A Note From Father Rapaglia

My Dear Parishioners,

When it came to my attention that Our Lady of Mercy Church was in need of a new pastor I asked Cardinal Dolan to be considered for the position. I was delighted that he honored my request! I am so happy to be joining you at this wonderful parish, which your former pastor and my good friend Fr. Rodriguez calls "a great community." Thank you for your warm welcome! As the son of an immigrant, I am especially glad to be able to serve the many immigrants who call this church 'home.' Please pray for me each day as I pray for you each day. May God bless you and may Our Lady of Mercy smile upon you!

Fr. Eric Rapaglia 

Una nota de Padre Rapaglia

Querido/a Feligrés,

Cuando llego a mi atención que Nuestra Señora de las Mercedes estaba esperando un nuevo pastor, le pedí al Cardinal Dolan que me considerará por la posición. Me encanto que el me dio el honor de mi petición! Me complace mucho acompañar a ustedes en esta hermosa parroquia, que el antiguo pastor, también mi buen amigo Padre Rodriguez, has llamado “una gran comunidad”. Gracias por su caluroso bienvenida! Como un hijo de un inmigrante, me alegro especialmente en servir a los muchos inmigrantes que a esta iglesia lo llaman ‘su casa’. Pido sus oraciones todos los días, mientras yo pediré también por ustedes. Que el Señor les bendiga grandemente, y que la Virgen de las mercedes les favorezcan!

Padre Eric Rapaglia




A Tree of Life is a memorial wall in form of a tree. On it parishioners can memorialize a loved one, living or deceased. This was a gift from Melba and Lourds to OLM Parish in honor of Fr. Rodriguez. Each individual plaque in memory of a love one, a family or a group, is $150. If you are interested in purchasing one or more, please speak to Melba a the Gift Shop on Sundays or leave your name and phone number at the office. Thank you!





Hail Mary, Full of Grace
The Lord is with thee
Blessed are you among women
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus
Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners
now and at the hour of our death. Amen.