The Lonely Little Girl
Barefoot and dirty, the girl just sat and watched the people go by. She never tried to speak, she never said a word. Many people passed, but never did one person stop. Just so happens, the next day I decided to go back to the park, curious if the little girl would still be there. Right in the very spot as she was yesterday, she sat perched on high, with the saddest look in her eyes.
Today I was to make my own move and walk over to the little girl. As we all know, a park full of strange people is not a place for young children to play alone. As I began walking towards her, I could see the back of the little girl’s dress indicated a deformity. I figured that was the reason the people just passed by and made no effort to help. As I got closer, the little girl slightly lowered her eyes to avoid my intent stare. I could see the shape of her back more clearly. It was grotesquely shaped in a humped over form.
I smiled to let her know it was OK, I was there to help, to talk. I sat down beside her and opened with a simple Hello. The little girl acted shocked and stammered a “hi” after a long stare into my eyes. I smiled and she shyly smiled back. We talked ’til darkness fell and the park was completely empty. Everyone was gone and we at once were alone. I asked the girl why she was so sad. The little girl looked at me and with a sad face said, “Because I’m different.” I immediately said “that you are!” and smiled. The little girl acted even sadder, she said, “I know.” “Little girl,” I said, “you remind me of an angel, sweet and innocent.” She looked at me and smiled, slowly she stood to her feet, and said, “Really?”
“Yes, dear, you’re like a little guardian angel sent to watch over all those people walking by.”
She nodded her head “yes” and smiled, and with that she spread her wings and said, “I am. I’m your guardian angel,” with a twinkle in her eye. I was speechless. Surely I was seeing things. She said, “For once you thought of someone other than yourself, my job here is done.”
Immediately I stood to my feet and said, “Wait, so why did no one stop to help an angel?” She looked at me and smiled, “You’re the only one who could see me, and you believed it in your heart.” And She was gone.
And with that my life was changed dramatically. So, when you think you’re all you have, remember, your angel is always watching over you.
Children Baptized in the month of November, 2015
Robert Dean Salerno,II
Ellie Jacqueline Bovenzi
Cole Emery Namestnik
Mickey Hudnall Cacho
Welcome to our New Parishioners
Sal & Kristi Fazio
Chiara Simeone & Kyle Graver
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.
WEEKEND OF January 23/24, 2016
Saturday, Jan. 23,2016
5:00 PM Lector: A. McElhone
Servers: Justin Snider / Joshua Freeman/ Martin Irwin
Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016
8:00 AM Lector: R. Russo
Servers: Anthony Santora / Mario Cisneros
10:00 AM Lector: M. Sweeney & M. Zamboni
Servers: Joseph Grazianni
11:30 AM Lector: A. Castillo & G. Medina-C
Servers: Joseph La Cavera / Antonio De Leva/ Myles
Reynolds/ Gabriel Torres & Matthew Landis
5:00 PM Lector: M. Palcisko
Servers: Joshua Rock & Bruce Buehner
This week’s collections: $2,891, Thank you for your generosity and support throughout the year!
LET US PRAY
Please remember the soul of + Ann Thomas , Paul Monhart, Sr. Jennie Herman (Fred Cruz’s grandmother), Jeanette Cornello, and 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, Paul Monhart, 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, 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.
Year of Mercy Confessions
What a beautiful way to experience this “Jubilee Year of Mercy,” by going to the Sacrament of Penance. In an attempt to try and make the Sacrament more available to everyone, a priest will be in the Confessional 15 minutes before and after Mass! Come Celebrate!!
