The Pastor’s Weekly Message

Pastor’s Weekly Message, April 10, 2021

Dear Friend of Carmel Mission, It was a great joy to celebrate last week with all you who joined us here at the Mission or online for our Holy Week celebrations. Despite ongoing restrictions and challenges due to COVID, we were able to safely celebrate with record crowds outdoors on Palm and Easter Sundays and con ...

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Pastor’s Weekly Messag, April 3, 2021

Dear Friend of Carmel Mission, Alleluia, He is Risen! Jesus has risen from the dead, carrying with Him all our hope, and the world will never the same. I am always encouraged by the witness of the unnamed disciple in the Gospel today, who does not yet fully understand what it means that Jesus has risen from the dea ...

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Pastor’s Weekly Message, March 27, 2021

Dear Friend of Carmel Mission,   What a difference a year can make! I remember last year at this time, confronting a situation I had never experienced in over forty years as a priest, a Holy Week without public celebrations. We were fortunate that we were able to pivot quickly and begin to build our virtual communit ...

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Pastor’s Weekly Message, March 20, 2021

Dear Friend of Carmel Mission, I want to thank all of you who have reached out with your prayers and support for me and my family in this sad time of loss. While it has been so difficult to lose our Mum, I am grateful that I was able to be with her, and with my family. We deeply appreciate your kindness towards us. I ...

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Pastor’s Weekly Message, March 13, 2021

Dear Friend of Carmel Mission, “God so loved the world that He gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him may have eternal life.” (John 3:16). Take a moment to let that statement, that truth, sink in. God actually went through with the terrible sacrifice with which he tested Abraham. He gave His only ...

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Pastor’s Weekly Messag, March 6, 2021

Dear Friend of Carmel Mission, What does it mean to proclaim a crucified Christ, to worship a crucified Messiah? The mystery of who Jesus is, both fully human and fully divine, reminds us that we cannot put any limit on God. Jesus accepted the constraints of humanity, and suffered and died on the Cross. Jesus then ove ...

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Pastor’s Weekly Message, February 27, 2021

Dear Friend of Carmel Mission, Today in the Gospel Peter says to Jesus, “Rabbi, it is good that we are here!” Given that Peter had just witnessed Jesus’ Transfiguration and the appearance of Moses and Elijah that could be categorized as a bit of an understatement. It is amazing, miraculous, and astonishing tha ...

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Pastor’s Weekly Message, February 20, 2021

Dear Friend of Carmel Mission, This year we have chosen for our Lenten theme “Led By The Spirit.” The forty days of Lent commemorate the forty days that Jesus spent alone in the desert wilderness, facing temptation, fasting, and praying to His Father. The Spirit led Jesus into the desert to help prepare Him for ...

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Pastor’s Weekly Message, February 13, 2021

Dear Friend of Carmel Mission, Today’s psalm encourages us to turn to God in our time of need. “I turn to you, Lord, in time of trouble and you fill me with the joy of salvation.” We can mark our most intimate relationships by who we turn to first in difficult times. At first it is usually our parents and our fa ...

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Pastor’s Weekly Messag, February 6, 2021

Dear Friend of Carmel Mission, At this moment, our world is crying out for the healing Jesus offered the people of Capernaum in today’s Gospel.  As we continue to struggle with the Covid-19 pandemic, and the physical, mental and emotional strains that it brings, we find ourselves in great need of Jesus’ healing ...

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Pastor’s Weekly Message, January 30, 2021

Dear Friend of Carmel Mission, Today in the Gospel we find Jesus teaching in the temple with an authentic authority which astonishes those listening and learning. Even the unclean spirit recognizes Jesus for who He is, “the Holy One of God.” Those present can sense that this is a new kind of authority, based not o ...

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Pastor’s Weekly Message, January 23, 2021

Dear Friend of Carmel Mission, This Sunday we celebrate “Sunday of the Word of God.” This celebration is a gift to us from our Holy Father, Pope Francis, who in his Apostolic letter “Aperuit Illis” instituted the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time to be the Sunday of the Word of God. In Pope Francis’ own words fr ...

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Pastor’s Weekly Message, January 17, 2021

Dear Friend of Carmel Mission, The Gospel today reminds us of a crucial aspect of being a follower of Jesus Christ - bearing witness to Him in the world. John the Baptist’s witness, proclaiming Jesus as the Lamb of God, causes Andrew to be drawn to Jesus. After a single afternoon with Jesus, Andrew bears witness to ...

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Pastor’s Weekly Message, January 10, 2021

Dear Friend of Carmel Mission, There can be no greater endorsement for the power and importance of the Sacrament of Baptism, than that Jesus Himself was baptized. Little is known from Scripture of Jesus’s life from the time of the Magi’s visit until he comes to the river Jordan for Baptism. We know as a child, whi ...

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Pastor’s Weekly Messag, January 2, 2021

Dear Friend of Carmel Mission, This week we celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany, the visit of the Magi to the newborn Christ Child. It is a beloved story of the Christmas season and it foreshadows the Paschal Mystery in the Magi’s gifts of myrrh, used to prepare the dead for burial, frankincense, used to incense s ...

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