Why Go To Church??
A churchgoer wrote a letter to the editor of the newspaper and complained that it made no sense to go to church every Sunday. I’ve gone for 30 years now,” he wrote, “and in that time I have heard something like 3,000 sermons. But for the life of me I can’t remember a single one of them. So I think I’m wasting my time and the pastors are wasting theirs by giving sermons at all.”
This started a real controversy in the
“Letters to the Editor” column,
Much to the delight of the editor!
It went on for weeks until someone wrote this clincher: “I’ve been married for 30 years now. In that time my wife has cooked some 32,000 meals. But for the life of me, I cannot recall the entire menu for a single one of those meals. But I do know this: They all nourished me and gave me the strength I needed to do my work. If my wife had not given me those meals, I would be physically dead today. Likewise, if I had not gone to church for nourishment, I would be spiritually dead today!”
When you are DOWN to nothing . . .
God is UP to something!
Faith sees the invisible, believes the Incredible, and receives the impossible!
Thank God for our physical and our spiritual nourishment!
54 Ways to be Merciful ( #1)
Resist Sarcasm: “Set, O Lord a guard over my mouth; keep watch, O Lord, at the door of my Lips!” (Psalm 141:3)
We are truly sorry for omitting the following
From our Christmas Poinsettia Bookley:
In Memory of
|Family||Rick & Sara Lynn Gonyon|
|Gianna, Gino, Luaren & Eric Rivera||Papa Tom &
GrandMa Bunny Haselow
|The Gonyons||Caso & Ambrose Families|
|Joan and Mimi||Carmen & Mary Pugliese|
|Jamie Payne & Family||PapaJim, Nana Rose, Jim
And Chrissie Payne
|Family||G. Michael Kulig|
|Mr./Mrs. Antonio Figliano||Cirianni & Figliano Family|
|Rose Baker & Family||Antonio, Carmela, and
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.”
WEEKEND OF January 9/10, 2016
Saturday, Jan. 9,2016
5:00 PM Lector: M. Gotlibowski
Servers: Justin Snider / Joshua Freeman/ Martin Irwin
Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016
8:00 AM Lector: R. Russo
Servers: Anthony Santora & Mario Cisneros
10:00 AM Lector: J. Curtis & H. Neubert
Servers: Joseph Grazianni
11:30 AM Lector: B. McLaughlin & D. Tortelli
Servers: Joseph La Cavera / Antonio De Leva / Myles
Reynolds / Gabriel Torres / Matthew Landis
5:00 PM Lector: A. McElhone
Servers: Joshua Rocl & Bruce Buehner
This week’s collections: Solemnity of BVM $2,062, $ Sunday January 3rd, 2016 $ 4,162. Thank you for your generosity and support throughout the year!
LET US PRAY
Please remember the soul of all the deceased Veterans and all the faithful departed. 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.
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.
Evening Prayer and Rosary
Evening Prayer and Rosary is recited each weekday evening in our church at 5:15 PM, followed by our daily, evening 6:00PM Mass. All are welcome to join the Friars.
Holyday of Obligation
Friday, January 1st, 2016, is the Solemnity of Mary and is a Holy
Day of obligation. Mass schedule will be as follows:
Readings for the Week of January 10th, 2016
SUNDAY: Is. 40:1-5,9-11 / Ti.2:11-14; 3:4-7/ Lk. 3:15-23
MONDAY: 1 Sm. 1:1-8 / Mk. 1:14-20
TUESDAY: 1 Sm. 1:9-20 / Mk. 1:21-28
WEDNESDAY: 1 Sm. 3:1-10,19-20/ Mk. 1:29-39
THURSDAY: 1 Sm. 4:1-11 / Mk. 1:40-45
FRIDAY: 1 Sm. 8:4-7,10-22a / Mk. 2:1-12
SATURDAY: 1 Sm. 9:1-4, 17-19,10: 1a / Mk. 2: 13-17
NEXT SUNDAY: Is. 62:1-5 / 1 Cor. 12:4-11 / Jn. 2:1-11
If you purchased a poinsettia plant for Christmas in memory of your loved ones, you can take your plants home after January 11th, 2016.
Any parishioners wishing a receipt of their 2015 church contributions for their income tax returns, please leave a message at the Rectory @ 216-651-5043 and they will be mailed to you. Please identify if you have a different address from the one we have on record.
This week, we will be taking down our Christmas decorations. If you have any extra time, please see Fr. Richard or just come and join in the fun, helping take down the decorations! Thanks!
Thank You Advertisers
Thank you to all of our wonderful sponsors and advertisers to our weekly church bulletin. Please support them when you are in need of their services. If you are interested in advertising on the bulletin, please call Sherry at 800.477.4574.
2016 Calendars and Magnificats
We still have a few left of our 2016 Church calendars and the “Year of Mercy Companion Prayer books. If you did not receive one, or need an an extra, please ask one of the Friars.
54 Ways to Celebrate the “Year of Mercy”
By the doors, there are copies of “54 Ways to Celebrate the Jubilee Year of Mercy.” please take one and put it to good use, celebrating God’s Love and Mercy.
31. Give away something of yours, that you really like, to someone who is not in your everyday circle.
32. Pray a Divine Mercy Chaplet as you are traveling to or from work.
33. When mercy for others is difficult, pray Cardinal Merry del Val’s Litany of Humility.
34. Make a gratitude journal for your spouse; jot down little things he or she does that you are grateful for. Bite your tongue and go write in it, or at least read it the next time you want to criticize in a moment of frustration.
