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Senior Citizens Christmas Party


The Knights of Columbus will hold their annual Senior Citizens Christmas Party on Sunday, December 16th from 1:30 to 4:00 p.m. in the Mount Carmel Parish Center. All Seniors are welcome! The afternoon will include lunch, music and entertainment, as well as a visit and gifts from Santa! If you have any questions, please contact Mark Stappenbeck (201-444-3346).

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LOCATION: St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican City
ARTIST: Gian Lorenzo Bernini (1598-1680)

The Window of the Holy Spirit, represented by the dove, was the "final touch" Bernini used to complete his Chair of St. Peter located in St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City.

The window, which is NOT made of glass but instead thin pieces of alabaster stone.

The window is above the Chair of St. Peter, the chair only the pope is permitted to sit in. It was to remind everyone that when to pope is seated below, it is the Holy Spirit that inspires all that the pope says.

Bernini also designed the window to be in the center of his sculpture which surrounds the chair. He wanted a person looking at the window to feel as if they were looking to the window of Heaven with clouds, angels and light rays coming from it.


Holy Spirit window along with the Chair of St. Peter
HolySpiritWindow Bernini
Window with angels surrounding it.
Close up of window
Close up of the Holy Spirit in Dove form

Day Trip of the Month

shrinemtcarmelThe National Shrine of Our Lady of Mount Carmel was founded to encourage and perpetuate devotion to Mary and her scapular under the special title of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.

Situated on 60 beautiful acres in the mid-Hudson region of New York State, the shrine is open year around. All pilgrims are welcome to the shrine. Here you can witness the importance of prayer in your life while deepening your commitment to God and devotion to Our Lady.

Visitors may participate in daily and Sunday liturgies, days of recollection, novenas and celebrations for Carmelite feast days, the sacrament of reconciliation and the outdoor stations of the cross. Our many programs, promote the spirituality of prayer, reflection, meditation and devotion to Mary and the Carmelite saints. Visitors can also visit the Carmelite gift store, relax in the picnic grove or stroll along trails bordered by lakes and enhanced by outdoor shrines.

Click here to link to the website for The National Shrine of Our Lady of Mount Carmel .


Saint Paul:
sessionstpaulBorn:  c.3 at Tarsus, Cilicia (modern Turkey) as Saul
Died:   Beheaded c.65 at Rome, Italy
Canonization Date: Before Records were kept
Feast Day:  January 25th: Conversion of Paul & June 29 (Sts. Peter & Paul)
Patron Saint: Gentile Christians, Theologians & Missions

Saul the Jew hated and persecuted Christians, even assisting at the stoning of Saint Stephen the Martyr. On his way to Damascus Syria, to arrest another group of faithful, he was knocked to the ground, struck blind by a heavenly light, and given the message that in persecuting Christians, he was persecuting Christ.  The experience has a profound spiritual effect on him, causing his conversion to Christianity.  He was baptized, changed his name to Paul to reflect his new persona, and began traveling, preaching, and teaching. (excerpt from saints.sqpn.com)

Saint Paul Links:
What are the 7 timeless lessons from Saint Paul?  Click here to find out!
Click here for a video by Father Barron about St. Paul's journey.


Saint Mary Magdalene:
sessionmagdalenBorn: Unknown
Died:  Unknown but possibly took place in Ephesus
Canonization Date: Before Records were kept
Feast Day:  July 22nd
Patron Saint Of: Penitent Sinners, hairdressers, glove makers, perfumers.

Except for the mother of Jesus, few women are more honored in the Bible than Mary Magdalene. 

She was a friend and follower of Jesus and was one of the many “who were assisting them [Jesus and the Twelve] out of their means.” She was one of those who stood by the cross of Jesus with his mother. And, of all the “official” witnesses that might have been chosen for the first awareness of the Resurrection, she was the one to whom that privilege was given. She is known as the "Apostle to the Apostles."

