Upcoming Community Forum

09-25-2021From the PastorFr. Charlie Goraieb

Dear Friends,

Over the past year and one-half, our parish has curtailed a lot of the ministries and activities that make up the life and culture of OLMC. While we are not completely past the pandemic, now is the time to begin asking what are the priorities of our parish and how we should go about implementing them?

Some of our pressing pastoral needs are readily evident. They would include:

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Prayer Opportunties

09-19-2021From the PastorFr. Charlie Goraieb

Dear Friends,

For those of you who were not at our parish this weekend or didn’t quite get the announcement that we priests made at the beginning of our homilies, two of our Sisters discovered three hosts discarded among one of the pews. I am sure that you can imagine our deep sadness. To make it very difficult for someone to do that again, I want to ask everyone who receives the Holy Eucharist on the hand to please take one step to the side and consume the host in the presence of the Minister. Thank you for helping us to do what we can to prevent another desecration of the Blessed Sacrament.

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Unity and Good Will

09-12-2021From the PastorFr. Charlie Goraieb

Dear Friends,

Throughout His ministry, Jesus emphasized the importance of unity and good will among disciples. His last major teaching to them, the night before He was crucified, He prayed to the Father that “they may all be one, as you, Father, are in me and I in you”.

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Beloved Chalice

09-05-2021From the PastorFr. Charlie Goraieb

Dear Friends,

I know that many of you will be taking advantage of the holiday weekend to get somewhere cooler. For you that will be traveling, I hope it is a refreshing time.

A few people have commented on the gold chalice that I have been using lately when I celebrate Mass. It is not new. In fact, I found it tucked away in the back of our sacristy closet, tarnished and scratched. The inscription on the bottom of the chalice had the name of the donor family and was dated 1958.

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Progress Report Continued

08-22-2021From the PastorFr. Charlie Goraieb

Dear Friends,

I am sure many of you were surprised last Sunday to see that our music ministry has changed. The speed at which it all transpired was as much of a surprise to me as to many of you. Ike Ndolo, who has served Our Lady of Mt Carmel for many years, informed me on Sunday, Aug 8th that he would be resigning his position, effective that date. He declined to state the reasons, but I assume (and hope) that he made his decision based on what was best for him and his family.

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Progress Report

08-15-2021From the PastorFr. Charlie Goraieb

Dear Friends,

School is back in session and parish activities are starting to pick up. We are not only returning from the normal summer lull, but also the devastating effects the pandemic has had on Church life, in general. Many have not returned to Mass because of their lingering uncertainty over the continued dangers of the virus. And there are also large numbers of Catholics who, over these past 16 months, have filled their weekends with other activities that don’t include attending Mass. Will all of them change these newly acquired habits and once again come back to Church? The answer to that question remains to be seen.

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