OUR LADY OF MOUNT CARMEL PARISH

47 SOUTH MARKET STREET

MOUNT CARMEL, PENNSYLVANIA  17851

  

 

 

 WEB SITE: https://revfrankkarwacki.net (The weekly Bulletin can be viewed on this site)

FACEBOOK:  Our Lady's

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Choir Practices

Adult Choir Practice

Every Wed. 6:30PM

Youth Choir Practice

Every Sunday

10:00 am

Sherry Moroz…..Organist/Choir Director 570-274-0011

email:sherrymoroz@gmail.com

      

  PASTORIAL STAFF                                                                                  Very Rev. Francis J. Karwacki, V.F. M.Ed., M.Div………………..Pastor

Dean Northumberland Deanery,

Bishop's Liaison (Moderator) for               Charismatic Renewal

 

SUPPORT STAFF

Joe Fesniak……Office Manager JFesniak@hbgdiocese.org

Katrina Gownley-…………….CRE

Phone# 570-205-9575 kjgownley@gmail.com

Kathy Lapotsky...........Part-time Administrative Assistant

KLapotsky@hbgdiocese.org

Tom Horan.......Facilities Manager

Eileen Hirsch…….Housekeeper & Cook                                                                                                     OTHER Disabilities Advocate Paul Koutch 875-2650

 

 

OFFICE HOURS:  MONDAY THRU FRIDAY 8:00 A.M. TO 4:00 P.M.

Phone#- 570-339-1031

First Sunday of Advent  November 27th, 2022 

 
 
 

MASS INTENTIONS

 

Sunday 8:30AM- People of the Parish  

 

11:00AM- Patricia Shustack From Rose Marie Miller           

 

Monday 8:00 AM- John J Lokitis From The Lokitis Family   

 

Tuesday 8:00AM- John Strocko From Members of the St Vincent de Paul Conference    

 

Wednesday 8:00AM-  Calvin Adams From Mr & Mrs Joseph Miller   

 

Thursday 8:00AM – Charles & Helen Matsko From Daughter      

 

Friday 8:00AM- Emily Homanick From Anthony & Dianne Candelora     

 

Saturday 8:00AM- John Strocko Form Mike & Patti Higgins      

 

Saturday 4PM – Ron Startzel From Wife Liz & Family       

 

Next Sunday 8:30AM- People of the Parish  

 

11:00 AM- Skorski & Robbins Family From Jackie       

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THIS WEEK’S ACTIVITIES

 

Thursday December 1st There will be an Advent Soup and Sandwich Service in conjunction with the Mt. Carmel Area Ministerium, to be held at 6:00 PM at the First United Methodist Church 46 N Hickory St. 

 

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The Vocation cross will be at the home of Marie McFadden

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The Food Pantry is December 6th From 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM

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The Next St. Vincent de Paul’s Society Meeting will be held December 6th at 6:30 PM in the Parish Hall.

Altar Rosary Society Dues are currently being collected.  Envelopes are on the tables in the back of the Church. 

 

 

The 2023 Parish Feasts & Saints Calendars are availabe at all church enterances.  Many Thanks to Joe Stutz for donating these to our Parish once Again!!

 

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LOCAL Events

 

 

The Catholic Daughters of the Americas will be selling Bayberry Candles following each Mass at $10.00/set.  For additional information please contact Mary J. Snyder at (570) 490-8393

 

WING NIGHT----at the Knights! K of C, The Christopher Club, Mt. Carmel, PA FRIDAY, December 2, 2022.  Eat in or take out, open to the public.  $10.00 per dozen; various sauces.  Doors open at 6:00PM.

 

St Patrick Church Trevorton, Christmas Wreath Sale & Pancake Breakfast with Santa.   Sunday Dec 4th after 9:00 AM Mass.  Wreaths: Mixed evergreen w/red bow $27.00;  Noble fir w/red bow $25.00;  Wooden Cross w/mixed evergreen & pine cones $20.00;  Wooden log box filled w/variety of evergreens, pine cones and bow accent $25.00.   ORDERS FOR WREATHS and/or BREAKFAST DUE by MONDAY NOV 28thTo Order call the Parish Office @ 570-797-8251.

