CHRISTMAS & NEW YEAR'S SCHEDULE
CHRISTMAS EVE - Wednesday, Dec. 24th
4:15 pm Caroling by Children's Choir
4:30 pm Family Mass with Children's Choir
8:45 pm Adult Choir caroling
9:00 pm "Midnight" Mass with Adult Choir
CHRISTMAS DAY MASSES - THURSDAY, Dec. 25th
8:00 am Mass with Carols
10:00 am Mass with Adult Choir
12 Noon Mass with Adult Choir
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION (Confession)
Saturday, Dec. 20th 3:30 to 4:15 pm
Monday, Dec. 22nd 3:30 to 4:15 pm
Tuesday, Dec. 23rd 3:30 to 4:15 pm; 7:00 to 8:00 pm
NEW YEAR'S DAY (Thursday) 7:45 am
Octave Day of the Nativity of Jesus and the Feast of Mary,
the Holy Mother of God, is not a holy day of obligation in
the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.
PASTOR'S MESSAGE DECEMBER 14, 2014
THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT DECEMBER 14, 2014
In Advent we wait "in joyful hope" for the coming of Christ. Joy is mentioned again and again in the prayers and Readings of today's Mass. In the First Reading (from Isaiah 61:1-2, 10-11) we hear: "I rejoice heartily in the Lord, in my God is the joy of my soul." St. Paul's Reading from 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24 opens with the advice: "Rejoice always." John the Baptist gives the cause of rejoicing when he tells us in today's Gospel (from John 1:6-8, 19-28): "Make straight the way of the Lord...there is one among you whom you do not recognize, the one who is coming after me, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to untie."
It is Jesus who is coming and who is already among us. When we center our Christmas preparations on Jesus and focus on him, then we will have a deep joy beyond our imagining in spite of everything that may worry us.
* One good way to prepare for Christ's coming at Christmas is to receive God's mercy and forgiveness in the Sacrament of Reconciliation or Penance here at our Church on Saturday, December 20 from 3:30 to 4:15 PM; on Monday, December 22 from 3:30 to 4:15 PM; on Tuesday, December 23 from 3:30 to 4:15 PM and 7:00 to 8:00 PM (there will be no scheduled Confessions on Christmas Eve, Wednesday, December 25).
* Your Christmas gift to God in the Christmas collection at Offertory is a wonderful way of showing your love and thanks to God for the gift of his only Son, Jesus. Your generous giving at Christmas is a very important part of our parish budget for the year and makes possible all the religious, educational and service programs of our parish. Many, many thanks.
* Online giving is now available at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church. Online giving is a convenient and safe way to make your donations out of love for God and your parish Church, especially if you are traveling or unable to come to Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church every Sunday. You can make a contribution from the Giving page or click on the DONATE button located on this home page or click the Donate link on the upper right hand corner of every page on this site. Thank you for your commitment & generosity.
* The final RCIA class before Christmas for Non-Catholics inquiring into the Catholic Faith or for Catholics who would like to prepare for First Holy Communion or Confirmation takes place this Tuesday, December 16 from 7:00 to 8:30 PM in the Spiritual Library in the School. After this Tuesday we will meet again on Tuesday, January 6th. Any questions? Call Father Steve at the Parish Office (969-6868).
OUR PARISH FINANCES
Many thanks to all for your generous donations to our Church in the Offertory Collection each Sunday. Here is the report for the Offertory Collection on Sunday, November 22nd/23rd:
Envelopes & Plate Collection $6,967.00
Donations $ 287.50
According to the parish budget the average Sunday collection would need to reach $8,500 a Sunday to avoid another parish operating deficit this year.
Your Christmas gift to God in the Christmas collection at Offertory is a wonderful way of showing your love and thanks to God for the gift of his only Son, Jesus. Your generous giving at Christmas is an important part of our parish budget for the year and makes possible all the religious, educational and service programs of our parish.
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!
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