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Dear friends,
“Dear brothers and sisters, the Church loves you! Be an active presence in the community, as living cells, as living stones.” These words of Pope Francis recall the words of St. Pope John Paul II on his visit to the Archdiocese of Newark in 1995. As he presided at Evening Prayer at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Newark, he referenced its beauty, but it was a beauty that was outshined by the beauty of the people of the Archdiocese, the “living stones” which truly make up the living Church.

You may have heard from friends in other parishes that the Archdiocese has embarked on a campaign to prepare the Church in the four counties that make up the Archdiocese (Bergen, Essex, Hudson and Union) for the future. It is a partnership between each parish and the Archdiocese to anticipate the needs the Church will face as it moves deeper into the 21st Century. Compelled by the Gospel message to make disciples, to preach the Good News and to serve the least among us, the faithful of each parish are invited to join with the Archdiocese in generating the financial resources needed to further the mission of both the parish and the Archdiocese and to secure a solid financial foundation for the future.

“We Are Living Stones” is a campaign that began last winter in some parishes, has continued through the fall in others, and now comes to Mount Carmel, as well as the approximately ninety remaining parishes of the Archdiocese. 28 million dollars has been pledged so far, being split 50/50 between the individual parish and the Archdiocese. There will be no Annual Appeal this year, as it will be part of the Living Stones campaign. The campaign in our parish will not get off in ernest until the end of February with a kick-off mass on the 27th at 5:30 PM. Please mark your calendars now and plan to attend. However, next weekend we will be looking for volunteers to help and I hope we can count on many to assist in this effort. More info will be shared at that time.

Speaking of sharing, I want to share with you what I know about the garage. Over a week ago, I met with representatives of the Village and of the Bergen County Improvement Authority. At that meeting, we were told that the design for the garage was being re-worked. Specifically, the new design would keep the garage within the present footprint of the property and not intrude into Hudson Street. This would allow for the continuation of on-street parking on Hudson (at least the church side of Hudson Street). In addition, the height of the building would be kept within the limits set by the present code, keeping the building within a better proportion to our church building, and lessening the impact on traffic flow. But that traffic flow would still require the reversal of the directions of Hudson and Passaic Streets. (The traffic consultant that Mount Carmel hired noted that a structure of any size would require that kind of reversal).

I have not heard anything since that meeting and we are still waiting to see the design. If the facts are born out in the new design, it will have gone a long way in answering the concerns the parish had over the placement of the garage on Hudson Street. As I have said, I cannot speak for everyone in the parish as to whether this is the best place for a parking facility that helps the Village or whether it is in harmony with the Village-scape; my principal concern has been the functioning of the parish, with unhindered access to the parish buildings, including the church for regular worship. If these concerns have been met in the new design, then I will be satisfied that the parish will be able to continue to function and the work of the Kingdom can go on.

God Bless,
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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