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 I N T E N T I O N S

Wednesday, November 25
6:30 am
† Fr. Richard McGuire
8:00 am
† Erlinda DeVilla
2:00 pm
† Melanie Kovach
Thursday, November 26
9:00 am
Intentions of SVdP
Friday, November 27
9:00 am
Intentions of Brinkman Family
Saturday, November 28
8:00 am
† David Bouros
5:00 pm
† Souls of Byrne Family
Sunday, November 29
7:00 am
† Leonard & Magdalen Krawiecki
9:00 am
† Alice Corkill
11:00 am
† Roger Pepping
5:00 pm
People of Mount Carmel Parish
Monday, November 30
6:30 am
Intentions of Brinkman Family
8:00 am
† Lyle & Florence Sutton
Tuesday, December 1
6:30 am
† Amy Thornell
8:00 am
† Margaret Caferelli

Dear Friends,

It may be cliché but nonetheless true that we never say thank you enough. That would include me. I am specifically thinking about all who serve in the wide variety of ministries that make our Parish Community what it is. So during this week when we focus on gratitude don't forget to be grateful to all those who serve us at Mt. Carmel.

First up to thank are those who "make the sausage". This is the least glamorous work and so often unseen but essential to keeping the ship sailing. These include: the Board of Directors that help keep us in compliance with the AZ Corporation Commission and all civil and canon law requirements each year; the Parish Pastoral Council that engages in strategic planning and visioning for our future; the Parish Finance Committee that holds Mt. Carmel accountable; the Stewardship Committee that keeps reminding us that all we have is gift and calling us to live a life of stewardship; the School Advisory Board that advise myself and our school Principal and ensures our school continues to be faithful to its mission in providing a solid Catholic education; the Home and School Board that runs our Food For Thought Program and keeps our School spirit alive in so many ways.

Then there are those who are the face of Mt. Carmel who for many are the first contact with our community or an ongoing connection: the Ministers of Care who bring the Eucharist weekly or daily to the sick, shut-in, hospitalized, incarcerated; the members of our St. Vincent de Paul Conference who each month provide food, utility, rent assistance and hope to the needy in the Tempe area and beyond; the ever faithful and devoted Knights of Columbus; the St. Paul Street Evangelization Team that attend community events or just stand on Mill Ave and invite others to discuss their faith and come to Mt. Carmel.

Many thanks to those who help form and shape and deepen our faith: RCIA Team members and those who serve as sponsors for our newest members; the Religious Education teachers and volunteers who help grow the faith of our youngest Catholics; the UNITAS team members who prepare engaged couples for holy matrimony; Baptism Ministry that bring our newest born into the waters of rebirth; the Called to Protect instructors that help us maintain a safe environment; the Women's Study Ministry and Our Lady's Men of Christ leaders who help us understand what it means to be a faithful disciple; the MOM's Group that provides support for Catholic mothers.

The little and big acts of service that make a difference: our Rosary Makers who patiently string rosaries; the Women's Sodality that helps foster devotion to the Blessed Virgin; the Living Rosary Groups that have been meeting for 60yrs!; the 40Days for Life organizers whose work literally saves lives again and again; Meals for Moms that serves a week of meals to post-partum mothers and their families; the FullCircle Coffee Shop barista's and volunteers who help make sure none of our young people fall through the cracks.

Finally and most significant those who help us to worship well. If we succeed at this then all else is detail: our melodious Music Ministry team whose countless hours of rehearsal bears the choicest fruits for our worship; our Ushers who keep the Mass flowing; our Greeters/Hospitality ministry who set the stage; the Altar Servers who set the table; the Lectors who feed us with God's word; the Ministers of Holy Communion that feed us at each Mass; the Childcare workers who tend the little ones during Masses; our ever-faithful Prayer teams who bring us healing; the Sacristy Angels that keep the Church and Sacristy fit for the Lord; the Iron Maidens who launder the altar linens weekly; the Sacristans who prepare the sacrifice of the Mass.

The danger of course of making lists is that you inadvertently leave some one out. If that be the case remember Jesus words: better to not let the left hand know what the right hand is doing when it comes to our charitable works! Anonymity has immense spiritual significance! But thank you anyway.

Gracias, grazie, merci, xie xie, danke, terima kasih, arigato, salamat po, dziekujue, obrigado, tack, cam on ong,
diakuju, malu aupito, fa'afetai, maholo, mesi, dank u, gratias tibi ago! In any language - thank you.

Happy Thanksgiving.

Fr. John B.

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