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Important letter from Fr. Tom – April 19, 2020

Dear Parishioners,

Today is Divine Mercy Sunday – a Feast Day started by Pope St. John Paul II to increase our devotion to and our appreciation of God’s infinite Mercy. I’m sure many of you are familiar with the beautiful image of Jesus associated with the Divine Mercy devotion:

Today we need to pray those simple words even more wholeheartedly:


May we surrender all that we are experiencing to God’s Divine Mercy and put our total trust in God’s provident care for all of us!

Elsewhere in today’s bulletin I have included a description of “How to Pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy” for the benefit of those who may be unfamiliar with it.

Of course Easter was very different and unusual this year. Please know that we missed the crowds and the excitement and the joy of Easters past. We were glad to be able to provide an opportunity for people to drive by and pray from their cars in front of the Blessed Sacrament, and to at least receive a blessing. We all hope to be back together to worship as a congregation soon!

Fr. Sullivan and I would like to plan three special Masses for this upcoming week:

Mass in the Time of Pandemic
The readings and prayers for this Mass have just been approved by the Vatican, so we would like to pray this Mass with you on Monday of this week to pray for an end to the pandemic and for a cure and a vaccine.

Mass for the Sick
On Tuesday and Wednesday Fr. Sullivan and I will each offer a Mass for the Sick—this will be for those struggling with the coronavirus, as well as all others who are sick at this time. We are requesting that you send us the names of individuals you would like to have included in our prayers at these Masses. Please email the names to me at [email protected] or call them into the rectory at 516-354-0482.

Mass for the Deceased
On Thursday and Friday, we will be offering Masses for those who have died and who have not been able to have a Funeral Mass said for them. Please email the names of the deceased to me at [email protected] or call into the rectory at 516-354-0482. Please let us know if the person is a parishioner from OLV or if the person is a family relative or friend. Each name will be said at the Masses.

Praised be the name of Jesus Christ now and forever!
Fr. Tom

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