St. ThĂ©rĂšse of Lisieux, we strive to imitate her “little way” of growing in holiness through the lenses of motherhood and family.
Website. Proceed here for details.
Meets. Thursdays twice a month.  For any of the following: book chats, podcast discussions, “Mom’s Night Out”, community service projects, fellowship, playgroups, prayer.
Connect.  Reach out to Lydia Schmitt lydiadschmitt@gmail.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.
Website. Proceed here for details.
Meets. Tuesdays @ 7pm and twice a month for social gatherings.
Connect.  Reach out to Mary Kubanda at rysavyme@gmail.com

SALT AND LIGHT GROW GROUP
Mission. â€œEncounter/Grow/Witness” is the threefold dimension of the Christian life.  Once we encounter Jesus, we are then called to grow daily as His disciples. Grow Groups are one way Our Lady of Mercy is responding to our missionary identity where we are called to help parishioners grow continually in discipleship.
Website. Proceed here for details.
Meets. Wednesdays 7pm to 8:30pm
Connect. For more information, connect with Geri Capulong at gericapulong@gmail.com or Bonnie Ramirez at bnnrmrz@gmail.com.


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
Jim Marks jimm6351@yahoo.com

GROW YOUR FAITH

FREE ONLINE RESOURCES and NEWS ON UPCOMING CONFERENCES 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

or Download the FORMED App through these links: App Store or Google Play

EUCHARIST RESOURCES
Check out our “Eucharist Resources” page to help us understand deeply the centrality of the Eucharist in our lives.

Check it out HERE

AMEN – CATHOLIC MEDITATION APP
From Augustine Institute comes this NEW AND 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.

HALLOW – A CATHOLIC PRAYER & MEDITATION APP
Hallow is a Catholic prayer & meditation app that helps users deepen their relationship with God through contemplative prayer and strengthen one’s mental health in the process. Easy-to-use, audio-guided sessions anywhere from 1 to 60 minutes long. Pray your own way with a personalized prayer plan pulling from 3,000+ unique sessions including the Lectio Divina on the Daily Gospel, Rosary, Examen, Night Prayer, Calm & Humility “Praylists” and much more. Hallow Light is free. Hallow Plus is $5 per month ($60 per year). Sign up for either one here.

WORD ON FIRE
Explore the goodness, truth, and beauty of the faith!Did you know that you have complete access to Bishop Barron’s Word on Fire ENGAGE video library! Check out this link to watch any of the videos whenever you want without ever having to login.
Not sure where to start? How about checking out the short 5 episode series on The Eucharist This fresh look at the Eucharist brings to light its reality as sacred meal, the sacrifice necessary for communion with God, and the real presence of Christ.

BLESSED IS SHE
Blessed is She is a sisterhood of women who want to grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ through their Catholic faith.  They create beautiful and accessible resources, products, and experiences to deepen prayer and foster community, both online and in person.  

THE CATHOLIC GENTLEMAN
Founded in 2013, The Catholic Gentleman has become one of the most recognizable online men’s apostolate. Each week hundreds of thousands of men around the world visit our site for the insightful articles and the highest-quality products designed to encourage a life of authentic manhood. Their mission: To inspire men to holiness

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.

PINTS WITH AQUINAS
Matt Fradd’s Pints with Aquinas is an online Catholic community of faith and truth… and maybe a pint or two. Check it out for long-form discussions, healthy debates, and teachings on the Catholic faith.


PASTORAL CARE

If you have physical, mental, emotional or spiritual health concerns or questions about end-of-life issues, funeral planning, journeying through grief, caregiving for a loved one or are homebound, please contact the parish office at 630-851-3444 or parishoffice@olmercy.com

RESTORE
Do you find yourself struggling in overcoming your battle with pornography?   Restore is a weekly (anonymous) meeting where men lean on each other for support and accountability and share ideas about strengthening our resolve to stay on God’s path of chastity.  All men are welcome, whether you have been free of pornography addiction for many years or struggle with it every single day.If you are ready to start breaking free from the grips of pornography and want to Restore your life, email us at Restore.olm@gmail.com to find out more information on when and where we meet or call 331-684-7415. Check out the website for FAQs and further details. Be encouraged; check out this Testimony.

WALKING WITH MOMS IN NEED
Pregnant and parenting moms in need are in our parishes and our neighborhoods. As Pope Francis reminds us, our parishes need to be “islands of mercy in the midst of a sea of indifference.” Everyone in the parish community should know where to refer a pregnant woman in need.  Please see this infographic to be informed on how we are walking with Moms in need. Connect with Lydia Schmitt for further questions at lydias@olmercy.com

FAITH BUDDIES
OLM invites you to learn more about a new program for children with special needs that will be launching in the spring!
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer or enrolling your child, please get in touch with Lydia Schmitt at lydias@olmercy.com


January 21, 2024 | Parish Update

Hope. Save the Date for Eucharistic Adoration Chapel Dedication. & The Rescue Project.

View the full posting at our Flocknote email (don’t forget to join so you can receive the update via email).


News from Pastor in Training (P.I.T.)

     For our comprehensive exam in seminary, we were given a pastoral scenario, and we were asked to write a homily responding to it. After we had submitted the homilies, we decided to see what the artificial intelligence bot, ChatGPT, would come up with. The homily it generated started pretty well: “In this reading, Jesus calls us to love God and to love our neighbor.” But things went downhill pretty quickly. “And you, as sinners, are in direct violation of the Church’s teachings.” The AI-generated homily might have been correct in essentials, but it lacked any sense of hope in God’s mercy.

     In the First Reading, we hear about Jonah’s preaching mission to the people of Nineveh. After he runs from God’s command to preach repentance, is swallowed, and spit up by a great fish, he preaches a hopeless sermon: “Forty days more and Nineveh shall be destroyed.” But astonishingly, this pagan city repents before Jonah can even finish preaching, and God shows them mercy.

     In the Gospel, Jesus calls Peter, Andrew, James, and John to be fishers of men. Biblical scholar John Bergsma says that this is a fulfillment of a prophecy of Jeremiah: “I will send many fishermen to catch them. After that, I will send many hunters to hunt them out from every mountain and hill and rocky crevice” (Jer 16:16). The context of the original prophecy is judgment on Israel’s idolatry. But in Jesus’ fulfillment, something surprising happens. Rather than condemning sinners, the fishermen are sent to preach repentance.

     So what changes an oracle of judgment into an oracle of mercy? It is our response. We don’t change God, but He sends His messengers to preach repentance in order to change us. In both readings, we see people responding to the calls to repentance almost instantly. What moves them to respond in this way?

     It is the virtue of hope. Hope looks to the future good of our eternal happiness and believes it is possible. This hope is what leads the Ninevites and the apostles to believe that God wants to show them mercy and wants a relationship with them. But how can we live the same hope in our lives?

We often think of hope as wishful thinking. But Pope Benedict XVI tells us that hope comes from the objective fact that God has come into our lives, making that future hope take root in our present. We have probably already accepted God into our lives. But this can always grow deeper so that we can truly believe that if we also turn to God in repentance of our sins, He will change us.

     Unlike the AI-generated homily of my classmates, today’s readings call us to new hope in God’s mercy, not only that God wants to forgive us, but that He is longing to forgive us when we repent of our sins. It might seem impossible, but if we open our hearts to God in repentance, then He will help us the rest of the way.

Father Frank


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Mondays with Monica & Augustine Prayer Group Continues 1/22

  • Come and pray for our loved ones and friends who have fallen away from the faith at đ— đ—Œđ—»đ—±đ—źđ˜†đ˜€ đ˜„đ—¶đ˜đ—” đ— đ—Œđ—»đ—¶đ—°đ—ź đ—źđ—»đ—± đ—”đ˜‚đ—Žđ˜‚đ˜€đ˜đ—¶đ—»đ—Č from 7:30pm – 8:30pm in the Church.
    đ—Șđ—”đ˜† đ—œđ—żđ—źđ˜† đ˜„đ—¶đ˜đ—” 𝗩𝘁 đ— đ—Œđ—»đ—¶đ—°đ—ź đ—źđ—»đ—± 𝗩𝘁 đ—”đ˜‚đ—Žđ˜‚đ˜€đ˜đ—¶đ—»đ—Č
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         It is a story of yesterday
 and today.  St. Monica faced the challenge of having a pagan husband and faced an even deeper grief when her oldest son, Augustine, turned away from the Church. In college, Augustine, a brilliant student, fell for a “New Age” like philosophy, along with a string of vices. He eventually returned home, accompanied by his girlfriend and their young son.
         Throughout it all, St. Monica persisted in her prayers, which ultimately were answered beyond her imagining—though not quickly, nor in exactly the way she had thought. Still, God’s grace bore fruit in His time. After 17 years of spiritual wandering, Augustine experienced a profound conversion, becoming a great saint and one of the most influential theologians in Christian history.
         Join us at OLM on Mondays at 7:30 pm, where we can find inspiration and companionship in the stories of St. Monica and St. Augustine. Together, let’s reflect on our family situations and navigate the challenges we encounter with our loved ones who may have strayed from the Church. See you there!
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    𝘏𝑒𝘳𝑒 𝑖𝘮 đ˜±đ‘Žđ˜łđ‘Ą 𝑜𝘧 đ˜”â„Žđ˜Š đ˜łđ‘’đ˜§đ‘™đ˜Šđ‘đ˜”đ‘–đ˜°đ‘› đ‘Ąđ˜©đ‘–đ˜Ž đ˜€đ‘œđ˜źđ‘–đ˜Żđ‘” đ‘€đ˜°đ‘›đ˜„đ‘Žđ˜ș 𝘑𝑎𝘯𝑱𝘱𝑟đ˜ș 22𝘯𝑑 đ‘Žđ˜” 7:30đ˜±đ‘š
    The ache of having an estranged prodigal isn’t merely a sadness that comes and goes. It’s the whole experience of brokenness. we have held our prodigal children in our arms, in our hearts, and they still live there-even when they’ve grown, even when they’ve rejected what we hoped would be their greatest treasure. It’s hard not to feel as if we’ve failed in parenting, and those feelings can make it very difficult not to lose our temper, not to lash out. We will fail at times and say things that reveal our hurt.

Bible Studies Starts on Tuesdays and Wednesdays 1/24 & 1/30

  • How exciting! There are two Bible Study opportunities coming up. We hope to see you at any of the following. Should you have any questions, please connect with Joe Wiacek and Joe Glasgow who are looking forward to hearing from you at OLMBiblestudies@gmail.com
  • Ascension Press The Timeline Bible Study.Held on Wednesdays at 7pm starting on 1/24th for 22 sessions (with a summer break). This Bible Study is a great fit for those new to the Bible.  See the trailer below.  Please register here for this study.
    The Bible TimelineÂź Study Program takes you n a guided journey through salvation history. Presenter Jeff Cavins shows you how fourteen of the Bible’s narrative books tell the biblical story from beginning to end and gives you the keys to understanding the amazing story woven through Scripture. Using a unique color-coded chart, you will learn the major people, places, and events of the Bible and discover how they all come together to reveal the remarkable story of our Faith. Please purchase the study guide online at this link.
  • The Gospel of John.Held on Tuesdays at 7pm starting on 1/30th for about 8 sessions. This Bible Study is a great fit for those that have made Bible Study part of their relationship with Jesus.  See the trailer below.  Please register here for this study.
    • We will use the Ascension Press Follow Me: Meeting Jesus in the Gospel of John study guide and video. Please purchase the study guide online at this link.
    • We will also read from The Gospel of John – Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture by Francis Martin and William M Wright IV; this commentary is a favorite reference by priests (Fr Michael, Fr Frank, Fr James). While this book is additional reading and is not mandatoryhere is the link in case you would like to purchase it.

Vine & Branches Continues 1/24

  • Vine & Branches is a Grow Group at Our Lady of Mercy that offers support and belonging to individuals who have experienced the trauma of a broken marital relationship.
  • For more information, please reach out to one of our group leaders. They look forward to hearing from you: Kim Harris kimharris73@yahoo.com
    Mary LoGalbo logalbo.marycarol@gmail.com, Jim Marks jimm6351@yahoo.com

Salt and Light Grow Group Continues 1/24 & 1/25

  • Join Salt and Light Grow Group for 𝗙𝗿 đ— đ—¶đ—°đ—”đ—źđ—Čđ—č đ—šđ—źđ—¶đ˜đ—čđ—Č𝘆’𝘀 â€œđ—§đ—”đ—Č 𝗩đ—Čđ—°đ—Œđ—»đ—± 𝗚𝗿đ—Č𝗼𝘁đ—Č𝘀𝘁 đ—Šđ˜đ—Œđ—żđ˜† 𝗘𝘃đ—Č𝗿 đ—§đ—Œđ—čđ—±â€ for fast-paced and lively sessions through a video talk followed by group discussion.
  • Join us either Wednesday evenings at 6:30pm or Thursday afternoons at 1pm; For more details and registration, proceed here, and please don’t forget to bring a friend.

Fit Shepherds 1/27

  • To all men, as we embrace the New Year and thoughts turn to fitness resolutions, consider joining Fit Shepherds—a unique blend of physical and spiritual growth. Join Fit Shepherds for challenging workouts Saturdays at 7am and Wednesdays at 5:30am in the parking lot, as we strive to become better in every aspect of life, inspired by the Good Shepherd, Jesus Christ. Dads are encouraged to bring their sons 5th grade and older.
  • For more information check out their website at this link or connect with Alex Baier who is looking forward to hearing from you; email him at abaier823@gmail.com

Weekly Praying for Priests

  • A prayer group has been praying for priests in front of the Blessed Sacrament weekly for over a year now, as well as on First Fridays. Even if you can’t join the group inside the church, you can pray wherever you are at during the times below.
  • Wednesdays at 10:30am – Rosary and Chaplet of Divine Mercy with meditations for priests,   Thursdays at 12:30pm –  Rosary and Chaplet of Divine Mercy with meditations for priests,First Friday of the month following 12pm Mass – Stations of the Cross with meditations for priests in the narthex.

Restore Weekly Restore Confidential Meetings

  • Restore is a ministry that accompanies men so as to win the battle against the struggles of living a lust-free life.
  • The ministry meets at a weekly (anonymous) meeting where men lean on each other for support and accountability and share ideas about strengthening their resolve to stay on God’s path of chastity.  All men are welcome, whether you have been free of the addiction for many years or struggle with it every single day. Though the meetings are weekly, at the last weekly meeting of the month, men are guided by a licensed Catholic therapist. If you are ready to start breaking free from the struggles of living chastely and want to Restore your life email Restore.olm@gmail.com to find out more information on when and where we meet or call 331-684-7415.

Weekly Adoration

  • COME AND ADORE OUR LORD! Eucharistic Adoration is held three times a week at OLM! So come and encounter Jesus anytime this week at Adoration on Mondays and Thursdays 8:30am to 6:30pm and Wednesdays 8am to 12pm.And if you’d like to sign up for a regular time to be with Jesus, click here.

Sign up for Weekly Adoration as we Prepare for our New Chapel to Open!

We’re almost there, we have the following time slots that do not have anyone signed up to spend time with Jesus; we’re praying you would be the one to sign up for any of the following time spots
Tuesday 8:30am, 4pm
Wednesday 5pm
Thursday 8:30am

Friday 10am, 4pm
Our hope is that two individuals sign up for each of the hourly timeslots Monday through Friday from 8:30am through 5pm; please help us achieve this goal.  It truly is the best time that you could gift yourself. Click here to sign up.

Prayer Ministry 1/27 & 1/28

  • Receive Prayer Ministry after all the Mass times the weekend of 1/27 and 1/28! Prayer ministry is an opportunity for those in need of physical, emotional, or spiritual healing or with a specific intention. 
  • Come as an individual, as a couple, or family. Listen and receive the prayers while being open to the Holy Spirit’s movement. Trained prayer ministers will be available in the back of Church.

PADS Items Drop-Off 1/27 & 1/28

  • Our next PADS service day is Tuesday, 2/6. The PADS Board with the “wish-list” of items needed to prepare the meals for 250 guests at Hesed House, is currently on display at the Atrium. Drop off the items on weekend of 1/27 & 1/28. Please help us feed the hungry. You may also donate monetarily online at the following link under “Hesed House.”

Donut Sunday 1/28

  • Stop by the PLC after the 8am and 10am Masses on Sunday, January 28th for Yummy Donuts, Good Coffee & Wonderful Fellowship. 

Consuming Fire Talk “Faith & Reason” with Dr. Fernanda Psihas 1/30

  • Let’s unravel the scientific tapestry of time and explore the authentic Catholic perspective on science, creation, and the vast Universe by coming to the talk on “Faith and Reason” by particle physicist Dr. Fernanda Psihas on Tuesday 1/30th at 7pm. 🚀 Don’t miss out on this mind-expanding journey! #FaithAndReason #ScienceMeetsSpirituality✹

Magnify 1/31

  • Join us @ MAGNIFY on January 31st from 7pm-8:30pm
  • Our monthly MAGNIFY is on Wednesday 1/31 when we host a night of Adoration in the church with praise and worship by Josh Goodman. After a scriptural reflection there will be opportunities for confession and prayer ministry.
  • We pray that you come and spend time in prayer with Jesus, encountering Him in a special way. He is personally inviting you to come and share your heart with Him. Join us anytime from 7- 8:30pm in the Church. Don’t forget to bring your children, neighbors, and friends. 

2023 Tax Statements will be mailed out no later than 1/31

  • Tax Statements for 2023 will be mailed out no later than 1/31st to anyone who donated $250 or more for the 2023 calendar year, thank you for your genorosity. If you do not receive a statement and would like one to be mailed out, please email Lydia Schmitt at lydias@olmercy.com or call 331-707-5377.

First Friday and Saturday Devotions 2/2 & 2/3

  • 𝗟đ—Č𝘁 𝘂𝘀 𝗯đ—Č đ—¶đ—» đ—œđ—żđ—źđ˜†đ—Č𝗿 𝗼𝘁 đ—źđ—»đ˜† đ—Œđ—ł đ—Œđ˜‚đ—ż 𝗮𝗿đ—Č𝗼𝘁 đ—°đ—Œđ—șđ—șđ˜‚đ—»đ—źđ—č đ—œđ—żđ—źđ˜†đ—Č𝗿 đ—±đ—Čđ˜ƒđ—Œđ˜đ—¶đ—Œđ—»đ˜€! This Friday and Saturday, all are invited to join the First Friday of Reparation and the Communal First Saturday!
  • Extra Friday Confession immediately following the 8am Mass
  • Respect Life 1st Friday Devotion: The Respect Life Ministry invites you to stand and silently pray in front of Waterleaf Women’s Center on January 5. Prayer warriors are needed for one hour shifts 7 am – 4 pm to change hearts and save lives. For more information, please call Lisa at (630) 236-3310-
  • ADDITIONAL FRIDAY MASS AT 12PM
  • First Saturday Devotion after the 8:30AM Mass
  • Saturday Confessions immediately following the 8:30am Mass and also from 1:30pm to 2:30pm

Healing the Whole Person Weekend Retreat at St. Isaac Jogues 2/8 – 2/10

  • Join us on this journey to wholeness as we enter into the heart, face the pains and wounds within, and allow Christ’s divine love to bring the healing we ardently desire.
  • Healing the Whole Person is the basis for Dr. Bob Schucht’s best-selling book “Be Healed” and takes place only four times each year in parish settings across the US. 
  • This event is offered both in-person or virtually with livestream video. $165 in-person or $119 iivestreamed.
  • For more information, and to register, please click HERE

Adoration Chapel Dedication 2/11

  • Please save the date of Sunday 2/11th because Bishop Hicks will be dedicating the new Eucharistic Adoration Chapel at 1pm, which will be immediately followed by a cake and coffee reception hosted by Fr. Michael and Fr. Frank; how exciting!

Living With Grief – “Caring For Your Heart While Grieving” 2/13

  • 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 living with grief to be together in a faith community to find healing and hope.
  • Come to our session “Caring For Your Heart While Grieving” on Tuesday 2/13th from 1pm to 2:30pm in Room 208
  • Registration is requested- Connect with Jolene Leroy at 331-707-5380 to RSVP or for questions.

