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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.

 

The Knights of Columbus, Council 2936 have cancelled all meetings including monthly breakfasts.

 

The Parish Office is now closed.

 

Mass Schedule

Sunday Masses

Vigil Mass –Saturday
 4:30pm at Our Lady of Mercy

Sunday

7:15am at Our Lady of Mercy
9:00am at St. Brigid
10:45am at Our Lady of Mercy
5:30pm at Our Lady of Mercy

Weekday Masses

Monday – Friday
7:30am at Our Lady of Mercy

Tuesday & Thursday
8:30am at St. Brigid

Saturday Morning
9:00am at Our Lady of Mercy

Confessions

Saturday
2pm – 2:30pm at St. Brigid
3pm – 4pm at Our Lady of Mercy

Tuesday
7pm – 7:30pm at Our Lady of Mercy
Thursday
6pm – 6:30pm at Our Lady of Mercy

A priest will often be available for confession at other times, so keep your eyes open!

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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.

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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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Not The Final Chapter

 

Resurrection

 

Great Commission

 

Ascension, The End and the Beginning

 

 

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*REGARDING MASSES: For the time being all Masses for Our Lady of Mercy & St. Brigid will be streamed live, unless the Mass intention is fulfilled outside the rectory. The re-cordings of the Masses are also available on YouTube and Facebook. Visit Fr. Matthew’s special COVID19 updates and links at the parish website:
http://ourladyofmercyleroy.org/covid19page.html

 

Last update 3/26/20

 

Bishop Barron on the Coronavirus, Catastrophe, and Contingency

 

Palm Sunday

 

 

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GOSPEL MEDITATION - ENCOURAGE DEEPER
UNDERSTANDING OF SCRIPTURE
April 5, 2020

Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord


Human beings are united in their suffering. When we find ourselves in a painful moment, our first reaction is “why me?” as if we are the only person on earth who ever encountered this challenge. Going through life with a “why me” attitude only finds us wallowing in the mire of self-pity and never seizing opportunities or graces. We walk in solidarity with every human being in the experience of suffering. Believing that the goal of life is the elimination or avoidance of suffering is simply an illusion that keeps us entrenched in a collective myth. This myth distorts us and limits us.

There are living witnesses among us showing how courage and determination can overcome any degree of hardship, pain, loss, or tragedy. Folks finding the normalcy of their lives suddenly torn asunder are faced with options: opportunity or despair, stay or leave. Jesus stands before us as the prime example of endurance and perseverance. He is the One who showed humility through both the triumphs of life (by learning to be humble) and the tragedies and injustices (by learning how to be obedient). To secular ears, this may be perceived as nonsense. But to those with the eyes of faith, they are pearls of great price.

True humility tempers the temptation we have to become complacent and prevents an excessive relishing of life’s successes and affirmations. Learning obedience keeps us faithful to our relationship with God so that we can find the courage to endure any depth of hardship, disappointment, betrayal, or agony. While we may want our cup of suffering to be taken away, it simply cannot be. Somehow and somewhere in the seemingly opposing experiences life can deal us, God is present with His reassuring, compassionate, empowering, and persevering love. To be true to who we are and who God is, we must take up the cross of suffering, even when it’s the hardest and most apparently senseless thing to do.

Only our soul can understand these things, but our minds cannot, so they continue to run to secular ideas and solutions to pain and hardship. It goes without saying that we need to do all we can to eliminate as much senseless, unjust suffering as possible. Hunger, violence, abuse, exploitation, rejection, prejudice, homelessness, disrespect for life, and a whole host of other sins all result in suffering that is within our control. Then, when we face the uncontrollable kind of suffering or find ourselves the victim of injustice, what do we do?

