Capture the Moments…
The baby is teething, the children are fighting, and my husband just called and said to eat dinner without him. Okay, one of these days you’ll shout, “Why don’t you grow up and act your age?”
. . . and they will.
Or, “You guys get outside and find yourself something
to do and don’t slam the door.”
. . . and they won’t.
You’ll straighten up their bedrooms all neat and tidy with bumper stickers discarded, bed-spread tucked and smoothed, toys all displayed on the shelves, hangers in the closets, animals caged, and you’ll say out loud, “I want you to stay this way!”
. . . and they will.
Then you’ll prepare a perfect dinner with a salad that hasn’t been picked to death, a cake with no finger traces through the frosting, and you’ll say, “Now there’s a meal for company.”
. . . but you’ll eat it alone.
And you’ll say, “I want complete privacy on the phone! No dancing around, no pantomimes, no demolition crews! Silence! Do you hear me?”
. . . and you’ll have it.
No more plastic tablecloths stained with spaghetti, no more anxious nights under a vaporizer tent, no more dandelion bouquets, no more iron-on patches, no more wet knotted shoestrings, no more tight boots, or rubber bands on pony tails.
Now, imagine your lipstick with a point. No baby sitter on New Year’s Eve. Washing clothes only once a week. No PTA meetings, no car pools, no blaring radios, having your own roll of tape, no more Christmas presents made out of toothpicks and paste, no more wet-oatmeal kisses, no tooth fairy, no giggles in the dark, no knees to Band-aid.
Only a memory of a voice crying, “Why don’t you grow up?”
And in the silence will come the echo, “I did.”
We welcome Saint Nicholas to our 11:30 Mass today, 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.
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 12/13, 2015
Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015
5:00 PM Lector: G. Parkinson
Servers: Justin Snider / Joshua Freeman/ Martin Irwin
Sunday, Dec. 13, 2015
8:00 AM Lector: J. Sfiscko
Servers: Anthony Santora & Mario Cisneros
10:00 AM Lector: H. Neubert & M. Di Gangi
Servers: Joseph Grazianni
11:30 AM Lector: D. Tortelli & B. Mc Laughlin
Servers: Joseph La Cavera Antonio De Leva Matthew
Landis Myles Reynolds & Gabriel Torres
5:00 PM Lector: M. Palcisko
Servers: Joshua Rock & Bruce Buehner
This week’s collections: $4,310. 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 Clarence H. Parkinson, Jr. 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!!
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.
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.
Readings for the Week of December 13, 2015
SUNDAY: Zep 3:14-18, Phil 4:4-7, Lk 3:10-18
MONDAY: Nm. 24:2-7 15-17a / Mt. 21: 23=27
TUESDAY: Zep. 3:1-2,9-13 / Mt. 21: 28-32
WEDNESDAY: Is. 45:6b-8,18,21-25 / Lk. 7:18b-23
THURSDAY: Gn. 49:2,8-10 / Mt. 1:1-17
FRIDAY: Jer. 23: 5-8 / Mt. 1:18-25
SATURDAY: Jgs. 13:2-7,24-25a / Lk. 1:5-25
NEXT SUNDAY: Mi. 5:1-4a,Heb. 10:5-10, Lk. 1:39-45
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.
“Divine Mercy Chaplet”
For the “Jubilee Year of Mercy,” we will be having every Sunday at 3:00 PM the Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Divine Mercy Chaplet, and Benediction. Please join us for this special “Jubilee Year of Mercy.”
Sunday, December 13, 2015 * Third 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 14, 2015 * St. John of the Cross, Priest
10:30 AM * N.A. Meeting in Fr. Marino Hall
5:30 PM * Evening Prayer , Recitation of the Rosary & Litany in Church
7:00 PM * Parish Council Meeting in Mercy Room
7:15 PM * Italian Class in Fr. Marino Hall ( Festa Di Natale)
Tuesday, December 15, 2015 Advent Weekday
5:15 PM *Evening Prayer, Recitation of the Rosary and Litany in Church
8:00 PM * AA Meeting in Cafeteria
Wednesday, December 16, 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 17, 2015 * Late 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 18, 2015 * Late Advent Weekday
P.N. * NO SCHOOL TODAY for our Students
5:15 PM * Evening Prayer, Recitation of the Rosary and Litany in Church
Saturday, December 19,2015 * Late Advent Weekdya
3:30 to 4:30 PM * Confessions—Church
Sunday, December 20, 2015 * Fourth Sunday of Advent
P. N. * NO RCIA Classes until January 3rd, 2016
10:00 AM CCD/PSR, School Library
6:30 PM Calling All Teen-agers!!
Do you like to decorate? Would you like to help decorate Our Lord’s House for Christmas. If you are interested in helping decorate our Church, please contact Fr. Richard, 216-651-5043
“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.
Rummage Sale $1,500
Still Need $12,130
Mass Intentions for the Week
SATURDAY, December 12, 2015 * Our Lady of Guadalupe
6:30 AM + Ann Zona by John & Shiiela Gulrick
5:00 PM + Sandy Bender by John Bender and 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
MONDAY, December 14 , 2015 * St. John of the Cross, Priest
6:30 AM * Devotees of O. L. of Guadalupe by Tony & Rose Ruggiero
6:00 PM + Silyana Bartolo by Sntonio & Concettina Fazio
TUESDAY, December 15 ,2015 * Advent Weekday
6:30 AM + Antonio Petitti by Anne Petitti
6:00 PM +Jean Lavalle by Dorothy Ciocca
WEDNESDAY, December 16, 2015 * Advent Weekday
6:30 AM + James Fasino by Anne Petitti
6:00 PM + Pat Di Massa by Family
THURSDAY, December 17,2015 * Late Advent Weekday
6:30 AM + Francis Buehner by Mary Gorman
6:00 PM + Anime del Purgatorio by Teresa Figliano
FRIDAY, December 18, 2015 * Late Advent Weekday
6:30 AM + Rudy Rutovic by Bobby Larsen
6:00 PM + Walter Linn (1st Ann. Of Death) by Linn Family
SATURDAY, December 19, 2015 * Late Advent Weekday
6:30 AM * Devotes of St. Lucy by Tony & Rose Ruggiero
5:00 PM + Samuel, Frances & Joe Coreno by Family
SUNDAY, December 20, 2015 * Fourth Sunday of Advent
8:00 AM + Ingeborg Blaske by Joe Tieri
10:00 AM+ Assunta & Pasquale Lavalle by Phyllis Lavalle
11:30 AM+ Bianco Santillo by Pat & Antonietta Feni & Family
5:00 PM + Anna Zona by Donna M. Gonyon
Christmas Mass Schedule
Thursday, December 24th, Christmas Eve
5:00 PM, Children’s Mass
12:00 AM, Midnight Mass
Friday, December 25th, Christmas Day
10:00 AM, Italian Mass
No 5:00 PM Mass
Saturday, December 19th
3:30 to 4:30 PM
Tuesday & Wednesday, December 22nd & 23rd
4:00 to 5:00 PM
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.