The Rescue Project Begins 2/15

  • “𝘐 đ˜¶đ˜Żđ˜„đ˜Šđ˜łđ˜Žđ˜”đ˜ąđ˜Żđ˜„ đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Š đ˜Șđ˜źđ˜±đ˜°đ˜łđ˜”đ˜ąđ˜Żđ˜€đ˜Š 𝘰𝘧 đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Š 𝘔𝘱𝘮𝘮 𝘯𝘰𝘾. 𝘐 𝘹𝘰 đ˜Łđ˜Šđ˜€đ˜ąđ˜¶đ˜Žđ˜Š 𝘐 đ˜žđ˜ąđ˜Żđ˜” đ˜”đ˜°, đ˜Łđ˜Šđ˜€đ˜ąđ˜¶đ˜Žđ˜Š 𝘐 𝘧𝘩𝘩𝘭 đ˜€đ˜°đ˜źđ˜±đ˜Šđ˜­đ˜­đ˜Šđ˜„ đ˜”đ˜° 𝘹𝘰.”
    “𝘐’𝘼 𝘧𝘩𝘩𝘭đ˜Ș𝘯𝘹 đ˜€đ˜©đ˜ąđ˜­đ˜­đ˜Šđ˜Żđ˜šđ˜Šđ˜„, đ˜Łđ˜Šđ˜€đ˜ąđ˜¶đ˜Žđ˜Š 𝘐’đ˜·đ˜Š 𝘕𝘌𝘝𝘌𝘙 đ˜©đ˜Šđ˜ąđ˜łđ˜„ đ˜‘đ˜Šđ˜Žđ˜¶đ˜Ž đ˜±đ˜łđ˜Šđ˜ąđ˜€đ˜©đ˜Šđ˜„ 𝘭đ˜Ș𝘬𝘩 đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Ș𝘮.”
    “đ˜›đ˜©đ˜Š đ˜™đ˜Šđ˜Žđ˜€đ˜¶đ˜Š đ˜—đ˜łđ˜°đ˜«đ˜Šđ˜€đ˜” đ˜€đ˜°đ˜Żđ˜”đ˜Șđ˜Żđ˜¶đ˜Šđ˜Ž đ˜”đ˜° 𝘣𝘩 đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Š đ˜šđ˜łđ˜Šđ˜ąđ˜”đ˜Šđ˜Žđ˜” 𝘮𝘩𝘳đ˜Ș𝘩𝘮 𝘐’đ˜·đ˜Š đ˜Šđ˜·đ˜Šđ˜ł 𝘮𝘩𝘩𝘯 𝘰𝘳 𝘣𝘩𝘩𝘯 đ˜±đ˜ąđ˜łđ˜” 𝘰𝘧.”
    “𝘐 đ˜€đ˜ąđ˜Ż’đ˜” 𝘳𝘩𝘱𝘭𝘭đ˜ș đ˜±đ˜¶đ˜” đ˜Șđ˜” đ˜Șđ˜Żđ˜”đ˜° đ˜žđ˜°đ˜łđ˜„đ˜Ž, đ˜Łđ˜¶đ˜” đ˜”đ˜°đ˜„đ˜ąđ˜ș 𝘐 𝘱𝘼 𝘱 đ˜Šđ˜©đ˜łđ˜Șđ˜Žđ˜”đ˜Ș𝘱𝘯 𝘼𝘱𝘯 đ˜žđ˜©đ˜° đ˜©đ˜ąđ˜Ž 𝘣𝘩𝘩𝘯 đ˜łđ˜Šđ˜”đ˜¶đ˜łđ˜Żđ˜Šđ˜„ đ˜”đ˜° 𝘱 𝘭đ˜Ș𝘧𝘩 𝘰𝘧 đ˜±đ˜¶đ˜łđ˜±đ˜°đ˜Žđ˜Š 𝘱𝘮 𝘱 𝘮𝘰𝘯 𝘰𝘧 đ˜Žđ˜°đ˜„ đ˜ąđ˜Żđ˜„ đ˜Łđ˜łđ˜°đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Šđ˜ł 𝘰𝘧 đ˜Šđ˜©đ˜łđ˜Șđ˜Žđ˜” đ˜”đ˜©đ˜ąđ˜” 𝘐 đ˜ąđ˜­đ˜­đ˜°đ˜žđ˜Šđ˜„ đ˜”đ˜° 𝘮𝘭đ˜Șđ˜± 𝘱𝘾𝘱đ˜ș 𝘱 𝘧𝘩𝘾 đ˜ș𝘩𝘱𝘳𝘮 𝘱𝘹𝘰.”— Feedback from people who have experienced The Rescue Project
    𝟭𝟬 đ—„đ—Čđ—źđ˜€đ—Œđ—»đ˜€ đ—Șđ—”đ˜† đ—§đ—”đ—Č đ—„đ—Č𝘀𝗰𝘂đ—Č đ—Łđ—żđ—Œđ—·đ—Č𝗰𝘁 𝗜𝘀 đ—™đ—Œđ—ż đ—Źđ—Œđ˜‚
    1. Perhaps you would like to resonate with some of the feedback mentioned above.
    2. If you are experiencing OR think of the Christian faith as a mere set of rules and disciplines.
    3. If going to Mass is boring or attending a Church service is more a habit (a check the box) than something you feel a need to participate in.
    4. If Jesus is only a figure in ancient history for you.
    5. If you have been walking with Jesus for years and love Him.
    6. If you want to experience the gospel surrounded by good food, conversation, and prayer.
    7. If you want to experience beauty, authentic humanity, and accompaniment.
    8. If you want to go into a deeper dive into your relationship with Jesus this Lent.
    9. If you are at juncture in life and are uncertain of what to do next.
    10. If you don’t know Jesus, want to know Him and recognize being known by Him.
    đ—Șđ—Č’𝗿đ—Č đ—čđ—Œđ—Œđ—žđ—¶đ—»đ—Ž đ—łđ—Œđ—żđ˜„đ—źđ—żđ—± đ˜đ—Œ 𝘄đ—Čđ—čđ—°đ—Œđ—șđ—¶đ—»đ—Ž đ˜†đ—Œđ˜‚, đ—°đ—Œđ—șđ—Č đ—źđ—»đ—± 𝗿đ—Čđ—Žđ—¶đ˜€đ˜đ—Č𝗿 đ—»đ—Œđ˜„ held on Thursday evenings at 6:30pm with free dinner, followed by Fr. Riccardo breaking open The Rescue Project segments of Created, Captured, RESCUED and Response. The evening ends with a small group discussion.  Register at this link for this transformative experience of the gospel which gives you a deeper insight on the Mass!
  • Join the Babette meal and set-up teams! Reach out to zara@olmercy.com to get involved. Your help is valued, and it’s a wonderful way to serve, connect, and discover delicious recipes during the Lenten season.

Register for the Rescue Project

CRHP Men’s Retreat 2/24 – 2/25 & Women’s Retreat 3/2 – 3/3

  • Register now for CRHP, an incredible experience that will recharge your faith life, help you develop lasting friendships, and fill you with newfound energy and purpose.
  • Should you have any questions in the meantime, connect with the Men and Women’s invitation coordinators for any questions Alex Grove (331)330-0257 or Beatriz Cultura (630)544-0720 crhpolm@gmail.com or check out the FAQs at their webpage.
  • A Special Opportunity for Men & Women
    WHAT. Do you sense that something’s missing in your life? Do you feel that if you weren’t so busy you would be happier, healthier, more effective, more fulfilled, and maybe even a better person?
    Come to the next men’s and women’s CRHP weekend! It’s an incredible experience that will help you discover what’s missing in your life and what to do about it.
    Whether you want to connect with other men or women in the parish, improve your prayer life, or just take a break from the craziness of your everyday to have fun and not have to cook or clean, work, shovel the snow, tackle the next item on the ‘to do’ list, you will find what you are looking for—and more.

    WHEN. đ— đ—Čđ—»â€™đ˜€ đ—„đ—Č𝘁𝗿đ—Č𝗼𝘁 𝟼/𝟼𝟰 – 𝟼/đŸźđŸ± & đ—Șđ—Œđ—șđ—Čđ—»â€™đ˜€ đ—„đ—Č𝘁𝗿đ—Č𝗼𝘁 𝟯/𝟼 – 𝟯/𝟯. The day on Saturday starts at 7:30am and goes through the evening at 8:30pm.  We return the next day at the same time 7:30am ending at 3pm.
    WHERE. In the Parish Life Center (PLC) at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church, 701 S. Eola Road, Aurora
    WHO. Any individual over the age of 18
    WHY. Because you deserve to live with passion and purpose.
    REGISTER. Please register soon

DisABILITIES Mass at Our Lady of Mercy 3/10

  • We’re excited to warmly welcome individuals with disABILITIES, and their friends and family, at Our Lady of Mercy’s first disABILITIES Mass on Sunday 3/10th at 2pm! Please save the date!
  • We look forward to welcoming you and many others from throughout the Diocese of Joliet and we hope you will join us as we celebrate the blessings of those with disABILITIES in our Church family, as well as the wonderful gifts they bring to our parish!

Unbound Freedom in Christ Conference 3/15 & 3/16

  • Fr. James at St. Mary Immaculate in Plainfield, along with the Unbound Joliet team, is hosting an Unbound Freedom in Christ Conference on Friday, 3/15th 6:30pm to 9:30pm through Saturday, 3/16th 8:30am to 8:30pm. God wants to speak into your life and reveal His heart to you. This conference will help you to learn the 5 keys of Unbound and to experience deeper freedom in Christ. Registration and details are found at this link.

Have a Minister of Care Bring Holy Communion to Your Loved One that is Homebound

  • Ministers of Care are trained in the ministry and commissioned by the parish to visit those unable to come to Church to receive Holy Communion.
  • If you know someone in the parish who is unable to come to church and wishes to receive Holy Communion in the home, please contact the parish office at 630-851-3444 and arrangements will be made. 
  • Caring for a Loved One with Mary” by Theresa Kiser is in the book kiosk. Completely occupied by the constant care necessary for her son’s medically complex situation, Theresa Kiser struggled to reconcile with the physical, emotional, social, and mental tolls it took on her family. But when she stumbled upon the devotion of the Seven Sorrows of Mary, she was surprised — and deeply relieved — to discover that Our Lady walked this caregiving road before her. The Seven Sorrows devotion nourished her soul with comfort, companionship, and grace at a time when she needed it most.

Is God Calling You to the Priesthood?

  • Marriage is good and priesthood is good so how do you choose between two goods?  Connect with Fr Michael at frmichael@olmercy.com and speak with him.

Bishop Hick’s Monthly Column 

  • Bishop Hicks’ monthly column for January is titled “Benefits of a Paper Calendar in the Digital Age” Read his insightful column HERE.
    • 75th Jubilee of the Diocese of Joliet. Our diocese was founded on December 11, 1948. For an entire year, we will highlight the accomplishments of our past & how we were founded in faith, while being called to witness now and in the future, and continue to be sent forth to serve. Hear from Bishop Hicks as he describes the events leading up to the year-long celebration of the 75th Anniversary of the Diocese of Joliet; find out all the details, and see the year-long schedule HERE.
  • ther” Read his insightful column HERE.

Scam Emails and Text Messages

  • From time to time, there are phishing (SCAM) emails going out to members of the parish and staff claiming to be Father Michael as well as text messages.
    Please note that Father Michael and Father Frank DO NOT send texts or emails asking for money or gift cards. If you receive a message appearing to be from Father Michael or Father James, please discard it (any email that does not have “olmercy.com” is a fake email) and DO NOT SEND ANY ELECTRONIC MONETARY AID.  No one on the staff will personally ask for money in whatever form (gift cards etc). If someone sends you a private message asking for a donation of sorts, it’s undoubtedly a fake account. Please keep praying for us, and God bless you!

Did You Know We Have a Parish School?

  • All Saints Catholic Academy (ASCA) located at 1155 Aurora Ave, Naperville is our parish school!
  • Are you a parent with preschool, elementary, and middle school-aged children struggling with the antithetical Christian values the government schools are indoctrinating the children who attend government schools?  You’re not alone.
  • Join a growing number of OLM parents who have made the move by sending their child(ren) to public school to All Saints Catholic Academy.
  • Connect with Patty Bajek at (630) 961-6125, or pbajek@ascacademy.org to express your interest and schedule a personalized tour.  Or peruse their website to explore your interest.  

St. Vincent de Paul Society Volunteers

  • Thank you for your support of our clothing drive. Your clothing donation, as well as your financial donations throughout the year, allows us to help our parishioners and neighbors in need. In 2022, we provided assistance to 72 households, helping 185 men, women and children to remain in their homes or apartments in time of financial need.
  • The ministry is always looking for volunteers to join our St. Vincent de Paul Society in assisting our neighbors in need. If you would like to volunteer or learn more, send an email to olmsvdp@gmail.com with your name and contact information.

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For the Hispanic Community

  • Please proceed here for the OLM Hispanic Ministry’s upcoming events and resources.
    ContinĂșe aquĂ­ para conocer los prĂłximos 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 prĂłxima semana, habrĂĄ Estaciones de la Cruz en español cada segundo miĂ©rcoles del mes despuĂ©s de la misa de las 12 pm.

A Note from the Intercessory Prayer Ministry

  • How can we pray 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 takes place monthly at MAGNIFY and on the last weekend of the month Mass times.  Prayer ministry is an opportunity for those in need of physical, emotional, or spiritual healing or with a specific intention. Come as an individual, as a couple, or as. a family and receive prayer for yourself or request prayers for someone in need. Listen and receive the prayers while being open to the Holy Spirit’s movement. Trained prayer ministers are available.

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.

Donate Online Through OSV Giving

  • Whether you are a registered parishioner with us or visiting, we are set up to receive donations online through OSV Our Sunday Visitor.
  • OSV is an online website that makes contributions faster, easier, and accessible at anytime for donors. Click here to for online giving.
  • You can also access this link through our myParish App “Giving” button. Don’t have the myParish App yet? Text APP to 88202 to download!  Receive this update, instant news, and get access to the parish calendar, daily readings, and Confession guide.

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

A MOTHER’S HEART GROW GROUP
Mission. A Mother’s Heart is a group for Catholic mothers with children ages 0-11 who are seeking to journey with other like-minded women of faith.  Following the example of St. ThĂ©rĂšse of Lisieux, we strive to imitate her “little way” of growing in holiness through the lenses of motherhood and family.
Website. Proceed here for details.
Meets. Thursdays twice a month.  For any of the following: book chats, podcast discussions, “Mom’s Night Out”, community service projects, fellowship, playgroups, prayer.
Connect.  Reach out to Lydia Schmitt lydiadschmitt@gmail.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.
Website. Proceed here for details.
Meets. Tuesdays @ 7pm and twice a month for social gatherings.
Connect.  Reach out to Mary Kubanda at rysavyme@gmail.com

SALT AND LIGHT GROW GROUP
Mission. â€œEncounter/Grow/Witness” is the threefold dimension of the Christian life.  Once we encounter Jesus, we are then called to grow daily as His disciples. Grow Groups are one way Our Lady of Mercy is responding to our missionary identity where we are called to help parishioners grow continually in discipleship.
Website. Proceed here for details.
Meets. Wednesdays 7pm to 8:30pm
Connect. For more information, connect with Geri Capulong at gericapulong@gmail.com or Bonnie Ramirez at bnnrmrz@gmail.com.


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
Jim Marks jimm6351@yahoo.com

GROW YOUR FAITH

FREE ONLINE RESOURCES and NEWS ON UPCOMING CONFERENCES 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

or Download the FORMED App through these links: App Store or Google Play

EUCHARIST RESOURCES
Check out our “Eucharist Resources” page to help us understand deeply the centrality of the Eucharist in our lives.

Check it out HERE

AMEN – CATHOLIC MEDITATION APP
From Augustine Institute comes this NEW AND 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.

HALLOW – A CATHOLIC PRAYER & MEDITATION APP
Hallow is a Catholic prayer & meditation app that helps users deepen their relationship with God through contemplative prayer and strengthen one’s mental health in the process. Easy-to-use, audio-guided sessions anywhere from 1 to 60 minutes long. Pray your own way with a personalized prayer plan pulling from 3,000+ unique sessions including the Lectio Divina on the Daily Gospel, Rosary, Examen, Night Prayer, Calm & Humility “Praylists” and much more. Hallow Light is free. Hallow Plus is $5 per month ($60 per year). Sign up for either one here.

WORD ON FIRE
Explore the goodness, truth, and beauty of the faith!Did you know that you have complete access to Bishop Barron’s Word on Fire ENGAGE video library! Check out this link to watch any of the videos whenever you want without ever having to login.
Not sure where to start? How about checking out the short 5 episode series on The Eucharist This fresh look at the Eucharist brings to light its reality as sacred meal, the sacrifice necessary for communion with God, and the real presence of Christ.

BLESSED IS SHE
Blessed is She is a sisterhood of women who want to grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ through their Catholic faith.  They create beautiful and accessible resources, products, and experiences to deepen prayer and foster community, both online and in person.  

THE CATHOLIC GENTLEMAN
Founded in 2013, The Catholic Gentleman has become one of the most recognizable online men’s apostolate. Each week hundreds of thousands of men around the world visit our site for the insightful articles and the highest-quality products designed to encourage a life of authentic manhood. Their mission: To inspire men to holiness

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.

PINTS WITH AQUINAS
Matt Fradd’s Pints with Aquinas is an online Catholic community of faith and truth… and maybe a pint or two. Check it out for long-form discussions, healthy debates, and teachings on the Catholic faith.


PASTORAL CARE

If you have physical, mental, emotional or spiritual health concerns or questions about end-of-life issues, funeral planning, journeying through grief, caregiving for a loved one or are homebound, please contact the parish office at 630-851-3444 or parishoffice@olmercy.com

RESTORE
Do you find yourself struggling in overcoming your battle with pornography?   Restore is a weekly (anonymous) meeting where men lean on each other for support and accountability and share ideas about strengthening our resolve to stay on God’s path of chastity.  All men are welcome, whether you have been free of pornography addiction for many years or struggle with it every single day.If you are ready to start breaking free from the grips of pornography and want to Restore your life, email us at Restore.olm@gmail.com to find out more information on when and where we meet or call 331-684-7415. Check out the website for FAQs and further details. Be encouraged; check out this Testimony.

WALKING WITH MOMS IN NEED
Pregnant and parenting moms in need are in our parishes and our neighborhoods. As Pope Francis reminds us, our parishes need to be “islands of mercy in the midst of a sea of indifference.” Everyone in the parish community should know where to refer a pregnant woman in need.  Please see this infographic to be informed on how we are walking with Moms in need. Connect with Lydia Schmitt for further questions at lydias@olmercy.com

FAITH BUDDIES
OLM invites you to learn more about a new program for children with special needs that will be launching in the spring!
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer or enrolling your child, please get in touch with Lydia Schmitt at lydias@olmercy.com


December 31, 2023 | Parish Update

Imperfect Holy Families. Encounter Jesus @ OLM thru Bible Studies, CRHP, Grow Groups. January Gatherings (such as ALICE Training).

View the full posting at our Flocknote email (don’t forget to join so you can receive the update via email).


News from Pastor in Training (P.I.T.)

Because my dad’s name is Joseph and my mom’s name is Maria, they would always joke that we were the “holy family.” This joke developed over time. Because Jesus is God and Mary is without sin, if there were any problems, she would joke that it was St. Joseph’s fault. In the same way, since my dad is a permanent deacon and I am a priest, if there were any problems, it was her fault. Of course, she was joking, but as we see in the Gospel, the suffering that affects the Holy Family is not all caused by St. Joseph. 

Very often, we are tempted to see the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph as distant from us. If they are so holy, how can they possibly relate to the problems that take place in our family? But this attitude is the exact opposite of the purpose of the Holy Family. 

The Word became flesh and dwelt in a human family, not in order to distance Himself, but to draw closer to us. During the thirty years of His hidden life, Jesus chose to live as part of a family in order to show us how important the family is, and in order to make it holy. 

But the fact that the life of this family was holy doesn’t mean that they got a free pass from everyday human life or even from suffering. At what should have been a joyful celebration of the birth of her son, Mary hears these words that no mother wants to hear, first, that her son will be a sign of contradiction, and second, that a sword will pierce her soul. 

So why does the Holy Family still experience suffering? They do it for us. In all our sufferings, we can turn to Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, knowing that they know what it’s like. They are the Holy Family not in spite of their family life, but because of it.

At this time of year, we often experience both the joys and the sufferings of family life. And maybe we feel that because our families aren’t perfect, because there are family members who have strayed from the faith, family members who like to fight, family members who won’t speak to us, that this disqualifies us from being a holy family. But far from being obstacles to this, they can be opportunities for us to become holy families

Jesus, Mary, and Joseph experienced the sufferings of family life, so we can turn to them for help and companionship. They did this for the sanctification of the family and the world, so when we unite our sufferings to Christ’s, it can make us—and the world—holy. We shouldn’t worry about being the “St. Joseph” of the family, but should instead strive to be like him in always being attentive to God’s plan for his family even though he isn’t perfect. 

Father Frank


Did you miss one? View past news from the P.I.T. here.


Piercing Hearts with Christmas Joy by Fr Michael

  • As we embark on the final week of the Christmas season, culminating in the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord on 1/9th, here is Fr. Michael’s Christmas homily. Let his words accompany you during these remaining festive days as you reflect on the profound gift of the Savior. Indeed “a child is born to us, a son is given to us; upon his shoulder dominion rest”
    đ—Łđ—¶đ—Čđ—żđ—°đ—¶đ—»đ—Ž 𝗛đ—Č𝗼𝗿𝘁𝘀 đ˜„đ—¶đ˜đ—” đ—–đ—”đ—żđ—¶đ˜€đ˜đ—ș𝗼𝘀 đ—đ—Œđ˜†
    The beautiful gift of Christmas is a pierced heart filled with Christmas joy. Fr. Michael candidly shares personal anecdotes, delivering a compelling call to self-reflection that urges us to open our hearts to the humility of Christ. From self-centeredness to self-sacrifice, discover the true beauty of Christmas as a season of profound personal and familial healing because the deepest cry of the human heart is the universal need for Jesus Christ to pierce through our barriers so as to bring about profound transformation.

Mass for the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God 1/1

  • We close the Christmas Octave (the eight days following the birth of Christ) with a day honoring and celebrating Mary as the Mother of God—The Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God! Typically this is a Holy Day of Obligation, but because it falls on a Monday this year, it is not a day of obligation. Here are the following Mass times on Monday, January 1st: 9am and 6:30pm (Spanish Mass).

Registration Opens on 1/1
CRHP Men’s Retreat 2/24 – 2/25 & Women’s Retreat 3/2 – 3/3

  • CRHP is an incredible experience that will recharge your faith life, help you develop lasting friendships, and fill you with newfound energy and purpose.
  • Registration starts January 1st!
  • Should you have any questions in the meantime, connect with the Men and Women’s invitation coordinators for any questions Alex Grove (331)330-0257 or Beatriz Cultura (630)544-0720 crhpolm@gmail.com or check out the FAQs at their webpage.

Consuming Fire Young Adult Group Continues 1/2

  • Calling all young adults, join our Consuming Fire Young Adult Grow Group (CFYA) on Tuesday at 7pm for community and faith building. Reach out to cfyagg@gmail.com to get plugged in with the group or sign up at the link HERE
  • Join Consuming Fire this week for their White Elephant Cookies & Ugly Sweater Party! Check out their calendar at the end of the email.
  • Looking ahead, on Tuesday, 1/9th.
    • Come to Consuming Fire for an engaging evening on Tuesday, 1/9th, as CFYA presents an exciting talk on “Catholic Stewardship & Finance” by the dynamic Ernesto Pacheco. Get ready to unlock the secrets to financial success and discover how you, as a young adult, can kickstart your journey to a brighter future.This isn’t just your average finance talk – Ernesto will share practical tips tailored to the unique challenges and opportunities that young adults face today. Learn how to embrace Catholic stewardship principles and set yourself on a path to financial well-being.But that’s not all! Brace yourself for some game-changing insights on how to kickstart your savings journey. Whether you’re saving for that dream vacation, a down payment on a home, or just building a safety net for the future, this talk is your roadmap to financial freedom.Don’t miss out on an evening that promises not only valuable advice but also an opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals. Let’s empower ourselves and build a community of young adults ready to take charge of their financial destinies. See you there!