Saint Mary Magdalene Links:
Mary Magdalene video
Click here to read more and listen to a brief autobiography about Saint Mary Magdalene

Scripture of the Month

Luke 9: 1-3

He summoned the Twelve and gave them power and authority over all demons and to cure diseases, and he sent them to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal [the sick].  He said to them, “Take nothing for the journey, neither walking stick, nor sack, nor food, nor money, and let no one take a second tunic”. - Luke 9: 1-3

Wow!  Can you imagine being one of the twelve apostles and Jesus telling you to leave EVERYTHING behind and follow Him? How would you feel?

Imagine leaving everything behind that makes you feel secure.  Imagine leaving your friends, your family, your home, your food, and your clothing.  Imagine the level of trust and faith that you would have to have in order to leave all of that behind and follow Jesus.  You would be putting your complete and total faith in God....that He will provide for you and give you all that you need for your mission. 

It must have been terrifying for the twelve apostles!  They were sent out into the world armed only with their deep faith and connection to God in order to continue the mission of Jesus.

As Catholics, you and I are called to continue the work of Jesus, just like the apostles.  God is not asking for you to give up everything, but He is asking for you to connect with Him and to use the gifts and talents that He has given you to help build the Kingdom of God in today’s world. 

What are you willing to give up in order to do that?  Are you willing to put down your cell phone and connect to God each day in prayer? Are you willing to open your bible, read a verse, reflect on the words, and pray? As noted in the video by Chris Stefanick during our first class session, “are you willing to give God 12 minutes a day?”


Mission - A task or job that someone is given to do
Catholic - Along with One, Holy, and Apostolic, Catholic is one of the four Marks of the Church.  Catholic means "universal".  The Church reaches throughout the world to all people.
Kingdom of God - The Reign of God, which Jesus announced.  It is characterized as a time of justice, peace, and love.  The seed or the beginning of the Kingdom is present on earth right now.  When the Kingdom is fully realized, God will rule over the hearts of all people.
People of God - An image of the Church from the Bible.
Marks of the Church - The four essential features or characteristics of the Church: One, Holy, Catholic (Universal), and Apostolic.
Apostolic - One of the four Marks of the Church, along with One, Holy, and Catholic.  The Church is Apostolic because she was founded on Jesus' Twelve Apostles.
Journey - something suggesting travel or passage from one place to another.
1) something that makes it difficult to think or pay attention
2) something that amuses or entertains you so that you do not think about problems, work, etc.


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 What is my child learning this month? 

During session two, we focused on the Mission of the Catholic Church.

Session 2 Goals:
1)  To help students understand the mission of the Catholic Church which is to carry out the mission of Jesus Christ.
2)  To explain how the Catholic Church today is actively spreading the Gospel.  

Bringing this session home

In this section, we will give parents instructions on the home based portion of the program that they are to teach to their child. Parents are encouraged to break up this material into hour long weekly sessions for you and your child to do together.



A Christian disciple realizes that a living faith is the key to a truly happy life. Living our faith leads to our happiness because it leads us closer to God.  If it leads us to God, it can lead others to God as well.  This is why our Catholic faith is a treasure to be shared with other people, so that they can be happy too.

The twelve Apostles were the first to spread Jesus’ message throughout the world.  Jesus said to them, “Go therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all I have commanded you” (Mt 28:19).

Looking out at the world, we can see, as the Apostles did, that there are many people who are unhappy or suffering because they do not know Jesus Christ.  In addition to knowing Jesus through prayer and the sacraments and imitating Him in our words and actions, we must also be willing to share our Catholic faith with other people, as the Apostles did.

God knows that young people can do good things but we will only be ready for greatness if we practice it now by living as Christian disciples in our own homes, in school, and in our communities. 

Jesus is calling you to a special relationship right now and only you can choose to accept it.


talkThere are over 60 million Catholics and many other Christians living in the United States.

  • What would our country be like if every Christian was serious about continuing the mission of Jesus Christ?
  • What would your community be like?
  • What are some ways that we can live as true disciples in our everyday lives, trying to live as Jesus taught us, to love God and love neighbor?
  • What are some ways that we can share our Catholic Faith with other people?
  • How can we live as a family to continue the mission of Jesus in our lives?




