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Before I get into the Liturgy of the Eucharist, as part of the ongoing series on the Liturgy, in preparation for the introduction of the 3rd Edition of the Roman Missal in November, I want to confirm some important moments here at Mount Carmel.

I am sure most, if not all, of you know that Fr. Sean has been appointed pastor of Our Lady Mother of the Church in Woodcliff Lake, and his new assignment is effective July 1, 2011.  Fr. Sean has brought many gifts and talents to his ministry here at Mount Carmel, but more important than any of these has been his faith and his love of the Lord.  I think you will agree it has been evident in the way in which he celebrates Eucharist, his homilies, and the solicitude he shows in his pastoral care for all who have come to him.  At the same time, his sense of humor and dry whit have enlivened many a conversation. The parish (and the house) will not be the same without him (nor the garage, without his motorcycle). 

 But at some time or other, most priests come to that point in their ministry when they would like to accept full responsibility for that part of the church we call a parish, and to bring their faith, their learning, their dedication and their experiences to shepherding a people they can call their own.  Now is the time for Fr. Sean to take such a step.  And I know he will be top notch.  Fr. Sean will celebrate the 5:30 Mass on Saturday evening, June 25, followed by a reception in the Parish Center.  Please, mark your calendars now and plan to give him a great farewell.  (And please don’t think of following him up there).

 I take this opportunity to announce the appointment by Archbishop Myers of Fr. Kevin Waymel as Parochial Vicar (that’s the official title) here at Mount Carmel.  Fr. Kevin was ordained last Saturday.  He hails from Denver, Colorado and came to the Archdiocese through the Neocatechumenal Way and Redemptoris Mater Seminary, as did Fr. Peter Baldacchino, Fr. Ivan Sciberras and Fr. Sean.  Fr. Kevin arrives on June 15th and when he has arrived he will write a little something about himself for the bulletin.  I know you will welcome him warmly, as you have welcomed all the priests who have come here to serve.

 Last week we printed on the front cover of the bulletin the names of the 240 children who received their First Holy Communion in April and May.  Next week (Pentecost) we will print the names of the 199 young people who received the Sacrament of Confirmation two weeks ago.  How blessed we are as a parish with and by all these “younger” generations of Catholics who continue to be formed by the power of God’s grace, received in these two sacraments, and to bring their life in faith to our parish community.  How blessed we are as a parish to have so many families who believe so strongly that life with God is so important that they lead their children and young adults to these sacramental moments.  We are grateful to these families who bring that commitment to our parish community.

 Lastly, I want to thank everyone for their congratulations and warm wishes on my 40th anniversary in the priesthood.  I’m really not one for the public scene, but I was especially happy to celebrate the 8:00 AM Mass last Sunday with the contingents from the Knights of Columbus and the Ridgewood Firefighters.  I am truly blessed by the Lord in being called to serve in this community.  Please pray for me, that I always seek and do the will of the Lord for me in my life.

Fr. Ron


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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