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Dear Friends,
“No man is poor who has had a godly mother.” A. Lincoln
“The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness.” Balzac
“Youth fades; love droops, the leaves of friendship fall; a mother’s secret hope outlives them all.” Oliver Wendell Holmes
“Motherhood brings as much joy as ever, but it still brings boredom, exhaustion, and sorrow too. Nothing else ever will make you as happy or as sad, as proud or as tired, for nothing is quite as hard as helping a person develop his own individuality especially while you struggle to keep your own.” Marguerite Kelly and Elia Parsons
“A mother understands what a child does not say.” A Jewish Proverb

“The mother-child relationship is paradoxical and, in a sense, tragic. It requires the most intense love on the mother’s side, yet this very love must help the child grow away from the mother, and to become fully independent.” Erich Fromm
“A mother is she who can take the place of all others but whose place no one else can take.” Cardinal Mermillod
“The mother is the most precious possession of the nation, so precious that society advances its highest well-being when it protects the functions of the mother.” Ellen Kay
“Most of all the other beautiful things in life come by twos and threes, by dozens and hundreds. Plenty of roses, sunsets, rainbows, brothers and sisters, aunts and cousins, but only one mother in the whole world.” Kate Douglas Wiggin.
“If you bungle raising your children, I don’t think whatever else you do well matters very much.” Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

I thought this year I would give some different perspectives on this very special day today. No matter which of the thoughts expressed above most suites your feelings today, it is more than just a Hallmark moment, it is a moment to remember a special person with a special place in the making of who we are. Take the time today, in person (or the modern equivalent thereof), or in your heart and memory to say thank you. Happy Mother’s Day to all our mothers. God bless you in your motherhood.

Now, on to a familiar, if perhaps tiresome, subject, the WE ARE LIVING STONES campaign. We are now at $1, 630,044 from 359 donors. What a wonderfully generous community who care so much for the future of our Catholic faith. I am so grateful to each and every household that have brought us to this point. The first check to come back to the parish for our own needs will be cut sometime in June and, as of this writing, will be for about $125,600 (and maybe more if more pledges come in). When we receive it, 10% will immediately be divided among the three charities we have been mentioning. In the meantime, I will begin the process of looking for that Pastoral Associate for the Sick, the Elderly and the Homebound. And we will also begin drawing plans for the replacement of the rectory windows. Hopefully we will be able to get that done before the winter comes.

As all of this is going on, I ask once again, that those who have not yet pledged to give some thought to joining fellow parishioners in making sure the community of believers that follows us will have sufficient resources to meet their needs, in ministries and in buildings and space. This is what this campaign is really about. Now that we have reached our goal, the split between the Archdiocese and Mount Carmel becomes 60/40 with 60% to the parish and 40% to the Archdiocese. So, we shouldn’t stop now. And on a practical note, we don’t know what the price tag for the renovations to the former convent will come to.

But I repeat what I have always said, it’s more about the entire parish family participating, than about the amount (although the amount helps).
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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