Funny or not so Funny?

09-15-2019Fr. John Bonavitacola

Dear Friends,

A sure sign that our society is not in a good way is the lack of a sense of humor. The ability to laugh at ourselves with all our idiosyncrasies helps us not take ourselves so seriously and reminds us there is another way of looking at things. Today a comic like Don Rickles would be chased off the planet for the way he poked fun at every ethnic and racial group under the sun. Such is the poisonous nature of identity politics.

It started in earnest during the last Administration. A few times I wrote somethings, tongue in cheek about former President Obama and afterwards received some stinging emails: no, no, no, don't poke fun at the Messiah. Then it kicked into high gear with the inauguration of President Trump. One parish told me that after praying at Mass for the new President upon his inauguration an irate parishioner called the Parish Office very upset and told them, “how dare you pray for that man, you never prayed for Obama”. Actually, they did pray for Obama on his two inaugurations as well as Bush, Clinton, etc. In fact, Catholic parishes in the US have been praying for the new president ever since Archbishop Carroll gave the Invocation at the Inauguration of President George Washington. A lack of charity and a dearth of humor makes me wonder if she was baptized in pickle juice?


Events & Announcements

Childcare Workers Needed

Do you love taking care of children? We are looking for a few Childcare workers here at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, especially Sunday Mornings and Thursday Evenings. SET compliance required.

Please call the Parish office for details at 480-967-8791.

Religious Education Volunteers Needed

Religious Education (RE) is still looking for volunteers to help out with Sacrament Preparation for children in 1st–12th grades. SET compliance required.

Please contact Sister Maria Cristina at the Parish office at 480-967-8791 x222 or email her at

Seeking Extra Ordinary Ministers of the Holy Eucharist

Seeking Extra Ordinary Ministers of the Holy Eucharist especially for the 5:00pm Saturday Night Vigil and the 7:00am & 5:00pm Sunday Masses. SET compliance required.


Grief Support

Sep 21, 2019: 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Held on the first and third Saturdays of the month.


Together in Holiness Marriage Conference

Sep 28, 2019: 10:30am - 6:00pm

Two Locations: St. Thomas Aquinas in Avondale and St. Andrew the Apostle in Chandler


Safe Environment Foundation Class

Sep 30, 2019: 6:30pm

A private class for Mt. Carmel parishioners or school/preschool families


Grief Support

Oct 5, 2019: 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Held on the first and third Saturdays of the month.


Full Circle Banquet

Nov 2, 2019: 6:30pm

Please join us for an amazing night of fun, fellowship and food. There will be some dynamic speakers, great food and a dance.