THE FOURTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
"No prophet is accepted in his own native place" are the words of Jesus in today's Gospel as he is expelled from the synagogue and the town of Nazareth (Luke 4:21-30). In the First Reading Jeremiah is called to be a prophet, one who announces God's message to the people: "Stand up and tell them all that I command you." (Jeremiah 1:4ff.). Like Jesus, he looked at the events of his day and gave God's message in response. Jesus was crucified, Jeremiah was almost killed.
The prophet's role is a dangerous one because the prophet is called to comfort (to strengthen and support and bring God's message of healing and forgiveness); and to challenge (to disturb, confront and call people back to God's way). The prophet, and each one of us, must act with love and compassion as St. Paul tells us today in the famous passage on love from 1 Corinthians 13: "If I have the gift of prophecy, and comprehend all mysteries and all knowledge, if I have all faith so as to move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing."
May our hearts and minds be open to hear God's messengers, God's prophets today! And may all be filled with God's greatest spiritual gift - love!
UPDATE ON FATHER CARROL O'SULLIVAN
Father O'Sullivan has become very frail and feeble. He is in need of 24 hour care. For that reason he has moved to St. John of God Retirement and Care Center in Los Angeles run by the Hospitaller Order of St. John of God. He is now living in the St. John Grande Assisted Living Community. For the last 24 years Father O'Sullivan has lived, worked and served here at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church with gentleness and humble, loving service. He will be greatly missed. He has lived and served here in his own quiet, gentle way. He is not one for social parties or gatherings and, for that reason, there was no farewell reception or party.
Please keep Father O'Sullivan in your prayers so he can be blessed in his new home. You may write to Father O’Sullivan at his
St. John of God Retirement and Care Center
2468 S. St. Andrews Place
Los Angeles, CA 90018
* This Sunday is Commitment Sunday for the Annual Appeal, Together in Mission. When you fill in a commitment envelope to support Together in Mission through a generous gift or four month pledge today, you are providing for ministry, education and services in 80 parishes and 63 parish schools in our own Archdiocese of Los Angeles. A commitment envelope can be found in the pews this Sunday. A letter with a commitment envelope was also mailed to everyone on our Church mailing list.
Our goal this year is $43,000 which is based on last year's Offertory giving. Your generous one-time-gift or four-month pledge will help us meet our goal and show our oneness in the Body of Christ, the Church and will help our brothers and sisters in the poorest parishes and schools of the Archdiocese. Many thanks and God's blessings on all.
* Catholic Schools Week begins this Sunday. Children from Our Lady of Mount Carmel School will help us celebrate a Family Mass at 10 AM. A pancake breakfast will be served in the Parish Hall by School families from 8:30 to 11:30 AM this Sunday. All are welcome.
* Many thanks to all who are responding to the Annual Appeal, Together in Mission. Your generous donation or four month pledge are very important for our parish to meet its goal of $43,000 for the Annual Appeal. A commitment envelope can be found in the pews this Sunday. Your generous response helps provide ministry, education and pastoral services in 80 parishes and 63 parish schools in our own Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Many thanks and God's blessings on all.
* Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent take place this year on February. 10th. More information will be found in next Sunday's bulletin.
* Your contribution to OLMC may be made online using the 'Donate' button or by clicking the Giving tab along the top of our parish site. Your information is guaranteed secure using the site. You may select your giving preferences (contribution amount, date, and frequency of contribution, e.g., one-time or recurring)
OUR PARISH FINANCES
Many thanks to all for your generous contributions to our Church in the Offertory Collection each Sunday.
Here is the report for the Offertory Collection for Sunday, January 2nd/3rd:
Envelopes & Plate Collection $8,074
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 and helps in making necessary repairs and continuing maintenance of the Church and parish buildings and grounds.
Take a moment & click the ‘Donate’ button to check-out how easy online giving is — you may review the process without making a contribution -- online giving is an easy way to plan your donations when you are traveling.
Many thanks and God's blessings on you and your family for your generous giving to God and his Church.
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
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.
Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will begin after the 7:45 am Mass and conclude with Benediction at 12 noon. Please come by and pray for vocations and peace.
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