CDA, Sisters and the Superbowl

02-05-2023From the PastorFr Charlie Goraieb

Dear Friends,

The Bishop’s annual Charity and Development Appeal (CDA) campaign begins this week. If you are new to the Church, each year the Bishop seeks to raise funds that will support many of the charitable outreaches of the Diocese, provide assistance to schools and parishes in very poor circumstances and train seminarians for the priesthood. For a number of years, I was part of the CDA Allocations Committee, which assigns CDA funds to organizations seeking grants. From that experience, I can assure you that each and every dollar raised is used to support over 70 ministries and charitable organizations such as St. Vincent de Paul, Catholic Charities, Maggie’s Place, Aid to Women’s Center, First Way, the Nazareth House (our seminarian formation center), outreach to the elderly and our schools on the Indian Reservations. Your generous donation makes it possible for these groups to continue their spiritual and corporal works of charity.

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Catholic Schools Week

01-29-2023From the PastorFr Charlie Goraieb

Dear OLMC Community,

This week is Catholic Schools Week- a week where we celebrate Catholic schools, specifically, Our Lady of Mount Carmel, and all the wonderful things they do. OLMC has always been a special place of faith, community and strong academics, preparing our students for their future. OLMC recognizes parents as the primary educators of their children. Parents develop their children's attitudes, values, and moral integrity. The role of Our Lady of Mount Carmel School is to provide a Catholic Christian environment that nurtures and develops the soul, mind, and body of each child. Within this environment, religious traditions are celebrated, intellectual skills and critical thinking are developed, and students are prepared to live in and become vital contributors to a changing society. OLMC recognizes and appreciates each individual's significance as a member of a family, parish, and community. With love, respect, and support, every child learns and grows. Our students learn how to live their faith and in that process, they are developing a deeper relationship with Jesus and learning to prepare for Heaven.

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A Time to Say Goodbye (A letter from the Sisters)

01-22-2023From the PastorSr May Olanola

Dear OLMC Community,

Upon the Lord’s invitation, on Oct 28, 2016, the Sisters of the Servants of the Plan of God began serving at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel. We were warmly and lovingly welcomed to this parish.

Some of you might still recall the welcoming party at the airport; the children with their signs and flowers, joined by numerous parishioners and staff. Many of you helped in the preparation of our convent, providing the furniture, furnishings and décor and even the garden. It made us all feel very welcome.

The parish and the school staffs have been so helpful and supportive, allowing us to settle into our new mission. There has been a lot of joy and excitement to be part of this community and serve our parish and school. Thanks to all of you, it was not long before we could sincerely call this new place our “home” and experience this community as ours.

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Become a Virtuous Man

01-15-2023From the PastorFr Charlie Goraieb

Dear Friends,

Fr Robert will be having back surgery on Tuesday morning followed by several weeks of recovery. Please pray that the surgery and the recovery period go very well.

For the past few weeks we have been promoting the Viri Virtutes formation program for young men. Working in collaboration with two other men, we developed the course in the Fall of 2020 and first presented it in the Spring of 2021. We offered it again this past Spring and are now preparing to do it for a third time starting in a couple of weeks.

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IN MEMORIAM

01-08-2023From the PastorFr Charlie Goraieb

The following is taken from Benedict XVI — Priest, Prefect, Pope, Rest in Peace,  by Edward Petin.

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI died at the age of 95 on Dec 31.  After lying in state and views by hundreds of thousands, he was buried on Jan 5.

Benedict’s pontificate — which began with his election in April of 2005, succeeding Pope St. John Paul II, and ended with his almost unprecedented resignation in February of 2013 --  was peppered by a series of trials, including the clerical sex-abuse crisis, the leaking of confidential papal documents, a Muslim backlash and communication mishaps. At the same time, these years marked a period of liturgical restoration that aimed to reverse the abuses of the past, the initiation of a process of reform of the Curia, most notably in the area of finance, and a continuation of the central themes of the post-conciliar New Evangelization of the Church that had been emphasized throughout John Paul II’s groundbreaking 27-year pontificate.

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The Universal Church

01-01-2023From the PastorFr Charlie Goraieb

Dear Friends,

I hope that your Christmas celebrations were full of joy and harmony among all of your loved ones. Today we inaugurate 2023 by celebrating the Feast of Mary, the Mother of God. How blessed we are to have her as our Protector and Intercessor.

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The Nativity of the Lord

12-25-2022From the PastorFr Charlie Goraieb

Dear Friends,

A warm welcome to all of our visitors on this Celebration of the Nativity of the Lord. Whether you are from other parts of the Valley or visiting from out of town, we are grateful that you are joining us today as we worship the Lord on this great Feast of the Nativity of the Lord.

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God So Loved Us that He sent His only Son

12-18-2022From the PastorFr Charlie Goraieb

Dear Friends,

My dear brothers and sisters, I hope that this final week leading up to Christmas will be one of anticipation, peaceful preparation and joy. Whether you are traveling to be with family or hosting at home or planning a quiet Holy Day, may your hearts be filled with gratitude and awe at the great Mystery. God so loved us that He sent His only Son to become like one of us so that we could be cleansed of our sins and restored to full fellowship with God.

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Making a Good Confession

12-08-2022From the PastorFr Charlie Goraieb

Dear Friends,

I hope you’ve been able to define and enter well into the Advent Season. A common Advent practice for many Catholics is going to confession. Listed in the bulletin are numerous opportunities to do just that. Many of our surrounding parishes will host Communal Penance Services. In addition, Mt Carmel will be offering extended times for Confessions closer to Christmas.

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Remembering the Holy Season

12-04-2022From the PastorFr Charlie Goraieb

Dear Friends,

My dear brothers and sisters of Our Lady of Mt Carmel, I am very pleased to let you know that your donations and pledges for the Adoration Chapel have allowed us to reach the goal. Your sacrificial giving and support will make the Divine Mercy Chapel a reality! Thanks be to God!! We are moving ahead with the drawings, the permits and all of the necessary approvals with the goal—God willing, of breaking ground before summer.

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