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OUR LADY OF MOUNT CARMEL PARISH

47 SOUTH MARKET STREET

MOUNT CARMEL, PENNSYLVANIA  17851

  

 

 

 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 570-875-2650

 

OFFICE HOURS MON, TUE & THUR 7:30 AM – 3:30 PM; WED & FRI 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Phone# 570-339-1031

Holy Trinity Sunday May 26th, 2024   

 
 
 

MASS INTENTIONS

 

Sunday 8:30 AM-  People of Parish      

 

Sunday 11:00 AM- Anna & Paul Waskewicz and Adam & Olympia Fantini From Donna and Leonard Shuder               

                

Monday 8:00 AM- JoAnn McAndrew From Charles

        

Tuesday 8:00AM- Joseph J Stutz, Jr. and Mary K Stutz From Joseph J Stutz III        

 

Wednesday 8:00 AM – Cynthia Startzel From Michael, Cody and Maura Nolter

 

Thursday 8:00 AM – Theresa McDonnell From John McDonnell

 

Friday 8:00 AM – Joseph Swatski From Tony and Dianne Candelora         

 

Saturday 8:00 AM – Michael Nolter From Sheila Zanella            

 

Saturday 4:00 PM- People of Parish       

 

Sunday 8:30 AM- Deceased Members of Petruskevich Family From Bruce and Diane Graff   

 

Sunday 11:00 AM- Stephen Moraskie From Sherry and Dave Varano and Family  

 

THIS WEEK’S ACTIVITIES

 

Thursday, May 30th Fr. Frank will be Celebrating Mass at the Mount Carmel Nursing Home at 2:00 PM. 

 

Thursday, May 30th There will be a Charismatic Prayer Meeting at 6:30 PM in the Church

 

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The Vocation Cross will be at the home of Ray and Maryanne Kornacki

LOCAL Events

 

 

 

Our Lady’s Basket Raffle

It is that time of the year to begin thinking about our Basket Raffle.  I realize the event is in July, but this is our parish’s major fundraiser since we are no longer have the festival.  Please consider donating a Basket valued at $50.00, new items to be used to assemble a Basket, Monetary donations, Gift Cards.  These items can be dropped off at the Parish Office beginning in March.  If you have items or a Basket to donate but are unable to drop them off, please notify Elaine at 570-339-1877 and someone will pick them up.  Please help to make this year’s Auction a BIG Success!!   Thank You! 

 

 

 

Our Lady’s Lottery Calendar for June 2024 is now available in the back of the Church/Parish Office.  $5.00 each.  Please Support this Fundraiser! 

 

 

Mother’s Day Baby Bottle Blitz to support Corner of Hope Family Resource Center.  Baby Bottles are located in the back of the Church and Side Entrance. Please return to the Parish by May 26th.    

 

Contributions

 

Mass 5/18/24 & 5/19/24

  • Adult Weekly……………..$3,251.00
  • Loose Cash……….………....$547.00
  • Monthly………………............$56.00
  • Steeple……………..…..........$146.00
  • Ascension Thursday………...$25.00
  • Catholic Education…….........$33.00
  • Pentecost………………........$805.00

 

Mail & Lock-Box 5/13/24 – 5/19/24

  • Adult Weekly……..…...........$860.00
  • Monthly………......................$216.00
  • Steeple……………………..…$80.00
  • Ascension Thursday……...…$55.00
  • Catholic Education……….…$95.00
  • Catholic Home Missions…......$5.00
  • Pentecost………………….…$40.00

 

Misc. Deposit Week Ending 5/19/24

  • Donations…….......................$800.00
  • Memorials……………..…....$350.00
  • Candles…………………...….$30.00
  • Internment…….………...…$600.00

              

The next Diocesan Collection is Catholic Communications Campaign in June. 

 

 

Catholic Daughters of the Americas May Crowning.  L to R:  Jamie Bordell, Treasure; Mary J Snyder, Regent; Marie McFadden; Margaret Conrad, Vice Regent; Janice Koutch, Financial Secretary and Fr. Frank, Chaplain. 

