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Dear Friends,

I know I wrote that I would not write during the summer but sometimes things happen that should be shared. Both are in the nature of resumes. I doubt that this is really a word, but nothing captures in a single word experiences of this last week.

-Last Monday, for the first time since March 18, 2020, exposition of the Blessed Sacrament took place in the daily Mass chapel. Since June 2, 2002 anyone could come to Mount Carmel, any time of the day or night, to pray before Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, enthroned on the altar of the Perpetual Adoration Chapel, off the front lobby of the church. Mount Carmel was open for prayer 2417, twenty four hours a day, seven days a week. For almost 18 years, Mount Carmel offered this place of solitude, quiet and peace. As I am an early riser, it was always edifying to see the number of people in that chapel in the wee hours of the morning. Sometimes, at all hours of the day and night, besides the scheduled adorer, the little chapel would be full, standing room only, with people who came to be with their Eucharistic Lord.

Then came the pandemic. As with public Mass, everything was shut tight for three months. When the church was allowed to re-open, with no more than 50 congregants at a time (meaning at each of our 7 weekend Masses), the Adoration chapel was kept closed. Even when all limitation on numbers was lifted, the chapel remained closed because of social distancing. Now that the number of vaccinated grows, we are looking to open the chapel after Labor Day. The Mondays of July, and the Mondays and Thursdays of August are a "lead up" to that moment, to get us accustomed to the practice of adoration and to pray for the response for the 168 adorers needed to cover the hours in a week, because the Blessed Sacrament can never be left unattended.

If you are searching for a solid rock in these days of turmoil-you will find it in Adoration. If you are looking for relief from the stress of the on-going pandemic or the "post-Covid blues" - you will find it in Adoration. If you are just looking for quiet in the noise of the world-you will find it in Adoration. If you are looking for a place to speak quietly to your God and to listen to God's voice-you will find it in Adoration. We hear often about the construction of new charging stations for electric cars. I hate to be so crass but an hour a week in the Adoration Chapel can be a charging station for your life. Even in the wee hours of the morning it is for me and it can be for you as well. Check out the hours still needing coverage on Page 5 of this bulletin, and take the plunge. I guarantee you won't regret it.

-The second resume is along the same lines. You know that there are a number of different groups in the parish that follow different roads to living the faith. One such group met for the first time this past Tuesday, spending the customary evening in prayer, reflection, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and the celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation. As a born again might say, "Praise the Lord," the outward, public practice of
faith is on the rise.

With these signs of a return to some normalcy, I invite everyone to consider returning to the "normal" celebration of Sunday (or Saturday evening) worship.

God Bless,
Fr. Ron

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