 

Knights of Columbus - The Christopher Club, Mt. Carmel, PA will welcome the Christmas season with the annual Blessing of the Manger. This is a community event open to all area residents. Area priests and ministers of various faiths participate in the program.  The club is beautifully decorated for the season. Traditional complimentary food, desserts and cookies are provided. It is an enjoyable evening of music and singing with family, friends and neighbors. A visit by St. Nick or Santa Clause is anticipated.  Saturday, December 10, 2022 at 7:30PM    Merry Christmas!

 

Contributions

Masses 11/19/22 & 11/20/22

 

  • Adult Weekly………..$2,890.00
  • Loose Cash…………….$212.00
  • Loose Checks………….$192.00
  • Monthly………………..$190.00
  • Steeple……………....…$217.00
  • Matthew 25………........$574.00

 

Contributions via Mail and Lockbox 11/14/22 – 11/20/22

 

  • Adult Weekly…….…$1,058.00
  • Monthly……….…........$200.00
  • Steeple……………..……$66.00
  • Advent…………………..$20.00
  • Peter’s Pence……..…...…$7.00
  • Matthew 25……........…..$67.00

 

 

Misc. Dep. For Week Ending 11/20/22

  • Donations………......…...$55.00
  • Memorials………...….....$50.00
  • Internment ……........…$600.00

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Our Lady’s Conference of the St Vincent de Paul Society is asking for help from our parishioners to provide names of individuals or families that may need assistance during the Holiday Season.  There are forms located on the tables in the back of the church to facilitate this task.  Thank You!!

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On December 11, 2023 there will be a Diocesan Collection for Retired Religious.  Please be generous to help those who gave their lives to serve us in Religious Vocations.

 

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Sanctuary Candles

 

FOR Health Intention Fr. Mark Fesniak

FROM Joe Fesniak

 

 

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Memorials

 

FOR Mrs. Mary Ruths (Birthday Dec 4th)

FROM Miss Mary Ruths

 

FOR Paul & Martha Bartko (Thanksgiving Memorial)

FROM Paul & Judy Bartko

 

FOR Joe & Regina Breck (Thanksgiving Memorial)

FROM Paul & Judy Bartko

 

 

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Bulletin Announcement

The Geisinger Shamokin Area Community Hospital provides medical services to many of our parishioners and family members. If a patient at Geisinger-Shamokin Hospital is in need of an anointing or is in danger of death, a family member is encouraged to talk with a hospital staff member, the hospital chaplain, and/or our parish office staff member so a priest can visit the patient and minister to their needs. 

There has been an established process at this specific hospital and the priests of the Franciscan community at Mother Cabrini, Our Lady of Hope, and St. Patrick’s parishes will respond to the patient and/or family member’s request once they are contacted by the hospital or the parish staff member.

It is also important to note since March 2022, there is a Catholic hospital visitation ministry that has been implemented at Geisinger Shamokin campus. One of our deacons and two Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion pray and distribute Holy Communion to Catholic patients and/or visiting family members.  They visit the patients four days during the week to meet the patient’s spiritual needs.

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MASS SCHEDULE

Saturday Evening - 4:00 P.M.

Sunday Morning - 8:30 & 11:00 A.M.

 

WEEKDAY MASS SCHEDULE

Monday thru Saturday - 8:00 A.M.

 

HOLY DAY MASS SCHEDULE

Vigil - 6:30 P.M.

Holy Day Masses - 8:00 A.M. & 7:00 P.M.

 

SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM Infant Baptism is celebrated the first and last Sunday of each month.  Parents are required to participate in a preparation process for Baptism.  Church law dictates specific guidelines. Please call the parish office for specific information and to arrange an appointment to begin the process. 

 

BINGING THE BREAD AND THE WINE TO THE ALTAR

If you have a scheduled Mass for a loved one and you wish to bring up the bread, wine and collection, YOU MUST SPEAK TO THE USHERS BEFORE MASS.

 

 

SACARMENT OF MATRIMONY

In order to facilitate marriage preparation, Diocesan policy requires that preparation begins 9 to 12 months prior to the date of the intended wedding. Please be sure to check with Church prior to making all other wedding plans. Upon initial contact with the parish you will be assigned a mentor couple who will work with you in preparation for marriage.

 

SACRAMENT OF THE SICK

Please call the parish office anytime to request the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick.  Father Karwacki and our Eucharistic Minister's take Holy

Communion each month on First Friday.  Please call if you or a family member desires to be added to the monthly Communion list.

 

 

 

 

SACRAMENT OF

RECONCILIATION

Monday thru Saturday 7:30 AM to 8:00AM

Saturday 3:00-3:50PM.

