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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.

Dear Friends,
“This past Friday, we began something here at Mount Carmel that should have a special place in the spiritual life of the parish. After noon Mass, we began the practice of Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Eucharistic Adoration for the rest of the day until 8:00 PM. We will do this every first Friday of the month.” I wrote those words in my Pastor’s column for the bulletin for June 6, 1999, the Feast of Corpus Christi that year.

That first step started the parish on the road to Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration. As I recall, it was a long road and a slow-going journey. Over the course of the Jubilee Year (2000) we gradually expanded public adoration from that 8:00 PM closing to overnight, ending on Saturday morning. Finally, on the weekend of April 21, 2002, a priest from the Eucharistic Adoration Society preached on adoration and people were invited to sign-up for commitments for specific hours in the Chapel. Over 550 people made a commitment and Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration began on the Feast of the Body and Blood of the Lord, June 2, 2002.

Dear Friends,
With people coming and going, and holidays that shortened the week, and preparations for three celebrations of confirmation this weekend, (not to mention conferring the Sacrament of Confirmation, myself, in Nutley, next Sunday), I take the easy way out and repeat a column I have used in the past, as we celebrate this great Feast of Pentecost.

Happy Birthday Church. We old-timers would remember the days when Pentecost would have been highlighted as the birthdate of the Church. And this is something that can’t be denied. As it is with all birthdays, so it is with the Church, born from the side of her crucified Lord, (as many great spiritual writers have reflected down through the ages), and brought to life by the power of the Holy Spirit. And so, Happy Birthday, Church!

Dear Friends,
This is a weekend for two celebrations and an announcement. Yesterday (Saturday), the Archbishop ordained seven new priests for service of the Church of Newark. Ordinations remind me to ask all of you to pray for vocations. The materialistic world is a tremendous lure. Against the noise of this world, the Lord speaks a call to serve in His Church. But that call needs to be recognized and to be heard. Pray for that, that those to whom the Lord is speaking will be able to hear His Voice against the noise of this world. I see generous hearts all around, like the teenagers in our Confirmation program who engage in all manner of service projects. But they need to hear first. Pray that they do. And pray for these seven new priests that God will help them be true servants of Jesus Christ, in love with Him and the people to whom they are sent. And pray for the Church, under the leadership of Pope Francis, that it may be ever more holy, ever more conscious of the Lord’s presence and ever more courageous in announcing Jesus as Lord through their ministry.

Dear Friends,
On the front cover of today’s bulletin you will find the names of all the children who came to the altar to receive the Lord Jesus in Holy Communion for the first time in our six celebrations over the last three Saturdays. Although you cannot see them, because the print is so faint and the banners are hung so high, they are also on the two banners of host and chalice that hang in the front of the church. I want to congratulate these children and their parents, and to thank their parents for believing this to be an important moment, and an important journey for their children to be on. We often decry the lack of faith in the world. This is a moment to celebrate it.

Dear Friends,
This is, of course, Mother’s Day, and I extend to all our mothers not only our best wishes for this day but our deepest gratitude for being the face of God (spiritually, of course, since we all know God is pure spirit and doesn’t have a face), in, for and to our families. Please accept the carnation as but a small token of recognition of the special place you have in our hearts.

Dear Friends,
Today is the 4th Sunday of Easter, Good Shepherd Sunday. Because the readings always focus on Jesus, the Good Shepherd, in all the years of the three-year cycle of readings, this Sunday has also become the World Day of Prayer for Vocations, especially and specifically vocations to the priesthood. As we are encouraged to place our hearts and lives into the hands of the Shepherd Who always loves and cares for us, we are asked to pray for more shepherds today, servant-leaders, priests, who would love us as Jesus did.

Dear Friends,
As I write for this weekend, I am in the midst of signing 170 1st Communion certificates. (FYI, in 1997, there were 149 1st Communions & in 2007, there were 213 1st Communions). We are beginning three weekends of celebrations for one of the happiest moments in the life of a parish, the reception of the Eucharist for the first time for our children. After eight months of preparation, they will come to the altar to receive Jesus’ greatest gift to His Church, HIMSELF, IN HIS REAL PRESENCE, for the life of the believer. And in little more than a month, Bishop Cruz will give the gift of the Holy Spirit to 203 of our 9th graders in the Sacrament of Confirmation.

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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