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OUR LADY OF MOUNT CARMEL

Saturday - February 26 - Weekday 5:00 p.m. Harry Andrzejewski (family) Sunday - February 27 - Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time 8:00 a.m. Mass for all Parishioners 9:30 a.m. Matthew Jakubowski (Mom & Dad) 11:00 a.m. Gerard Dudenhoefer (Elaine Yarussi)

ERIE, PA Sunday: Monday: Tuesday: Wednesday: Thursday: Friday: Saturday: Next Sunday:

Readings for the Week of February27 Is 49:14-15/1 Cor 4:1-5/Mt 6:24-34 Sir 17:20-24/Mk 10:17-27 Sir 35:1-12/Mk 10:28-31 Sir 36:1,4-5a,10-17/Mk 10:32-45 Sir 42:15-25/Mk 10:46-52 Sir 44:1,9-13/Mk 11:11-26 Sir 51:12c-20/Mk 11:27-33 Dt11:18,26-28,32/Rom3:21-25,28/ Mt 7:21-27

Monday - February 28 - Weekday 7:00 a.m. Joan Johnson (Ladies Guild) Tuesday - March 1 - Weekday 7:00 a.m. Patti Beals (Saber family) Wednesday - March 2 - Weekday 7:00 a.m. Betty Goodemote (Judy Lackovic) 8:45 a.m. Mary Antoske (Mary & Jeff Carroll) Thursday - March 3 - Weekday/St. Katherine Drexel 7:00 a.m. Victor Seelinger (family)

Monday - February 28 6:00 p.m. First Communion Parent Meeting (Mpr) 7:30 p.m. Legion of Mary (Church) Tuesday - March 1 7:15 p.m. Men’s Council Board (Mpr) 8:15 p.m. Men’s Council Membership (Mpr)

Friday - March 4 - Weekday/St Casimir FIRST FRIDAY 7:00 a.m. Sandy Brandon (Dave & Darleen Wilkinson)

Wednesday - March 2 9:30 a.m. Church cleaning 6:30 p.m. Choir Practice (Church) 9:00 p.m. Men’s Basketball (SH)

Saturday - March 5 - Weekday 5:00 p.m. Dorothy Slowikowski (Ray Yurcak)

Thursday - March 3 6:30 p.m. Folk Group practice (Church)

Sunday - March 6 - Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time 8:00 a.m. Mass for all Parishioners 9:30 a.m. Renee Lorei (Dee & Dave Wilkinson) 11:00 a.m. Brian Manley (Jim & Amy Boccio)

Friday - March 4 5:00 p.m. JV Boys Basketball Tournament (SH)

The Sanctuary Lamp will burn in memory of Stephanie Piotrowicz 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. as requested by her family

Carmelite Spirituality “It is not the soul that makes the progress, but it is Christ, who carries her as a child is carried.”

Saturday - March 5 9:00 a.m. JV Boys Basketball Tournament (SH) 4:00 p.m. Confessions Sunday - March 6

10:00 a.m. - 10:50 a.m. 9:20 a.m. - 10:50 a.m. 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Religious Ed - K - 1st Religious Ed - 2nd - 8th Religious Ed - 9th & 10th grade

WEEKDAYS OF FEBRUARY 27 7:00 a.m. Tamara Carrier SATURDAY - MARCH 5 5:00 p.m. Rosie/Michael Pregler SUNDAY - MARCH 6 8:00 a.m. Alexis Federici/Andrew Williams 9:30 a.m. Nick Woll/Morgan Szoszorek 11:00 a.m. Adam Essigmann/Corey Smith


EIGHTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME SACRIFICIAL GIVING Last week the collection was $6,610.00 Each week we need to collect $9,730.00 Envelope sets mailed 993 Envelopes received 304 Thank you to those who use their envelopes regularly and to all who have increased their Offertory. RELIGIOUS EDUCATION There will be a mandatory parent meeting for parents of 3rd grade students in religious education and the school on Monday, February 28 in the Multi-Purpose Room. Please contact me if you are unable to attend this very important meeting. Our Confirmation date has been changed! The new date is March 16 starting at 7:00 p.m. Practice will be March 15 at 6:00 p.m. We are looking for volunteers to bake cookies for our Confirmation celebration on March 16. If this is something you are able to help with, please contact me at the office. Please keep our second grade students in your prayers as they prepare to make their First Reconciliation on March 12. Have a great week!