Vine & Branches Continues 1/3

  • Vine & Branches is a Grow Group at Our Lady of Mercy that offers support and belonging to individuals who have experienced the trauma of a broken marital relationship.
  • The program “Surviving Divorce” by Ascension Press includes the personal testimonies of Catholic men and women as they witness the healing power of Jesus in their lives.
  • For more information, please reach out to one of our group leaders. They look forward to hearing from you: Kim Harris kimharris73@yahoo.com
    Mary LoGalbo logalbo.marycarol@gmail.com, Jim Marks jimm6351@yahoo.com

First Friday and Saturday Devotions 1/5 & 1/6

  • 𝗟đ—Č𝘁 𝘂𝘀 𝗯đ—Č đ—¶đ—» đ—œđ—żđ—źđ˜†đ—Č𝗿 𝗼𝘁 đ—źđ—»đ˜† đ—Œđ—ł đ—Œđ˜‚đ—ż 𝗮𝗿đ—Č𝗼𝘁 đ—°đ—Œđ—șđ—șđ˜‚đ—»đ—źđ—č đ—œđ—żđ—źđ˜†đ—Č𝗿 đ—±đ—Čđ˜ƒđ—Œđ˜đ—¶đ—Œđ—»đ˜€! This Friday and Saturday, all are invited to join the First Friday of Reparation and the Communal First Saturday!  
  • Extra Friday Confession immediately following the 8am Mass
  • Respect Life 1st Friday Devotion: The Respect Life Ministry invites you to stand and silently pray in front of Waterleaf Women’s Center on January 5. Prayer warriors are needed for one hour shifts 7 am – 4 pm to change hearts and save lives. For more information, please call Lisa at (630) 236-3310 
  • ADDITIONAL FRIDAY MASS AT 12PM
  • First Saturday Devotion after the 8:30AM Mass
  • Saturday Confessions immediately following the 8:30am Mass and also at 1:30pm to 2:30pm

Fit Shepherds 1/6

  • To all men, as we embrace the New Year and thoughts turn to fitness resolutions, consider joining Fit Shepherds—a unique blend of physical and spiritual growth. Join Fit Shepherds for challenging workouts Saturdays at 7am and Wednesdays at 5:30am in the parking lot, as we strive to become better in every aspect of life, inspired by the Good Shepherd, Jesus Christ. Dads are encouraged to bring their sons 5th grade and older.
  • For more information check out their website at this link or connect with Alex Baier who is looking forward to hearing from you; email him at abaier823@gmail.com

Knights of Columbus BloodDrive 1/6

  • Donate blood Saturday 1/6th from 8am to 12pm at the Knights of Columbus Council #12005 Blood Drive.  Every donor will save up to 3 lives!  While appointments are greatly appreciated, walk-ins are welcome. You can register ahead of time at this link.
  • Please make sure to eat a healthy meal and drink plenty of water before donating. Also please bring a photo ID.

Charismatic Healing Mass 1/6

  • On Saturday, 1/6 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.

Jail Ministry Volunteers

  • There is an overlooked mission field in our own backyard, one full of people desperate for help, healing, and wholeness. It’s a place much of our society tends to dismiss, filled with people who believe they have been cast aside, forgotten.Dedicated volunteers are needed to tangibly show the love of Jesus to men and women that society had tossed away and labeled as unworthy, broken, dangerous, or beyond help. Through Jail Ministry, prisoners are reminded that God does not label them—He loves them. Please pray about heeding the call in Hebrews 13:3 (or Matthew 25:34-46) and connect with Sharon Smagala for further details on  tweeter4811@gmail.com
    Hebrews 13:3 Remember those who are in prison, as though in prison with them; and those who are ill-treated, since you also are in the body.

Weekly Praying for Priests

  • A prayer group has been praying for priests in front of the Blessed Sacrament weekly for over a year now, as well as on First Fridays. Even if you can’t join the group inside the church, you can pray wherever you are at during the times below.
  • Wednesdays at 10:30am – Rosary and Chaplet of Divine Mercy with meditations for priests,   Thursdays at 12:30pm –  Rosary and Chaplet of Divine Mercy with meditations for priests,First Friday of the month following 12pm Mass – Stations of the Cross with meditations for priests in the narthex.

Restore Weekly Restore Confidential Meetings

  • Restore is a ministry that accompanies men so as to win the battle against the struggles of living a lust-free life.
  • The ministry meets at a weekly (anonymous) meeting where men lean on each other for support and accountability and share ideas about strengthening their resolve to stay on God’s path of chastity.  All men are welcome, whether you have been free of the addiction for many years or struggle with it every single day. Though the meetings are weekly, at the last weekly meeting of the month, men are guided by a licensed Catholic therapist. If you are ready to start breaking free from the struggles of living chastely and want to Restore your life email Restore.olm@gmail.com to find out more information on when and where we meet or call 331-684-7415.

Weekly Adoration

  • COME AND ADORE OUR LORD! Eucharistic Adoration is held three times a week at OLM! So come and encounter Jesus anytime this week at Adoration on Mondays and Thursdays 8:30am to 6:30pm and Wednesdays 8am to 12pm.And if you’d like to sign up for a regular time to be with Jesus, click here.

Sign up for Weekly Adoration as we Prepare for our New Chapel to Open!

We’re almost there, we have the following time slots that do not have anyone signed up to spend time with Jesus; we’re praying you would be the one to sign up for any of the following time spots
Tuesday 8:30am, 4pm
Wednesday 5pm
Thursday 8:30am

Friday 10am, 4pm
Our hope is that two individuals sign up for each of the hourly timeslots Monday through Friday from 8:30am through 5pm; please help us achieve this goal.  It truly is the best time that you could gift yourself. Click here to sign up.

Pick Up an Epiphany Chalk & House Blessing Prayer Card 1/6 & 1/7

  • We celebrate the Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord! Along with it marking the *official* end of the Christmas Season, it also has the unique tradition of “chalking the doors”
  • Blessed Epiphany chalk will be available in baskets after every Mass for you to take home and mark the doors of your own house along with the Blessing Prayer Cards!  Don’t forget to bring them home.
  • What is the Epiphany House Blessing some of us may wonder?
    It is a tradition performed each year on the Solemnity of the Epiphany, where family and friends gather to ask for God’s blessing on their homes and those who live in or visit the home, while marking “20+C+M+B+24” on the front door of the house with blessed chalk. This is a time for prayer and an invitation for Jesus to be a daily guest in the home, our comings and goings, our conversations, our work and play, our joys and sorrows. Our home is where we find comfort and are most vulnerable. đ—–đ—Œđ—șđ—Č, đ—Ÿđ—Œđ—żđ—± 𝗝đ—Č𝘀𝘂𝘀. đ—Źđ—Œđ˜‚ 𝗼𝗿đ—Č 𝘄đ—Čđ—čđ—°đ—Œđ—șđ—Č đ—”đ—Č𝗿đ—Č! 

The Holy Mountain Singers at OLM 1/6 & 1/7

  • What a blessing! The Newman Singers will be at all the Masses during the weekend of 1/6 through 1/7, with a concert on Sunday afternoon.
  • The Newman Singers, a liturgical and concert group from the Newman Catholic Student Center in Iowa City, Iowa, have toured the country for the past fifteen years, building a reputation for leadership in contemporary liturgical and inspirational music. They have appeared at churches, schools, and conventions, presenting concerts, giving workshops on liturgical music, youth ministry and youth choirs, and leading congregations in liturgy. Their ten recorded collections of liturgical music, written by their founder and director, Joe Mattingly, are used in parishes, schools, and institutions throughout the country. Their mission is to spread the gospel with spirit and music.

Family Faith Formation Epiphany Enactment 1/7

  • Calling ALL K-5th Grade Students: Hold fast to the meaning of the Christmas season and come to enact this beautiful story of the three kings visiting the King of Kings, JESUS!
  • WHEN? Epiphany Sunday, January 7th following the 10am Mass. The rehearsal will be in the church on Saturday, January 6th from 10:30-11:30am
  • To sign up, please email maryjot@olmercy.com by Monday, January 1st!
  • Parish Family- join us children as we pray and sign our joyous faith story!

Come and Bowl for a Good Cause at “Rolling in the New Year” 1/7

  • Ticket proceeds benefit “Friends of Inharrime” so come on out and bowl for a really good cause!
  • What’s Going on Jan 7th? Gather with your friends, family, or co-workers and roll in the New Year by bowling at Parkside Lanes while enjoying a large pizza and a pitcher of a beverage all for an excellent cause.
  • Bowl for a good cause!  The ticket proceeds will go towards the charitable organization “Friends of Inharrime.” They work to improve the lives of children and families in Mozambique through projects in education, nutrition, and health such as paying children’s school fees, daily lunch, and medical costs and, with a local hospital, they provide nutrition and medical support for malnourished infants.
  • When. Sunday, January 7th
    Arrival Time. 1:15pm starts 1:30pm
    Cost (includes bowling, shoes, large pizza and a pitcher of beverage).
         $25 from 12/3 thru 12/17
         $35 from 12/18 thru 12/31
         $45 from 1/1/ thru 1/6
         $50 at the door
  • Questions? Please connect with Mary Kubanda rysavyme@gmail.com from Consuming Fire Young Adult Grow Group who is hosting this awesome gathering.

Register Now and Help the children from Mozambique

Living With Grief – “New Year, New Hope While Grieving” 1/9

  • 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 living with grief to be together in a faith community to find healing and hope.
  • Come to our session “New Year, New Hope While Grieving” on Tuesday 1/9th from 1pm to 2:30pm in Room 208
  • Registration is requested- Connect with Jolene Leroy at 331-707-5380 to RSVP or for questions.

FOCUS Priest Fr. Tim Anastos Speaks at Weekend Masses 1/13 & 1/14

  • The Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS) wins the hearts of college students, builds them up in faith, and sends them out into the world. Fr. Tim is excited to share the hope of the New Evangelization with you!

Knights of Columbus Pancake Breakfast 1/14

  • The next Knights of Columbus Pancake Breakfast is on Sunday, 1/14th from 8am to 12pm, benefiting the Teen Mission Trip this summer. Save the date and come out and eat pancakes for a good cause.

St. Peregrine Prayer Service 1/16

  • For those with cancer, serious or chronic illnesses, and their caregivers… Come to the St. Peregrine Prayer Service on Tuesday 1/16th following the 6:30pm Mass.
  • St. Peregrine is the patron saint of the sick, especially those suffering from cancer, serious illness, or chronic illness. The prayer service is for the intention of those with cancer, serious or chronic illnesses, and their caregivers to fortify them in their current situation.

Catholic Charities Mobile Food Pantry 1/17

  • The Mobile Food Pantry is on Weds 1/17 from 4:30pm to 6pm.  Don’t forget to share the Our Lady of Mercy social media posting on your network; you never know who among your network is in need of food.
  • 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. Please clear space in your trunk or backseat so volunteers can load boxes of food directly into your vehicle. Mobile Food Pantries take place snow, rain, or shine!

Robert H. Weaver Knights of Columbus Free Throw Contest 1/18

  • All boys and girls aged 9 to 14, as of January 1, 2024, are invited to participate in the Robert H. Weaver Knights of Columbus #12005 Free Throw Championship. This local event will be held on Thursday, January 18, 2024, 7:00pm in the Our Lady of Mercy Parish Life Center. Registration begins at 6:45pm 
  • Participants are required to furnish proof of age and written parental consent on the registration form available at the event. For additional information call (630) 957-7559

ALICE Training for the Parish 1/19

  • With Father Michael’s direction, we will hold an ALICE Training (Active Shooter Response Training) on Friday, January 19th from 6:30pm to 8pm inside the church.
         Why ALICE Training? Violent critical incidents can occur anywhere – even in places of worship which are seen as a sanctuary or safe haven. The reality of today is that places of worship are just as vulnerable to active shooter events as schools and businesses.
         Father Michael is encouraging all of us to participate in this training so that we are equipped and can answer the question “How would we react if we came under attack from a violent intruder inside the church?”
         People of all ages and abilities come to our liturgical gatherings. If violence occurs while at Mass, we must know what to do. ALICE Training has been adopted by thousands of institutions (school districts, workplaces, houses of worship) for this exact reason.  The training will help us feel empowered to make the best decision should such an occurrence take place rather than hopelessly endure a difficult and traumatic situation.
    • Saves Lives. ALICE preparedness training will help individuals in your care respond with confidence, increasing the survivability of an act of violence.
    • Build Confidence. ALICE strategies are supported by peer-reviewed research to reduce anxiety and build confidence in individuals who have gone through the ALICE program.
    • Mitigate Risk. The ALICE program helps every organization meet and exceed active shooter response requirements and minimum requirements designated by their industry oversight rules.
  • Father Michael is hoping to see you and any of the liturgical ministers on Friday, January 19th at 6:30pm. Please RSVP so we have enough materials for the training.

Literacy Tutor Volunteers Needed, Training on 1/20

  • The Dominican Literacy Center in Aurora, celebrating its 30th year, has just received The Best Practices Award from the National Library of Congress. The Center will be training new tutor volunteers for its literacy program in January.
    Female volunteers (with high school diploma) are trained to help women students learn to read, write, and speak English. Tutoring sessions are 90 minutes, once a week, from Sept. to May, at 260 Vermont St., Aurora (behind St. Therese Church). Tutors do not need to speak Spanish or have teaching experience, but all volunteers must attend 7 hours of training in addition to viewing several training videos online.
  • The next training date is Saturday, January 20, from 9AM to 3:30PM. Tutors will begin with their new student the following week. To volunteer, email Alison Brzezinski at Alison@dominicanliteracycenter.org. For more information, visit dominicanliteracycenter.org or call 630- 898-4636. The Center is not handicap accessible

Bible Studies Starts on Tuesdays and Wednesdays 1/24 & 1/30

  • How exciting! There are two Bible Study opportunities coming up. We hope to see you at any of the following. Should you have any questions, please connect with Joe Wiacek and Joe Glasgow who are looking forward to hearing from you at OLMBiblestudies@gmail.com 
  • The Gospel of John. Held on Tuesdays at 7pm starting on 1/30th for about 8 sessions. This Bible Study is a great fit for those that have made Bible Study part of their relationship with Jesus.  See the trailer below.  Please register here for this study.
    • We will use the Ascension Press Follow Me: Meeting Jesus in the Gospel of John study guide and video. Please purchase the study guide online at this link.
    • We will also read from The Gospel of John – Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture by Francis Martin and William M Wright IV; this commentary is a favorite reference by priests (Fr Michael, Fr Frank, Fr James). While this book is additional reading and is not mandatoryhere is the link in case you would like to purchase it.
  • Ascension Press The Timeline Bible Study. Held on Wednesdays at 7pm starting on 1/24th for 22 sessions (with a summer break). This Bible Study is a great fit for those new to the Bible.  See the trailer below.  Please register here for this study.
    The Bible TimelineÂź Study Program takes you n a guided journey through salvation history. Presenter Jeff Cavins shows you how fourteen of the Bible’s narrative books tell the biblical story from beginning to end and gives you the keys to understanding the amazing story woven through Scripture. Using a unique color-coded chart, you will learn the major people, places, and events of the Bible and discover how they all come together to reveal the remarkable story of our Faith. Please purchase the study guide online at this link.

Healing the Whole Person Weekend Retreat at St. Isaac Jogues 2/8-2/10

  • Join us on this journey to wholeness as we enter into the heart, face the pains and wounds within, and allow Christ’s divine love to bring the healing we ardently desire.
  • Healing the Whole Person is the basis for Dr. Bob Schucht’s best-selling book “Be Healed” and takes place only four times each year in parish settings across the US. 
  • This event is offered both in-person or virtually with livestream video. $165 in-person or $119 Livestreamed.
  • For more information, and to register, please click HERE

Adoration Chapel Dedication 2/11

  • Please save the date of Sunday 2/11th because Bishop Hicks will be dedicating the new Adoration Chapel at 1pm on that day; how exciting!

Living With Grief – “Caring For Your Heart While Grieving” 2/13

  • 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 living with grief to be together in a faith community to find healing and hope.
  • Come to our session “Caring For Your Heart While Grieving” on Tuesday 2/13th from 1pm to 2:30pm in Room 208
  • Registration is requested- Connect with Jolene Leroy at 331-707-5380 to RSVP or for questions.

The Rescue Project Begins 2/15

  • The Rescue Project begins on Thursday evenings during Lent; It is such a powerful opportunity for our hearts to soften and open to the Lord, because that’s where the changes really happen. It would be great to journey with each other, together as a parish. We hope to see you there. 
  • For further details and registration, proceed here.

DisABILITIES Mass at Our Lady of Mercy 3/10

  • Save the date for a Diocesan DisABILITIES Mass on Sunday 3/10 at 2pm followed by fellowship. More details to follow.

Have a Minister of Care Bring Holy Communion to Your Loved One that is Homebound

  • Ministers of Care are trained in the ministry and commissioned by the parish to visit those unable to come to Church to receive Holy Communion.
  • If you know someone in the parish who is unable to come to church and wishes to receive Holy Communion in the home, please contact the parish office at 630-851-3444 and arrangements will be made. 
  • Caring for a Loved One with Mary” by Theresa Kiser is in the book kiosk. Completely occupied by the constant care necessary for her son’s medically complex situation, Theresa Kiser struggled to reconcile with the physical, emotional, social, and mental tolls it took on her family. But when she stumbled upon the devotion of the Seven Sorrows of Mary, she was surprised — and deeply relieved — to discover that Our Lady walked this caregiving road before her. The Seven Sorrows devotion nourished her soul with comfort, companionship, and grace at a time when she needed it most.

Is God Calling You to the Priesthood?

  • Marriage is good and priesthood is good so how do you choose between two goods?  Connect with Fr Michael at frmichael@olmercy.com and speak with him.

Bishop Hick’s Monthly Column 

  • Bishop Hicks’ monthly column for December is titled “Eucharistic Revival and Synodality, Together” Read his insightful column HERE.
    • 75th Jubilee of the Diocese of Joliet. Our diocese was founded on December 11, 1948. For an entire year, we will highlight the great accomplishments of our past and how we were founded in faith, while being called to witness now and in the future, and continue to be sent forth to serve. Hear from Bishop Hicks as he describes the events and activities leading up to the year-long celebration of the 75th Anniversary of the Diocese of Joliet; watch the video, find out all the details, and see the year-long schedule HERE.

Scam Emails and Text Messages

  • From time to time, there are phishing (SCAM) emails going out to members of the parish and staff claiming to be Father Michael as well as text messages.
    Please note that Father Michael and Father Frank DO NOT send texts or emails asking for money or gift cards. If you receive a message appearing to be from Father Michael or Father James, please discard it (any email that does not have “olmercy.com” is a fake email) and DO NOT SEND ANY ELECTRONIC MONETARY AID.  No one on the staff will personally ask for money in whatever form (gift cards etc). If someone sends you a private message asking for a donation of sorts, it’s undoubtedly a fake account. Please keep praying for us, and God bless you!

Did You Know We Have a Parish School?

  • All Saints Catholic Academy (ASCA) located at 1155 Aurora Ave, Naperville is our parish school!
  • Are you a parent with preschool, elementary, and middle school-aged children struggling with the antithetical Christian values the government schools are indoctrinating the children who attend government schools?  You’re not alone.
  • Join a growing number of OLM parents who have made the move by sending their child(ren) to public school to All Saints Catholic Academy.
  • Connect with Patty Bajek at (630) 961-6125, or pbajek@ascacademy.org to express your interest and schedule a personalized tour.  Or peruse their website to explore your interest.  

St. Vincent de Paul Society Volunteers

  • Thank you for your support of our clothing drive. Your clothing donation, as well as your financial donations throughout the year, allows us to help our parishioners and neighbors in need. In 2022, we provided assistance to 72 households, helping 185 men, women and children to remain in their homes or apartments in time of financial need.
  • The ministry is always looking for volunteers to join our St. Vincent de Paul Society in assisting our neighbors in need. If you would like to volunteer or learn more, send an email to olmsvdp@gmail.com with your name and contact information.

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For the Hispanic Community

  • Please proceed here for the OLM Hispanic Ministry’s upcoming events and resources.
    ContinĂșe aquĂ­ para conocer los prĂłximos 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 prĂłxima semana, habrĂĄ Estaciones de la Cruz en español cada segundo miĂ©rcoles del mes despuĂ©s de la misa de las 12 pm.

A Note from the Intercessory Prayer Ministry

  • How can we pray 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 takes place monthly at MAGNIFY and on the last weekend of the month Mass times.  Prayer ministry is an opportunity for those in need of physical, emotional, or spiritual healing or with a specific intention. Come as an individual, as a couple, or as. a family and receive prayer for yourself or request prayers for someone in need. Listen and receive the prayers while being open to the Holy Spirit’s movement. Trained prayer ministers are available.

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.

Donate Online Through OSV Giving

  • Whether you are a registered parishioner with us or visiting, we are set up to receive donations online through OSV Our Sunday Visitor.
  • OSV is an online website that makes contributions faster, easier, and accessible at anytime for donors. Click here to for online giving.
  • You can also access this link through our myParish App “Giving” button. Don’t have the myParish App yet? Text APP to 88202 to download!  Receive this update, instant news, and get access to the parish calendar, daily readings, and Confession guide.

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

A MOTHER’S HEART GROW GROUP
Mission. A Mother’s Heart is a group for Catholic mothers with children ages 0-11 who are seeking to journey with other like-minded women of faith.  Following the example of St. ThĂ©rĂšse of Lisieux, we strive to imitate her “little way” of growing in holiness through the lenses of motherhood and family.
Website. Proceed here for details.
Meets. Thursdays twice a month.  For any of the following: book chats, podcast discussions, “Mom’s Night Out”, community service projects, fellowship, playgroups, prayer.
Connect.  Reach out to Lydia Schmitt lydiadschmitt@gmail.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.
Website. Proceed here for details.
Meets. Tuesdays @ 7pm and twice a month for social gatherings.
Connect.  Reach out to Mary Kubanda at rysavyme@gmail.com

SALT AND LIGHT GROW GROUP
Mission. â€œEncounter/Grow/Witness” is the threefold dimension of the Christian life.  Once we encounter Jesus, we are then called to grow daily as His disciples. Grow Groups are one way Our Lady of Mercy is responding to our missionary identity where we are called to help parishioners grow continually in discipleship.
Website. Proceed here for details.
Meets. Wednesdays 7pm to 8:30pm
Connect. For more information, connect with Geri Capulong at gericapulong@gmail.com or Bonnie Ramirez at bnnrmrz@gmail.com.


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
Jim Marks jimm6351@yahoo.com

GROW YOUR FAITH

FREE ONLINE RESOURCES and NEWS ON UPCOMING CONFERENCES In this section, you will find free conferences, webinars, and studies that you can freely take part in that can grow your faith.

WORD ON FIRE – GOOD NEWS CONFERENCE

Consider joining us at the beautiful JW Marriott Grande Lakes in Orlando, November 17-19, 2023 

This is a conference for individuals, couples, and families who desire to grow closer to Christ through the Good News as preached by the world’s most dynamic evangelists

Presenters include Bishop Robert Barron, Deacon Harold Burke-Silvers, Immaculee Ilibagiza, Dr. Peter Kreeft, Sr. Bethany Madonna, Fr. Dave Pivonka, and Tim Tebow

Click HERE for more information

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

or Download the FORMED App through these links: App Store or Google Play

EUCHARIST RESOURCES
Check out our “Eucharist Resources” page to help us understand deeply the centrality of the Eucharist in our lives.

INTRODUCING THE ASCENSION APP

A Catholic Bible and Catechism App

We consulted more than 1,000 Catholics on what would make the ideal Bible and Catechism app and collected their direct feedback for over a year. Now it’s here! Download the App for free today on the App Store or the Google Play Store.