 

 

 

Repair work has been completed as seen in the First Picture to repair Storm Damage stucco which was pulling apart from the back small roof of the Parish. 

 

Sanctuary Candles

FOR Special Intention

FROM Midge Strike

 

FOR Special Intention

FROM Midge Strike

 

 

Memorials

 

FOR Albert Mann

FROM Deborah and Alexander Paul   

 

FOR Cindy Zujkiewicz-Startzel  

FROM Angela Flannery  

 

 

FOR Hynoski and Lovrich Families

FROM Wally, Christine and Roman

 

FOR Roman and Marie Keninitz  

FROM Roman and Christine

 

FOR Rich Collier  

FROM Roman and Christine

 

FOR John “Jack” Mohan  

FROM St. Ignatius Classmates  

 

FOR William Ditchey

FROM Joe and Kathy Lapotsky  

 

FOR Dennis Kozock

FROM John and Gary Kozock  

 

FOR John A. Mohan

FROM Patsy Stanton Flynn   

 

FOR Albert Mann

FROM Ron and Kathy Tanney

 

FOR Estella Veach

FROM Ron and Kathy Tanney

 

FOR Francis C. Strunk

FROM Ron and Kathy Tanney

 

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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.

 

 

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.

 

RECONCILIATION

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

Saturday 3:00-3:50PM.

 

NEWCOMERS

Welcome! Register at the Parish Office.

 

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Adoration at the St. Pauline Shrine

Friday and Saturday 10AM-4PM.

 

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Our Lady’s First Holy Communion Class 2024

 

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Memorial Day Mass All Saints Cemetery

All Saints Cemetery will Celebrate Memorial Day with its Annual Memorial Day Mass on Monday May 27th at 10:00 AM.  The outdoor Mass is held adjacent to the cemetery office.  Please bring a chair for your comfort.  The Mass is held weather permitting. 

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A Prayer for Memorial Day:

 

“Dear God, we thank you for the freedom you have given us, and for the price that was paid by Christ so that we could live free. We remember today the cost of it all, the great sacrifice for freedom. We thank you for the brave men and women who have fought, and continue to fight, so courageously for our nation.”

 

  Heart of Mercy Counseling Ministry (Sisters of the Good Shepherd), in the Danville area has two licensed therapists available to serve adults for individual or couples counseling. In-person or virtual counseling options.

Please contact either one of them to schedule an appointment if you are seeking faith-based counseling:

Sr. Mary Frances Altavilla, Licensed Clinical Social Worker,  410-245-0870    faltavilla@hotmail.com

             OR:

Sr. Patricia Marie Barnette, Licensed             Professional Counselor

352-328-8145   guadalupe531@aol.com  (in Coal Township on Mondays)

 

 

 

 

Glory be to the Father,
Who by His almighty power and love created me,
making me in the image and likeness of God.

Glory be to the Son,
Who by His Precious Blood delivered me from hell,
and opened for me the gates of heaven.

Glory be to the Holy Spirit,
Who has sanctified me in the sacrament of Baptism,
and continues to sanctify me
by the graces I receive daily from His bounty.

Glory be to the Three adorable Persons of the Holy Trinity,
now and forever.

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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ATTENTION ALL: OUR PARISH FOLLOWS ALL THE DIOCEAN REGULATIONS ON YOUTH PROTECTION.  Google Diocese of Harrisburg. You will find our Diocesan Webpage. Click on Youth Protection and You can explore all the following options. Our parish requires all up-to-date clearances for CCD Teachers and employees and we administer the Virtus Program in our CCD classes.

 

Victim Assistance — United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Kelly Gollick Victim Assistance Coordinator Youth Protectio 1-800-626-1608 reportabuse@hbgdiocese.org Michelle Shae, Safe Environment Director, with your designated local administrator for VIRTUS Empowering God’s Children by 8/31/22. Michelle can be reached at MShae@HBGDIOCESE.ORG We Pledge . . .

 

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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 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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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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  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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