Things Aren’t Always What They Seem to Be…
Two traveling angels stopped to spend the night in the home of a wealthy family. The family was rude and refused to let the angels stay in the mansion’s guest room. Instead, the angels were given a space in the cold basement. As they made their bedroom the hard floor, the older angel saw a hole in the wall and repaired it. When the younger angel asked why, the older angel replied…. “Things aren’t always what they seem.”
The next night the pair came to rest at the house of a very poor, but very hospitable farmer and his wife. After sharing what little food they had, the couple let the angels sleep in their bed where they could have a good night’s rest. When the sun came up the next morning the angels found the farmer and his wife in tears. Their only cow, whose milk had been their sole income, lay dead in the field.
The younger angel was infuriated and asked the older angel “How could you have let this happen!? The first man had everything, yet you helped him,” she accused. “The second family had so little, but was willing to share everything and you let their cow die.”
“Things aren’t always what they seem,” the older angel replied. ”When we stayed in the basement of the mansion, I noticed there was gold stored in that hole in the wall. Since the owner was so obsessed with greed and unwilling to share his good fortune, I sealed the wall so he wouldn’t find it. Then last night as we slept in the farmers bed, the angel of death came for his wife. I gave her the cow instead. “Things aren’t always what they seem.”
Sometimes this is exactly what happens when things don’t turn out the way you think they should. If you have faith, you just need to trust that every outcome is always to your advantage. You might not know it until some time later. “Things aren’t always what they seem.”
65th Wedding Anniversary
We congratulate, Tony and Rose Ruggiero, celebrating their 65th wedding anniversary on December 9th. When you see them, ask them what the secrets to a great, long lasting marriage are. Our thoughts and prayers are with them.
Holy Day of Obligation—Immaculate Conception
This Thursday, December 8th, is the Solemnity of The Immaculate Conception. This is a Holy Day of Obligation for all Catholics. The Mass times are Monday, 6:00pm, Tuesday, 6:30am, 8:15am, and 6:00pm.
OLMC School Pageant
On Thursday, December 10th, our school children will be performing their annual Christmas Pageant at 6:00pm, in the school gym. It is open seating, on a first come, first serve basis. Everyone is welcome and invited to attend.
Our Lady of Guadalupe Mass
We will be celebrating the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe on Friday, December 11th, during the 6:00PM Mass. Please, join us for refreshments and music after Mass in the Fr. Marino Hall, downstairs
Advent Giving Tree
This week, we have set up our annual Advent Giving Tree for the poor. This program provides Christmas gifts for less fortunate families. Simply select a tag from the Tree. Purchase the appropriate gift, according to gender, age, size, and safety. Wrap the gift and please make sure the tag card is on the gift. Bring the gift to the Church or Rectory.
Gifts must be turned in by December 19th, this gives us enough time to distribute the gifts to the children.
Thank you again for your wonderful support and generosity with this great project.
The Advent Wreath
The custom of the Advent Wreath is a reminder of our joyful anticipation of the of Christ The Messiah on Christmas Day. Traditionally, the wreath is round, signifying God’s eternal waiting for Christ’s coming to redeem us. The rose colored candle speaks of the Third Sunday of Advent, “Gaudete Sunday,” which is a day of rejoicing for the closeness of our salvation.
Breakfast with Santa
Please join us for breakfast with Santa on Sunday, December 13th, from 9:00 am until 1:00pm, after each Mass in the school cafeteria. Come and join in on the fun, take a picture with Santa, and have breakfast with your friends and family.
Tickets are $6.00 for Adults, children 2yrs. To 12Yrs old $3.00, children under 2Yrs. Old are free. Tickets are being sold after each Mass at the Church entrance or at the Rectory, 216-651-5043. Tickets will also be available at the door on the 13th.
Plan on preparing yourself, spiritually, for Christmas by attending the Christmas Novena. Starting Tuesday, December 15th to Wednesday, December 23rd, after each evening Mass, we will offer our prayers of Thanks for his Marvelous Birth, which brought about our salvation and peace.
WEEKEND OF December 5/6, 2015
Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015
5:00 PM Lector: A. McEhone
Servers: Robert Rock, Jacob Freeman, & Dominic Bambino
Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015
8:00 AM Lector: J. Gallagher
Servers: Dylan Bastian & Logan Bastian
10:00 AM Lector: C. Manno & H. Neubert
Servers: Joseph Grazianni
11:30 AM Lector: Gotlibowski & C. Roshetsky
Servers: Julio Paez, Luis Vega, Mario DeLeva, Joseph Ford, & Miguel Jacobo
5:00 PM Lector: B. McFadden
Servers: Adrian Lozada, Alexander Lozada, & Cole Alletto
This week’s collections: $3,255. Thank you for your generosity and support!
