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Dear Friends,
As I mentioned last week, I have been on retreat all week and so I turn my column over to five young people who share their reactions to their attendance at the National Catholic Youth Conference in Indianapolis a couple of weekends ago.

Dear Friends,
This is the first weekend of Advent, the beginning of the new Liturgical Year in the life of the Church. I’m sure you remember that the Sunday readings for the Liturgical Year are celebrated in a three-year cycle, simply referred to as Years A, B and C. Having completed a journey through the Gospel of Matthew (Year A in the Lectionary), we now begin a similar journey through the Gospel of Mark (identified as Year B). This means that except for certain seasons, and certain feasts, our Sunday readings are generally taken up with a continuous reading of Mark’s Gospel. As I have in the past, I want to share a few thoughts with you on this Gospel.

Dear Friends,
Today the Church celebrates the Feast of Christ the King, and the last Sunday of the Church’s liturgical year. As feasts go, Christ the King is really the late-comer. As I have written before, it was inaugurated by Pope Pius XI in 1925 as a counterweight to the growing trend to deify the state as the ultimate source of both power and loyalty. This was most especially exemplified by the totalitarian governments of the time, especially the communists in Russia, the fascists in Italy and, later, the Nazis in Germany. The Church was reacting to systems of government that sought to place themselves, instead of God, in the hearts of their citizens. While all three may have gone away, the errors they propounded have stayed, taking other forms.

Dear Friends,
If you read the Mass schedule for daily or Sunday masses you might have realized that my name has been missing. No, I didn’t secretly retire and sneak off in the middle of the night. I saved ten days from my summer vacation to take a cruise and so, hopefully, I am sailing the Caribbean under some very warm and sunny skies. By the time you read this, those ten days will be almost over and unless I stow away, I’ll see you next weekend.

Dear Friends,

Upcoming for November

Each year, for the past several years, the members of our Youth Group have been collecting frozen turkeys for the Fr. English Center in Paterson. This is the same Fr. English Center which the parish periodically helps out with frozen trays throughout the year. It is an outreach of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Paterson, providing a wide variety of social services for those in need, including a food pantry and soup kitchen. A few years ago we were told that they experience more of a need for Thanksgiving turkeys than they were able to fill and OLMC has been helping out since then. The collection of Frozen Turkeys, 25 lbs. or less will be next Saturday, Nov. 11th, only, between 9:00am and 12:00 noon, in the parking lot next to the rectory. Members of the Youth Group will be there to accept the turkeys and say thank you. They will be picked up by the Fr. English Center that very afternoon, so there is only this one opportunity to help a family in need. Please help to make some family Thanksgiving as joy-filled as your own.

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.

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Mass Schedule

Weekend Liturgies
Saturday, 5:30 p.m.
Sunday
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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