Dear Brothers and Sisters in the Lord,
I hope this note finds you well as we continue our Easter season. As you are aware the 2nd Sunday of Easter has a special designation as ” Divine Mercy Sunday” which St. John Paul II added to the Roman Missal to celebrate and call attention to the mercy and atonement that we are privileged to receive from our Savior, especially as we avail ourselves to the Sacrament of Penance.
I know that Deacon Kevin O’Brien has invited parishioners to pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet at 3pm tomorrow through zoom.com.
Should anyone wish to avail themselves to the Sacrament of Penance please note that I am happy to meet with you.
Please call my extension (18) at the rectory (732-254-1800) and I can plan to meet you on the parish grounds while observing safe-social distancing for our mutual safety.
In her diary, St. Faustina wrote that the Lord said, “I desire that there be a Feast of Mercy. I want this image, which you will paint with a brush, to be solemnly blessed on the First Sunday After Easter, that Sunday is to be the Feast of Mercy, I desire that priests proclaim this great mercy of mine towards souls of sinners. The flames of mercy are burning me – clamoring to be spent; I want to pour them out upon these souls.”
For your meditation these days, I am delighted to share with you a reflection called ” Don’t Look Away,” from my former teacher and good friend. Fr. John Perricone.(PLEASE FIND THIS ON OUR FACEBOOK PAGE AS PART 2 OF THIS MESSAGE) His reflection was published in Crisis Magazine and he has granted me permission to share it with you as we reflect upon the Cross of Good Friday & the Glory of Easter which brings us true peace, lasting salvation, and the fullness of hope in every way.
Be assured of my prayers for you and your families. Please remember me in yours and don’t hesitate to contact me if I can be of any help or assistance to you . Also the members of the welcoming team are looking to reach out to our elderly parishioners, so if you are aware of any one in need or someone who is in distress, please let us know.
In the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary,
Fr. Damian Breen