The Pastor’s Weekly Message

Pastor’s Weekly Message, April 1, 2018

Dear Friends of Carmel Mission,  I had a conversation with a friend of mine recently about the number of hours we watch television. She and I agreed that we spend less time doing so nowadays, compared to when we were younger. There was a time that we looked forward to catching the evening news. Not so any longer! We ...

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Pastor’s Weekly Message, March 25, 2018

Dear Friends of Carmel Mission, As we celebrate Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion, we are brought in to the drama of the most sacred week in human history. When we wave our palm branches and walk in procession to commemorate the triumphal entry of Our Savior into the holy city of Jerusalem, we are also consciou ...

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Pastor’s Weekly Message, March 18, 2018

Dear Friends of Carmel Mission,  I thank you for your generosity in supporting our 2018 Annual Ministries Appeal and thereby helping us to preserve for future generations our beloved Crespi Parish Hall. As you are aware, this Hall is used by our many ministries and provides a gathering place for both parishi ...

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Pastor’s Weekly Message, March 4, 2018

Dear Friends of Carmel Mission, Let me reassure you that the gentlemen you will find at their stall in the front courtyard of our beautiful Mission are all members of our local Council of the Knights of Columbus. They have absolutely no connection with the moneychangers mentioned in the Gospel this weekend. They ...

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Pastor’s Weekly Message, February 25, 2018

Dear Friend of Carmel Mission, I’m appealing for your assistance. Part of my responsibility as Pastor at the Mission, is to preserve and enhance the buildings here for future generations. We are currently upgrading Crespi Parish Hall, by installing a much-needed refitted kitchen and converting some stora ...

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Pastor’s Weekly Message, February 18, 2018

Dear Friend of Carmel Mission, As we begin this Season of Lent, our annual opportunity to get ourselves into shape (spiritually speaking), we turn to the three tried and trusted ways of enhancing our relationship with God, Prayer, Fasting and Almsgiving. We lead busy lives and can easily come up with the excu ...

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Pastor’s Weekly Message, February 11, 2018

Dear Friends in Christ, As we begin the Season of Lent, I ask myself whatever happened to my New Year resolutions? Just how much weight did I promise myself to lose? I dare not go near the weighing scale! But our God is always giving us second chances, and so here comes Lent again, a liturgical season during which ...

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Pastor’s Weekly Message, February 4, 2018

Dear Friends in Christ, We are very fortunate to have a unique and celebrated collection of art here at Carmel Mission. Some of the statues in our Basilica were brought here by Saint Junipero himself. I invite you to learn more about our collection by purchasing the book “Art from the Carmel Mission “ by Gail ...

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Pastor’s Weekly Message, January 21, 2018

Dear Friend of Carmel Mission, So many people who attend our liturgies here at our beautiful Basilica comment favorably on the quality of our music. We are fortunate to have a magnificent choir and wonderful cantors who encourage us to raise our voices and sing in praise of our loving God. Good music adds so muc ...

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Pastor’s Weekly Message, January 14, 2018

Dear Friend of Carmel Mission, So many people who attend our liturgies here at our beautiful Basilica comment favorably on the quality of our music. We are fortunate to have a magnificent choir and wonderful cantors who encourage us to raise our voices and sing in praise of our loving God.  Good music adds so much ...

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Pastor’s Weekly Message, January 7, 2018

Dear Friend of Carmel Mission, As we celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany, and recall the manifestation of Christ to the Gentiles, through the three visitors from the East, my thoughts are centered on our beloved founder and first pastor, Saint Junipero Serra. He also came from the East bearing gifts. He did not carry ...

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Pastor’s Weekly Message , December 31, 2017

Happy New Year! Dear Friends in Christ, I hope that you were able to join friends and family for some Christmas cheer. If you were fortunate enough to have joined our community here at Carmel Mission, then you will have experienced joyful liturgies complete with marvelous Christmas hymns and Carols. There ar ...

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