Bulletins, Events & News Letters

List of Upcoming Events and Programs. Please note that all parish events are not listed, please refer to our weekly bulletin and parish calendar for additional information.

Coat and Toy Collection

November 17 & 18, 2018   All Weekend Masses   Our Lady of Mercy Church

We are collecting coats, clothing and gently used toys for the Community Outreach Group on November 17 and 18. Items can be brought to the Gathering Space that weekend only. This will be the only collection time. The annual clothing distribution party is on Saturday, December 1 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church, located at 2216 Peach Street.    Any items not distributed are given to other local organizations and shelters for distribution to those in need.  If you have any questions, you can call Tom Pearson at 814-450-7338.

Christmas Caring Tree Program

November 17 & 18, 2018   All Weekend Masses   Our Lady of Mercy Church

The Ella Cochran Food Pantry’s “Christmas Caring Tree” will be on display the weekend of November 17th and 18th to allow time to shop for gifts. If you would like to brighten a child’s or senior’s Christmas, please take a name from the tree and return a wrapped gift by December 8th and 9th.

Prayer Shawls for the Sick

November 17 & 18, 2018   All Weekend Masses   Our Lady of Mercy Church

The Prayer Shawl Ministry will be in the Gathering Space following the Anointing of the Sick at all the Masses on the weekend of November 17-18.  If you have not yet received a shawl or a prayer square and would like one, please stop at our table following the Mass.

Harborcreek Community Thanksgiving Service

November 18, 2018   7:00 p.m.   South Harborcreek United Methodist Church

South Harborcreek United Methodist Church will host this year’s Community Thanksgiving Service on Sunday, November 18th at 7:00 p.m. All are invited to attend. The offering will go to the Ella Cochran Food Pantry. Refreshments will follow.

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Getting Through the Holidays

November 19, 2018   7:00 p.m.   Our Lady of Mercy Church

Monday November 19 at 7pm. The first year of holidays can be difficult after losing someone we love because of all the traditions surrounding these events; the absence of our loved one feels more intense. The Grief Support Group offers a special session in November to talk through actions one can take to ease the pain and celebrate our loved one. Questions – contact Donna Clark in the parish office.

Story Time

November 27, 2018   9:30 a.m.   Our Lady of Mercy Church

There is something new for pre-school children and their parents!  It is our Tuesday morning Story Time: music, games activities, snack and stories guarantee a fun-filled hour for all. All are welcome.  Bring a friend.  There is no cost. Our next session is Tuesday November 27th, at 9:30 am in the classroom area. We cant wait to see you there!

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November 27, 2018 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.   Our Lady of Mercy Church

Winter is here! Need to run and play? OLM youth are invited to an Open Gym Night on Tues, Nov. 27 from 5:30-6:30 and Tues, Dec. 18 from 5:30-6:30. Come play basketball with friends and shake off some of those winter blues!

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Book Group

November 28, 2018 7:00 p.m.   Home of Marilyn Garwig 1320 Boyer Rd

Longer autumn nights and cooler, wetter autumn days are the perfect excuse to get lost in a good book. And a good book is made even better by sharing it with friends. Our November book will be Rose Kennedy: The Life and Times of a Political Matriarch by Barbara Perry. Because of the Thanksgiving holiday, we will meet on the 4th Wednesday of November. Join us Wednesday, Nov. 28 at 7:00 at the home of Marilyn Garwig 1320 Boyer Rd. In December, we will gather to watch and discuss a movie, so come with suggestions for a good flick to view.

Autumn Scripture Study

November 29, 2018 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.   Our Lady of Mercy Church

All are invited to a 4-week Scripture Study on 1 Samuel beginning Nov. 1. The sessions will be held Thursday mornings from 9:00-10:30 in the Conference Room. Nov. 1 - Samuel, Nov. 8 - Saul, Nov. 15 - David, Nov. 29 - David. There are no books to purchase, no need to register. All are welcome.

Mass of Remembrance

December 1, 2018 10:00 a.m.   Our Lady of Mercy Church

The annual Mass of Remembrance is Saturday, December 1st at 10AM. The Bereavement Ministry invites all members of Our Lady of Mercy to attend this annual Memorial Mass to support the families of our parish who have lost loved ones during the past year. Please join us for this special celebration.

Advent Family Party

December 2, 2018 Noon to 2:00 p.m.   Our Lady of Mercy Church

Mark your calendar for Sunday, Dec. 2 from noon to 2:00 PM for a time to “Prepare for Christmas in an Old Fashioned Way”. Bring a treat that reminds you of Christmases of old. If you have a picture or ornament from your childhood Christmases, please bring it to share. There will be crafts and activities for children, fellowship and memories for adults, and the chance of a surprise guest for all. The event is free and open to everyone.

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December 3, 2018 7:00 p.m.   Our Lady of Mercy Church

Are you or someone you know struggling with physical, mental, emotional or spiritual issues? The Healing Ministry of OLM will be offering “A Time to Heal” on Monday December 3rd at 7 pm for anyone who has a need for healing in any area and on any level of their lives. The evening will include prayer, music, laying of hands and quiet reflection and is open to anyone who seeks healing and calm. Bring yourself and feel free to bring a friend.


January 2, 2018 6:00 p.m.   Our Lady of Mercy Church

The Men's Night Out Committee is very pleased to announce our next event. Our featured speaker will be The Honorable John J. Trucilla, (President Judge, Erie County Court of Common Pleas Wednesday January 2nd, 2019 Sperry Hall, 6:00pm! See you there!

Study on Prayer

January 6, 2018 9:45 to 10:45 a.m.   Our Lady of Mercy Church

On Jan. 6, we will begin an 8-week series on prayer. This study will use video presentation and guided discussion. It will be held in the Conference Room from 9:45-10:45 Sunday mornings (between the Masses). If you have ever wondered how to recognize the voice of God in prayer, struggled with distractions, wished you could pray with more attention or simply wished you knew how to get started with regular prayer, this study is for you. Both those new to a regular prayer life and those who have been faithful to prayer for years will find this study helpful. The study is free and there is no need to register or to commit to every week. The study is free, but a $15 workbook is available for anyone who wants one. If you want a workbook, contact Irene Lucas @ 899-6132 by Dec. 15 so she can order it.

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