STATIONS OF THE CROSS
Stations of the Cross every Friday in Lent at 6:00 PM.
Soup Supper in the Parish Hall each Friday in Lent from March 7 to April 11
You are welcome to sign-up to bring soup on Friday, and a sign-up sheet is placed at the doors of the church on Sundays. For more information, call Sister Kathleen Patrice at 805-969-4868
PASTOR'S MESSAGE FOR MARCH, 2014
On March 5th, Ash Wednesday, we hear the great call of God to each and everyone: "Even now, says the Lord, return to me with your whole heart..."(Book of Joel, 2:12). This is the great call of Lent, to return to God with our whole heart and soul. Its a call back to our roots as Christians, back to our first choices in Baptism when we rejected sin and Satan and chose the way of God in Christ Jesus our Savior.
Lent is a 40 day journey with Jesus and each other as a community of Christians to the Last Supper on Holy Thursday, the death of Jesus on Good Friday and his glorious resurrection to new life at Easter. As a Church we walk together, open to meet Jesus in a new way.
The three traditional practices of Lent are prayer, fasting and almsgiving. Prayer each day in Lent can help us listen and speak from the heart to the God who loves us and gives us life each day. Fasting can give us a spiritual hunger for God and also make us aware of all the hungry people in our community of Santa Barbara and throughout the world. We can fast, not only from food, but also from other things and from negative thinking and complaining. Almsgiving allows us to share what we have with the poor (through donations) but we can also share our time and self with others in our family and our daily life.
Lent is a great opportunity to center our lives again on Christ so we can say with St. Patrick (on March 17th and each day):
"Christ be with me, Christ before me,
Christ be after me, Christ within me,
Christ below me, Christ above me,
Christ at my right hand, Christ at my left hand,
Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks to me,
Christ in every eye that sees me,
Christ in every ear that hears me..."
Bible Study with Father Steve
A Bible Study with Father Steve on the Gospel of John began January 27, 2014 and continues each Monday morning from 10:30 AM to 12 noon in the Parish Hall and each Wednesday evening from 7:00 to 8:30 PM in the Spiritual Library (access the Parish Hall through the School pedestrian entrance on Hot Springs Road)
Together we read St. John's Gospel, share, listen to some insights from Bible Scholars and come to know and be more open to the love of God for all of us as revealed in this wonderful Gospel of John.
Please note Bible Study will not be held February 24th or February 26th.
All are welcome. Bring your Bible.
First Friday of Every Month - Transition House
Parish Hall Kitchen - In keeping with our First Friday tradition, we will be responsible for the evening meal at Transition House. Transition House is a community sponsored temporary home for families with children. Help is needed - if you can help for this one evening, please call Rina & Alvin Bentajado at 687-8737. Monetary donations may be sent c/o Mt Carmel Parish.
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May Our Lady of Mount Carmel be with you always. May she be the star that guides you and never disappears from your horizon. May she lead you now, throughout your life, and at its completion to a safe haven.
—Pope John Paul II