THE FIFTH SUNDAY OF EASTER
Our celebration of Easter continues today as we hear Jesus speak about his "Glory" (in John 13:31-35). He says: "Now is the Son of Man glorified and God is glorified in him." What is amazing is that Jesus speaks these words about glory right after Judas leaves the Last Supper to betray him. The death of Jesus on the Cross is intertwined with his Easter glory and is the glory of the world to come as we hear in today's Second Reading (from Revelation 21:1-5): "a new heaven and a new earth." This glory is for all who share in the death and resurrection of Jesus in Baptism and faithfully follow the "new commandment" of Jesus in the Gospel: "love one another. As I have loved you, so you also should love one another. This is how all will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another." Such love can be shown in countless ways. Paul and Barnabas show it as they encourage, assure and commend to the Lord all they meet in their missionary journey in the Reading today from the Acts of the Apostles (14:21-27). No matter what we face, Easter peace is ours when we live out the new commandment of love.
* We are very happy to announce that Archbishop Gomez of our Archdiocese of Los Angeles has appointed Father Lawrence Seyer as Pastor of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish beginning July 1, 2016. He takes the place of Father Steve Downes who retires as Pastor on June 30th at 75 years of age. Father Lawrence was ordained a priest in 1997 and for the last eleven years has served as Pastor at Our Savior Parish & USC Caruso Catholic Center. A short biography of Father will be found elsewhere in this bulletin. We look forward to his arrival at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish and pray God's blessings on his ministry here.
* These days of the Easter season are times of celebrating new life in Jesus risen from the dead. Three children from Our Lady of Mount Carmel School will celebrate new life in Jesus in Baptism at the 10:00 AM Eucharist this Sunday.
* There will also be a great celebration of new life in Jesus this coming Saturday, April 30th, as children from Our Lady of Mount Carmel School celebrate their First Holy Communion at 10:00 AM. Please pray for the children and their families.
* The Easter greeting of Jesus is: "Peace be with you", Peace, "Shalom", the fullness of God's blessings. Today and throughout the fifty days of Easter may our hearts and lives be open to Jesus and his love and peace.
OUR PARISH FINANCES
Many thanks to all for your generous contributions to our Church in the Offertory Collection each Sunday.
Here is the final report on the Offertory Collection for Easter Sunday, March 27th:
Envelopes & Plate Collection $28,861
The Easter Collection in 2015 was $26,647. The parish budget this year projected an Easter collection of $28,000. Many thanks to all for your generous giving.
Your generous giving in the Offertory Collection each Sunday is very important and funds all the parish religious, educational and service programs of the parish and helps in making necessary repairs and continuous maintenance of the Church and parish buildings and grounds.
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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