Check it out HERE

AMEN – CATHOLIC MEDITATION APP
From Augustine Institute comes this NEW AND 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.

HALLOW – A CATHOLIC PRAYER & MEDITATION APP
Hallow is a Catholic prayer & meditation app that helps users deepen their relationship with God through contemplative prayer and strengthen one’s mental health in the process. Easy-to-use, audio-guided sessions anywhere from 1 to 60 minutes long. Pray your own way with a personalized prayer plan pulling from 3,000+ unique sessions including the Lectio Divina on the Daily Gospel, Rosary, Examen, Night Prayer, Calm & Humility “Praylists” and much more. Hallow Light is free. Hallow Plus is $5 per month ($60 per year). Sign up for either one here.

WORD ON FIRE
Explore the goodness, truth, and beauty of the faith!Did you know that you have complete access to Bishop Barron’s Word on Fire ENGAGE video library! Check out this link to watch any of the videos whenever you want without ever having to login.
Not sure where to start? How about checking out the short 5 episode series on The Eucharist This fresh look at the Eucharist brings to light its reality as sacred meal, the sacrifice necessary for communion with God, and the real presence of Christ.

BLESSED IS SHE
Blessed is She is a sisterhood of women who want to grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ through their Catholic faith.  They create beautiful and accessible resources, products, and experiences to deepen prayer and foster community, both online and in person.  

THE CATHOLIC GENTLEMAN
Founded in 2013, The Catholic Gentleman has become one of the most recognizable online men’s apostolate. Each week hundreds of thousands of men around the world visit our site for the insightful articles and the highest-quality products designed to encourage a life of authentic manhood. Their mission: To inspire men to holiness

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.

PINTS WITH AQUINAS
Matt Fradd’s Pints with Aquinas is an online Catholic community of faith and truth… and maybe a pint or two. Check it out for long-form discussions, healthy debates, and teachings on the Catholic faith.


PASTORAL CARE

If you have physical, mental, emotional or spiritual health concerns or questions about end-of-life issues, funeral planning, journeying through grief, caregiving for a loved one or are homebound, please contact the parish office at 630-851-3444 or parishoffice@olmercy.com

RESTORE
Do you find yourself struggling in overcoming your battle with pornography?   Restore is a weekly (anonymous) meeting where men lean on each other for support and accountability and share ideas about strengthening our resolve to stay on God’s path of chastity.  All men are welcome, whether you have been free of pornography addiction for many years or struggle with it every single day.If you are ready to start breaking free from the grips of pornography and want to Restore your life, email us at Restore.olm@gmail.com to find out more information on when and where we meet or call 331-684-7415. Check out the website for FAQs and further details. Be encouraged; check out this Testimony.

WALKING WITH MOMS IN NEED
Pregnant and parenting moms in need are in our parishes and our neighborhoods. As Pope Francis reminds us, our parishes need to be “islands of mercy in the midst of a sea of indifference.” Everyone in the parish community should know where to refer a pregnant woman in need.  Please see this infographic to be informed on how we are walking with Moms in need. Connect with Lydia Schmitt for further questions at lydias@olmercy.com

FAITH BUDDIES
OLM invites you to learn more about a new program for children with special needs that will be launching in the spring!
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer or enrolling your child, please get in touch with Lydia Schmitt at lydias@olmercy.com


December 17, 2023 | Parish Update

The Challenge. Confession times Mon thru Sat. Fireside beers & holiday cheers.  4th Sunday of advent & Christmas mass times.

View the full posting at our Flocknote email (don’t forget to join so you can receive the update via email).


News from Pastor in Training (P.I.T.)

Hopefully we all know that we are called to be Christ to others. We see this subject come up in the letters of St. Paul: “Imitate me as I imitate Christ” (1 Cor. 11:1), as well as in the popular prayer attributed to St. Theresa of Avila which was taken up by St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta: 

“Christ has no body but yours, 
No hands, no feet on earth but yours
” 

This, of course, is quite challenging to live out as a Christian. A similar challenge came to me while I was praying with our First Reading from Isaiah, the same reading Jesus will proclaim before starting his ministry in Luke’s Gospel today: 

“The spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me,  because the LORD has anointed me;  he has sent me to bring glad tidings to the poor, to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and release to the prisoners…” (Isaiah 61:1) 

 If these words, which are proclaimed by Christ, are to be fulfilled by us I have a few questions to ask first: How am I to heal the brokenhearted? How am I to proclaim liberty to the captives & release to the prisoners? 

As a priest, a person ordained to be In Persona Christi Capitas (“in the person of Christ the head”), you can imagine the various encounters I have regularly in my priestly ministry. You can imagine the broken hearts I encounter in the Church, in hospitals, the jail, and in funeral homes. How do I bring healing?  

But of course, this challenge isn’t just for me! This includes all of us; we are all called to bring healing and hope to our loved ones. You may find yourself asking the same question: how? The Gospels give us insight. St. John the Baptist was a man, a forerunner to Christ, but also an example for you and me.  When asked if he was the Messiah, the one to bring healing, his response was to point everyone to Jesus Christ. We are called to do the same. 

As a priest, it’s not me who comforts or consoles, it is the Lord who does it through me. Advent is not only a time of preparation to receive the Lord ourselves, but to point others to the Lord and his coming.  Let us ask the Lord for the strength to unite ourselves to him who can “bring glad tidings to the poor, heal the brokenhearted, proclaim liberty to the captives and release to the prisoners” 

Father Michael


Did you miss one? View past news from the P.I.T. here.


Advent Confession Times 12/18 through 12/23

  • The hope for the Advent Season is to offer Confessions as much as the priests can which is why…There will be SIX straight days of Confessions from 12/18 through 12/23!
    • Monday through Friday from 7pm to 8:30pm
    • Saturday 9am to 10am and 1:30pm to 2:30pm
  • Using the examination of conscience on the following link, ask the Holy Spirit to help you search your heart. Where do you sense God is calling you to repent? Remember, Jesus will never condemn you; He is always ready to forgive you.
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    In this journey of faith, consider the Sacrament of Reconciliation as a profound encounter with the divine healer. Much like seeking medical attention, we don’t maintain a lifelong relationship with a physician; rather, we aim to be healed and move forward. However, Jesus, our divine physician, who through the mystery of the incarnation was also both fully human and fully divine and so understands our humanity, making it easier for us to approach Him with all our imperfections.
    Jesus invites us into a relationship where we don’t need to be perfect in order to approach Him, rather, He desires to love us amid our imperfections and provide for us right there. This perspective should empower us to embrace the Sacrament of Reconciliation because Confession is not a one-time fix, but a continuous journey in our relationship with God.
    We don’t go to Confession so that we will never go to Confession again; rather, Confession is part of our relationship with God; it’s a place where we humbly bring our weaknesses, seeking healing for the imperfect places in our hearts. Jesus, compassionate and tender with our vulnerabilities, awaits us at the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Come, be embraced, and experience His love this week and give the gift of a reconciled heart to Jesus, your loved ones, and friends.

Las Posadas & Pastorela 12/18 & 12/19

  • Las Posadas celebrations commemorate Mary and Joseph’s journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem, where they sought shelter for the birth of Jesus. The Spanish word “posada” means “inn.”
  • It is typically a nine-day novena of prayer that involves the recitation of the rosary and traditional songs. It concludes with a Mexican folk play, potluck celebration and a piñata filled with treats.
  • Join Our Lady of Mercy at any of these events as we prepare our hearts for Christ’s birth: Posadas in the Church @ 7pm: 12/15, 12/17, & 12/18 and Pastorela in the PLC @ 7pm on 12/19.

Fireside Beers and Holiday Cheers 12/19

  • Join us for a Jolly Good Time at “Fireside Beers and Holiday Cheers”!
  • Date: Tuesday, December 19th Time: 6:30PM – 8:30PM Venue: Paulie’s Pub ((Right down the road from OLM) 
  • The CRHP Men’s Ministry invites you to a Christmas Men’s Pub Night filled with laughter, camaraderie, and the festive spirit. Grab your friends and head over to Paulie’s Pub for an unforgettable evening of Fireside Beers and Holiday Cheers! Don’t be a Grinch! Spread the word and let’s make this Christmas Men’s Pub Night one for the books. See you there, gents!
  • For questions, contact Alex Grove at 331-330-0257.Gentlemen, ’tis the season to be merry! 

Consuming Fire Young Adult Group Continues 12/19

  • Calling all young adults, join our Consuming Fire Young Adult Grow Group (CFYA) on Tuesday at 7pm for community and faith building. Reach out to cfyagg@gmail.com to get plugged in with the group or sign up at the link HERE
  • Join Consuming Fire this week at Feed My Starving Children!

St. Peregrine Prayer Service 12/19

  • For those with cancer, serious or chronic illnesses, and their caregivers… Come to the St. Peregrine Prayer Service on Tuesday 12/19th following the 6:30pm Mass.
  • St. Peregrine is the patron saint of the sick, especially those suffering from cancer, serious illness, or chronic illness. The prayer service is for the intention of those with cancer, serious or chronic illnesses, and their caregivers to fortify them in their current situation.

Catholic Charities Mobile Food Pantry 12/20

  • The Mobile Food Pantry is on Weds 12/20 from 4:30pm to 6pm.  Don’t forget to share the Our Lady of Mercy social media posting on your network; you never know who among your network is in need of food.
  • 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. Please clear space in your trunk or backseat so volunteers can load boxes of food directly into your vehicle. Mobile Food Pantries take place snow, rain, or shine!

Vine & Branches Continues 12/20

  • Vine & Branches is a Grow Group at Our Lady of Mercy that offers support and belonging to individuals who have experienced the trauma of a broken marital relationship.
  • The program “Surviving Divorce” by Ascension Press was created to bring hope and healing to those who have experienced the pain of a broken marriage. It includes the personal testimonies of Catholic men and women as they witness the healing power of Jesus in their lives.
  • For more information, please reach out to one of our group leaders. They look forward to hearing from you: Kim Harris kimharris73@yahoo.com
    Mary LoGalbo logalbo.marycarol@gmail.com, Jim Marks jimm6351@yahoo.com

Salt and Light Grow Group Continues 12/20 & 12/21

  • Join Salt and Light Grow Group for 𝗙𝗿 đ— đ—¶đ—°đ—”đ—źđ—Čđ—č đ—šđ—źđ—¶đ˜đ—čđ—Č𝘆’𝘀 “đ—§đ—”đ—Č 𝗩đ—Čđ—°đ—Œđ—»đ—± 𝗚𝗿đ—Č𝗼𝘁đ—Č𝘀𝘁 đ—Šđ˜đ—Œđ—żđ˜† 𝗘𝘃đ—Č𝗿 đ—§đ—Œđ—čđ—±” for fast-paced and lively sessions through a video talk followed by group discussion. From the epic story of Poland’s national suffering to the events of Fatima, the revelations of St. Faustina, the heroic efforts of St. Maximilian Kolbe, and the life of St. John Paul II, the panorama of Divine mercy is fully revealed as a transformative reality. A free study guide will be given to all participants.
  • Join us either Wednesday evenings at 6:30pm or Thursday afternoons at 1pm; For more details and registration, proceed here, and please don’t forget to bring a friend.

Blessing of Baby Jesus 12/23

  • On Saturday, 12/23rd at 12:30pm, families are invited to bring Baby Jesus from their family creche to the Church for a special blessing!
  • The Blessing of the Baby Jesus was first instituted by St. John Paul II. On the Third Sunday of Advent, the children of Rome are encouraged to bring the baby Jesus from each of their Nativity sets to St. Peter’s Square. Following the Sunday Angelus address, the Pope blesses the figurines. This year marks the 800th Anniversary of when St. Francis created the First Nativity Creche in the year 1223!

4th Sunday of Advent Mass Times 12/23 & 12/24

  • As Catholics, we are obliged to attend Mass every Sunday, including the 4th Sunday of Advent. And we are obliged to go to Mass for the feast of Christmas. Those two obligations are distinct and have to be met separately. 
  • Here is the 4th Sunday of Advent Mass Times
    Saturday 12/23 at 4pm and Sunday 12/24 at 8am, and 10am.

Christmas Concert at 11:15pm on 12/24

  • This year’s Christmas Concert is called “The Glory of Christmas” by Lloyd Larson. The concert will start at 11:15pm with a mini chamber ensemble, string quartet, percussions, trumpet, and the Our Lady of Mercy choir led by our wonderful music director Frank Sauter. Through a blend of familiar carols and original songs, experience the beauty of the incarnation story as if you’re experiencing it for the first time.

Christmas Mass Times 12/24 & 12/25

Regarding the Return of the Chalice During the Weekend Masses

  • As part of the Eucharistic Revival, Fr. Michael shared that starting now, you can receive the Precious Blood of Christ from the Chalice during weekend Masses.
  • Fr. Michael presented the following catechesis to encourage us to grasp the crucial insights and teachings regarding receiving the Precious Blood of Christ from the chalice.
    • Fractioning Rite. In the Eucharistic Prayers, when we say “Lamb of God,” the priest performs the “fractioning rite.” This involves taking the host, the body of Christ, breaking it in half, and placing a portion into the chalice. This reunites the body and blood of Christ, so if you receive one, you receive both. When you approach for communion and receive the body of Christ, you are actually receiving the entirety of Christ—His body, His blood, His soul, and divinity.If you choose to receive only from the chalice, you still receive the fullness of Christ—the body and blood of Christ. Fr. Michael emphasizes this point because it’s not obligatory to receive from both. The Church, however, encourages the opportunity to receive both as a way to more deeply participate in the gift of the Sacrament, echoing the instructions given to the apostles during the Last Supper to “take, eat, and drink.”
    • There will be two chalices on each side of the center aisle.
    • Receive standing. To ensure the protection of the Precious Blood from spillage, we encourage drinking from the cup while standing, as it is not natural to do so while kneeling.
    • No intinction. Please don’t dip the Body of Christ into the chalice to reduce the risk of Precious Blood dripping onto your hand, clothes, or the floor.
      As a reminder; please remember to consume the Body of Christ promptly in front of the Eucharistic Minister upon receiving it, and refrain from walking away with the consecrated host. 
    • The children. Please practice with the children at home first so they understand.

Christmas Flower Memorials

  • This Christmas, we will decorate the church with poinsettias around the altar. Flowers can also be memorialized by using one of the flower envelopes found in the narthex. The suggested donation is $20.

Jail Ministry Volunteers

  • There is an overlooked mission field in our own backyard, one full of people desperate for help, healing, and wholeness. It’s a place much of our society tends to dismiss, filled with people who believe they have been cast aside, forgotten.Dedicated volunteers are needed to tangibly show the love of Jesus to men and women that society had tossed away and labeled as unworthy, broken, dangerous, or beyond help. Through Jail Ministry, prisoners are reminded that God does not label them—He loves them. Please pray about heeding the call in Hebrews 13:3 (or Matthew 25:34-46) and connect with Sharon Smagala for further details on  tweeter4811@gmail.com
    Hebrews 13:3 Remember those who are in prison, as though in prison with them; and those who are ill-treated, since you also are in the body.

Weekly Praying for Priests

  • A prayer group has been praying for priests in front of the Blessed Sacrament weekly for over a year now, as well as on First Fridays. Even if you can’t join the group inside the church, you can pray wherever you are at during the times below.
  • Wednesdays at 10:30am – Rosary and Chaplet of Divine Mercy with meditations for priests,   Thursdays at 12:30pm –  Rosary and Chaplet of Divine Mercy with meditations for priests,First Friday of the month following 12pm Mass – Stations of the Cross with meditations for priests in the narthex.

Restore Weekly Restore Confidential Meetings

  • Restore is a ministry that accompanies men so as to win the battle against the struggles of living a lust-free life.
  • The ministry meets at a weekly (anonymous) meeting where men lean on each other for support and accountability and share ideas about strengthening their resolve to stay on God’s path of chastity.  All men are welcome, whether you have been free of the addiction for many years or struggle with it every single day. Though the meetings are weekly, at the last weekly meeting of the month, men are guided by a licensed Catholic therapist. If you are ready to start breaking free from the struggles of living chastely and want to Restore your life email Restore.olm@gmail.com to find out more information on when and where we meet or call 331-684-7415.

Weekly Adoration

  • COME AND ADORE OUR LORD! Eucharistic Adoration is held three times a week at OLM! So come and encounter Jesus anytime this week at Adoration on Mondays and Thursdays 8:30am to 6:30pm and Wednesdays 8am to 12pm.And if you’d like to sign up for a regular time to be with Jesus, click here.

Sign up for Weekly Adoration as we Prepare for our New Chapel to Open!

We’re almost there, we have the following time slots that do not have anyone signed up to spend time with Jesus; we’re praying you would be the one to sign up for any of the following time spots
Tuesday 8:30am, 4pm
Wednesday 5pm
Thursday 8:30am

Friday 10am, 4pm
Our hope is that two individuals sign up for each of the hourly timeslots Monday through Friday from 8:30am through 5pm; please help us achieve this goal.  It truly is the best time that you could gift yourself. Click here to sign up.

Christmas Collection & End of Year Giving 12/25 and 12/31

  • As we prepare for the Solemnity of Christmas, the Scripture readings inspire all faith-filled stewards to stop and ponder in great awe God’s ultimate gift: the gift of His only begotten Son, our Lord, Jesus Christ. Out of heartfelt gratitude, what of our prayer, service, and generosity can we present to Him?
    It is a great blessing that all of the funds donated as part of the Christmas Collection stay with Our Lady of Mercy and will help us meet ourvSunday Collection.  If you wish to donate to the Christmas Collection, please use one of the following three methods:
    1. Give online at www.olmercy.com/give look for the online giving portal and be sure to select “Christmas” (use the drop-down arrow)
    2. Give during Mass using your Christmas envelope.
    3. Give during Mass using a blank envelope labeled “Christmas Collection,” also include “Christmas Collection” on the memo line of your check
    PLEASE NOTE: only donations received (or postmarked) on or before December 31 will appear on your 2023 giving statement that will be sent out by the end of January 2024.

Men Seeking Holiness Day Retreat 12/28

  • Come to a high-impact, low-pressure experience “Men Seeking Holiness Day Retreat” on Thursday 12/28th from 9am to 5pm at Sts. Peter and Paul Parish located at 36 N. Ellsworth, Naperville. The cost is $10 which includes lunch. Email vocations@dioceseofjoliet.org for any questions.
  • Experience a special day of prayer, discussions, discernment, the life of holiness, Mass, adoration, and Confession. Please share this invitation with the men in your life.

Prayer Ministry 12/30 & 12/31

  • Receive Prayer Ministry after all the Mass times the weekend of 12/30 and 12/31! Prayer ministry is an opportunity for those in need of physical, emotional, or spiritual healing or with a specific intention. Come as an individual, as a couple, or family. Listen and receive the prayers while being open to the Holy Spirit’s movement. Trained prayer ministers will be available in the back of Church.

Angel Giving Program Donations Accepted through 12/31

  • This year’s program benefits those individuals assisted by SVDP, Hesed House, Aurora Interfaith Food Pantry and Waterleaf Women’s Center.
  • Monetary donations can be made under the Angel Giving Fund via our online giving portal or via check made payable to Our Lady of Mercy with “Angel Giving” in the memo for tax purposes. Accepted thru 12/31.
  • Please connect with Lydia at lydias@olmercy.com for any questions.

Registration Opens 1/1
CRHP Men’s Retreat 2/24 – 2/25 & Women’s Retreat 3/2 – 3/3/2024

  • CRHP is an incredible experience that will recharge your faith life, help you develop lasting friendships, and fill you with newfound energy and purpose.
  • Registration starts January 1st!
  • Should you have any questions in the meantime, connect with the Men and Women’s invitation coordinators for any questions Alex Grove (331)330-0257 or Beatriz Cultura (630)544-0720 crhpolm@gmail.com or check out the FAQs at their webpage.

Mass for the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God 1/1/2024

  • We close the Christmas Octave (the eight days following the birth of Christ) with a day honoring and celebrating Mary as the Mother of God—The Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God! We hope to see you at any of the following Mass times on Monday, January 1 at 9am and 7pm!

First Friday and Saturday Devotions 1/5 & 1/6/2024

  • 𝗟đ—Č𝘁 𝘂𝘀 𝗯đ—Č đ—¶đ—» đ—œđ—żđ—źđ˜†đ—Č𝗿 𝗼𝘁 đ—źđ—»đ˜† đ—Œđ—ł đ—Œđ˜‚đ—ż 𝗮𝗿đ—Č𝗼𝘁 đ—°đ—Œđ—șđ—șđ˜‚đ—»đ—źđ—č đ—œđ—żđ—źđ˜†đ—Č𝗿 đ—±đ—Čđ˜ƒđ—Œđ˜đ—¶đ—Œđ—»đ˜€! This Friday and Saturday, all are invited to join the First Friday of Reparation and the Communal First Saturday!  
  • Extra Friday Confession immediately following the 8am Mass
  • Respect Life 1st Friday Devotion: The Respect Life Ministry invites you to stand and silently pray in front of Waterleaf Women’s Center on January 5. Prayer warriors are needed for one hour shifts 7 am – 4 pm to change hearts and save lives. For more information, please call Lisa at (630) 236-3310 
  • ADDITIONAL FRIDAY MASS AT 12PM
  • First Saturday Devotion after the 8:30AM Mass
  • Saturday Confessions immediately following the 8:30am Mass and also at 1:30pm to 2:30pm

Knights of Columbus Blood Drive 1/6/2024

  • Donate blood Saturday 1/6th from 8am to 12pm at the Knights of Columbus Council #12005 Blood Drive.  Every donor will save up to 3 lives!  While appointments are greatly appreciated, walk-ins are welcome. You can register ahead of time at this link.
  • Please make sure to eat a healthy meal and drink plenty of water before donating. Also please bring a photo ID.

Charismatic Healing Mass 1/6/2024

  • On Saturday, 1/6 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. 

The Newman Singers at OLM 1/6 & 1/7/2024

  • Save the dates; the Newman Singers will be at all the Masses during the weekend of 1/6 through 1/7, with a concert on Sunday afternoon.
  • The Newman Singers, a liturgical and concert group from the Newman Catholic Student Center in Iowa City, Iowa, have toured the country for the past fifteen years, building a reputation for leadership in contemporary liturgical and inspirational music. They have appeared at churches, schools, and conventions, presenting concerts, giving workshops on liturgical music, youth ministry and youth choirs, and leading congregations in liturgy. Their ten recorded collections of liturgical music, written by their founder and director, Joe Mattingly, are used in parishes, schools, and institutions throughout the country. Their mission is to spread the gospel with spirit and music.

