The Pastor’s Weekly Message

Pastor’s Weekly Message , October 19, 2019

Dear Friends of Carmel Mission, Our front cover this week features a photograph of our St. Junípero Serra Prayer Garden. This is a place to which I often go, after another busy day at our beautiful Carmel Mission. I sit on a bench and think about St. Junípero, sitting or standing in the same location many years ago. ...

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Pastor’s Weekly Message , October 13, 2019

Dear Friends of Carmel Mission, Gratitude is sometimes unexpressed or taken for granted. In our Gospel this weekend we hear about Jesus healing ten people of leprosy, and how only one of the ten returned to thank Jesus. Is there someone in your life to whom you seldom, if ever, express your thanks? Why not do it this ...

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Pastor’s Weekly Message, October 5, 2019

Dear Friends of Carmel Mission, Colman’s English mustard was a constant feature on our dinner table at home. As a child , I would love to be given the task of mixing the mustard. It came in a small tin box filled with golden powder. The secret was to add just the right amount of water, so that the consistency of t ...

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Pastor’s Weekly Message, September 28, 2019

Dear Friend of Carmel Mission, Each year around October 4, the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi, the students of our Junipero Serra School have a special “Blessing of the Animals.” It is always wonderful to see the enthusiasm, love and care that the students have for their cats and dogs, as well as guinea pigs, ...

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Pastor’s Weekly Message, September 21, 2019

Dear Friends of Carmel Mission, It's Fiesta time once again! Did you know that the beginnings of what would become the fiesta began in the early 1960s? Throughout the Fiesta’s long history, Junipero Serra School groups like the Mothers and Fathers club, along with the Knights of Columbus, worked with the Mission ...

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Pastor’s Weekily Message, September 14, 2019

Dear Friends of Carmel Mission, I personally invite you to our 55th Annual Carmel Mission Fiesta on Sunday October 6, 2019 from 11-5 p.m. Our main goals this year are to bring the larger community together to celebrate and get acquainted in our breathtaking Carmel Mission Courtyard and raise much needed funds to benef ...

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Pastor’s Weekly Messag, September 8, 2019

Dear Friends of Carmel Mission, I personally invite you to our 55th Annual Carmel Mission Fiesta on Sunday October 6, 2019 from 11-5 p.m. Our main goals this year are to bring the larger community together to celebrate and get acquainted in our breathtaking Carmel Mission Courtyard and raise much needed funds to benef ...

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Pastor’s Weekly Messag, September 1, 2019

Dear Friends of Carmel Mission,   Our Bulletin cover this weekend features a photograph of some local farm workers. We are blessed to live in an area that produces so much food, not only for local consumption, but much of is exported around the world. I remember how that realization was brought home to me.  ...

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Pastor’s Weekly Message, August 25, 2019

Dear Friends of Carmel Mission,   We all like to speculate about certain aspects of our faith that remain unknown or that have not yet been revealed.   Human nature is very consistent and we seem to be attracted to mystery. In today’s Gospel, someone asked Jesus the question: “Lord, will only a few people be ...

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Pastor’s Weekly Message, August 18, 2019

Dear Friends of Carmel Mission, How does one describe the sound of joy and happiness, the sound of energy and exuberance, the sound of friendship and fun? For me, when our Junipero Serra School is back from the summer break, and the students gather in the playground, their voices describe all of the above, and more.. ...

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Pastor’s Weekly Message, August 11, 2019

Dear Friends of Carmel Mission, In times of grief, in times of senseless violence, in times of tragedy, in times of helplessness, many people turn to faith. When what is happening around us seems beyond our control, many people turn to God. In our readings this weekend, the author of the Letter to the Hebrews descr ...

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Pastor’s Weekly Messag, August 4, 2019

Dear Friends of Carmel Mission, In our Gospel this weekend, Jesus tells a parable about a wealthy farmer who had a storage issue. It spoke volumes to me personally, because I have a similar issue. Truth to tell, I tend to be a bit of a hoarder. Like most issues, I can trace it back to childhood where my siblings and ...

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Pastor’s Weekly Message, July 28, 2019

Dear Friends of Carmel Mission, In our Gospel this weekend, Jesus teaches His disciples how to pray. This is one of the most important and instructive lessons that He taught during His earthly ministry. It is the template or model for all our prayers. One of the interesting things to note about the Lord’s Prayer is ...

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Pastor’s Weekly Message, July 21, 2019

Dear Friends of Carmel Mission, When I was Pastor at Holy Eucharist Parish in Corralitos, CA, I would oftentimes drive up to Santa Cruz and park my car on Westcliff Drive. I used to walk from one end to the other. I soon noticed that it was a favorite place for surfing. Usually, if conditions were right and the w ...

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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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