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Dear Friends,
I liked last year’s Father’s Day reflection, so I decided to put it in again.

I may fail to be as clever as my neighbor down the street,
I may fail to be as wealthy as some other men I meet,
I may never win the glory which a lot of men have had,
But I’ve got to be successful as a little fellow’s dad.
There are certain dreams I cherish which I’d like to see come true,
There are things I would accomplish when my time of life is through,
But the task my heart is on is to guide a little lad
And to make myself successful as that little fellow’s dad.

Dear Friends,
What a hectic weekend last weekend was. On Friday evening, and twice on Saturday, we celebrated the confirmation of 213 young people from our parish. They stuck it out through classes, service projects and a weekend retreat. And they were a special group in their participation and enthusiasm. The three celebrations were filled with that same enthusiasm, from the up-beat music to the energy of Bishop Cruz. I think everyone left with a great sense that the Holy Spirit was really present in these moments at Mount Carmel.

Dear Friends,
Yesterday (presuming you are reading this on Sunday, June 5th), in the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark, Archbishop Myers ordained 24 men to the diaconate, often called the “permanent diaconate.” Among them was Bob Liwanag, a member of our parish.

What is the diaconate? The diaconate is one of the three levels of the Sacrament of Holy Orders. The other two levels are priesthood and the episcopacy (bishop).

Dear Friends,
Memorial weekend – the unofficial start of summer. If the weather helps it along. It would be nice, since most of May has not been.  Memorial Day – a day of “runs,” of barbeques and trips to the shore, the mountains and other places of recreation.
Memorial Day – a day to remember, to remember those who paid the price for us to do all of the above, a day we should not forget them, no matter what else we do.

Dear Friends,
I write this week on two subjects, one material and one spiritual. I’ll do the material first, so I can end with spiritual thoughts for the week to come.  The material is obviously on the We Are Living Stones campaign. As of this writing, Thursday, May 19th, $1,862,289.17. has been pledged from 438 donors. The great news is that we are almost $400,000. over our goal of $1,471,300. God bless all who have joined in this “push into the future.” The sad news is that this great “Push” is being fueled by only 438 donors.

Dear Friends,
Enough of stones (living as they may be) and of things practical. Today is given to the spirit, the Holy Spirit. We old-timers would remember the days when Pentecost would have been highlighted as the birthdate of the Church. And this is something that can’t be denied. As it is with all birthdays, so it is with the Church, born from the side of her crucified Lord, (as many great spiritual writers have reflected down through the ages), and brought to life by the power of the Holy Spirit. And so, Happy Birthday, Church!

Dear Friends,
“No man is poor who has had a godly mother.” A. Lincoln
“The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness.” Balzac
“Youth fades; love droops, the leaves of friendship fall; a mother’s secret hope outlives them all.” Oliver Wendell Holmes
“Motherhood brings as much joy as ever, but it still brings boredom, exhaustion, and sorrow too. Nothing else ever will make you as happy or as sad, as proud or as tired, for nothing is quite as hard as helping a person develop his own individuality especially while you struggle to keep your own.” Marguerite Kelly and Elia Parsons
“A mother understands what a child does not say.” A Jewish Proverb

Dear Friends,
Even though I will be back when you read this, I write it from Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands, on my semi-annual visit. I was speaking with the priests yesterday of how, in the early years of our presence on the Islands, I would come down four and sometimes five times a year. In those years, there were so many challenges, so much to do, so many plans to be made, new churches, a school, presence on the out-islands.

Dear Friends,
I want to share with you a true story I told at all the receptions for We Are Living Stones. As I have said, all 220 parishes of the Archdiocese are participating in this campaign. But some parishes have chosen to do a major campaign for parish needs as an “add on” to their campaign effort. I’m talking in the realm of 3 or 4 million dollars for additions to their parish buildings or really major renovations. About two months ago, I was at a meeting with some priests at which the pastor of one of those parishes was present. At one point, he calmly mentioned that he was working at this desk one day and a parishioner came in and handed him a pledge to the campaign for one million dollars – one million dollars.

Dear Friends,
Before I get to our plans for the parish segment of Living Stones, I want to share with you what’s happening today at the 11:00 Mass. You know (or may not know) that the Church prepares adults to enter the Church through an itinerary or process called the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, commonly called the RCIA. It is a process over the course of months, but as long as a year or more, basically for those preparing for adult baptism, those who have never been baptized before. This past Easter Vigil, Kimberly Michel was baptized, after walking in this itinerary. Last weekend, Gail Julian was welcomed into this itinerary and, with the help of God, will be baptized at the Easter Vigil, 2017.


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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