 

NEWCOMERS

Welcome! Register at the Parish Office. 8 to 4PM Mon-Friday.

 

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Adoration at the St. Pauline Shrine

Friday and Saturday 10AM-4PM.

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The Parish Bulletin can be viewed by going to the parish’s web site:

http://revfrankkarwacki.net

 

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Practicing Catholic men, over 18 years old, are invited to join the Knights of Columbus organization.

 

The Christopher Club, the social segment of the K of C, welcomes all men and women, age 21 and over, to join this organization. Membership applications are available at the club. You do NOT need to be a Catholic to join The Christopher Club. It is a pleasant environment where you will meet many of your friends and neighbors.

 

 

Lord Jesus Christ, our Divine Physician, we ask You to guard and protect us from Coronavirus COVID-19 and all serious illness.  For all that have died from it, have mercy; for those that are ill now, bring healing.  For those searching for a remedy, enlighten them; for medical caregivers helping the sick, strengthen and shield them.  For those working to contain the spread, grant them success; for those afraid, grant peace.  May Your Precious Blood be our defense and Salvation.  By Your grace, may You turn the evil of disease into moments of consolation and hope.  May we always fear the contagion of sin more than any illness.  We abandon ourselves to Your Infinite Mercy.  AMEN

 

 

 

 

My Loving Jesus, I choose You, this Advent as my King and my God.  I abandon myself to You and seek to put all my trust in your tender care.  Draw me close to You and free me from sin so that I may love You with a pure and holy heart. 

 

 

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GOOD NEWS: CDC LIFTS ALL COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS
(WE WELCOME ALL HOME WITH OPEN ARMS AND UNDERSTAND THE THE FEARS YOU HAD! Fr Frank)
Bishop Gainer’s started calling ALL back to Sunday Mass who can come starting Aug. 15, 2021 Bishop Gainer stated “The obligation of attending Mass in person on Sundays and Holy Days began Sunday, August 15, 2021, “Now, with the impact of the pandemic considerably reduced, it is possible for the faithful to assemble again..”
“The obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days arises from our Baptism which compels us to unite ourselves with Christ at the altar in His saving Sacrifice of the Cross (Code of Canon Law, canon 1247). “Participation in the communal celebration of the Sunday Eucharist is a testimony of belonging and of being faithful to Christ and to his Church (Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 2182).” The obligation expresses the Christian way to observe the Third Commandment, to keep holy the Lord’s Day (Deuteronomy 5:12; Exodus 31:15; Catechism of the Catholic Church, nos. 2180-2181).As is always the case, this obligation does not apply to those who are seriously ill, who have a serious health risk, such as those receiving therapies that suppress immunity, as well as those who have serious anxiety because of large groups. Likewise, the obligation does not apply to those who care for loved ones who cannot attend Mass in person (Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 2181).”

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BISHOP GAINER LIFTS DISPENSATION. ON AUG. 15, 2021 Obligation to Attend Mass is restored and ALL CATHOLICS WHO CAN ARE CALLED BACK TO ATTEND MASS. Fr. Frank

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     OUR LADY OF MOUNT CARMEL CHURCH PUBLISHED A NEW DESSERT COOKBOOK

    Members and friends of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, Mt. Carmel are sharing with the public their most treasured and scrumptious dessert recipes. A team involving Kate Grybos, Marlene Fisher, Stepanie Kovaleski and Mary Snyder created this beautiful book. variety of over 137 recipes including cakes, breads, rolls, pies, custards, puddings, fruit salads  fudges, fruit pizza , yogurts, cupcakes  brownies, cobblers, dessert bars, winks, snaps, crescents,  tassies, Crackers, frostings, mousses, kringles, and even dog treats. The cost is $15.00 per book which will be sold after Masses in the church by Mary Snyder or picked up at the Parish office at 47 S. Market St.  Mt. Carmel during office hours Mon. through Fri. 8:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. You can call in an order at Parish office during office hours 570-339-1031 and have it mailed to you for $18.50 which includes postage

 

     OUR ANNUAL MISSION APPEAL 2021

   

                    ARCHDIOCESE OF IMPHAL- VIDEO LINK

 

                        https://youtu.be/hA3Wo7m3n5o

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 OUR SACRED HEART OF JESUS  ALTAR  &  The  BVM   & ST. JOSEPH ALTAR

