Alleluia He Has Risen!
This Sunday, Passion/Palm Sunday begins the most significant and profound Liturgical week in our Catholic church — Holy Week. I hope you will join me during this sacred time where you will experience the opportunity for spiritual growth by listening to the Scriptures, pray and share the Eucharist, and walk along with the Apostles on this same journey with the Risen Lord.
I hope you will come to Church to witness the re-enactment of the Mass of the Lord's Supper on Thursday, April 13th at 7:00 p.m. followed by the reposition of the Blessed Sacrament until 9:00 p.m. This experience will give you the chance to spend time praying with Jesus as he invited his Apostles to do in the Garden of Gethsemane.
On Good Friday, April 14th we will experience the Passion Narrative and Veneration of the Cross along with Holy Communion beginning at 3:00 p.m. All are invited to bring a potted Easter plant to the tomb of Jesus as our sign of love for Him. On Holy Saturday, April Is' at 11:00 a.m. the Sacrament of Reconciliation will be offered. Our Easter Vigil will be celebrated at 8:00 p.m. that evening. Come, experience this glorious celebration of New Life filled with brilliant signs, symbols and traditions of our faith. The Adult Choir, under the direction of our Music Director, Jerry Di Pietro, will sing at this Mass accompanied by instrumentalists.
On Easter Sunday, April 16th our Easter morning Masses will be celebrated at 8:15 and 10:15 a.m. join us for this incredible experience of Our Risen Christ! Experience the sounds of angelic voices raised to God in praise from our Children's Choir, led by Sara Freiheit, who will sing before and during our 8:15 a.m. Mass with our Adult Choir and instrumentalists at Io:15 a.m. Mass.
May the Paschal Feast of Easter be an opportunity for renewal so that we can truly experience in our life, the joy of the Resurrection. Let us greet the day with the words of the psalmist: "This is the day that the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad. Alleluia!"
Fr. Frederick M. Aniello, Pastor
If you have recently visited Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church for your worship enrichment, I welcome you!. My hope is that you found our Parish a warm, welcoming and inspirational environment. This parish was established in 1923 with the designation of an ethnic-Italian parish, which means we have no physical boundaries in accepting new parishioners. We have been privileged to incorporate new people of various ethnicities to keep us energized and motivated.
If you would like to make Our Lady of Mount Carmel your home parish, I invite you to contact the Parish Office to request a Census Form. You may also download the form from our webiste by selecting the "Resources" and choosing "Forms". I strive to provide all visitors and parishioners alike the opportunity to share their time, talents and treasures with us. Opportunities are available by joining the Holy Name Society; offered to the men of the parish, the St. Ann Society and Altar Society, open to the women of the parish, the Forever Young Seniors, open to men and women 55 and over, and volunteers are always needed for Lectors at Mass, for both our Adult and Youth Choirs, at the annual OLMC Feast in July, catechist for the Religious Education program and our OLMC Bingo every Thursday at our School, among other possibilities to become actively involved in the parish.
Please feel free to introduce yourself to me at whatever Mass you attend. It is important to me to make a personal connection with each person who has chosen this beautiful parish. May the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel continue to bless you as you try each day to become more like her divine son.
God Bless you,
Fr. Frederick M. Aniello, Pastor