Carmel Bulletin, 27 October 2018 In the Gospel reading at Mass today, Bartimaeus is healed of his blindness. He has the faith and courage to ask Jesus to do what would be impossible for mere mortals like us. It seems likely that the first thing that Bartimaeus sees is the face of Jesus – a … Continue reading Who Do People See As They Come to Our Church?
In the Gospel reading at Mass today, Jesus sets the challenge for the disciples: living in the likeness of Christ requires us to place ourselves at the service of others. When we gather for Mass, that service to others begins from the moment people walk in the door. Our vision as a parish is that … Continue reading Help Us Build a Welcoming Community
Carmel Bulletin, 14 August 2016 The Second Vatican Council’s instruction on music said: “One cannot find anything more religious and more joyful in sacred celebrations than a whole congregation expressing its faith and devotion in song” (Musicam Sacram, no. 16). That, of course, is easier said than done! While it may take effort to encourage … Continue reading Music and Hospitality
Carmel Bulletin, 30 August 2015 Often when we consider the skills and gifts that a parishioner brings to liturgical ministry, we think of very practical things. Music ministers obviously need to be able to sing or play an instrument. Ministers of the Word need to be able to project their voice and speak clearly. Altar servers … Continue reading Liturgical Ministry Has a Spiritual Side
Carmel Bulletin, 14 June 2015 Recently, the pastoral council facilitated a parish forum that was focused on our parish vision that all families feel supported, connected and valued as they live and grow in their faith. At that forum, some people recalled the practice of a former parish priest, Fr Laurie, who encouraged us to … Continue reading Welcome and Hospitality