The Pastor’s Weekly Message

Pastor’s Weekly Message, July 12, 2020

Dear Friend of Carmel Mission, In Sunday’s Gospel Jesus tells us, “To anyone who has, more is given.” We can well imagine this phrase with the word “faith” included to anyone who has faith, more faith is given. We are relying on faith more than ever in these difficult and uncertain times. As we contemplate ...

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Pastor’s Weekly Messag, July 5, 2020

Dear Friend of Carmel Mission, In Sunday’s Gospel Jesus invites us to come and find rest for our souls. Rest is an undervalued part of our productivity-driven world, which encourages us to drive ourselves to the limit of our endurance to keep achieving. Even when we are not working at our jobs, there is very littl ...

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Pastor’s Weekly Message, June 21, 2020

Dear Friend of Carmel Mission, This is an exciting weekend for us at Carmel Mission, as we begin a limited re-opening for the celebration of Mass with two Masses on Sunday at 7:30am and 11am. We also continue our streaming Mass for those who are unable to join us here at the Mission. While we are happy to be abl ...

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Pastor’s Weekly Message, June 13, 2020

Dear Friend of Carmel Mission, It is with pleasure that I can announce that we will be opening the Mission for a limited celebration of Mass on Sunday, June 21. As we have discussed for several weeks now, there will be significant changes in how we access the church and celebrate Mass here at Mission to safegua ...

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Pastor’s Weekly Message, May 31, 2020

Dear Friend of Carmel Mission, Today we celebrate the great feast of Pentecost, the coming of the Holy Spirit into the world and the birthday of our Church. For over two thousand years, our Church as relied on the Holy Spirit to guide her, to heal her, to renew her, and to sustain her. As we welcome the Holy Spirit in ...

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Pastor’s Weekly Message, May 24, 2020

Dear Friend of Carmel Mission, Today we celebrate the Ascension of the Lord when Jesus returns to His Father in Heaven. We can imagine the disappointment of the disciples. They have only recently learned that Jesus has risen from the dead, and now he is leaving them again. Jesus seeks to reassure them that he wi ...

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Pastor’s Weekly Message, May 17, 2020

Dear Friend of Carmel Mission, I hope that you are safe and in good health during this time of uncertainty. In the Gospel this week, the disciples of Jesus face great uncertainty and are under a cloud of unknowing. Jesus promises He will not leave them orphans, but He knows they may feel afraid, alone and i ...

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Pastor’s Weekly Message, May 10, 2020

Dear Friend of Carmel Mission, This weekend we continue our celebration of the Easter season and we also take the opportunity to celebrate our mothers, and all who take on the role of mother in our lives. We know from the book of Isaiah that God loves us as only a mother can, “As one whom his mother comforts, so I ...

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Pastor’s Weekly Message, May 3, 2020

Dear Friend of Carmel Mission, Today we celebrate the Fourth Sunday of Easter, also known as Good Shepherd Sunday. The image of Jesus as the Good Shepherd and all of us as the flock safely resting in his bountiful pastures is a beloved one in our Christian tradition. In the Gospel today, Jesus warns that robbers and ...

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Pastor’s Weekly Message, April 24, 2020

Dear Friend of Carmel Mission, This past Thursday I sent out an update video message and letter to recap all that we have been doing to keep our community connected in this time of the COVID -19 pandemic. In addition, I outlined some of the adaptations and modifications we are considering for the moment when we ...

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Pastor’s Weekly Message, April 18, 2020

Dear Friend of Carmel Mission, It is with great pleasure that I can report on the success of our Easter celebration with our“virtual community.” Our Easter Sunday Mass has over one thousand views, and our online community continues to grow each day. As you know, we are reaching out in all possible ways, through th ...

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Pastor’s Weekly Message, April 13, 2020

Dear Friend of Carmel Mission, Never did I imagine that I would celebrate Holy Week in the manner that is now required. In my forty years as a priest, this is the first Holy Week I have celebrated without the people of God in God’s house. Regardless of the restrictions of this time, however, we continue to wor ...

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Pastor’s Weekly Messag, April 6, 2020

Dear Friend of Carmel Mission, Another week has passed in the new reality imposed on us by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. I hope this finds you and your loved ones still safe and healthy. I hope you have been joining us on our website, carmelmission.org, each morning for my daily prayer message, as we ...

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Pastor’s Weekly Message, March 30, 2020

Dear Friend of Carmel Mission, I hope this finds you and your family safe and healthy, and adjusting to the new realities imposed by the Coronavirus pandemic. So much has changed in the world in recent weeks, and also here at Carmel Mission. We have done much work to develop our communication on our website carmelmis ...

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Pastor’s Weekly Message, March 20, 2020

Dear Friend of Carmel Mission, We continue to monitor and navigate the public health crisis caused by the Coronavirus (COVID-19). In the interest of safeguarding our parish communities and the common good of all society, Bishop Garcia has suspended all public masses in the Diocese of Monterey through at least ...

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