Today's Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross invites us to reverence the Cross on which Jesus died and his triumph, his exaltation on the Cross as Lord of all. His death on the Cross seemed to be the end of all, total defeat, but for Christians the Cross is a sign of victory and hope for all. In dying, Jesus gives us his life. By losing all he wins his victory and salvation for all.
Today we hear the famous verse in John 3:16: "God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life." Today's celebration invites us to reflect on the immense love of Jesus who became man and "humbled himself, becoming obedient to death, even death on a Cross.
Because of this, God greatly exalted him ...that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend...and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father" (Paul's words from Philippians 2:6-11).
May we reverence the name of Jesus as Lord and whenever we make the Sign of the Cross, do so with great reverence and love for Jesus.
* Children from Our Lady of Mount Carmel School will help us celebrate a Family Mass at 10:00 AM this Sunday.
* Have you ever thought of becoming a Catholic? Do you know someone who is interested in learning about our Catholic Faith? Are you a Catholic who has not received Confirmation or First Holy Communion? You are invited to join Father Steve and the Parish RCIA team on Tuesday nights, beginning September 16, in the Spiritual Library in the School from 7:00 to 8:30 PM. Any questions? Call Father Steve (969-6868).
* Very many thanks to all who are responding to the Adopt-A-Student Appeal for donations or pledges to provide scholarship tuition help for students at Our Lady of Mount Carmel School. Your gift could cover the weekly cost of $145, the monthly cost of $550, or the full $5,510 to educate a child for the entire year. Information will be found in the envelopes at the doors of the Church this Sunday.
Update on Major Renovation Projects this summer:
1. The painting of the outside of the buildings of Our Lady of Mount Carmel School is now complete.
2. The renovation of the School Offices, administrative and faculty area of the School is now complete. All we await now is the delivery of some new furniture for the faculty area.
3. Heating and air conditioning repairs in the Rectory are now complete.
4. The County Permit has been received and work has begun to repair and renovate the men's rest room in the Parish Hall because of a methane gas leak there. The door in the women's rest room in the Parish Hall will also be replaced so both restrooms will be wheelchair accessible.
5. Work is beginning on replacing the awnings at the Parish Hall and at the house and parking areas of the home of the Pastor Emeritus.
We are very grateful to four parish families who have donated $14,711 to fund these projects.
All gifts or donations would be helpful in maintaining and renovating our Church and School buildings.
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, August 23rd/24th:
Envelopes & Plate Collection $5,296.94
Restricted Donations $ 750.00
This is one of the lowest collections of the year. Its obvious that many people were out of town this Sunday.
We will provide Internet Giving very soon so that when you are traveling, you may still support your parish and all the worship, religious, educational and service programs at Our Lady of Mount Carmel. Your generosity is very important to the Church and is very much appreciated. Many thanks and God's blessings on you and your family.
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.
A prayer group for the whole family, Everyone welcome. Meets in the Spiritual Center.
For more info call Rafael & Jessie Victoria @ 962-3465.
Open most Sundays from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. noon. Located behind the Church, in front of the school lunch benches. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.