Family Faith Formation Epiphany Enactment 1/7/2024

  • Calling ALL K-5th Grade Students: Hold fast to the meaning of the Christmas season and come to enact this beautiful story of the three kings visiting the King of Kings, JESUS!
  • WHEN? Epiphany Sunday, January 7th following the 10am Mass. The rehearsal will be in the church on Saturday, January 6th from 10:30-11:30am
  • To sign up, please email maryjot@olmercy.com by Monday, January 1st!
  • Parish Family- join us children as we pray and sign our joyous faith story!

Come and Bowl for a Good Cause at “Rolling in the New Year” 1/7/2024

  • Ticket proceeds benefit “Friends of Inharrime” so come on out and bowl for a really good cause!
  • What’s Going on Jan 7th? Gather with your friends, family, or co-workers and roll in the New Year by bowling at Parkside Lanes while enjoying a large pizza and a pitcher of a beverage all for an excellent cause.
  • Bowl for a good cause!  The ticket proceeds will go towards the charitable organization “Friends of Inharrime.” They work to improve the lives of children and families in Mozambique through projects in education, nutrition, and health such as paying children’s school fees, daily lunch, and medical costs and, with a local hospital, they provide nutrition and medical support for malnourished infants.
  • When. Sunday, January 7th
    Arrival Time. 1:15pm starts 1:30pm
    Cost (includes bowling, shoes, large pizza and a pitcher of beverage).
         $25 from 12/3 thru 12/17
         $35 from 12/18 thru 12/31
         $45 from 1/1/ thru 1/6
         $50 at the door
  • Questions? Please connect with Mary Kubanda rysavyme@gmail.com from Consuming Fire Young Adult Grow Group who is hosting this awesome gathering.

Register Now and Help the children from Mozambique

Living With Grief – “New Year, New Hope While Grieving” 1/9/2024

  • 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 living with grief to be together in a faith community to find healing and hope.
  • Come to our session “New Year, New Hope While Grieving” on Tuesday 1/9th from 1pm to 2:30pm in Room 208
  • Registration is requested- Connect with Jolene Leroy at 331-707-5380 to RSVP or for questions.

FOCUS Priest Fr. Tim Anastos Speaks at Weekend Masses 1/13 & 1/14/2024

  • The Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS) wins the hearts of college students, builds them up in faith, and sends them out into the world. Fr. Tim is excited to share the hope of the New Evangelization with you!

Knights of Columbus Pancake Breakfast 1/14/2024

  • The next Knights of Columbus Pancake Breakfast is on Sunday 1/14th from 8am to 12pm, save the date and come out and eat pancakes for a good cause.

Robert H. Weaver Knights of Columbus Free Throw Contest 1/18/2024

  • All boys and girls aged 9 to 14, as of January 1, 2024, are invited to participate in the Robert H. Weaver Knights of Columbus #12005 Free Throw Championship. This local event will be held on Thursday, January 18, 2024, 7:00pm in the Our Lady of Mercy Parish Life Center. Registration begins at 6:45pm 
  • Participants are required to furnish proof of age and written parental consent on the registration form available at the event. For additional information call (630) 957-7559

ALICE Training for the Parish 1/19/2024

  • With Father Michael’s direction, we will hold an ALICE Training (Active Shooter Response Training) on Friday, January 19th from 6:30pm to 8pm inside the church.
         Why ALICE Training? Violent critical incidents can occur anywhere – even in places of worship which are seen as a sanctuary or safe haven. The reality of today is that places of worship are just as vulnerable to active shooter events as schools and businesses.
         Father Michael is encouraging all of us to participate in this training so that we are equipped and can answer the question “How would we react if we came under attack from a violent intruder inside the church?”
         People of all ages and abilities come to our liturgical gatherings. If violence occurs while at Mass, we must know what to do. ALICE Training has been adopted by thousands of institutions (school districts, workplaces, houses of worship) for this exact reason.  The training will help us feel empowered to make the best decision should such an occurrence take place rather than hopelessly endure a difficult and traumatic situation.
    • Saves Lives. ALICE preparedness training will help individuals in your care respond with confidence, increasing the survivability of an act of violence.
    • Build Confidence. ALICE strategies are supported by peer-reviewed research to reduce anxiety and build confidence in individuals who have gone through the ALICE program.
    • Mitigate Risk. The ALICE program helps every organization meet and exceed active shooter response requirements and minimum requirements designated by their industry oversight rules.
  • Father Michael is hoping to see you and any of the liturgical ministers on Friday, January 19th at 6:30pm. Please RSVP so we have enough materials for the training.

Literacy Tutor Volunteers Needed, Training on 1/20/2024

  • The Dominican Literacy Center in Aurora, celebrating its 30th year, has just received The Best Practices Award from the National Library of Congress. The Center will be training new tutor volunteers for its literacy program in January.
    Female volunteers (with high school diploma) are trained to help women students learn to read, write, and speak English. Tutoring sessions are 90 minutes, once a week, from Sept. to May, at 260 Vermont St., Aurora (behind St. Therese Church). Tutors do not need to speak Spanish or have teaching experience, but all volunteers must attend 7 hours of training in addition to viewing several training videos online.
  • The next training date is Saturday, January 20, from 9AM to 3:30PM. Tutors will begin with their new student the following week. To volunteer, email Alison Brzezinski at Alison@dominicanliteracycenter.org. For more information, visit dominicanliteracycenter.org or call 630- 898-4636. The Center is not handicap accessible

Healing the Whole Person Weekend Retreat at St. Isaac Jogues 2/8-2/10/2024

  • Join us on this journey to wholeness as we enter into the heart, face the pains and wounds within, and allow Christ’s divine love to bring the healing we ardently desire.
  • Healing the Whole Person is the basis for Dr. Bob Schucht’s best-selling book “Be Healed” and takes place only four times each year in parish settings across the US. 
  • This event is offered both in-person or virtually with livestream video. $165 in-person or $119 Livestreamed.
  • For more information, and to register, please click HERE

Adoration Chapel Dedication 2/11/2024

  • Please save the date of Sunday 2/11th because Bishop Hicks will be dedicating the new Adoration Chapel at 1pm on that day; how exciting!

Living With Grief – “Caring For Your Heart While Grieving” 2/13

  • 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 living with grief to be together in a faith community to find healing and hope.
  • Come to our session “Caring For Your Heart While Grieving” on Tuesday 2/13th from 1pm to 2:30pm in Room 208
  • Registration is requested- Connect with Jolene Leroy at 331-707-5380 to RSVP or for questions.

The Rescue Project Begins 2/15/2024

  • The Rescue Project begins on Thursday evenings during Lent; It is such a powerful opportunity for our hearts to soften and open to the Lord, because that’s where the changes really happen. It would be great to journey with each other, together as a parish. We hope to see you there. 
  • Registration opens in January.

DisABILITIES Mass at Our Lady of Mercy 3/10/2024

  • Save the date for a Diocesan DisABILITIES Mass on Sunday 3/10 at 2pm followed by fellowship. More details to follow.

Have a Minister of Care Bring Holy Communion to Your Loved One that is Homebound

Ministers of Care are trained in the ministry and commissioned by the parish to visit those unable to come to Church to receive Holy Communion.t.

  • If you know someone in the parish who is unable to come to church and wishes to receive Holy Communion in the home, please contact the parish office at 630-851-3444 and arrangements will be made. 
  • Caring for a Loved One with Mary” by Theresa Kiser is in the book kiosk. Completely occupied by the constant care necessary for her son’s medically complex situation, Theresa Kiser struggled to reconcile with the physical, emotional, social, and mental tolls it took on her family. But when she stumbled upon the devotion of the Seven Sorrows of Mary, she was surprised — and deeply relieved — to discover that Our Lady walked this caregiving road before her. The Seven Sorrows devotion nourished her soul with comfort, companionship, and grace at a time when she needed it most.

Is God Calling You to the Priesthood?

  • Marriage is good and priesthood is good so how do you choose between two goods?  Connect with Fr Michael at frmichael@olmercy.com and speak with him.

Bishop Hick’s Monthly Column 

  • Bishop Hicks’ monthly column for December is titled “Eucharistic Revival and Synodality, Together” Read his insightful column HERE.
    • 75th Jubilee of the Diocese of Joliet. Our diocese was founded on December 11, 1948. For an entire year, we will highlight the great accomplishments of our past and how we were founded in faith, while being called to witness now and in the future, and continue to be sent forth to serve. Hear from Bishop Hicks as he describes the events and activities leading up to the year-long celebration of the 75th Anniversary of the Diocese of Joliet; watch the video, find out all the details, and see the year-long schedule HERE.

Scam Emails and Text Messages

  • From time to time, there are phishing (SCAM) emails going out to members of the parish and staff claiming to be Father Michael as well as text messages.
    Please note that Father Michael and Father Frank DO NOT send texts or emails asking for money or gift cards. If you receive a message appearing to be from Father Michael or Father James, please discard it (any email that does not have “olmercy.com” is a fake email) and DO NOT SEND ANY ELECTRONIC MONETARY AID.  No one on the staff will personally ask for money in whatever form (gift cards etc). If someone sends you a private message asking for a donation of sorts, it’s undoubtedly a fake account. Please keep praying for us, and God bless you!

Did You Know We Have a Parish School?

  • All Saints Catholic Academy (ASCA) located at 1155 Aurora Ave, Naperville is our parish school!
  • Are you a parent with preschool, elementary, and middle school-aged children struggling with the antithetical Christian values the government schools are indoctrinating the children who attend government schools?  You’re not alone.
  • Join a growing number of OLM parents who have made the move by sending their child(ren) to public school to All Saints Catholic Academy.
  • Connect with Patty Bajek at (630) 961-6125, or pbajek@ascacademy.org to express your interest and schedule a personalized tour.  Or peruse their website to explore your interest.  

St. Vincent de Paul Society Volunteers

  • Thank you for your support of our clothing drive. Your clothing donation, as well as your financial donations throughout the year, allows us to help our parishioners and neighbors in need. In 2022, we provided assistance to 72 households, helping 185 men, women and children to remain in their homes or apartments in time of financial need.
  • The ministry is always looking for volunteers to join our St. Vincent de Paul Society in assisting our neighbors in need. If you would like to volunteer or learn more, send an email to olmsvdp@gmail.com with your name and contact information.

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For the Hispanic Community

  • Please proceed here for the OLM Hispanic Ministry’s upcoming events and resources.
    ContinĂșe aquĂ­ para conocer los prĂłximos 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 prĂłxima semana, habrĂĄ Estaciones de la Cruz en español cada segundo miĂ©rcoles del mes despuĂ©s de la misa de las 12 pm.

A Note from the Intercessory Prayer Ministry

  • How can we pray 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 takes place monthly at MAGNIFY and on the last weekend of the month Mass times.  Prayer ministry is an opportunity for those in need of physical, emotional, or spiritual healing or with a specific intention. Come as an individual, as a couple, or as. a family and receive prayer for yourself or request prayers for someone in need. Listen and receive the prayers while being open to the Holy Spirit’s movement. Trained prayer ministers are available.

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.

Donate Online Through OSV Giving

  • Whether you are a registered parishioner with us or visiting, we are set up to receive donations online through OSV Our Sunday Visitor.
  • OSV is an online website that makes contributions faster, easier, and accessible at anytime for donors. Click here to for online giving.
  • You can also access this link through our myParish App “Giving” button. Don’t have the myParish App yet? Text APP to 88202 to download!  Receive this update, instant news, and get access to the parish calendar, daily readings, and Confession guide.

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

A MOTHER’S HEART GROW GROUP
Mission. A Mother’s Heart is a group for Catholic mothers with children ages 0-11 who are seeking to journey with other like-minded women of faith.  Following the example of St. ThĂ©rĂšse of Lisieux, we strive to imitate her “little way” of growing in holiness through the lenses of motherhood and family.
Website. Proceed here for details.
Meets. Thursdays twice a month.  For any of the following: book chats, podcast discussions, “Mom’s Night Out”, community service projects, fellowship, playgroups, prayer.
Connect.  Reach out to Lydia Schmitt lydiadschmitt@gmail.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.
Website. Proceed here for details.
Meets. Tuesdays @ 7pm and twice a month for social gatherings.
Connect.  Reach out to Mary Kubanda at rysavyme@gmail.com

SALT AND LIGHT GROW GROUP
Mission. â€œEncounter/Grow/Witness” is the threefold dimension of the Christian life.  Once we encounter Jesus, we are then called to grow daily as His disciples. Grow Groups are one way Our Lady of Mercy is responding to our missionary identity where we are called to help parishioners grow continually in discipleship.
Website. Proceed here for details.
Meets. Wednesdays 7pm to 8:30pm
Connect. For more information, connect with Geri Capulong at gericapulong@gmail.com or Bonnie Ramirez at bnnrmrz@gmail.com.


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
Jim Marks jimm6351@yahoo.com

GROW YOUR FAITH

FREE ONLINE RESOURCES and NEWS ON UPCOMING CONFERENCES In this section, you will find free conferences, webinars, and studies that you can freely take part in that can grow your faith.

WORD ON FIRE – GOOD NEWS CONFERENCE

Consider joining us at the beautiful JW Marriott Grande Lakes in Orlando, November 17-19, 2023 

This is a conference for individuals, couples, and families who desire to grow closer to Christ through the Good News as preached by the world’s most dynamic evangelists

Presenters include Bishop Robert Barron, Deacon Harold Burke-Silvers, Immaculee Ilibagiza, Dr. Peter Kreeft, Sr. Bethany Madonna, Fr. Dave Pivonka, and Tim Tebow

Click HERE for more information

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

or Download the FORMED App through these links: App Store or Google Play

EUCHARIST RESOURCES
Check out our “Eucharist Resources” page to help us understand deeply the centrality of the Eucharist in our lives.

INTRODUCING THE ASCENSION APP

A Catholic Bible and Catechism App

We consulted more than 1,000 Catholics on what would make the ideal Bible and Catechism app and collected their direct feedback for over a year. Now it’s here! Download the App for free today on the App Store or the Google Play Store.

Check it out HERE

AMEN – CATHOLIC MEDITATION APP
From Augustine Institute comes this NEW AND 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.

HALLOW – A CATHOLIC PRAYER & MEDITATION APP
Hallow is a Catholic prayer & meditation app that helps users deepen their relationship with God through contemplative prayer and strengthen one’s mental health in the process. Easy-to-use, audio-guided sessions anywhere from 1 to 60 minutes long. Pray your own way with a personalized prayer plan pulling from 3,000+ unique sessions including the Lectio Divina on the Daily Gospel, Rosary, Examen, Night Prayer, Calm & Humility “Praylists” and much more. Hallow Light is free. Hallow Plus is $5 per month ($60 per year). Sign up for either one here.

WORD ON FIRE
Explore the goodness, truth, and beauty of the faith!Did you know that you have complete access to Bishop Barron’s Word on Fire ENGAGE video library! Check out this link to watch any of the videos whenever you want without ever having to login.
Not sure where to start? How about checking out the short 5 episode series on The Eucharist This fresh look at the Eucharist brings to light its reality as sacred meal, the sacrifice necessary for communion with God, and the real presence of Christ.

BLESSED IS SHE
Blessed is She is a sisterhood of women who want to grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ through their Catholic faith.  They create beautiful and accessible resources, products, and experiences to deepen prayer and foster community, both online and in person.  

THE CATHOLIC GENTLEMAN
Founded in 2013, The Catholic Gentleman has become one of the most recognizable online men’s apostolate. Each week hundreds of thousands of men around the world visit our site for the insightful articles and the highest-quality products designed to encourage a life of authentic manhood. Their mission: To inspire men to holiness

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.

PINTS WITH AQUINAS
Matt Fradd’s Pints with Aquinas is an online Catholic community of faith and truth… and maybe a pint or two. Check it out for long-form discussions, healthy debates, and teachings on the Catholic faith.


PASTORAL CARE

If you have physical, mental, emotional or spiritual health concerns or questions about end-of-life issues, funeral planning, journeying through grief, caregiving for a loved one or are homebound, please contact the parish office at 630-851-3444 or parishoffice@olmercy.com

RESTORE
Do you find yourself struggling in overcoming your battle with pornography?   Restore is a weekly (anonymous) meeting where men lean on each other for support and accountability and share ideas about strengthening our resolve to stay on God’s path of chastity.  All men are welcome, whether you have been free of pornography addiction for many years or struggle with it every single day.If you are ready to start breaking free from the grips of pornography and want to Restore your life, email us at Restore.olm@gmail.com to find out more information on when and where we meet or call 331-684-7415. Check out the website for FAQs and further details. Be encouraged; check out this Testimony.

WALKING WITH MOMS IN NEED
Pregnant and parenting moms in need are in our parishes and our neighborhoods. As Pope Francis reminds us, our parishes need to be “islands of mercy in the midst of a sea of indifference.” Everyone in the parish community should know where to refer a pregnant woman in need.  Please see this infographic to be informed on how we are walking with Moms in need. Connect with Lydia Schmitt for further questions at lydias@olmercy.com

FAITH BUDDIES

OLM invites you to learn more about a new program for children with special needs that will be launching in the spring!


If you are interested in becoming a volunteer or enrolling your child, please get in touch with Lydia Schmitt at lydias@olmercy.com

FAITH BUDDIES

OLM invites you to learn more about a new program for children with special needs that will be launching in the spring!


If you are interested in becoming a volunteer or enrolling your child, please get in touch with Lydia Schmitt at lydias@olmercy.com


December 3, 2023 | Parish Update

The Return of the Chalice. Advent Resources & Schedule Page (Christmas Mass Times). Register Now for Simbang Gabi. And December Gatherings.

View the full posting at our Flocknote email (don’t forget to join so you can receive the update via email).


News from Pastor in Training (P.I.T.)

To be attentive and to stay attentive is very hard. It takes a significant effort to stay focused on the task at hand. And yet, this is what the Lord is asking of us in our 1st Sunday of Advent readings. As much as we like to think we can multi-task, it has been proven that it’s better to focus on one thing at a time than to try to juggle multiple activities at once. How many of us try to juggle prayer with our daily activities, only to come to the conclusion that we are failing to pray as we ought? Currently, I’m thinking of all the things I need to do to get ready for Christmas, from liturgical duties like extra confessions and Masses to buying Christmas presents for my niece and nephews so that I can keep the title of “Coolest Uncle.” Yet, in all these tasks that need to be done, the most important task should be preparing my heart for the Lord and his coming. 

The Advent season begins a new liturgical year for the Church. Similar to the resolutions we make for our calendar New Year, the Church is asking us to make a resolution now. In the Gospel today, the Lord is asking his disciples, which include us, to keep watch for his coming. We need to recommit to being attentive, and to preparing our hearts to receive the Lord. Isn’t that much easier said than done?

The winter season naturally is a perfect time for refocusing. As the sun sets earlier each day, nights come sooner and the temperature begins to drop. Have you ever walked outside on a crisp cold night? I feel that during these late night walks my thoughts become clearer and prayer becomes easier. Maybe it’s the cold waking me up, the silence as nature is hibernating in the darkness, or maybe it’s the awe of looking up at the stars on a clear night. The Advent season seems to help us turn even more towards reflective prayer, just as the Lord has asked it of us.

I’d encourage you to take advantage of this Advent season. Don’t get up caught up so easily in the noise and distractions of preparing for Christmas, or in the busyness of daily life. Instead, take the time to pull away and be attentive to the longings of your heart for our Lord who has come, is coming, and will come again. 

Father Michael


Did you miss one? View past news from the P.I.T. here.


THIS COMING WEEK

Prepare Your Hearts to Receive Jesus with Advent Resources

  • If you were out of town this weekend, you can still pick up Advent devotionals in the narthex during the week.
  • Check out the Advent Resources & Schedule webpage as well which has
    • Advent Reconciliation Schedule
    • Advent Homilies
    • Advent Resources
    • Advent Practices & Giving Opportunities
    • Spiritual Disciplines to Embrace this Advent
    • Advent Flyer
    • Christmas Holy Mass Schedule
  • â€œđ˜Œđ™™đ™«đ™šđ™Łđ™© 𝙞𝙹 𝙝𝙚𝙧𝙚. đ™’đ™đ™–đ™© 𝙖 đ™ąđ™–đ™§đ™«đ™šđ™Ąđ™€đ™Ș𝙹 đ™©đ™žđ™ąđ™š 𝙞𝙣 𝙬𝙝𝙞𝙘𝙝 đ™©đ™€ 𝙧𝙚𝙣𝙚𝙬 đ™źđ™€đ™Ș𝙧 𝙙𝙚𝙹𝙞𝙧𝙚, đ™źđ™€đ™Ș𝙧 đ™Łđ™€đ™šđ™©đ™–đ™Ąđ™œđ™žđ™–, đ™źđ™€đ™Ș𝙧 𝙧𝙚𝙖𝙡 đ™Ąđ™€đ™Łđ™œđ™žđ™Łđ™œ đ™›đ™€đ™§ đ˜Ÿđ™đ™§đ™žđ™šđ™© đ™©đ™€ đ™˜đ™€đ™ąđ™š — đ™›đ™€đ™§ 𝙃𝙞𝙱 đ™©đ™€ đ™˜đ™€đ™ąđ™š đ™šđ™«đ™šđ™§đ™ź 𝙙𝙖𝙼 đ™©đ™€ đ™źđ™€đ™Ș𝙧 đ™šđ™€đ™Ș𝙡 𝙞𝙣 đ™©đ™đ™š 𝙀đ™Șđ™˜đ™đ™–đ™§đ™žđ™šđ™©. 𝙏𝙝𝙚 đ˜Ÿđ™đ™Ș𝙧𝙘𝙝 đ™šđ™Łđ™˜đ™€đ™Ș𝙧𝙖𝙜𝙚𝙹 đ™Ș𝙹: 𝙃𝙚 𝙞𝙹 đ™–đ™—đ™€đ™Șđ™© đ™©đ™€ đ™–đ™§đ™§đ™žđ™«đ™š!”— đ™Žđ™–đ™žđ™Łđ™© đ™…đ™€đ™šđ™šđ™ąđ™–đ™§đ™žđ™– đ™€đ™šđ™˜đ™§đ™žđ™«đ™–

Registration for Simbang Gabi Mass & Celebration is now open 12/4

  • Please register soon for the annual Simbang Gabi Filipino tradition of celebrating devotional Mass on Saturday 12/16th at 6pm and come and join the Filipino community in preparing our hearts for the birth of Jesus. Following the Mass is a ticketed reception. Looking forward to seeing you there!
  • Register at this link.
  • What is Simbang Gabi you may wonder? Simbang Gabi is a tradition of celebrating Christmas novena masses in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Its masses were celebrated at dawn, the time when roosters crow, hence calling the celebration Misa de Gallo (rooster). Filipinos have been faithful in observing the tradition for centuries. Find out more here.
  • Here at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church, we will celebrate this beautiful tradition on Saturday, Dec. 16, 2023 with a mass at 6pm followed immediately by a reception that will showcase Filipino hospitality with food, talents, games, and fun for the entire family
  • For any questions, connect at sgcommittee16@gmail.com or (331)588-5556

Mondays with Monica & Augustine Prayer Group Continues 12/4

  • We are blessed to have St. Monica and St. Augustine accompany us as we consider our own family situations with our own loved ones who have fallen away from the Church; see you for prayer at OLM on Mondays at 7:30pm.
  •      Anticipation—the upcoming holiday season is filled with it. And with Advent around the corner, we look forward to family gatherings, beautiful celebrations at church, and all the blessings that come during this season. As we wait, our hope in the Lord can increase, and our faith can grow stronger.
         But sometimes, the holiday season can be difficult. Instead of anticipating the good things God has in store for us, we may anticipate family tension or spending Christmas somewhat isolated from our loved ones; the hardest part of loving someone estranged from the Faith is the sense of isolation. No matter how we feel, we can experience God’s goodness and love during Advent. Even our struggles can be an opportunity for God to work in our lives. Jesus wants to calm our fears and fill us with hope—a sure and certain trust in His promises, especially for our loved ones. He wants us to hear His comforting voice. At Mondays with Monica and Augustine (MWMA), come and hear Jesus’ comforting voice, perhaps through the reflection, or while praying for our loved ones by name. Praying together with others in a similar situation removes the sense of isolation.