LET US PRAY
Please remember the souls of all the deceased Veterans and all the faithful departed, including Leona Hudson. We also pray for all those who are ill:
Gianna Andolina, Sixto Arteaga, 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, Charlie Curly, Judith Cullen, Catherine DeLeva, Anthony DePolo, Pat DiBello, Mark Di Donato, Benny Donofrio, Giuseppa Di Stefano, Mary Fogliano, Justina De La Garza, Judith Gillen, Chester Glica, Martin J. Glica, Angela Isabella, Cindy Jontony, Fr. Jerome P. Laubacker, O. de M. , Br. Martin Joseph, O. de M. Michael Laughman, John Mazzarella, Louise McGiboney, Vincent Mirelez, 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, Ellen Sweeney, Ann Thomas, Bertha Vega, Diane Viccarone, Kassidee Viccarone, Nicole Viccarone, Tony Viccaro, Bill Walers, Shannon Weiskittel, Michael Weiskittel, & Margarita Zinicola.
The Holy Eucharist is exposed from 3:00 pm to 5:45 pm, every Thursday, with Benediction. Come and spend some time with Christ present in the Blessed Sacrament.
Helping the Poor!!
If you are interested in Helping the Poor during the holidays, we are always looking for gift cards from Giant Eagle. Just give them to one of the Friars, Thank You!!
Morning of Recollection
On December 12th, from 9:00am to 12:00noon, we will be having a Morning of Retreat, reflecting on “The Year of Mercy,” in preparation of Christmas. Please mark your calendars. All are welcome to attend.
Please remember your church, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel during the Christmas Season. We truly all your friendship, generosity, support, and kindness, throughout the year.
Readings for the Week of December 6th, 2015
SUNDAY: Bar 5:1-9, Phil 1:4-11, Lk 3:1-6
MONDAY: Is 35:1-10, Lk 5:17-26
TUESDAY: Gn 3:9-20, Eph 1:3-12, Lk 1:26-38
WEDNESDAY: Is 40:25-31, Mt 11:28-30
THURSDAY: Is 40:13-20, Mt 11:11-15
FRIDAY: Is 48:17-19, Mt 11:16-19
SATURDAY: Zec 2:14-17, Rv 11:19-12:6, Lk 1:39-47
NEXT SUNDAY: Zep 3:14-18, Phil 4:4-7, Lk 3:10-18
We welcome Saint Nicholas to our 11:30 Mass next Sunday, December 13th. He will passing out candy canes in the vestibule of the Church after Mass. You can also join him for breakfast in the cafeteria.
OLMC Women’s Sacred Heart Sodality
Our ladies organization, Sacred Heart Sodality, is looking for new members. If you are interested in joining this great organization, please call Phyllis Lavalle at 216-402-7634.
Padre Pio Academy Choir
To begin our Year of Mercy, the Padre Pio Academy Choir will be joining us at the 6:00PM Holy Day Mass for Immaculate Conception on December 8th. They will also be performing a concert after the mass with Gregorian selections. Please join us for an evening of great music and enjoyment.
Pope Francis, The Year of Mercy
Pope Francis has declared the Jubilee Year of Mercy, beginning on December 8th. During the month of December, we will provide you with a daily prayer book called, “The Magnificat Year of Mercy Companion.” A unique resource to accompany you throughout your daily journey. Day by day, celebrating the Miracle of Mercy.
Next week, we will begin taking orders for Christmas Poinsettia plants to decorate the altar during the Christmas Season. The plants, as usual will be $15.00 each and are purchased in “Memory of” deceased loved ones. As always, the booklet with the names of those purchasing the plants will be available on Christmas. Deadline for plant orders is December 20th.
New Year’s Eve, Holy Hour—Midnight Mass
On Thursday, December 31st, there will be a Holy Hour in the Church starting at 10:30 PM, followed by Midnight Mass. Let us thank our Lord for all our Favors and Graces we have received. We also ask our Lord’s blessings in the “New Year, 2016.”
St. Joseph Academy Christmas Concert
Saint Joseph Academy will be having their annual Christmas Concert on Thursday, December 17th at 7:00PM. Located at 3470 Rocky River Drive, in Cleveland’s West Park area. The concert is free, with performances by the Concert Choir, Show Choir, String Orchestra, Jazz Band, Hand Band, and The Handbell Ensemble. Please join us for a night of great music and stay for the grand finale.
National Night of Prayer
“The 26th National Night of Prayer For Life,” will be held on December 8th and 9th at St. Patrick’s Chapel, 3602 Bridge Ave., Cleveland, Oh., 44102, from 9:00PM to 1:00AM. Please come and pray with us!!
