The Pastor’s Weekly Message

Pastor’s Weekly Message, July 10, 2019

Dear Friends of Carmel Mission, I recently received word from the Diocese of Monterey, confirming that we have surpassed our AMA target of $150,000.00. THANK YOU!  THANK YOU!  THANK YOU! We have gained the distinction of being the parish in our diocese that has raised the most during the 2019 Campaign.  We have ...

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Pastor’s Weekly Message, June 30, 2019

Dear Friends of Carmel Mission, As we honor our Founder and first Pastor on his Feast Day, I take this opportunity to thank you for your participation and great Stewardship here at Carmel Mission. My great gratitude goes to all of you who helped us surpass our goal for our “Renew A Pew” Campaign. We are very for ...

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Pastor’s Weekly Message, June 23, 2019

Dear Friends of Carmel Mission, I invite you to join us once again as we celebrate the Feast Day of our Founder and First Pastor, St. Junipero Serra. We will celebrate the occasion this year on Sunday, June 30th, with a special mass at 11:00am. This will be followed by a procession to our main Courtyard, where we wil ...

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Pastor’s Weekly Message, June 13, 2019

CARMEL MISSION OPEN INVITATION  Dear Friends of Carmel Mission, As we welcome all our visitors to the U.S. Open, and express the wish that all have enjoyed some wonderful golf, as well as our unique Carmel hospitality, I’m happy to announce our very own Carmel Mission Open! We are now coming towards the end of o ...

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Pastor’s Weekly Messag, June 9, 2019

Dear Friends of Carmel Mission, On this Pentecost Sunday, we celebrate the birthday of our Church. So, I wish all of you a very Happy Birthday!  Our Church was born on that first Pentecost in Jerusalem. The disciples of Jesus had locked themselves into an upper room, fearing that a similar fate awaited them as that ...

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Pastor’s Weekly Messag, June 2, 2019

Hard to say “Goodbye” Dear Friends of Carmel Mission, I don’t know about you, but I find it difficult to say “Goodbye” to people, especially when they have become part of my life. I always remind myself that, God willing, I shall see them again one day. Goodbye comes from the original blessing: “God be w ...

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Pastor’s Weekly Message, May 26, 2019

Dear Friends of Carmel Mission, In the Gospel of St. John, Jesus very often greets his disciples with the words “Do not be afraid” with the salutation “Peace be with you”. In the section of the Gospel proclaimed this weekend, He uses the greeting of Peace and also adds “Do not let your hearts be trouble ...

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Pastor’s Weekly Message, May 19, 2019

Dear Friends of Carmel Mission, During the month of May, we Catholics reflect on the significant role that a young Palestinian girl played in the history of Salvation. While still in her teens, Mary was asked by the Angel Gabriel to consent to give birth to the Son of God. Her “fiat”, her assent, her words: “ ...

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Pastor’s Weekly Message, May 12, 2019

Dear Friend in Christ, Many of you were able to join us this year for our wonderful Lenten Mission at the Mission, led by Fr Matthew Guckin. As we continue our joyful celebration of the Easter season we are privileged to have another opportunity to hear Fr. Matt, this time discussing the life and mission ...

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Pastor’s Weekly Messag, May 5, 2019

Dear Friend of Carmel Mission, As we continue the process of renewing our pews, I wish to sincerely thank all our parishioners and visitors who have thus far contributed to our “Renew a Pew” Campaign. Since we have met our Diocesan obligation of $50,000.00, all donations now come directly back to the parish, ...

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Pastor’s Weekly Message, April 28, 2019

Dear Friends of Carmel Mission, I hope that you had a happy and Holy Easter. We were surprised by the number of people attending the Easter liturgies. Considering last year’s attendance, we went ahead and purchased an additional 180 folding chairs for the Easter Sunday masses, and again we had people without a seat. ...

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Pastor’s Weekly Message, April 21, 2019

Dear Friends of Carmel Mission, I wish you a very Happy Easter! This is indeed the day that the Lord has made.  I pray that your Lenten journey has brought you closer to the God who loves you and also to the people who love you, whether they are here with you on earth still or have gone home to heaven, and are with ...

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Pastor’s Weekly Message, April 14, 2019

Dear Friends of Carmel Mission, As we approach this most holy time in our church calendar I wanted to take a moment to personally invite you to our Holy Week liturgies at Carmel Mission. Whether you are a parishioner, a visitor to our Monterey Peninsula or a guest of our Catholic Church you are welcome here! Please s ...

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Pastor’s Weekly Message, April 7, 2019

Dear Friends of Carmel Mission, I received my first stoning when I was ten years old! I was walking home from school with some friends when we suddenly found ourselves in the middle of some sort of gang fighting, between kids from two different neighborhoods . (This is the first time that I have revealed that I grew u ...

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Pastor’s Weekly Message, March 31, 2019

Dear Friends of Carmel Mission, In our Gospel reading from St. Luke, we listen again to the fascinating story of the Prodigal Son. We know the story well, and we can identify readily with one or more of its characters, depending on where we stand in our relationship with God. How often have we demanded from another ...

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