PASTOR'S MESSAGE APRIL 19, 2015
THIRD SUNDAY OF EASTER
The message of Easter is clear: Jesus is alive! He is risen from the dead and lives now in the new and glorious life of Easter!
Our fifty day celebration of Easter continues today as we hear St. Luke's story of the appearance of Jesus to the disciples gathered in Jerusalem. Panic and fright are the first reactions of the disciples to the appearance of Jesus (Luke 24:35ff). He must convince them that it is not a ghost they are seeing but truly it is Jesus risen from the dead.
At times we can be like these disciples or like the people in the First Reading who "acted out of ignorance" in denying the Holy and Righteous One and putting to death the Author of Life (Acts of the Apostles 3:13ff). These Easter days are an invitation to come to know Jesus "in the breaking of the bread" of the Eucharist and to allow him to open our minds to "understand the Scriptures" so we can see that we have "an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the Righteous One. He is an expiation for our sins..." (in the words of today's Second Reading from 1 John 2:1ff). His Easter greeting to all is: "Peace be with you."
* At the 10:00 AM Mass this Sunday our Second Year Confirmation Candidates and their sponsors will celebrate the Rite of Acceptance for Confirmation. We ask your prayers for these Candidates as they continue their preparations to receive the Holy Spirit in Confirmation on Sunday, May 17 at Mass at 4:30 PM.
* At the 12 Noon Mass this Sunday we will have special celebrations with the adults who have walked with us in the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) on Tuesday evenings since last September. Three adults baptized in other Christian Churches will make their Profession of Faith and be received into the Catholic Church; three Catholic adults will join them in receiving the Holy Spirit in the Sacrament of Confirmation and three Catholic adults will join them in celebrating their First Holy Communion. Another member of the RCIA group was baptized at the Easter Vigil and received the Holy Spirit in Confirmation and celebrated his first Holy Communion. Please pray for all these adults as we celebrate God's love for them in these Sacramental celebrations in our Church. Our parish is blessed in their presence with us.
* 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. To donate, click the Donate buttons on this homepage or on the Giving page or in the upper right section of our website.
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 on Sunday, March 28th/29th (Palm Sunday of the Lord's Passion):
Envelopes & Plate Collection $8,733.00
Donations for Maintenance $ 150.00
Your generous giving in the Offertory Collection each Sunday is very important and funds all the parish worship, religious, educational and service programs and helps in making necessary repairs and continuing maintenance of the Church and parish buildings and grounds.
To donate, click the Donate buttons on this homepage or on the Giving page or in the upper right section of our website.
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