A letter written to a man on death row by the Father of the man whom the man on death row had killed:
You are probably surprised that I, of all people, am writing a letter to you, but I ask you to read it in its entirety and consider its request seriously. As the Father of the man whom you took part in murdering, I have something very important to say to you.I forgive you. With all my heart, I forgive you. I realize it may be hard for you to believe, but I really do. At your trial, when you
I forgive you. With all my heart, I forgive you. I realize it may be hard for you to believe, but I really do. At your trial, when you confessed to your part in the events that cost my Son his life and asked for my forgiveness, I immediately granted you that forgiving love from my heart. I can only hope you believe me and will accept my forgiveness.But this is not all I have to say to you. I want to make you an offer — I want you to become my adopted child. You see, my Son who died was my only child, and I now want to share my life with you and leave my riches to you. This may not make sense to you or
But this is not all I have to say to you. I want to make you an offer — I want you to become my adopted child. You see, my Son who died was my only child, and I now want to share my life with you and leave my riches to you. This may not make sense to you or anyone else, but I believe you are worth the offer. I have arranged matters so that if you will receive my offer of forgiveness, not only will you be pardoned for your crime, but you also will be set free from your imprisonment, and your sentence of death will be dismissed. At that point, you will become my adopted child and heir to all my riches.
I realize this is a risky offer for me to make to you — you might be tempted to reject my offer completely — but I make it to you without reservation. Also, I realize it may seem foolish to make such an offer to one who cost my Son his life, but I now have a great love and an unchangeable forgiveness in my heart for you.Finally, you may be concerned that once you accept my
Finally, you may be concerned that once you accept my offer you may do something to cause you to be denied your rights as an heir to my wealth. Nothing could be further from the truth. If I can forgive you for your part in my Son’s death, I can forgive you for anything. I know you never will be perfect, but you do not have to be perfect to receive my offer. Besides, I believe that once you have accepted my offer and begin to experience the riches that will come to you from me, that your primary (though not always) response will be gratitude and loyalty.Some would call me foolish for my offer to you, but I wish for you to call me your Father.
Some would call me foolish for my offer to you, but I wish for you to call me your Father.
Sincerely, The Father of Jesus
Please remember, in your Easter generosity, your Church. Please try and be generous, helping the church to keep our important work in ministry and evangelization of God’s Word and Love.
Holy Week Schedule
Saturday, March 19, Vigil, 5:00 PM
8:00 AM, 10:00 AM (Italian), 11:30 AM, & 5:00 PM
Holy Tuesday and Holy Wednesday
March 22nd & 23rd
Confessions, 4 to 5 PM & 6:30 to 7:00 PM
Last Supper Mass, 7:00 PM followed by Holy Hour,
the church will be open until Midnight!
Confessions, 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM
Stations of the Cross, 2:15 PM
Liturgical Service and Communion, 3:00
March 26th, Easter Vigil, 8:00 PM
8:00 AM, 10:00 AM (Italian), and 11:30 AM
(No 5:00 PM Mass)
Divine Mercy Sunday
Celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday on April 3rd, 2016. We will have confessions, Holy Rosary, Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Divine Mercy Liturgy, and Benediction. We will begin at 3:00 PM. Remember Our Lord’s Promise to Sister Faustina on this special Sunday of Mercy:
“The Soul that will go to confession and receive
Holy Communion shall obtain complete forgiveness of
sins and punishment. Let on soul fear to draw near me,
even though it’s sins be as scarlet.”
Annual Reverse Raffle
On Saturday, April 2nd, our annual Parish Reverse Raffle dinner will take place in the St. John XXIII Hall. Tickets are $35.00, giving you the opportunity to share the evening with fellow parishioners and friends, enjoying a delicious dinner. Doors open at 6:00 PM, dinner to be served at 7:00 PM. For more information or to purchase tickets, please call the Rectory at 216.651.5043
Easter Lily Plants
We are now accepting requests for lily plants to decorate Our Lord’s altar for Easter. If you would like to purchase a plant in memory of your deceased loved ones, please fill out the form in the bulletin or the envelope that will be mailed to you in the general mailings.
We are looking for a few more people that would willing to join our church choir. They practice on Thursdays at 7:00 PM, in the Church, they sing at the Sunday, 11:30 AM Mass! Please consider joining us in musical celebration. Please use the side entrance, near the Rectory, in the garden. To enter the Church.
Sgt. James Quisenberry
We congratulate one of our parishioners’ who received the 2015 JVCOCC, Veteran of the Year Award. For your selfless dedication and service, we congratulate your receiving this deserved honor, congratulations Jim!!!