Journal options:

  • Write about one good thing you can do at home, at school, and in your community to live more like a disciple of Christ.
  • How would doing this show others that you want to be like Jesus?
  • What do you think is the greatest challenge in trying to be a disciple of Jesus?
  • How can you meet this challenge?

The above is adapted from the 'What is My Vocation?' Junior High curriculum made available by the Archdiocese of Chicago. You are welcome to use the following resources found in these pdf files:

What is My Vocation - Curriculum for Junior High Students - Unit I
What is My Vocation - Curriculum for Junior High Students - Unit II
What is My Vocation - Curriculum for Junior High Students - Unit III
What is My Vocation - Teacher Edition
Click here for more information and a direct link to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops website.  

One Step Ahead: Parent Resources 

All Are Called to Build God's Kingdom

Click here to read the words of Saint Pope John Paul II


What gifts does God give the Catholic Church?


Click here for a video from Fr. Barron to find out! - Fr. Robert Barron


Taking Your Faith to a Deeper Level

Your mission awaits: Through the sacrament of Baptism, we’re called and empowered by God to continue the mission of Jesus. Each of us has received unique gifts of the Spirit for this mission. After all, such an expansive mission requires diverse gifts—different skills, personalities, perspectives, abilities! But there can also be challenges. It can be tempting to compare the gifts of one person or group with those of another. Do they measure up? Do we measure up? Are some people holier? The good news of Baptism is that we’re all called to holiness. We all measure up! We’re all needed to bring about love, peace, and justice.

How will you embrace your baptismal call today?

Readings: Philippians 3:3-8a; Luke 15:1-10 (488).
“The Pharisees and scribes began to complain, saying, ‘This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.’ ”

Take Five For Faith/ Daily Renewal for Busy Catholics
Click Here to learn more.

Jumping Ahead


Next month we will be learning about the Seven themes of Catholic Social Teaching.  

Refer to page C24 in the Catholic Youth Bible

  • Read the definition of each of the seven themes of Catholic social teaching.
  • Chose one of the themes and read the articles in your Catholic Youth Bible that are associated with the theme that you chose.

Discuss the following questions with your child:

  • Why did you choose this particular theme of Catholic Social Teaching?
  • What did you learn?
  • Discuss examples of how you can live out this theme of Catholic social teaching in your life.

Photo of the Month
Reflect on this picture and discuss it with your child.

What does this image mean to you in regard to the mission of the Catholic Church?

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The human person is thus called to work with his hands, mind and heart 
for the coming of God's kingdom into the world. 
This is especially true of those who are called to the apostolate and are, 
as St Paul says, "fellow workers for the kingdom of God" (Col 4:11), 
but it is also true of every human person. - Saint John Paul II


So.... what is our mission.... if we choose to accept it?


Click here to find out! 


Building the Kingdom....brick by brick.

Click here and watch this video
about building the Kingdom of God.

thoughtAfter you watch the video, answer the following reflection questions in writing and bring them with you to your next class session:

1) In the video, it states that Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life.  What does this mean to you?

2) He states that "we are all headed somewhere".  Where are you headed?  What are your goals and dreams for the next year? 

3) How do your goals and dreams help you move closer in your relationship with Jesus? 

4) How do your goals and dreams help build the Kingdom of God?




Stepping back:

What are some of the distractions in your life that make it harder for     you to hear God?

How can you remove those distractions so that you are better able to communicate with God?


Jumping Ahead:

Next month we will be learning about the Seven themes of Catholic Social Teaching.  

Refer to page C24 in the Catholic Youth Bible.

Read the definition of each of the seven themes of Catholic social teaching.

Chose one of the themes and read the articles in your Catholic Youth Bible that are associated with the theme that you chose.

Discuss the following questions with your parent:

Why did you choose this particular theme of Catholic Social Teaching?

What did you learn?

Discuss examples of how you can live out this theme of Catholic social teaching in your life.

Photo of the Month
Reflect on this picture and discuss it with your parent.


What does this image mean to you in regard to the mission of the Catholic Church?


Review Time:





to answer questions in preparation for your quiz!


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 




Click Here for the Video in English and Spanish