From the Pastor

May 21, 2017        

Dear Parishioners:from-the-pastors-desk-clip-art-1102733

This coming Thursday, May 25th, is the Solemnity of the Ascension, a holy day of obligation.   Please see the bulletin concerning Mass times at both Mt. Carmel and Immaculate Conception Churches.  It is also a day in which we will welcome Bishop John Flesey to the parish to administer the Sacrament of Confirmation upon our young people. The sacrament of Confirmation will be administered at the 7:30pm Mass at Immaculate Conception Church.   All are welcome and please keep our young people in your prayers as they prepare to receive the seven-fold gifts of the Holy Spirit.

Please keep in mind that next weekend is Memorial Day Weekend and the Sunday Summer Mass schedule will go into effect at Immaculate Conception Church through Labor Day Weekend.    The Sunday Mass schedule at Mt. Carmel will remain the same.

A special word of thanks to Ms. Janet Natale, our parish catechetical  leader and to all who assisted at our First Holy Communion Masses.   The celebrations were truly times of grace for our young boys and girls who received the Eucharist for the first time.   May they always come to the table of the Lord each week and receive him into their hearts.

 As you have seen and heard during the month of May, this is the season for joyful celebrations such as Baptisms, First Holy Communions, weddings, Confirmations, Ordinations (we will be ordaining 7 men as priest next weekend in our Archdiocese).  It is also the time of year for priests to celebrate their anniversaries of their Ordinations.  Fr. Tony just celebrated his 40th anniversary on April 1st.    Fr. Burla will celebrate his 54th anniversary on May 25th.    Fr. Tom Cembor will celebrate his 38th anniversary on May 26th,   Fr. Bob Suszko will celebrate his 15th anniversary on May 25th, and I will celebrate my 25th anniversary of Ordination on May 30th.    Please keep us all in your prayers as we continue to follow the call of the Good Shepherd in his vineyard.

Sincerely in the Lord,

Fr. Joe




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