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Dear Friends,
Ideally, in the in perfect world, Stewardship Renewal would take place on three consecutive Sundays. That’s because Stewardship, as a Way of Life, encompasses three major components of the way we live. (Unfortunately, this year we’ve had to disrupt that flow because of Academy of Our Lady Weekend, two weeks ago and Mission Sunday, last weekend.) In the past, I used an analogy that might help in understanding what Stewardship, as a Way of Life, is about. You know we are always being told that we Americans live an unhealthy lifestyle. What do we need to do to regain a healthy lifestyle?

Dear Friends,
Of things material.

I want to say thank you and congratulations to all our young people who attend the Academy of Our Lady for the excellent job they did last weekend, serving in so many liturgical ministries. The readers, the musicians, those who led the General Intercessions, gift bearers, greeters—everyone did such a fine job and all represented the Academy so well.

Dear Friends,
This weekend marks our fifteenth annual 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. In addition, Dr. Patrick Martin, our school principal will introduce himself after all the masses. Please be sure to read his impressive biography which appears in this week’s bulletin.

Dear Friends,
Last weekend, we began our annual Stewardship Renewal, with the Stewardship of Talent. In many ways, I would have to confess that I believe the Stewardship of Talent is the most important leg of the stewardship tripod, because it really does have a profound influence on the way a parish lives and breathes. The parishes that are alive with the presence of Christ and active in bringing that presence into the world are the parishes that invite all parishioners to use their gifts to build the Kingdom of God, to engage all parishioners in the work of evangelization, announcing the message of the Gospel, both within and outside of the parish community.

Dear Friends,
I asked the question in last week’s bulletin, “Where do we experience Church?” Where is the Church most real for us? The obvious answer is that it is most real in the parish community to which we belong. It is here that we worship together. It is here that our children are formed as Christians and where we deepen our faith as adults. It is here where we support one another in good times (weddings, baptisms, the Block Party, the Christmas Concert)) and in bad (funerals, sickness, tragedies like 9/11). Here in this parish community we call Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church.

Dear Friends,
It’s been almost a month since I last wrote a column for the bulletin, for a number of reasons. It has been hard to sit down and do this, to focus on what’s happening in the parish and I will go into that a little later.

First, I want to thank everyone who helped make the Block Party another success. As the old saying goes, “A good time was had by all.” And the weather could not have been better, especially for a few (or more than a few) “dunks” in the dunk tank. It took a long time for one of the kids to get me in and by that time I was happy to cool off. But, maybe, not so happy the many times after that. But the sun was shining and the air was warm, so it wasn’t that bad, except for an “ole” man trying to get back up on the seat. I want to say a special word of thanks to Jeff Voigt, who coordinated the event and Ellin Carroll who helped in so many ways, and to all those who stood for hours in all of the booths. Thank you – we couldn’t have done it without you.

Thank you to all who responded to my suggestion about an open forum on the present crisis in the Church. While not overwhelming, there was enough positive response to go ahead with it. The forum will be held next Sunday, September 9, 2018, 4:30pm-6:00pm, in the Parish Center.

Dear Friends,
This last month and a half have been extraordinarily painful for Catholics in Northern New Jersey, beginning with the news about the former Archbishop of Newark and then, the horrific report out of Pennsylvania, detailing the sins and crimes against innocent children perpetrated by hundreds of priests whom they trusted to help them find God in their lives. Instead, they found betrayal, abuse and a lifetime of suffering. As with you, it has been a painful time for the priests of this parish and a constant topic of our conversations among each other, expressing the same feelings that you might have had, anger, bitterness, a crushing sorrow and, because of our brother priests, and the bishops who protected them, shame and embarrassment. Especially in light of the revelations from Pennsylvania, we decided it was necessary to speak a word at all the masses last weekend, with each priest expressing his feelings in his own words.

I print below the homily I gave at the 8:00 and 12:30 Masses that I celebrated.

Dear Friends,
Often people send me “stuff” that they think is inspirational. Below is an 8 year old’s explanation of God.

One of God’s main jobs is making people. He makes them to replace the ones that die, so there will be enough people to take care of things on earth. He doesn’t make grownups, just babies. I think because they are smaller and easier to make. That way he doesn’t have to take up his valuable time teaching them to talk and walk. He can just leave that to mothers and fathers.

Dear Friends,
We continue with the second part of the talk the Pope gave to the General Assembly of the Pontifical Academy for Life on June 25, 2018.

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