I Received this Notice today from the PA DEPT. of HEALTH: ONE PERSON WHO ATTENDED 4:00PM MASS on June 12th 2021 has TESTED POSITIVE-THE VULNERABLE ARE REQUESTEDTO DO SELF MONITORING Notice Regarding Potential Transmission of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) The Secretary of Health is directing persons who attended an event or gathering at Our Lady of Mount Carmel on Saturday June 12, 2021, to follow the disease control measures consisting of the self-monitoring activities included in this Order. Anyone who was present at Our Lady of Mount Carmel during the 4 PM service on the following dates: June 12, 2021 may have been exposed to COVID-19.
We will distribute this letter ( NOTICE) to all at the 4:00 P.M. MASS on Sat. JUNE 19th.
As pastor I have done the following:
1. I consulted with Ms. Rosemary Koronkiewicz R.N. Our Covid-19 Coordinator and two physicians in our parish.
2. I have informed the head usher for the 4:00 P.M. Mass
3. I have made sufficient copies of the letter (Notice from th PA. Health Dept.) to distribute at the Mass.
4. I put the notice on the Parish Web Page and on the three parish facebook pages. Rev. Frank Karwacki PAST0R
Notice Regarding Potential Transmission of Coronavirus
Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
The Secretary of Health is directing persons who attended an event or gathering at Our
Lady of Mount Carmel on Saturday June 12, 2021, to follow the disease control
measures consisting of the self-monitoring activities included in this Order. Anyone who was
present at Our Lady of Mount Carmel during the 4 PM service on the following dates:
June 12, 2021 may have been exposed to COVID-19.
COVID-19 is a threat to the public’s health, for which the Secretary of Health may order
general control measures. This authority is granted to the Secretary of Health pursuant to
Pennsylvania law. See Section 5 of the Disease Prevention and Control Law (the Act), 35 P.S. §
521.5; sections 2102(a) and 2106 of the Administrative Code of 1929, 71 P.S. §§ 532(a), and 536;
and the Department of Health’s (Department’s) regulations at 28 Pa. Code §§ 27.60-27.68 (relating
to disease control measures; isolation; quarantine; movement of persons subject to isolation or
quarantine; and release from isolation and quarantine). Particularly, the Department has the
authority to take any disease control measure appropriate to protect the public from the spread of
infectious disease. See 35 P.S. § 521.5; 71 P.S. § 532(a), and 1403(a); 28 Pa. Code § 27.60.
The Department has the authority to direct any disease control measure, in addition to
isolation and quarantine, that the Department considers to be appropriate for the surveillance of
disease, when the disease control measure is necessary to protect the public from the spread of
infectious agents. The Department has the latitude to determine the appropriate disease control
measure based upon the disease or infection, the patient's circumstances, and any other available
information relating to the patient and the disease or infection. COVID-19 is a disease that is
capable of rapidly spreading person-to-person. People infected are capable of exposing others to
COVID-19 even if their symptoms are mild, such as a cough, or even if they are asymptomatic.
Additionally, exposure is possible by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then
touching one’s mouth, nose, or eyes. Symptoms of COVID-19 may include fever, cough,
shortness of breath, chills, repeated shaking, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, fatigue,
congestion or runny nose, diarrhea, nausea/vomiting, and new loss of taste or smell. Older adults
and people who have serious chronic medical conditions are at a higher risk for serious illness.
The persons subject to this Order are directed to take the following disease control
measures for the 14-day period following the date of their last attendance at the gathering
referenced above:
1. Take your temperature once daily. Watch for symptoms of COVID-19 including
fever (a body temperature of 100.40F/380C or higher), cough, shortness of breath,
chills, repeated shaking, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, fatigue, congestion or
runny nose, diarrhea, nausea or vomiting, and new loss of taste or smell.2
2. Immediately report any of symptoms requiring medical attention to the Department
if they develop (see number below), and contact your health care provider, but make
sure to tell them you might have been exposed to COVID-19.
3. Wear a mask and maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet from any person while
outside the home.
4. Practice the following hygiene measures:
a. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
b. Use an alcohol- based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
c. Cover any coughs or sneezes with your elbow, do not use your hands.
d. Clean surfaces frequently, including countertops, light switches,
cell phones, and other frequently touched items.
5. Be aware of any persons in your home who may be particularly likely to get
COVID-19, including those who are elderly, or who are immunocompromised, for
example, someone who has cancer and is taking chemotherapy, or who may have
another condition or illness, like diabetes or asthma. Be careful to practice social
distancing around those persons.
6. Persons aged 13 years and older (parental/guardian consent needed for 13-17 year
olds) are encouraged to download and use the COVID Alert PA app. COVID Alert
PA is a free mobile app that uses Bluetooth technology to let a person know that
they may been exposed to COVID-19 without compromising the identity or
location of either the person using the app, or of the person to whom they may have
been exposed.
If you or any members of your family develops symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, coughing,
difficulty breathing and other lower respiratory illnesses), or symptoms worsen, they should notify
the Department immediately at 1-877-724-3258 and contact their health care provider. Before
seeking medical attention for themselves or their families, they should let their health care provider
know that they may have been exposed to a case of COVID-19.
Persons subject to this directive shall immediately adhere to this directive and all disease
control measures included within it. Persons who fail to follow these measures may be subject to
a fine under the Act.
The Department is concerned about the health and well-being of you, your family and the
general public during this outbreak. We understand that this is a difficult time, and that some
individuals may need additional support during this period. Please reach out to us if you or your
family need assistance by contacting the Department at 1-877-724-3258.
Alison V. Beam, JD
Acting Secretary of Health

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    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







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DIOCESE OF HARRISBURG LIFTING SOME COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS 5-29 & 5-30-21 See Bishop's Anouncement Below. Photo reminder of a time before Covid-19:
HARRISBURG, Pa. – The Diocese of Harrisburg announced this weekend that in continued alignment with local, state, and federal health guidelines, effective immediately, all fully vaccinated parishioners no longer need to wear masks when attending Mass. This move comes after the state of Pennsylvania immediately adopted the recent recommendations from the CDC regarding fully vaccinated people. “Fully vaccinated” means two weeks after a second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. People who do not meet those requirements are not considered fully vaccinated, and must keep taking all precautions. Clergy and ministers will continue to wear masks for the processionals and the Distribution of Holy Communion.
Capacity limits for Masses will also be lifted the weekend of May 29/30. Although capacities are being lifted and masking guidelines are relaxing for the fully vaccination, the Dispensation from the Obligation for attending Mass remains in place. “Lifting the masking guidelines for those fully vaccinated and lifting capacity limits for our parishes for the celebration of Mass is a positive step as we all look forward to the day that life returns to some sense of normal,” said Most Reverend Ronald Gainer, Bishop of Harrisburg. “I encourage all our faithful, especially if you are in good health and have resumed other public activities, to begin returning to Mass. While we still have a challenging road ahead, now is the time to start coming together as one Catholic family to thank God for our many blessings. ”All parishes in the Diocese of Harrisburg have been opened for in-person Masses since June 2020 with masking and social distancing guidelines in place. The Diocese continues to closely monitor COVID-19 guidelines and recommends from the Department of Health and the CDC.The Diocese of Harrisburg comprises 89 parishes across 15 counties in central Pennsylvania. To learn more about the Diocese, visit our website at www.hbgdiocese.org.



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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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4 S. Market St. Mt. Carmel, Pa. 17851
Phone (570)-339-1031 frankkarwacki@yahoo.com
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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<<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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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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