The Pastor’s Weekly Message

Pastor’s Weekly Message , December 27, 2020

Dear Friend of Carmel Mission, This weekend we celebrate the feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph. I hope you had an opportunity to connect with your family in the past few days, whether in person, on the phone, or on the omnipresent Zoom. Family is one of God’s greatest gifts. One of the lessons we ...

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Pastor’s Weekly Message , December 20, 2020

Dear Friend of Carmel Mission, In the Gospel today the Angel Gabriel assuages Mary’s doubt and fear by reminding her that “nothing will be impossible for God.” We are close to the celebration of the Incarnation, that seemingly impossible moment when God, the King of Kings, is born into human form in the lowlie ...

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Pastor’s Weekly Message , December 13, 2020

Dear Friend of Carmel Mission, “Rejoice always. Pray without ceasing. In all circumstances give thanks.” Wonderful advice from St. Paul but perhaps easier said than done. Rejoice yes, but always? What about when confronted with the sadness and disappointments that life presents? Pray, yes, but unceasingly? What ab ...

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Pastor’s Weekly Message, December 6, 2020

Dear Friend of Carmel Mission, As we continue on our Advent journey we wait in hope for so many things. We wait for the coming of Christ at Christmas and His Second Coming at the end of time. We wait for the COVID-19 vaccine, and the end of this devastating pandemic. We wait to be able to safely see our family and f ...

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Pastor’s Weekly Message , November 29, 2020

Dear Friend of Carmel Mission, Here at Carmel Mission we choose a theme each year for our Advent season. The theme helps to guide our spiritual preparation through Advent, as we get ready to welcome Jesus into our world at Christmas. This year has been like no other in my lifetime. The sweeping and devasting effects ...

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Pastor’s Weekly Message , November 22, 2020

Dear Friend of Carmel Mission, As we celebrate the Feast of Christ the King we bring our liturgical year to a close, and what a year it has been. As I consider the many unprecedented happenings of this past year, I am also reminded that nothing is unprecedented for God. We hear in the Gospel today that God’s Kingd ...

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Pastor’s Weekly Message , November 15, 2020

Dear Friend of Carmel Mission, In the Gospel today Jesus tells us that we are to use our “talents,” our unique gifts, resources and skills, for the betterment of the Master’s Kingdom. In the Church we often talk about the stewardship of time, talent and treasure. All of these are invaluable to our community, t ...

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Pastor’s Weekly Message, November 8, 2020

Dear Friend of Carmel Mission, This past Wednesday, November 4, we celebrated the feast of St. Charles Borromeo, our titular patron here at Mission San Carlos Borromeo del Rio Carmelo. St. Charles is a fascinating figure in the history of the Church. He was instrumental in founding the model for priestly formation tha ...

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Pastor’s Weekly Message, November 1, 2020

Dear Friend of Carmel Mission, Today we celebrate the feast of All Saints. As we remember our favorite saints, whose example has been an inspiration in our own life of faith, we are also encouraged that we too can join their number. Though few of us will become a canonized saint of the Catholic Church, not that I am c ...

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Pastor’s Weekly Message , October 25, 2020

Dear Friend of Carmel Mission, In the Gospel today Jesus gets to the heart of God’s law. We are to love God with our whole being, we are to love ourselves, and our neighbor as ourselves. It seems simple, right? As we know too well, it is anything but simple. As I was contemplating this deceptively straightforward ...

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Pastor’s Weekly Message , October 18, 2020

Dear Friend of Carmel Mission, Today we hear a familiar story from Scripture in our Gospel passage. “Repay to Cesar what belongs to Cesar and to God what belongs to God.” In Jesus’ artful answer to what the Pharisees had hoped would be an impossible question is a beautiful truth. Jesus asks for the Roman coin ...

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Pastor’s Weekly Message , October 11, 2020

Dear Friend of Carmel Mission, We hear in Jesus’ parable today that many are invited to the Lord’s feast. God invites us all to his home, the Kingdom of Heaven. He asks only that we come ready to join in the celebration, to contribute our talents, our time and our energy to building up the Kingdom of God. As fol ...

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Pastor’s Weekly Message, October 4, 2020

Dear Friend of Carmel Mission, As I was reading from Sacred Scripture in preparation for the weekend I came to the first line from the passage from the letter of St. Paul to the Philippians: “Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God.” (Ph ...

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Pastor’s Weekly Message, September 27, 2020

Dear Friend of Carmel Mission, In the current time of uncertainty, unease, and fear that we are experiencing, in a world gripped with pandemic and a nation grappling with the profound issues of racial inequality, I find myself turning, as Jesus Himself did, to the psalms. In the psalms we find the depth of human emo ...

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Pastor’s Weekly Message, September 20, 2020

Dear Friend of Carmel Mission, Reflecting on the Gospel for this weekend, I am reminded of a line from a hymn we have fairly recently added to our repertoire at Carmel Mission, O How Blessed. “The first shall be last, the last shall be first, for such is the wisdom of God.” Certainly, it is not in line with huma ...

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