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. 

May 13: Ascension of the Lord

The observance of the Ascension of the Lord, traditionally celebrated forty days after Easter on a Thursday, is moved to the following Sunday in most dioceses in the United States.

All three of the Synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark, and Luke) include final instructions from the risen Christ to his disciples about going out into the world to proclaim the Good News:

"Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations."   Matthew 28:19

"Go into the whole world and proclaim the gospel to every creature."  Mark 16:15

"Thus it is written that the Messiah would suffer and rise from the dead on the third day and that repentance, for the forgiveness of sins, would be preached in his name to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem.  You are witnesses of these things."  Luke 24:46-48

It is clear that Jesus wanted his disciples to take the good news of salvation to people far and wide.  What they had experienced in Jesus' ministry, death, and resurrection was not an experience to keep to themselves or some small group of believers.  "All nations" and "every creature" certainly indicate otherwise.

Final instructions carry great weight.  These parting words have been chosen carefully.  Are we listening?  Will we do as Jesus asked?

ASK YOURSELF: ‚Äč Why did Jesus instruct his disciples to "proclaim the good news to all creatures"?  How do I proclaim the Good News to all creatures?

LIVE THE GOSPEL:  St. Francis is traditionally credited with the maxim: "Preach the gospel at all times.  When necessary, use words."  This week, preach the good news of Jesus with your life.  Show love to the unlovable; touch the untouchable; make a sacrifice for the sake of another.

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