The Religious Education Office of Our Lady of Mount Carmel is once again sponsoring a parish wide community reach-out to help those in need this Christmas season, particularly those young people living in state care and group homes. Newly purchased gifts should be placed in the large wooden box inside the entrance of the church before Monday, December 21st. Specific gift requests from three area group homes can be found on the gift tags left in the basket inside the doors of the church. In addition to the specific requests, new general items such as sweat pants and tops, gift cards and bedding will also be accepted. Please attach the tag to the gift when you return it to the box. All gifts should be unwrapped, so that staff members can best distribute the gifts to the many children and teenagers living in group homes in the East Bay area. Items may be placed in open gift bags.
THE STATUE OF
OUR LADY OF MOUNT CARMEL
will be visiting homes for prayer during Advent. Parishioners who wish to reserve a date to host Her please call Bernice Parella at 253-3455.
CHRISTMAS FLOWERS: You will notice in your budget a special envelope for Christmas Flowers. We rely on your generosity to beautify the Church for the celebration of the Lord’s Birth. You may place your donation in these envelopes and place them in the basket at any time. On the envelope is an area to remember deceased loved ones. These envelopes will be placed as a memorial at the Nativity Scene for the season of Christmas.
CONFESSIONS FOR ADVENT
Monday, December 14th, 6-8PM
Eight Priests will be available
EUCHARISTIC ADORATION FOR ADVENT
8AM – 6PM
Thursday, December 24th
4:00PM and Midnight
(11:15PM -Concert Precedes Midnight Mass)
Friday, December 25th
8:30AM & 10:00AM
BISHOP TOBIN TO OFFER RETREAT
On January 15th & 16th, from 7pm Friday to 7pm Saturday at the Seminary of Our Lady of Providence, Bishop Tobin will direct a weekend retreat for men 18-35 who are discerning a call to the priesthood. Do you know someone who might be interested? Even if they are away at College, consider sending in their name. Anyone interested should call Fr. Michael Najim, Vocation Director, at 331-1316 or contact your parish priest
CONCERT FOR THE EPIPHANY
will be held on Sunday, January 3, 4:00 . We thank CAMPAGNA’S PHARMACY once again for sponsoring our concert this year. The Festival of Carols for the Epiphany will be from 4:00pm to 5:30pm
GRILLED SCALLOPS with GRILLED EGGPLANT AND POLENTA on top of a bed of ARUGALA dressed with EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL AND LEMON and a RED PEPPER BASIL COULIS
RIGATONI NORCINA with GOGLIA SAUSAGE, ONIONS, WHITE WINE and MARSCAPONE CHEESE
(Povimi Veal Stuffed with Fresh Tomatoes, Mozzarella and Basil)
BASIL MASHED POTATOES
CAULIFLOWER TOLFA (Cauliflower Suateed in Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Salt and Pepper, Pepperoncini and finished with Aceto Bianco
PEACH & PLUM CROSTATA with a MASCARPONE, HONEY, LEMON CREME
JOIN THE OUR LADY OF MOUNT
CARMEL NOCTURNAL ADORATION SOCIETY
is a wonderful spiritual society and each month members
attend Mass on the First Thursday at 5:30PM . After Mass,
adoration of the Blessed Sacrament begins and continues
until 7AM on First Friday. Each member chooses a time convenient
for them to spend in adoration.
School was founded in 1952, with the Religious Teachers
Fillippini as the foundation order. Together, now with lay
teachers and staff, the school this year has some 200. Below are some
pictures of our school:
THE CHURCH in your
preparation for the end of the tax year. Donations to the
Church, (monetary, stock, property) are a tax deduction
that can help you and a way, at year's end, to assist your
parish in the work of God.
POOR BOX located
in the back of the Church under the picture of Pope Benedict
XVI, is the vehicle by which we can hear and answer the
cries of the poor on a weekly basis. Please remember to
give to the poor box on a regular basis. Through your generosity
we are enabled to help individuals and families in need.
Thank you for thinking of others during their time of need.