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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.

A SHORT, SHORT - FROM THE PASTOR
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.

Dear friends,
You know how buzzwords and buzz phrases can take over a vocabulary. You begin to hear them spoken and see them written all over the place. Even in the church environment we are subject to this kind of over-usage. In the past, words like “affirm”, then “enable”, now “unpack,” (and I don’t want to go into explaining their meanings – it would take too much space) became staples of our conversations.

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.

FROM THE YOUTH MINISTRY DIRECTOR
(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.

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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.
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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)
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