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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.

Dear Friends,

Varia – three unrelated subjects.

Turks and Caicos Islands. Many have asked over the course of the weeks about conditions in TCI. I am happy to report that there were no deaths or serious injuries in the Islands, as far as our priests know or have heard. That being said, as with the other Islands in the Caribbean, there was a great deal of physical damage to the buildings on the Islands, including those of the Church. The heaviest damage was to the school and is estimated in the neighborhood of $600,000. But it was not total, so the school has re-opened, utilizing the buildings that were undamaged or only minimally damaged. The church and the rectory on Provo also sustained some damage, but not nearly as much as the school. For those buildings, as with most of the structures on the Islands, including private homes, it’s mostly roof damage. Water on Provo was restored within a week and electric power was restored, area by area. I believe most, if not all, of Provo has power.

Dear Friends,

Varia – unrelated items of interest, as we head into late October.

-This weekend is dedicated to World Mission Sunday. If you’ve noticed on the bulletin boards in the front lobby and in the Passaic Street entrance, there are huge posters inviting you to “Chat With Pope Francis,” about the Missions, with directions how to go onto Facebook Messenger App to hear the Pope speak about the Missions. (It really leads me to think seriously about the way we communicate with the parish if the Pope is so far ahead of us). But the point of the chat, and of the celebration of World Mission Sunday is to remind and encourage us that the Church must be missionary, that it is in the very nature of the Church to announce the message, the Good News of Jesus Christ to a world that is in dire need of hearing some good news. This “work” of the Church is being carried out in every part of the world, by dedicated religious and lay, for whom the experience of Jesus Christ cannot be kept to themselves but must be shared. It’s as simple as that. Should you and I do that? If we’ve encountered Christ in our lives that way, we definitely should look for times and ways to share that experience with others. Pray on that a little, and pray for this worldwide mission of the Church. Financial support to carry on this work is also appreciated. Envelopes are on the tables at all the doors of the church and may be placed in the usual boxes.

Dear Friends,
This is our 3rd and final weekend of Stewardship Renewal. First, let me express my thanks to all those who contributed to the Ministry Fair last weekend. These include the planners, those who set up (and cleaned up), those who hosted and those who staffed the individual tables, sharing information about their particular ministries. It took a great deal of effort on the part of so many. I want to say a special word of thanks to Deacon Nick DeLucca and Deacon Bob Liwanag who did all of the coordination and a lot of the physical work as well. A big thank you to one and all.

Dear Friends,
If you’ve driven by the church for more than a week now, or if you came to Mass last weekend and entered by the front, no doubt you’ve seen the banners on the front of the church telling you that it’s Stewardship Renewal time. Each year, we spend a few weeks in the early fall to renew our commitment to STEWARDSHIP, A WAY OF LIFE here at Mount Carmel. Often, visitors tell me that Mount Carmel seems to be so alive, filled with so much energy. The life and vibrancy of our parish community is a direct result of our commitment to Stewardship. (And, of course, the Lord’s blessings and grace). We have grown as a community, in our prayer life, in the monetary resources we are able to use and share for the building of the Kingdom of God, and in the ministries in which and through which we do both of these, because of Stewardship. Over these last almost twenty years, hundreds, thousands have come forward to offer their gifts and talents, their time and treasure for this work.

Dear Friends,
Thank you:
-to all who were able to make it to the 9/11 Mass. It is an important human quality or characteristic to be able to remember and when we come together to “remember” those who lost their lives on that horrific day, we show to those who continue their lives with a hole in their heart that we, their friends and neighbors, have not forgotten and we hope this is a consolation for them.
-to Jeff Voigt and the entire crew that made the Block Party another great success. They put in a really long day to make this a special moment in the life of our parish. When Lou Dinella moved to Florida I worried about who would step up and continue this job of coordinating the many hands needed to make this work. Jeff did, and did a great job. Thanks to all who stopped by and especially to every child and young person who took such delight in dunking whoever was in the tank at the time, myself, Fr. Kevin and Deacon Jakov. This year, the tank seemed especially susceptible to dunking but it was great to see the smiles on the kid’s faces. Thanks again to all who made the day a great one. And to God for the really fine weather.

My dear sisters and brothers in Christ,
On one Sunday each year the Catholic Church in the United States focuses special attention on its teaching ministry. This year dioceses across the country will mark Catechetical Sunday 2017 today, September 17th, using the theme established by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops: “Living As Missionary Desciples.” The Archdiocese of Newark celebrates this theme in every parish as we commission the faithful who serve as catechists in faith formation programs, Catholic schools, youth ministry, adult catechetical programs and in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. At the same time, we should recall that the mission of catechesis, that is, living as missionary disciples and helping others to do the same—belongs to all of us. Every baptized person shares in the call to proclaim the Gospel by the way we live and the choices we make. The catechetical mission is given in an extraordinary fashion to parents, who are the first educators of their children in the faith. Through its faith formation program, each parish must support the family in their crucial responsibility.

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.

St. Francis of Assisi has always been my favorite of all the saints partly because we both share a love of God’s creatures (he is the Patron of Animals), but more so for a quote of his, “Preach the Gospel always….when necessary use words!” I think the reason why this quote of St. Francis holds such meaning for me is because I have experienced the truth of these words.

For nearly a week, the individual and national wounds opened by the violence in Charlottesville, Va., have been raw and pulsating. As a pastor, I struggled to say something to make sense of what we've all heard and seen. I wrote in the name of “the one and a half million Catholic men, women and children of the Archdiocese of Newark – people who trace their roots to every continent of the world and represent every race and ethnicity,” who viewed with horror the recent events in Charlottesville and condemned the racism and vicious rhetoric that contributed to this tragic moment in our nation’s history.

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.

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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.
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and 12 noon
Saturday, 8:30 a.m. only
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