Labor Day Holiday
Monday, September 2, 2019
Mass at 8:30AM
The OLM Parish Office is closed for the holiday.
The 5PM Sunday Evening Mass begins again on Sunday, September 1st and continues until Sunday, May 31, 2020!
We offer our prayerful congratulations OLM Parishioner, Laura Makin, the daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth Makin, who was received to the habit on August 8th, the Feast of St. Dominic, at the St Cecilia Motherhouse, Nashville, TN. Laura has completed her Postulant Year and now enters her Canonical Novice Year. On August 8th she was given her new religious name, Sister Anna Josephine.
The Reception of the Habit took place at the Motherhouse in Nashville in the presence of the entire community numbering approximately 300. Mother Anna Grace, OP, the Prioress General, conferred the habit and gave Sister Laura her new religious name. The Postulants submitted 3 name choices that take significance from their chosen Feast Day. Sister Anna Josephine's feast day is the Feast of the Presentation, February 2nd.
Please keep Sister Anna Josephine in your prayers. If you wish to send her best wishes, please send them to Sister Anna Josephine Makin, St. Cecilia Motherhouse, 801 Dominican Drive, Nashville, TN 37228
This past weekend the OLM Youth Group was in Lowell, Massachusetts for the annual Steubenville East Youth Conference. We brought eight High Schoolers, three chaperones (including our summer seminarian Daniel Mahoney and our Youth Coordinator Billy Burdier).
Every year there is a different theme. This year the theme was "Belong" as used in the Scripture passage from 1 John 3:1: "See what love the Father has bestowed on us, that we may be called children of God" Throughout the weekend the kids attended concerts, conferences and talks. The celebration of Mass took place each day. Especially edifying was the practically constant possibility for the youth to go to Confession. It is no exaggeration to say that hundreds of kids went to Confession over the three days of the Conference (I believe that the final count was around 1,000 confessions heard). It was a great weekend for the kids to grow in their faith and to see how God works in their lives. We wish to thank everyone who supported the Youth Group to make this trip possible!
There was a house fire on High Hawk this past week at the home of the Prosseda family (Eric, Peggy, Dante, Jules, Roman, Luca, Nina and their two dogs). The good news is that they are all safe and temporarily staying in a neighbor's house for the next few days. The bad news is that they lost almost everything. So many in this great community have already helped by donating clothes, shoes, gift cards, etc. and they are SO grateful. Some friends and neighbors believe this GoFundMe Page would be most helpful at this stage in their rebuilding process. Please feel free to share with others that you know would want to help. We continue to offer our prayers and support ot the Prosseda family. If you wish to help, go to the go fund me by clicking to this site.
A wonderful devotion encouraged by the Church is devotion to the Sacred Heart, especially by consecrating our families to the Sacred Heart. Here is one version of a consecration.
At Mass on Sunday, June 23 the OLM Senior Altar Servers were thanked for their years of service. We thank Senior Altar Servers: Patrick Faherty, Ryan Dobrzynski, Sean Murphy, Charlotte Brockmann, & Marianna Toljan., Christian Briody & Matthew Campellone, for their many years of loyal and reverent service at God’s Holy Altar and their dedication to Our Lady of Mercy Parish. May God guide, protect and bless them in college
Written by St. Peter Julian Eymard, the founder of the Blessed Sacrament Fathers. This litany is ecclsiastically approved for liturgical use and has the Nihil Obstat and Imprimatur.
Approved for private devotion. Taken from a prayer book published in 1875, its total content recommended to the faithful by Cardinal Franchi and given the blessing of Pope Pius IX. This litany is also in other and earlier prayer books, e.g. in the Golden Manual published by Sadlier in 1851.
On Monday, June 10 OLM School celebrated its Annual Graduation Ceremony in OLM Church. We congratulate the Class of 2019!
The Class of 2019
Mark Emmet Andraka Bishop Hendricken H. S.
Samantha L. Baker East Greenwich High School
Faith Rose Basler East Greenwich High School
Sophie Brunner North Kingstown H. S.
Benjamin J. Buckley St. George's School
Connor M. Caldwell North Kingstown H.S.
Alison E. Campion The Prout School
Jack Edward Ciunci Bishop Hendricken H.S.
Kyler Joseph de Bont Bishop Hendricken H. S.
Kaden Michael DiBattista Lancaster Catholic H.S., PA
Brian Stephen Garrepy Bishop Hendricken H. S.
Zachary J. Grant North Kingstown H. S
Luke Dennis Handy East Greenwich High School
Aidan Patrick Hayes Narragansett High School
Kiley DeCosta Hayes St. George's School
Connor Patrick Igoe Bishop Hendricken H. S.
Jayci Rose Izzi Rocky Hill School
Austin Alan Kairnes Bishop Hendricken H. S.
Nicholas Joseph Komari Bishop Hendricken H. S.
Jacob Brennan Kopech Bishop Hendricken H. S.
Gabriella Joan Lamendola The Prout School
Madeleine R. Laviolette The Prout School
Devin Michael Lynch Bishop Hendricken H. S.
Collin B. Martin Bishop Hendricken H. S.
Olivia Ann Mattos Bay View Academy
Katherine Grace Murphy LaSalle Academy
Julianna Emilia Ourique Ponagansett H. S.
