The Pastor’s Weekly Message

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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Pastor’s Weekly Message, November 30, 2019

Dear Friends of Carmel Mission, As we begin our Advent Season, we prepare to welcome the Prince of Peace into our lives. I will be speaking and writing about this in the weeks during Advent. This weekend I’m sharing with you a beautiful reflection on Advent by one of our parishioners, Roger Fiola. Please enjoy: Adv ...

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Pastor’s Weekly Message , November 23, 2019

Dear Friends of Carmel Mission, I’m taking this opportunity to wish you a truly Happy Thanksgiving. Fr. Rodrigo joins with me in extending our great gratitude to you for your prayerful support and encouragement to us, your priests. We are indeed truly blessed to minister in a parish where the Gospel message of ...

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Pastor’s Weekly Message , November 16, 2019

Dear Friends of Carmel Mission, Jesus tells us in the last line of our Gospel passage this weekend (Luke 21:19): “By your perseverance you will secure your lives” Perseverance is a virtue that our Savior clearly demonstrated in His life. It is a virtue that we find in the lives of the Saints. Our own saint, Jun ...

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Pastor’s Weekly Message , November 9, 2019

Dear Friends of Carmel Mission, At this time of year we remember our loved ones who have gone home to God. May they rest in His loving embrace. This weekend, in particular, we honor our Veterans on Veteran’s Day. November 11 is the anniversary of the signing of the Armistice between the Allied forces and German ...

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Pastor’s Weekly Message, November 2, 2019

Dear Friends of Carmel Mission, At this time of year we celebrate two important days in our liturgical calendar: All Saints and All Souls. Our secular world has laid claim to Halloween, dressing it up in its own colors of black and orange. It is a huge Hallmark holiday, and a day for the makers of candy bars to rejoi ...

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Pastor’s Weekly Message , October 26, 2019

Dear Friends of Carmel Mission, In the Gospel this weekend, we listen to the parable of the Pharisee and the tax collector, and we are given an example of prayer in it’s purest form: O God, be merciful to me a sinner Talk about a reality check! In the prayer of the tax collector we lie naked before God, str ...

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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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