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There will be NO CONFESSIONS this coming Monday, February 18, 2019 (Presidents' Day)

Fr. Ron's Blog

Dear Friends,
As we approach the beginning of another program year, I offer these words from Pope Francis (the last for the summer). They come from a message he sent to catechists attending an international meeting on catechesis, the teaching of the faith.

Dear Friends,
More words from Pope Francis. These come from his reflection on the Gospel read at Mass on July 23rd. If you remember, it was the Gospel of the parable of the wheat and the weeds. He gave this reflection as part of the recitation of the Angelus, a Sunday tradition in Rome.

Dear Friends,
More thoughts from Pope Francis, spoken on Sunday, July 9th.

“Dear brothers and Sisters, Good morning!
“In today’s Gospel, Jesus says: ‘Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.’ (Mt. 11:28). The Lord does not reserve this phrase for certain friends of his, no; he addresses it to ‘all’ those who are weary and overwhelmed by life. And who could feel excluded from this invitation? The Lord knows how arduous life can be. He knows that many things weary the heart: disappointments and wounds of the past, burdens to carry and wrongs to bear in the present, uncertainties and worries about the future.

Dear friends,
More words from the Holy Father, particularly striking to me as one who is at the age of which Pope Francis writes.  The pope gave this homily to assembled Cardinals on the occasion of the celebration of his 25th Anniversary of ordination as a bishop. Even though he speaks of “grandfathers,” it applies to all of us counted as “older,” grandfathers and grandmothers and great aunts and uncles. WE are all called to dream and to pass on this dream to the young.

Dear friends,
As promised (broken several times), I finally defer to the Pope. A talk, given at his General Audience on June 28th.

“Dear brothers and sisters,
Today we reflect on Christian hope as the strength of martyrs. While in the Gospel Jesus sends the disciples on mission, he does not mislead them with mirages of easy success. On the contrary he warns them clearly that the proclamation of the Kingdom of God always involves opposition. And he also uses an extreme expression: ‘and you will be hated – hated by all for my sake.’ (Mt 10:22). Christians love but they are not always loved. Jesus places us before this reality from the start. In a somewhat strong measure, the confession of faith occurs in a hostile climate.

Dear Friends,
Sorry. Here we go again, even though I said I wouldn’t. If you look at Breaking Bread, you’ll see the readings for the 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time. But when you hear the readings for today, you will be hearing readings from the Mass for the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. All the parishes around the world will be celebrating the 15th Sunday, but parishes named in honor of Our Lady of Mount Carmel are allowed on this Sunday to celebrate the Patronal Feast of the Parish, which we will be doing.

Dear Friends,
Once again I lied. I told you last week that that column would be my last for the summer, but here’s another one. THIS WILL BE MY LAST.
I often get letters expressing thanks for some event, some religious experience, some special moment in a person or family’s life. Printed below you will find a letter with some reflections on our recent celebration of the Mass of Anointing which I would ask you to read. The reason I print it is because it reflects not just on me, or another staff member, or several staff members, but on the whole parish, who we are and who we try to be. Think of that as you read.

Dear Friends,
I told you last week I would not write again until September, but I just wanted to do a few “housekeeping” reminders before everyone takes off for destinations far and wide.

Thank you for your generous support for the work of the Holy Spirit Fathers on Mission in last weekend’s mission appeal. With the tithe, the Mission Appeal collection was $15,352. God bless all who are so generous in support of the work of the Gospel...

Dear Friends,
This weekend, we welcome Fr. Antonio Kuizon, who likes to be called Fr. Tony, as a new member of our parish staff. Fr. Tony will introduce himself after all the masses this weekend, except the 5:30 and 6:30 which he will be celebrating, and he will write a little about himself in next week’s bulletin. Please welcome him warmly, as you have all the priests who have come to serve here at OLMC.

This weekend we also welcome Fr. Francois Kodena from the Spiritan Fathers, formally the Holy Ghost Fathers, who will be preaching the annual Missionary Appeal at all the masses, on behalf of the work of his congregation. This is the only time in the whole year there will be an actual in-pew second collection. Please be as generous as your means allow.

Dear Friends,
While I was definitely in shock when the Cardinal asked me to be the Vocations Director of the Archdiocese of Newark, I've realized in the past six weeks that my time here at Our Lady of Mount Carmel has equipped me with the most important tool for my future ministry - a sincere, profound experience of love. How else can a Vocations Director speak about the joy of the priesthood to future candidates, if he himself has not had a joyful experience? In my short three years here, you've changed my life completely. This parish has authenticated God's call for me, calmed my fears and affirmed me in my decision to be a priest. What better way to guide men who are discerning, then to speak about you and how rewarding it is to have served you and loved you.

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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