Sister Mary Winifred

Sister Mary Winifred

(Site Administrator)
Our Lady of Mercy School - Hicksville

  Personal Message


Faith Formation takes place in three distinct places: the home, the parish, the educational component (school, religious education session, homeschooling). First, parents must be formed themselves in order to provide good solid formation 
in the home. Therefore parent meetings are held in the parish to assist the parents in their responsibility no matter where the child's education takes place. Second, parish activities are needed for all children every year in order to assist them in the development of a strong Catholic identity. These activities are based on and flow from participation in the Sunday Eucharist. Third, these include all parish seasonal events in the parish such as retreats, celebration of Reconciliation, outreach projects, and service projects in the parish. Our Lady of Mercy parish follows the curriculum and educational materials approved by the Diocese of Rockville Centre. 

February 10th: Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Luke 5:1-11

Many times Jesus cautions his followers not to be afraid.  Through Jesus, the disciples experienced many things out of the ordinary, so some apprehension would be natural.  Jesus, however, counsels them to trust.  Sometimes we are presented with situations that seem to call forth strength and courage from us.  In today's Gospel, we see that we are not to rely on such attributes; we are only to rely on God.  Jesus shows the disciples that he can fill their nets only for Peter to declare that he is unworthy.  Jesus calls us as we are and asks that we put our trust in him.

In the Gospel, Jesus sets Peter on a journey of mission and leadership.  These clearly reveal that, despite our sin, God wants to use us to share the Good News.

This mission can only be accomplished through grace, and grace is most effective in the humble heart.  Isaiah, Paul, and Peter all faced their own lack before being sent out by God.  They had to choose to recognize their sin and let God's grace heal it.  They had to allow God to work in them and through them.  Like them, we are called to recognize our sin, be open to God's grace, and share the Good News so that others may worship God.

ASK YOURSELF: ​ Paul, Isaiah, and Peter all understood their sinfulness and need for God's grace.  What sins do you struggle with?  How might these impede your ministry?  How has God's grace helped you in the past?

LIVE THE GOSPEL:  Spend some time this week asking God for more grace for your current challenges, and then thank God for his help in the past.

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