Consuming Fire Young Adult Group Continues 12/5

  • Calling all young adults, join our Consuming Fire Young Adult Grow Group (CFYA) on Tuesday at 7pm for community and faith building. Reach out to cfyagg@gmail.com to get plugged in with the group or sign up at the link HERE
  • Come to Consuming Fire this week for a discussion on Advent!

The Chosen Season 3 Catholic Bible Study Continues on 12/5

  • 𝗡đ—Č𝘃đ—Č𝗿 𝗯đ—Čđ—Čđ—» đ˜đ—Œ đ—•đ—¶đ—Żđ—čđ—Č đ—Šđ˜đ˜‚đ—±đ˜†? 𝗔𝗿đ—Č đ˜†đ—Œđ˜‚ đ—¶đ—»đ˜đ—¶đ—șđ—¶đ—±đ—źđ˜đ—Čđ—± 𝗯𝘆 đ˜đ—”đ—Č đ—•đ—¶đ—Żđ—čđ—Č? — đ—§đ—”đ—Čđ—» “đ—§đ—”đ—Č đ—–đ—”đ—Œđ˜€đ—Čđ—»-𝗩đ—Čđ—źđ˜€đ—Œđ—» 𝟯” đ—–đ—źđ˜đ—”đ—Œđ—čđ—¶đ—° đ—•đ—¶đ—Żđ—čđ—Č đ—Šđ˜đ˜‚đ—±đ˜† đ—¶đ˜€ đ—łđ—Œđ—ż đ—Źđ—Œđ˜‚!
    Through both watching the series episode and breaking open the Scripture readings related to each episode, this Catholic Bible Study experience will enable you to imagine ourselves in the story.  Sign up soon, and don’t forget to bring a friend.
  • When: Tuesdays @ 7pmContact: Joe Wiacek and Joe Glasgow OLMBiblestudies@gmail.com Registration: Please register here 
  • All you need to bring is your Bible; a study guide will be provided where you can jot down your answers or notes from the Bible Study.

Vine & Branches Continues 12/6

  • Vine & Branches is a Grow Group at Our Lady of Mercy that offers support and belonging to individuals who have experienced the trauma of a broken marital relationship.
  • The program “Surviving Divorce” by Ascension Press was created to bring hope and healing to those who have experienced the pain of a broken marriage. It includes the personal testimonies of Catholic men and women as they witness the healing power of Jesus in their lives.
  • For more information, please reach out to one of our group leaders. They look forward to hearing from you: Kim Harris kimharris73@yahoo.com
    Mary LoGalbo logalbo.marycarol@gmail.com, Jim Marks jimm6351@yahoo.com

Salt and Light Grow Group Continues 12/6 & 12/7

  • Join Salt and Light Grow Group for 𝗙𝗿 đ— đ—¶đ—°đ—”đ—źđ—Čđ—č đ—šđ—źđ—¶đ˜đ—čđ—Č𝘆’𝘀 “đ—§đ—”đ—Č 𝗩đ—Čđ—°đ—Œđ—»đ—± 𝗚𝗿đ—Č𝗼𝘁đ—Č𝘀𝘁 đ—Šđ˜đ—Œđ—żđ˜† 𝗘𝘃đ—Č𝗿 đ—§đ—Œđ—čđ—±” for fast-paced and lively sessions through a video talk followed by group discussion. From the epic story of Poland’s national suffering to the events of Fatima, the revelations of St. Faustina, the heroic efforts of St. Maximilian Kolbe, and the life of St. John Paul II, the panorama of Divine mercy is fully revealed as a transformative reality. A free study guide will be given to all participants.
  • Join us either Wednesday evenings at 6:30pm or Thursday afternoons at 1pm; For more details and registration, proceed here, and please don’t forget to bring a friend.

Mass for the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception 12/7 & 12/8

  • The Mass times for the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, patroness of the United States are:
    Vigil Mass at 7pm on Thursday 12/7th and Mass times of 8am and 7pm on Friday 12/8th.  We pray to see you at any of the Mass times; let us rejoice with the Immaculate Mother of God, for it is through her intercession that God has bestowed every spiritual blessing upon us.  
  • God chose Mary, the Immaculate Conception, to be our “model of holiness” by preserving her entirely from original sin, making her all-pure and all-holy. In doing this God also shows us what is possible for us, too, wounded by sin—the healing and restoration of our whole humanity. The intercession and maternal love of the Immaculate One, given to us as our Mother, is the special way God has chosen to bestow upon us the grace of such a healing. As the Mother of our Savior, Mary shares uniquely in His redemptive sacrifice. We turn to her with confidence, for she is “our life, our sweetness, and our hope.” Immaculate Mary, pray for us!

Regarding the Return of the Chalice During the Weekend Masses

  • As part of the Eucharistic Revival, Fr. Michael shared that starting now, you can receive the Precious Blood of Christ from the Chalice during weekend Masses.
  • Fr. Michael presented the following catechesis to encourage us to grasp the crucial insights and teachings regarding receiving the Precious Blood of Christ from the chalice.
    • Fractioning Rite. In the Eucharistic Prayers, when we say “Lamb of God,” the priest performs the “fractioning rite.” This involves taking the host, the body of Christ, breaking it in half, and placing a portion into the chalice. This reunites the body and blood of Christ, so if you receive one, you receive both. When you approach for communion and receive the body of Christ, you are actually receiving the entirety of Christ—His body, His blood, His soul, and divinity.If you choose to receive only from the chalice, you still receive the fullness of Christ—the body and blood of Christ. Fr. Michael emphasizes this point because it’s not obligatory to receive from both. The Church, however, encourages the opportunity to receive both as a way to more deeply participate in the gift of the Sacrament, echoing the instructions given to the apostles during the Last Supper to “take, eat, and drink.”
    • There will be two chalices on each side of the center aisle.
    • Receive standing. To ensure the protection of the Precious Blood from spillage, we encourage drinking from the cup while standing, as it is not natural to do so while kneeling.
    • No intinction. Please don’t dip the Body of Christ into the chalice to reduce the risk of Precious Blood dripping onto your hand, clothes, or the floor.
      As a reminder; please remember to consume the Body of Christ promptly in front of the Eucharistic Minister upon receiving it, and refrain from walking away with the consecrated host. 
    • The children. Please practice with the children at home first so they understand.

Christmas Flower Memorials

  • This Christmas, we will decorate the church with poinsettias around the altar. Flowers can also be memorialized by using one of the flower envelopes found in the narthex. The suggested donation is $20.

Weekly Praying for Priests

  • A prayer group has been praying for priests in front of the Blessed Sacrament weekly for over a year now, as well as on First Fridays. Even if you can’t join the group inside the church, you can pray wherever you are at during the times below.
  • Wednesdays at 10:30am – Rosary and Chaplet of Divine Mercy with meditations for priests,   Thursdays at 12:30pm –  Rosary and Chaplet of Divine Mercy with meditations for priests,First Friday of the month following 12pm Mass – Stations of the Cross with meditations for priests in the narthex.

Restore Weekly Restore Confidential Meetings

  • Restore is a ministry that accompanies men so as to win the battle against the struggles of living a lust-free life.
  • The ministry meets at a weekly (anonymous) meeting where men lean on each other for support and accountability and share ideas about strengthening their resolve to stay on God’s path of chastity.  All men are welcome, whether you have been free of the addiction for many years or struggle with it every single day. Though the meetings are weekly, at the last weekly meeting of the month, men are guided by a licensed Catholic therapist. If you are ready to start breaking free from the struggles of living chastely and want to Restore your life email Restore.olm@gmail.com to find out more information on when and where we meet or call 331-684-7415.

Weekly Adoration

  • COME AND ADORE OUR LORD! Eucharistic Adoration is held three times a week at OLM! So come and encounter Jesus anytime this week at Adoration on Mondays and Thursdays 8:30am to 6:30pm and Wednesdays 8am to 12pm.And if you’d like to sign up for a regular time to be with Jesus, click here.

Sign up for Weekly Adoration as we Prepare for our New Chapel to Open!

We’re almost there, we have the following time slots that do not have anyone signed up to spend time with Jesus; we’re praying you would be the one to sign up for any of the following time spots
Tuesday 8:30am, 4pm
Wednesday 5pm
Thursday 8:30am

Friday 10am, 4pm
Our hope is that two individuals sign up for each of the hourly timeslots Monday through Friday from 8:30am through 5pm; please help us achieve this goal.  It truly is the best time that you could gift yourself. Click here to sign up.

LOOKING AHEAD

Advent Reflection for Liturgical Ministers 12/9

  • All liturgical ministers are invited to an Advent Reflection on Saturday, 12/9th from 11am to 12pm in the Church. Join us for time away from the busyness of life to reflect on the season of Advent and the mystery of the Incarnation.  

Return Your Birchwood Ornament by the Weekend of 12/9 & 1/10

  • Help us decorate the narthex for Christmas by taking a birchwood disk (one per family)
  • Decorate your ornament and return it to the parish by the weekend of December 9 & 10th. A drop-off table will be in the narthex after weekend masses, or you may drop it off at the parish office during the week 
  • If you would like to pick it up after the Christmas Season, you are responsible for getting it from the narthex after weekend masses on Jan 13/14
  • Placement on the trees will be at the discretion of the Arts & Environment committee.  Questions? Please reach out to our Arts & Environment committee at aandeolm@gmail.com.

Retirement Fund for Religious 12/9 & 12/10

  • Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,     Our diocese will soon take up the national collection for the Retirement Fund for Religious. Your support for this collection provides financial assistance for retirement needs for 297 U.S. religious communities.      Catholic sisters, brothers and religious order priests have selflessly served for decades without significant financial compensation. However, due to escalating health-care costs, numerous U.S. religious communities face a substantial gap between their elderly members’ needs and the financial resources available for their care. Many religious orders currently experience insufficient retirement savings.     The 2022 appeal demonstrated Catholics’ tremendous generosity by raising $27.6 million. Diocese of Joliet parishioners contributed $286,788.25 to the collection.      The senior religious in our diocese never retire from their vows, and they play a crucial role in conveying the faith from one generation to the next. All remain wholly committed to their vocations by embracing the opportunity to spend more time praying for our Church and world.      Please support the retirement needs of our senior religious. And please join me in praying for God’s continued blessing on our nation’s elderly sisters, brothers, and religious order priests.     As I remain –
            Sincerely yours in Christ,
            Most Reverend Ronald A. Hicks
            Bishop of Joliet

Justice & Peace Ministry’s Fair Trade Sale 12/10

  • Please stop by our annual Fair Trade Sale on Sunday, 12/10th in the PLC after Masses. Ten Thousand Villages will bring fair trade items to OLM. This is not a fundraiser but an opportunity to support artisans and farmers through fair trade purchases.
  • Fair Trade is a commitment to a fairer world— ensuring that people who make and grow products have a place to sell them, that they’re fairly paid, and that their working conditions and communities are healthy.

EDGE Alden Nursing Home Service Trip 12/11

  • The EDGE is a Catholic middle school youth ministry experience created for early adolescents in grades 6, 7, & 8. The EDGE is designed to meet the educational, spiritual, emotional, and social needs of young adolescents. Kids are always welcomed and encouraged to invite their friends to the EDGE.
  • For information on this service opportunity please contact Adolfo & Joana Lopez at adolfol@olmercy.com or joanal@olmercy.com 

Living With Grief – Finding the Meaning of Christmas While Grieving 12/11 & 12/12

  • 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 living with grief to be together in a faith community to find healing and hope.
  • Finding the Meaning of Christmas While Grieving, come to one of the sessions either on Monday 12/11th from 7pm to 8:30pm in Room 208 or Tuesday 12/12th from 1pm to 2:30pm in Room 208
  • Registration is requested- Connect with Jolene Leroy at 331-707-5380 to RSVP or for questions.

Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe 12/12

  • The Mass for the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe will be at 6:30pm on Tuesday 12/12 in English, with music in Spanish. Roses for the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe will be available in the narthex. A reception will follow in the PLC.
  • We hope to see you at the Mass which commemorates this wonderful feast day of the Virgin Mary, Our Lady of Guadalupe, the patron saint of the Americas who appeared to Juan Diego in Mexico City in 1531.

Las Posadas & Pastorela 12/15, 12/17-12/19

  • Las Posadas celebrations commemorate Mary and Joseph’s journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem, where they sought shelter for the birth of Jesus. The Spanish word “posada” means “inn.”
  • It is typically a nine day novena of prayer that involves the recitation of the rosary and traditional songs. It concludes with a Mexican folk play, potluck celebration and a piñata filled with treats.
  • Join Our Lady of Mercy at any of these events as we prepare our hearts for Christ’s birth: Posadas in the Church @ 7pm: 12/15, 12/17, & 12/18 and Pastorela in the PLC @ 7pm on 12/19

Advent Confession Times 12/18 through 12/23

  • The hope for the Advent Season is to offer Confessions as much as the priests can which is why…There will be SIX straight days of Confessions from 12/18 through 12/23!
    • Monday through Friday from 7pm to 8:30pm
    • Saturday 9am to 10am and 1:30pm to 2:30pm
  • Using the examination of conscience on the following link, ask the Holy Spirit to help you search your heart. Where do you sense God is calling you to repent? Remember, Jesus will never condemn you; He is always ready to forgive you.

St. Peregrine Prayer Service 12/19

  • For those with cancer, serious or chronic illnesses, and their caregivers… Come to the St. Peregrine Prayer Service on Tuesday 12/19th following the 6:30pm Mass.
  • St. Peregrine is the patron saint of the sick, especially those suffering from cancer, serious illness, or chronic illness. The prayer service is for the intention of those with cancer, serious or chronic illnesses, and their caregivers to fortify them in their current situation.

Catholic Charities Mobile Food Pantry 12/20

  • The Mobile Food Pantry is on Weds 12/20 from 4:30pm to 6pm.  Don’t forget to share the Our Lady of Mercy social media posting on your network; you never know who among your network is in need of food.
  • 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. Please clear space in your trunk or backseat so volunteers can load boxes of food directly into your vehicle. Mobile Food Pantries take place snow, rain, or shine!

Blessing of Baby Jesus 12/23

  • On Saturday, 12/23rd at 12:30pm, families are invited to bring Baby Jesus from their family creche to the Church for a special blessing!
  • The Blessing of the Baby Jesus was first instituted by St. John Paul II. On the Third Sunday of Advent, the children of Rome are encouraged to bring the baby Jesus from each of their Nativity sets to St. Peter’s Square. Following the Sunday Angelus address, the Pope blesses the figurines. This year marks the 800th Anniversary of when St. Francis created the First Nativity Creche in the year 1223!

4th Sunday of Advent Mass Times 12/23 & 12/24

  • As Catholics, we are obliged to attend Mass every Sunday, including the 4th Sunday of Advent. And we are obliged to go to Mass for the feast of Christmas. Those two obligations are distinct and have to be met separately. 
  • Here is the 4th Sunday of Advent Mass Times
    Saturday 12/23 at 4pm and Sunday 12/24 at 8am, and 10am.

Christmas Concert at 11:15pm on 12/24

  • This year’s Christmas Concert is called “The Glory of Christmas” by Lloyd Larson. The concert will start at 11:15pm with a mini chamber ensemble, string quartet, percussions, trumpet, and the Our Lady of Mercy choir led by our wonderful music director Frank Sauter. Through a blend of familiar carols and original songs, experience the beauty of the incarnation story as if you’re experiencing it for the first time.

Christmas Mass Times 12/24 & 12/25

Christmas Collection & End of Year Giving 12/25 and 12/31

  • As we prepare for the Solemnity of Christmas, the Scripture readings inspire all faith-filled stewards to stop and ponder in great awe God’s ultimate gift: the gift of His only begotten Son, our Lord, Jesus Christ. Out of heartfelt gratitude, what of our prayer, service, and generosity can we present to Him?
    It is a great blessing that all of the funds donated as part of the Christmas Collection stay with Our Lady of Mercy and will help us meet our Sunday Collection.  If you wish to donate to the Christmas Collection, please use one of the following three methods:
    1. Give online at www.olmercy.com/give look for the online giving portal and be sure to select “Christmas” (use the drop-down arrow)
    2. Give during Mass using your Christmas envelope.
    3. Give during Mass using a blank envelope labeled “Christmas Collection,” also include “Christmas Collection” on the memo line of your check
    PLEASE NOTE: only donations received (or postmarked) on or before December 31 will appear on your 2023 giving statement that will be sent out by the end of January 2024.

Men Seeking Holiness Day Retreat 12/28

  • Come to a high-impact, low-pressure experience “Men Seeking Holiness Day Retreat” on Thursday 12/28th from 9am to 5pm at Sts. Peter and Paul Parish located at 36 N. Ellsworth, Naperville. The cost is $10 which includes lunch. Email vocations@dioceseofjoliet.org for any questions.
  • Experience a special day of prayer, discussions, discernment, the life of holiness, Mass, adoration, and Confession. Please share this invitation with the men in your life.

Prayer Ministry 12/30 & 12/31

  • Receive Prayer Ministry after all the Mass times the weekend of 12/30 and 12/31! Prayer ministry is an opportunity for those in need of physical, emotional, or spiritual healing or with a specific intention. Come as an individual, as a couple, or family. Listen and receive the prayers while being open to the Holy Spirit’s movement. Trained prayer ministers will be available in the back of Church.

Angel Giving Program Donations Accepted through 12/31

  • This year’s program benefits those individuals assisted by SVDP, Hesed House, Aurora Interfaith Food Pantry and Waterleaf Women’s Center.
  • Monetary donations can be made under the Angel Giving Fund via our online giving portal or via check made payable to Our Lady of Mercy with “Angel Giving” in the memo for tax purposes. Accepted thru 12/31.
  • Please connect with Lydia at lydias@olmercy.com for any questions.

Mass for the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God 1/1/2024

  • We close the Christmas Octave (the eight days following the birth of Christ) with a day honoring and celebrating Mary as the Mother of God—The Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God! We hope to see you at any of the following Mass times 9am and 7pm!

First Friday and Saturday Devotions 1/5 & 1/6/2024

  • 𝗟đ—Č𝘁 𝘂𝘀 𝗯đ—Č đ—¶đ—» đ—œđ—żđ—źđ˜†đ—Č𝗿 𝗼𝘁 đ—źđ—»đ˜† đ—Œđ—ł đ—Œđ˜‚đ—ż 𝗮𝗿đ—Č𝗼𝘁 đ—°đ—Œđ—șđ—șđ˜‚đ—»đ—źđ—č đ—œđ—żđ—źđ˜†đ—Č𝗿 đ—±đ—Čđ˜ƒđ—Œđ˜đ—¶đ—Œđ—»đ˜€! This Friday and Saturday, all are invited to join the First Friday of Reparation and the Communal First Saturday!  
  • Extra Friday Confession immediately following the 8am Mass
  • Respect Life 1st Friday Devotion: The Respect Life Ministry invites you to stand and silently pray in front of Waterleaf Women’s Center on January 5. Prayer warriors are needed for one hour shifts 7 am – 4 pm to change hearts and save lives. For more information, please call Lisa at (630) 236-3310 
  • ADDITIONAL FRIDAY MASS AT 12PM
  • First Saturday Devotion after the 8:30AM Mass
  • Saturday Confessions immediately following the 8:30am Mass and also at 1:30pm to 2:30pm

Family Faith Formation Epiphany Enactment 1/7/2024

  • Calling ALL K-5th Grade Students: Hold fast to the meaning of the Christmas season and come to enact this beautiful story of the three kings visiting the King of Kings, JESUS!
  • WHEN? Epiphany Sunday, January 7th following the 10am Mass. The rehearsal will be in the church on Saturday, January 6th from 10:30-11:30am
  • To sign up, please email maryjot@olmercy.com by Monday, January 1st!
  • Parish Family- join us children as we pray and sign our joyous faith story!

Come and Bowl for a Good Cause at “Rolling in the New Year” 1/7/2024

  • Ticket proceeds benefit “Friends of Inharrime” so come on out and bowl for a really good cause!
  • What’s Going on Jan 7th? Gather with your friends, family, or co-workers and roll in the New Year by bowling at Parkside Lanes while enjoying a large pizza and a pitcher of a beverage all for an excellent cause.
  • Bowl for a good cause!  The ticket proceeds will go towards the charitable organization “Friends of Inharrime.” They work to improve the lives of children and families in Mozambique through projects in education, nutrition, and health such as paying children’s school fees, daily lunch, and medical costs and, with a local hospital, they provide nutrition and medical support for malnourished infants.
  • When. Sunday, January 7th
    Arrival Time. 1:15pm starts 1:30pm
    Cost (includes bowling, shoes, large pizza and a pitcher of beverage).
         $25 from 12/3 thru 12/17
         $35 from 12/18 thru 12/31
         $45 from 1/1/ thru 1/6
         $50 at the door
  • Questions? Please connect with Mary Kubanda rysavyme@gmail.com from Consuming Fire Young Adult Grow Group who is hosting this awesome gathering.
  • Register Now and Help the children from Mozambique

FOCUS Priest Fr. Tim Anastos Speaks at Weekend Masses 1/13 & 1/14/2024

  • The Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS) wins the hearts of college students, builds them up in faith, and sends them out into the world. Fr. Tim is excited to share the hope of the New Evangelization with you!

