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Dear Friends
A couple of weeks ago I ran across an article that claimed that almost 25% of Americans now identify themselves as atheists. The last time I saw a figure on the issue it was about 15%. The article also told the reader that fewer people are embarrassed about identifying themselves in this way.

You and I know that we live in an ever-changing world, not only technologically but culturally as well. Mores, morals, societal supports have all changed and, in some cases, disappeared. So, what, if anything, can we do about it? Our Scripture readings today give us the insight and direction we need to answer that question.

Dear Friends
These last weeks have seen some remarkable moments, things which most of us would have never thought possible. And these events have left us wondering about our future and the future of the country and of the world. Each day the papers and the media are filled with story after story about the condition of the world. Countries mount endless wars. Civilians and especially children die in a relentless effort to gain control of territory, one block, no, one house at a time. Men, women and children die every day in fleeing the violence of their homeland in boats that we wouldn’t put on a local lake. Famine and disease are everywhere. Floods, earthquakes, draught, and fires kill and devastate homes and businesses and lives.

Dear friends,
Read the words of the original Thanksgiving Proclamation by Abraham Lincoln, October 3, 1863. I think it valuable at this moment in our history because it does not give thanks for victories won, but for the blessings of the land and for freedom. It does not conclude with a prayer for more victories or for defeat of the enemy. But it concludes with a prayer for humble penitence for those who suffer and for a prayer for healing, and for peace, harmony and tranquility. How appropriate to the country 153 years later. As we have seen over these last many months, and continue to see over these last days, we are in need of divine intervention, not only to heal wounds, but to enlighten a path by which reasonable people of good will can find solutions, not only to the problems our nations faces, but to the problem which is ourselves.

Dear Friends,
Varia – a number of unrelated items:
- I am sure most, if not all of you, have read about the appointment of a new Archbishop of Newark, Cardinal-designate Joseph W. Tobin. It is extraordinary in many ways, that it came so soon after Archbishop Myers turned 75 (less than four months), that Newark will now have a Cardinal as Ordinary of the Archdiocese, and that it involved the transfer of a Cardinal from one diocese to another (never done). With all of these circumstances, it does show Pope Francis’ concern for the Church of Newark. I had the opportunity on Monday to have lunch with Cardinal-designate Tobin (along with other Archdiocesan officials). He was warm, down-to-earth, well spoken, with a wealth of experience and a hearty sense of humor. I believe he brings to Newark a new life and energy that will soon be evident, and a deep faith in the power and grace of the Lord in all our lives, lived in the image of leadership exemplified in the life of Pope Francis.

Dear Friends,
I doubt there is a person in the United States who does not know that Tuesday of this week is Election Day. I have often urged parishioners to be sure to vote. It’s harder to do that this year. Officially, the Church cannot either endorse or oppose any particular candidate, and that applies to federal, state and even local elections. Neither can a parish “distribute educational materials biased with respect to any candidate, political party or PAC; conduct public forums, debates or lectures (homilies?) biased with respect to any candidate, political party or PAC.”

Dear Friends,
This weekend marks our thirteenth annual Academy of Our Lady Weekend. It is a time when we try to highlight one of the most important, but often unrecognized, ministries of our parish – our Catholic School. At all our weekend liturgies, the various ministries, readers, gift bearers, ministers of hospitality, will be filled by students from the Academy, just to remind us about the school’s presence as one of our apostolates.

Because it’s not on site and because it doesn’t bear the parish name (as it doesn’t bear the name, St. Catharine School, our other co-sponsoring partner), and because it’s called an academy, we might forget that the Academy of Our Lady is our PAROCHIAL school, and not a private school.

THIS WEEKEND, the boxes at the doors of the church will be for a special collection for HAITI HURRICANE RELIEF. We have all been reading about the numbers of dead, the spread of disease and the hunger of the survivors. Parts of the orphanage we support, through Fr. Marc, were also severely damaged. Checks may be made payable to: Free the Kids OR OLMC with Free the Kids on the memo line. Donations may also be made through Parish Pay. Any help would be appreciated.

If you didn’t get a chance on Commitment Weekend to sign up for a ministry, you still have this weekend to do so. Commitment cards are still in the pews. Just fill one out and put it in one of the boxes at the doors of the church. Remember , Mount Carmel will only be a vibrant parish if you make it one.

NEXT WEEKEND, the boxes at the doors of the church will be for a special collection for Haiti Hurricane Relief. We have all been reading about the numbers of dead, the spread of disease and the hunger of the survivors. Parts of the orphanage we support, through Fr. Marc, were also severely damaged. Any help would be appreciated.

Below is an introduction by Sister Mary Spano who has begun her ministry here at OLMC:

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.

Dear friends,
As we come to the third and final week of our Stewardship Renewal, I want to say a word of thanks for the events of the last two Sundays. First, to all those who labored so hard to make the Block Party such a great success. You know, when you think of a block party, you usually think of just that – a specific block on which all the neighbors gather for games, competitions, food – just to share each others’ company and have a good time. That’s what happens “on our block” and I am so grateful to all the people who work very hard and very long (on their feet) to make it happen.


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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