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“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.”

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. We welcome you and your family of all ages to our family of faith, without judgment. 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 to the extent that you are able. Please come and celebrate with us each week and make this community an extension of your own family. Welcome Home!

Palm Sunday Mass

Due to the pandemic and the stay at home instructions:

We have been instructed by the Bishop that palms should NOT be blessed or distributed to the faithful in any manner on Palm Sunday.  As significant as palm is to the celebration of Palm Sunday, the distribution of it will have to wait.  Our sincere apologies.  Along these same guidelines, the Blessing of Easter Baskets will need to be skipped this Easter. 

 

A home blessing of Easter Baskets:

God of glory, the eyes of all turn to You as we celebrate Christ's victory over sin and death.

Bless us, our baskets with Easter foods, and our Easter meal.
May we who gather at the table continue to celebrate the joy of His resurrection and be admitted finally to His heavenly banquet.

Grant this through Christ our Lord.

Amen.

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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.

~Fr. Bill

 

 

 

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 remain in operation on its regular schedule, at least for the present. Donations of non-perishable food to replenish their supplies may be dropped off curb-side at Our Lady, Queen of Peace Church (Highland Avenue side) any Monday or Friday from 9:30-10:30 AM or Wednesday from 6:30-7:30 PM..

== 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.

 

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Liturgy of the Word for the 4th Sunday in Lent ... celebrate at home or with others through media while we are not gathering together physically.

Mass Schedule

Please note: Our Mass schedule and our schedule for the Sacrament of Penance have been temporarily suspended.

Saturday Vigil:
     5 pm - Our Lady of Lourdes Church
Sunday: 
     8 am - Our Lady of Lourdes Church
     9:30 am - Our Lady, Queen of Peace Church
    11 am - Our Lady of Lourdes Church
   
Weekdays:
     Mon., Tue., Thu., Fri., & Sat.: 9 am - OLQP
     Wed.: 6:15 pm - OLL

Reconciliation:
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

Sunday: Closed
Monday - Friday: Closed
Saturday: Closed

If you need to reach someone outside of regular office hours you can email Meryl Cerana ( [email protected] ).

Food Pantry

The Parish Food Pantry will remain in operation; however the hours have changed.

The Pantry will be open on MONDAYS (9:30am to 10:30am) and WEDNESDAYS (6:00pm-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 their supplies may be dropped off curb-side at Our Lady, Queen of Peace Church (Highland Avenue side) during the hours that the Pantry is open.
Monetary donations can be made via the Online Giving tab.

Thank you so much for your continued support!

 

A Note from our St. Vincent DePaul Food Pantry:

We wanted to let you know that we (regrettably) will not be doing the Easter dinner baskets this year due to the drop in food donations and money (due to no public Masses and the parish office being closed) and also because we have lost some volunteers who are staying home due to health concerns. Furthermore, organizing and packing the dinner baskets requires a gathering larger than allowed by the state during this pandemic. We will include any already collected items for the dinner baskets in the regular food distributions on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, during regular pantry hours. This is all being done now by curbside drop off and pickup. Let’s pray for an end to this pandemic. 
Prayers for ALL.

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you.
Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

Although communal Stations have been cancelled, you can pray and reflect on the Stations as a private devotion. Click here for one resource.

Activities & Events (slideshow)

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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.

Penitential Disciplines During Lent

In addition to choosing your own penitential practices, Catholics between the ages of 18 and 59 are obliged to fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. In addition, all Catholics 14 years old and older must abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday, Good Friday, and all the Fridays of Lent.

Fasting as explained by the U.S. Bishops means partaking of only one full meal. Some food (not equaling another full meal) is permitted at breakfast and around midday or in the evening—depending on when a person chooses to eat the main meal.

We should not lightly excuse ourselves from this prescribed minimal penitential practice.

AmazonSmile

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!

Have you pledged your support yet?

Click to view Bishop Sullivan's Catholic Strong message.

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: $90,764

Where does the money go?

CAMPAIGN PRAYER

Heavenly Father,

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.

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.

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.

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Watch as Meryl Cerana, our parish Pastoral Associate and Business Administrator, talks about her experiences earning her Masters of Science in Church Management through the Center for Church Management at the Villanova School of Business:

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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

  Bishop Dennis Sullivan's Pastoral Message on Release of Names of Credibly Accused Clergy

Bishop Sullivan's Statement & Clergy Disclosure List

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.”