Welcome to Mary, Mother of Mercy Parish!
Together with Mary our Mother, our Catholic Community welcomes all to receive, live and share the Divine Mercy that comes from Jesus. We are a community of faith that thrives on the sacramental life of the Church. On behalf of the clergy, staff and parishioners of Mary, Mother of Mercy Parish, we welcome you to our family of faith. We truly hope that you allow us to serve you in whatever way we can, and we invite you to be a full and active participant in our parish. Please come and celebrate with us each week and make this community an extension of your family. Welcome Home!
“Grant me, O Lord my God, a mind to know You, a heart to seek You, wisdom to find You, conduct pleasing to You, faithful perseverance in waiting for You, and a hope of finally embracing You. Amen.”
Parish Office Hours
Tuesday - Thursday: 10 am to 5 pm
Friday: 10 am to 2:30 pm
Saturday: 10 am to 3 pm
Sunday : Closed
5 pm - Our Lady of Lourdes Church
8 am - Our Lady of Lourdes Church
9 am - Our Lady, Queen of Peace Church
10 am - Our Lady of Lourdes Church
12 am - Our Lady of Lourdes Church
Monday - Saturday: 9 am - Our Lady, Queen of Peace Church
Confessions are heard on Saturdays from 9:30 - 10 am at Our Lady, Queen of Peace Church, from 3:15 - 4:15 pm in the Chapel at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, and by appointment.
Stations of the Cross
Join us as we pray the Stations of the Cross
Throughout Lent, join us for the Stations of the Cross - a 14-step devotion that commemorates Jesus Christ's last day on Earth as a man. At each station, a specific event is recalled and prayers are said before moving on to the next station, until all 14 stations are complete.
We pray through the Stations on Friday evenings at 7 pm, alternating church locations.
March 24: Our Lady of Lourdes Church
March 31: Our Lady, Queen of Peace Church
April 7: Our Lady of Lourdes Church
On April 9, Palm Sunday, the Franciscan Mystery Players will join us in Our Lady of Lourdes Church, at 7:30 pm for ‘The Way of the Cross’.
On April 14, Good Friday, we will have a Candlelight Stations of the Cross, followed by a sharing of soup and bread, in Our Lady, Queen of Peace Church at 7 pm.
In the Sacrament of Reconciliation, God offers you mercy, forgiveness and healing. Although He already knows your sins, He waits for you to go to Him and seek forgiveness. This Sacrament is God's gift to us so that any sins committed after our Baptism can be forgiven. In confession you have the opportunity to repent and recover the grace of friendship with God. In this sacrament of healing, you will experience God's boundless mercy. It is a holy moment in which you place yourself in His presence and honestly acknowledge your sins, especially any mortal sins. With absolution, you are reconciled to God and the Church. Lent is the perfect time to seek this reconciliation - it doesn't matter how long it has been since your last confession. God, by way of the priest, is waiting for you to go to Him.
In addition to our regular opportunities for Reconciliation, there will be two Lenten Penance Services offered with time for individual confession. They are:
Wednesday, April 5, at 7 pm in Our Lady, Queen of Peace Church; and
Wednesday, April 12, at 7 pm in Our Lady of Lourdes Church.
Please note: The Sacrament of Reconciliation will not be offered on Holy Saturday, April 15.
On Fasting & Abstinence
Two Churches, One Parish Family
faithFULL Food Drive
On April 1 and 2, we will be participating in the faithFULL Food Drive with parishes and schools across the Diocese of Camden.
The following canned food items will be collected: vegetables, vegetable juice, tomato products, spaghetti sauce fruit fruit juice, tuna fish, chicken, soup, beans, chili, and beef stew. Applesauce and peanut butter will also be collected.
Please bring your donations to Mass next week, and place them in the St Vincent de Paul bins.
Thank you for your generosity.
Survey for Youth & Young Adults
Attention all those ages 14-39! You have a voice in the Catholic Church and we want to hear it. The Diocesan Office of Youth, Young Adult & Campus Ministry is conducting an area wide survey of all Youth & Young Adults to help understand your spiritual and social needs. This includes all those in middle, high school, college students, young singles, young families, etc. We are interested in the responses of those who regularly attend Mass, occasionally attend, and those who may have left the Catholic Church or are no longer practicing. If you are a Teen or Young Adult, or if you have Teenagers or Young Adults in your family, please visit http://www.camdendiocese.org/synod-2018/. It only takes 5-12 minutes to complete and all responses are anonymous. The results will be shared with pastors and church leaders to help reach your needs. The more responses the better, so share with your Teenage and Young Adult family and friends. The survey will be live through the end of May.
House of Charity
Parish Goal: $147,973 Raised to Date: $83,427
Thank you to all those who have shared God’s blessings with those in need!
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
"The greatness of the love which Jesus has for every soul in the state of grace is something that no tongue coule adequately express. When He wished to depart this life, this sweet Spouse of souls, lest His absence might cause them to forget Him, left to them as a memorial the Blessed Sacrament, in which He Himself remained. His own self was the only pledge He wished should remain between these souls and Himself, that they might always remember Him." - St. Peter of Alcantara
Love Him, praise Him, thank Him, beg Him for mercy and forgiveness, tell Him what you want. He is waiting for you in the Blessed Sacrament. Go and spend some time with Him.
Weekly Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament: Thursdays from 4 pm - 10 pm, and Fridays from 5 am - 4 pm in Holy Family Chapel, Our Lady of Lourdes Church. Weekly Holy Hour on Fridays from 3 pm - 4 pm.
"Take advantage of your short time on earth. Do those things that will lead you to eternal life."
Something to think about...questions for this week
How do you discern your own spiritual blindness? Are you blinded by your own expectations of how God is supposed to work? Are you so caught up in your own vision of what you wish would happen that you fail to appreciate what is actually unfolding before your very eyes?
(Remember - though it varies from person to person, it generally takes no less than 21 days to develop a new habit. It also takes discipline, courage and determination on a daily basis.)
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Mary, Mother of Mercy Parish
is a Roman Catholic parish serving central Gloucester County, New Jersey. Our parish community was formed from the former parishes Our Lady Queen of Peace in Pitman, and Our Lady of Lourdes in Glassboro. We are a part of the Camden Diocese, under the leadership of the Most Reverend Dennis Sullivan.