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Dear Friends,
If you’ve driven by the church for more than a week now, or if you came to Mass last weekend and entered by the front, no doubt you’ve seen the banners on the front of the church telling you that it’s Stewardship Renewal time. Each year, we spend a few weeks in the early fall to renew our commitment to STEWARDSHIP, A WAY OF LIFE here at Mount Carmel. Often, visitors tell me that Mount Carmel seems to be so alive, filled with so much energy. The life and vibrancy of our parish community is a direct result of our commitment to Stewardship. (And, of course, the Lord’s blessings and grace). We have grown as a community, in our prayer life, in the monetary resources we are able to use and share for the building of the Kingdom of God, and in the ministries in which and through which we do both of these, because of Stewardship. Over these last almost twenty years, hundreds, thousands have come forward to offer their gifts and talents, their time and treasure for this work.

Dear Friends,
Thank you:
-to all who were able to make it to the 9/11 Mass. It is an important human quality or characteristic to be able to remember and when we come together to “remember” those who lost their lives on that horrific day, we show to those who continue their lives with a hole in their heart that we, their friends and neighbors, have not forgotten and we hope this is a consolation for them.
-to Jeff Voigt and the entire crew that made the Block Party another great success. They put in a really long day to make this a special moment in the life of our parish. When Lou Dinella moved to Florida I worried about who would step up and continue this job of coordinating the many hands needed to make this work. Jeff did, and did a great job. Thanks to all who stopped by and especially to every child and young person who took such delight in dunking whoever was in the tank at the time, myself, Fr. Kevin and Deacon Jakov. This year, the tank seemed especially susceptible to dunking but it was great to see the smiles on the kid’s faces. Thanks again to all who made the day a great one. And to God for the really fine weather.

My dear sisters and brothers in Christ,
On one Sunday each year the Catholic Church in the United States focuses special attention on its teaching ministry. This year dioceses across the country will mark Catechetical Sunday 2017 today, September 17th, using the theme established by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops: “Living As Missionary Desciples.” The Archdiocese of Newark celebrates this theme in every parish as we commission the faithful who serve as catechists in faith formation programs, Catholic schools, youth ministry, adult catechetical programs and in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. At the same time, we should recall that the mission of catechesis, that is, living as missionary disciples and helping others to do the same—belongs to all of us. Every baptized person shares in the call to proclaim the Gospel by the way we live and the choices we make. The catechetical mission is given in an extraordinary fashion to parents, who are the first educators of their children in the faith. Through its faith formation program, each parish must support the family in their crucial responsibility.

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.

St. Francis of Assisi has always been my favorite of all the saints partly because we both share a love of God’s creatures (he is the Patron of Animals), but more so for a quote of his, “Preach the Gospel always….when necessary use words!” I think the reason why this quote of St. Francis holds such meaning for me is because I have experienced the truth of these words.

For nearly a week, the individual and national wounds opened by the violence in Charlottesville, Va., have been raw and pulsating. As a pastor, I struggled to say something to make sense of what we've all heard and seen. I wrote in the name of “the one and a half million Catholic men, women and children of the Archdiocese of Newark – people who trace their roots to every continent of the world and represent every race and ethnicity,” who viewed with horror the recent events in Charlottesville and condemned the racism and vicious rhetoric that contributed to this tragic moment in our nation’s history.

Dear Friends,
As we approach the beginning of another program year, I offer these words from Pope Francis (the last for the summer). They come from a message he sent to catechists attending an international meeting on catechesis, the teaching of the faith.

Dear Friends,
More words from Pope Francis. These come from his reflection on the Gospel read at Mass on July 23rd. If you remember, it was the Gospel of the parable of the wheat and the weeds. He gave this reflection as part of the recitation of the Angelus, a Sunday tradition in Rome.

Dear Friends,
More thoughts from Pope Francis, spoken on Sunday, July 9th.

“Dear brothers and Sisters, Good morning!
“In today’s Gospel, Jesus says: ‘Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.’ (Mt. 11:28). The Lord does not reserve this phrase for certain friends of his, no; he addresses it to ‘all’ those who are weary and overwhelmed by life. And who could feel excluded from this invitation? The Lord knows how arduous life can be. He knows that many things weary the heart: disappointments and wounds of the past, burdens to carry and wrongs to bear in the present, uncertainties and worries about the future.

Dear friends,
More words from the Holy Father, particularly striking to me as one who is at the age of which Pope Francis writes.  The pope gave this homily to assembled Cardinals on the occasion of the celebration of his 25th Anniversary of ordination as a bishop. Even though he speaks of “grandfathers,” it applies to all of us counted as “older,” grandfathers and grandmothers and great aunts and uncles. WE are all called to dream and to pass on this dream to the young.


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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