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Dear friends,
This weekend, we begin our annual Stewardship Renewal. We have not done a full-blown Stewardship renewal since 2010 and you and I know how much has changed in our world (and in our parish) since then. Stewardship Renewal will culminate with Commitment Weekend, Oct. 8th and 9th. But commitment to what? To some extra prayer? To some extra volunteer activity? To some more money?

No! Commitment Weekend asks us to take a stand on discipleship and witness.

Dear friends,
Welcome back. Welcome home. Happy New Year. All sentiments that have to do with beginning and return, returning home from vacations, returning back to school, beginning a new school year and a new program year. All conjured up by the idea that September marks a change. For some, it’s the first time a child has gone off to college. For others, the first time a child will go off to school for a full day, every day. Whatever the case may be – let’s all step into this new present with a renewed sense of hope for all that can be and a new vision and dream that we can make it all come true.

(Guest Columnist—Glen McCall)
Today, at the Vatican, Pope Francis made it official…..the woman we all know as Mother Teresa is now Saint Teresa of Calcutta!
It is always exciting (at least for me) when the Church recognizes a new saint. What is even more exciting in the case of Mother Teresa is that most of us remember her life among us here. We witnessed her deep devotion to the poor in the harshest slums of India.
It wasn’t until this petit nun in an unfamiliar blue and white habit won the Noble Peace Prize in 1979 that we even knew her name. Her directness, her passion and devotion captured our interest in wanting to know more about her and this Order of nuns she began.

Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
There is no better time than the summer! Things tend to slow down a bit. Maybe some of us have the opportunity to go on vacation while others even have the blessing of spending time with family and friends that we normally do not see throughout the year. As a small nugget for your consideration, I would just like to offer one note regarding Christian leisure as it relates to us as Catholics.

Dear Friends,
Pope Francis’ homily at the Prayer Vigil for World Youth Day concludes below.
“My friends, Jesus is the Lord of risk. He is the Lord of the eternal ‘more.’ Jesus is not the Lord of comfort, security, ease. Following Jesus demands a good dose of courage, a readiness to trade in the sofa for a pair of walking shoes and to set out on new and uncharted paths. To blaze trails that open up new horizons capable of spreading joy, the joy that is born of God’s love and wells up in your hearts with every act of mercy.

Dear Friends,
Continuing with the homily of Pope Francis from the Prayer Vigil celebrated with those attending World Youth Day. This is the second of three parts.

Dear Friends,
I return, again, to the words of the Holy Father. This homily is from the Prayer Vigil celebrated with those attending World Youth Day, on the evening of July 31, in a field on the outskirts of Krakow, Poland. It begins this week and continues for the two following weeks.

Dear Friends,
In place of some of my thoughts, or even the thoughts of Pope Francis, I present these reflections from six of the fifteen members of the Mount Carmel Youth Group who recently returned from a week of service to others.
Fr. Ron

Dear Friends,
I continue with Pope Francis’ homily for a Mass celebrated on June 25, during his recent visit to Armenia. You will recall that the subject of his homily was the building and rebuilding of the Christian life and the Holy Father proposed three stable foundations for that rebuilding: (1) memory, (2) faith, and the third thing he speaks about in the conclusion of his homily, merciful love. Below are his words.

Dear Friends,
I return to a summer custom of sharing with you the words of Pope Francis, usually given as a homily at some celebration in Rome or on one of his apostolic journeys. Today’s and next Sunday’s address come from his homily at a Mass during his June visit to Armenia.
“In this place, dear brothers and sisters, we can say that the words of the Prophet Isaiah have come to pass. ‘They shall build up the ancient ruins…they shall repair the ruined cities.’ (Isaiah 61:4). After the terrible devastation of the earthquake, we gather today to give thanks to God for all that has been rebuilt.


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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