KIDZ Choir Fall 2015

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Celebrating Marriage

Physician Retreat

Safe Environment Renewal


Our Lady of Mt Carmel

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Additional prayer and worship is available 7 PM on Thursday evenings at City of the Lord

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Did you know that the Catholic Church is one of the largest child serving organizations in the United States? As a Church, God calls each one of us to protect His most precious gifts; His children. In order to help keep children safe, it is important that all clergy, consecrated men and women, employees and volunteers be educated on how to prevent abuse in our faith communities, neighborhoods, and homes.

Renewal training for those that have completed their foundation safe environment training is now online. Go to, and select “Online Renewal”. Enter your first name, last name and street address. You can make corrections to your profile (including your location and ministry you serve in) and then click “update information and continue." Next, please select “Celebrating and Protecting the Gift of Life” training course. The renewal training will take approximately 20 minutes. This program works best from a high-speed internet connection. Be sure to watch through the end of the credits so your profile is updated. Contact Beth Jacobson or 480-967-8791 ext. 228 if you encounter any difficulties.

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 I N T E N T I O N S

Friday, July 31
6:30 am
Intention of Fr. John Bonavitacola
8:00 am
Intentions of Mary Ann Clark
Saturday, August 1
8:00 am
Intentions of Rita & Mike Kirby
5:00 pm
MaryAnn Huerta-Jenkins
Sunday, August 2
7:00 am
† Gloria Torres
9:00 am
† Sal Balistreri
11:00 am
† Manny Torres
5:00 pm
People of Mount Carmel Parish
Monday, August 3
6:30 am
† Rick Mickle
8:00 am
Intentions of Margaret Cafarelli
Tuesday, August 4
6:30 am
† Mick Severin
8:00 am
† Lucy Longman
Wednesday, August 5
6:30 am
† Paula Doller
8:00 am
† Liam McCormick
Thursday, August 6
6:30 am
† Fr. Johnrose Hayden
8:00 am
† Daniel & Josephine Muccio

Mes chers Amis,

It seems that the latest cultural haute couture is everything or everyone "trans". Somehow, with breathtaking speed that which was rive gauche has become the pinnacle of human advancement. As I listen to how the media report on stories of the trans-lifestyle I get the feeling we are all being warned to treat such persons not just with the utmost awe but actually better than anyone else including married ss couples.

Well in light of that status, I'll throw my lot in with the "trans" people. It's true I am a "trans" person. Not in the La cage aux folles sense. Still I am what I am or maybe better I will be what I am. Or something. So here goes:

As you are aware I was ordained as a diocesan priest (not a religious like Jesuit or Franciscan) for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. In 2000 I came to the Diocese of Phoenix on a three-year loan. Since then I have served at Mt. Carmel as the Administrator of the Parish, which is the equivalent of Pastor. Why is that? When you are not serving in your home Diocese, by virtue of Canon Law you cannot have the official title of Pastor. So more or less I've been "acting" Pastor. Well to make a long story short I officially "transitioned" to the Diocese of Phoenix, the process is known as "incardination". Therefore since I am now incardinated into the Diocese of Phoenix and excardinated from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, I am thus officially "Pastor". Je m'appelle pasteur. See I am authentically "trans"! You can think of me as the guest who came to dinner and never left. Basically that means you will notice no difference whatsoever. Except…

Our Bishop likes to have a ceremony to officially "install" a pastor and despite my protestations that doing such in my case would be a bit superfluous after fifteen years of serving in the role, much to my discomfort he will be here to do such on Sunday, August 16 at the 11am Mass. At which time the who's who of Mt. Carmel will be in attendance, which means you. So please accept my heartfelt invitation to join in the Installation ceremony on August 16 followed by a joie de vivre reception.

In an unrelated side detail, the Bishop also appointed me the Dean of the South Deanery also known as Vicar Forane. (For better management, the Diocese is divided into five geographical regions called Deaneries and over each is a Dean who reports to the Bishop on matters relating to that area.) Without boring you with all the details of the job description of Dean, you can think of it as upper management. No pay increase though.

While we are on the "trans" theme, some other transitions: Deacon Rob Bonura was transferred to All Saints Parish in Mesa. The Parish there has no deacons and the Pastor has some health issues so the extra hands are very much needed there. Deacon Rob and his wife Vicki, served us with overabundant generosity for many years and I will deeply miss them. We will have a time to thank them at a future date.

Also the leadership of our Parish School has been in transition as well. We welcome our new Principal, Mr. Bruce Hermie and our new assistant principal Mrs. Kelly Shewbridge as they open the book on a new chapter in our school's long history. Additionally we have some new faculty and staff that we will be welcoming as well when school opens on August 18.

Transitions are moments of challenge and opportunity individually and collectively. Obviously when these moments come it is important for us to figure out what God is trying to do with and for us.

So keep all of us "trannies" in your prayers.

Je t'embrasse,
Fr. John B.

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Full Circle Coffee Shop

after Sunday Morning Masses
ALL proceeds benefit our Youth At Risk program.

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Interested in learning more about the Catholic Church?

Whether you were baptized Catholic and never completed your formation, are a strong non-Catholic Christian looking to delve into the richness of Catholicism for the first time, are from other non-Christian belief systems, or have never prayed a day in your life, the Rites of Christian Initiation for Adults will meet you where you are at in your search for Truth.

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The Annual Safe Environment Renewal is due NOW!

Renewal training for those that have completed their foundation safe environment training is now online.

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Little Lambs Preschool is now enrolling!

Little Lambs Preschool is a play-based learning environment that makes school fun.They are a Christ-filled environment that develops the child as a whole person.

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Infant Baptism Information for Parents

Parents are required to attend a baptismal preparation class either at Our Lady of Mount Carmel or at another parish.

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KIDZ Choir Fall 2015

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RE Registration begins Sat, Aug 1

Help Wanted: Catechists

JUL 27

Vacation Bible School 2015


Parish Welcoming and Registration for New Members

1st Sunday of the month

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24 hour First Friday Adoration


Wedding Orientation

2nd Sunday of the month

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AUG 12

Kevin Saunders Summer Bible Class begins Wed, Aug 12

“The Creeds – Their Biblical Background”
Four part series, Wednesdays 7:00pm

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AUG 16

Installation Mass

Join us as we celebrate the Installation Mass of Reverend John M. Bonavitacola as Pastor.

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SEP 12

Spiritual Retreat for Catholic Physicians and Medical Students

sponsored by the Catholic Academy for Life Leadership

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SEP 12

Celebrate Marriage event with Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted

at the Diocesan Pastoral Center, Phoenix

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SEP 20

Blood Drive