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The Faith Alive! This new video series from the Diocese of Harrisburg explores and explains the basics of the Catholic Faith through short videos. Throughout this year, we’ll be joined by special guests, including Bishop Gainer, to explore topics related to what we believe as Catholics, various Church teachings, and ways to grow in the Faith. Look for a new video every Wednesday at 7 p.m. on the Diocesan YouTube channel, www.YouTube.com/hbgdiocese. Facebook Q&A with Bishop Gainer (announcement can be used with FB_Q&A_Bishop_Gainer.jpg image) Tune in to the Diocese of Harrisburg’s Facebook page at 7 p.m. the first Monday of every month, beginning March 1, for Facebook Q&A with Bishop Gainer. Every month, we’ll sit down with the Bishop to answer your questions. Have a question? Please email it to communications@hbgdiocese.org >>

On Feb. 8th. I received my 2nd. Covid-19 vaccination at the Mt. Carmel Sr. Living Center. I am grateful to God and the Administrator for including me because I am among the on-call clergy for the Center and when Masses can resume there I am looking forward to celebrating Mass there for all the wonderful residents. Fr Frank Karwacki Pandemic Covid-19 Holy Spirit Prayer Come Holy Spirit in great power to free us from the scourge of the Covid-19 Virus which is plaguing so many on the face of the earth. O’ Holy Spirit you manifested yourself as a mighty wind and flames of fire on the day of Pentecost. Come again with a mighty healing wind to cast out the Covid-19 Virus from the air we breathe and send forth your healing fire to alter the gene or genes within the Covid-19 virus to render it harmless. Come Holy Spirit to renew us with your gifts of peace and strength. Yes, come Holy Spirit and renew the face of the earth with your gift of healing. Amen. Composed by Fr. Frank Karwacki

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 MISSION STATEMENT OF OUR LADY OF        MOUNT CARMEL PARISH

We, the people of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish of the Diocese of Harrisburg are called through our Baptism and Confirmation to celebrate the presence of Christ in Word and Sacrament and sent by Christ to proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ. In the spirit of faith, service, and community, we strive to bring people closer together and closer to God. This we accomplish by our surrendering to the Lordship of Jesus Christ and in the power of His Holy Spirit. We invite everyone to serve the needs of our parishioners and the broader community. We strive to be faithful stewards accountable to God by our prayer and worship, praying for healing and sharing our time, talents, treasure and by reaching out to the poor and needy.

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<<OUR LADY OF MOUNT CARMEL, Mt. CARMEL CCD: PARENTS PLEASE GET YOUR CHILD'S REGISTRATION IN ASAP. DROP IT THE LOCK BOX AT THE FRONT DOOR OF THE RECTORY OR SEND BY MAIL. You can pick up the forms at the front door of the rectory at any time . CCD STARTS SEPT 20 & 21. YOU MUST SIGN THE WAIVER FORM. (IN CLASS WILL USES ALL COVID-19 PRECAUTIONS: Temps will be taken, social, distancing, masks , hand sanitizer etc.) THOSE GOING ON LINE MUST FILL OUT A REGISTRATION FORM. SEE CALENDARS, ONLINE INSTRUCTION SHEETS ETC. YOU MUST LET US KNOW IF YOU CHILD IS GOIUNG ON LINE. Fr. Frank Karwacki & Mrs. Katrina Gownley CRE ATTENTION PARENTS :PLEASE LET US KNOW IF YOUR CCD CHILD HAS ACCESS FOR ONLINE SCHOOLING computer or Ipad & IF NECESSARY. YES___________ NO__________________ Name of Child________________ Address______________________

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COME TO OUR PARISH AND EXPERIENCE OUR AMAZING CHOIR UNDER THE DIRECTION OF OUR CHOIR DIRECTOR AND ORGANIST SHERRY MOROZ AS WELL AS MANY OF THE LIFT YOUR SPIRITS GROUP WHO ARE MEMBERS OF OUR CHOIR.  FR FRANK KARWACKI PASTOR

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April 11& 12, 2015 Fr. Frank Karwacki & Deacon McCarthy help distribute orange ribbons to remind people to pray for those persecuted by ISIS and other terrorist groups!

WE ARE A WELCOMING COMMUNITY OF FAITH.

