The Pastor’s Weekly Message

Pastor’s Weekly Message 3, March 30, 2020

Dear Friend of Carmel Mission, I hope this finds you and your family safe and healthy, and adjusting to the new realities imposed by the Coronavirus pandemic. So much has changed in the world in recent weeks, and also here at Carmel Mission. We have done much work to develop our communication on our website carme ...

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Pastor’s Weekly Message, March 20, 2020

Dear Friend of Carmel Mission, We continue to monitor and navigate the public health crisis caused by the Coronavirus (COVID-19). In the interest of safeguarding our parish communities and the common good of all society, Bishop Garcia has suspended all public masses in the Diocese of Monterey through at least ...

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Pastor’s Weekly Message, March 14, 2020

Dear Friend of Carmel Mission, In light of current increasing concerns regarding the COVID-19 pandemic around the world and in the United States, we are taking steps to ensure the health and safety of our parish family and our visitors. We will be continuing to offer all scheduled masses, liturgies and prayer ...

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Pastor’s Weekly Messag, March 7, 2020

Dear Friend of Carmel Mission, Our theme for this Lent and Easter season is “We are the wounded hands of Christ.” As followers of Jesus Christ we believe that we are called to be His hands to help, His eyes to see, His ears to hear, and His heart to love all people. This Lenten season, I invite us all to consider ...

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Pastor’s Weekly Messag, February 29, 2020

Dear Friends of Carmel Mission, When I was first ordained priest, one of my assignments was Chaplain to a Convent of nuns.. I said mass for them at the ungodly hour of 6:30am. (Those who attend our 7:00am mass will note how much I’ve changed - not!) I also attended the community meetings of the Sisters each w ...

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Pastor’s Weekly Message, February 15, 2020

Dear Friend of Carmel Mission, I hope that you and your loved ones are well. Each year at this time, parishes throughout the Diocese of Monterey are launching the Annual Ministries Appeal. By our participation in this appeal, we assist so many people to grow in faith. Since I was appointed Pastor at our bea ...

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Pastor’s Weekly Messag, February 8, 2020

Dear Friends of Carmel Mission, This weekend we are honored to have Bishop Danny celebrate our 11:00am mass, during which we will have the Sacrament of the Anointing of Sick. I thank the Knights and Dames of the Order of Malta for assisting us in organizing this annual mass for World Day of the sick. We are ...

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Pastor’s Weekly Messag, February 1, 2020

Dear Friends in Christ, This weekend we celebrate the Feast of the Presentation. According to the Law of Moses, a child was brought to the Temple and an offering of two turtle doves was made to God, in thanksgiving for the birth of the child. Mary and Joseph bring their first born son to the Temple. The fact that ...

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Pastor’s Weekly Message, January 25, 2020

Dear Friends of Carmel Mission, This weekend our front cover features a group photo of our students and teachers from our wonderful school, Junípero Serra School. We are marking a national recognition of the work and value of Catholic education during Catholic Schools Week. The cover photo is resplendent with ha ...

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Pastor’s Weekly Message, January 18, 2020

Dear Friends of Carmel Mission, This weekend seventeen of our young people will celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation. We extend our sincere congratulations to them as they complete their two year program of preparation for this important Sacrament. We thank their parents and their sponsors for accompanying and su ...

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Pastor’s Weekly Message, January 11, 2020

Dear Friends of Carmel Mission, This weekend we celebrate the Baptism of the Lord. At our liturgies at our Mission, we will commence with the Rite of Sprinkling to remind us of our own Baptism. Baptism is the first of what we refer to as the three Sacraments of Initiation. The other two are Confirmation and Eucha ...

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Pastor’s Weekly Messag, January 4, 2020

Dear Friends of Carmel Mission, I do hope that your Christmas was a happy and a holy time for you and your loved ones. We now celebrate “Little Christmas “, or the Feast of the Epiphany. We presume that the visit of the Wise Men is an indication to us that the Savior born in Bethlehem is a Savior for all humankin ...

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Pastor’s Weekly Message , December 28, 2019

Dear Friends of Carmel Mission, I hope that you had a wonderful Christmas in the presence of family and loved ones. I thank all our team at the Mission for the work that they did during 2019. Much of that work is carried out behind the scenes. Every member of our team plays a part in making our beautiful Mission a pla ...

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Pastor’s Weekly Message , December 21, 2019

Dear Friends of Carmel Mission, As we get closer to Christmas, we can almost reach out and touch the excitement in the air. I saw that excitement in the eyes of a four year old girl recently, when she began telling me of all the wondrous things that her new iPhone would be able to do. She asked me to pray that Sa ...

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Pastor’s Weekly Message, December 7, 2019

Dear Friends of Carmel Mission, I’m writing this message just after I finished eating the most delicious pear - so sweet, so tender, so juicy! It wasn’t just any pear. It was plucked from a pear tree planted way back in the 1700s by St. Junípero and his friars. Can you imagine it, a pear tree planted all ...

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