With work on the parking lot at Our Lady of Lourdes Campus beginning on May 12th, we ask that those coming to Lourdes for Mass on Wednesdays and the weekends please use the Dalton Drive access road to enter campus. Please park in the rear of the church, and walk to the front entrance staying on the sidewalks. This will maximize our efforts to keep our parishioners safe during the construction period. Thank you for your attention and cooperation!
This year, the Solemnity of the Ascension will be transferred from Thursday, May 13 to Sunday, May 16 (replacing the Seventh Sunday of Easter).
IMPORTANT ACTION REQUIRED: FEDERAL ABORTION LEGISLATION
Bishop Dennis Sullivan is encouraging all the faithful in South Jersey to take action against a proposed legislation that seeks to overturn the Hyde Amendment which has prohibited, for 45 years, the use of taxpayer money in funding abortions.
Information that can be found in both English and Spanish at www.respectlife.org/no-taxpayer-abortion. The faithful may read more about the issues at hand and sign an online petition at www.notaxpayerabortion.com/.
In addition to signing the online petition, direct letter-writing campaigns to our Senators and Representatives are also encouraged. The addresses for the Representatives and Senators that represent South Jersey can be found below:
Senator Robert Menendez
528 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Senator Corey Booker
717 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Representative Donald Norcross
2427 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Representative Jeff VanDrew
331 Cannon HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Your assistance and cooperation are appreciated. It is hoped that millions of Catholics across the country will make their voices heard – let’s do our part here in the Diocese of Camden.
Sixth Sunday of Easter
All music used for Mass is licensed under One License A724671.
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.
The Ascension of the Lord
The Year of Saint Joseph
“Each of us can discover in Joseph -- the man who goes unnoticed, a daily, discreet and hidden presence -- an intercessor, a support and a guide in times of trouble.” - Pope Francis
Last December, Pope Francis announced a Year of St. Joseph in honor of the 150th anniversary of the saint’s proclamation as patron of the universal Church.
How will you celebrate this special year? Devotions? A pilgrimage? Special prayers?
“Inspired by the Gospel, the Fathers of the Church from the earliest centuries stressed that just as St. Joseph took loving care of Mary and gladly dedicated himself to Jesus Christ’s upbringing, he likewise watches over and protects Christ’s Mystical Body, that is, the Church.” - Pope St. John Paul II
Please Join Us
Eucharistic Adoration --
We are having Eucharistic Adoration at Our Lady of Lourdes Church before the 6:15pm Mass, from 4 - 6pm, on Wednesdays. We need people to sign-up to commit to adoring Our Lord for a Holy Hour. If you are interested, please call the Parish Office at 856-881-0909 to schedule yourself for a time slot. Remember, when we spend time with the Lord, we are healed of our hurts and given the strength we need to be faithful disciples.
The Stations of the Cross --
We invite you to join Fr. Caparas on a pre-recorded video of the Stations of the Cross by clicking on this link on our You Tube Channel -- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yGgWLkJVSJU&t=8s
Click here for the Way of the Cross (traditional version) prayer booklet
Please note: When attending Mass, please wear a mask, and observe social distancing guidelines.
5 pm - Our Lady of Lourdes Church *live-streamed
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 at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, and by appointment.
Parish Office Hours
Monday - Thursday: 10 AM - 5 PM
Friday: 10 AM - 3 PM
Please Note: The office will be closed to visitors from May 12th thru May 17th because of the paving and site work being done at OLL Campus. The office will be open for business, but only by phone and email. If you have important business to address, please call 856-881-0909 and we can make arrangements from there. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation as we continue the work from our Catholic Strong Campaign.
If you need to reach someone outside of regular office hours please email Meryl Cerana ([email protected]).
Holy Family Chapel at Our Lady of Lourdes Church is open for private prayer from 10am to 3pm, Monday through Thursday. A maximum of 6 people is allowed at a time. Please sanitize your hands, wear a mask, and observe social distancing at all times. Bathrooms are available for emergency use only.
Opportunities for Parish Youth
KAIROS RETREAT on June 24-27, 2021.
The retreat is open to all current high school juniors and seniors, and offers the opportunity for participants to deepen their faith, identity, relationships, and connection to God's role in their lives. . For more information, please speak to or email Fr. Caparas at [email protected]
Rome and Paris High School Trip 2022
Mary Mother of Mercy Parish, in partnership with Gloucester Catholic High School will be sponsoring a high school trip to Rome and Paris during the Easter Break from April 18-25, 2022. The trip is open to all high school-aged students. Father Caparas has over 15 years of student travel experience, and has been leading high school groups to pilgrimages and trips around the US and Europe.
