Enjoy re-reading Fr. John's weekly bulletin letters for the past year.
As of November I begin my 17th year here at Mt. Carmel and its not starting out so well for our parish, our nation or this Bulletin. I didn’t expect to loose Fr. Sam in October and his replacement won’t be coming due to circumstances beyond my control. The Bishop has promised to send another priest at some point in the future, just not right now. In the meantime I am scheduled to be out of town November 1-14, I will be giving a retreat at the Salesian Retreat Center in Hong Kong. Which means as of this writing (10/25) we are scrambling to find priests to cover Masses. The weekend Masses should be covered but the weekday might have spotty coverage. Our deacons will be coordinating things and if need will lead a prayer service on days when a priest is not available. I apologize for this interruption in service… All will be back to normal when I return on the fifteenth. This does bring up the point that as our Diocese grows the number of priests has not grown with it. So pray for more vocations to the Diocesan priesthood.
As a footnote you can always attend weekday Mass at the Newman Center on University and College (Mon-Thurs. @ 6pm), at Holy Spirit in Tempe, McClintock and Guadalupe (Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri, Sat @ 8:30am) or Resurrection Parish, Southern and Evergreen (Mon-Sat. @ 8am). Please note there will be Monday Adoration and Benediction as usual.
On a different note we will not have a printed Bulletin for the next three weeks as we are transitioning to a new Bulletin Publisher. The printed version will reappear on November 26/27. In the meantime you can find an on-line Bulletin and announcements on our website: www.olmctempe.com. Also if you have a business and would like to advertise in our Sunday Bulletin just contact the Parish office.
In the meantime we welcome this weekend four Sisters from the Servants of the Plan of God to their new mission here in Tempe. The Sisters are here permanently and you will have lots of time to get to know them. My deepest thanks to all of you who helped put the Convent together or donated to help pay the mortgage or the needed items for the house. It really was a community experience. Thanks for taking ownership of the latest expansion of our Parish.
Next week our nation will attempt to elect a new president. First please exercise your right to vote. I know many of us feel it is a choice between asparagus flavored ice cream or brussel spout flavored ice cream, both rather nauseating but we have to stomach it and still vote. Second please pray that whatever the results God’s plan for our country will be more and more revealed so that we might take our rightful place in making the public square a God-filled space.
Our fathers' God, to thee, Author of liberty, to thee we sing; Long may our land be bright With freedom's holy light; Protect us by thy might, great God, our King.
Fr. John B.