WEEKEND OF Mar. 19/20, 2016
Saturday, Mar. 19, 2016
5:00 PM Lector: D. Gonyon & R. Morelli
Servers: Robert Rock/ Jacob Freeman & D. Bambino
Sunday, Mar. 20, 2016
8:00 AM Lector: R. Russo
Servers: Dylan Bastian & Logan Bastian
10:00 AM Lector: M. Sweeney & M. Montemerano
Servers: Joseph Grazianni
11:30 AM Lector: S. Snow & C. Roshetsky
Servers: Julio Paez/ Louis Vega/Mario De Leva /
Miguel Jacobo/ Joseph Ford
5:00 PM Lector: B. McFadden & M. Palcisko
Servers: Adrian Lozada / Alexander Lozada and Cole Alletto
This week’s collections: $3,090, Thank you for your generosity and support throughout the year!
LET US PRAY
Please remember the souls of all the deceased Veterans and 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 Ciri-anni, Mike Comodeca, Maria Costanzo, Fannie Cos-tanzo, Francis Costanzo, Charlie Curly, Judith Cullen, Catherine DeLeva, Anthony DePolo, , Mark Di Dona-to, Benny Donofrio, Giuseppa Di Stefano, John Drabek, 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, Teri Schmultz, Mary Shofariu, Anton Smuk, Angeline Stacer, Ellen Sweeney, Bertha Vega, Diane Viccarone, Kassidee Viccarone, Nicole Viccarone, Tony Viccaro, Shannon Weiskittel, & Michael Weiskittel.
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.
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.
We ask everyone to “Please turn off your cell phones and paging devices,” while in Church, as a courtesy to everyone in the House of our Lord.
Readings for the Week of March 13, 2016
SUNDAY: Is.50:4-7/ Phil. 2:6-11 /Lk. 22:14-23:56
MONDAY: Is. 42:1-7 / Jn. 12:1-11
TUESDAY: Is. 49: 1-6 / Jn. 13: 21-33,36-38
WEDNESDAY: Is. 50: 4-9a / Mt. 26:14-25
THURSDAY: Ex.12:1-8,11-14/1 Cor.11:23-26/Jn. 13:1-15
FRIDAY: Is. 52:13-53:12/ Heb. 4:14-16,5:7-9 / St. Jn. 18:1-19:42
SATURDAY: Gn. 1:1-2:2. / Gn. 22:1-18/ Ex. 14:15-15:1/ Is. 54:5-14/ Is. 55: 1-11/Bar. 3:9-15,32-4:4/ Ez. 36”16-17a,18-28/Rom. 6:3-11/ Lk. 24:1-12
NEXT SUNDAY: Acts: 10:34a,37-43/ Col. 3:1-4 / St. John 20:1-9
“ He Is Risen, Alleluia !”
Second District Pancake Breakfast
Sunday, March 20th, from 10 AM to 2 PM, the second district police department will be having a pancake breakfast fundraiser at St. Rocco’s, 3205 Fulton Rd. Admission is $5.00.
School registration is now in progress at OLMC School for next year. We are registering all grades from PreK-3 through 8th grade. Please, call the school for an appointment. Spread the word to all your friends and family. Your child deserves it!!!
“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”.
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 ap-pointment. 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.
O.L.M.C. 90th Anniversary
Wednesday, April 20, 1926 was the beginning of our parish of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. Fr. Vincent began to come from St. Rocco’s on Fulton Rd. to say Mass at the store-front on 69th Street. These were humbling beginnings, of which today we reap many blessings.
Annual Villa Mercede Meeting
Our annual Villa Mercede board meeting will be held on Thursday, April 21, 2016, at 6:30 PM, in the Villa dining room, located at 1331 W. 70st. The meeting is open to everyone.
Lenten Study on “The Year of Mercy”
On Tuesdays, of Lent, in the Mercy Room at 7:00 PM, we will be exploring the “Doors of Mercy, God’s covenant with You!” this is a CD program, including the study from God’s merciful promises to Adam to the fulfillment of God’s promises in Christ. We will also attempt to explain “the Power of His Divine Mercy.” Please join us into this wonderful journey of discovery.
“2016, OLMC School Gala”
On Saturday, April 16, 2016, we will be having a school gala event at the Near West Theater. This is sponsored by our, Our Lady of Mount Carmel School Foundation. Tickets are $200 per person, there are also corporate sponsorships available as well. Please con-tact Fr. Richard for further details.
Wow, what a great semester!!!
Catholic Charities 2016 Appeal
The Catholic Charities Annual appeal has begun! There are envelopes at the end of each pew to be used for your donations. For over 100 years, Catholic Charities has been helping people in our community. Catholic Charities follows Christ’s teachings by serving more than 30,000 people each year! Please, give generously to this annual appeal.
