Welcome to Our Lady of Mercy Parish
Our Lady of Mercy Parish is a consolidation of three different Churches – St. Bernard, St. Joseph and St. Michael located in downtown Easton, PA within the Diocese of Allentown. We invite you to explore our website and to discover a little about our small but vibrant bilingual parish. We are united in our faith in Jesus Christ. We wish to continue to learn, know and share the Good News of the Gospel. We encounter the living God through our Sunday Worship and celebration of the sacraments. As disciples of Jesus Christ, we wish to be good stewards by sharing the gifts that we have received with others within our parish as well as the local community. We hope this website will answer any questions you may have. We welcome you to visit and join us.
It is the mission of Our Lady of Mercy Parish to love and serve God and our neighbors by being a warm and welcoming multi-cultural Roman Catholic Community, showing mercy to all through every stage of life, and building the Kingdom of God through fellowship, evangelization, worship and stewardship.
** Coronavirus Update **
My Dear Parishioners,
I wanted to reach out to you and let you know that you are in my prayers!
On Monday, March 16th, the decision was made to cancel all public masses in the Diocese of Allentown. This decision was not an easy one made lightly. We are encouraged to practice “social distancing” to prevent or at least slow the spread of the Coronavirus. This virus has affected us all in different ways.
There are physical impacts like those that are ill and those that are caring for the ill. There are economic impacts from retirement savings, employment concerns, the closing of businesses and the cancellation of travel plans. There are psychological impacts which include worry, fear, anxiety, frustration, anger and confusion to name a few. Then there are also spiritual impacts. Our routines to practice our faith, receive the sacraments have been interrupted. All of these circumstances can affect us in different ways.
I write as a word of encouragement to all of us. One of my favorite expressions is “the sun always rises.” In the dark of the night, we have to be patient and wait for the sun to rise. This reminds us of the central teaching of our Christian faith- the Paschal Mystery-Jesus’ death and resurrection. From the suffering of the cross to the glory of the resurrection. The 40 days of Lenten preparation lead to the 50 days of Easter joy.
The Holy Mass contains all of these mysteries and assists us in our own struggles and crosses. In every Mass we bring our prayers, our struggles, and our sufferings, our crosses and unite them with Jesus. He reminds us that we are never alone! The regular celebration of the mass each week helps us with our own crosses and allows us to have hope and perseverance. While we are not able to celebrate the mass in person, I will continue to offer the mass and pray for your needs of our parish family and the needs of our community. I invite you to join me online.
The celebration of the Sunday Mass can be found on many places on television and online. Every morning Monday-Friday at 8:00 am, Saturday at 4:30 pm and Sunday at 12:00 noon (Spanish), we will live-stream the mass on our Facebook page- Our Lady of Mercy Parish. We have archived the Sunday Mass, Daily Mass and Spanish Mass for you to view at your leisure, here on our website. During these unsettled times, my desire is for you to know that God is with each and every one of you. For more information from the Diocese of Allentown please consult www.ad-today.com
The church will be open for a private visit. If there is any serious pastoral need, a family member sick or in need of the Sacrament of Anointing, please do not hesitate to contact me at the parish office. The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be available on Saturdays 3:30-4:15 pm in the church. Or you may call the office to schedule a time for confession. Public Adoration HAS BEEN CANCELLED.
Lent is a time of prayer, fasting and alms giving. Our experience this Lent is unique. I encourage you to use this time to intensify your prayer life. Ask God for the grace to deepen your Faith, Hope and Love. Lent is a time of sacrifice. We are enduring many inconveniences, many daily sacrifices in our life. One of the great sacrifices is the inability to receive Jesus in Holy Communion. I pray that this time may increase your longing for Him in the Holy Sacrament. Lent is a time of charity. We can reach out to others with a phone call. We can endure the grocery lines with patience. We must take life “One Day at a Time” Jesus tells us, “I am with you always.”
Please pray for one another, be patient with one another, and trust that God never abandons us!
Jesus I Trust in You!
I look forward to the day that we can be reunited around the altar of Jesus in His Church. Until then, let us connect via social media.
God Bless each of you!
Fr. Keith Laskowski
You may view 8:00 am daily mass live or Saturday 4:30 pm or Sunday 12:00 Spanish, via Facebook Live.
Spiritual Communion Prayer
My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You.
Never permit me to be separated from You.
Thursday of the 7th Week of Easter, May 28, 2020
Miercoles de 7 Domingo de Pascua, Mayo 27, 2020
7th Sunday in Easter – May 24, 2020
(We apologize for sound difficulties.)
7 Domingo de Pascua, May 24, 2020
Consecration to Mary and May Crowning
The Holy Rosary
Luminous Mysteries Joyful Mysteries
Santo Rosario – Misterios Gozosos