SEVENTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIMEWhat is your greatest treasure? What is most important to you? What do you value more than anything else? The first two parables of Jesus in today's Gospel (13:44-52) tell us that the person who really discovers the Kingdom of God has found the "buried treasure" and "a pearl of great price" worth everything we have and are in our lives. Solomon faces a similar situation in the First Reading (1 Kings 3:5, 7-12). God says to Solomon: "Ask something of me and I will give it to you." What would we ask for? Solomon could have asked for a long life or riches or the life of his enemies. Instead he asked for wisdom, "an understanding heart" to lead and guide his people as king and so is blessed by God with wisdom and all other blessings. May God give us the wisdom of Solomon, an understanding heart, to make the right choices and decisions in finding and choosing the true treasure of God's Kingdom! In doing so, may we come to know with St. Paul that "all things work for good for those who love God." (Romans 8:28ff). * Each summer a visiting missionary priest makes an appeal in our parish as part of the Missionary Cooperative Program of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. This Sunday Bishop Arulappan Amalraj, Bishop of the Diocese of Ootacamund, India, will speak and ask for prayers and donations to help support the ministry of the Church in his Diocese. Envelopes are available in the pews for your donation to this worthy cause in the one collection at Offertory time this Sunday. * Father Liam O'Connell, S.J., leaves on Monday to return to his ministry with the Irish Jesuits in Dublin. We have been blessed with his presence here and look forward to his return next summer to Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish. Father Steve, our Pastor, returns to the parish this Monday at the completion of his annual summer vacation. * Work continues on some major renovation projects this summer:
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.
A prayer group for the whole family, Everyone welcome. Meets in the Spiritual Center. For more info call Rafael & Jessie Victoria @ 962-3465.
Open most Sundays from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. noon. Located behind the Church, in front of the school lunch benches. Email email@example.com.
For driving directions, click map (corner at Hot Springs Rd. & East Valley Rd.)
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