From Father 4/3

Posted on April 3, 2016 View all news

Laudetur Jesus Christus!
Gelobt sei Jesus Christus!
Praised be Jesus Christ!

This weekend we welcome to our parish Food for the Poor priest Father Thomas Singer, O.M.I. Father Singer is a priest of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate. Father was ordained in 1957. There will be a second collection for the Food for the Poor organization. Please welcome Fr. Singer to Old St. Mary’s.

Food For The Poor is one of the largest international relief and development organizations in the United States. Their work is motivated by their faith in God, spreading His unconditional love, regardless of race, wealth, or creed as they minister to the poorest of the poor in 17 countries throughout the Caribbean and Latin America. By providing lifesaving food, secure housing, clean water, healthcare, emergency relief, micro-enterprise projects and education opportunities, Food for the Poor is giving the poor a chance at a better future, and showing them God’s love.

I ask you to please be generous to this second collection and to welcome Fr. Singer as he is with us this weekend.

This weekend is Divine Mercy Sunday. Please find, in St. Faustina’s own words, the description of the image that we now know as the Divine Mercy Image. Have a blessed week ahead!


“Paint an image according to the pattern you see, with the signature: Jesus, I trust in You. I promise that the soul that will venerate this image will not perish. I also promise victory over [its] enemies already here on earth, especially at the hour of death. I Myself will defend it as My own glory (Diary, 47, 48). I am offering people a vessel with which they are to keep coming for graces to the fountain of mercy. That vessel is this image with the signature: Jesus, I trust in You (327). I desire that this image be venerated, first in your chapel, and [then] throughout the world (47).

The two rays denote Blood and Water. The pale ray stands for the Water which makes souls righteous. The red ray stands for the Blood which is the life of souls. These two rays issued forth from the depths of My tender mercy when My agonized Heart was opened by a lance on the Cross. Happy is the one who will dwell in their shelter, for the just hand of God shall not lay hold of him (299). By means of this image I shall grant many graces to souls. It is to be a reminder of the demands of My mercy, because even the strongest faith is of no avail without works (742). ” – St. Faustina relating the words of Christ requesting the image