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Dear brothers and sisters,
During his week-long visit to the US, Pope Francis offered us much wisdom in his speeches and homilies and I encourage you to read them in their entirety. You can access them through the links that will appear on the parish website. But below, you will find the full text of the last homily he gave, at the Mass in Philadelphia.

Today the word of God surprises us with powerful and thought-provoking images. Images which challenge us, but also stir our enthusiasm.

Dear Friends,
I write this on the 2nd day of my pastoral visit to the Mission in the Turks and Caicos Islands, even though by the time you read it, I will be home. I have just returned from one of my favorite stops – Holy Family Academy. I renewed my acquaintance with so many students who I have watched grow over these years, academically, spiritually and even physically. There were three young men who graduated last year (the school operates under the British system of 11 years), who have come back to do “viritual” 12th grade work to get into colleges in the US and Canada which require 12 years before college).

Dear brothers and sisters,
First, a big thank you to all who made the annual Block Party a success once again, in spite of the sprinkles that fell later in the afternoon. The weather was really good for the first hour and a half or so and then it turned cloudy, overcast and cool (just about the time Fr. Kevin went into the dunk tank). But all in all, it held out for most of the day. I’m told that we gave out about 1,400 drinks, 700+ ice creams and all 500 hamburgers, plus the hot dogs, cookies, empanadas and zeppoles. I hope everyone had their fill and had a good time.

As I write this, my first thought is to hope that everyone’s lives are back to normal, home, school, etc. But with the heat we’re been having, I doubt it. One thing is back to normal, when I ask our teenage, evening receptionists “how’s school,” they all respond in the same way, “too much homework already.” Some things never change. 
I hope many will take time today to make it to the Block Party. It should be a great time, provided early, long-range forecasts prove wrong, as they are indicating a chance for rain on Sunday.

Guest column collaboratively provided by Fr. Gino, Cathy Hunt and Melissa Peters ~
You could say that Our Lady of Mount Carmel is going to the animals. It has been on FOX, ABC, and NBC News. It has been on the front page of the Bergen Record. OLMC is literally going to the animals because on Saturday, September 26 through Sunday, September 27 approximately 240 people (about 70 families) from OLMC and Academy of Our Lady will be traveling by 5 buses from the parish into Philadelphia and staying at the Philadelphia Zoo. OLMC is partnering with the Philadelphia Zoo and the zoo’s Night Flight Program as part of their pilgrimage to participate in the World Meeting of Families and pray with Pope Francis.

The Pope’s homily from the final public Mass on his recent visit to Latin America, spoken to the people of Paraguay, but to everyone as well.
“The Lord will shower down blessings and our land will yield its increase.” These are the words of the Psalm. We are invited to celebrate this mysterious communion between God and his People, between God and us. The rain is a sign of his presence, in the earth tilled by our hands. It reminds us that our communion with God always brings forth fruit, always gives life. This confidence is born of faith, from knowing that we depend on grace, which will always transform and nourish our land.

Today’s words from the Holy Father were from one of his homilies on his recent visit to South America. While they apply specifically to Bolivia, they have many lessons for us as well.

We have come from a variety of places, areas and villages, to celebrate the living presence of God among us. We have travelled from our homes and communities to be together as God’s holy People.

The Gospel which we just heard speaks of a situation like our own.

The Pope’s talk (May 12th) given to Caritas International, often described as the helping hands of the Catholic Church in times of disaster, crisis or need.
The Reading from the Acts of the Apostles that we have just heard (16:22-34) presents a rather special character. It is the jailer of the prison in Philippi, where Paul and Silas are locked up after an uprising of the crowd against them.

The conclusion of the homily preached by Pope Francis on the Feast of Sts. Peter & Paul. The lives of the early Christian martyrs were a call to us; a call to prayer, a call to faith and a call to witness. The first two were given last week; the homily resumes with a call to witness.

This week’s words from the Holy Father come from his homily on the Feast of Sts. Peter & Paul (June29th), especially addressed to the new Metropolitan Archbishops.
The reading, taken from the Acts of the Apostles, speaks to us of the first Christian community besieged by persecution. A community harshly persecuted by Herod who “laid violent hands upon some who belonged to the Church … proceeded to arrest Peter also … and when he seized him he put him in prison.” (12:1-4).


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 




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