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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.

Dear Friends,
I know I said last week that that would be my final column for the summer. But I just wanted to keep you aware of some things happening in the parish.

The first is a reminder that Tuesday is the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Patroness of our parish. Mt. Carmel is a coastal mountain range in northern Israel stretching from the Mediterranean Sea towards the southeast for almost 24 miles. (No– it’s not in Italy). In Old Testament times, it was the place where the prophet Elijah would sometimes reside and it was the place where he challenged the 450 prophets of the pagan god, Baal, and the 400 prophets of Asherah, to a contest to see who was really more powerful, and, thus, which God should be worshipped and obeyed, the God of Israel or the pagan god, Baal. Guess who won? (For the full story, see 1 Kings 18.)

Dear Friends,
When I first came to Ridgewood, twenty-two years ago, someone told me that summer doesn’t officially begin in the Village until after the 4thof July parade and fireworks. Well, I guess summer is now here and I’m sure we’ll see it in the average weekend.

Dear Friends,
Happy Father’s Day to all our dads.

I may fail to be as clever as my neighbor down the street,
I may fail to be as wealthy as some other men I meet,
I may never win the glory which a lot of men have had,
But I’ve got to be successful as a little fellow’s dad.
There are certain dreams I cherish which I’d like to see come true,
There are things I would accomplish when my time of life is through,

Dear Friends,
Varia, again – more different subject, mostly unrelated.

- The Cooperative Mission Appeal. Each year, every parish in the United States is asked to host a missionary, sometimes a priest, sometimes a religious (nuns, brothers or priests), sometimes a lay person, who talks about the particular missionary work of their diocese, religious order, or lay institute. A parish doesn’t get to pick which mission group makes the presentation. That’s decided by the local diocesan Mission Office. This year Mount Carmel was assigned a specific place, Hospital Sacre’ Coeur, Milot, Haiti.

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