Sunday, December 6, 2015 * Second Sunday of Advent
10:00 AM * RCIA, in Mercy Room
10:00 AM * CCD/PSR Class, School Library
3:00 PM Exposition, Divine Mercy Chaplet
6:30 PM * Youth Group meets tonight—Church
Monday, December 7, 2015 * St. Ambrose, Bishop
10:30 AM * N.A. Meeting in Fr. Marino Hall
5:30 PM * Evening Prayer , Recitation of the Rosary & Litany in Church
6:00 PM Vigil for the Solemnity of Immaculate Conception
7:15 PM * Italian Class in Fr. Marino Hall
Tuesday, December 8, 2015 * Immaculate Conception, Holy Day of Obligation
8:15 AM * School Mass in Church
5:15 PM *Evening Prayer, Recitation of the Rosary and Litany in Church
6:00 PM Padre Pio Academy Choir
8:00 PM * AA Meeting in Cafeteria
Wednesday, December 9, 2015 * Advent Weekday
5: 15PM * Evening Prayer , Recitation of the Rosary and Litany in Church
6:00 PM * Mass, Novena to Our Lady of Mercy
Thursday, December 10, 2015 * Advent Weekday
3:00 PM to 5:45 PM *Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
5:00 PM * Evening Prayer, Rosary & Litany, Benediction of The Blessed Sacrament.
8:00 PM AA Meeting in Cafeteria
Friday, December 11, 2015 * Advent Weekday
5:15 PM * Evening Prayer, Recitation of the Rosary and Litany in Church
6:00 PM Celebration of Our Lady of Guadalupe
Saturday, December 12,2015 * Our Lady of Guadalupe
9:00 AM to 12 Noon * Morning Recollection
3:30 to 4:30 PM * Confessions—Church
Sunday, December 13, 2015 * Third Sunday of Advent
9:00 AM Breakfast With Santa, Cafeteria
10:00 AM RCIA, Mercy Room
10:00 AM CCD/PSR, School Library
6:30 PM Calling All Teen-agers!!
“Have you noticed???”
The front of the Church is looking better with the new tuckpointing and cleaning. Also, the Bell Tower and all the peaks of the Church have been wrapped with siding. Please, consider a donation towards our current church project.
In Memory of Carolin Pinkozie $500
Frank Costanzo $200
Still Need $13,730
Mass Intentions for the Week
SATURDAY, December 5, 2015 * Advent Weekday
6:30 AM + Virginia & Anthony Mazzarella and Angela Mazzarella-Krukik by Robert Mazzarella
5:00 PM + Nick & Marion Tortelli and Dominic & Helen Corrado by Melaine & Dominic Tortelli
SUNDAY, December 6, 2015 * Second Sunday of Advent
8:00 AM +Maria & Vincenzo Blaske by Family
10:00 AM +Angelo & Gino DiVito by Raffaela
11:30 AM +Nick & Marion Tortelli by Ann & Children
5:00 PM +Carmella Bellflower by Bob & Annie Koski
MONDAY, December 7, 2015 * St. Ambrose, Bishop
6:30 AM + Sp. Intentions for Judith Kenny by Kate A. Kenny
6:00 PM + Rosa D’Ambrosio by Diana
7:00 PM + Carmina D’Onofrio by Tony & Gilda & Family
TUESDAY, December 8, 2015 * Immaculate Conception
6:30 AM * Devotees of Immaculate Conception by Tony & Rose
8:15 AM + Gloria Raffa by Raffa Family
6:00 PM + Sebastiana & Giuseppe DiGangi by Maria
WEDNESDAY, December 9, 2015 * Advent Weekday
6:30 AM + Deceased Members of Joseph Ruggiero Family
6:00 PM + Pat DiMassa by Famiglia
THURSDAY, December 10,2015 *Advent Weekday
6:30 AM + Nino DiStefano by Famiglia
6:00 PM + Salvatore Santillo by Family
FRIDAY, December 11, 2015 * Advent Weekday
6:30 AM + Russ Larsen by Bobby Larsen
6:00 PM * Devotees of Santa Lucia by Fazio Family
Saturday, December 12, 2015 * Our Lady of Guadalupe
6:30 AM + Anna Zona by Jim & Sheila Gulrick
5:00 PM + Sandy Bender by John Bender & Family
Sunday, December 13, 2015 * Third Sunday of Advent
8:00 AM + Ingeborg Blaske by M/M Giacomo Lazzaro
10:00 AM+ Antonio D’Onofrio by Auggie & Benny D’Onofrio
11:30 AM+ Judy Anter by Mary Gorman
5:00 PM * Devotees of St. Lucy by Phyllis LaValle
Next year’s Mass Book is now open to schedule 2016 Masses for your deceased loved ones. Please, write your preferred dates and times, and we will try to accommodate you. See Br. Martin.
Mission Statement of OLMC
We, the Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Family, called by the spirit to holiness, strengthened by Word and Sacrament, guided by His Holy Mother, strive in our different ways to participate in the mission of Jesus. We, His Family, share His Good News, pray together, serve others, teach, and empower all to be a witness of His healing love to all people.