Mass for Ascension Sunday
Can't receive communion? Make a Spiritual Communion:
I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen.
Gospel Reflection Small Group
The purpose of this small group initiative is to read, reflect and learn about the Gospel reading for the upcoming Sunday.
** Small groups (12 or fewer individuals) will ordinarily meet in the host’s home and meetings will last no more than one hour. The day and time of each small group meeting will be set by the group host. The weekly outline and session content is available by clicking on the 'Small Groups' link above. With current restrictions, on-line meetings can be coordinated.
** Any parishioner can start a small group. Just invite some friends or family members and get started! Click the 'Small Groups' link to find a ‘How to’ instruction page to help you get started.
** Want to participate but not host? Want to host but don’t know who to ask? Contact the Parish Office with your name and contact information, and you will be connected with others in your situation.
Food Pantry News:
Due to unforeseen circumstances, the food pantry will be closed until May 27, when they will re-open at 6 pm.
The Society of St. Vincent dePaul would like to thank all the parishioners who have been so generous in making donations while the church has been closed. Your generosity of spirit and willingness to adapt to their curbside service has been remarkable. Thank you!!
Click the ‘Online Giving’ tab above to set it up.
WeShare. Online giving. You’re in complete control!
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* your choice of credit card or bank transfer
* your choice of date and frequency of donation
* ability to make 1-time donations or recurring donations
* ability to make changes at any time
Have you pledged your support yet?
Strengthening our faith and our Church for future generations, 70% of the funds donated in our parish will remain in our parish to address needs in our own community.
Our goal is $1,125,000, and your help in reaching our goal is vital.
Where will the money collected go?
Our Parish Case Statement can be viewed by clicking here.
Thank you for your support.
Raised to Date: $942,083
Parish Goal: $150,943
Raised to Date: $150,943
We know that You love us so much. Help us in turn, to love our neighbors as Jesus, Your Son, has taught us. We have never seen You, but if we love each other, we know that You will live in us and Your love will be brought to full expression in us.
Help us to be kind to all people, tenderhearted, forgiving one another. Help us to remember our neighbors in their time of need. We pray that our neighbors near and far will know Jesus more deeply in their lives and that we can flourish together as the Catholic Community of South Jersey.
We ask this through Christ our Lord, Amen.
Do you have an Amazon account? You can now support our parish with your Amazon purchases! (.5% of your total purchase and every bit is appreciated!)
Signing up is easy! Go to Smile.Amazon.com and choose Mary Mother of Mercy Parish Glassboro NJ as the charity you would like to support. Then, just be sure to shop via AmazonSmile! It’s that simple!
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A Message from Fr. Bill
Greetings Mary, Mother of Mercy Family,
As your pastor, I wanted to write to you regarding the pandemic (Covid-19) that is besieging us all. As I thought and prayed on what I might say to you, I was staring at this image of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Upon doing that I was inspired to deliver this message:
Look at my Heart…my Sacred Heart…It is for You. Embrace it. Let My Heart live in you. During this time of trial and uncertainty, at the heart of the matter is Love and Light. My Light and Love is everywhere. Even in these dark times, I am with you, always! Stay strong. Be Light and Love to others by random acts of kindness. Pick up the phone and check in on others. Whatever you do in My Name is never in vain. No act of kindness goes unnoticed by Me or My Father. I love you!
My dear parish family, God is good…all the time! Even though we must keep social distance from one another, God is near to each of us, and we can do our best to make the best of this situation. Let us cherish the down time we have and make the most of it by our uniting any of our concerns, our fears, our uncertainty…any suffering at all, as well as the suffering of so many others, with the Lord who suffered and died for us, but who also resurrected. He is right here with us through everything! We are all going through a Good Friday experience right now and at the end of it, for each of us, will be Resurrection. Hang on to Hope. Hope does not disappoint! Be safe, be well. Pray!
Please know as I offer Mass, you and yours, living and deceased, are held in prayer.
Mary, Mother of Mercy, pray for us!
Peace, love, and prayers.
In keeping with the directives issued by the Diocese of Camden, we advise you of the following:
== As previously announced, Bishop Sullivan has dispensed the faithful from the obligation to participate in Sunday Mass.