Fr. Frank blessing a skunk at a Pet blessing. Fr. Frank wil be blessing  Pets on Sun. Oct. 2, 2016  

FR. FRank blessing pets 10-4-18

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PRAY FOR RELATIVES AND FRIENDS WHO DO NOT ATTEND MASS FOR THEIR SUNDAY OBLIGATION NOR FOR HOLY DAYS OF OBLIGATION EVEN THOUGH THEY ARE CAPABLE OF DOING SO:

Lord Jesus, I realize that of all the duties you have entrusted to me, that my duty to pray for the salvation of the souls of my loved ones, family members and friends, is in Your eyes a very high priority. You call us to pray for one another’s salvation and so I pray for the souls of ____________________

_____________________________who are not coming to church on a regular basis even though they are able to do so. Lord Jesus touch and protect them with the power of your love and grace. Send Your Holy Spirit upon them and help them to hear You

calling them closer to You. Dear Lord help me with Your grace to draw closer to You and to share the gift of my faith with them according to Your holy will. Amen     Composed by Fr. Frank Karwacki

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AS YOU SAID      by Sr. Margaret Kob OCD

Ask, you said. Ask, and you shall receive.            Ask the Father in my name, you said. Thus far you have asked for nothing in my name.  Ask the Father to send laborers,  you said, for the fields are white for the harvest .                            If I have the the Bread of Heaven to offer you and you do not ask for it, it must be that you are not hungry. If I have Living Water to offer you and you are not clamoring for it,  it must be that you are not thirsty.                            If the sirens blast and the children are falling, falling, and you are not pounding on my door for their rescue, it must be that you have no heart.  If my shepherds grow cold and my sheep rush in their droves  to the Horror, and you are not screaming before my tent for their saving, it must be that you have no Fire.  O my people, ask --- ask in my name! Ask, and you shall receive!                                                  Mt 9:38 Jn 14:13; 15:1, 16; 16:24

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Sr. Margaret Kob OCD, a Carmelite Nun who is retired and living in Danville with the other retired Nuns from the Monastery in Elysburg is 92 and going blind  and has kept a handwritten prayer journal entitled “Sparkles on the Gihon”  and it is  filled with poetry, prose, and reflections on Sacred Scripture from the Old & New Testaments.. Use this link to access the webpage:    https://sparklesonthegihon.wordpress.com

 

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  Jesus under the weight of His Cross. We unite our sorrow of not being able to gather   for public Masses, ceremonies & devotions with the suffering of Jesus during this Lent.

We pray the Lord will banish the Covid-19 Virus & we look forward to returning to worship in our church again. Fr. Frank

Exiled from Places of Worship by a Virus

 By Fr. Frank Karwacki, Pastor of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, Mount Carmel

 In the Book of Daniel we find Azariah walking in the midst of the fire in the furnace unharmed and praying this lament, “We have in our day…no holocaust, sacrifice, oblation or incense, no place to offer first fruits, to find favor with You. But with contrite hearts and humble spirit let us be received; as though it were holocausts of rams and bullocks or thousands of fat lambs.”(NAB translation) It is believed by many Bibles scholars that the Book of Daniel was written during the persecution of Jews by King Antiochus IV in the second century B.C.to encourage the Jews, with stories of Jews exiled to Babylon in the 6th century B.C., who had experienced the destruction of their place of worship, the temple in Jerusalem. And so, Azariah prays, “We have no place to offer first fruits”. The first fruits of the harvest was taken to the temple to offer to the Lord.

  With so many churches, chapels and places of worship closed because of the Covid-19 virus, we pastors and faithful members while fully respecting the government’s advice and laws for our protection feel some sense of that lament of Azariah. We too can pray that lament to the Lord, ‘We have in our day no place to worship”. We realize that we, the people, are the church, the mystical Body of Christ yet there is a special presence of the Lord Jesus and in the Eucharist when we gather in Hs name

Churches have always been a place of refuge, a haven of peace and holy ground. Our churches are filled with so many memories of the significant events in our lives. We remember the joyous occasions of baptisms and weddings and the sad occasions of funerals celebrated with love and faith.

   Hopefully our experience of yearning to return to our places of worship will deepen our appreciation of our places of worship as we look forward to the day when the doors will be unlocked as we enter to gather together to worship, our Lord and He will be waiting there for us as we gather

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Jesus under the weight of His Cross. We unite our sorrow of not being able to gather   for public Masses, ceremonies & devotions with the suffering of Jesus during this Lent.

We pray the Lord will banish the Covid-19 Virus & we look forward to returning to worship in our church again. Fr. Frank

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