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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.

Dear Friends,
A very short column this week.
You may or may not remember this phrase – The Cooperative Mission Appeal. Years ago, any Missionary Society could approach any parish, or as many parishes as they wanted to, and ask to make an appeal on behalf of their missionary work. It was difficult for any pastor to decide how many to allow in a particular parish and the societies with more members could ask more parishes to be able to make an appeal...

Dear Friends,
Last Wednesday, the Church celebrated the Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul, and with it, the founding of the Church of Rome.
On a similar occasion, a couple of years ago, Pope Francis delivered a homily on the lessons of those two great saints, as those lessons apply to us today. Following are excerpts from those words, as they appeared in last Wednesday’s Magnificat, which I found very inspiring. I hope you will as well.

Dear Friends,
We Are Living Stones. This past week, the parish sent three checks, each for $5,860 to the three charities that are the recipients of our 10% tithe for the parish portion of the We Are Living Stones campaign. Two weeks ago, the Archdiocese deposited in our account the first return for the parish portion of the campaign, $175,800. The Building and Grounds Committee of the parish Finance Council is in the midst of planning for the replacement of the rectory windows, and we will shortly advertise on the ministry website the position of Pastoral Associate for the Sick and the Elderly. Living Stones is paying off for the parish, thanks to your generosity and your vision for the future of this parish community. So far, 518 households have pledged $2,005,115.49. Thank you for your generosity and for your commitment. Pledges may still be made and pledge cards/envelopes are in all the racks at the doors of the church.

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.

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