Robert H. Weaver Knights of Columbus Free Throw Contest 1/18/2024

  • All boys and girls aged 9 to 14, as of January 1, 2024, are invited to participate in the Robert H. Weaver Knights of Columbus #12005 Free Throw Championship. This local event will be held on Thursday, January 18, 2024, 7:00pm in the Our Lady of Mercy Parish Life Center. Registration begins at 6:45pm 
  • Participants are required to furnish proof of age and written parental consent on the registration form available at the event. For additional information call (630) 957-7559

Adoration Chapel Dedication 2/11/2024

  • Please save the date of Sunday 2/11th because Bishop Hicks will be dedicating the new Adoration Chapel at 1pm on that day; how exciting!

The Rescue Project Begins 2/15/2024

  • The Rescue Project begins on Thursday evenings during Lent; It is such a powerful opportunity for our hearts to soften and open to the Lord, because that’s where the changes really happen. It would be great to journey with each other, together as a parish. We hope to see you there. 

Save the Date for the
CRHP Men’s Retreat 2/24 – 2/25 & Women’s Retreat 3/2 – 3/3/2024

  • CRHP is an incredible experience that will recharge your faith life, help you develop lasting friendships, and fill you with newfound energy and purpose.
  • Registration starts January 1st!
  • Should you have any questions in the meantime, connect with the Men and Women’s invitation coordinators for any questions Alex Grove (812)697-1484 or Beatriz Cultura (630)544-0720 crhpolm@gmail.com or check out the FAQs at their webpage.

DisABILITIES Mass at Our Lady of Mercy 3/10/2024

  • Save the date for a Diocesan DisABILITIES Mass on Sunday 3/10 at 2pm followed by fellowship. More details to follow.

Have a Minister of Care Bring Holy Communion to Your Loved One that is Homebound

  • Do you have a loved one that is homebound?
    Ministers of Care are trained in the ministry and commissioned by the parish to visit those unable to come to Church to receive Holy Communion. Ministers visit the homebound, those in hospitals, and other care facilities to pray with them, bring the Eucharist and serve as a caring, listening presence. The Ministers of Care Ministry is a visible sign of the presence of the Church in our lives and continues the healing ministry of Jesus Christ.
  • If you know someone in the parish who is unable to come to church and wishes to receive Holy Communion in the home, please contact the parish office at 630-851-3444 and arrangements will be made.  Jesus said to them, â€œI am the bread of life; whoever comes to me will never hunger, and whoever believes in me will never thirst.” —John 6:35
  • Caring for a Loved One with Mary” by Theresa Kiser is in the book kiosk. Completely occupied by the constant care necessary for her son’s medically complex situation, Theresa Kiser struggled to reconcile with the physical, emotional, social, and mental tolls it took on her family. But when she stumbled upon the devotion of the Seven Sorrows of Mary, she was surprised — and deeply relieved — to discover that Our Lady walked this caregiving road before her. The Seven Sorrows devotion nourished her soul with comfort, companionship, and grace at a time when she needed it most.

Is God Calling You to the Priesthood?

  • Marriage is good and priesthood is good so how do you choose between two goods?  Connect with Fr Michael at frmichael@olmercy.com and speak with him.

Bishop Hick’s Monthly Column 

  • Bishop Hicks’ monthly column for November is titled “Launching Our 7th Jubilee” Read his insightful column HERE.
    • 75th Jubilee of the Diocese of Joliet. Our diocese was founded on December 11, 1948. For an entire year, we will highlight the great accomplishments of our past and how we were founded in faith, while being called to witness now and in the future, and continue to be sent forth to serve. Hear from Bishop Hicks as he describes the events and activities leading up to the year-long celebration of the 75th Anniversary of the Diocese of Joliet, watch the video HERE.
      • Novena of Grace with St. Francis Xavier 11/25 through 12/3
      • Monthly Podcast on first Mondays
        • The first episode of the 75th Anniversary podcast series will launch on 11/6th. Episodes will be released on the first Monday of each month. Watch on YouTube or listen on your favorite podcast platform!
      • Blessing of St. Francis Xavier Statue on 12/3rd at 1pm.
        • On the Feast of St. Francis Xavier and the final day of the Novena of Grace, a statue of the saint will be blessed at the Blanchette Catholic Center, 16555 Weber Rd., Crest Hill. The statue will serve as a constant reminder of the patron saint of our diocese. Bishop Hicks will bless the statue at 1pm in an open ceremony so that all may witness this moving event.

Scam Emails and Text Messages

  • From time to time, there are phishing (SCAM) emails going out to members of the parish and staff claiming to be Father Michael as well as text messages.
    Please note that Father Michael and Father Frank DO NOT send texts or emails asking for money or gift cards. If you receive a message appearing to be from Father Michael or Father James, please discard it (any email that does not have “olmercy.com” is a fake email) and DO NOT SEND ANY ELECTRONIC MONETARY AID.  No one on the staff will personally ask for money in whatever form (gift cards etc). If someone sends you a private message asking for a donation of sorts, it’s undoubtedly a fake account. Please keep praying for us, and God bless you!

Did You Know We Have a Parish School?

  • All Saints Catholic Academy (ASCA) located at 1155 Aurora Ave, Naperville is our parish school!
  • Are you a parent with preschool, elementary, and middle school-aged children struggling with the antithetical Christian values the government schools are indoctrinating the children who attend government schools?  You’re not alone.
  • Join a growing number of OLM parents who have made the move by sending their child(ren) to public school to All Saints Catholic Academy.
  • Connect with Patty Bajek at (630) 961-6125, or pbajek@ascacademy.org to express your interest and schedule a personalized tour.  Or peruse their website to explore your interest.  

St. Vincent de Paul Society Volunteers

  • Thank you for your support of our clothing drive. Your clothing donation, as well as your financial donations throughout the year, allows us to help our parishioners and neighbors in need. In 2022, we provided assistance to 72 households, helping 185 men, women and children to remain in their homes or apartments in time of financial need.
  • The ministry is always looking for volunteers to join our St. Vincent de Paul Society in assisting our neighbors in need. If you would like to volunteer or learn more, send an email to olmsvdp@gmail.com with your name and contact information.

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For the Hispanic Community

  • Please proceed here for the OLM Hispanic Ministry’s upcoming events and resources.
    ContinĂșe aquĂ­ para conocer los prĂłximos 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 prĂłxima semana, habrĂĄ Estaciones de la Cruz en español cada segundo miĂ©rcoles del mes despuĂ©s de la misa de las 12 pm.

A Note from the Intercessory Prayer Ministry

  • How can we pray 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 takes place monthly at MAGNIFY and on the last weekend of the month Mass times.  Prayer ministry is an opportunity for those in need of physical, emotional, or spiritual healing or with a specific intention. Come as an individual, as a couple, or as. a family and receive prayer for yourself or request prayers for someone in need. Listen and receive the prayers while being open to the Holy Spirit’s movement. Trained prayer ministers are available.

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.

Donate Online Through OSV Giving

  • Whether you are a registered parishioner with us or visiting, we are set up to receive donations online through OSV Our Sunday Visitor.
  • OSV is an online website that makes contributions faster, easier, and accessible at anytime for donors. Click here to for online giving.
  • You can also access this link through our myParish App “Giving” button. Don’t have the myParish App yet? Text APP to 88202 to download!  Receive this update, instant news, and get access to the parish calendar, daily readings, and Confession guide.

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

A MOTHER’S HEART GROW GROUP
Mission. A Mother’s Heart is a group for Catholic mothers with children ages 0-11 who are seeking to journey with other like-minded women of faith.  Following the example of St. ThĂ©rĂšse of Lisieux, we strive to imitate her “little way” of growing in holiness through the lenses of motherhood and family.
Website. Proceed here for details.
Meets. Thursdays twice a month.  For any of the following: book chats, podcast discussions, “Mom’s Night Out”, community service projects, fellowship, playgroups, prayer.
Connect.  Reach out to Lydia Schmitt lydiadschmitt@gmail.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.
Website. Proceed here for details.
Meets. Tuesdays @ 7pm and twice a month for social gatherings.
Connect.  Reach out to Mary Kubanda at rysavyme@gmail.com

SALT AND LIGHT GROW GROUP
Mission. â€œEncounter/Grow/Witness” is the threefold dimension of the Christian life.  Once we encounter Jesus, we are then called to grow daily as His disciples. Grow Groups are one way Our Lady of Mercy is responding to our missionary identity where we are called to help parishioners grow continually in discipleship.
Website. Proceed here for details.
Meets. Wednesdays 7pm to 8:30pm
Connect. For more information, connect with Geri Capulong at gericapulong@gmail.com or Bonnie Ramirez at bnnrmrz@gmail.com.


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
Jim Marks jimm6351@yahoo.com

GROW YOUR FAITH

FREE ONLINE RESOURCES and NEWS ON UPCOMING CONFERENCES In this section, you will find free conferences, webinars, and studies that you can freely take part in that can grow your faith.

WORD ON FIRE – GOOD NEWS CONFERENCE

Consider joining us at the beautiful JW Marriott Grande Lakes in Orlando, November 17-19, 2023 

This is a conference for individuals, couples, and families who desire to grow closer to Christ through the Good News as preached by the world’s most dynamic evangelists

Presenters include Bishop Robert Barron, Deacon Harold Burke-Silvers, Immaculee Ilibagiza, Dr. Peter Kreeft, Sr. Bethany Madonna, Fr. Dave Pivonka, and Tim Tebow

Click HERE for more information

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

or Download the FORMED App through these links: App Store or Google Play

EUCHARIST RESOURCES
Check out our “Eucharist Resources” page to help us understand deeply the centrality of the Eucharist in our lives.

INTRODUCING THE ASCENSION APP

A Catholic Bible and Catechism App

We consulted more than 1,000 Catholics on what would make the ideal Bible and Catechism app and collected their direct feedback for over a year. Now it’s here! Download the App for free today on the App Store or the Google Play Store.

Check it out HERE

AMEN – CATHOLIC MEDITATION APP
From Augustine Institute comes this NEW AND 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.

HALLOW – A CATHOLIC PRAYER & MEDITATION APP
Hallow is a Catholic prayer & meditation app that helps users deepen their relationship with God through contemplative prayer and strengthen one’s mental health in the process. Easy-to-use, audio-guided sessions anywhere from 1 to 60 minutes long. Pray your own way with a personalized prayer plan pulling from 3,000+ unique sessions including the Lectio Divina on the Daily Gospel, Rosary, Examen, Night Prayer, Calm & Humility “Praylists” and much more. Hallow Light is free. Hallow Plus is $5 per month ($60 per year). Sign up for either one here.

WORD ON FIRE
Explore the goodness, truth, and beauty of the faith!Did you know that you have complete access to Bishop Barron’s Word on Fire ENGAGE video library! Check out this link to watch any of the videos whenever you want without ever having to login.
Not sure where to start? How about checking out the short 5 episode series on The Eucharist This fresh look at the Eucharist brings to light its reality as sacred meal, the sacrifice necessary for communion with God, and the real presence of Christ.

BLESSED IS SHE
Blessed is She is a sisterhood of women who want to grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ through their Catholic faith.  They create beautiful and accessible resources, products, and experiences to deepen prayer and foster community, both online and in person.  

THE CATHOLIC GENTLEMAN
Founded in 2013, The Catholic Gentleman has become one of the most recognizable online men’s apostolate. Each week hundreds of thousands of men around the world visit our site for the insightful articles and the highest-quality products designed to encourage a life of authentic manhood. Their mission: To inspire men to holiness

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.

PINTS WITH AQUINAS
Matt Fradd’s Pints with Aquinas is an online Catholic community of faith and truth… and maybe a pint or two. Check it out for long-form discussions, healthy debates, and teachings on the Catholic faith.


PASTORAL CARE

If you have physical, mental, emotional or spiritual health concerns or questions about end-of-life issues, funeral planning, journeying through grief, caregiving for a loved one or are homebound, please contact the parish office at 630-851-3444 or parishoffice@olmercy.com

RESTORE
Do you find yourself struggling in overcoming your battle with pornography?   Restore is a weekly (anonymous) meeting where men lean on each other for support and accountability and share ideas about strengthening our resolve to stay on God’s path of chastity.  All men are welcome, whether you have been free of pornography addiction for many years or struggle with it every single day.If you are ready to start breaking free from the grips of pornography and want to Restore your life, email us at Restore.olm@gmail.com to find out more information on when and where we meet or call 331-684-7415. Check out the website for FAQs and further details. Be encouraged; check out this Testimony.

WALKING WITH MOMS IN NEED
Pregnant and parenting moms in need are in our parishes and our neighborhoods. As Pope Francis reminds us, our parishes need to be “islands of mercy in the midst of a sea of indifference.” Everyone in the parish community should know where to refer a pregnant woman in need.  Please see this infographic to be informed on how we are walking with Moms in need. Connect with Lydia Schmitt for further questions at lydias@olmercy.com

FAITH BUDDIES

OLM invites you to learn more about a new program for children with special needs that will be launching in the spring!


If you are interested in becoming a volunteer or enrolling your child, please get in touch with Lydia Schmitt at lydias@olmercy.com


November 18, 2023 | Parish Update

Using our Gifts. Help decorate our church. Pray for loved ones estranged from the Faith @ MWMA. Start Thanksgiving Day by giving thanks at the 9am Mass. Pray the Diocese of Joliet Novena of Grace starting 11/25!

View the full posting at our Flocknote email (don’t forget to join so you can receive the update via email).


From the P.I.T. (Pastor In Training)

Growing up, my next-door neighbor and good friend had all the talents: from cool toys and a pool in the back yard to the newest gaming system. On top of that, he was the better natural athlete. I was constantly comparing myself to my friend. There was a lot of discouragement that I felt and it showed the depth and depravity of the sin of jealousy.  

There are over 8 billion people in the world. Out of the 8 billion people that God created, how many are the same as you and me? Exactly no one else! It is crazy to realize that each human being is unrepeatable and beautifully made. Everyone is put on this earth by God, and given a variety of unique gifts and talents.    

Yet, it’s amazing how we can constantly find ourselves stuck in the cycle of comparison and jealously.  The reason why jealousy is so dangerous is because it blinds us to the gifts the Lord has given each and every one of us. Catholic writer G.K. Chesterton said, â€œGratitude, being nearly the greatest of human duties, is also nearly the most difficult.”     

In reading our Gospel, we can get caught up in comparing the number of talents the Lord has given us. In the story, the master gives talents to his servants. One was given five, another two, and finally the last servant was only given one. At the end of the story, we might ask why the servant with one talent failed to even invest it. Maybe it was because he was discouraged by jealousy, and was comparing himself with the servants who had two or five. 

Yet, the importance of the Gospel is not in how many talents we are given, but in what we do with the talents! The Lord gives unique gifts to each person. And yes, some gifts are different and are given in different proportions. And that’s okay! The question we need to focus on is â€œHow can I use the gifts the Lord has given me?” At the end of the parable, the servant with five talents and the servant with two talents both received the same reward because they used their talents wisely. Let us turn away from jealousy and comparison and ask the Lord for the ability to see the gifts we have received and for the strength to use those gifts for his glory.  

Father Michael


Did you miss one? View past news from the P.I.T. here.


THIS COMING WEEK

St. Vincent De Paul Clothing Drive 11/18 & 11/19

  • The St. Vincent DePaul truck will be in our parking lot the weekend of November 18 & 19th for our Clothing Drive!! Drop off donations before and after the 4pm Mass on Saturday, and on Sunday until noon.  
  • We will accept clothing, shoes, linens and books in good or bad condition. Unusable clothing, shoes, linens, and even books generate income for the needy because they are sold for rags or in bulk.  No baby equipment such as cribs, walkers, strollers, playpens, etc. ALL BABY CLOTHES ACCEPTED Small housewares and electronics – dishes, glassware, utensils, toasters, blenders, coffee makers, radios, cd players etc. SORRY NO TELEVISIONS.   

Pick Up a Birchwood Ornament to Help Decorate our Church 11/18 & 11/19

  • Help us decorate the narthex for Christmas by taking a birchwood disk (one per family) the weekend of November 18 & 19th
  • Decorate your ornament and return it to the parish by the weekend of December 9 & 10th. A drop off table will be in the narthex after weekend masses or you may drop it off at the parish office during the week 
  • If you would like to pick it up after the Christmas Season, you are responsible to get it from the narthex after weekend masses on Jan 13/14
  •  Placement on the trees will be at the discretion of the arts & environment committee 
  • Questions? Please reach out to our Arts & Environment committee at aandeolm@gmail.com

Second collection for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) 11/18 & 11/19 

PADS Board On Display 11/18 & 11/19

  • Our next PADS service day is Tuesday, December 5th. The PADS Board with the “wish-list” of items needed to prepare the meals for 250 guests at Hesed House, is currently on display at the Atrium. Please help us feed the hungry.

Mondays with Monica & Augustine Prayer Group Continues 11/20

  • We are blessed to have St. Monica and St. Augustine accompany us as we consider our own family situations with our own loved ones who have fallen away from the Church; see you for prayer at OLM on Mondays at 7:30pm.
  •      Anticipation—the upcoming holiday season is filled with it. And with Advent around the corner, we look forward to family gatherings, beautiful celebrations at church, and all the blessings that come during this season. As we wait, our hope in the Lord can increase, and our faith can grow stronger.
         But sometimes, the holiday season can be difficult. Instead of anticipating the good things God has in store for us, we may anticipate family tension or spending Christmas somewhat isolated from our loved ones; the hardest part of loving someone estranged from the Faith is the sense of isolation. No matter how we feel, we can experience God’s goodness and love during Advent. Even our struggles can be an opportunity for God to work in our lives. Jesus wants to calm our fears and fill us with hope—a sure and certain trust in His promises, especially for our loved ones. He wants us to hear His comforting voice. At Mondays with Monica and Augustine (MWMA), come and hear Jesus’ comforting voice, perhaps through the reflection, or while praying for our loved ones by name. Praying together with others in a similar situation removes the sense of isolation.
      So far at MWMA, we’ve reflected on the reality of having adult children who have walked away from the Faith, but what about when the conflict remains in front of you? What about the teens who won’t go to Mass, or the college student who reject the Church’s teachings on sexuality, or the adults who lead lives contrary to the Faith and still live at home? “Love your children where they are” sounds lovely until you have to put it into practice and come up against realities you find objectionable.
       Remember that Jesus meets the woman at the well and calls to Zacchaus in his tree. He calls to Matthew at his customs post and to James and John as they work with their father on the fishing nets. He comes to each of us where we are. Sometimes, after we have been evangelized, we can forget what it feels like to be one who has yet to hear in the heart God’s invitation. Our job is to make sure we aren’t drowning out God’s invitation. Jesus asked people what they wanted of Him; “What do you want Me to do for you?” The blind man said, “I want to see” (Mark 10:51). Jesus seeks out each of us individually through our lives, through our sufferings, our joys, and our relationships. Make sure you’re letting Him speak through you with the invitation to something more, something whole, something holy. (The rest of this reflection will be at the MWMA at 7pm inside the Church on Mondays).

EDGE Night for Middle School Youth 11/20

  • Middle school youth gather on Monday 11/20from 6:30pm to 8pm for EDGE Nights, an activity-filled evening covering topics about the Catholic faith and challenging the middle school teens to grow in a relationship with Christ. Help your middle schooler find their identity in Christ; sign them up for EDGE Nights!
  • Check out our EDGE webpage for details, session dates, and registration.

St. Peregrine Prayer Service 11/21

  • For those with cancer, serious or chronic illnesses, and their caregivers… Come to the St. Peregrine Prayer Service on Tuesday 11/21st following the 6:30pm Mass.
  • St. Peregrine is the patron saint of the sick, especially those suffering from cancer, serious illness, or chronic illness. The prayer service is for the intention of those with cancer, serious or chronic illnesses, and their caregivers to fortify them in their current situation.

Consuming Fire Young Adult Group Continues 11/21

  • Calling all young adults, join our Consuming Fire Young Adult Grow Group (CFYA) on Tuesday at 7pm for community and faith building. Reach out to cfyagg@gmail.com to get plugged in with the group or sign up at the link HERE
  • Come to Consuming Fire this week for a talk on St. Francis Xavier!

Vine & Branches Continues 11/22

  • Vine & Branches is a Grow Group at Our Lady of Mercy that offers support and belonging to individuals who have experienced the trauma of a broken marital relationship.
  • The program “Surviving Divorce” by Ascension Press was created to bring hope and healing to those who have experienced the pain of a broken marriage. It includes the personal testimonies of Catholic men and women as they witness the healing power of Jesus in their lives.
  • For more information, please reach out to one of our group leaders. They look forward to hearing from you: Kim Harris kimharris73@yahoo.com
    Mary LoGalbo logalbo.marycarol@gmail.com, Jim Marks jimm6351@yahoo.com

Thanksgiving Mass 11/23

  • Start Thanksgiving day by joining us in giving thanks to the Lord our God and rejoicing in the gift of His love. We pray to see you at the Thanksgiving Mass at 9am. Bring visiting family and friends. Invite the college student in your family who is home for Thanksgiving break; it would be great to see them at the Mass as well!
  • Please note the parish office will close at 1pm on Wednesday, November 22nd, for the Thanksgiving holiday and will remain closed through Friday, November 24th. Normal operations will resume on Monday.

Diocese of Joliet Novena of Grace 11/25 through 12/3

  • In commemorating 75 years of Catechesis, Evangelization and Service, Bishop Hicks is inviting everyone to be in prayer from 11/25th through 12/3rd in a 9 day novena of prayer to St. Francis Xavier, the patron saint of the Diocese of Joliet. Proceed here for the novena.
  • Check out the link HERE to find out more about the year-long 75th Anniversary plans.

Prayer Ministry 11/25 & 11/26

  • Receive Prayer Ministry after all the Mass times the weekend of 11/25 and 11/26! Prayer ministry is an opportunity for those in need of physical, emotional, or spiritual healing or with a specific intention. Come as an individual, as a couple, or family. Listen and receive the prayers while being open to the Holy Spirit’s movement. Trained prayer ministers will be available in the back of Church.

Donut Sunday 11/26

  • Stop by the PLC after the 8am and 10am Masses on November 26th for yummy Donuts, good Coffee & wonderful Fellowship. 

Drop off Angel Giving Program Stockings by 11/26

  • This year’s program benefits those individuals assisted by SVDP, Hesed House, Aurora Interfaith Food Pantry and Waterleaf Women’s Center.  Here are the following ways you can assist families in need over the holidays.
  • Fill your stocking with stuffers & return it to the bin by the Welcome Desk or to the Main Office by Sunday 11/26!  
  • Monetary donations can be made under the Angel Giving Fund via our online giving portal or via check made payable to Our Lady of Mercy with “Angel Giving” in the memo for tax purposes. Accepted thru 12/31.
  • Please connect with Lydia at lydias@olmercy.com for any questions.

