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.
So many people commented about this year’s calendar coincidence of February 14th being traditionally Valentine’s Day, but this year Ash Wednesday as well; I think it’s a pluperfect combination – both days are all about the power of love!
Our sacred texts for this First Sunday of Lent are like a letter from God to us if we but open our ears to hear. The author of the Book of Genesis helps us hear God speaking, then to Noah, and now to us: this is my promise of love, a rainbow in the clouds. Just weeks ago, we witnessed the horror and destructive power of waters and floods. Tens of thousands of people are still suffering, many without electricity or clean, running water. In other parts of our world, the shortage of water is now at crisis levels; humanity is literally thirsting for life. And, here, we too often waste water without a thought.
Then, in the Gospel, we journey with Jesus into the arid dessert, for these forty days of Lent so that, like Jesus, we not only can say no to the temptations the Evil one puts in front of us, but also thank God that, like Jesus, we are never alone. The Holy Spirit who called Jesus into the dessert and those beautiful angels who ministered to Jesus, day and night are at the heart of God’s promise of love for you and me, and the whole world.
One of my friends from the Cape, Brendan Princi said to his son last week, “Let’s go for sushi … you only live once!” Young Jackson wisely responded, “Actually dad, we live every day and we only die once!”
God’s only begotten Son, Jesus lived every day being a sign of unselfish love, of incredible tenderness, of unending acceptance of our human condition, and of unfailing and reconciling healing and forgiveness; He died only once, and now through His Resurrection, Jesus offers us the Spirit of God to help us change what needs changing in our lives – so we can live, every day in abundance, and with gratitude. Consider Mercy Mondays – one of us priests will be waiting in the Confessional Room in the Adoration Chapel from 5:30-6:30; come, as a family, and leave your dessert behind.
Keep this ancient, Tibetan Proverb close during these forty days as together we rejoice in the gift and the power and the hope of our faith, The secret to living well and longer: eat half, walk double, laugh triple, and love without measure.
Lenten Conference at Stonehill College March 10, 2018
Please consider attending the Fall River Diocese 2018 Women and Men’s Conference at Stonehill College in Easton. Building on last year’s first-ever such Conference in the Diocese, the one-day Lenten program will include keynote talks by noted speakers, prayer, music, fellowship, Mass and, a separate segment for our young adults, ages 18 to 30. Mark your calendar and look for details to come!
Are you looking for Catholic Colleges as your child gets ready for the next step?
The Diocese of Fall River is searching for an Executive Director:
The Diocese of Fall Riveris standing on the threshold of a life-changing chapter in its 113-year history, and is currently seeking to fill its newly created full-time position of Executive Director for The Catholic Foundation of Southeastern Massachusetts. This fundraising leader will broaden, deepen and expand the relationships with current and future donors, and will work closely with Bishop da Cunha and the Board of Directors to ensure the appropriate strategies are developed and implemented. This once in a lifetime opportunity will be both challenging and rewarding. For a full description of the position, please go to www.fallriverdiocese.org and click on “Employment Opportunities”, or contact Peter Powers, Executive Director of Human Resources and Administration, at (508)985-6507, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our Lady of Mount Carmel
Saturday Vigil at 4:30 p.m.
Sunday at 7:30, 9:00, 10:45 a.m.
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday at 9:00 a.m.
Holy Day Schedule: Vigil Mass: 5:30 p.m.
Holy Day Masses: 9:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m..
*The holiday obligation is suspended in the USA when the solemnity falls on Saturday or Monday.