‘Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths.’

— Mark 1:3

Bulletins & Notices

December 10, 2017Second Sunday of Advent
December 3, 2017First Sunday of Advent
November 26, 2017Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe
November 19, 2017Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Special Events and Dates

Sunday, December 10Second Sunday of Advent
Tuesday, December 12Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe
Thursday, December 14Hams for Rippling River and Cachagua due at the church
Thursday, December 14, 11 amDiocesan 50th Anniversary Mass at Madonna del Sasso Cathedral in Salinas
Sunday, December 17Third Sunday of Advent
Sunday, December 17, 4 pmSt Angela's pre-Christmas Choral Works and reception
Wednesday, December 20, 7 am - 7 pmAdoration of the Blessed Sacrament, and Reconciliation 5:15 to 6:45 pm
Sunday, December 24Fourth Sunday of Advent
Monday, December 25The Nativity of the Lord
Sunday, January 7, 12:30 pmPotluck to celebrate the Epiphany of the Lord

Mass Intentions December 2 – 8

Saturday 4:30 pm✝ Jill Taylor
Sunday 9:00 amFrank Broad
Sunday 11:15 amPeggy Wilson Corpuz
Sunday 5:00 pmLos enfermos de nuestras familias
Tuesday 6:00 pmLas familias de la parroquia
Wednesday 7:00 amFor the recovery of Jim Taylor
Thursday 7:00 amRuth Campobasso
Friday 7:00 amSick and homebound of the parish

Request for Christmas Hams

Our Manna Ministry will be assisting individuals and families at Rippling River and Cachagua with hams this Christmas. If you are able to help out with a ham from the grocery frozen food department, or a canned ham, it would be greatly appreciated. We need the hams by this Thursday, December 14. The Manna Christmas delivery will take place on Saturday, December 16. Thank you for your support.

New Social Outreach Ministry — a Hot Meal!

The cold weather during these winter months and the needs of the homeless and others here in Carmel Valley has been a concern of our Parish Pastoral Council.

We would like to expand our Social Outreach Ministry to include a possible once-a-month or so hot meal in the Parish Hall. This, of course, would require a team of parishioners willing to serve in this new ministry. Please contact Fr Dennis as soon as possible if you are available. Your service would be deeply appreciated. Thank you.

St. Angela’s Pre-Christmas Choral Works

We are invited next Sunday, December 17, at 4 pm, to a special pre-Christmas event… beautiful music, surprises, and a champagne reception following. All free. Lighthouse Avenue and 9th, Pacific Grove.

Diocesan 50th Anniversary Mass

A special Mass of Thanksgiving to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the establishment of our Diocese will take place this Thursday, December 14, at 11:00 am, at Madonna del Sasso Pro Cathedral in Salinas. If you plan to attend, please let Fr Dennis know so that you can officially represent Our Lady of Mount Carmel. Special seating will be available for Parish representatives. Thank you.

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament

Please join us in prayer with our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament on Wednesday, December 20. The exposition of the Blessed Sacrament offers us a very special occasion for prayerful reflection and meditation before Christmas. It will take place following the 7:00 am morning Mass until 7:00 pm when we will conclude with a final prayer and blessing. A sign up list to offer an hour in prayer with the Lord is available at the entrance of the Church. We remember the words of Jesus to Peter in Gethsemane: “So you could not keep watch with me for one hour?” The Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) will also be available on Wednesday, Dec. 20, from 5:15 to 6:45 pm.

Christmas Masses

Our Christmas Mass schedule this year includes Christmas Eve Masses on Sunday, December 24, at 4:30 pm and 7:00 pm (bilingual), and Christmas Day Masses on Monday, December 25, at 9:00 am and 11:15 am.

Parish Potluck Lunch for the Epiphany of the Lord

Please mark your calendars now and plan ahead to join us for a special potluck lunch to celebrate the Christmas Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord on Sunday, January 7 at 12:30 pm, following the 11:15 am Mass.

Your Donations

As we begin a new church year, we thank you once more for your support of your parish. Here are a couple of ideas that make the processing of your donations easier:

If you donate by check, please write your donation number on it. If you don’t know it, just contact the office and we’ll get it to you.

Or as an alternative, Electronic Fund Transfers (EFTs) are possible. Follow the “Donate” tab on the church website. You can set up recurring contributions, and even use a credit card.

Altar Servers Needed

Children, youth and young adults are invited to serve as Altar Servers or Acolytes for our Saturday and Sunday Masses. We have a special need at our Saturday, 4:30 pm Mass and the Sunday, 11:15 am Mass. Please leave a message in the parish office for Father Dennis if you would like to serve. Thank you. Your service would be greatly appreciated!

Second Collections

There will be a second collection this weekend for the Retirement Fund for Religious. Next weekend, there will be a second collection for Hope’s Pantry / Social Outreach.

Noticias Especiales

Misa en Español – Cada domingo a las 5 pm.

Bautismos, Bodas, Quinceañeras – Favor de hablar con P. Dennis.

Confesiones – Cada sábado a las 3:30 pm y por cita.

Misa Especial para Celebrar el Aniversario de los 50 años de la Diócesis de Monterey – Todos están invitados, el jueves, 14 de dic., a las 11 am en la Iglesia de Madonna del Sasso en Salinas. Si usted tiene planes de asistir, favor de avisar al Padre Dennis para representar oficialmente a Nuestra Señora del Monte Carmelo. Gracias.

Celebraciones Especiales del Mes de Diciembre
Martes, 12 de diciembre Fiesta de la Virgen de Guadalupe 6 am – Las Mañanitas, 6 pm – Misa Especial
Miércoles, 20 de diciembre – Exposición del Santísimo Sacramento 7:00 am (Misa) – 7:00 pm (Bendición Final) Sacramento de Reconciliación (Confesiones) 5:15 pm – 6:45 pm
Jueves, 21 de diciembre La Posada de la Parroquia 6 pm
Domingo, 24 de diciembre Misa de la Navidad del Señor 4:30 pm – Misa de los Niños en ingles, 7 pm – Misa Bilingüe (No habrá Misa de 5 pm de la Noche Buena)
Lunes, 25 de diciembre 9 am y 11:15 am – Misas de la Navidad

Youth Corner

Mark’s Gospel begins with a powerful reminder that we prepare for our Lord by loving and caring for others; working for peace and justice for all.