Meghan Elizabeth Pagliaro East Greenwich High School
Olivia Rose Passaretti East Greenwich High School
Sean Michael Pedro Bishop Hendricken H. S.
Finnigan Schwoebel St. Raphael's Academy
Luke Steven Simms LaSalle Academy
Thomas Michael Simonetti Bishop Hendricken H. S.
Deirdre Lily Stockdill Rocky Hill School
Blake Denton Sykes The Prout School
Emma Marie van Meeteren North Kingstown
Morgan Elizabeth Verdi The Prout School
Aidan J. Weiss Bishop Hendricken H. S.
On Thursday, May 30, OLM School and Parish welcomed close to 300 grandparents from near and far for the school’s fifth annual “Grandparents Day” celebration. The day began with 9:00 Mass to mark the Feast of the Ascension of our Lord which was celebrated by the Most Reverend Robert C. Evans, Auxilary Bishop of Providence. Following the mass, the students and their guests visited the school for a variety of activities including a reception in the cafeteria, school tours, and special presentations in the classrooms. Led by the individual classroom teachers, students sang prepared songs, played games and took photos with their grandparents and special guests. Students in Mrs. Nygren’s fifth grade classroom were treated to a game of “Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader?” based on the popular game show of the same name. As many of the grandparents realized, the students came out ahead in their knowledge in many subject areas! Mrs. Verret’s seventh grade class unplugged from their tech devices and played old school board games such as Monopoly, Scrabble, and Yahtzee with their family. This was such a bonding moment for both generations as they were having fun at any age. Grandparents attending Mrs. Maguire’s third grade class were interviewed by their grandchildren on what was happening in the world when they were in third grade. Whatever the grade, all OLM grandparents agreed it was a wonderful celebration with their grandchildren and a great opportunity to visit their wonderful school.
The 5PM Sunday Evening Mass at OLM has ended for the season. The Mass resumes on Sunday, September 1 at 5PM.
The Novena in honor of the Holy Spirit is the original novena, of which all other novenas are only imitations. Our Lord Himself instituted this novena when, on the day of His ascension, He sent His Apostles back to Jerusalem to pray for nine days that they might be ready on the tenth day, which was Pentecost, to receive the Holy Spirit.
Father Bernard A. Healey, Pastor of Our Lady of Mercy Parish, has appointed Mr. Patrick H. McNabb as Principal of Our Lady of Mercy Regional School. “I am thrilled to accept the leadership of Our Lady of Mercy School, and I am grateful to Fr. Healey for this wonderful opportunity. I look forward to working together with our teachers, students, families, and parish community to help all of our students become the saints and scholars God is calling them to be.” said McNabb.
McNabb holds a B.A. in History from Haverford College and a M.Ed. in Administration and Supervision from National Louis University. With experience in teaching and administration, he has served as a coach, classroom teacher, and Vice-Principal. Since 2016, he has served as Middle School Religion Teacher and Director of Faith Formation at Holy Name Church and School in Fall River, MA. Previous to working at Holy Name School, McNabb began his career in education at the Shelby Middle School in Shelby, Mississippi for Teach for America. He went on to serve as Middle School Teacher and then Vice-Principal at KIPP DC: KEY Academy in Washington, DC and as Vice-Principal of KIPP DC: College Preparatory in Washington, DC. Principal McNabb and his wife are parishioners of St. Barnabas Church in Portsmouth, RI and are the parents of two young children.
Our Lady of Mercy Regional School opened in 1950 under the direction of the Religious Sisters of Mercy with just one hundred thirty-eight pupils. The faculty consisted of three Sisters of Mercy with one sister also serving as the principal. Today, the school offers Pre-K through 8th grade instruction to approximately 255 students with a faculty of over 20. Our Lady of Mercy Pastor, Father Healey, stated: “I am delighted to announce the appointment of Patrick McNabb as Principal of our parish school. He brings a wealth of educational experience, an abundance of energy and talent and most importantly a strong commitment to his Catholic Faith. We welcome him to our parish family and look forward to Patrick’s skillful and faith-filled leadership of Our Lady of Mercy School.”
The opening words of the Eastertide anthem of the Blessed Virgin, the recitation of which is prescribed from Compline of Holy Saturday until Afternoon Prayer of the Saturday after Pentecost inclusively. Substitute this prayer for the Angelus during the Paschal (Easter) season. The authorship of the "Regina Caeli" being unknown, legend says the St. Gregory the Great (d. 604) heard the first three lines chanted by angels on a certain Easter morning in Rome while he walked barefoot in a great religious procession and that the saint thereupon added the fourth line: "Ora pro nobis Deum. Alleluia." A partial indulgence is granted to the faithful, who devoutly recite this according to the formula indicated for the time of the year. It is a praiseworthy practice to recite these prayers in the early morning, at noon, and in the evening.
Prayer Source: Enchiridion of Indulgences , June 29, 1968
This ancient sequence is sung or prayed every day from Easter Sunday through all the Easter Octave. ords: Wigbert [Wipo of Burgundy] (d. 1050?); tr. The Antiphoner and Grail, 1880, alt. Music: Victimae Paschai laudes, plainsong, Mode I; melody att. Wigbert [Wipo of Burgundy] (d. 1050?)