St. Vincent de Paul News
Everyone loves a bargain!
We invite you to stop by the Saint Vincent de Paul Thrift Store to see our newly renovated store and check out all the good deals. We also added a Consignment area. Shop designer brands at great prices! The Thrift Store has everything from greeting cards, gently used clothes, home goods, baby clothes, office supplies, furniture, lamps and so much more. We are located at 2140 Jonathon Dr. NW, Huntsville, 35810. Our store hours are Tuesday - Saturday from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm. We are always accepting donations too. Visit our St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store of Huntsville Facebook or Instagram pages. Proceeds go to help the less fortunate in our community.
Guidelines for Attending Mass in-person at Mercy Parish
To comply with Diocese and state requirements Social Distancing must be maintained.
Each household who plans to attend weekend Mass must first make their intentions clear EACH FRIDAY by clicking on this Sign Up Genius Link. This allows us time to print the seating chart in advance for the Seating Coordinators.
If you are not on the list to attend Mass, it is not possible to guarantee that you will be allowed into the church.
Seats are assigned on a First-Come First-Served basis until 5 minutes before Mass at which time the empty seats in the sanctuary will be given to anyone as needed.
Ushers will be providing instructions on sanitizing and wearing masks. Please be courteous to your ushers. Their instructions are for the safety of everyone in attendance.
Each Mass is limited to 110 people while maintaining social distance of 6 feet between individuals or families. This is a firm number and cannot be exceeded.
1. Please specify how many are in your family when you sign up (click the # under "quantity") so that we get an accurate count and can group the chairs ahead of time.
2. Annotate in the sign up notes if you are a Lector (Cantor and Choir are not required to reserve seats).
3. Please update your sign up if you need to increase/decrease family size. If you are unable to attend, please delete your sign-up.
4. Be sure to check in upon arrival at church for direction to seats.
5. Do NOT change seats after you have been seated!
We will continue performing the Mass schedule by live Facebook feed. For those attending Masses virtually, programs can no longer be downloaded from our website due to copyright issues. You will have to click on the link provided in our weekly email updates.
The video feed will remain available on Facebook afterwards if you miss it, or in the daily links found below:
Thursday, October 22nd Mass, click this link.
Wednesday, October 21st Mass, click this link.
Tuesday, October 20th Mass, click this link.
Weekend Mass for October 17th & 18th, click this link.
Friday, October 16th Mass, click this link.
Daily Virtual Mass schedule:
Tues-Fri -- 8:30 am (Facebook Live) Rosary begins at 8am
Saturday at 5:00 pm (Facebook Live)
Sunday at 8:30am and 11:00am (Facebook watch party)
As a reminder, our Facebook page is:
Videos are also available using the links above, or if you prefer YouTube, you can subscribe to the Mercy Parish YouTube channel:
Bishop Raica's Decree Extending Dispensation from Mass due to COVID-19
The Catholic Diocese of Birmingham in Alabama published a decree from His Excellency, Bishop Steven J. Raica, that extends the dispensation of the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and other Holy Days of Obligation through Sunday November 22, 2020. You can view the full letter by clicking on this link, and everyone is encouraged to read it in full.
October 21st message from Deacon Rick can be accessed by clicking on the link immediately below this text.
A Virtual Marriage Encounter
The Marriage Encounter experience is a heart haven that
helps you listen, share and connect more deeply. There’s
no group discussion. It's just about the two of you learning
to be the best, most loving and thriving couple you can be.
This virtual event will take place October 23rd - 25th.
For more information, click on this link or call Barney & Kathy Bellard at 205-530-3607.
Don't Worry, Retire Happy
Tom Hegna, CLU, CHFC, CASL, is an award-winning author, speaker and economist. He is an industry leader and is considered by many as "The Retirement Income Expert." Tom has presented at over 5,000 seminars, helping seniors and baby boomers build lasting retirement plans.
When: 7PM, Thursday, Oct 29th
Info: Cameron Ellis, FIC, Field Agent, Thomas.Ellis@kofc.org, (251) 656-9505
Registration is open to anyone; you don't have to be a member of the Knights of Columbus to participate.
Click on this link to see the flyer.