Scan the QR code to register for Father Caparas’ meeting on May 18th at 7pm. *Registration is Required.
For more information, please contact Fr. Caparas at the parish office or [email protected]
Winners – 5/8 – 5/14/21
5/8 Vince Caesar $20.00
5/9 Mary Van Leeuwan $50.00
5/10 Elaine Behr $20.00
5/11 Verna Wames $20.00
5/12 Zach Kier $20.00
5/13 Richard Grillo $100.00
5/14 Rachael & Bryan Ardite $20.00
Tickets are still available!! * $20/ticket * Get a ticket in the Parish Office.
Every ticket sold will be entered in every drawing (even if you have already won!).
Activities & Events (slideshow)
A Gift for Our Parishioners
2021 House of Charity
Our goal for the House of Charity this year is $143,000.
Donations total as of May 10: $86,416.
Father Caparas is asking our families to consider making a sacrificial gift of $500 -- payable over 9 months. You may drop off your pledge cards in the collection basket or go online at www.camdendiocese.org/hoc/
Remember, your gift and prayers are vital in continuing the work of the diocese in helping those who are poor, sick, suffering in our communities.
Thank you for all that you do for our parish, and thank you for your support for the House of Charity – Bishop’s Annual Appeal, and for being the "faces of hope" for one another!
Parish Food Pantry
The Parish Food Pantry is now open on MONDAYS (9:30am-10:30am), WEDNESDAYS (6:00pm-7:00pm), and FRIDAYS (9:30am-10:30am). 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, or at our churches.
Monetary donations can be made via the Online Giving tab in the website menu.
Small Group Gospel Reflection
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) 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.
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!
Click the ‘Online Giving’ tab above to set it up.
WeShare. Online giving. You’re in complete control!
* convenient and easy
* 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
House of Charity - Bishop's Annual Appeal
Your support of the 2021 House of Charity – Bishop’s Annual Appeal ensures the vitality of essential Diocesan ministries and programs that sustain the healing, teaching and redemptive Presence of Jesus Christ through the Diocese of Camden.
We ask that you prayerfully consider how your donation to the House of Charity – Bishop’s Annual Appeal provides solace, support and grace to thousands of your brothers and sisters in Christ; and we ask that you give, as generously as your means allow, in support of the 2021 Appeal.
There are a number of ways to support the House of Charity: you can pick up a pledge card in the back of Church as you enter or leave, you can make your donation online at https://bit.ly/HoC-Online, or you can respond to the letter you received in the mail.
Thank you for all that you do for our parish and thank you for your support for the House of Charity – Bishop’s Annual Appeal!
FROM THE USCCB ON THE MORAL PERMISSIBILITY OF COVID-19 VACCINES
“Neither the Pfizer nor the Moderna vaccine involved the use of cell lines that originated in fetal tissue taken from the body of an aborted baby at any level of design, development, or production. They are not completely free from any connection to abortion, however, as both Pfizer and Moderna made use of a tainted cell line for one of the confirmatory lab tests of their products. There is thus a connection, but it is relatively remote.
Some are asserting that if a vaccine is connected in any way with tainted cell lines then it is immoral to be vaccinated with them. This is an inaccurate portrayal of Catholic moral teaching.
There are three documents from the Holy See that treat the question of tainted vaccines…
These documents all point to the immorality of using tissue taken from an aborted child for creating cell lines. They also make distinctions in terms of the moral responsibility of the various actors involved, from those involved in designing and producing a vaccine to those receiving the vaccine. Most importantly, they all make clear that, at the level of the recipient, it is morally permissible to accept vaccination when there are no alternatives and there is a serious risk to health.
The Pontifical Academy does call for appropriate expressions of protest against the origins of these vaccines as well as for vigorous efforts to promote the creation of alternatives.”
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Wanted: 1000 people to subscribe to our YouTube channel, so we can livestream the Mass on YouTube.
Not everyone is on Facebook, and right now, that is our only avenue for livestreaming. Once we have 1000 YouTube subscribers, livestreaming on that platform becomes available to us. Can you help us reach that goal?
Go to YouTube.com, type “MaryMom NJ” in the search bar, and then hit the ‘Subscribe’ button. Thank you!
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.
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.”