Moving the Rock
A man was sleeping at night in his cabin when suddenly his room filled with light and the Savior appeared. The Lord told the man he had work for him to do and showed him a large rock in front of his cabin. The Lord explained that the man was to push against the rock with all his might.
This the man did, day after day. For many years he toiled from sun up to sun down, his shoulders set squarely against the cold, massive surface of the unmoving rock, pushing with all his might. Each night the man returned to his cabin sore and worn out, feeling that his whole day had been spent in vain.
Seeing that the man was showing signs of discouragement, Satan decided to enter the picture by placing thoughts into the man’s mind such as: “You have been pushing against that rock for a long time, and it hasn’t budged. Why kill yourself over this? You are never going to move it.”
Thus giving the man the impression that the task was impossible and that he was a failure, these thoughts discouraged and disheartened the man even more. “Why kill myself over this?” he thought. “I’ll just put in my time, giving just the minimum effort, and that will be good enough.”
And that he planned to do until one day he decided to make it a matter of prayer and take his troubled thoughts to the Lord. “Lord,” he said, “I have labored long and hard in your service, putting all my strength to do that which you have asked. Yet, after all this time, I have not even budged that rock by half a millimeter. What is wrong? Why am I failing?”
To this the Lord responded compassionately, “My friend, when I asked you to serve me and you accepted, I told you that your task was to push against the rock with all your strength, which you have done. Never once did I mention to you that I expected you to move it. Your task was to push. And now you come to me, with your strength spent, thinking that you have failed. But, is that really so? Look at yourself. Your arms are strong and muscled, your back sine wed and brown, your hands are callused from constant pressure, and your legs have become massive and hard. Through opposition you have grown much and your abilities now surpass that which you used to have. Yet you haven’t moved the rock. But your calling was to be obedient and to push and to exercise your faith and trust in My wisdom. This you have done.
Our annual May Crowning at OLMC, will take place in the Church on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 10th, during the 11:30 AM Mass. Please join us for the Blessed Crowning.
WEEKEND OF APRIL 25/26, 2015
Saturday, April 25 2015
7:30 p.m. Lector: A. McElhone
Servers: D. Bambino / T. Grabowski / R. Rock
Sunday, April 26, 2015
8:00 a.m.. Lector : J. Gallagher
Servers: R. Arteaga / A. Santora / B. Santos
10:00 a.m. Lector : C. Manno & M. Zamboni Servers: Joseph Graziani
11:30 a.m. Lector: D. Miller & K. Miller
Servers: Joseph La Cavera / Collin O’Donnell / Miguel Jacobo / Antonio de Leva
5:00 p.m. Lector: B. McFadden
Servers: Bruce Buehner / Edward McLaughlin
This week’s collections: $3,251. Thank you for your generosity and support!
LET US PRAY
Please remember the souls of all the deceased Veterans and all the faithful departed, Gino DeUliss, brother of Elena Di Pietro.
We also pray for all those who are ill:
Gianna Andolina, Carmen Beltrante, Sean Barker, John Bender, Sr. Maria Benedict, Vicki Bueno, Nick Carlozzi, Dorothy Ciocca, Giuseppe Cirianni, Joe Coreno, Maria Costanzo, Fannie Costanzo, Francis Costanzo, Jimmy Craciun, Judith Cullen, Catherine DeLeva, Anthony DePolo, Pat DiBello, Mark Di Donato, Brother of Elenore DiPitie, Benny Donofrio, Giuseppa Di Stefano, Mary Fogliano, Justina De La Garza, Judith Gillen, Chester Glica, Martin J. Glica, Enrique Gonzalez, Angela Isabella, Cindy Jontony, Ray Jontony, Michael Laughman, Jean Lavalle John Mazzarella, Ann Mulgrew, Tom O’Donnell, Joseph Parente, Josephine Parente, Tom Pienkowski, Jeannine Rini Elizabeta Romano, Beverly Rodriguez, Mark Rudolph, Antonio Ruggiero, Rosa Ruggiero, Tonia Sauro, Betty Scaia, Mary Shofariu, Anton Smuk, Angeline Stacer, Ann Thomas, Diane Viccarone, Nicole Viccarone, Tony Viccaro, Bill Walers, Michael Weiskittel, Margarita Zinicola.
Did You Know?
The side door of the Church, on the Rectory side, is open during the day. Take a minute to stop by and visit. Meditation breaks and prayer are good for the Soul!!
The Holy Eucharist is exposed from 3:00pm to 5:45pm, every Thursday, with Benediction. Come and spend some time with Christ present in the Blessed Sacrament.
Readings for the Week of April 19th, 2015
SUNDAY: Acts 4:8-12 / 1 Jn 3:1-2 / Jn 10:11-18
MONDAY: Acts 11:1-18 / Jn 10:1-10
TUESDAY: Acts 11:19-26 / Jn 10:22-30
WEDNESDAY: Acts 12:24 –13:5a / Jn 12:44-50
THURSDAY: Acts 13: 13-25 / Jn 13:16-20
FRIDAY: Acts 13:26-33 / Jn 14:1-6
SATURDAY: Acts 13:44-52 / Jn 14:7-14
NEXT SUNDAY: Acts 9:26-31 / 1 Jn 3:18-24 / Jn 15:1-8
First Holy Communion
On Sunday, May 3rd, at the 11:30 AM Mass, our students will be making their First Holy Communion.
All are welcome to attend!!
Allen Joseph Bencalowycz
Are you a registered parishioner?
Do you receive your church collection envelopes? If not, and you are attending Mass at OLMC, please consider becoming a parishioner and joining our family. Please complete the form in the bulletin and send it or drop it in the collection basket. We would love to have you become a part of our family!