FUTURES BEGIN HERE AT OLMC SCHOOL Congratulations to the following students who will represent Our Lady of Mount Carmel at the Diocesan Science Fair in March. Grade 5 Robert & William Hemminger, Nicholas Hilinski, Megan Przepierski & Makenzie Thompson. Grade 6 Taylor Kerecman, Michael Pregler, Jesse Rinke, Daniel Rathburn and Morgan Szoszorek. Thank you to teachers, Donna Franz and Mary Jo Justka and the parents of all the 5th & 6th graders for their help. Peace in Christ Jesus.

Sue Berdis, REL

CURSILLO BENEFIT FOR KANZIUS CENTER The past presidents of the Erie Diocesan Cursillo Movement will host their annual KISS Dance on Saturday, March 5 at Holy Rosary, Erie. The dance runs from 7:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. The admission price of $7 per person covers beer, pop and snacks. You may BYOB and other snacks as well. You need not have attended a Cursillo weekend to attend the dance. Proceeds from the dance benefit the Kanzius Cancer Research Center. For more information, contact Tim Nowakowski at TimWWJD@AOL.com or 825-9183. IN OTHER CURSILLO NEWS….we will have 1 team member (Tim Nowakowski) and 2 candidates from OLMC at the upcoming Men’s Cursillo on March 10-13. Please keep them in your prayers. COME, SWIM WITH US The Gannon University Swimming & Diving Team is hosting their Spring Swim Camp for swimmers of all level on Saturday morning

FEBRUARY 27. 2011 THOUGHTS ON THE WAY UP MOUNT CARMEL For a while it looked like Punxsutawney Phil was right about Spring coming early. After Monday’s snowstorm, my faith in groundhogs is shaken. But, maybe we just need to be patient. Spring will surely come. Last week we received a call from the Bishop’s Office asking us to move the date of Confirmation from March 17 due to a conflict in the Bishop’s schedule. Our new date for Confirmation is one day earlier, Wednesday, March 16. Practice will be the evening before at 6:00. We hope that this doesn’t cause too much inconvenience to our candidates and their sponsors. At its last meeting, the Pastoral Council discussed the results of our survey on Sunday Mass times. Since the vote was for a return to a former schedule, we decided to make the change and have it become effective the first weekend of July. Our new schedule will be 5:00 on Saturday evening, 7:30, 9 and 11:00 on Sunday morning. We will be announcing this change repeatedly between now and July. Thanks to all who voted. We will be working with the Religious Education teachers to determine what effect the change will have on their schedule for next year. Today is Commitment Sunday for this year’s Catholic Services Appeal. Thanks to all those who have already responded with their pledge. Fr. Cas commented that my homily was kind of a “soft sell” on the Appeal. He’s right. But I know that you are very much aware of the important needs that the programs and agencies of the Diocese are able to meet with all of us working together. It may not be a “perfect” solution, but nobody is! With your help, we will be able to meet our goal this year. We will shortly be entering the Season of Lent. You will notice some brief ceremonies involving the participants in this year’s RCIA program at some of our Sunday Masses. In my last column, I asked you to pray for our young people who will soon be receiving the Sacraments of Penance, Confirmation and First Eucharist. Please don’t forget to pray for our candidates and catechumens in the RCIA program. They will be receiving their sacraments at the Easter Vigil. And, while we are talking about sacraments, please include in your prayers the couples of the parish who are preparing for the Sacrament of Matrimony. We have a number of weddings scheduled this year. Please pray for them that they will know the presence of God in their relationship and the support of God’s grace in their married life. We have many examples of wonderful marriages in our parish community. The best way to teach how to love is by example! I have been in conversation with the lighting contractor from Pittsburgh on our lighting project in church. You will probably notice one of the fixtures missing shortly. We must send one to the company so that they can engineer the new interior. Temporary inconvenience, permanent improvement! I also am waiting for an estimate from our sound system expert. We are looking at ways to increase the reach of our speakers on the sides of the church. He also promises that we can increase the volume of sound in the Mother’s Chapel. I know that that will please the mothers of our youngest parishioners and the occasional Mass-goers who want to be as far away from “wandering preachers” as they can get! Just be careful, I am told by the same sound technician that my portable microphone even works in the back room! You might be getting an unexpected visitor one of these times! Well, thanks to the Knights of Columbus for a great spaghetti dinner. Look for sign-up sheets for Fish Dinner volunteers very soon. And, pick up your copy of our Lenten Prayer Books starting this weekend. Get them early! They sold out last Lent. Fr. Ray


Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time