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OUR LADY OF MOUNT CARMEL

ERIE, PA Sunday:

Saturday - April 9 - Lenten Weekday 5:00 p.m. Jennie & Dom Alacce (Jim Riley & sisters) Sunday - April 10 - Fifth Sunday of Lent 8:00 a.m. Don & Wanda Roth (60th wedding anniversary) 9:30 a.m. Louis Donikowski (family) 11:00 a.m. Mass for all Parishioners

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Readings for the Week of April 10 Ez 37:12-14/Rom 8:8-11/Jn 11:1-45 or 11:37,17,20-27,33b-45 Dn 13:1-9,15-17,19-30,33-62/Jn 8:1-11 Nm 21:4-9/Jn 8:21-30 Dn 3:14-20,91-92,95/Jn 8:31-42 Gn 17:3-9/Jn 8:51-59 Jer 20:10-13/Jn 10:31-42 Ez 37:21-28/Jn 66 or 27:11-54 Is 50:4-7/Phil 2:6-11/ Mt 26:14-27:11-54

Monday - April 11 - Lenten Weekday/St. Stanislaus 7:00 a.m. Adella Mialka (Catherine Taylor) Tuesday - April 12 - Lenten Weekday 7:00 a.m. Paul Kowalczyk (Rosemary & Kim) Wednesday - April 13 - Lenten Weekday/St. Martin 7:00 a.m. Karen Cummings (husband ,John & family) 8:45 a.m. Patti Beals (Robert Kraus family) Thursday - April 14 - Lenten Weekday 7:00 a.m. Elizabeth & Gordon Mahoney (Betsy & Sally) Friday - April 15 - Lenten Weekday 7:00 a.m. Sandra Cottrell Rogers (family) Saturday - April 16 - Lenten Weekday 5:00 p.m. Rudy Stiftinger (wife, Fran) Sunday - April 17 - Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion 8:00 a.m. Living & Deceased Members of the Men’s Council 9:30 a.m. Mass for all Parishioners 11:00 a.m. Susan Woods (mom, Amelia & family) 7:00 p.m. Penance Service (OLMC)

Sunday - April 10 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE Monday - April 11 6:30 p.m. MCAA Board (Mpr) 7:30 p.m. Legion of Mary (Church) 7:30 p.m. MCAA Membership (Mpr) Wednesday - April 13 9:30 a.m. Church cleaning 6:30 p.m. Choir Practice (Church) 9:00 p.m. Men’s Basketball (SH) Thursday - April 14 6:30 p.m. Folk Group practice (Church) 7:30 p.m. Knights of Columbus Assembly (Mpr) Friday - April 15 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Fish & Pierogi Dinner (SH) 7:00 p.m. Stations of the Cross (Church) Saturday - April 16 4:00 p.m. Confessions Sunday - April 17

7:00 p.m. REVEREND JOSEPH T. SCHEFFNER ENDOWMENT FUND Parishioners and friends are encouraged to remember their loved ones at the time of death or for any special occasion by contributing a memorial gift to the ENDOWMENT FUND. The Fund provides parish support and tuition assistance to parish children who attend Our Lady of Mount Carmel School. Brochures concerning the Fund and remittance envelopes are available in the back of the church. Tuition assistance from the inception of the Fund is $76,235.00. Contributions to the Fund since inception are $143,670.00. The Santuary Lamp will burn in memory of Karen Cummings as requested by her family

LENTEN PENANCE SERVICE

WEEKDAYS OF APRIL 10 7:00 a.m. Maria Henry SATURDAY - APRIL 16 5:00 p.m. Rachel Loringer/Nick Woll SUNDAY - APRIL 17 8:00 a.m. Angela Przybyszewski/Tamara Carrier 9:30 a.m. Andrew Williams/Mary Ingaldi 11:00 a.m. Adam Essigmann/Sam Woodell


FIFTH SUNDAY OF LENT SACRIFICIAL GIVING Last week the collection was $7,701.00 Each week we need to collect $9,730.00 Envelope sets mailed 1001 Envelopes received 318 Thank you to those who use their envelopes regularly and to all who have increased their Offertory. RELIGIOUS EDUCATION Religious Education is looking to make registration easier for you. Beginning April 3, 2011, and for the remainder of April, we will be pre-registering families for the up-coming 2011-2012 religious education year. You can register your family during any religious education class this month. By registering early, the textbooks that we order can be purchased at a very big discount! The Religious Education department can be better prepared for the start of classes in the fall. Remember, if you are attending a public high school, you must attend 9th and 10th grade religious education in order to be confirmed in 11th grade. If you have missed 9th or 10th grade the past two years, please call me and we can arrange make-up classes this summer! No classes for 10th grade religious education this week and no classes for all grades next week, April 17.

