PASTOR'S MESSAGE JUNE 28, 2015
THIRTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
The Readings for Sunday Eucharist: In our First Reading from Wisdom 1:13ff we hear: "God did not make death." We hear that God is the giver of life. He sustains life. He desires that we have fullness of life in Christ Jesus. Even though sickness and death may claim us, yet now and always we belong to the Lord.
"Do not be afraid; just have faith" are the words of Jesus as he prepares to raise the daughter of Jairus to life in today's Gospel (Mark 5:21ff). These words of Jesus are for us today as we face sickness and death. We also hear Jesus saying today: "Daughter, your faith has saved you. Go in peace and be cured" - these are his words to the woman who has been sick for twelve years. In life and in death, in sickness and health, what we need are faith in Jesus our Savior and trust in God who gives us life now and at the moment of our death.
We can also make a world of difference to someone who is suffering or mourning through our love, our presence, our sympathy, our faith in Jesus.
* We celebrate the great blessing of freedom in our land as we celebrate Independence Day, July 4, on Saturday. We invite you to come and celebrate our nation's independence at Holy Eucharist at 7:45 AM. On Saturday evening we will have the Sunday Vigil Mass at 4:30 PM. A Happy Fourth of July to all!
* As a Church we believe in the Gospel of Life - life as a precious gift of God from the moment of conception to natural death. We oppose SB 128 which is now passing through the State Assembly in Sacramento and would legalize assisted suicide in California. We oppose SB 128 because:
a. it sends the wrong message - legalizing suicide for the terminally ill, while discouraging it for the rest of the population, teaches that the lives of the ill and disabled do not matter to our society;
b. it will worsen patient care: patients in other states, like Barbara Wagner in Oregon, are being denied treatment prescribed by their doctors and instead offered drugs for assisted suicide;
c. it will increase non-terminal suicide rates: suicide rates skyrocket when assisted suicide is legalized. Oregon's suicide rate for non-terminal people increased 49% after assisted suicide became legal.
You are encouraged to use www.AHardPill.org
to contact your Assembly members and urge a NO vote on SB128.
* We welcome to our parish this week-end Father Liam O'Connell, S.J., the cousin of Father Maurice O'Mahony, our Pastor Emeritus. Father Liam has come to serve at Mount Carmel each summer for the last seventeen years. He will be with us until July 27th.
* As Father Liam arrives, Father Steve, our Pastor, leaves on his annual vacation. He will return to Our Lady of Mount Carmel on July 25th.
* Work begins soon on some major renovation projects this summer:
1. Installing a new School roof on the west wing of our parish school: from Classroom 7 to the School Office - Cost: $38,550.
2. Asphalt repair on some sections of the School playground - Cost estimate: $10,000.
3. Estimates are being prepared for a new video screen, projector, sound system in the Parish Hall and for some other projects that need doing. More details in next Sunday's bulletin.
* Online giving is available at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church. Online giving is a convenient and safe way to make donations showing your love for God and his Church.
Many thanks to all for your generous contributions to our Church in the Offertory Collection each Sunday. Here is the report on the Offertory Collection for Sunday, May 30th/31st:
Envelopes & Plate Collection $6,151
Our collections are smaller as we approach summer as many people travel out of town. The average collection would need to reach $8,500 each Sunday to avoid another parish operating deficit for the fiscal year which ends June 30th. Your generosity in the summer months is very important for our parish. We also invite larger donations from parishioners and friends who can do so. Your generous contributions fund all the parish worship, religious, educational and service programs of our parish.
Online giving is available at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church. To learn more and to make a contribution, visit the Giving page on our site or simply click on the DONATE button.
Many thanks and God's blessings on you and your family.
PRAYER TO STOP ASSISTED SUICIDE
O God, source of all life and hope, look kindly on our brothers and sisters facing the end of their lives,
fill them with the hope of your mercy and give them peace and comfort.
We pray for our California Legislators who are considering legalizing assisted suicide, inspire them to protect the lives of the elderly, the infirm and the disabled.
Renew our commitment to building a community where every human life is welcomed and wanted, valued and defended - from conception to natural death.
We ask this through the intercession of Saint John Paul ll. Amen.
El Campo Del Sol - supplies/donations needed
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
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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.
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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