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Dear Friends,
On September 24th, 2013, a little known Bishop from Gaylord, Michigan, came to the Archdiocese of Newark as Coadjutor Archbishop. Archbishop Hebda became a familiar face at Our Lady of Mount Carmel. He celebrated Mass for the 100th Anniversary of the Knights of Columbus Council in June of 2014, and attended the celebration under the tent afterward. He returned in March of 2015 to lead the Palm Sunday procession from Vet’s Field and celebrate the 12:30 Mass that day. He returned again in June of that same year to celebrate our three celebrations for the Sacrament of Confirmation. So, it was with great sadness that we saw him leave our Archdiocese to become the Archbishop of St. Paul-Minneapolis in March of 2016. It was a sadness felt throughout the Archdiocese because people in the parishes developed a great affection and respect for him. What could God possibly have in mind that He would tease us with this new leader and then take him away.

Now we know the answer. I am a great believer in Divine Providence, that God has a plan, that even though that plan may not be to our liking, it is always best for us, if we trust Him. Now, that plan has been revealed to us, in the person of Cardinal Joseph Tobin. I was privileged to be at the Cathedral Basilica on Friday, January 6th, for Cardinal Tobin’s Installation as the 6th Archbishop of Newark. You know that because of the many positions I have held in the Archdiocese, I have been at many ceremonies in the Cathedral, including the Installations of the 3rd, 4th and 5th Archbishops of Newark. The ceremony ranks near or at the top of the list in terms of the joy, spirit and enthusiasm of the community gathered there. Literally, the place was alive with that joy. I can only say to you that I believe many blessings are ahead for the Church of Newark under Cardinal Tobin’s shepherding.

And speaking of Divine Providence and God’s plan, two important moments happen toward the end of January, the Women’s Cornerstone Retreat on January 21st and the Men’s Cornerstone Retreat, Jan. 27th & 28th. Do you think that God has plans only for His Church? I believe, and have experienced in my own life, that God has a plan for each and every one of us. And though it is not always clear at the moment, I have discovered that God’s plan for me is usually better than my own. And God has a plan for you, too. But like the Magi in last Sunday’s Gospel, our eyes have to be open to see it, as theirs had to be open to see the star. And to do that, we need to give God the time. And that’s what Cornerstone can do for you – give God the time to speak to your heart and to show you where you should be headed. Men and women – give God the time to do that for you. He didn’t let the Archdiocese of Newark down; He won’t let you down either. If you are looking for God, you can find Him in the Cornerstone experience. Register today. Information on how to register can be found in the bulletin.

On another subject, as many of you are aware, we have been assessing how our ministries and activities can continue to serve the Lord in the best possible way. In doing so, we have asked for input from members of the parish through online surveys covering various aspects of parish life. Those same surveys have been available in hard copy for those who don’t do the Internet. I take the input from our parishioners very seriously and we are presently working on the format to present these results to the parish, probably through a special insert in the bulletin. This is taking a little longer than I had hoped but we should have it completed for the first three surveys in the very near future. In the meantime, please continue to participate when the next survey comes out. And thank you to all those who have been participating thus far.
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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