Weekly Praying for Priests

  • A prayer group has been praying for priests in front of the Blessed Sacrament weekly for over a year now, as well as on First Fridays. Even if you can’t join the group inside the church, you can pray wherever you are at during the times below.
  • Wednesdays at 10:30am – Rosary and Chaplet of Divine Mercy with meditations for priests,   Thursdays at 12:30pm –  Rosary and Chaplet of Divine Mercy with meditations for priests,First Friday of the month following 12pm Mass – Stations of the Cross with meditations for priests in the narthex.

Restore Weekly Restore Confidential Meetings

  • Restore is a ministry that accompanies men so as to win the battle against the struggles of living a lust-free life.
  • The ministry meets at a weekly (anonymous) meeting where men lean on each other for support and accountability and share ideas about strengthening their resolve to stay on God’s path of chastity.  All men are welcome, whether you have been free of the addiction for many years or struggle with it every single day. Though the meetings are weekly, at the last weekly meeting of the month, men are guided by a licensed Catholic therapist. If you are ready to start breaking free from the struggles of living chastely and want to Restore your life email Restore.olm@gmail.com to find out more information on when and where we meet or call 331-684-7415.

Weekly Adoration

  • COME AND ADORE OUR LORD! Eucharistic Adoration is held three times a week at OLM!
  • So come and encounter Jesus anytime this week at Adoration on Mondays and Thursdays 8:30am to 6:30pm and Wednesdays 8am to 12pm.
    And if you’d like to sign up for a regular time to be with Jesus, click here.

Sign up for Weekly Adoration as we Prepare for our New Chapel to Open!

  • COME AND ADORE OUR LORD! Eucharistic Adoration is held three times a week at OLM! In the book of Exodus, we read about Moses meeting God “face to face, as one man speaks to another” in the ‘Tent of Meeting.’ Just like Moses did 3,000 years ago, you and I have that very same opportunity for a face-to-face encounter with God to share what’s in our hearts, our joys, our worries, what’s troubling us right now, vetting it out with Jesus in the Eucharist. It is good to be with the Lord! It’s what we were created for. And Jesus longs to reveal that goodness to us even more than we long to know Him. That’s why He took on flesh and became a man. That’s why He poured out His Holy Spirit. And that’s why He is truly and fully present in the Eucharist.
  • So come and encounter Jesus anytime this week at Eucharistic Adoration on Mondays and Thursdays 8:30am to 6:30pm and Wednesdays 8am to 12pm.
    And if you’d like to sign up for a regular time to be with Jesus, click here.

Sign up for Weekly Adoration as we Prepare for our New Chapel to Open!

We’re almost there, we have the following time slots that do not have anyone signed up to spend time with Jesus; we’re praying you would be the one to sign up for any of the following time spots
Tuesday 8:30am, 4pm
Wednesday 5pm
Thursday 8:30am

Friday 10am, 4pm
Our hope is that two individuals sign up for each of the hourly timeslots Monday through Friday from 8:30am through 5pm; please help us achieve this goal.  It truly is the best time that you could gift yourself. Click here to sign up.

LOOKING AHEAD

Register for Ladies Advent Tea by 11/27

  • Hey there, fabulous ladies! Get ready to sparkle and shine at our 14th Annual Ladies Advent Tea on Sunday, December 3rd, from 2pm to 4:30pm in the warm and cozy Parish Life Center (PLC).  
  • This year, we’re diving into the blessing of the season with the theme “The Gifts of Advent.” Join us for an afternoon of pure vibes – we’re talking prayer, reflection, and the kind of fellowship that warms your soul like your favorite cup of hot tea.
  • Bring your A-game with a China teacup and saucer. But no worries if you’re more of a mug person; we’ve got plenty to go around for your teacup of choice.
    And because we believe in the power of sugar, bring a dozen of your favorite sweets to share!
  • Secure your spot by registering HERE or click on the graphic below.

Giving Tuesday on 11/28

  • Giving Tuesday is a day when people worldwide financially support their favorite nonprofit causes. It’s celebrated annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving which is on 11/28th this year. As you prepare to open your hearts to support worthy causes on Giving Tuesday, please consider making a tax-deductible donation to Our Lady of Mercy.

    As of 11/5, we are below budget by approximately $46,000.

    We wouldn’t be able to accomplish everything we do without your continued support. Your gift of any amount will help us meet our budget so as to enable us to live out our vision of offering every person a life-changing encounter with Jesus, grow disciples, and send them on mission.

    If you’ve been impacted by Our Lady of Mercy, please consider supporting us on Giving Tuesday, please select “Sunday Contributions” on the online OSV give link below.

    We pray you can help us by joining this effort; all donors will receive an OLM Car magnet. Please be sure to write a note on the memo “Giving Tuesday” so we can send one to you or stop by the parish office to pick up your car magnet.  We thank you for your prayerful generosity and support this Giving Tuesday!

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The Chosen Season 3 Catholic Bible Study Continues on 11/28

  • 𝗡đ—Č𝘃đ—Č𝗿 𝗯đ—Čđ—Čđ—» đ˜đ—Œ đ—•đ—¶đ—Żđ—čđ—Č đ—Šđ˜đ˜‚đ—±đ˜†? 𝗔𝗿đ—Č đ˜†đ—Œđ˜‚ đ—¶đ—»đ˜đ—¶đ—șđ—¶đ—±đ—źđ˜đ—Čđ—± 𝗯𝘆 đ˜đ—”đ—Č đ—•đ—¶đ—Żđ—čđ—Č? — đ—§đ—”đ—Čđ—» “đ—§đ—”đ—Č đ—–đ—”đ—Œđ˜€đ—Čđ—»-𝗩đ—Čđ—źđ˜€đ—Œđ—» 𝟯” đ—–đ—źđ˜đ—”đ—Œđ—čđ—¶đ—° đ—•đ—¶đ—Żđ—čđ—Č đ—Šđ˜đ˜‚đ—±đ˜† đ—¶đ˜€ đ—łđ—Œđ—ż đ—Źđ—Œđ˜‚!
    Through both watching the series episode and breaking open the Scripture readings related to each episode, this Catholic Bible Study experience will enable you to imagine ourselves in the story.  Sign up soon, and don’t forget to bring a friend.
  • When: Tuesdays @ 7pmContact: Joe Wiacek and Joe Glasgow OLMBiblestudies@gmail.com Registration: Please register here 
  • All you need to bring is your Bible; a study guide will be provided where you can jot down your answers or notes from the Bible Study.

Magnify Adoration Night 11/29

  • Our monthly MAGNIFY is on Wednesday 11/29 from 7pm to 8:30pm when we host a night of adoration in the church with praise and worship by Josh Goodman. After a scriptural reflection, there will be opportunities for confession and prayer ministry.
  • We pray that you come and spend time in prayer with Jesus, encountering Him in a special way. He is personally inviting you to come and share your heart with Him. Join us anytime from 7pm to 8:30pm in the Church. Don’t forget to bring your children, neighbors, and friends.

Final SoulCore Class for the year – Friendsgiving Theme on 11/29

  • Don’t miss the last class of the Fall session of SoulCore on 11/29 from 6-8pm- a Friendsgiving Theme!
  • Join SoulCore Leaders Jen Bickel, and Lisa Hir. Invite your friends and join us to pray, move our bodies, and give thanks for the “apostolate of friendship.” We look forward to praying with you and offering a friendship rosary to celebrate our end-of-the-year Soulcore ministry and fellowship! (Don’t worry, we will resume with a Winter Session set of classes.)
  • Leaders will provide some light snacks and beveragesplease. Bring exercise mat and water. Wear Comfortable clothing.
    Bring a candle for a gift exchange so we can all receive a gift of light and seasonal fragrance for the Advent Season.
  • No cost to attend. Please RSVP at this here.

Salt and Light Grow Group Continues 11/29 & 11/30

  • Join Salt and Light Grow Group for 𝗙𝗿 đ— đ—¶đ—°đ—”đ—źđ—Čđ—č đ—šđ—źđ—¶đ˜đ—čđ—Č𝘆’𝘀 “đ—§đ—”đ—Č 𝗩đ—Čđ—°đ—Œđ—»đ—± 𝗚𝗿đ—Č𝗼𝘁đ—Č𝘀𝘁 đ—Šđ˜đ—Œđ—żđ˜† 𝗘𝘃đ—Č𝗿 đ—§đ—Œđ—čđ—±” for 10 fast-paced and lively sessions through a video talk followed by group discussion. From the epic story of Poland’s national suffering to the events of Fatima, the revelations of St. Faustina, the heroic efforts of St. Maximilian Kolbe, and the life of St. John Paul II, the panorama of Divine mercy is fully revealed as a transformative reality. A free study guide will be given to all participants.
  • Join us either Wednesday evenings at 6:30pm or Thursday afternoons at 1pm; For more details and registration, proceed here, and please don’t forget to bring a friend.

A Mother’s Heart Grow Group Book Study on “Interior Freedom” Begins 11/30

  • Join A Mother’s Heart Grow Group, as together we strive to grow in virtue and submit ourselves to the will of God, because He is the only source who can grant true freedom.
  • Our book study will meet twice a month on Thursday evenings from 7-9PM in a local parishioner’s home in Oswego. Please email Lydia at lydiadschmitt@gmail.com for location and details. Our first book gathering will be held on November 30! You can also sign up HERE

Dr. John Bergsma speaks at St. Patrick’s in Yorkville 11/30

  • Dr. Bergsma, a Theology Professor at Franciscan University and former Protestant pastor, will demystify the Bible in one evening from his popular book, “Bible Basics for Catholics.”
  • A meet-and-greet will begin at 6:00 PM, and his talk will start at 6:30 PM in the church. After the presentation, there will be time for a Q&A. All are welcome to attend.
  • This event is FREE & great for inviting your friends and family who want to learn more about the Bible. Whether you are new to the faith or have been Catholic your whole life, you will learn something new! 

Registration for Simbang Gabi Mass & Celebration starts 12/1

  • Please save the date for the annual Simbang Gabi Filipino tradition of celebrating devotional Mass on Saturday 12/16th at 6pm.
  • Registration will start on 12/1st.
  • The Simbang Gabi Committee is also looking for volunteers – singers, dancers, performers, DJ, hosts, etc. Please contact Edna Santig (331) 588-5556 if interested. 
  • What is Simbang Gabi you may wonder? Find out here.

First Friday and Saturday Devotions 12/1 & 12/2

  • 𝗟đ—Č𝘁 𝘂𝘀 𝗯đ—Č đ—¶đ—» đ—œđ—żđ—źđ˜†đ—Č𝗿 𝗼𝘁 đ—źđ—»đ˜† đ—Œđ—ł đ—Œđ˜‚đ—ż 𝗮𝗿đ—Č𝗼𝘁 đ—°đ—Œđ—șđ—șđ˜‚đ—»đ—źđ—č đ—œđ—żđ—źđ˜†đ—Č𝗿 đ—±đ—Čđ˜ƒđ—Œđ˜đ—¶đ—Œđ—»đ˜€! This Friday and Saturday, all are invited to join the First Friday of Reparation and the Communal First Saturday!  
  • Extra Friday Confession immediately following the 8am Mass
  • Respect Life 1st Friday Devotion: The Respect Life Ministry invites you to stand and silently pray in front of Waterleaf Women’s Center on December 1. Prayer warriors are needed for one hour shifts 7 am – 4 pm to change hearts and save lives. For more information, please call Lisa at (630) 236-3310 
  • ADDITIONAL FRIDAY MASS AT 12PM
  • First Saturday Devotion after the 8:30AM Mass
  • Saturday Confessions immediately following the 8:30am Mass and also at 1:30pm to 2:30pm

Let Heaven and Nature Sing 12/2

  • Need an uplifting Advent Family Adventure? Join us at OLM on Saturday, Dec. 2nd from 1-3pm for Advent crafts, games, a service project, food, & fellowship! Inspired by classic Christmas carols!
  • Please RSVP by email to maryjot@olmercy.com with family name & count TODAY or by Nov. 29!

Charismatic Healing Mass 12/2

  • On Saturday, 12/2 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. 

PADS/Hesed House Board Item Drop-Off Weekend 12/2 & 12/3

  • Drop off all items before Masses this weekend. Thank you for your generosity.
  • Monetary donations can also be made via the OLM Online Giving Portal (please specify that the donation is for Hesed House), or make checks payable to Our Lady of Mercy Church, and write on the memo “Hesed House-PADS” 

Saint Nicholas Visits After Mass 12/3

  • Calling all children, stay after the 10am Mass on Sunday, December 3rd for a quick visit with St. Nicholas and to find out his story.
    -Following the example of blessed St. Nicholas, may we strive to profess what he believed and to practice what he taught-

Mass for the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception 12/7 & 12/8

  • As we celebrate the Immaculate Conception, patroness of the United States, we pray you’ll join us for Mass: Thursday Vigil Mass on Dec.7th at 7pm OR Friday, December 8th at 8am or 7pm.

Retirement Fund for Religious 12/9 & 12/10

  • Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,     Our diocese will soon take up the national collection for the Retirement Fund for Religious. Your support for this collection December 9/10 provides financial assistance for retirement needs for 297 U.S. religious communities.      Catholic sisters, brothers and religious order priests—collectively known as women and men religious—have selflessly served for decades without significant financial compensation. However, due to escalating health-care costs, numerous U.S. religious communities face a substantial gap between their elderly members’ needs and the financial resources available for their care. Many religious orders currently experience insufficient retirement savings.     The 2022 appeal demonstrated Catholics’ tremendous generosity by raising $27.6 million. Diocese of Joliet parishioners contributed $286,788.25 to the collection.      The senior religious in our diocese never retire from their vows, and they play a crucial role in conveying the faith from one generation to the next. In their younger years, they laid the foundation for Catholic schools, hospitals, and works of mercy. Today, many serve in volunteer ministry as ongoing witnesses to the Gospel. Others are frail and need assistance, yet all remain wholly committed to their vocations by embracing the opportunity to spend more time praying for our Church and world.      Please support the retirement needs of our senior religious. And please join me in praying for God’s continued blessing on our nation’s elderly sisters, brothers, and religious order priests.     As I remain –
            Sincerely yours in Christ,
            Most Reverend Ronald A. Hicks
            Bishop of Joliet

Advent Reflection for Liturgical Ministers 12/9

  • All liturgical ministers are invited to an Advent Reflection on Saturday, December 9th from 11am-Noon in the Church. Come join us for time away from the busyness of life to reflect on the season of Advent and the mystery of the Incarnation.  

Donut Sunday 12/10

  • Stop by the PLC after the 8am and 10am Masses on 12/10 for yummy donuts, good coffee & wonderful fellowship. 

Save the Date for the Justice & Peace Ministry’s Fair Trade Sale 12/10

  • Mark your calendar and save the date for our annual Fair Trade Sale on Sunday December 10, 2023. Ten Thousand Villages will bring fair trade items to OLM. This is not a fundraiser but an opportunity to support artisans and farmers through fair trade purchases.
  • Fair trade is a commitment to a fairer world— ensuring that people who make and grow products have a place to sell them, that they’re fairly paid, and that their working conditions and communities are healthy. Visit SERRV.ORG and learn more.

EDGE Alden Nursing Home Service Trip 12/11

  • The EDGE is a Catholic middle school youth ministry experience created for early adolescents in grades 6, 7, & 8. The EDGE is designed to meet the educational, spiritual, emotional, and social needs of young adolescents. Kids are always welcomed and encouraged to invite their friends to the EDGE.
  • For information on this service opportunity please contact Adolfo & Joana Lopez at adolfol@olmercy.com or joanal@olmercy.com 

Living With Grief – Finding the Meaning of Christmas While Grieving 12/11 & 12/12

  • 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 living with grief to be together in a faith community to find healing and hope.
  • Grief topics will vary each month. Come to the one that would be of support to you. 
  • Registration is requested- Connect with Jolene Leroy at 331-707-5380 to RSVP or for questions.
  • Finding the Meaning of Christmas While Grieving, come to one of the sessions either on Monday 12/11th from 7pm to 8:30pm in Room 208 or Tuesday 12/12th from 1pm to 2:30pm in Room 208

Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe 12/12

  • Mass will be at 6:30pm in English, with music in Spanish. Roses for the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe will be available in the narthex. A reception will follow in the PLC.

Advent Confession Times 12/18-12/23

  • The hope for the Advent Season is to offer Confessions as much as the priests can which is why…There will be SIX straight days of Confessions from 1/18-12/23!
    Monday through Friday from 7pm to 8:30pm
    Saturday 9am to 10am and 1:30pm to 2:30pm
    Using the examination of conscience on the following link, ask the Holy Spirit to help you search your heart. Where do you sense God is calling you to repent? Remember, Jesus will never condemn you; He is always ready to forgive you: https://bit.ly/ConfessionsatOLMPage 

St. Peregrine Prayer Service 12/19

  • For those with cancer, serious or chronic illnesses, and their caregivers… Come to the St. Peregrine Prayer Service on Tuesday 12/19 following the 6:30pm Mass.
  • St. Peregrine is the patron saint of the sick, especially those suffering from cancer, serious illness, or chronic illness. The prayer service is for the intention of those with cancer, serious or chronic illnesses, and their caregivers to fortify them in their current situation.

Catholic Charities Mobile Food Pantry 12/20

  • The Mobile Food Pantry is on Weds 12/20 from 4:30pm to 6pm.  Don’t forget to share the Our Lady of Mercy social media posting on your network; you never know who among your network is in need of food.
  • 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. Please clear space in your trunk or backseat so volunteers can load boxes of food directly into your vehicle. Mobile Food Pantries take place snow, rain, or shine!

Blessing of Baby Jesus 12/23

  • On Saturday, Dec.23rd at 12:30pm, families are invited to bring Baby Jesus from their family creche to the Church for a special blessing!

Men Seeking Holiness Day Retreat 12/28

  • Come to a high-impact, low-pressure experience “Men Seeking Holiness Day Retreat” on Thursday 12/28th from 9am to 5pm at Sts. Peter and Paul Parish located at 36 N. Ellsworth, Naperville. The cost is $10 which includes lunch. Email vocations@dioceseofjoliet.org for any questions.
  • Experience a special day of prayer, discussions, discernment, the life of holiness, Mass, adoration, and Confession. Please share this invitation with the men in your life.

Have a Minister of Care Bring Holy Communion to Your Loved One that is Homebound

  • Do you have a loved one that is homebound?
    Ministers of Care are trained in the ministry and commissioned by the parish to visit those unable to come to Church to receive Holy Communion. Ministers visit the homebound, those in hospitals, and other care facilities to pray with them, bring the Eucharist and serve as a caring, listening presence. The Ministers of Care Ministry is a visible sign of the presence of the Church in our lives and continues the healing ministry of Jesus Christ.
  • If you know someone in the parish who is unable to come to church and wishes to receive Holy Communion in the home, please contact the parish office at 630-851-3444 and arrangements will be made.  Jesus said to them, â€œI am the bread of life; whoever comes to me will never hunger, and whoever believes in me will never thirst.” —John 6:35
  • Caring for a Loved One with Mary” by Theresa Kiser is in the book kiosk. Completely occupied by the constant care necessary for her son’s medically complex situation, Theresa Kiser struggled to reconcile with the physical, emotional, social, and mental tolls it took on her family. But when she stumbled upon the devotion of the Seven Sorrows of Mary, she was surprised — and deeply relieved — to discover that Our Lady walked this caregiving road before her. The Seven Sorrows devotion nourished her soul with comfort, companionship, and grace at a time when she needed it most.

Is God Calling You to the Priesthood?

  • Marriage is good and priesthood is good so how do you choose between two goods?  Connect with Fr Michael at frmichael@olmercy.com and speak with him.

Bishop Hick’s Monthly Column 

  • Bishop Hicks’ monthly column for November is titled “Launching Our 7th Jubilee” Read his insightful column HERE.
    • 75th Jubilee of the Diocese of Joliet. Our diocese was founded on December 11, 1948. For an entire year, we will highlight the great accomplishments of our past and how we were founded in faith, while being called to witness now and in the future, and continue to be sent forth to serve. Hear from Bishop Hicks as he describes the events and activities leading up to the year-long celebration of the 75th Anniversary of the Diocese of Joliet, watch the video HERE.
      • Novena of Grace with St. Francis Xavier 11/25 through 12/3
      • Monthly Podcast on first Mondays
        • The first episode of the 75th Anniversary podcast series will launch on 11/6th. Episodes will be released on the first Monday of each month. Watch on YouTube or listen on your favorite podcast platform!
      • Blessing of St. Francis Xavier Statue on 12/3rd at 1pm.
        • On the Feast of St. Francis Xavier and the final day of the Novena of Grace, a statue of the saint will be blessed at the Blanchette Catholic Center, 16555 Weber Rd., Crest Hill. The statue will serve as a constant reminder of the patron saint of our diocese. Bishop Hicks will bless the statue at 1pm in an open ceremony so that all may witness this moving event.

Scam Emails and Text Messages

  • From time to time, there are phishing (SCAM) emails going out to members of the parish and staff claiming to be Father Michael as well as text messages.
    Please note that Father Michael and Father Frank DO NOT send texts or emails asking for money or gift cards. If you receive a message appearing to be from Father Michael or Father James, please discard it (any email that does not have “olmercy.com” is a fake email) and DO NOT SEND ANY ELECTRONIC MONETARY AID.  No one on the staff will personally ask for money in whatever form (gift cards etc). If someone sends you a private message asking for a donation of sorts, it’s undoubtedly a fake account. Please keep praying for us, and God bless you!

Did You Know We Have a Parish School?

  • All Saints Catholic Academy (ASCA) located at 1155 Aurora Ave, Naperville is our parish school!
  • Are you a parent with preschool, elementary, and middle school-aged children struggling with the antithetical Christian values the government schools are indoctrinating the children who attend government schools?  You’re not alone.
  • Join a growing number of OLM parents who have made the move by sending their child(ren) to public school to All Saints Catholic Academy.
  • Connect with Patty Bajek at (630) 961-6125, or pbajek@ascacademy.org to express your interest and schedule a personalized tour.  Or peruse their website to explore your interest.  

St. Vincent de Paul Society Volunteers

  • Thank you for your support of our clothing drive. Your clothing donation, as well as your financial donations throughout the year, allows us to help our parishioners and neighbors in need. In 2022, we provided assistance to 72 households, helping 185 men, women and children to remain in their homes or apartments in time of financial need.
  • The ministry is always looking for volunteers to join our St. Vincent de Paul Society in assisting our neighbors in need. If you would like to volunteer or learn more, send an email to olmsvdp@gmail.com with your name and contact information.

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For the Hispanic Community

  • Please proceed here for the OLM Hispanic Ministry’s upcoming events and resources.
    ContinĂșe aquĂ­ para conocer los prĂłximos 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.