OLD FASHIONED CHRISTMAS POT LUCK DINNER
Fr. Steve & the Pastoral Council invite Parishioners & School Parents to a special holiday evening, Wed, Dec. 10th
Bring your favorite appetizer, salad, entree or side dish to share with 8 adults ... No cost to attend, water & wine, music & holiday fun provided! Parish Hall, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Kindly RSVP to Steve Martin by Dec. 5th
phone: 896-3274 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
A great tradition, see you there!
PASTOR'S MESSAGE NOVEMBER 23, 2014
FEAST OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST, KING OF THE UNIVERSE
On this last Sunday of the Church year we celebrate the Feast of Christ the King, honoring Jesus as our King, our Leader and Lord. When we think of kings we think of someone who holds power over others and demands great respect.
Jesus is different. He is the True Shepherd: "I myself will pasture my sheep. I myself will give them rest, says the Lord God. The lost I will seek out, the strayed I will bring back, the injured I will bind up, the sick I will heal..."(we hear in Ezekiel 34:11ff. our First Reading today).
Jesus is the Life Giver: "Just as in Adam all die, so too in Christ shall all be brought to life" St. Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 15:20f., our Second Reading. Paul speaks of Christ risen from the dead as the one who conquers death - "the last enemy to be destroyed is death".
Jesus is our Savior and Judge who points out to us today in Matthew's Gospel 25:31ff that our final judgment will be based on the simple human caring and love we show to each person, especially to those most in need.
What a King we have in Jesus! To him be honor, glory and praise now and forever!
* Children from Our Lady of Mount Carmel School will help us celebrate a Family Mass at 10 AM this Sunday.
* Interested in learning about the Catholic Church ? Are you a Catholic who has not received Confirmation or First Holy Communion? There is still time to join Father Steve and the RCIA team on Tuesday nights in the Spiritual Library in the School from 7:00 to 8:30 PM. Any questions? Call Father Steve at the Parish Office (969-6868).
* Thursday of this week is Thanksgiving Day, our national holiday. Thanksgiving is central to our Catholic Faith as seen from our "Eucharist" (the Greek word for "Thanksgiving"). As our nation gives thanks, we invite you to join us for Holy Eucharist at 9:00 AM (instead of 7:45 AM), giving thanks to God for his many blessings in a special way on Thanksgiving Day. The Church will be closed at noon for the rest of the day. A Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving to all.
* 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. You can make a contribution from the Giving page or by clicking on the DONATE button located on this home page or in Donate link on the upper right hand corner of each page.
Making contributions online is convenient and secure, and is available is you are traveling or unable to come to Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church every Sunday.
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 1st/2nd:
Envelopes & Plate Collection $5,988
Restricted Donations $1,087.77
On Sunday, November 1st/2nd the annual financial report for the parish for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2014 was presented and it showed a deficit of $31,870 for the year. The average Sunday collection would need to reach $8,500 a Sunday to avoid another parish operating deficit this year.
Online giving is a convenient way to show your love for God and his Church on all Sundays, even when you are traveling or unable to come to Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church. You can make a contribution from the Giving page or by clicking on the DONATE button located on this home page or in Donate link on the upper right hand corner of each page.
We are very grateful to all our donors. Your faithful and generous giving on Sundays expresses your love for God and his Church and funds all the parish worship, religious, educational and service programs of the parish. 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.
Every Friday Lectio Divina Prayer Group 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
A prayer group for the whole family, Everyone welcome. Meets in the Spiritual Center.
For more info call Rafael & Jessie Victoria @ 962-3465.
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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