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Welcome To Our New Pastor Father Lawrence Seyer

Fr. Lawrence comes to us after spending 11 years at Our Savior Parish and the USC Caruso Center in Los Angeles.
While at Our Savior, he oversaw the multi-million dollar campaign to design and build the new Church and Center at USC. While at USC, he was very involved with the spiritual lives of the students, faculty and alumni.

Fr. Lawrence grew up on Connecticut with his four sisters, one of whom is his twin. He attended the University of Oregon and graduated in 1983 with a degree in Economics. For a number of years he worked in marketing research in Los Angeles and then entered St. John’s Seminary.  After being ordained in 1997 as a priest for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, he was first assigned to St. Barnabas in Long Beach as the Associate Pastor and then as the Associate Pastor at St. Claver in Simi Valley.

For recreation, Fr. Lawrence enjoys skiing, sailing, golfing, traveling and learning.  

PASTOR'S MESSAGE FOR JUNE 26, 2016

THIRTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

Jesus resolves to go towards Jerusalem on his final long journey in today's Gospel from Luke (9:51-62). It is a journey that will end in his death and resurrection. We will walk with Jesus in hope (as symbolized by the green vestments worn in Church). Walking with Jesus we will listen to his sayings and parables and his Gospel of mercy and compassion for all.

We hear Jesus say "Follow me" in today's Gospel. He also makes it clear that the cost of being his disciple may be great. We also see in today's First Reading that answering God's call may be great (the call of Elisha in 1 Kings 19:16ff). St. Paul tells us today in the Second Reading that we are "called for freedom...to serve one another through love...live by the Spirit" (Galatians 5:1, 13-18). On the journey of life with Jesus every step is an opportunity to say "yes" to God and each other in God's grace and love.

* This is my final Pastor's Message. I began writing a Pastor's Message shortly after I first became Pastor at St. Raphael's Parish in Goleta in 1987 and continued doing so when I became Pastor at St. Mary's in Palmdale and, in 2009, here at Our Lady of Mount Carmel. It has been a good way of communicating with parishioners over the years. Now other ways are available for communication, through Face Book and other means.

* I look back at the 29 years of being Pastor and give thanks to God and to all of you for the many blessings, surprises, challenges, joys and problems that make up the adventure of my life as a Pastor. Now I step back as our new Pastor arrives on July 1st. I will continue living at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Rectory in retirement and do my best to support and assist our new Pastor, Fr. Lawrence Seyer. A biography of Father Lawrence will be found elsewhere in this bulletin. Let us welcome him with great joy and support him in his new ministry here at Our Lady of Mount Carmel. I have no doubt that we will be blessed in his ministry and presence here.

* Mark your calendars: our Parish Pastoral Council is planning a wine and cheese reception for Father Lawrence after the 4:30 PM Mass on Saurday, July 16th, the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. All are invited to this opportunity to meet our new Pastor.

* On a personal note, I want to thank all who made the celebration of my Golden Jubilee as a priest on June 11th so wonderful. I am very grateful to the members of the Parish Pastoral Council and the parish staff for all the hard work and dedication in planning, preparing and carrying out this very joyful celebration. Many thanks also to all the members of the parish and many friends living in other areas for the wonderful gifts, generosity and kindness. My heart is filled with thanksgiving to God and to all for the blessings of life, health, friendship and ministry for 50 years. In thankfulness I have offered the Holy Eucharist for God's blessings on you and your family. Father Steve

* We are happy to report that we are moving forward with installing a Hearing Loop in Church for anyone who is hard of hearing, along with hearing devices and a means to use your cell phone to hear the prayers and readings of Holy Eucharist. Now its only a matter of scheduling the work of three days with the company installing the system. This is taking place because of the wonderful generosity of a parishioner.

* Congratulations and blessings on Jack Cantin who received the Eagle Scout award, the highest award in Scouting, last Saturday at our Church. In preparation, he received 26 other Scout awards in recent years and completed a great project by creating a more enjoyable play environment for the children of Cleveland Elementary School. We are blessed to have young people like Jack in our parish community.

OUR PARISH FINANCES


Many thanks to all for your generous contributions to our Church in the Offertory Collection each Sunday.
Here is the report on the Offertory Collection for these Sundays:

June 11th/12th
Envelopes & Plate                    $7,333.00
Donations for Maintenance      $   276.11
                             Total                    $7,609.11

June 18th/19th
Envelopes & Plate                    $6,597.00
Donations for Maintenance     $   695.00
                      Total                 $7,292.00

Your generous giving in the Offertory Collection each Sunday is very important and funds all the parish worship, religious, educational and service programs of the parish.


Many thanks and God's blessings on you and your family for your generosity which shows your love for God and his Church.

