Yesterday Came Suddenly…

11-24-2019Fr. John LettersFr. John Bonavitacola

Dear Friends,

Twenty years ago, on a Sunday when the Eagles defeated the Cardinals, I arrived at Mt. Carmel. I was not sure of what kind of welcome that would inspire but here I am still. At that point the Country was still trying to figure out who should be President or not, because of hanging chads, Bush or Gore. And here we are now with Impeach-a-palozza trying to figure out who should be President or not. I guess some things change and still remain the same.

From my end and I hope from yours there is much to be grateful for:

Those who find a home in the land of the giant cactus
Palm trees that look like cell phone towers or maybe it’s the other way
That keep us connected to one another
And the Church, the Mass that keep us connected
To the Lord


11-24-2019The Sisters Corner

Thanksgiving is coming up and to whom else to give our greatest thanks than God? The Lord gives us so much every day; what should we do in His return?

This past Saturday, many families, teenagers and children from our parish gathered in McCready Hall to pack food for our brothers and sisters in need.

When you entered the room, you would see a big line of people waiting to start their turn. It was so good to see the love and generosity that was shared in there.

After packing, families took a number of boxes and distributed them to their assigned houses. When they arrived to the house, they met the families, prayed together and spent some time with them. Some of the people that we met would even open up their hearts and shared their stories. These people are God’s beloved children and He calls us to be His hands so that His love can be shared with them.


The Hunger Games: The Prequel

11-17-2019Fr. John LettersFr. John Bonavitacola

Dear Friends,

Two News headlines caught my eye recently, they both deal with the same subject matter but you wouldn't know it from the way the headlines were written. One read, “Federal Judge overturns Obamacare transgender protections” (The Hill). Sounds very broad and like a major loss for transgenders. But then the other headline read, “Judge Rules Doctors Can Decline To Perform Transgender Surgery On Religious Grounds” (Religion Unplugged). Again, both articles dealt with the same Court ruling, so which is more accurate? I would say the latter since there are still plenty of physicians who are willing to provide hormonal and surgical treatments to transgenders. The Court ruling allowed a small subset of medical professionals to opt out on religious or conscience grounds but didn’t prevent other medical workers from offering transgenders medical interventions but you would think otherwise from the first headline.


Planning a New Mission Trip to Peru

11-17-2019The Sisters Corner

As you all might know, last June Sr. Monica and Sr. Ximena travelled to Peru with a group from OLMC to serve those in need in Peru. It was a wonderful experience for us to be able to share a whole week with some of our parishioners and experience with them the joy of serving others, getting to know them and sharing as a missionary community.

We are now planning our mission trip for 2020 and we want to share it with you so that you will spread the word for those who want to join and to help us pray for this intention. We will be travelling to Peru from the 13 to the 21 of June of 2020. Our main focus in the mission will be the school our Sisters in Lima run for children and teens with physical disabilities called “The Joy in the Lord”.


Three Years in the USA!

11-10-2019The Sisters Corner

We have recently celebrated our third anniversary in OLMC and we can’t believe time has gone by so quickly! We arrived here on a 28th of October in 2016 and we are truly grateful for the many blessings that we have received from God in this time.

The Lord has promised us all that we will receive a hundred times as much as we leave behind, and as religious sisters we get to experience firsthand that blessing. God calls us to leave behind our country, culture, family and friends in order to go where He wants us to serve and in our case it is in the OLMC community. We have the experience of finding among you the brothers, sisters, mothers and children we give up in a hundred fold.

We are very happy to be serving here beside so many committed and generous volunteers who inspire us. We could not be doing what we do in service to the Lord without your help!


Canon 915

11-10-2019Fr. John LettersFr. John Bonavitacola

Dear Friends,

Canon 915, in the 1983 Code of Canon Law, promulgated by Pope St. John Paul II states that “those who obstinately persevere in manifest grave sin are not to be admitted to Holy Communion”. This was the basis on which a Pastor in South Carolina denied Presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden Holy Communion at Sunday Mass a few weeks ago. Many have asked, “can he do that” and “should he do that”. To the first, yes. A priest especially a Pastor is responsible for custody and care of the Eucharist and proper administration of the sacraments. To the second, well that is where all the debate surrounds.


All Saints Day

11-03-2019The Sisters Corner

Last Thursday we celebrated All Saint’s Day here at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel. We had around 12 kids from the Religious Education program and School perform for everyone that attended the event.

Our Children, who were all dressed as their favorite saint, danced and sang a song called: “Preferisco il Paradiso” which is from the Saint Philip of Neri movie and talks about the desire of every human being to go to heaven. The exact translation means: I prefer heaven.

This was a great opportunity for our Parish to look beyond this life and remember that life eternal is waiting for us! We are made for heaven, and this is what our children wanted to remind us of.


What did Amazon Deliver?

11-03-2019Fr. John LettersFr. John Bonavitacola

Dear Friends,

Many of you have asked me about my thoughts, impressions or indigestion on the recently completed Vatican Synod on Amazonia. Well to start with, I thought it was a bit peculiar to hold a Synod for such a small subset of a much larger population. Why not have a Synod for Brazil, where most Amazonians live? Or even all of Latin America as the Church there is experiencing its share of challenges. That being said, still the people of the Amazon deserve to hear the Gospel and have the sacraments made available to them. But since the focus was so small it seemed the Synod might be used to push things that have to do with climate change for the rest of us to implement but nothing to do with evangelizing the Amazon. Though climate issues were definitely part of the final recommendations of the Synod to the Holy Father they were overshadowed by other issues.