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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

Our Lady of Lourdes Regional

School………….(570) 644-0375   

 

  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

Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time  January 29th , 2023 

 
 
 

MASS INTENTIONS

 

Sunday 8:30AM- People of Parish   

 

Sunday 11:00 AM- Joseph Murray From Anthony & Mary Ann Novitsky

    

Monday 8:00 AM- Alice Elliott  From Christine Shearn & Corey Kent  

 

Tuesday 8:00AM- Martin Stanton From Daughter Pat Flynn    

 

Wednesday 8:00AM-  Anna Pristash From Family     

 

Thursday 8:00AM – Peter Betz From Mary Lokitis & Rick Bennett  

 

Friday 8:00AM- Rosolino Mangiapane From Kathy & Mike Palewicz  

 

Saturday 8:00 AM- John Strocko From Howard, Eileen, Manish, Mia Pigeon       

 

Saturday 4:00 PM- Ann Merges From Frank & Mary Catherine Wydra   

 

Sunday 8:30 AM- People of Parish

 

Sunday 11:00AM- Michael Breslin From Family        

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THIS WEEK’S ACTIVITIES

 

Sunday January 29th – CCD Classes for Grades 6 thru 8 will be held in the Parish School Building starting at 5:45 PM

 

Monday January 30th – CCD Classes for Grades 1 thru 5 will be held at 5:45 PM in the Parish School Building

 

Thursday February 2nd  There will be a Charismatic Prayer Meeting in the Church at 6:30 PM.

 

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The Vocation cross will be at the home of Trudy Hancock

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Altar Rosary Society Dues are currently being collected.  Envelopes are on the tables in the back of the Church.  Pleae remember to put your Name on the envelope.

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The Next St Vincent de Paul Society meeting will be Tuesday, February 7th at 6:30PM in the Parish Hall Building.  The will be NO meeting in January

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All Are Welcome!

Come and join with fellow Parishioners in COFFEE  & CONVERSATION every 2nd Sunday of the month beginning in February, follwing the 11:00 AM Sunday Liturgy in the Parish Hall. 

 

 

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LOCAL Events

 

 

Our Lady of Hope Parish, Coal Township will hold its annual Crab Cake Dinner on Friday, February 24th from 4:00 – 6:00 PM in the Parish Hall located at 863 West Chestnut Street in Coal Township.  This is a takeout dinner which includes two crab cakes, Mac & Cheese, stewed tomatoes, roll and desert.  The cost is $12.00.  Tickets are available at the dinner or by calling the parish office at (570) 648-4432.

 

Catholic Schools Week Open House on Sunday, January 29 starting at 1:00pm. This is a great time for you to invite your friends and family to our school to see how a Lourdes education could be a perfect fit for their family, and we would love to have a big turnout for this special event!  As an incentive, every currently enrolled family who invites and brings a new potential student/family for a tour at our Open House will be entered into a drawing for a $400.00 credit towards their tuition for fall 2023! Just have them sign in at the main lobby that day and be sure to have them put your details as the one who brought them. Remember, you are ambassadors for our school and your encouragement could be just what they need to come for a tour! 

 

Lourdes Pot O Gold Tickets are once again for sale in the back of the church.  There are (5) tickets in an envelope and each ticket is $2.00.  Please return the ticket stubs and money in the envelope, by placing them in the collection basket. If paying with check please make payable to “Our Lady’s Parish”.

Thank You!

 

The Knights of Columbus invites all practicing Catholic men, age eighteen and over, to begin the New Year and strengthen their faith by joining the local chapter of the Knights of Columbus. Also, The Christopher Club, the social segment of the K of C-Mt. Carmel, invite all men and women, per LCB requirements, age twenty-one and over, to join that organization. Membership in The Christopher Club is NOT limited to the K of C members and is open to the general public. Applications are available at the club and are reviewed at the monthly meeting for approval.

 

 It is the responsibility of the men of the Knights of Columbus to lead their family to pray together and strengthen their Catholic faith by attendance at Mass.  To assist these men called Knights, if you cannot attend a Saturday vigil or Sunday morning Mass, a Sunday evening Mass is now held at 6:00PM, Our Lady of Hope Church, 863 West Chestnut Street, Coal Township, PA.

 

 

Valentine’s Day Cuddly Bear Raffle

Our Lady’s Parish

Includes Adorable Teddy Bear,

Large Box of Candy that the Bear Sits On AND

$100 BILL

Tickets 2 for $5.00

Tickets on sale in Rectory and following weekend Masses!

 

 

 

Our Lady’s

LOTTERY CALENDAR

FOR MARCH 2023

Now Available for Purchase

$5.00/Calendar

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Contributions

Mass 1/21/23 & 1/22/23

 

  • Adult Weekly………..$3,340.00
  • Loose Cash/Checks…...$342.00
  • Monthly………….….....$192.00
  • Steeple……………........$103.00
  • Insurance………..…….$501.00
  • AID Eastern Europe……$5.00

Mail & Lock-Box 1/9/23-1/15/23

 

  • Adult Weekly………..$1,252.00
  • Monthly………......…....$140.00
  • Steeple…………………..$40.00
  • Insurance………...…....$155.00
  • Immaculate Conc............$15.00
  • Ash Wednesday….……..$10.00
  • Solemnity of BVM…..….$10.00
  • Eastern Europe…………..$5.00
  • Christmas…….……..…$325.00
  • Poor Missions……………$5.00
  • Retired Religious…….....$22.00

 

Misc. Dep. For Week Ending 1/15/23

 

  • Candles………......……...$10.00
  • Flowers……….................$25.00
  • Donations ……………..$447.36
  • Memorials .…………....$125.00

 

Upcoming Diocesan Collection for Propagation of the Faith Membership Appeal

on February 5th

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Altar Flowers

 

FOR Fred Kline

FROM Daughter Patsy

 

St. Ann Candle

FOR Special Intention  

 

 

 

 

Memorials

 

FOR Robert Thurick

FROM Barbara Jurgill

 

FOR Anna Gentile   

FROM Mary Rowland  

 

FOR Robert Thurick

FROM Mary Rowland  

 

FOR Tony Lawrence

FROM Mary Benfield

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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. 

 

BRINGING 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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A ministry to distribute Holy Communion and visit Catholic patients at Geisinger Shamokin Area Community Hospital has been established.  Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion are needed to volunteer at the hospital. The commitment would involve visiting one day a week for 1 to 2 hours.  If you have questions or an interest in this ministry, please contact Deacon Bob Wislock at 570-648-4432 (Our Lady of Hope Office).

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Please remember if you are shopping at Boyer’s Market to use your Boyer’s Key Tag.  If you do not have one, they are available on the tables in the back of the church. 

 

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Loving God, we ask that you grant us the spirit of wisdom and unity, so that we may be one, even as you are one with our Lord Jesus Christ - and he with you.

Enable all the members of the body of Christ to live together in unity and fellowship with one another and lead us into the paths of peace and righteousness so that we may be well pleasing in your sight.

We ask you to teach us how to love one another as Christ loved us and help us to show one another the unusual kindness that can only come from knowing your Son, Jesus. May the Spirit stir up in our hearts a desire to be united as one, in the bond of peace and fellowship. This we ask in Jesus' name. Amen.

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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______________________

SEE OUR CHURCH BULLETIN ATB "parishesonline"

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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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cOME JOIN US IN WORSHIP

 

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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