©LPi

 

St. Raymond Prayer for Christian Families

Lord, Father Almighty! The family is the most ancient institution of humanity, for it is as old as man himself. But because it is your own institution and the only means by which man can come into this world and develop to the greatest perfection, the forces of evil are assaulting it, causing mankind to despise this basic unit of Christian civilization. In suicidal fury they seek to deal it a mortal blow. Let them not succeed, Lord, in their destructive design on the Christian family. Through the intercession of Saint Raymond Nonnatus, advocate in heaven for the happiness, welfare, and peace of Christian families, we beg you to hear our prayers. By the merits of this great saint, grant that our homes may ever be modeled after the Holy Family of Nazareth. Let not the enemies of Christian family life triumph in their sacrilegious attacks, but rather convert them to the truth for the glory of your holy name. Amen.

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Prayer to St. Brigid

Saint Brigid, you were a woman of peace. You brought harmony where there was conflict. You brought light to the darkness. You brought hope to the downcast. May the mantle of your peace cover those who are troubled and anxious, and may peace be firmly rooted in our hearts and in our world. Inspire us to act justly and to reverence all God has made. Brigid you were a voice for the wounded and the weary. Strengthen what is weak within us. Calm us into a quietness that heals and listens. May we grow each day into greater wholeness in mind, body and spirit, through Christ our Lord. Amen.

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Prayer for the selection of a new bishop

Merciful Father, you gave us shepherds as successors of the apostles to guide and govern your church. We implore your Holy Spirit to guide the selection process as a new bishop is chosen to lead our diocese. May he be a pastor filled with holiness and compassion who will foster healing and a greater love of your name. Allow our hearts to be open to the candidate of your choosing so that, together as disciples of Jesus, we may continue to build your kingdom. Amen.

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LITANY OF THE SAINTS IN TIMES OF EPIDEMIC

Lord, have mercy on us.

Christ have mercy on us.

Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, hear us,

Christ, graciously hear us.

God, the Father of heaven,

Have mercy on us.

God the Son, Redeemer of the world,

God, the Holy Spirit,

Holy Trinity, One God,

Holy Mary,

Pray for us.

Holy Mother of God,

Holy Virgin of virgins,

Saint Michael,

Saint Gabriel,

Saint Raphael,

All ye holy angels and archangels,

All ye holy orders of blessed spirits,

Saint John the Baptist,

Saint Joseph,

All ye holy patriarchs and prophets.,

Saint Peter,

Saint Paul,

Saint Andrew,

Saint James,

Saint John,

Saint Thomas,

Saint James,

Saint Philip,

Saint Bartholomew.

Saint Matthew,

Saint Simon,

Saint Thaddeus,

Saint Matthias,

Saint Barnabas,

Saint Luke,

Saint Mark,

All ye holy apostles and evangelists,

All ye holy disciples of our Lord,

All ye holy Innocents,

Saint Stephen,

Saint Lawrence,

Saint Vincent,

Saints Fabian and Sebastian,

Saints John and Paul,

Saints Cosmas and Damian,

Saints Gervase and Protase,

[Saints Peter Paschasius and Peter Armengol]

[Saint Serapion Scott]

All ye holy martyrs,

Saint Sylvester,

Saint Gregory,

Saint Ambrose,

Saint Augustine,

Saint Jerome,

Saint Martin,

Saint Nicolas,

All ye holy bishops and confessors,

All ye holy doctors,

Saint Anthony,

Saint Benedict,

 

[That Thou wouldst grant wisdom and counsel to our president and civic leaders,]

That Thou wouldst grant peace and unity to all Christian people,

That Thou wouldst bring back to the unity of the Church all those who have strayed away, and lead to the light of the Gospel all unbelievers,

That Thou wouldst confirm and preserve us in Thy holy ser-vice,

That Thou wouldst lift up our minds to heavenly desires,

That Thou wouldst render eternal blessings to all our benefactors,

That Thou wouldst deliver our souls, and the souls of our brethren, relations and benefactors, from eternal damnation,

That Thou wouldst give and pre-serve the fruit of the earth,

That Thou wouldst give eternal rest to all the faithful departed,

That Thou wouldst vouchsafe to deliver us from the scourge of pestilence,

That Thou wouldst vouchsafe to deliver us from the scourge of pestilence,

That Thou wouldst graciously hear us,

Son of God,

Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world,

Spare us, O Lord.

Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world,

Graciously hear us, O Lord.

Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world,

Have mercy on us.

