The Pastor’s Weekly Message

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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Pastor’s Weekly Message , October 28, 2018

Dear Friends of Carmel Mission, Trick or treat? Halloween is a time of ghosts and scary monsters, when many people spend a small fortune on elaborate costumes and face masks. Our Junipero Serra School students will try to recapture the true meaning of the festival by dressing up as their favorite Saint. As you know ...

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Pastor’s Weekly Message , October 21, 2018

Dear Friends of Carmel Mission, The phrase “Be careful what you ask for “may well be applied to James and John, the sons of Zebedee, in today’s Gospel. They asked for seats beside Jesus when He took His seat in glory. They wanted to book the best seats in the house, in advance! No doubt Jesus probably thought t ...

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Pastor’s Weekly Message , October 14, 2018

Dear Friends of Carmel Mission, The world is wounded and needs healing. Our Catholic Church is wounded and needs healing. The local parish is wounded needs healing. Our families are wounded and need healing. I am wounded and need healing. Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ spent much of his time during th ...

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Pastor’s Weekly Message, October 7, 2018

Dear Friends of Carmel Mission, As I’ve mentioned to you recently, we at Carmel Mission are dedicating the month of October to prayer for healing. We live in a society that craves for healing. All healing comes from God. When we inflict wounds on others, by our thoughts, our words or our actions, we are doing the d ...

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Pastor’s Weekly Message, September 30, 2018

Dear Friends of Carmel Mission, Our Holy Father, Pope Francis, has called on Catholics throughout the world to dedicate the month of October to prayer for healing in our Church. As if in anticipation of this call to prayer, we had already decided here at Carmel Mission to have a special Prayer for Healing Service in ...

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Pastor’s Weekly Message, September 23, 2018

Dear Friends of Carmel Mission, One of the most frequently asked questions by our team is: How can we make our parishioners and pilgrims feel more welcome to our beautiful Mission? This is a priority for all of us. We have made our environment safer by adding state of the art security systems. We have provided appro ...

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Pastor’s Weekly Message, September 16, 2018

Dear Friends of Carmel Mission, Our school, JSS, has recently commenced a new academic year. During the summer months, we carried out a refurbishment of classrooms and grounds. Teachers and parents have commented on how everything is looking so fresh and clean. We have also enhanced our school security system with ...

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Pastor’s Weekly Message, September 9, 2018

Dear Friends of Carmel Mission, In the Gospel this weekend (Mk.7:31-37), Jesus restores the sense of hearing to a deaf man. As a result, the man can speak clearly and people can understand his every word. My mom recently celebrated her 95th Birthday. For the last ten years she has been using hearing aids. She has nev ...

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Pastor’s Weekly Message, September 2, 2018

Dear Friends of Carmel Mission, I wrote last weekend that our Catholic faith is centered and dependent on the person of Jesus Christ. He has called each baptized Catholic to follow Him, to be His disciple. His call is a call to action. At certain times in our Church’s history, this call becomes more urgent and deman ...

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Pastor’s Weekly Message, August 26, 2018

Dear Friends of Carmel Mission, The message brought by Saint Junipero Serra to those who lived on the West Coast was a message that they had never heard before, i.e. that God our Creator loves every human person with a tremendous love that never changes. God showed this love by sending His only Son, Jesus Christ. By ...

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