The Pastor’s Weekly Message

Pastor’s Weekly Message, September 20, 2020

Dear Friend of Carmel Mission, Reflecting on the Gospel for this weekend, I am reminded of a line from a hymn we have fairly recently added to our repertoire at Carmel Mission, O How Blessed. “The first shall be last, the last shall be first, for such is the wisdom of God.” Certainly, it is not in line with huma ...

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Pastor’s Weekly Message, September 13, 2020

Dear Friend of Carmel Mission, Today we read one of my favorite psalms, 103, “The Lord is Kind and Merciful.” The readings from the Book of Sirach and the Gospel reading today focus greatly on the aspect of mercy - God’s boundless mercy for us and how that must be the example of the mercy we show to others. Th ...

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Pastor’s Weekly Messag, September 6, 2020

Dear Friend of Carmel Mission, This weekend we celebrate Labor Day, the traditional, if not literal, end to the summer season. We take time on this day to consider and pray for those who work. We know that our God values work and workers, and we are grateful, especially in this time, to so many who work for our bene ...

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Pastor’s Weekly Message, August 30, 2020

Dear Friend of Carmel Mission, Our hearts and our prayers remain with all those affected by the wildfires in our area. We are grateful that, thanks to the hard work of our brave firefighters, inroads have been made in containing the fires and some evacuated people have been able to return to their homes. We know tha ...

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Pastor’s Weekly Message, August 23, 2020

Dear Friend of Carmel Mission, In the Gospel today Jesus tells Simon Peter that he will be the rock on which Jesus will form His Church on earth. Such responsibility boggles the mind. Knowing Peter as we do through the Gospels, we can be fairly certain he was equal parts mind boggled and wildly enthusiastic for the ...

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Pastor’s Weekly Message, August 16, 2020

Dear Friend of Carmel Mission, In the first reading from the Book of Isaiah we hear a beautiful description of what God envisions God’s church to be. All who join themselves to the Lord are welcome, they will be made joyful in God’s house of prayer, and God’s house will be a house of prayer for all peoples. So ...

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Pastor’s Weekly Messag, August 9, 2020

Dear Friend of Carmel Mission, In the Gospel this weekend we hear the encouraging words of our Savior, “Take courage, it is I do not be afraid.” Fear is a normal part of human existence, indeed without healthy fear we would not survive as a species. We are cautious when driving, well, at least some of us are! We ...

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Pastor’s Weekly Message , August 2, 2020

Dear Friend of Carmel Mission, Today we have the beautiful reading from Isaiah in which our loving God provides the ultimate model of hospitality, “You who are thirsty, come to the water! You who have no money, come and eat! Come, without paying and without cost, drink wine and milk!” In our transactional world, ...

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Pastor’s Weekly Message, July 26, 2020

Dear Friend of Carmel Mission, We hear in the second reading one of my favorite lines from Sacred Scripture, the one which I chose for my ordination card, “All things work for good for those who love God.” It may admittedly be difficult to see and feel the hand of God, working for good in our current perilous ti ...

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Pastor’s Weekly Message, July 19, 2020

Dear Friend of Carmel Mission, I wrote in my weekly letter last week that, “nothing is as constant as change.” How true that is in these uncertain and unpredictable times. As you are likely aware, we are adapting again this week to new guidelines and restrictions in Monterey County that affect the celebration of M ...

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Pastor’s Weekly Message, July 12, 2020

Dear Friend of Carmel Mission, In Sunday’s Gospel Jesus tells us, “To anyone who has, more is given.” We can well imagine this phrase with the word “faith” included to anyone who has faith, more faith is given. We are relying on faith more than ever in these difficult and uncertain times. As we contemplate ...

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Pastor’s Weekly Messag, July 5, 2020

Dear Friend of Carmel Mission, In Sunday’s Gospel Jesus invites us to come and find rest for our souls. Rest is an undervalued part of our productivity-driven world, which encourages us to drive ourselves to the limit of our endurance to keep achieving. Even when we are not working at our jobs, there is very littl ...

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Pastor’s Weekly Message, June 21, 2020

Dear Friend of Carmel Mission, This is an exciting weekend for us at Carmel Mission, as we begin a limited re-opening for the celebration of Mass with two Masses on Sunday at 7:30am and 11am. We also continue our streaming Mass for those who are unable to join us here at the Mission. While we are happy to be abl ...

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Pastor’s Weekly Message, June 13, 2020

Dear Friend of Carmel Mission, It is with pleasure that I can announce that we will be opening the Mission for a limited celebration of Mass on Sunday, June 21. As we have discussed for several weeks now, there will be significant changes in how we access the church and celebrate Mass here at Mission to safegua ...

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Pastor’s Weekly Message, May 31, 2020

Dear Friend of Carmel Mission, Today we celebrate the great feast of Pentecost, the coming of the Holy Spirit into the world and the birthday of our Church. For over two thousand years, our Church as relied on the Holy Spirit to guide her, to heal her, to renew her, and to sustain her. As we welcome the Holy Spirit in ...

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