The Pastor’s Weekly Message

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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Pastor’s Weekly Messag, May 5, 2019

Dear Friend of Carmel Mission, As we continue the process of renewing our pews, I wish to sincerely thank all our parishioners and visitors who have thus far contributed to our “Renew a Pew” Campaign. Since we have met our Diocesan obligation of $50,000.00, all donations now come directly back to the parish, ...

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Pastor’s Weekly Message, April 28, 2019

Dear Friends of Carmel Mission, I hope that you had a happy and Holy Easter. We were surprised by the number of people attending the Easter liturgies. Considering last year’s attendance, we went ahead and purchased an additional 180 folding chairs for the Easter Sunday masses, and again we had people without a seat. ...

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Pastor’s Weekly Message, April 21, 2019

Dear Friends of Carmel Mission, I wish you a very Happy Easter! This is indeed the day that the Lord has made.  I pray that your Lenten journey has brought you closer to the God who loves you and also to the people who love you, whether they are here with you on earth still or have gone home to heaven, and are with ...

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Pastor’s Weekly Message, April 14, 2019

Dear Friends of Carmel Mission, As we approach this most holy time in our church calendar I wanted to take a moment to personally invite you to our Holy Week liturgies at Carmel Mission. Whether you are a parishioner, a visitor to our Monterey Peninsula or a guest of our Catholic Church you are welcome here! Please s ...

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Pastor’s Weekly Message, April 7, 2019

Dear Friends of Carmel Mission, I received my first stoning when I was ten years old! I was walking home from school with some friends when we suddenly found ourselves in the middle of some sort of gang fighting, between kids from two different neighborhoods . (This is the first time that I have revealed that I grew u ...

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Pastor’s Weekly Message, March 31, 2019

Dear Friends of Carmel Mission, In our Gospel reading from St. Luke, we listen again to the fascinating story of the Prodigal Son. We know the story well, and we can identify readily with one or more of its characters, depending on where we stand in our relationship with God. How often have we demanded from another ...

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Pastor’s Weekly Message, March 24, 2019

The Fig Tree During these long and lean Lenten days I feel forlorn, forgotten, almost frozen, With my long limbs exposed to the elements As I stand my ground In the Courtyard of public opinion. Pilgrims pass by my naked torso Without turning to gaze as I extend my bare branches In prayer and patient exp ...

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Pastor’s Weekly Message, March 17, 2019

Dear Friends of Carmel Mission, I wish you a very Happy St. Patrick’s Day! On this day, we give thanks to God for all those who left their home and family in order to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ. St. Patrick was forced to go to Ireland as a slave. He had to endure many hardships as he kept watch over sheep ...

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Pastor’s Weekly Message, March 10, 2019

Dear Friends of Carmel Mission, It has been some years since we have had a Lenten Mission. Many parishioners have been requesting such, and I’m delighted to announce that we will begin our “Mission at the Mission“ on Monday, March 11, 2019, at 7:00pm in the Basilica. It will continue until Wednesday evening. Wh ...

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Pastor’s Weekly Message, March 3, 2019

Dear Friend of Carmel Mission, I hope that this letter finds you well. Perhaps you are reading it while seated in your favorite comfy chair. If you are reading it while standing, why not take a seat? Perhaps you are reading this while sitting on one of Basilica pews? If so, this should resonate with you in a very pra ...

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Pastor’s Weekly Messages, February 24, 2019

Dear Friends of Carmel Mission, Thanks to the generosity of the Knights of Columbus, we will have the honor of hosting the Relic of the Heart of St. Jean Vianney here at our beautiful Mission. This prayerful event takes place on Wednesday, February 27th, 2019, in our Blessed Sacrament Chapel, from 7:00am to 5:00pm. We ...

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Pastor’s Weekly Message, February 17, 2019

Dear Friends of Carmel Mission, Thanks to your generosity, we had the most successful AMA campaign ever, here at Carmel Mission in 2018. We had the largest percentage of participants of all the parishes in our Diocese. All of you who contributed, enabled us to support so many valuable ministries in our Diocese to the ...

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