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A week ago we finally celebrated the beginning of summer, with warm temperatures, no school and summer trips and vacations on the horizon. The program year has ended and it’s time to relax and enjoy family life in a deeper way.

Before all that begins, I write to you on behalf of another family—the family of the Archdiocese of Newark and especially that part of the family that needs our help. Sometimes it’s a parish struggling to pass on the faith to the next generation. Sometimes it’s caring for the most vulnerable, the poor, the elderly, the homeless. Sometimes it’s caring for the hurting, the bereaved, the divorced, the lonely. The Annual Appeal, Sharing God’s Blessings, addresses all these needs, and more.

I know that in the past you have been a supporter of the campaign. And I know your hesitation at this time and even perhaps a reluctance to commit to this effort. I ask you to prayerfully reconsider your decision. Cardinal Tobin’s leadership, his commitment to accountability and righting the wrongs of the past gives me great confidence that the Archdiocese is on the right road to a new experience of collaboration, dedication and service. I, myself, held off my own commitment to the campaign until only a month ago but I am convinced the campaign funds are in good hands and will truly lift up all those in need, spiritually, socially and materially. I ask you to join me in this commitment to those of our brothers and sisters who need our help and to renew your pledge/contribution to Sharing God’s Blessing.

You may choose to donate online, by going to www.rcan.org/sharing . Your contribution can be credited to our parish by noting our parish’s name, or by returning the enclosed card to facilitate your contribution through the mail. A side benefit of your participation is the rebate that comes back to the parish when we have surpassed our goal.

Thank you in advance for giving further consideration to this cause and I encourage you to visit www.rcan.org/stories to hear the personal witness of those who have been helped.

Dear Friends,
If you had been asked the question during this week – “what do you think the pastor is going to write about in his column this week,” do you think you would guess correctly?
There is no doubt that it would have been Fr. Robert’s appointment as Administrator of Guardian Angel parish in Allendale and the resultant impact on Our Lady of Mount Carmel. First, I want to congratulate Fr. Robert and wish him well. He brings to whatever ministry he is engaged in complete dedication to serving the Lord and the People of God and I hope his experience here at OLMC has helped him to be ready for the new challenges of leading the parish community in Allendale.

Dear Friends,
The past weeks, since the end of September, have seen a variety of special appeals and national collections. There have been collections for the Catholic University and for World Mission Sunday. And then there have been the special appeals and drives, The Academy of Our Lady weekend, with its concurrent Annual Fund appeal. This was followed by the Prayers and Pampers weekend, support a number of residences for women who choose to give birth to their children. Then came the Box of Joy appeal, a program that sends Shoebox size packages of small toys and others gifts to the poorest of the poor children around the world. I’m happy to report that the Jr. High teenagers were able to fill 250 of these boxes to send around the world in the name of the people of Mount Carmel.

Dear Friends,
After the festivities of Halloween (if you can call them that) this Thursday, we enter the month of November, often called the month of the Poor Souls. It is the month the Church encourages us to remember our loved ones who have gone before us and to pray for them, that they may have attained the reward of their goodness and share in the glory of God’s Kingdom. To encourage us in prayer for them, the parish offers a Novena of Masses for anyone we wish to remember, beginning on All Souls’ Day, Saturday, November 2nd. Nine days of Masses are celebrated for those we love who have passed. Envelopes with places for their names we wish to remember were included in the packet from the envelope company, for those who use them. In addition, there are extra envelopes on the tables at the doors of the church.

Dear Friends,
A few important things going on this weekend.

-This is Parish Visitation Weekend. What is that? You all know that Fr. Gino left Mount Carmel to become the Director of Vocations for the Archdiocese. Well this is what his “job” is all about - to recruit students for the seminary for preparation for the priesthood. For a few years now, Immaculate Conception Seminary at Seton Hall University has been sponsoring a weekend when a number of seminarians and faculty visit one parish in each county to increase exposure and awareness of what the seminary is all about. This weekend, Mount Carmel, was chosen as the parish in Bergen County. A seminarian will speak after the homily at all the masses (except for the 6:30 Sunday evening Mass). I am sure they will briefly share the story of their vocation and a little bit about seminary life.

Dear Friends,
First, on a down to earth level, this is Fr. Felix’s last weekend with us. I want to thank him for the help he’s given us at weekend and daily masses while Fr. Gustavo was away. Fr. Felix will be returning to Nigeria shortly for the funeral services for his mother who passed away recently. Please keep him in your prayers. Fr. Gustavo returns on Monday.

Now to other things. Last week, at meetings held in the four counties of the Archdiocese, Cardinal Tobin presented his vision for the Archdiocese. As he mentioned in the introductory message, the vision comes “after two years of careful listening to the concerns expressed by the people of the Archdiocese, and following consultation with archdiocesan and parish leaders and professionals in a variety of specialized areas (including communications, education, leadership, pastoral planning, stewardship education and fundraising). This vision for the Archdiocese is called Forward in Faith Together: Our Road Ahead, and is supported by six key pillars, each representing an area of action that call for our renewed energy. I want to present here those six key pillars.

Dear Friends,
A couple of clean-up items.

- For those who may have been away for the long weekend last weekend. We celebrated The Academy of Our Lady Weekend. It was a time to remember we have a Catholic School Apostolate here at Mount Carmel. I’m not going to repeat my column but I invite you to go to our parish website, click on About Us and scroll down to Fr. Ron’s blog. There you will find my column and the appeal to help us keep this very important apostolate alive and well here at OLMC, in the best traditions of 200 years of the Catholic experience in America. Pledge envelopes are in the pews and on all the tables at the doors of the church. They may be placed in the boxes at the doors as well.

Dear Friends,
As I have for the past fifteen years, I write once again on the occasion of the celebration of the Academy of Our Lady Weekend. It is a time when we try to highlight one of the most important, but often unrecognized, ministries of our parish – our Catholic School. At all our weekend liturgies, the various ministries, readers, gift bearers, ministers of hospitality, will be filled by students from the Academy, just to remind us about the school’s presence as one of our apostolates.

Dear Friends,
-on 3 practical matters

As the program year continues to fill the calendar, I want to remind everyone again about the parking. With the lease of the parking lot at 106 Prospect, there are about 120 parking spaces in those three lots, the lot next to the rectory, the lot that stretches behind the former convent and the two white houses, and the lot at 106 Prospect. I know there’s a tendency to park in the same place, as there is a tendency to sit in the same pew. But during these challenging parking times, please consider changing habits and head to those three lots first. I’m told by the Village that it is hoped the on-street spaces reserved as “interim permit parking” will be returned to general use by the end of October.

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.

Dear Friends,
If you’ve driven down Hudson Street in the past few weeks you may have noticed the signs: “Effective Monday, August 19th, the Hudson Street Lot Will Be Closed.” Or you may not. But if you’ve driven down Hudson Street since last Monday, you cannot have missed the flashing sign announcing the same thing, but even more specifically, as of 12:00 midnight, August 19th, all cars will be towed. Thus continues the odyssey of the building of the parking garage, deck or whatever it’s to be called that began tumultuously almost four years ago. As I said several times during those early years, the parish recognizes the need for additional parking and the Hudson Street lot, already a Village property would probably be the most likely site. And now the time has come.

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Mass Schedule

Weekend Liturgies
Saturday, 5:30 p.m.
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