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As I write this, my first thought is to hope that everyone’s lives are back to normal, home, school, etc. But with the heat we’re been having, I doubt it. One thing is back to normal, when I ask our teenage, evening receptionists “how’s school,” they all respond in the same way, “too much homework already.” Some things never change. 
I hope many will take time today to make it to the Block Party. It should be a great time, provided early, long-range forecasts prove wrong, as they are indicating a chance for rain on Sunday.
From the guest column in last week’s bulletin, you know about the group of parishioners who are “braving the wild,” (in the zoo), to celebrate with the Holy Father at the Mass he will be offering on September 27th in Philadelphia. Because Pope Francis is truly a world celebrity, it’s easy to forget what his visit is all about. While he will be making stops in Washington and New York, the original focus of the trip was his attendance at the World Meeting of Families. St. Pope John Paul II conceived of a World Meeting of Families in 1992, as a means of strengthening Catholic family life in a time when that very life was coming under great stresses. The first meeting was held in Rome in 1994 and has been held every three years in places like Rio De Janiero, Manila, Mexico City and now, for the first time, in the United States. The “meriting” is really a whole agenda of workshops, lectures, prayer, exhibits and just about everything else we would lump under the American heading of “convention.” This year’s theme is “Love is Our Mission – The Family Fully Alive. It officially begins on Tuesday (9/22) and ends on Friday (9/25), with the extension for the Pope’s presence at a special Mass on Sunday, 9/27.
 
In the excitement of the Pope Francis’ visit, we should not lose sight of this purpose – to work and pray for the strengthening of the family, and family life. I don’t need to go into the pressures placed on families these days, but they are enormous. I know those who are “zooing” it from our parish will also be praying for family life within our parish. I know that everyone couldn’t make this pilgrimage, but everyone can pray for its success and the success of the World Meeting of Families. And we can do this together. The parish will be holding a Holy Hour for the World Meeting of Families and for our own pilgrimage group on Friday evening, September 18th at 7:00 PM in the church. Please join us for these special prayers as the World Meeting Families is about to begin.
 
A quick reminder that there is a guest preacher at all the masses this weekend, speaking on behalf of a Missionary Diocese in Brazil. Mount Carmel never has an actual, in-pew second collection. EXCEPT – when it comes to the support of the church in the missions. TODAY IS THAT DAY. An actual 2nd collection for the support of this missionary diocese will be taken up immediately after the first collection for the regular support of the parish. Please help.
 
The last thing I want to mention is something I’ve said many times. You have, undoubtedly, seen recent headlines in both the electronic and print media about changes Pope Francis is making in the process to apply for and be granted a church annulment. I have no doubt, as applies to the process, they will be significant. And as a priest who has tried to guide Catholics through the process, any simplification and streamlining will be greatly appreciated. But I would caution everyone to wait to read either the two documents, issued Motu Proprio, (a Latin phrase basically meaning “on his own initiative”), or an authorized explanation (as I will be waiting). The secular media has a habit of picking one-liners as their conclusions, like seeing the trees and not the forest.
 
God Bless,
Fr. Ron

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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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