FEAST OF CHRIST THE KING
On this last Sunday of the Church year, we celebrate the Feast of Christ the King. We honor and proclaim Christ as King of Kings, Lord of Lords. In the First Reading today from Daniel (7:13ff) we hear that "all peoples, nations, and languages serve him". Yet Jesus is a very different kind of King.
He is not seeking power over others. Instead he lays down his life for us as we hear in the Second Reading from Revelation (1:5-8): "Jesus Christ is the faithful witness...who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood." Today in Mark's Gospel (18:33ff) Jesus says to Pilate: "My kingdom does not belong to this world.”
Throughout the Gospels Jesus preaches the coming of the Kingdom of God which is described in the Preface of this Sunday's Eucharist as "an eternal and universal kingdom, a kingdom of truth and life, a kingdom of holiness and grace, a kingdom of justice, love and peace." Living these values, having them enshrined in our hearts and bringing them to our world is the best way we can follow Christ the King!
* Archbishop Gomez and the Catholic bishops of California have asked parishes to collect signatures for a referendum to overturn California's new physician assisted suicide measure. The Church affirms the dignity of every human person throughout life and reaffirms the commitment of the Church to work with those at the end of life, especially the poor and the vulnerable. As you leave Church this Sunday you will have the opportunity to sign a referendum petition to overturn California's physician assisted suicide measure. In order to get on the November 2016 ballot, the referendum must collect 366,000 signatures to be submitted at the beginning of January.
* Children from Our Lady of Mount Carmel School will help us celebrate a Family Mass at 10 AM this Sunday.
* Altar servers are a great blessing for our parish. We show our appreciation to our altar servers at the 12 noon Mass this Sunday, followed by fun, games and food at the parish School grounds.
* Thursday of this week is Thanksgiving Day, our national holiday. As our nation gives thanks, we invite you to join us for Holy Eucharist at 9:00 AM (instead of 7:45 AM), giving thanks to God for his many blessings in a special way on Thanksgiving Day. A special collection for the poor will be taken up at this Mass. The Church will be closed at noon for the rest of the day. A Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving to all.
* Have you ever thought of becoming a Catholic? Do you have questions about our Catholic Faith? Are you a Catholic who has not received Confirmation or First Holy Communion? Come and join Father Steve and the RCIA team on Tuesday evenings from 7:00 to 8:30 PM in the Spiritual Library. Any questions? Please call Father Steve at the Rectory (969-6868).
Many thanks to all who are responding to recent Sunday bulletins asking all parishioners and friends to increase your Sunday giving to God and the Church in the Offertory Collection. Here is the report for the Offertory Collection (Envelopes and Plate) on these Sundays:
October 24/25 $6,241
October 31/Nov.1 $9,509
Your generous donations fund all the parish worship, religious, educational and service programs of the parish.
We are blessed by generous bequests by faithful parishioners and friends over the years. A bequest to the Church or School is a wonderful way of helping our parish and/or School or Religious Education Program and can also be very helpful to you and your family for tax purposes. Please remember to include the Church or School or Religious Education Program in your annual giving and in planning your legacy.
Contributions may be made using the DONATE buttons and the GIVING tab on this site. Making contributions online allow you to plan your gifts to our parish, and your contributions keep parish programs including education and community outreach.
Many thanks and God's blessings on you and your family.
UPDATE ON Major Repairs Since July 1st.
1. A new School roof installed on the west wing of the School. Cost: $41,009.
2. New water and gas lines from Hot Springs Road to the Church and Rectory. Cost $27,093
3. Asphalt repairs on the School playground. Cost: $8,315.
4. A new heating/air conditioning unit on the west wing of the Parish Hall and the pre-school classroom. A generous parishioner donated $7,600 to cover this cost.
We are very grateful to eight parish families who have donated a total of $51,100 to help fund these projects totaling $84,017. Any gifts or donations are very helpful in covering the cost of these projects and in maintaining and renovating our Church and School buildings.
Many thanks and God's blessings to all!
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