Readings for the Week of January 17th, 2016
SUNDAY: Neh. 8:2-4a,5-6,8-10/ 1 Cor. 12:12-30 / Lk. 1:1-4, 4:14 -21
MONDAY: Acts 22:3-16 / Mk. 16:15-18
TUESDAY: 2 Tm. 1:1-8 / Mk. 3:31-35
WEDNESDAY: 2 Sm. 7:4-17 / Mk. 4:1-20
THURSDAY: 2 Sm. 7:18-19;24-29 / Mk. 4:21-25
FRIDAY: 2 Sm. 11:1-4a,5-10a,13-17 / Mk. 4:26-34
SATURDAY: 2 Sm. 12:1-7a,10-17 / Mk. 4:35-41
NEXT SUNDAY: Jer. 1:4-5,17-19 / 1 Cor. 12:31-13::13 / Lk. 4:21-30
Feast of St. Blaise
The Feast of St. Blaise is Wednesday, February 3rd. On this day it is a tradition of the Church to Bless throats. Throats will be blessed at all Masses on his Feast Day, and also the weekend-end of February 6th and 7th.
Ash Wednesday Social
On Ash Wednesday, February 10th, after the 6:00 PM Mass, everyone is welcome to come downstairs to the Fr. Marino Room for a poor-man dinner!! The meal will consist of bread, soup, and something to drink. During this ”Year of Mercy,” it would be great to meet a new parishioner, and also renew acquaintances with others.
ALL ARE WELCOME!!!
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.
School Open House
On Wednesday, February 3rd, our school will be having an Open House from 5:00 pm to 7:30 pm. Please, bring your family and friends, and spread the word about our great school, demonstrating many of the great things it has to offer.
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.
41. Offer to read to someone who is ill or is just feeling blue.
42. Ask the Holy Spirit to “groan for you” when you cannot bring yourself to pray for someone who has done you injury.
43. Lead with a kind comment with friends as well as strangers.
44. When conversations devolve in the “Dark Joy of Gossip,” help change the subject.
45. Can you play the piano, or any instrument? Can you recite poetry? Give free “concerts” to the forgotten people in nursing homes and assisted living centers.
46. Visit the graves of your ancestors, or visit a local cemetery and walk around praying a rosary for all the souls buried there.
47. Go on Retreat! It’s a way to be merciful to yourself and also to the people around you, who know you need to go on retreat. If you cannot do that, at least try to make a day or evening or recollection.
48. Admit your jealousy, both to yourself and your confessor.
49. Offer to pray with someone, even someone you encounter on the street or public transport who looks like they could use it.
50. Keep holy cards, short prayers, or blessed medals handy and give them out to people you meet as you are inspired as a blessing to others.
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.”
Save The Date!!!
February 10th—-Ash Wednesday
February 25th——Detroit Shoreway Annual Meeting
March 12—-Viva Italia!!!
March 27—-Easter Sunday
April 9th—-Annual Reverse Raffle
This year, Gordon Square will again be offering free income tax preparation on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, also on Saturday mornings at : 6516 Detroit Ave., please check out the website to schedule an appointment.
Also, they are in need of volunteers to help out. If you have some time to help out for a great cause, please see Gina Morris at the Gordon Square Arcade.
Sunday, January 24, 2016 * 3rd Sun. in Ordinary Time
10:00 AM * RCIA—Classes * No class today.
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 25, 2016 *Conversion of St. Paul
10:30 AM * N.A. Meeting in Fr. Marino Hall
5:30 PM * Evening Prayer, Recitation of the Rosary & Litany
6:00 PM * Miraculous Medal Novena to follow Mass .
7:15 PM * Italian Classes resume in Fr. Marino Hall
Tuesday, January 26, 2016 * STS. Timothy & Titus
5:15 PM *Evening Prayer, Recitation of Rosary and Litany
8:00 PM * AA Meeting in Cafeteria
Wednesday, January 27, 2016 * 3rd Wk. in O. Time
10 AM to 4 PM *Board of Elections * Fr. Marino Hall
5: 15PM * Evening Prayer , Recitation of Rosary and Litany
6:00 PM * Mass, Novena to Our Lady of Mercy
Thursday, January 28, 2016 * St. Thomas Aquinas
3:00 PM * Exposition of Blessed Sacrament
5:00 PM *Evening Prayer, Rosary, Litany and Benediction
8:00 PM AA Meeting in Cafeteria
Friday, January 29, 2016 * 3rd Wk. in Ordinary Time
8:15 AM * School Mass—Church
Saturday, January 30,2016* Our Lady on Saturday
3:30 to 4:30 PM * Confessions—Church
Sunday, January 31, 2016 * 4th 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!!
