PASTOR'S MESAGE MAY 24, 2015
Our Easter joy reaches its fullness on this Pentecost Sunday as we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit on the Apostles and First Christians gathered in prayer with Mary the Mother of Jesus in Jerusalem. Great changes take place in their lives as the Holy Spirit comes upon them. Filled with the Holy Spirit they go out into the streets of Jerusalem and to the ends of the earth proclaiming Jesus as Savior of all.
Today the Holy Spirit comes upon as we pray in the beautiful Sequence Prayer after the Second Reading: "Come, Holy Spirit come...Shed a ray of light divine! You, of comforters the best; You, the soul's most welcome guest...O most blessed Light divine, shine within these hearts of yours, and our inmost being fill!..Heal our wounds, our strength renew...wash the stains of guilt away; guide the steps that go astray...On the faithful, who adore and confess you, evermore in your sev'nfold gift descend; give them virtue's sure reward; give them your salvation, Lord; give them joys that never end..."
* The Easter season ends this Sunday. On Monday we return to Ordinary Time in the Church year - the thirty four weeks of the Church year that are not part of the Advent-Christmas or Lent-Easter seasons. All time is sacred to God and every Sunday is of great importance as the day of the Lord's resurrection and the day of the completion of creation. Let every Sunday be a day of worship together at Eucharist and a day of play and rest in God's love - a true sabbath!
* On Monday, Memorial Day, we honor all who have died in the service of our country. On this national holiday we will have Mass at Our Lady of Mount Carmel at 7:45 AM. The Parish Offices and School will be closed on Monday. Fr. Rafael Marin-Leon, Pastor of Our Lady of Sorrows and Our Lady of Guadalupe Parishes, will offer Mass at 10:00 AM at Calvary Cemetery, 199 N. Hope Avenue, Santa Barbara. All are invited.
* We had a wonderful community sharing last Saturday after the 4:30 PM Mass as we welcomed new parishioners to our parish. We can do it again next Saturday after the 4:30 PM Mass when we have an early evening potluck meal with live music and lively company as a fundraiser for our parish Youth Summer Scholarship Fund. All are invited. More information will be found elsewhere in today's bulletin.
* Online giving is now available at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church. Online giving is a convenient and safe way to make your donations which show your love for God and his Church. Just visit our parish website at www.mtcarmelsb.com
and click on Giving (or DONATE) link/tab.
OUR PARISH FINANCES
Many thanks for all your generous contributions to our Church in the Offertory Collection each Sunday.
Here is the report on the Offertory Collection for Sunday, April 25/26th:
Envelopes & Plate Collection $5,119
As mentioned in last Sunday's bulletin, the average collection would need to reach $8,500 each Sunday to avoid another parish operating deficit for the fiscal year which ends on June 30th. Your generous contributions fund all the parish worship, religious, educational and service programs of the parish.
Online giving is now available at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church. Just visit our parish website at www.mtcarmelsb.com
and click on Giving (or DONATE) link/tab.
Many thanks and God's blessings on you and your family.
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.
First Friday Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
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.
Catholic Charities Food Pantry
"Whatever you do for one of my brothers, you do for me." Matthew 25:39 Please donate food and personal hygiene items to assist those who have lost their jobs. Items may be left in the Church vestibule and the Rectory office. Thank you for your generosity!
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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