The Story of Our Lady of Mercy (Our Lady of Ransom) originates from the efforts of St. Peter Nolaso, when he was inspired by the idea of establishing an Order for the redemption of captives seized by the Moors. On August 1, 1218, the Blessed Virgin first appeared to St. Peter, saying that she desired the establishment of a religious Order, later known as the Mercedarians, bearing the name of her mercy. Its members would deliver Christian captives and offer themselves, if necessary, as a ransom pledge.
Pope Gregory IX approved the Order, established in Spain, under the name of Our Lady of Mercy. By the grace of God and under the protection of His Virgin Mother, the Order spread rapidly. Members followed Our Lady’s directive, giving themselves up to voluntary slavery when necessary, to aid the good work.
A feast day was instituted and observed on September 24th first in the Order, and then everywhere throughout Spain and France, in return thanks to God and the Blessed Virgin Mary. Pope Innocent XII extended the feast day to be celebrated throughout the entire Church. Pope Leo XIII encouraged the devotion to Our Lady with a focus on how Our Lady ransoms us from the slavery of our sins, and brings us the grace of conversion.
MARIAN FEAST DAYS:
Feast of Our Lady of Mercy
Wednesday,September 24th 8:00am Mass& 12:00pm Mass
SPECIAL MERCY DAY OUTDOOR MASS
Sunday, September 28th
12:00pm Mass under the tent at the OLOM School football field
Lunch will be provided to all
We’ve partnered with the WOMAN’S NEW LIFE CENTER for our service opportunity. Items such as: diapers, newborn clothing, bassinets, and playards are needed for families in crisis and can be donated in the vestibule during the month of September.