COME TO THE FOUNT OF HIS MERCY!
From the Diary of St. Faustina
I desire that the Feast of Mercy be a refuge and shelter for all souls, and especially poor sinners. It is My desire that it be solemnly celebrated on the first Sunday after Easter. Mankind will not have peace until it turns to the Fount of My Mercy. (Diary, 699)
On that day the very depths of My tender Mercy are open. I pour out a whole ocean of graces upon these souls who approach the Fount of My Mercy. The soul that will go to Confession [beforehand*] and receive Holy Communion [on that day] shall obtain complete forgiveness of sins and punishment. On that day all the divine floodgates through which grace flow are opened. Let no soul fear to draw near to Me, even though its sins be as scarlet. The Feast of Mercy emerged from My very depths of tenderness. (Diary, 699)
Soon we’ll all start preparing for Thanksgiving. In most families, it’s a big deal. Where will we go? Who else will be invited? Is anyone being left out? How can we help the less fortunate this year?
Every Sunday Mass is a sacrificial meal of gratefulness to God. In fact, Eucharist means giving thanks. Unfortunately, many members of the Church often aren’t with us at the table. Let’s go out to them.
Bishop Libasci has invited us to this task in his pastoral letter Love Is Our Mission. Below is the link to his letter. If you have ideas about this type ministry, please email me.
Priesthood Sunday is on Sunday, October 30. This Sunday is set aside to honor priest, who are our spiritual fathers. They work ceaselessly to care for needs of their parish communities.
Take the time on the weekend of October 29-30 to thank Fr. Gary and Fr. Steve for all that they do for OLMM and for you and your family. We are so blessed to have both of them with us, let us as parish family show them how much we appreciate them.
There are so many ways that you can show appreciation; here are just a few suggestions to get you started:
The 1st Saturday Devotion takes place on the first Saturday of every month.
7:00 am Mass
Reconciliation Immediately Following At OLMM Church
Pray the Rosary in remembrance of Fatima, which celebrates 99 years from when the Blessed Mother first appeared to Lucia, Jancinta, and Francisco. She asked that the world, during this turbulent time, pray the Rosary every day for PEACE.
Please join us as we lift our hearts and prayers gratefully to the Lord for our priests! Here at OLMM, the Rosary for Priests is prayed every Tuesday in the church at 9:30am (immediately following the 9:00 AM Mass.)
How grateful we are for our priests who bring us to Jesus and Jesus to us each day! At the close of the 2010 Year for Priests, Pope Benedict XVI said, “The priest is a gift from the Heart of Christ: a gift for the Church and for the world.” Father John Hardon expanded on this truth when he said, “Without the priesthood, there cannot be the Eucharist. Without the Eucharist, there would be no sacrifice of the Mass, no Holy Communion, no Real Presence of Jesus Christ on earth where He continues His work of salvation in the world.”
There are many ways the lay faithful can spiritually support priests. Kathleen Bickman, author of the book PRAYING FOR PRIESTS: A MISSION FOR THE NEW EVANGELIZATION, suggests offering one’s Holy Communion for priests, offering a Eucharistic Holy Hour for priestly virtue, and praying the Holy Rosary for priests, which can be done with us every Tuesday morning at 9:30. Please come!
Sr. Mary Joan Walsh, a former principal of Sacred Hearts School for many years, passed away on Saturday, October 16, in Florida. She has impacted the lives of many students and their families as well as the OLMM Parish community.
Sr. Mary Joan's wake will be held this Friday, October 21, from 4 to 7 p.m. at St. Catherine's Church in Portsmouth. Her Mass of Christian Burial will be this Saturday, October 22, at 11 a.m. at the Immaculate Conception Church in Portsmouth.
Please keep her family in friends in your prayers.
May Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon her.