LITURGY IN FOCUS

PREPARING FOR NEXT WEEK

Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time God is like a generous, wasteful farmer who throws seed all over good and bad ground. What God cares about is not the quantity of production, but rather that there is growth and life that comes to fruition. As we prepare for next week, we should meditate on the many […]

LITURGY IN FOCUS

“THE LADY OF OUR PLACE”

Our Lady of Mt. Carmel (Pietro Novelli, 1641) “All Are Welcome” (Haugen) This song has been used to celebrate our parish anniversaries and major feastdays, and always for the weekend of our parish festival and the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. Our Lady of Mount Carmel — Title and feast day Our Lady […]

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JULY 4: ST. ANDREW OF CRETE

(660-740) Andrew was born in Damascus, and for the first seven years of his life did not speak. It is said that it was only after receiving his First Communion that he uttered his first words. He began his religious career at age 14 as a clerk. He proved to be brilliant in his job […]

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JULY 3: ST. THOMAS

(martyred circa 72 A.D.) When we hear the story of how Thomas needed to touch the wounds of the risen Christ to believe in his resurrection, we are reminded of our own struggles with our faith. Once convinced, he became a fervid believer, throwing himself at Jesus’ feet and saying, “My Lord and my God.” […]

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JULY 2: ST. OLIVER PLUNKETT

(1629 – 1681) St. Oliver was born in County Meath Ireland, in 1629. He studied for the priesthood in Rome and was ordained there in 1654. He spent the beginning of his career teaching and serving the poor of Rome. In 1669 he was appointed Archbishop of Armagh in Ireland. When a wave of English […]

NOVENA 2020 PARISH NEWS

Triduum in honor of Our Lady of Mount Carmel: The Living Rosary

This is the first part in a triduum in honor of Our Lady of Mount Carmel leading up to her feast day July 16. Part 2 is July 8 and Part 3 is July 15. This video features the Living Rosary recited by parishioners. Novena Prayers to Our Lady of Mount Carmel Welcome If you […]

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JULY 1: ST. JUNIPERO SERRA

(1713-1784) The American West is dotted with the names of missions founded by St. Junipero —  San Diego, San Juan Capistrano, Monterey/Carmel, San Antonio, San Gabriel, San Luís Obispo, Santa Clara, San Buenaventura, San Francisco. Who would have thought that the boy from the island of Mallorca, Spain, would have done so much abroad? It […]

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JUNE 30: ST. THEOBALD

(1017 – 1066) Theobald was born into a noble family in Provins, France. His father was Arnout, the Count of Champagne. Raised in the military tradition of his family, he abandoned that life without the knowledge of his parent to live the life of a hermit, first in France and later in Luxemburg. He and […]

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JUNE 29: STS. PETER AND PAUL

Today we have the pleasure to celebrate two of the founders of the church. The first, St. Peter, is the “Rock” (in Jesus’ words) upon which the church was established. Even though he denied his association to Christ during the passion, Jesus saw something that not even Peter himself recognized. On the Day of Pentecost […]

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JUNE 28: ST. IRENAEUS

(130-202) St. Irenaeus, the bishop of Lugdunum (today Lyons, France) was born in Smyrna in Asia Minor, he was a pupil of Polycarp, who in turn, was a disciple of the apostle John. This connection to one of the original witnesses of Christ solidified the legitimacy of his teaching. Two of Irenaeus’ many written works […]