Saturday, 4:30pm -Our Lady of Mercy (Vigil Mass)-At Church, with Limited Capacity Attendance (by reservation). Streamed Live on Facebook and YouTube with Communion in Church for online attendees (up to 45 minutes after Mass)
Sunday, 7:15am - Our Lady of Mercy-At Church, with Limited Capacity Attendance (by reservation). Streamed Live on Facebook and YouTube with Communion in Church for online attendees (up to 45 minutes after Mass)
Sunday 9:00am - Saint Brigid, Bergen-At Church, with Limited Capacity Attendance (by reservation). Streamed Live on Facebook from the with
Communion in Church for online attendees (up to 30 minutes after Mass)
Sunday, 10:45am – Our Lady of Mercy-At Church, with Limited Capacity Attendance (by reservation). Streamed Live on Facebook and YouTube with Communion in Church for online attendees (up to 45 minutes after Mass)
Sunday, 5:30pm – Our Lady of Mercy-Streamed Live on Facebook and YouTube from the Friary/Rectory Chapel with Communion in Church (up to 45 minutes after Mass)
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*****Please note: We are making arrangements to witness and assist in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. This is not a reservation for a seat at a stadium for a sporting event. This is not a theatre for an opera or a play. We will seek to assist in the seating needs for those who are ambulatorily challenged. None of this is easy for any of us. Please do not request particular seats. Give thanks to God that you are able to participate in the Paschal Mystery of Our Lord--in person--no matter where you may be seated. Only those with reservations will be al-lowed to attend Mass in the Church. Patience is appreci-ated.
As we phase back into public “in person” worship, most Masses for Our Lady of Mercy & St. Brigid will be streamed live on Facebook and/or YouTube. We will continue, as much as pos-sible, to post the links to the recordings on Fr. Matthew’s special COVID19 updates and links.
Until further notice all meetings, events, activities including the Love Bugs Pre-school have been cancelled at both Our Lady of Mercy & St. Brigid Parishes.
We have low gluten hosts are available available for those who may need it. Please notify either the priest or deacon before Mass begins to request a gluten free host.
The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick: If you have a family member at home who is seriously sick or has been admitted to the hospital or is in danger of death, please do not hesitate to call the office so that the office staff can inform the priests. If it is an emergency situation, please call Fr. Mathew at 585-615-3138.
Marriages: Appointments must be made six months before the wedding. Couples are required to meet monthly with Fr. Mathew and are also required to attend Pre-Cana Class.
Baptisms: Notify parish office to request baptisms. Parents are required to attend a pre-baptism class. Godparents must provide a letter of recommendation.
WHEELCHAIR: There is a wheelchair inside the door near the small parking lot for use of anyone who may need assistance at Our Lady of Mercy Parish.
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The Virtue of Justice
Before we can begin to understand patriotism as a virtue, we have to first look to the broader virtue of piety. And before we can begin to understand piety, we have to understand the broader cardinal virtue of justice. The word “cardinal” comes from the Latin word meaning “hinge” and, so, a cardinal virtue is a virtue upon which all the subordinate virtues hinge. These are prudence, justice, temperance, and fortitude.
Justice exists between beings that can act morally towards one another. As a virtue, it regulates the way that human beings operate and interact. Justice uses things that exist outside of ourselves to move others to the good. This interaction of seeking justice can take place between individuals or between an individual and his greater community. Generally, all people of good will, motivated by justice, seek the common good of every person. The Christian, of course, knows that the common good must always direct a person or a community to the greatest good: God.
St. Thomas Aquinas in the Second Part of the Second Part of the Summa Theologiae, Question 58, Article 11 defines justice in this way, “the proper act of justice is nothing else than to render to each one his own.”
When we are dealing with human beings, justice thus requires that all persons are treated with equal respect and dignity. Every single human person, regardless of circumstance, sex, race, nationality, culture, or any other characteristic, are made in the image and likeness of Almighty God. We are all sinners, and so even the worst sinners, are worthy of being treated justly. This fundamental identity is part of our nature as human creatures. Therefore, justice dictates that we treat one another in accord with this reality.
The Virtue of Piety
Let us drill now further into the virtue of justice. Mercy is a virtue underneath the umbrella of justice. In fact, justice without mercy is not justice at all. Mercy is love, given first by God, by which we reach into the need and brokenness of others to offer them spiritual and corporal aid. We offer this aid because of the command of Jesus Christ to serve the least of our brethren but also because justice dictates it.
Another virtue underneath the umbrella of justice is piety. Here we have to make a distinction. The Gift of the Holy Spirit of Piety is to recognize our total reliance on God and to come before His majesty with humility, trust, and love. The virtue of piety works in tandem with this gift. St. Thomas Aquinas refers back to the Roman statesman Cicero’s definition of piety: “it is by piety that we do our duty towards our kindred and well-wishers of our country and render them faithful service.”
Piety recognizes that God is the primary source of both life and government. We enter the world by way of the family into a society that is governed. Therefore, we know that God sustains the propagation of the human race and the rightful authorities that require our obedience. Secondarily, we receive our own being from our parents and we receive government from our country. St. Thomas Aquinas teaches very clearly that, after God, we chiefly own our lives and well-being to our parents and our country.
Piety means giving honor to our parents and, by extension, our entire family, and to give honor to our country which includes our fellow-citizens and allies of our country.
The Virtue of Patriotism
If we drill deeper into justice and then into piety, we see two main branches: 1) our extended family and local community and 2) our fellow countrymen and friends of our country. Of course, these cannot be separated. They are inexorably linked.
However, if we focus on the second of these two, we finally arrive at the virtue of patriotism. The power of the State is granted by God, but this power does not allow the State to make or enforce laws and orders that violate the natural rights of its subjects. If the State is not infringing upon these natural freedoms, then the citizenry is obliged to act in obedience to the legitimate authority.
It is impossible to be a patriot without freedom. Civil allegiance, generally speaking, is the virtue of patriotism combined with the virtue of obedience. Allegiance requires that the citizen be free to give his service to the State. Otherwise, he is no patriot at all, but is living under oppression.