PASTOR'S MESSAGE APRIL 12, 2015
SECOND SUNDAY OF EASTER - APRIL 12, 2015
The Church celebrates Easter as a festival of fifty days from Easter Sunday to Pentecost, seeing this whole season as the one feast of the Lord's resurrection, one "Great Sunday".
Can we believe the Good News that Jesus is risen from the dead and has appeared to Peter and the other disciples? Thomas couldn't, at first, in today's Gospel (John 20:19-31). He needed to meet and experience the Risen Lord before he could surrender and say: "My Lord and my God". Jesus asks: "Have you come to believe because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed." We are blessed if we believe in Jesus risen from the dead with a faith that transforms our life and experience.
Can we experience the presence of the Risen Christ in a community of the faithful, our Church, just like the community of believers we hear about in today's First Reading (Acts of the Apostles 4:32-35)? We are told that they were of "one heart and mind", especially in their concern for the poor and those who were needy in any way. By living this ideal of faith and love in Jesus, our Easter joy will last for many days.
* April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. At all Masses this Sunday our Pastor and a member of our Parish Safeguard the Children Committee will lead a prayer Litany for Healing of Victims of Abuse. Our parish, our Archdiocese and our Church in the United States are dedicated to the protection of all children and the healing of victims of abuse.
* Our Holy Week and Easter celebrations were wonderful. We express many thanks to all who helped in our celebrations: our priests, Eucharistic Ministers, lectors, ushers, altar servers, all who decorated the altar for each celebration, the Overgaag family who donated the beautiful Easter lilies, our collection counters, parish staff, parish choirs and musicians under the leadership of Gary Smith.
Many thanks also to you, the worshipping community of our parish for your devotion, prayerfulness and participation and generous donations in the Easter collection.
* 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!
* Online giving is available through our website. Online giving is a convenient and safe way to make your donations which show your love for God and his Church, especially if you are out of town or unable to come to Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church every Sunday.
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 21st/22nd:
Envelopes & Plate Collection $7,439.00
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.
Online giving is now available at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church. 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 Easter 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