The Pastor’s Weekly Message

Pastor’s Weekly Message, February 10, 2019

Dear Friends of Carmel Mission, Please join us at the 11:00am mass next Sunday, February 17th, 2019, as we welcome our new Bishop of Monterey, Most Reverend Daniel E. Garcia, to our Mission. As you know, Bishop Danny has been appointed by Pope Francis, and comes to us from the Diocese of Austin, Texas. At the conclus ...

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Pastor’s Weekly Message, February 3, 2019

Dear Friends of Carmel Mission, We are all in need of healing, be it physical, spiritual or emotional. None of us is perfect. The Anointing of the Sick is a wonderful opportunity for us to experience the healing grace of God. This Sacrament is frequently celebrated In hospitals, convalescence homes or in the home of ...

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Pastor’s Weekly Message, January 27, 2019

Dear Friends of Carmel Mission, On behalf of our parish community and all our friends at our beautiful Mission, I issue the warmest possible welcome to our new Bishop, Most Reverend Daniel E. Garcia, D.D. I pray that you will learn to love this wonderful place that is the Diocese of Monterey. I pray that you will be ...

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Pastor’s Weekly Message, January 20, 2019

Dear Friends of Carmel Mission, The gospel reading this weekend relates the story of the Wedding at Cana. Jesus, His Mother Mary and a number of His disciples attended. He used this occasion to perform His first miracle, the changing of the water into wine. It is interesting to note that He seemed at first to be relu ...

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Pastor’s Weekly Message, January 13, 2019

Dear Friends of Carmel Mission, This weekend we celebrate the Baptism of the Lord by his cousin John. The beautiful painting which depicts the event adorns the cover of our Bulletin, and can be viewed in the Baptistry, which is the room to your left as you enter the main doors of our beautiful Basilica. I take this o ...

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Pastor’s Weekly Message, January 6, 2019

Dear Friends of Carmel Mission, On this Feast of the Epiphany we remember the arrival of the Three Wise Men, or Magi, at the stable in Bethlehem. They had followed a star from a place somewhere in the East. Some have speculated that they came from what is now part of modern day Iran. Others have put forth the theory t ...

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Pastor’s Weekly Message , December 30, 2018

Dear Friends of Carmel Mission, As we approach a New Year, many of us will be thinking about adopting a New Year resolution. I’m asking that you prayerfully consider adopting the phrase: Put my Parish First! We are all impacted by what happens in the universal church, but most of us live out our faith in our paris ...

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Pastor’s Weekly Message , December 23, 2018

Dear Friends of Carmel Mission, Come Home for Christmas 🎄 I invite you and your family and friends to join us in our beautiful Basilica for one of our Christmas liturgies. All are welcome here, no matter how long it’s been since you have set your foot inside the door of a Church. Please know that we rejoice to ...

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Pastor’s Weekly Message , December 16, 2018

HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Dear Friends of Carmel Mission, Some months ago, I wrote to you about one of our most precious possessions here at the Mission, the statue of Our Lady of Bethlehem. This statue has a huge significance for our community and indeed for the entire Diocese of Monterey. Our Lady of Bethlehem is Patrone ...

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Pastor’s Weekly Message, December 9, 2018

Dear Friends of Carmel Mission, Our Advent theme this year is: Waiting for the Light. The season of Advent is a time of preparation, of expectation, of waiting in hope for the coming of Christ, our Savior. We prepare ourselves to celebrate the birth of Christ at Christmas. But we also prepare ourselves for His Secon ...

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Pastor’s Weekly Message, December 2, 2018

Dear Friends of Carmel Mission, The front cover of our weekly Bulletin features a photograph of the next Bishop of the Diocese of Monterey, Bishop Daniel E. Garcia. He is currently an Auxiliary Bishop in the Diocese of Austin, Texas. We thank the Holy Father, Pope Francis, for appointing Bishop Daniel as our Shepherd, ...

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Pastor’s Weekly Message , November 25, 2018

Dear Friends of Carmel Mission, This weekend we celebrate the Feast of Christ, the Universal King. It marks the end of our liturgical cycle. Next week we enter the Season of Advent. The Kingship of Christ is totally unlike any earthly kingship. His throne is the Cross, on which He was crucified. He told the Roman G ...

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Pastor’s Weekly Message , November 18, 2018

Dear Friends of Carmel Mission, Happy Thanksgiving to you and your loved ones! What a wonderful holiday it is to celebrate our gratitude to God for all the blessings that He gives us. It is a secular holiday, of course, but for us Catholics, it is a resounding echo of that Thanksgiving, that Eucharist, that is at the ...

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Pastor’s Weekly Message , November 11, 2018

Dear Friends of Carmel Mission, Lt. Tom Kettle died in the mud trenches near the French town of Ginchy, on September 9th, 1916, the 71st day of the Battle of the Somme. Tom was a hero who believed that all people have a right to freedom. On this Veterans Day weekend, we honor all those heroes who fought for freedom. ...

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Pastor’s Weekly Message, November 4, 2018

Dear Friends of Carmel Mission, On November 2nd, the day when we commemorate our departed loved ones, we gathered in our beautiful Basilica to celebrate a mass for the happy repose of their souls. It was a wonderful event, even though perhaps a little bittersweet. I want to express my thanks to the members of our Ber ...

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