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Dear Friends,
I write this week on two subjects, one material and one spiritual. I’ll do the material first, so I can end with spiritual thoughts for the week to come.  The material is obviously on the We Are Living Stones campaign. As of this writing, Thursday, May 19th, $1,862,289.17. has been pledged from 438 donors. The great news is that we are almost $400,000. over our goal of $1,471,300. God bless all who have joined in this “push into the future.” The sad news is that this great “Push” is being fueled by only 438 donors.

I use the word sad because this campaign is really about us. Yes, I know, the Archdiocese will benefit, but even “their” benefit is about us because the endowments that will be “funded” by their share will be for us, the training of priests to serve us, tuition assistance for those of us who want to send our children to Catholic schools, medical/nursing care for elderly priests who have served us. So, even for the Archdiocese, this campaign is about the future.

This is most especially true for us right here in OLMC. Beyond the charities that will be helped, the campaign will provide better services for the sick, the elderly and the homebound, which, one day, will surely include us. It’s about going green with new windows, to save the environment for a better world for us and to reduce future energy bills for us. And it’s about taking a building that’s 60 years old (the former convent) and re-purposing it for the future so that the needs of an active (and large) parish like this one will be met, even given the limited space this parish occupies. And this is about us, doing what we can for those who follow after us.

If this is about us, I want to invite more of us to be a part of it. During this coming week, all those who have yet to be a part of us will receive a letter to do just that, to make a pledge for the future, to be part of this one family effort to continue this mission of Our Lady of Mount Carmel into that future. It will be the last communication about the campaign as the solicitation phase of the campaign comes to an end with the Memorial Day weekend. If you have decided to pledge but have been putting it off, now is the time to act. If you have been thinking about pledging, now is the time to act. If you have been wondering what you might do, what about a pledge (that’s the sacrificial part – the willingness to put oneself on the line for the four years) of $500 a year?

But no matter what, be a part of us as we hand on our faith to those who will come after us and will say of us, “How blessed we are that they cared about us.” Pledge envelopes are available on all the tables at the doors of the church. Thank you.

Now on to the spiritual. Next Sunday is the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (once simply called the Feast of Corpus Christi). It is the day on which we pay special reverence to what the 2nd Vatican Council called, the “source and summit of the Christian life,” the gift of Christ in the Eucharist. One of the ways we have done this at Mount Carmel is the Corpus Christi procession, outside, around the block, after the 12:30 Mass. It serves as a demonstration of our faith in the Eucharist and also as a demonstration of the strength of this Catholic community here in Ridgewood. This year, the Feast happens to fall during the Memorial Day weekend, an unhappy circumstance. So I ask, if you know you’re going to be around, and not yet barbequing, perhaps you could change your usual schedule and come to the 12:30 and be a part of this wonderful demonstration of faith. Unlike the Palm Sunday procession, it’s only around the block. I myself will have to miss the Mass and procession because I am celebrating the Sacrament of Confirmation at Nativity at noon that day. With the reduction in the number of bishops, several of us (the Vicars General & Episcopal Vicars) have been delegated to celebrate confirmations around the Archdiocese.

A second way we have paid special reverence to Christ in the Blessed Sacrament is through Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration, the special privilege we have here of having the Adoration Chapel open 24/7 for parishioners, and many non-parishioners, to come and pray before the Lord, exposed in the Blessed Sacrament. But we can only do this because of the people who volunteer to cover specific hours of the day and night to assure that someone is always present. At the end of each Mass this weekend, someone from Perpetual Adoration will speak briefly, inviting others not just to pray regularly there, but to sign up and commit to a specific day and time to do so, so that we may continue this great spiritual gift to the whole parish. I hope you will be open to their message.
God bless,
Fr. Ron

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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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