I'm New

Visiting a new church can be intimidating: What should I wear? Where do I park? Where do my kids go?
We understand the many thoughts that can come from visiting a new church, so we want you to feel completely comfortable when you visit. Below are some frequently asked questions. If you have any additional questions, don't hesitate to contact us or talk with an usher when you visit.

When are services? (Below is the temporary service schedule for reopening during the COVID-19 pandemic.)
Saturday, 4:30pm - Our Lady of Mercy (Vigil Mass)-At Church, with Limited Capacity Attendance (by reservation). Streamed Live on Facebook and YouTube with Communion in Church for online attendees (up to 45 minutes after Mass) (August 1st Mass will be on-line).

Sunday, 7:15am - Our Lady of Mercy-At Church, with Limited Capacity Attendance (by reservation). Streamed Live on Facebook and YouTube with Communion in Church for online attendees (up to 45 minutes after Mass).

Sunday 9:00am - St. Brigid, Bergen at Church-has limited capacity and requires physical distancing. No reservations are required. Streamed Live on Facebook from the with Communion in Church for online attendees (up to 30 minutes after Mass).

Sunday, 10:45am – Our Lady of Mercy-At Church, with Limited Capacity Attendance (by reservation). Streamed Live on Facebook and YouTube with Communion in Church for online attendees (up to 45 minutes after Mass).

Sunday, 5:30pm – Our Lady of Mercy-Streamed Live on Facebook and YouTube from the Friary/Rectory Chapel with Communion in Church (up to 45 minutes after Mass).

When is Confession available?
Thursday Eucharistic Adoration follows the 7:30 am Mass. Adoration closes at 6:30 pm with evening prayer and Benediction. Please take a moment to stop in the Church during Adoration and spend some time in prayer. 

What should I wear?
We want you to feel comfortable. After all, we are thrilled that you're joining us and want you to be more focused on the service than what you're wearing. In the summertime, it's not uncommon to see people wearing sandals, shorts, and a shirt. Others prefer to still put on their "Sunday best," and that's fine too! However, we do request that shorts be of a conservative length (no “short-shorts”) and that in general, clothing be respectable and conservative.

How do I get to the Church?
Our Lady of Mercy is located at 44 Lake Street, Leroy.
St. Brigid's is located at 18 Gibson Street, Bergen.

Where should I park?
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Where do my childen go?
We believe it is important for children of all ages to attend mass with their families. Therefore, we do not offer separate children’s services. A “cry room” is located to far right of the altar, which has large windows and a sound system to allow you to hear and participate in the mass.

Children typically attend Sunday School, which is offered during the school year. We ask that in addition to attending Sunday School all children attend mass with their families.

I'm not Catholic... How do I know when to sit, stand, and kneel?
There’s no need to be self-conscious about the postures and responses used during worship. Most visitors just follow the lead of parishioners. However, we do have worship aids located in each pew that provide you with the order of the mass, the postures, and the words to each prayer. If you don't see a worship aid in your pew, ask an usher, and they will be happy to bring you one.

I'm not Catholic... Is it okay for me to participate in Communion?
Communion, or The Eucharist, is the most intimate expression of our faith. Catholics believe that the host is literally the body of Christ, transformed from bread by the priest presiding over the service. Most evangelicals think of Communion as symbolic, so it makes sense that they are not as strict about having the right relationship to it as Catholics and Orthodox Christians who believe it is a sacrament and the true presence of Christ. So, if you are not Catholic, we ask that you not receive communion. However, those not receiving the Body of Christ and Precious blood are invited to come forward with their hands crossed over their chests for a special blessing.

Am I expected to put money in the offering?
If you are visiting with us, we don't expect you to put money in the offering, and you are welcome to just let it pass you by. If you consider this your church home, we'd love for you to prayerfully consider giving to the Church on a weekly basis. You can give by check or cash during the service, or you can sign up for online giving here.