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February 2021


My dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

One year ago, on February 19, 2020, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg (RCDH) filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. While the Covid-19 pandemic has delayed the proceedings, we have continued to work in earnest with the Federal bankruptcy court and interested parties. As a step in this process, on February 8 and 9, the RCDH, our present and historical insurance providers, and the survivors of abuse (individually or through a committee representing their interests) met for the first mediation. This mediation process is an effort to work together to reach a consensual resolution regarding the survivor claims against the RCDH.

At this time, there is little I can say as the mediation discussions are confidential. However, I am able to report that progress was made between the involved parties and that all parties intend to continue negotiations and mediation, to reach a consensual resolution that will acknowledge the harm suffered and provide for meaningful and fair compensation for survivors.

As was explained at the beginning of this process, filing for reorganization was the only option to right our financial situation, especially after the significant legal and investigative costs we incurred due to the Grand Jury Subpoena and years of declining revenues. I have full confidence that at the conclusion of this process, our Diocese will have a much stronger foundation to build, and rebuild, upon.

I also wish to take this opportunity to address our annual financial audit. Typically at this time of year, we would publish the results of this annual financial audit in The Catholic Witness and on our Diocesan website. Due to the ongoing bankruptcy process, we are unable to release financial statements for the fiscal year end June 30, 2020 until this process is complete. We do provide regular financial updates to the bankruptcy court and all documents related to this process can be found online at https://dm.epiq11.com/case/rcdh/info.

We still have several months of reorganization efforts ahead of us. As this process continues, I encourage you to visit www.hbgdiocese.org/reorganization-information for the most up-to-date information.

I humbly ask for your prayers for our Diocese as we continue this process. May God grant us every grace needed during this difficult time. May Mary, Mother of the Church and our Mother, intercede with Her Son to be our strength and support.

Sincerely Yours in Christ,

Most Reverend Ronald W. Gainer

Bishop of Harrisburg

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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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Dear Parents and “In Class CCD Students” 12-12-2020
Even though we were hoping that those students who chose in class CCD would not need to go virtual at times but Covid-19 is making us to do otherwise because we need to follow what the Mount Carmel School District does and just on Dec. 11th we discovered that Mt. Carmel area is going total virtual now and until after New Year’s. It would not seem proper or safe for us to require in class CCD while the public school is virtual. So hopefully we will resume “in class” on Sunday Jan. 3rd for 6, 7, 8 grades and Monday Jan. 4th for 1stthrough 5th grades. So our “in class” students are missing too much information and instructions. Therefore I and Katrina Gownley, our CCD Coordinator ask our “in class” students to go to CatholicSchoolOnline. You will be receiving a letter with instructions. Fr Frank






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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Many Catholic Parishes in our Diocese are taking reservations for the Christmas Masses with the permission of the Diocese. Bishop Gainer has given permission to have a 2:00 P.M. Christmas Mass on Dec. 24th So Masses will be 2:00 P.M. on Dec.24 as well as 4:00 P.M. , 8:00 P.M. and Midnight Mass. On Christmas Day Mass will be at 9:30 A.M.
Social Distancing and Masks are required.
In NEXT WEEK’S Bulletin Dec. 13 we will have names of volunteers and their phone numbers to call. (Please DO Not call the Rectory) (There is a volunteer or family ready to take your call and your reservation.) When you call please give your name and phone number clearly and slowly and indicate how many are coming whether it is you alone or the NUMBER of the members of your OWN HOUSEHOLD. Remember members of your household can sit together but others not in your household will need to sit 6 feet away. The Deadline for your reservation will be Friday Dec. 18th to give us time to analyze the data. If a Mass fills up beyond capability of social distancing you receive a call informing you of another Mass possibly available. Call are first come (first call) first served basis. Fr. Frank
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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______________________ Helpful Hints for CatholicOnLine.Com (FREE) (I checked it out and if you discover something we could use please let us know. I am not so computer savvy. Fr. Frank Google: CatholicOnLine.Com 1. On the bottom right of the display page click on “Free Catholic On Line School” 2. Then click on PARISH 3. Then choose “Free Catechism Classes” 4. Scroll down to Box that says, “Al Parishioners, Catechists, DRE, Deacons, Priests, etc.” 5. Click on Sign Up for Free & create an account with your email & making up a password 6. See page displayed and click on the Catechism grade you 7. On the left side of the page –see a column with many topics such as confession, confirmation, Saints etc. you want .Our Lady Mount Carmel CCD 2020-21 Sundays 6, 7, & 8 Grades 5:45PM -7PM Sept. 20 CCD SUNDAY FIRST DAY OF CCD Sept. 27 NO CCD (In SERVICE FOR PUBLIC SCHOOL) Oct. 4 CCD Oct. 11 CCD Oct. 18 CCD Oct. 25 CCD Nov. 1 CCD Nov. 8 CCD Nov. 15 CCD Nov. 22 CCD Nov. 29 Thanksgiving Week NO CCD Dec. 6 CCD Dec. 13 CCD Dec. 20 NO CCD (Christmas Vacation Week) Dec. 27 NO CCD (Christmas Vacation Week) Jan. 3 CCD Jan. 10 CCD Jan. 17 NO CCD ( Public School Vacation M.L. King Jr.) Jan. 24 CCD Jan. 31 CCD Feb. 7 CCD Feb. 14 NO CCD Presidents’ Day Celebration Feb. 21 CCD Feb. 28 CCD March 7 CCD March 14 CCD March 21 CCD March 28 NO CCD April 4 Easter NO CCD April 11 CCD April 18 LAST DAY OF CCD Our Lady Mount Carmel CCD 2020-21 Mondays 1st through 5th Grades 5:45PM -7PM Monday FIRST DAY OF CCD Sept. 21 CCD Sept. 28 NO CCD (In SERVICE FOR PUBLIC SCHOOL) Oct. 5 CCD Oct. 12 CCD Oct. 19 CCD Oct. 26 CCD Nov. 2 CCD Nov. 9 CCD Nov. 16 CCD Nov. 23 CCD Nov. 30 Thanksgiving Week NO CCD Dec. 7 CCD Dec. 14 CCD Dec. 21 NO CCD (Christmas Vacation Week) Dec. 28 NO CCD (Christmas Vacation Week) Jan.4 CCD Jan. 11 CCD Jan. 18 NO CCD ( Public School Vacation M.L. King Jr.) Jan. 25 CCD Feb. 1 CCD Feb. 8 CCD Feb. 15 NO CCD Presidents’ Day Celebration Feb. 22 CCD March 1 CCD March 8 CCD March 15 CCD March 22 CCD March 29 NO CCD April 5 Easter Vacation NO CCD April 12 CCD April 19 LAST DAY OF CCDNew text box >>


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Jerry , Fr. Frank's new dog, an 8year old Spca rescue dog. Well behaved . Does not jump on people and can do all kinds of tricks!<< New image with text >>


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Annual Summer Festival Church of Our Lady


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!


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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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


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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