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Dear friends,
Varia – characteristically different from one another, diverse.
STEWARDSHIP.This is Commitment Weekend. At the end of each of my homilies over the last three Sundays, I have asked that you reflect on the three major themes of Stewardship, Time, Talent and Treasure and to make a commitment to give God more Time, in prayer, more Talent, for the spreading of the Gospel and the growth of the community of believers and more Treasure, for the work of the Church. I hope you have had the opportunity to do so. This is Commitment Weekend, the moment to put those decisions into practice, especially the Stewardship of Talent.

There are commitment forms in the pews this weekend, with a listing of all the ministries in the parish. If you have not had the chance to do so already, I ask you to commit to a ministry and fill out a card and drop it in with your offering or in the boxes at the doors of the church. Remember – the parish community needs your talents and gifts to continue to grow. Help us remain a vibrant presence of Jesus in our corner of the world. As regards your gifts of Time and Treasure, both are strictly between you and the God who has so generously blessed you. I would just put in a pitch to join the growing number of parishioners who are using electronic giving. You can easily sign up by clicking the ParishPay icon on our website home page.

WELCOME. I am happy to officially welcome Sr. Mary Spano as our Pastoral Associate for the Sick, the Elderly and the Homebound. Sr. Mary comes to us with many years of healthcare experience and I am sure her presence will make a big difference in our ministry to all with healthcare needs. Sister Mary will write an article in next week’s bulletin and will briefly introduce herself at all the masses next weekend.

LIVING STONES. We are able to add Sr. Mary to the staff because of your great generosity to the Living Stones campaign. Thank you for helping the parish to continue to expand the ministries of service. At the same time, and again thanks to your generosity, we are able to begin the project for the replacement of the windows in the rectory. After a supervised bidding process, Dykhouse Construction was awarded the project on a base bid of $120,840. The project will probably take about two months to complete, four weeks for the manufacture of the custom windows and four weeks (or so) for installation. All of these things are accomplished because of your generous response to the Living Stones campaign. Thank you, again. Please remember to stay current with your campaign pledges (as I have to remind myself). Anyone who has not pledged but would like to do so now, envelopes are in all the book racks at the doors of the church.

BE MY WITNESS. Mount Carmel was asked more than a year ago to participate in a pilot project called Be My Witness, as part of becoming a more evangelizing parish. Part of this pilot is to evaluate the present life of the parish through a series (five in all) of surveys. They are accessed and taken on line so it shouldn’t take a lot of time or effort. The website to access the on-line survey is found just to the right of my column in the article entitled WE WOULD LIKE TO HEAR FROM YOU!!! For those who do not use a computer, hard copies are available on the tables at the doors of the church and may be dropped off at the rectory, mailed in or placed in the boxes at the doors of the church. I encourage the electronic responses because the results will be electronically tabulated. Thank you to all who are able to help us with this important tool.
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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