Catholic Schools Week, Agenda
Today, Sunday, Jan. 24th, 11:30 am, opening Mass
Monday, Favorite Saint dress up day!!!
See your teacher for details!!!
School Retreat, K-4 1:00pm, 5-8 2:00pm
Tuesday, All School Spelling Bee in the school Gym, 9:00am, all are welcome!!
Wednesday, Mercedarian Day, 2:00, All School EYM
Parents are welcome to attend!
Scholastic Book Fair Begins!!!
Thursday, Teacher Appreciation day & Luncheon
Scholastic Book Fair Continues!
Friday, 1:00 pm, Early Dismissal
Blue Jeans and OLMC Shirt Day!!!
Staff/Parents vs. Students Volleyball Game, 10:30 am
Family Winter Picnic, 12:00 Noon
Pack your own Lunch, School Gym
“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.
Mass Intentions for the Week
SATURDAY, January 23, 2016 * Our Lady on Saturday
6:30 AM + Grace Reig by Evelyn & Frank Vitello
5:00 PM + Antonio Lavalle by Raymond & Fran Lavalle
SUNDAY, January 24, 2016 * Third Sunday in Ordinary Time
8:00 AM + Alberto & Giuseppa Costanzo by Tony & Rose Ruggiero
10:00 AM + Fortunato Figliano (1st Ann.) by Luigi & Carmela Mastrioanni
11:30 AM + Millie Matteuci by Family
5:00 PM + Jean Lavalle by Rose Leanza
MONDAY, January 25, 2016 * Conversion of St. Paul, Feast
6:30 AM * Devotees of the Infant Jesus by Mazzarella Family
6:00 PM + Francesca Ruggiero by Tony & Rose Ruggiero
TUESDAY, January 26,2016 * STS. Timothy & Titus, Bishops
6:30 AM + Anna Mazzarella by Mary Gorman
6:00 PM + Concetta Cipro by Family
WEDNESDAY, January 27 2016 * 3rd Wk.. in Ordinary Time
6:30 AM + Vincent McDonnell by Family
6:00 PM * (L) Monica Boryczewski (Birthday) by Pierre & Mary Boryczewski
THURSDAY, January 28, 2016 * St. Thomas Aquinas, Priest
6:30 AM + Frank, Rich, and Jerome Unger by Edna Unger
6:00 PM + Mary (Bunny) Haselow by Angela Raffa
FRIDAY, January 29, 2016 * 3rd Wk. in Ordinary Time
6:30 AM + Mary Ann Zubler by Colletta Zubler
8:15 AM + Felix & Veronica Galup by Family
6:00 PM + Spec. Int. for Carolyn Ganter by Ganter Family
Saturday, January 30, 2016 * Our Lady on Saturday
6:30 AM * Devotees of ST. John Bosco by Tony & Rose Ruggiero
5:00 PM + Joseph Coreno by Family
Sunday, January 31, 2016 * 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time
8:00 AM + Edith & Thomas Johnson by Johnson Family
10:00 AM + Gino di Pietro by Silvestro & Elena Di Pietro
11:30 AM + Cathy De Young by Angela & Jennie
5:00 PM *(L) William S. Hennessey y wife Louise
We ask everyone to “PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CELL PHONE AND PAGING DEVICES OFF,” while in Church, as a courtesy to everyone in The House of Our Lord.
Quote of the Week
“We need constantly to contemplate the Mystery of Mercy.
It is a wellspring of Joy, Serenity, and Peace.”
Mr/Mrs Bernard Blaske 20
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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.