THE EASTER TRIDUUM Thursday - April 21 - HOLY THURSDAY 7:00 p.m. Mass of the Lord’s Supper Friday - April 22 - GOOD FRIDAY 2:00 p.m. Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion and Death 8:00 p.m. Living Stations of the Cross Saturday - April 23 - HOLY SATURDAY

PALM SUNDAY-APRIL 17-BEGINNING OF HOLY WEEK At the 11:00 a.m. Mass (weather permitting) we will have a procession from the picnic pavilion into the Church with palms. For those in the procession, the sprinkling of the palms with Holy Water will take place at the pavilion. All who wish to attend the 11:00 a.m. Mass on Palm Sunday and wish to participate in the procession are welcome. Those who for personal reasons feel that they cannot process are welcome to take their places in church as they normally do. Weather permitting, the procession will assemble at the pavilion no later than 10:45 a.m., process to the church carrying palms, accompanied by music. If the weather is disagreeable, the procession will gather in the foyer of the church utilizing the mother’s chapel and the walkway in front of church if necessary. HOLY THURSDAY - ADORATION OF OUR LORD Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will take place in the Chapel of Repose after Mass on Holy Thursday from 8:00 p.m. to 12:00 midnight. Please consider spending some time with our Lord in private prayer and in thanksgiving for all he did for all of us. Sign up sheets are available at the church entrances for those who would like to commit to a particular time. THE WINNER OF THE MEN'S COUNCIL 50-50 ON APRIL 5 Rich Greene - $1,065.00 Seller: Chuck Wolfram Men's Council 50/50 tickets are available for purchase in the vestibule before and after every Mass on the weekend. Proceeds of

APRIL 10, 2011 THOUGHTS ON THE WAY UP MOUNT CARMEL Open House! Sunday, 1-3! I hope that you will take the opportunity to visit our parish school and take a tour of the classrooms. We are excited about all the new things going on in our school this year. And, next year will be even bigger. From the expanded pre-School, to the completely new lighting being installed this summer, the increased number of families new to the school, to the extension of our Art program to the full school year; the future for our parish school is now! Come and see! People must have heard me praising our wonderful staff of volunteers for our first Fish Dinner because the crowd at the second dinner was even larger. Those of us working the door barely had a break all evening! And, lots of satisfied customers left with smiling faces and “doggie bags”. Thanks to all those who worked before during and after and, thanks to the Seventh Grade from our parish school for setting up the gym in advance. (And to the Eighth Grade for setting up for our first dinner.) The dishwashing (and drying!) crew was especially outstanding! We certainly appreciate the help of so many parishioners. Holy Week is fast approaching. I would like to encourage you to participate in many of the unique and once-a-year spiritual and liturgical events that will soon be happening. This year, on Palm Sunday, you can attend the Men’s Council Father-Son Communion Breakfast. The 11:00 Mass that Sunday will include a Procession of Blessed Palms from our picnic pavilion to church in remembrance of Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem. Please try to be there at 10:45 so that palms can be distributed and blessed before the procession. And, for those who arrive as the bells are ringing, please drive carefully! I am sure that Jesus didn’t have to worry about automobile traffic in the streets of Jerusalem! Times have changed! In addition, the special services for Holy Thursday will include the washing of the disciples’ feet and the Procession of the Eucharist to the Adoration chapel. On Good Friday, we have the Commemoration of the Crucifixion in the afternoon and the children from our parish school will again present the Living Stations of the Cross at 8:00 P.M. The traditional Blessing of Easter food will be on Holy Saturday. You can check the full schedule in this bulletin. The conclusion of Lent is a very special time for all believers. I hope that you will join us in experiencing the power of God’s Love this Holy Week. One way that you can get ready for Holy Week and Easter is with the Sacrament of Penance. We have our parish Penance Service next Sunday evening and also at St. Boniface on the following Tuesday. We have been very busy with children’s confessions these past days. Our catholic high school students had their penance services with dozens of priests recently. Our own Religious Education students and the students in our parish school have all been to confession just this week. Don’t miss your chance this week. If the past 40 days have not produced the change you want, yet; then try the sacrament. You never know what God’s grace can do! Take some quiet time this week to read and reflect on the events in scripture which are the basis for our celebration. Set aside time for prayer. Don’t let all the busyness of this time keep you from getting ready to celebrate the Resurrection. Welcome back to our Southern refugees. It’s nice to have you back. Now let’s get ready to welcome the Son back from the dead! Fr. Ray


Fifth Sunday of Lent