Our Parish Mission Statement:
Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church aspires to be a community that is a place of God's mercy and hope, which fosters courage, hope and new vigor for one's faith journey - a place with doors wide open so that all may enter and feel welcomed.
What's happening in and around our parish community: OLMC Calendar of Events
Welcome everybody, especially seekers and visitors!
I posted to our parish social media wall an image from “Clergy Coaching Network,” a simple image of a baby holding a crib’s edge, saying, “I know nothing … All I will know is what you teach me. Choose wisely.”
The creator of that evocative image could well have drawn inspiration from St. Paul’s words this weekend, “All bitterness, fury, anger, shouting and reviling must be removed …along with all malice.” Instead, St. Paul asks us to, “Be kind and compassionate,” – “imitators of God.”
This past week, we’ve been offered two starkly different events with incredible implications for our society and the common good; first, last weekend in the city of Chicago alone, sixty-six people were shot. But, on Tuesday, our Bishop led almost three-hundred young people, some from our parish family, on a pilgrimage to Martha’s Vineyard; to join with Pope Francis leading a world-wide pilgrimage “sharing the journey” with all those migrants seeking asylum, safety, and acceptance – as did our own forbears, generations ago.
Elijah and especially Jesus teach us that God is our food; that’s why coming and sharing the Eucharist at Mass is essential to our future; like Elijah, we’ve got miles to go in our lifetimes and the work of making the Kingdom of God present in our midst is a demanding one, but nothing is impossible with God.
Spread the word about one of our newer services/ministries, “Caring for the Soul.” The group meets a week from Tuesday (8/21 @ 6:00 in the lower church); all who struggle with life’s challenges are welcome to share faith, a faith that only strengthens our belief that we are loved by God.
Ps: A reminder that the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Mother is one of our beautiful holy days; bring along someone you know who’s been away and share the gift of your friendship with Mary’s son, Jesus.
August 15th Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Mother