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Dear friends,
Because many were unable to attend Mass last weekend, I repeat the first part of my column about “We Are Living Stones.”
“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 earnest 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 in this effort and I hope we can count on many to assist in this effort. More info will be shared at that time.

Resuming for this bulletin of the 31st and that brings us to today and this call for volunteers. The campaign is divided into two parts; the first is a series of receptions to be held in the Parish Center during which the needs of both the Archdiocese and our parish will be explained. Every parish household will be invited to one of three receptions to be held in the first two weeks of March. These invitations will come in the mail within the next two weeks and so please be alert for them. The volunteers are basically needed for follow-up phone calls about your attendance at the receptions. These phone calls are not solicitations for contributions, only about attendance. Because we are so large a parish, I am asking anyone with an hour or two to help. They can be made at your convenience and in the comfort of your own home. And you need not call back again and again. One call will be enough. There are cards in the pews this weekend. If you can give the parish that hour or two, please fill one out and either drop it in with the collection or in the boxes at the doors of the church as you leave Mass today. Please help; we need all the voices we can get. More about the second phase later.

God Bless,
Fr. Ron

PS. Someone mentioned to me last weekend what a great job the Village did in plowing right to the curb on both Hudson and Passaic Streets. Not to be petty, but we pay the company that clears our sidewalks to do that. They plow to the curb, then pick up the snow and throw it over the sidewalk onto the lawn. We do this because that on-street parking around the church is so important to us for our parishioners. Which is what we have been telling the Village these last few weeks.

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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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