St. Vincent de Paul News
A message from the Saint Vincent de Paul - Mercy Conference
These are difficult times for everyone during this Corona virus pandemic. We are aware that many Mercy parishioners may need assistance at this time. If you are a Mercy parishioner needing financial assistance or food, please contact Deacon Jeff at Deacon_Jeff@mercyparish.church. Please know that your request for assistance is held confidentially.
Our ministry is still providing assistance to the less fortunate in our community. We have been taking calls during our normal hours, on Tuesday mornings from 9:00 am until 10:30 am. We have temporarily suspended the home visits to the families and we have been doing assessments via phone. When we deliver Publix gift cards, we make sure the family is home before the gift cards are dropped off at their door. We practice social distancing and do not come in contact with anyone.
We have been asked by many parishioners how they can help. Your prayers are always appreciated for our dedicated volunteers of the SVdP ministry, as well as, those we serve in our community. We can accept your monetary donations or Publix gift cards in the Offertory Collection basket that has been set out in the Church.
May God bless you and keep you.
Youth Group News
Hands Up! Hands Out! SUMMER SERVICE : Are you interested in our “stay at home” service week? Then join us during the week of July 20th. For more details, click on this link.
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.
A letter from our new Bishop
His Excellency, Steven Raica, the 5th Bishop of the Birmingham Diocese issued a decree extending the dispensation from the Sunday and Holy Day Mass obligation due to COVID-19 through Sunday, September 6th. To read his full letter, please click on this link.
Two New Ministries
Seating Coordinator and Sanitizing Team
Mercy Parish is looking for volunteers, men and women of all ages, to be part of these two ministries. We require two Seating Coordinators and two Sanitizing Team members for each weekend Mass. You have the choice of picking the Mass you prefer, based on your profile settings in the Ministry Scheduler that we use for our weekend Liturgical Ministry support.
Seating Coordinator responsibilities include ensuring the chairs are set up ahead of time, based on the Sign Up Genius with the number of individuals attending Mass, and coordinating with Ushers to ensure all protocols are adhered to.
Sanitizing Team responsibilities include (adults) spraying and wiping down various designated areas with sanitizing products after each Mass.
Your support is very crucial in this time of the pandemic. We want to provide the members of our parish family and our visitors a safe and healthy atmosphere for worship. Your prayerful consideration in this regard is very much appreciated. If you are interested, please send an email with your Mass preference to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are interested in volunteering and unable to attend the training sessions below, email the Parish Office.
Ministry Training Schedule:
Seating Coordinator (All training will be in the Youth Room):
Sat, July 18th at 3 pm
Sun, July 19th at 10 am
Sat, Aug 8th at 3 pm
Sun, Aug 9th at 10 am
Sanitizing Team: Meet by the St. Joseph Banner after every weekend Mass.
Religious Education at Mercy
2020 - 2021
We are preparing for the 2020-2021 Religious Education school year. We are still unsure exactly how classes will be conducted, but you can help us by registering. The registration form can be found by clicking on this link. Knowing the number of students we have will help us figure out what we need to do.
Forms need to be filled out and sent the the Mercy Parish office or placed in the collection baskets by July 31st. Please mark envelopes for "Religious Education." If you have any questions, please email email@example.com.
July 8th Audio message from Deacon Rick can be heard by clicking on the audio link immediately below this text.
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 via the Sign Up Genius Link.
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.
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. This is a firm number and cannot be exceeded. Please ensure you have a seat before attempting to
attend Mass by signing up at this link.
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:
Weekend Mass for July 11th & 12th, click this link.
Friday, July 10th Mass, click this link.
Thursday, July 9th Mass, click this link.
Wednesday, July 8th Mass, click this link.
Tuesday, July 7th 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:
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.
Mercy Parish Youth Groups MPYG and J.O.Y.
Let's connect! Play Games, Chat, and have a little fun! online!
We would like to gather information on any youth grades 6-12 who either participate in youth group or are looking for a way to connect with other Mercy Parish youth who you haven't seen in awhile. If you would like to participate in some Youth Group Online Activities online using either Zoom, online chats, texting, group me etc. we need to hear from you! We ask that you please respond by emailing Ms. Caryn at MPYG@mercyparish.church. Our intention is to plan some events for both MS and HS age levels over the course of the next several weeks such as scavenger hunts, escape rooms, game nights, discussions, or just to hang out eat ice-cream and say hello! In order to make online groups effective we need to have valid contact information (phone number and or email), and permission from parents. We can only succeed with participants and THAT is you! Our wonderful youth of Mercy Parish!
The youth ministry team misses you all and we hope that you and your families are doing well!
Hope to See you online for some fun in the near future!
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
“MERCY AND STEWARDSHIP BY ALL FOR THE GOOD OF ALL”
Mercy Parish is a growing Catholic faith community of 449 families and over 1300 members as of April 2020. In less than four years since our inception as a Parish, we have more than doubled our original parish membership, completed construction of the Multipurpose Hall (Phase I of our Parish’s Campus Vision) and are rapidly repaying the remaining loan amount for this construction to the Archdiocese of Birmingham. Once this loan has been satisfied, we will immediately turn our Campaign efforts towards funding the next phase of our Campus Vision (the Church). Although, full funding and construction of the remaining phases of our Campus Vision is still several years away, it has been demonstrated by the ongoing charitable support of our members and visitors, as well as the steady increase in our Parish membership that there is a strong desire in the Huntsville/Madison and surrounding areas for another vibrant and welcoming Catholic community. Please click the Capital Campaign button below for more information.
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 .