If you have purchased an Easter flower in memory of a loved one, please feel free to pick up the plant next weekend. Thank you for helping to make our church so beautiful.
As Pastor of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, I’m pleased to announce that Thomas Grabowski, a sixth grade member of our parish, has won second place in the National Essay contest sponsored by The Right to Life program. Thomas competed against over 26,000 sixth grade entrants from around the United States. Congratulations, Thomas, on a job well done!!
School registration in now in progress at OLMC School for the next school year. We are currently registering for all grades, from Pre K 3 through 8th grade. Please call the school to schedule an appointment. Help spread the word to all your friends and family. Your child deserves the best!!
Next Rummage Sale
By popular demand, and the generosity of our parish family and friends, we will be continuing to collect furniture, shelving, and appliances in good condition in preparation of our next rummage sale. Please keep your church in mind when considering donating your goods. Call the Rectory at 216-651-5043.
Our annual festival is quickly approaching, July 8th through July 12th. We will be having a festival meeting in the Mercy Room on April 8th, at 7:00 PM.
All are welcome to attend!!
St. John XXIII Hall Upgrades
In Loving Memory of Charlotte De Santos 480
In Loving Memory of Virginia Barsan Peters 150
In Loving Memory of Richard & Mary Grabowski 100
Still Need $14,230
Sunday, April 26, 2015 Fourth Sunday of Easter
10:00 AM CCD class in Mercy Room
4:00 PM Doors open at Pope St. John Xxiii Hall
6:00 PM Bingo starts. All are Welcome !
Monday, April 27, 2015 St. Peter Armengol, Mercedarian, Religious
10:30 AM N.A. Meeting in Mercy Room
5:30 PM *Recitation of the Rosary & Litany in Church
After 6 PM Mass, the Miraculous Medal Novena
7:15 PM *Italian classes in Fr. Marino Hall
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 Easter Weekday
5:30 PM *Recitation of the Rosary & Litany—Church
6:30 PM Cleveland Ward 15 * Fr. M. H.
8:00 PM AA Meeting in Cafeteria
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 * St. Catherine of Siena, Virgin & Doctor of the Church
5:30 PM Recitation of Rosary & Litany in Church
Novena to Our Lady of Mercy after the 6:00 PM Mass
7:00 PM *Mercedarian Third Order Meeting in Mercy Room
Thursday, April 30 , 2015 * Easter Weekday / Pope St. Pius V
3:00 PM to 5:45 PM Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
5:00 PM *Evening Prayer, Rosary & Litany
5:45 PM * Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament, Followed by the 6:00 PM Mass
7:00 PM * Scout Pack Meeting in Fr. M. H.
8:00 PM AA Meeting in Cafeteria
Friday, May 1, 2015 * St. Joseph the Worker
8:15 AM * School Mass in Church
6:00 PM * Mass—Sacred Heart Sodality, Holy Hour Meeting to following in Fr. M. H.
10:00 PM* Mass, Exposition of Blessed Sacrament Nocturnal Adoration. Please use side door by the rectory.
Saturday, May 2, 2015 * St, Athanasius , Bishop And Doctor, Memorial
6:00 AM Benediction, followed by 6:30 AM Mass
3:30 to 4:30 PM Confessions
Sunday, May 3, 2015 Fifth Sunday of Easter
11:30 AM First Communicant’s Reception of Eucharist
4:00 PM Doors open at Pope St. John XXIII Hall
6:00 PM Bingo games start. All are welcome
Mass Intentions for the Week
SATURDAY, April 25 2015 Easter Weekday
6:30 AM Devotees of the Infant Jesus by Mazzarella Family
5:00 PM + Joseph Coreno by Family
SUNDAY, April 26, 2015 * Fourth Sunday of Easter
8:00 AM + Deceased members of Blaske Family by Family
10:00 AM + Fortunato Figliano by Angelo & Concetta Di Rienzo
11:30 AM + Michael Norcia by wife Netta
5:00 PM + Giuseppe Di Rienzo by Phyllis Lavalle
MONDAY, April 27 2015 ST. Peter Armengol, Religious
6:30 AM + Deceased Mercedarians by Family
6:00 PM + Onofrio & Rosa by Teresa Figkiano
TUESDAY, April 28, 2015 * Easter Weekday
6:30 AM + Sue Dignan & Family by Mary C. Gallo
6:00 PM * Conversion of the World by Domenica Manno
WEDNESDAY, April 29, 2015 ST. Catherine of Siena, Virgin & Doctor
6:30 AM * Louis & Maria Castagnola by Mary C. Gallo
6:00 PM + Joseph H. Casey by Kathleen Hohman
THURSDAY, April 30, 2015 * Easter Weekday
6:30 AM + Anna Kate Leonard by Family
6:00 PM + Edward Thomas by Family
FRIDAY, May 1, 2015 * St. Joseph the Worker
6:30 AM Devotees of the Sacred Heart of Jesus by Mazzarella Family
8:15 AM + John Marshall by Sylvia
6:00 PM Living & Deceased Members of Sacred Heart Sodality by Sodality
10:00 PM * Special Intention
SATURDAY, May 2, 2015 * ST. Athanasius, Bishop & Doctor
6:30 AM + Richard Morealli by Rita & Rich Skrok
5:00 PM + Sandy Bender by John Bender & Family
SUNDAY, May 3, 2015 * Fifth Sunday of Easter
8:00 AM + Deceased Members of Fallon Family by John Fallon
10:00 AM + Benedento D’Ambrosio by Family
11:30 AM + Alfonso & Maria Pompeani by Family
5:00 PM + Ann Zona by Maria Di Gangi
SAVE THE DATE: Our annual festival is quickly
approaching , July 8th through July 12th, 2015.
BOUNA PASQUA ALLELUIA !