'No Touch' Trunk or Treat
Friday, October 30th
Come join us for a fun, safe Trunk or Treat! Decorate your trunk for a chance to win one of 3 great prizes. Families can drive by trunks and pick their favorite, continue on thru the decorated church awning, vote for their favorite trunk, and receive their bag of goodies.
Decorated trunks should be at the church parking lot at 6:30 p.m. "Trick or Treaters should arrive at 7:00 p.m. Please click on this link to sign up. Thank you!
Let's Drive Out Hunger!
November 14th and 15th our youth will be hosting a parish wide Food Drive to support SVDP Fall food boxes and LCCI's Stuff a Truck and we hope that you will be able to support us by bringing non perishable food items this weekend to Mass. The youth will be in the gravel parking lot on the side of the main lot accepting your donations. Click on this link for a list of needs for our SVDP Fall food drive and some extra items that Limestone Counties Churches Involved (LCCI) may need during these trying times. The struggle is powerful for others and it is our responsibility to respond with love. Drop offs of food will be accepted both before and after all masses that weekend. Food will be distributed the following week, just in time for Thanksgiving. Youth who wish to help with the food drive and sort can food in the evening can sign up by clicking on this link.
Recognizing that not everyone will feel comfortable attending Mass in person or be able to due to the restricted numbers or health risk category, Holy Communion will be provided by a Deacon under the canopy each weekend.
Giving during our Mass limitations
Some of you have asked about giving during this time of limited attendance at Masses. Our Finance Council has put together a couple of ways to respond to these inquiries.
First is a note about our routine, weekly giving - alternatives are provided by clicking on this link.
Secondly, our Finance Council has worked with Amazon to set up AmazonSmile, where Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases. To support Most Merciful Jesus Catholic Church, click on this unique charity link.
Free membership opportunity
We are offering FREE Online Membership in commemoration of the upcoming beatification of our beloved founder Fr. Michael J. McGivney. His beatification will take place on October 31. This gift of free first-year membership is open to all potential members between now and December 31, 2020. Interested prospects should simply visit kofc.org/joinus, complete the membership application and enter promo code MCGIVNEY2020. If you have questions, or need more information, please contact us at:
Mercy Parish Youth Groups MPYG and J.O.Y.
If you are new to the parish and or have a youth entering the 6th grade we invite you to join us!
Parents who may not be receiving our emails or have new emails please submit updated info!
You will be added to our weekly email list! Also keep a close eye on the parish bulletin as you will find MPYG activities listed each month there!
Most Merciful Jesus I thank you with all my heart for giving me Yourself in this Holy Eucharist; body, blood, soul and divinity.
May this precious gift enlighten me with the power to be your Mercy.
O Sacrament Most Holy, O Sacrament divine, all praise and all thanksgiving be every moment thine.
Most Merciful Father,
We thank You for Your unconditional love and infinite mercy. We turn to You with grateful hearts for bringing us from far and near and uniting us as Your loving family.
We pray for your blessing and guidance as we continue to build your Kingdom at Mercy parish. Give us a spirit of cooperation, and a generous sacrificial heart. May all those who support this mission find Your constant protection. Inflame us with the fire of your love so that we may become instruments of your Mercy to all Your creation. Humbly we pray through the intercession of our Blessed Mother and Your Beloved Son Jesus Christ our Lord
Most Merciful Jesus -- Have Mercy on us.
My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament of the altar. 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.
St. John Paul II Catholic High School
U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops
St. John the Baptist Catholic School
is dedicated to the spiritual, academic, social and physical development of each student. Students in K4-8th grade have the opportunity to experience daily faith formation while participating in engaged, hands on learning that promotes strong academic growth. Current enrollment is over 475 students in grades K4 - 8. Accredited by the AdvancEd Association and under the guidance of the Diocese of Birmingham, St. John’s is currently the only parochial school in the city of Madison. It strives to foster an atmosphere of academic excellence rooted in a solid foundation of Catholic teachings during daily student life.
Parishioners at Mercy Parish have the opportunity to attend St. John’s Catholic School at the parishioner rate tuition. Verification of parishioner status forms go from the school to the pastor.
Please check out St. John’s Catholic School at or email the principal, Sheryl Lewis at .