Sunday, March 20,2016 * Palm Sunday
10:AM * RCIA class today
10 AM * PSR / CCD Classes in School Library
3:00 PM * Exposition, Divine Mercy Chaplet & Benediction
4:00 PM *Doors open at Pope St. John XXIII Hall
6:00 PM * Bingo games start
Monday, March 21, 2016 * Monday of Holy Week
10:30 AM * N.A. Meeting in Fr. Marino Hall
5:30 PM * Evening Prayer/ Recitation of the Rosary And Litany
6:00 PM * Miraculous Medal Novena to follow Mass
6:30 PM * Italian Stations of the Cross
7:15 PM * ISDA Meeting in Mercy Room
7:15 PM * P. N. No Italian class today * Easter Break
Tuesday, March 22, 2016 * Tuesday of Holy Week
5:15 PM * Evening Prayer/ Recitation of the Rosary And Litany
7:00 PM * Order of Mercy DVD, Mercy Room
8:00 PM * AA Meeting in Cafeteria
Wednesday, March 23, 2016 * Holy Wednesday
5: 15PM* Evening Prayer/ Recitation of the Rosary And Litany
Thursday, March 24, 2016 * Holy Thursday
P.N. * No Morning Mass Today
7:00 PM* Mass, Procession with Blessed Sacrament to
Repository, followed by Holy Hour, church
Will be open till Midnight
8:00 PM AA Meeting in Cafeteria
Friday, March 25, 2016 * Good Friday
P.N. Fast Day and Abstience
1:30 to 2:30 PM * Confessions
2:15 PM * Stations of the Cross in English
3:00 PM *Liturgical Service and Communion
Saturday, March 26, 2016* Holy Saturday
P.N. * No Mass this Morning !
12:30 PM * Blessing of Easter Baskets in Church
3:30 to 4:30 PM * Confessions—Church
P.N. * No 5 PM Mass this afternoon !
Saturday Evening: Easter Vigil :
8:00 PM * Blessing of Fire, Liturgy of the Word,
Blessing of Easter Water, Renewal of Baptismal
Promises, and Liturgy of the Eucharist
Sunday, March 27,2016 *Easter Sunday, Alleluia !
4:00 PM *Doors open at Pope St. John XXIII Hall
6:00 PM * Bingo games start
In Loving Memory of Lucy Billett 1000
In Honor of St. Joseph 500
Still Need $7,716
Mass Intentions for the Week
Saturday, March 19, 2016 * Solemnity of St. Joseph
6:30 AM * Devotees of St. Joseph by Tony & Rose Ruggiero
5:00 PM + Antonietta Bovenzi (Ann of Death) by Family
Sunday, March 20, 2016 * Palm Sunday/Passion of the Lord
8:00 AM + Gerald Czajkowski by Johanna & Jim Czajkowski
10:00 AM + Giuseppe & Giuseppina Guanera by Antonio & Concettina Fazio
11:30 AM *Devotees of the Infant Jesus by Mazzarella Family
5:00 PM + Jean Lavalle by Raymond & Fran Lavalle
MONDAY, March 21, 2016 * Monday of Holy Week
6:30 AM + Regina T. Jarocinski (46th Ann. Of Death) by Sons
6:00 PM + Rosa & Onofrio Cirianni by Family
TUESDAY, March 22, 2016* Tuesday of Holy Week
6:30 AM +Dawn Bork by Frank & Evelyn Vitello
6:00 PM (L) Kathleen Czuba by Pattti O ’Herron & Family
WEDNESDAY, March 23, 2016 * Wednesday of Holy Week
6:30 AM + Angela & Thomas Lazarz by Mary Martonick
6:00 PM + Raymond Jontony by Family
THURSDAY, March 24, 2016 * Holy Thursday
P.N. No Morning Mass
7:00 PM + Assunta & Pasquale Lavalle by Phyllis Lavalle + Fortunato, Anna & Tony Figliano byTeresa
FRIDAY, March 25, 2016 * Good Friday
P.N. Fast & Abstinence / No MASS TODAY
1:30 to 2:30 PM * Confessions
2:15 PM Stations of the Cross
3:00 PM Liturgical Service and Communion
Saturday, March 26, 2016 * Holy Saturday
P.N. No Morning Mass
12:30 PM * Blessing of Easter Baskets
3:30 to 4:30 PM * Confessions
EASTER VIGIL : He is Risen, Alleluia!
8:00 PM + Deceased Members of Rasch and Vitello Families By Family + Deceased Members of Manzi, Gallo and Cifelli
Families by Family
Sunday, March 27, 2016 * Easter Sunday, Alleluia!
8:00 AM +Concetta Cipro by Family
10:00 AM + Mary Duffy by Neal Di Sabella
11:30 AM + Felix Ciocca by Dorothy & Beverly Ciocca
P.N. NO 5 PM Mass Today!
Save The Date!!!
March 20-27——-—Holy Week
March 27—–——–Easter Sunday
April 2nd—–-Annual Reverse Raffle
April 3rd——-—Divine Mercy Sunday
April 16th—OLMC School Foundation Gala
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.