== Additionally, all public weekday and Sunday Masses are suspended until further notice.
Since the Eucharist is the source and summit of our Christian life, priests in the Diocese will celebrate Mass privately for the good of the Christian faithful entrusted to their care, and in satisfaction of the intentions of those who have made an offering for Mass.
== All parish “group activities,” including religious education classes, parish committee meetings, group social events and Lenten “Stations of the Cross” have been cancelled until further notice.
== The Parish Food Pantry will be open on MONDAYS (9:30am to 10:30am) and WEDNESDAYS (6:00-7:00pm) only. Please note that this is a change in time on Wednesday evenings. Until further notice, it will not be open on Fridays. Donations of non-perishable food to replenish food supplies may be dropped off curb-side at Our Lady, Queen of Peace Church (Highland Avenue side) during pantry hours. New: Monetary donations can be made via our website.
== At the present time, and until further notice, our churches are not open.
== The Confession schedule has been suspended.
== If you have a specific question about any other previously scheduled event or meeting, please contact the Parish Office via email.
Live stream the Mass. Here are some options.
Please note: Our Mass schedule and our schedule for the Sacrament of Penance have been temporarily suspended.
5 pm - Our Lady of Lourdes Church
8 am - Our Lady of Lourdes Church
9:30 am - Our Lady, Queen of Peace Church
11 am - Our Lady of Lourdes Church
Mon., Tue., Thu., Fri., & Sat.: 9 am - OLQP
Wed.: 6:15 pm - OLL
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.
Parish Office Hours - Office Hours Have Been Suspended
Monday - Friday: Closed
If you need to reach someone outside of regular office hours you can email Meryl Cerana ( [email protected] ).
Monthly Inclusion Mass
4th Sundays at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 11 AM
Jesus said, “Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them; for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 19:14)
This is a regularly scheduled Mass with special adaptations to better serve those in our faith community with developmental delays and behavioral challenges.
What should I expect at this Mass?
- Children’s Lectionary (Liturgy of the Word)
- Softer Music (Instrumental or Cantor)
- Softer Lighting
- May hear more vocalizations and movement. Vocalizations are often unintentional, some echo responding (immediate or delayed repeating of words.)
- Most importantly, the love and friendship of individuals and families that we encounter through Christ.
Upcoming Dates: We look forward to resuming our Inclusion Mass schedule.
Something to think about...questions for this week
The author of Hebrews writes that Jesus was like us “in every way,” even being tested, suffering, and dying. In what ways are you most tested in your life? How do you get through the experiences? Do you rely on God, with complete faith that He will see you through? If not, what can you do to increase your faith?
(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.)
Email Communications from Parish Staff:
Please know that our parish priests and staff members will never contact you via email to ask that you provide them with gift cards or assist them financially in a crisis situation. If you receive an email which is seemingly being sent by a priest or staff member requesting financial assistance of any kind, please report it to the Parish Office immediately ([email protected]). Thank you.
Please note: There is NO Bingo at Mary, MoM.
Information from Bishop Sullivan:
Regarding Catholic Schools:
On behalf of Bishop Dennis Sullivan, Fr. Robert Hughes, Vicar General of Camden Diocese has stated:
“Given Governor Murphy’s executive order closing schools in the State of New Jersey for the remainder of the academic year, Bishop Sullivan extends the closure of all Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Camden through June.
Catholic high school and eighth grade Graduations will take place on the dates already scheduled, but will likely take the form of a “virtual graduation”. Further directions on graduations and other year-end activities will be provided to principals by Dr. Bill Watson, Superintendent of Schools, and the Office of Catholic Schools.
Students and families are encouraged to follow the directives from the New Jersey Department of Health and Human Services as we continue to work together for the common good, to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus and prevent further infection.”
The full statement can be found at:
Bishop Sullivan's Statement
"Because we ourselves are unable to atone for so much wrong,
we unite ourselves to the infinite merits of our Savior Jesus."
- St. Peter Julian Eymard
What is God calling you to do?
Discernment groups are meeting now for those men discerning a call to the priesthood, as well as for women discerning a call to the religious life to help answer the question, 'What is God calling me to do?'.
More information can be found by contacting the Diocesan Office for Vocations at 583-2864.
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.
“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.”