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LETTER ORIGINALLY DATED JUNE 27, 2019 AND REPRINTED IN JULY 21, 2019 BULLETIN
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.

It’s finally here, officially, summer.  And with it a more relaxed lifestyle, vacations, trips to the mountains, the shore and beyond.  A time to unwind, refresh, for a family to enjoy each other’s company again.  I don’t know whether it’s because the winter was so tough or the spring so unsettled – but it almost seemed like summer would never come.  But here it is.  Enjoy every bit of it. 

This is a special weekend, like so many in the last month and a half. By the time you get to read this 223 of our young men and women (finishing their 9th grade) will have received the fullness of the Holy Spirit in the Sacrament of Confirmation. They come to this moment, presented by their families, having spent the last year in a program of preparation that included study (in their small group classes), prayer and reflection (especially during their retreats) and service (outreach to those in need).

Before I get into the Liturgy of the Eucharist, as part of the ongoing series on the Liturgy, in preparation for the introduction of the 3rd Edition of the Roman Missal in November, I want to confirm some important moments here at Mount Carmel.

Below is a repeat of an article I wrote a few years ago.  The importance of Holy Week hasn’t changed; neither have my thoughts on the subject.  There has been some up-dating to reflect our current circumstances. 

Before reflecting on today’s scripture, especially the Gospel, I want to bring to your attention something that has been in the bulletin for the last couple of weeks.  Next Sunday is Palm Sunday, the day we commemorate Jesus’ triumphal entrance into Jerusalem and the beginning of Holy Week.  The commemoration is marked by the blessing of palms at the very beginning of the Mass.  Something that we have not been doing here at Mount Carmel is the Procession.

Here’s a question for all you football fans, whether Giant fans, or Jets or one of those “other” teams.  Have you ever noticed someone, usually sitting in the end zone (so that they can be seen at every touchdown, touchback, field goal, extra point, etc), holding a sign that read, John 3:16?  Tim Tebow often had it etched across his forehead when he played college ball.  Did you ever wonder what that stood for, or to what it referred?  If you had some inkling, perhaps, that it referred to a Scripture verse (which it does), did you ever feel moved to look it up.

For the past two Sundays, the Scripture readings have focused on sin, repentance and change of heart.  On the 1st Sunday of Lent we were challenged to come to grips with our personal sins, to understand them as the work of God’s great adversary, Satan, who, out of pride, seeks to lead people away from God and God’s path to life.  Following Jesus’ example in the desert, we were called to take on this war against sin in our own life.

A brief word on today’s 1st Reading.  I said last week that the first readings of Lent in the B Cycle all deal with the covenants God has made with humankind.  Last week, it was the covenant with Noah, and the entire human race, not to destroy the world by flood.  Today’s covenant relationship is the one god established with Abraham.  God has put Abraham to the test and Abraham has come through with flying colors.

In conversations outside the church last weekend (well, truthfully, in the vestibules – it was too cold outside), it was interesting to note the differing opinions in the change of “winter break” from the full five days, as in the past, to the present two days.  Some moms seemed happy to have the kids back in school sooner; some lamented the lack of an opportunity to really get away and, of course, some weren’t there because they went away anyway.  But here we are, back from whatever you did for the “winter break.”

Wednesday of this week is ASH WEDNESDAY, the beginning of Lent.  As you may have heard before, the word Lent derives from a Germanic root which meant spring (which, no doubt we are all eagerly awaiting), as in the season, but originally, long, referring to the time of year during which the days grew longer.

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Saturday, 5:30 p.m.
Sunday
8:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m.,
11:00 a.m., 12:30 p.m.,
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and 12 noon
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