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Dear Friends,
If you read the Mass schedule for daily or Sunday masses you might have realized that my name has been missing. No, I didn’t secretly retire and sneak off in the middle of the night. I saved ten days from my summer vacation to take a cruise and so, hopefully, I am sailing the Caribbean under some very warm and sunny skies. By the time you read this, those ten days will be almost over and unless I stow away, I’ll see you next weekend.

Dear Friends,

Upcoming for November

Each year, for the past several years, the members of our Youth Group have been collecting frozen turkeys for the Fr. English Center in Paterson. This is the same Fr. English Center which the parish periodically helps out with frozen trays throughout the year. It is an outreach of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Paterson, providing a wide variety of social services for those in need, including a food pantry and soup kitchen. A few years ago we were told that they experience more of a need for Thanksgiving turkeys than they were able to fill and OLMC has been helping out since then. The collection of Frozen Turkeys, 25 lbs. or less will be next Saturday, Nov. 11th, only, between 9:00am and 12:00 noon, in the parking lot next to the rectory. Members of the Youth Group will be there to accept the turkeys and say thank you. They will be picked up by the Fr. English Center that very afternoon, so there is only this one opportunity to help a family in need. Please help to make some family Thanksgiving as joy-filled as your own.

Dear Friends,

Varia – three unrelated subjects.

Turks and Caicos Islands. Many have asked over the course of the weeks about conditions in TCI. I am happy to report that there were no deaths or serious injuries in the Islands, as far as our priests know or have heard. That being said, as with the other Islands in the Caribbean, there was a great deal of physical damage to the buildings on the Islands, including those of the Church. The heaviest damage was to the school and is estimated in the neighborhood of $600,000. But it was not total, so the school has re-opened, utilizing the buildings that were undamaged or only minimally damaged. The church and the rectory on Provo also sustained some damage, but not nearly as much as the school. For those buildings, as with most of the structures on the Islands, including private homes, it’s mostly roof damage. Water on Provo was restored within a week and electric power was restored, area by area. I believe most, if not all, of Provo has power.

Dear Friends,

Varia – unrelated items of interest, as we head into late October.

-This weekend is dedicated to World Mission Sunday. If you’ve noticed on the bulletin boards in the front lobby and in the Passaic Street entrance, there are huge posters inviting you to “Chat With Pope Francis,” about the Missions, with directions how to go onto Facebook Messenger App to hear the Pope speak about the Missions. (It really leads me to think seriously about the way we communicate with the parish if the Pope is so far ahead of us). But the point of the chat, and of the celebration of World Mission Sunday is to remind and encourage us that the Church must be missionary, that it is in the very nature of the Church to announce the message, the Good News of Jesus Christ to a world that is in dire need of hearing some good news. This “work” of the Church is being carried out in every part of the world, by dedicated religious and lay, for whom the experience of Jesus Christ cannot be kept to themselves but must be shared. It’s as simple as that. Should you and I do that? If we’ve encountered Christ in our lives that way, we definitely should look for times and ways to share that experience with others. Pray on that a little, and pray for this worldwide mission of the Church. Financial support to carry on this work is also appreciated. Envelopes are on the tables at all the doors of the church and may be placed in the usual boxes.

Dear Friends,
This is our 3rd and final weekend of Stewardship Renewal. First, let me express my thanks to all those who contributed to the Ministry Fair last weekend. These include the planners, those who set up (and cleaned up), those who hosted and those who staffed the individual tables, sharing information about their particular ministries. It took a great deal of effort on the part of so many. I want to say a special word of thanks to Deacon Nick DeLucca and Deacon Bob Liwanag who did all of the coordination and a lot of the physical work as well. A big thank you to one and all.

Dear Friends,
If you’ve driven by the church for more than a week now, or if you came to Mass last weekend and entered by the front, no doubt you’ve seen the banners on the front of the church telling you that it’s Stewardship Renewal time. Each year, we spend a few weeks in the early fall to renew our commitment to STEWARDSHIP, A WAY OF LIFE here at Mount Carmel. Often, visitors tell me that Mount Carmel seems to be so alive, filled with so much energy. The life and vibrancy of our parish community is a direct result of our commitment to Stewardship. (And, of course, the Lord’s blessings and grace). We have grown as a community, in our prayer life, in the monetary resources we are able to use and share for the building of the Kingdom of God, and in the ministries in which and through which we do both of these, because of Stewardship. Over these last almost twenty years, hundreds, thousands have come forward to offer their gifts and talents, their time and treasure for this work.

Dear Friends,
Thank you:
-to all who were able to make it to the 9/11 Mass. It is an important human quality or characteristic to be able to remember and when we come together to “remember” those who lost their lives on that horrific day, we show to those who continue their lives with a hole in their heart that we, their friends and neighbors, have not forgotten and we hope this is a consolation for them.
-to Jeff Voigt and the entire crew that made the Block Party another great success. They put in a really long day to make this a special moment in the life of our parish. When Lou Dinella moved to Florida I worried about who would step up and continue this job of coordinating the many hands needed to make this work. Jeff did, and did a great job. Thanks to all who stopped by and especially to every child and young person who took such delight in dunking whoever was in the tank at the time, myself, Fr. Kevin and Deacon Jakov. This year, the tank seemed especially susceptible to dunking but it was great to see the smiles on the kid’s faces. Thanks again to all who made the day a great one. And to God for the really fine weather.

My dear sisters and brothers in Christ,
On one Sunday each year the Catholic Church in the United States focuses special attention on its teaching ministry. This year dioceses across the country will mark Catechetical Sunday 2017 today, September 17th, using the theme established by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops: “Living As Missionary Desciples.” The Archdiocese of Newark celebrates this theme in every parish as we commission the faithful who serve as catechists in faith formation programs, Catholic schools, youth ministry, adult catechetical programs and in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. At the same time, we should recall that the mission of catechesis, that is, living as missionary disciples and helping others to do the same—belongs to all of us. Every baptized person shares in the call to proclaim the Gospel by the way we live and the choices we make. The catechetical mission is given in an extraordinary fashion to parents, who are the first educators of their children in the faith. Through its faith formation program, each parish must support the family in their crucial responsibility.

Dear friends,
Welcome back. Welcome home. Happy New Year. All sentiments that have to do with beginning and return, returning home from vacations, returning back to school, beginning a new school year and a new program year. All conjured up by the idea that September marks a change. For some, it’s the first time a child has gone off to college. For others, the first time a child will go off to school for a full day, every day. Whatever the case may be – let’s all step into this new present with a renewed sense of hope for all that can be and a new vision and dream that we can make it all come true.

St. Francis of Assisi has always been my favorite of all the saints partly because we both share a love of God’s creatures (he is the Patron of Animals), but more so for a quote of his, “Preach the Gospel always….when necessary use words!” I think the reason why this quote of St. Francis holds such meaning for me is because I have experienced the truth of these words.

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Mass Schedule

Weekend Liturgies
Saturday, 5:30 p.m.
Sunday
8:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m.,
11:00 a.m., 12:30 p.m.,
3 p.m. (Spanish), 6:30 p.m.
Weekday Liturgies
Monday thru Friday,
6:30 a.m., 8:30 a.m.,
and 12 noon
Saturday, 8:30 a.m. only
Holy Days
Eve: 7:30pm (anticipated)
6:30am, 8:30am, and 12noon 

 

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