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Dear Friends,
What a hectic weekend last weekend was. On Friday evening, and twice on Saturday, we celebrated the confirmation of 213 young people from our parish. They stuck it out through classes, service projects and a weekend retreat. And they were a special group in their participation and enthusiasm. The three celebrations were filled with that same enthusiasm, from the up-beat music to the energy of Bishop Cruz. I think everyone left with a great sense that the Holy Spirit was really present in these moments at Mount Carmel.

The same sense of the Holy Spirit’s presence also filled the church again on Sunday when Deacon Bob Liwanag exercised his ministry of the diaconate in serving at the altar for the first time. He had been ordained the day before at the Cathedral Basilica in Newark and, in serving as the deacon at the 11:00 Mass, preached his first homily. And it was good, clear, to the point and delivered in a warm and friendly style. Very impressive. The Mass was followed by a wonderful reception downstairs. I want to thank all who made the day so special for Deacon Bob, both at the Mass and at the reception. Again, a big congratulations to Deacon Liwanag and his wonderful wife, Tessie, who was part of his journey from start to finish.

I also want to say another word of thanks to all who have participated in the We Are Living Stones campaign, at whatever level you found appropriate. As of this writing, 489 households have pledged $1,965,325.17. What a tremendous pledge of your commitment to the future of our parish community, especially as it refers to the re-purposing of the former convent for expanded use to meet the parish needs. I will be using the summer to send a personal note of my thanks to each and every one of you. But be patient, 489 notes is a lot of notes.

The campaign, and how to properly re-purpose the convent bears greatly on my next subject. On June 14th, I will celebrate my 19th anniversary as pastor of Mont Carmel. As I have said many times before, you are a community of extraordinary generosity, kindness and commitment. You have enriched my life as a priest and as a human being. It has been an honor and privilege to serve as your pastor. My one over-riding goal has been to bring people closer to Christ, in whatever way possible. I pray I have been able to do that, at least some of the time. For the times I have not, I ask forgiveness.

In 2013, Archbishop Myers extended my term as pastor until June 30, 2017, one year from now. I’m afraid I have not given much thought to that reality – retirement. But I will begin thinking about it now. So how does that fit into the campaign? You know that the redemption period for the pledges is four years. Of the projects that the parish hopes to fund from the campaign, the last on the list was the re-purposing of the convent. This will be done with the last of the dollars that come in from the campaign, which means, toward the end of the campaign. But the planning will begin now. I would hope to be involved with both the planning and the start of the construction. To that end, I wrote Archbishop Myers about the possibility of an extension of my term and he has agreed to that. So, after all this, the bottom line is that my term as pastor of Mount Carmel has been extended until June 30, 2019, and that will be the end. I hope you and I can continue to build a faith community that truly is the Body of Christ in our time and place.
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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