35. Learn to make an Ignation “Examen” every night. Remembering God’s mercy each night helps us to be merciful.
36. Respond to provocation with the respect you wish a person would show you.
37. Learn “The Jesus Prayer” and use it!
38. Take a few minutes during the week to stop at a church and sit before the Tabernacle, simply to be with Christ, The Merciful. If you cannot do that, meditate upon the Crucifix.
39. Pray a novena for the good of someone you dislike.
40. Dig out your most attractive and hand-write an actual letter to someone, as a means of demonstrating their importance to you.
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.
“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, January 10, 2016 * Baptism of the Lord, Feast
10:00 AM * RCIA—Classes in Mercy Room
10:00 AM * CCD/PSR—Classes in School Library
3:00 PM Exposition, Divine Mercy Chaplet & Benediction
4:00 PM * Doors open at Pope John XXIII Hall
6:00 PM * BINGO * Games start at 6PM
6:30 PM * Youth Group meets tonight—Church
Monday, January 11, 2016 * 1st Week in Ordinary Time
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 * Miraculous Medal Novena to follow.
7:15 PM * Italian Classes resume on Jan. 18th,2016
Tuesday, January 12, 2016 * 1st Wk. in Ordinary Time
5:15 PM *Evening Prayer, Recitation of the Rosary and Litany in Church
8:00 PM * AA Meeting in Cafeteria
Wednesday, January 13, 2016 * 1st Wk. in Ordinary Time
5: 15PM * Evening Prayer , Recitation of the Rosary and Litany in Church
6:00 PM * Mass, Novena to Our Lady of Mercy
Thursday, January 14, 2016 * 1st Wk. in Ordinary Time
3:00 PM * Exposition of Blessed Sacrament
5:00 PM * Evening Prayer, Rosary & Litany of our Lady And Benediction
8:00 PM AA Meeting in Cafeteria
Friday, January 15, 2016 * 1st Wk. in Ordinary Time
8:15 AM * School Mass—Church
Saturday, January 16,2016* 1st Wk. in Ordinary Time
3:30 to 4:30 PM * Confessions—Church
Sunday, January 17, 2016 * 2nd Sun. in Ordinary Time
10:AM * RCIA classes in Mercy Room
10 AM * PSR / CCD Classes in School Library
3:00 PM * Exposition, Divine Mercy Chaplet & Benediction
4:00 PM *Doors open at Pope John XXIII Hall
6:00 PM * Bingo games start
6:30 PM Calling All Teen-agers!!
“Have you noticed???”
The front of the Church is looking better with the new tuck pointing 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 Loving Memory of Domenica Costanzo Lavalle 250
From Francesca & Luigi Ruggiero
Still Need $11,140
Mass Intentions for the Week
SATURDAY, January 9, 2016 * Christmas Weekday
6:30 AM + Crescenzo & Maria Parente by Tony & Rose Ruggiero
5:00 PM + Kristyn Hendericks by Dolores & Connie + Kevin Bruzda by Family
SUNDAY, January 10, 2016 * Baptism of the Lord, Feast
8:00 AM + Cathy De Young by Angela & Jeannine
10:00 AM + Gino De Iuliis by Elena
11:30 AM + Catherine De Young by Diane Viccarone
5:00 PM + Jean Lavalle by Maria Ciavorella
MONDAY, January 11, 2016 * 1st Wk. in Ordinary Time
6:30 AM + Nino DiStefano by Famiglia
6:00 PM + Cenacolo Paradiso by Maria
TUESDAY, January 12, 2016 * 1st Wk. in Ordinary Time
6:30 AM + Michelle Ann Azanella by Alice Schrutt
6:00 PM + Aaron N. Mentkowski, Mary & Joseph & Anna
Korton by Lyn & John Mentkowski
WEDNESDAY, January 13, 2016 * 1st Wk.. in Ordinary Time
6:30 AM * Devotees of O. L. of Perpetual Help by Tony & Rose Ruggiero
6:00 PM + John Bowman by John & Holly Neubert
THURSDAY, January 14, 2016 1st Wk. in Ordinary Time
6:30 AM + Deceased Mercedarians by Family
6:00 PM + Angelo & Gina Di Vito by Raffale Di Vito
FRIDAY, January 15, 2016 * 1st Wk. in Ordinary Time
6:30 AM + Francis & Arlene Buehner by Phyllis Siko
8:15 AM + Dec. Humphrey Family by Fred Maguire
6:00 PM + Jean Lavalle by Chris Brindle
SATURDAY, January 16, 2016 * 1st Wk. in Ordinary Time
6:30 AM * Devotees of the Sacred Heart of Jesus by Mazzarella Family
5:00 PM + Alex Chamberlin by Loretta Chamberlin
SUNDAY, January 17, 2016 * 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
8:00 AM + Aaron N. Mentkowski, Mary &Joseph by Lyn & John Mentkowski
10:00 AM + Pietro Cristino by Family
11:30 AM+ Jean Lavalle by Donna M. Gonyon
5:00 PM + Patrick McFadden by Bernadette McFadden
Opening of Catholic Schools’ week Mass
Sunday, January 24, 2016, 11:30 AM
This Mass identifies the beginning of Catholic Schools Week. Please join us in celebrating and recognizing our special school.
Save the Date
March 12, 2016
Happy New Year!!!
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.