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Dear friends,
Varia – a number of unrelated subjects.

- Beginning today, we celebrate CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK. In last week’s bulletin, I gave up my column to one of the teachers in our Catholic School, the Academy of Our Lady. She reflected on her present experience of teaching in a Catholic school and the meaning it has for her and for her students, and she invited everyone to experience it themselves by attending one of the two Open Houses and that information can be found on page 4 in today’s bulletin. In the past, I have shared with you the events surrounding my own celebration of the 50th Anniversary reunion of the graduating class of 1959 from Corpus Christi School, Hasbrouck Heights. We relived so many memories. The Committee created a special calendar for 2009, filled with pictures from our class history and even now I occasionally take it out and look at it again, especially when I get notification that yet another of my classmates has passed. But at the time of the reunion, what struck me most was how many of my classmates were still people of faith. Whatever else may be said of our experience, it stood us in good stead in our lives of faith. That’s what Catholic education is all about – faith formation that lasts a lifetime. There really is no other purpose for a Catholic School or for the sacrifices we make, personally for those who pay the tuition and collectively for the parish, which helps support the school in so many ways. But it is well worth it.

I am convinced that the education/formation offered at the Academy of Our Lady will do the same for the young people who attend. AND it offers an academic education that is every bit as good as the public education system; just take a look at the high school and colleges our graduates attend. I am proud of OUR SCHOOL, and what it offers to the children of our parishioners. I encourage all our families with young children to look into the possibility of being part of this wonderful loving and caring faith environment. Before the announcements, at each Mass this weekend, a student who attends the Academy from our parish will share their experience of the school. I hope everyone will give special attention to their words. Once again, all are invited to one of the Open Houses, today and Wednesday to experience the faith environment of the school as part of our Catholic Schools Week celebrations. As my Class of 1959 learned and experienced – DIVIDENDS FOR LIFE.

- If you talk with friends from other parishes, they might tell you that next weekend (Super Bowl Sunday) will be Pledge Sunday for the Annual Appeal, now called SHARING GOD’S BLESSINGS, not to be confused with our own tithing program, Sharing Our Gifts. At Mount Carmel, we will not be doing Pledge Sunday next weekend because I will be away, skiing in Vermont, and I try not to leave the happy work of asking for money to the other priests. So, the parish will conduct Pledge Sunday for the Annual Appeal on the following weekend, February 10 and 11. We’ll have the usual video of the Cardinal and some words from me. So, sorry, you won’t see any TV’s in the church next weekend and no jokes about watching pre-game activities on Super Bowl Sunday.

- And speaking of Super Bowl Sunday, the 6:30 Sunday evening Mass On February 4th is moved to 4:30 PM. This change gives recognition not only to those who regularly attend at 6:30 but might want to enjoy a pre-game party, but also to the members of our Contemporary Choir, who might want to do the same. Thank you for your understanding.

- A pre-Lenten heads up – Ash Wednesday is Wednesday, Feb 14th. Valentine’s Day is Wednesday, February 14th. Men of the parish – how are you going to reconcile those two realities, because Ash Wednesday is a day of fast and abstinence? Better start thinking and planning now. The Ash Wednesday schedule appears on page 3 in this bulletin. And speaking of that schedule, it’s basically the same as in years past but the 9:30PM Commuter Simple Service has been eliminated because of the small numbers who have attended. The 8:45PM Service still appears on the schedule.

God Bless,
Fr. Ron


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 




Click Here for the Video in English and Spanish