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Dear Friends,
“This past Friday, we began something here at Mount Carmel that should have a special place in the spiritual life of the parish. After noon Mass, we began the practice of Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Eucharistic Adoration for the rest of the day until 8:00 PM. We will do this every first Friday of the month.” I wrote those words in my Pastor’s column for the bulletin for June 6, 1999, the Feast of Corpus Christi that year.

That first step started the parish on the road to Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration. As I recall, it was a long road and a slow-going journey. Over the course of the Jubilee Year (2000) we gradually expanded public adoration from that 8:00 PM closing to overnight, ending on Saturday morning. Finally, on the weekend of April 21, 2002, a priest from the Eucharistic Adoration Society preached on adoration and people were invited to sign-up for commitments for specific hours in the Chapel. Over 550 people made a commitment and Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration began on the Feast of the Body and Blood of the Lord, June 2, 2002.

The Catholic Church, universally, and Our Lady of Mount Carmel parish, locally, is a EUCHARIST-CENTERED community. In its most basic form, this means we are a community which gathers around the table of the Lord, to be fed with the Body of Christ, to be washed clean of our sins in the Blood of Christ, and to be strengthened by the Holy Meal to walk the journey of life as Jesus’ living witnesses. In the early centuries, in times of persecution, Christians knew how much they needed the Eucharist to be strengthened in their faith in an environment hostile to that faith. In our day, the environment, our society, seems more and more hostile to everything we believe in. Today’s believers, as much as those of two millennia ago need that strength, need that Food which sustains and gives life. The Catholic Church has always centered its focus on the Eucharist as the Living Gift God gives to His people. The Eucharist is at the heart of who and what the Church is.

Adoration reminds us of this. It reminds us we still need God in our lives, and that God wants to be in our lives. It also gives us a break from the frenetic lives we lead, the rushing, the texting, tweeting, merry-go-round of activities that clog our minds and our calendars. It offers us quiet and peace. And each of us needs that quiet time with the Lord (and don’t fool yourself that you don’t), with Jesus Who understands the struggles we face in our lives, the sorrows as well as the joys. This is one of the reasons God has become one of us, to convince us that He knows what it’s like, in the flesh. One of the truly great places to do that, to meet God, in Christ, in peace and quiet, without the devices, is in the Adoration Chapel. And while a one-shot deal is good, stopping by, for a special prayer, a deep challenge, a heavy burden, making a commitment to do so regularly is even better. It takes a while to quiet oneself, to calm down, to let all activities, all plans and calendars, slip away and find that inner peace with the Lord that can become the energy boost that supports us in all those other activities, struggles, sorrows, joys and even moments of boredom when we wonder what life is all about. And time in Adoration deepens our celebration of the Mass and of the Eucharist as a Heavenly Bread that feeds and sustains us.

As Jesus said to His disciples, “Come, and see.” I guarantee you won’t regret it. To renew and deepen our appreciation of this great gift of the Eucharist, and the gift of Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration, we have invited Fr. John Gordon to preach at all the masses next weekend, the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of the Lord. May I also remind and invite you to be part of the Eucharistic Procession and Benediction which will follow the 12:30 Mass, as a public sign of our belief in Jesus’ presence in the Eucharist.

And speaking of next weekend, please read the announcement elsewhere in this bulletin about the Farewell for Fr. Gino, Melissa Peters and Kim Birdsall, who will be leaving the parish to move on to other types of service. We are grateful for their time with us, for their love of this parish community and for the ways in which they have helped all of us grow.
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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