The Pastor’s Weekly Message

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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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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