Father’s Blog

Remembering the Fallen and Celebrating Our New Priest!

Dear Parishioners: It’s hard to believe its already Memorial Day Weekend but alas it has arrived.   We remember all those who have died in service to our nation this weekend.  The late President Ronald W. Reagan reminded us of the importance of Memorial Day in a speech in 1983. President [...]

Celebrating the Ascension and Welcoming the Grandparents

Dear Parishioners: Despite the rain showers and cool temperatures last week, we had a beautiful celebration of First Holy Communion and May Crowning.  The children were so well prepared and did a terrific job.  We congratulate them and look forward to seeing them come forward for Communion each and every [...]

Celebrating First Communion, May Crowning and Mothers with Joy, Faith and Love!

Dear Parishioners: It’s a weekend for celebrating with joy and faith at Our Lady of Mercy. On Saturday 82 of our parish children received their First Holy Communion.  This is always a day of faith, joy, love and hope for our parish and for these children.  We thank all those [...]

The Spring Fling Success and Summer Seminarian On the Way!

Dear Parishioners: Last Saturday night the OLM School gathered to celebrate the Annual Spring Fling. This event is a major fundraiser for our school and helps to maintain and support the many fine programs offered at OLM School.  We are grateful to the many benefactors who donated some fabulous auction [...]

April Showers Bring May Flowers and Mary, Our Blessed Mother!

Dear Parishioners: April Showers bring May flowers! Let’s hope that the rain we had this past week does indeed bring some spring blossoms!  April is ending and the Month of May is upon us already!  Where did the time go? Of course, May is a month dedicated to Our Blessed [...]

Giving Thanks for Holy Week and Easter Blessings

Dear Parishioners: We had a tremendous celebration of Holy Week and Easter! The Holy Week ceremonies were truly prayerful and reverent.  The Easter Liturgies were joyous! As St. Augustine said so long ago, “We are an Easter People and Alleluia is our song!” None of the solemnity, beauty and glory [...]

The Lord is Risen, He Has Risen Indeed! Happy Easter!!

Dear Parishioners:    Happy Easter! Jesus, the crucified one, has now been raised from the dead. He is risen. Utter defeat has been transformed into irreversible victory.  Alleluia, He has Risen Indeed!  Evil has had its way with God’s anointed, the Messiah. It did all it could to break down the courage [...]

Entering into the Mysteries of Our Faith, Celebrating Palm Sunday and Holy Week

Dear Parishioners: Last Saturday morning we had a grand celebration for Mrs. Claire Sharpe on her 107th birthday.  Bishop Evans celebrated the Mass and her family joined Claire.  All she wanted for her birthday was to receive the Eucharist at Our Lady of Mercy Church! Her words of faith and [...]

Renewed by Lenten Mission, We Prepare to Enter the Holiest of Weeks

Dear Parishioners: With great gratitude we offer our thanks to Father Chris O’Connor who led us on Mission this past week.  His witty and wise sermons provided much food for thought for all of us about what it means to be an authentic Catholic disciple.  I hope you were able [...]

Celebrating Gaelic and Garlic Saints!! Making Our Mission!!

Dear Parishioners: We had some great celebrations at OLM last week.  On Friday we had a large crowd for our Annual St. Patrick’s Day Mass.  Sinead Campion did a brilliant job of reading in her native Irish, Fr. Dave Cavanagh delivered a terrific homily on the virtues of St. Patrick [...]