Serving Christ in the Ones Who are Most in Need

08-26-2018The Sisters Corner

Our charism and mission as Servants of the Plan of God is to serve and announce God to everybody, especially to those who are most in need, those who suffer, who are poor, sick, and in every kind of need.

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Everyday Stewardship

08-26-2018All

In today’s Gospel reading, Jesus continues His instruction on the Eucharist. Many of his own disciples cannot accept His teachings and instead return to their former way of life, abandoning Christ altogether. Jesus turns to the Apostles and asks them to choose with the question, “Do you also want to leave?” Peter speaks up for the Twelve responding, “Master, to Whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.”

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When I Wore a Younger Man's Clothes

08-26-2018Fr. John LettersFr. John Bonavitacola

Dear Friends,

In light of the sordid and criminal actions of the former Cardinal, McCarrick, we are witnessing the inability of the US Bishops to hold themselves accountable and therefore the complete collapse of confidence in the leadership in the US Church. At the same time, with L’Affaire McCarrick, the homosexual cabal that infiltrated the US seminaries, chanceries and bishoprics is being exposed. Many ask, “why didn't priests tell what was going on?” Part of the reason for that is because they, the cabal, controlled the levers of power in many places and would punish anyone who dared come forward. Maybe that’s a cowardly excuse but when you are a seminarian or young priest you had everything to lose by not keeping quiet. Even now I am sure some will come after me for the things I am going to say. That’s the risk I take, the risk we all take to rid the Church of this infestation. I know there are those who struggle with same-sex attraction and remain chaste or fall through human weakness, I am not referring to them but to those who have rationalized and justified living a double life.

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Teaching in the School!

08-19-2018The Sisters CornerSister Stephanie

This is my second year teaching at Our Lady of Mount Carmel School as a Spanish Teacher for Junior High Students. It’s been a blessing be with God’s little sons and daughters for me and the sisters that I have taught at OLMC. Spanish is my first language, I love teaching Spanish and to be able to assist the children with having their minds opened to other countries, cultures and different realities as the Hispanic countries.

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Now Proscribed

08-19-2018Fr. John LettersFr. John Bonavitacola

Dear Friends,

This is an enlightening juxtaposition of events: an inmate on Arizona’s Death Row for 23yrs had his conviction thrown out by a Federal Judge who ordered that he be immediately granted a new trial or release from custody; at about the same time Pope Francis issued an amended version of the Church’s teaching on the use of Capital Punishment for the Catechism.

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Servants for 20yrs!

08-12-2018Fr. John LettersFr. John Bonavitacola

Dear Friends,

15 August 1998 was a day the world became a better place. That is the date of the founding of the Servants of the Plan of God/Siervas del Plan de Dios of which our wonderful Sisters are a part. That means Wednesday, August 15 is their 20th anniversary.

Their community and mission were approved by Pope St. John Paul II and their foundation was a response to the late Pontiff’s call to reinvigorate the Church as we approached the Third Millennium of Christianity. A new era calls for new ways of proclaiming the Gospel. Just as Jesus said, “a good steward brings forth from his storehouse both the old and the new.”

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Our 20th Anniversary!

08-05-2018The Sisters Corner

We are very happy because August 15th, Solemnity of the Assumption of Our Lady is going to be 20 years since our community began. Our community started in Lima, Peru and the Holy Spirit has been sending us to different countries like: Chile, Ecuador, Colombia, the Philippines, Italy (Rome), Angola and most recently to the U.S.

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Back to School

08-05-2018Fr. John LettersFr. John Bonavitacola

Dear Friends,

Wake up all the teachers time to teach a new way, Maybe then they'll listen to whatcha have to say,Cause they're the ones who's coming up and the world is in their hands, when you teach the children teach em the very best you can, The world won't get no better if we just let it be, The world won't get no better we gotta change it yeah, just you and me. -Wake Up Everybody sung by Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes

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Time to Say Goodbye

07-29-2018The Sisters CornerSr. Veronica

Dear OLMC Family,

The time has come for me to say goodbye!! I will keep in my heart everything that God allowed me to live here. I truly believe in the perfection of God’s Will, and I can say for sure He wanted me here to see the blessings of His Plan for the community and for the Parish-School family.