Online giving is available through our parish website. Take a moment to review how easy the program is use. Using online giving allows you to plan for your regular gifts to the our parish when you may be out of town. Your information is secure using our site. To review online giving, click the Donate button or visit the Giving page from the top menu. Thank you for your generosity.

Many thanks and God's blessings on you and your family for your generosity which shows your love for God and his Church.
 

PASTOR'S MESSAGE FOR JUNE 19, 2016

TWELTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

"Who do you that I am?" is the second and most basic question that Jesus asks his disciples in today's Gospel (Luke 9:18-24). It is a question for each one of us. In the time of Jesus and again today many people have different answers to the question. We are Christians because our answer is the same as Peter's in today Gospel: Jesus is "the Christ of God". He is the Messiah, the Savior, the Son of God who tells us in today's Gospel that he must suffer greatly, die on the Cross and on the third day be raised.

He is a very different Messiah to the one that Peter and the Apostles and Jews of the day expected. Jesus tells us that we too must face the Cross in our lives if we are his faithful followers. The Cross may come in many different forms as we follow Jesus and walk in his love and his way. St. Paul tells us in the Second Reading that through Baptism all are one in Christ Jesus and we are heirs to the promise of eternal life with God (Galatians 3:26-29). Each day may we come to "know Jesus more clearly, love him more dearly and follow him more nearly" in God's love for all.

* On this Father's Day we wish all our fathers "A Happy Father's Day." The "Book of Catholic Household Blessings and Prayers" has this prayer for Father's Day: "God our Father in your wisdom and love you made all things. Bless our father. Let the example of his faith and love shine forth. Grant that we, his family, may honor him always with a spirit of profound respect. Grant this through Christ our Lord. Amen"

* A Novena of Masses for Father's Day begins this Sunday and will continue for the next nine day. Cards and envelopes will be found at the doors of the Church.

* On a personal note, I want to thank all who made the celebration of my Golden Jubilee as a priest on June 11 so wonderful. I am very grateful to the members of the Parish Pastoral Council and the parish staff for all the hard work and dedication in planning, preparing and carrying out this very joyful celebration. Many thanks also to all the members of the parish and many friends living in other areas for the wonderful gifts, generosity and kindness. My heart is filled with thanksgiving to God and to all for the blessings of life, health, friendship and ministry for 50 years. In thankfulness I will offer the Holy Eucharist for God's blessings on you and your family. Father Steve.

* We are happy to report that a decision has been made to go forward with installing a Hearing Loop in Church for anyone who is hard of hearing, along with hearing devices and a means to use your cell phone to hear the prayers and Readings of Holy Eucharist. We expect that the installation of the system will take place after July 5 because of the work schedule of the company installing the system. This is taking place due to the wonderful generosity of a parishioner.

* Our new Pastor, Father Lawrence Seyer, arrives at Our Lady of Mount Carmel on July 1st. A biography of Father Lawrence will be found elsewhere in today's bulletin. Father Steve Downes will retire as Pastor on June 30th at 75 years of age. He will continue to live at Our Lady of Mount Carmel and hopes to support and assist our new Pastor, Father Lawrence, and also continue ministry to the sick.

* Mark your Calendars: our Parish Pastoral Council is planning a wine and cheese reception for Father Lawrence after the 4:30 PM Mass on Saturday, July 16th, the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. All are invited to this opportunity to meet our new Pastor.

OUR PARISH FINANCES

Many thanks to all for your generous contributions to our Church in the Offertory Collection each Sunday. Here is the report on the Offertory Collections for these Sundays:

May 28th/29th
Envelopes & Plate                  $7,304.00
Donations for Maintenance   $   325.00
                                 Total    $7,629.00

June 4th/5th
Envelopes & Plate                  $7,441.00
Donations for Maintenance   $   875.00
                                 Total:   $8,316.00

Your generous giving in the Offertory Collection each Sunday is very important and funds all the parish worship, religious, educational and service programs of the parish.

Online giving is available through our parish website. Take a moment to review how easy the program is use. Using online giving allows you to plan for your regular gifts to the our parish when you may be out of town. Your information is secure using our site.
To review online giving, click the Donate button or visit the Giving page from the top menu. Thank you for your generosity.

Many thanks and God's blessings on you and your family for your generosity which shows your love for God and his Church.


 

El Campo Del Sol - supplies/donations needed

El Campo Del Sol August 9, 2015 A fun-filled day of games, art and music for 150 economically poor Children & Teens who live in Carpinteria. 1. We are in need of gently used clothing for children and teens. 2. We are also in need of donations to purchase school supplies to fill backpacks for the Children. If you can help, please contact Sister Kathleen Patrice 969-4868. Progam flyer attached 

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