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:
Friday, April 16th Mass, click this link.
Thursday, April 15th Mass, click this link.
Wednesday, April 14th, click this link.
Tuesday, April 13th, click this link.
Weekend Mass, April 10th & 11th, click this link.
Permission to reprint, podcast, and / or stream the music in this service obtained from ONE LICENSE with license #A-737167. All rights reserved.
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 through May
His Excellency, Bishop Steven J. Raica, has extended the dispensation from the obligation to assist at Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation through The Solemnity of Pentecost (May 23rd). Please read the attached decree by clicking on this link.
Bishop Raica permits increased attendance
Per Bishop Raica's request, Mercy Parish will now expand Mass seating to 180 parishioners. Parishioners still need to use the Sign Up Genius to attend Mass, but have an option of sitting in the "common area" or the "social distance" area. The sign up genius will continue be available shortly after the 11:30 Mass for the following weekend. The Church will be set up with chairs in a common area, which will be placed in the traditional pattern of rows that we all used pre-COVID. The other chairs, in the social distancing area, will continue to be placed at a 6ft distance and in family groupings. Please see the image below for reference.
Those who are comfortable sitting in the traditional manner should choose the common area option when signing up for Mass. Those who wish to remain socially distancing, please choose the designated social distance option in the sign up genius. There will be 90 seats in each section.
April 14th Mercy message from Deacon Jeff can be heard by clicking on the link below. Music credit: https://www.bensound.com/royalty-free-music
Women of Mercy Bible Study
The Women of Mercy will begin a new Bible Study via Zoom on the Book of Esther. The study will run from April 12-May 24. Interested women should email firstname.lastname@example.org.
On April 12 ,we will discuss Chapter 1.
Parish Strategic Plan Presentation
Remember way back in 2019, when Mercy was hosting town halls and small group meetings to develop our strategic plan for the future? Well, the time has arrived to present that plan to the parish!
The Finance Council and Pastoral Council presented the Parish Strategic Plan on Wednesday, April 14th. The full presentation is available by clicking on this link. We will have an open forum on Wednesday, April 28th at 6:30pm at the Church to answer any follow-up questions. You can submit questions ahead of time by clicking on this email link.
Mercy Pastoral Council
God has provided each of us with certain talents. Have you been wondering what talents He has provided you, and how you can use those talents to benefit our Parish? Maybe you should consider joining the Pastoral Council.
The duty of PC members is to provide counsel and assistance in achieving the purpose of Mercy Parish’s goals and objectives set by the Pastor. The PC’s primary duty is twofold:
To serve as a communication conduit between Pastor, parishioners, clergy, ministries, commissions, and committees; and to serve as a visible catalyst and overarching example of service to our entire faith family.
If you are interested or have any questions, please contact any of the PC members located on the Pastoral Council tab of our webpage, or email the PC Chair, Rick Hycoop at PC_Chair@mercyparish.church.
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.
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.
During Lent, the social committee posted some pages for Easter drawings. To see what was submitted, please click on these links:
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
St. John the Baptist Catholic School was established in 1996 as a non-profit educational institution dedicated to the academic, spiritual, and physical development of every child that has been entrusted to its care. The school is part of the educational ministry of the parish. Current enrollment is over 350 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. All twenty-six certified and caring faculty members hold either a B.A. or B.S. degree and a significant number hold additional Master’s degrees.
For more information and/or schedule a tour, please visit St. John's website: www.stjohnb.com. Should you need more information before scheduling a tour, please email the Principal, Sherry Lewis at email@example.com."
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.