Christ hear us.

Christ, graciously hear us.

Lord, have mercy on us.

Christ, have mercy on us.

Lord, have mercy on us.

 

Our Father…

 

Psalm 6

O Lord, rebuke me not in thy indignation, nor chastise me in thy wrath.

Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I am weak: heal me, O Lord, for my bones are troubled.

And my soul is troubled exceedingly: but thou, O Lord, how long?

Turn to me, O Lord, and deliver my soul: O save me for thy mercy's sake.

For there is no one in death, that is mindful of thee: and who shall confess to thee in hell? ...

Saint Bernard,

Saint Dominic,

Saint Francis,

[Saint Peter Nolasco,]

[Saint Raymond Nonnatus,]

All ye holy priests and levites,

All ye holy monks and hermits,

Saint Mary Magdalen,

Saint Agatha,

Saint Lucy,

Saint Agnes,

Saint Cecily,

Saint Catherine,

Saint Anastasia,

[Saint Brigid,]

[Saint Mary Cervellon,]

All ye holy virgins and widows,

All ye holy men and women, Saints of God,

Make intercession for us.

Be merciful,

Spare us, O Lord.

Be merciful,

Graciously hear us, O Lord.

From all evil,

O Lord, deliver us.

From all sin,

From Thy wrath,

From a sudden and unprovided death,

From the snares of the devil,

From anger, and hatred, and all ill will,

From the spirit of fornication,

From lightning and tempest,

From the scourge of earthquake,

From pestilence, famine and war,

From pestilence, famine and war,

From everlasting death,

Through the mystery of Thy holy Incarnation,

Through Thy coming,

Through Thy nativity,

Through Thy baptism and holy fasting,

Through Thy Cross and Passion,

Through Thy death and burial,

Through Thy holy Resurrection,

Through Thine admirable Ascension,

Through the coming of the Holy Spirit the Paraclete,

In the day of judgment,

We sinners,

We beseech Thee, hear us,

That Thou wouldst spare us,

That Thou wouldst pardon us,

That Thou wouldst bring us to true penance,

That Thou wouldst govern and preserve Thy holy Church,

That Thou wouldst preserve all ecclesiastical orders in holy religion,

That Thou wouldst humble the enemies of Thy holy Church,

That Thou wouldst give peace and true concord to Christian kings and princes,

 

 

I have laboured in my groanings, every night I will wash my bed: I will water my couch with my tears. ...

My eye is troubled through indignation: I have grown old amongst all my enemies.

Depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity: for the Lord hath heard the voice of my weeping. ...

The Lord hath heard my supplication: the Lord hath received my prayer.

Let all my enemies be ashamed, and be very much troubled: let them be turned back, and be ashamed very speedily.

Glory be to the Father…

O Lord, hear my prayer.

And let my cry come unto Thee.

Deal not with us, Lord, according to our sins.

And take no vengeance on us because of our misdeeds.

Help us, O God, our Deliverer.

And for thy name’s sake, O Lord, Free us.

Remember not, O Lord, our sins of old.

Hasten to us with thy compassion, for we are become exceeding poor.

St. Sebastian, pray for us.

That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

O Lord hear my prayer.

And let my cry come unto thee.

 

Vouchsafe to hear us, O God our only salvation! And through the intercession of the Glorious Mother of God and ever Virgin, of thy blessed martyr Sebastian and of all the saints, deliver thy people from the terrors of thy wrath, and restore their confidence by the outpouring of thy compassion. Be moved to pity, O Lord, at our earnest entreaties, and heal the illnesses of body and soul; so that experiencing thy forgiveness, we may ever rejoice in thy blessing. We beseech thee, O Lord, grant us a hearing as we devoutly raise our petitions to thee, and graciously turn away [the coronavirus and the destructive spirit of panic and despair] which afflicts us; so that mortal hearts may recognize that these scourges proceed from thine in-dignation and cease only when thou art moved to mercy. Through our Lord, Jesus Christ, thy Son, who liveth and reigneth with thee in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, forever and ever-more. Amen.

 

Adapted for personal use from the Roman Ritual.