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Snap it Off!

07-29-2018Fr. John LettersFr. John Bonavitacola

Dear Friends,

One thing we all know about most young people, mostly based on our own experience as former young people, is that young people will do stupid things. The difference today, as opposed to just ten or so years ago, is that young people also take photos of everything. So, put it together and we have young people doing stupid things and taking photos of themselves doing stupid things.

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Bordering on...

07-22-2018Fr. John LettersFr. John Bonavitacola

Dear Friends,

Mass hysteria without borders about the Border seems to be the prevalent state of affairs.

My old teen-age heart-throb, Bethilda Bagshot, emailed me to demand that I firmly oppose the separation of parents and children at the border. So, I firmly oppose it. There, done, problem fixed. Actually, nothing has been solved nor will be by mass hysteria nor by finger-wagging or the tsk-tsk-tsk statements of many US Bishops. Pope Francis when asked about the problem, responded: “During the Obama years I celebrated Mass in Ciudad Juárez while on the other side of the border 50 bishops concelebrated and in the stadium there were many people. The problem already existed there. It’s not just an issue with Trump but goes back to prior governments.”

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Life Affirming

07-15-2018Fr. John LettersFr. John Bonavitacola

Dear Friends,

July 25, 1968, a day that will live in infamy? That, of course, was the date of the promulgation of Humanae Vitae. 50 years later what has the failure to heed it’s teaching wrought and what has acceptance of its teachings bought?

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Happy Feast Day of Our Lady of Mount Carmel!

07-15-2018The Sisters Corner

Tomorrow is a great feast for all the Church and especially for us, as a parish. Tomorrow we celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, it is a day to remember her and celebrate her constant presence in our lives.

It is not a coincidence that our Parish has her name... Have you thought about that?

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God Bless America!

07-08-2018The Sisters Corner

We have recently celebrated the 4th of July. For most of us, it is only the second time to celebrate this holiday as we are new to your country, culture, and traditions which through the mission God has given us, has become our own. 

The country and mission was, and is still, very new for us, the culture and language are different from our countries but your warm welcome and your many gestures of love and kindness have made us experience the beauty of this country and thus loving it more. 

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Extraordinary

07-08-2018Fr. John LettersFr. John Bonavitacola

Dear Friends,

The “C-word”.  I haven’t really used it before but here goes.  The “C-word” as in Campaign. There, it’s actually a pretty nice word. Now mind you, not a political campaign but campaign as in the Diocese of Phoenix Campaign: Together, Let Us Go Forth, Juntos Sigamos Adelante. Our number has been called and it is time for us to participate in the Diocesan Campaign.

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Helping spread the prolife message

07-01-2018The Sisters Corner

As many of you know, back in Peru we have a Musical Ministry called “Siervas” which evangelizes  by bringing the Christian messages to our youth and those who fall far from faith through pop-rock music.

We recently released a new song with a strong prolife message in the annual March for Life which takes place every year in the city of Lima.  It is the largest of this type of gathering in South America.

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A 4th of July Regression

07-01-2018Fr. John LettersFr. John Bonavitacola

Dear Friends,

“Confirm thy soul in self-control” these lyrics from America the Beautiful seem to very pertinent as we observe this 4th of July. As we celebrate life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness and equality under the law and the long road that we have had to travel to really get there as a nation, we seem to be backsliding some.  Events lately have the vomit inducing taste of the days when things like, “we don't serve your kind here” and “know your place, boy” were all too common.

What happened to the White House Press Secretary, Sarah Sanders, when she was refused service at a Lexington, Virginia restaurant, is that it was not the color of her skin that got her disinvited but rather political affiliation. I guess Virginia isn’t for lovers anymore. Mrs. Sanders apparently forgot her place and had to be humiliatingly reminded that her kind need to sit at another lunch counter and use a different water fountain. Strange how so many of the same people who have schooled us recently on the principle that a place of public accommodation must serve all comers are now applauding this denial of service. Maybe it is a case of inconsistent application of principles or just outright hypocrisy. Normally it would be identified as invidious discrimination.

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