Holy Virgin of Guadalupe,
Queen of the Angels and Mother of the Americas.
We fly to you today as your beloved children.
We ask you to intercede for us with your Son,
as you did at the wedding in Cana.
Pray for us, loving Mother,
and gain for our nation and world,
and for all our families and loved ones,
the protection of your holy angels,
that we may be spared the worst of this illness.
For those already afflicted,
we ask you to obtain the grace of healing and deliverance.
Hear the cries of those who are vulnerable and fearful,
wipe away their tears and help them to trust.
In this time of trial and testing,
teach all of us in the Church to love one another and to be patient and kind.
Help us to bring the peace of Jesus to our land and to our hearts.
We come to you with confidence,
knowing that you truly are our compassionate mother,
health of the sick and cause of our joy.
Shelter us under the mantle of your protection,
keep us in the embrace of your arms,
help us always to know the love of your Son, Jesus. Amen.
A Note from Fr. Gary
In these times of uncertainty, I write to assure you that I will continue to celebrate Mass and fulfill the intentions of Mass everyday for you and our people. Even though the operations and administration of the parish are limited, we unfortunately still have our bills to pay. Even though I truly would rather have our community here, I must still work to heat or cool the church, pay the salaries of the employees buy groceries for the rectory, and all the other myriad items in the budget.
According to national studies, the average Catholic gives to his/her parish 40 out of 52 weeks per year, when you count all the times they're on vacation, home sick, unable to attend Mass due to weather, or traveling for work-which doesn't even take into account our current situation of being homebound. Even if no one increased the amount they normally give per Sunday by a cent, but began to give intentionally through online offertory, we would have 30% more funds to get us through these difficult weeks.
If you haven't already transitioned to online giving, please consider doing so as soon as possible. Online giving will really help our parish right now. Because it is automatic, even when you are not here, you can continue your weekly support of the parish. A couple of years ago, it seemed every weekend was another big storm that prevented a lot of people from getting to Mass on Sunday and our parish was financially affected. I hope to avoid that situation for our parish now.
Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal/St. Elizabeth offers online donations and giving opportunities directly from our website via a company called ParishSoft. Easily make a secure donation via electronic check or debit/credit card by visiting olinmparish.org You can even take care of a missed gift immediately from a cell phone, or set up an online donor account for regular automatic giving.
Online giving has been a proven success for many parishes, schools, and dioceses. Plus, it makes for safer record keeping, faster processing, and more efficient communication at the parish office. I ask you to prayerfully recommit to the desire of sharing your gifts with greater ease and convenience.
If you prefer to continue using the envelope system, I would ask that you please mail your envelopes or drop them off to the parish office. Thanks to those who have sent in their collection to the parish office.
Thank you for your continued generosity, prayers, and participation in the ministry and mission of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal/St. Elizabeth. Your efforts make so many things possible for our parish, school, community and Church. I pray for all of you during this time and assure you that you can contact me at any time with questions or concerns.
Important Information Regarding Covid-19 at OLMM
A Letter from Our Pastor, Fr. Gary
Due to the COVID 19 Virus, we are now restricted from the celebration of Mass for the general public, as we are prohibited from gathering in a group of more than 10.
Beginning today, I will continue to celebrate Mass, but it will be at a time of my choosing, in order to satisfy the intentions that have been requested.
This weekend, Mass will be live streamed at 4:00 pm, 8:00 am and 10:00 am. on our parish website. Beginning 3/23, daily Mass will be live streamed from St. Theresa Church Monday through Wednesday and on Friday at 8:30 am
Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal and St. Theresa Churches will be open for private prayer during the day.
Thank you for your understanding.