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ERIE, PA Readings for the Week of March 27 Ex 17:3-7/Rom 5:1-2,5-8/Jn 4:5-42 or 4:515,19b-26,39a,40-42 Monday: 2 Kgs 5:1-15b/Lk 4:24-30 Tuesday: Dn 3:25,34-43/Mt 18:21-35 Wednesday: Dt 4:1,5-9/Mt 5:17-19 Thursday: Jer 7:23-28/Lk 11:14-23 Friday: Hos 14:2-10/Mk 12:28-34 Saturday: Hos 6:1-6 / Lk 18:9-14 Next Sunday: 1 Sm 16:1b,6-7,10-13a/Eph 5:8-14/Jn 9:1-41 or 9:1,6-9,13-17,34-38 Sunday:

Saturday - March 26 - Lenten Weekday 5:00 p.m. Ernest Dupre’ (family) Sunday - March 27 - Third Sunday of Lent 8:00 a.m. Philip Collins (family) 9:30 a.m. Mass for all Parishioners 11:00 a.m. Eleanor Will (M/M Jerry Trott) Monday - March 28 - Lenten Weekday 7:00 a.m. Fred Lichtenwalter (Betsy & Sally Mahoney) Tuesday - March 29 - Lenten Weekday 7:00 a.m. Regina Rao (family)

Monday - March 28 7:00 p.m. Lay Ministry Meeting (Mpr) 7:30 p.m. Legion of Mary (Church)

Wednesday - March 30 - Lenten Weekday 7:00 a.m. Edward L. Trott (Jerry & Barbara Trott) 8:45 a.m. Herb & Mary Jane McCullough (McCullough Sons)

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

Thursday - March 31 - Lenten Weekday 7:00 a.m. John & Josephine Kozak (family)

Thursday - March 31 6:30 p.m. Folk Group practice (Church)

Friday - April 1 - Lenten Weekday FIRST FRIDAY 7:00 a.m. Josephine McIntire (Margaurite Driscoll)

Friday - April 1 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Fish & Pierogi Dinner (SH) 7:00 p.m. Stations of the Cross (Church)

Saturday - April 2 - Lenten Weekday/St. Francis of Paola 5:00 p.m. Dan DiLuzio (Margaret Balter) Sunday - April 3 - Fourth Sunday of Lent 8:00 a.m. Mass for all Parishioners 9:30 a.m. Peter & Florence Wenzel (children & families) 11:00 a.m. Jim & Jean Strickenberger (Judy Weigold)

Saturday - April 2 4:00 p.m. Confessions Sunday - April 3

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

The Santuary Lamp will burn for the 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.

WEEKDAYS OF MARCH 27 7:00 a.m. Dan Sokolowski SATURDAY - APRIL 2 5:00 p.m. Tim Grunzel SUNDAY - APRIL 3 8:00 a.m. Nick Woll/Dan Sokolowski 9:30 a.m. Makayla Davis/Maddie Stablein 11:00 a.m. Jessica Briggs/Maria Henry

ENDOWMENT FUND It’s time to consider applying for TUITION ASSISTANCE from the REV. JOSEPH T. SCHEFFNER ENDOWMENT FUND for the 2011-2012 school year. Applications for the program are available at the School Office during business hours. Please return the completed applications before April 15, 2011 to the School Office. Awards will be made between May 15 and May 31.


MARCH 27, 2011

SACRIFICIAL GIVING Last week the collection was $6,647.00 Each week we need to collect $9,730.00 Envelope sets mailed 995 Envelopes received 299 Thank you to those who use their envelopes regularly and to all who have increased their Offertory.

LENTEN DINNERS There is another Fish/Pierogi dinner coming up on April 1. Would you like to take a little ownership in your Parish? Please help by working at the dinner. We need adult and younger workers as well. All help is most welcome. RELIGIOUS EDUCATION All classes for Kindergarten through 10th grade are in session this week. RCIA This Sunday, and for the next two Sundays, we will celebrate the Scrutinies. According to the Church’s Rites, “the scrutinies are meant to uncover, then heal all that is weak, defective or sinful in the hearts of the elect; to bring out, then strengthen all that is upright, strong and good.” Please keep all the Elect in your prayers as they make their final journey to the Easter Sacraments. The are: Kerry Saline, Jennifer Morell, Cameron Bussoletti, Angela Przybylski and Scott Mahoney.

FUTURES BEGIN HERE AT OLMC SCHOOL Join us for our next Open House on Sunday, April 10 from 1:00 3:00 p.m. You will have the opportunity to meet our teachers, visit the classrooms and talk to parents and students about our wonderful school. We have several options for 4 year-old pre-school including full day, 5 days a week. Don’t forget, our pre-school and kindergarten fill quickly, so don’t miss our Open House.

Have a great week!

Peace in Christ Jesus

Sue Berdis, REL

ERIE CURSILLO MOVEMENT “DeColores” to Ken Rettger and Jim Kuhn who participated in Men’s Cursillo #215 on March 10 - 13. For information about Cursillo, visit or contact Tim Nowakowski at or phone 825-9183. LECTORS & EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS We are planning another training session in May for Lectors & Eucharistic Ministers. Anyone of the parish is most welcome to take advantage of this opportunity to serve your parish in these ministries. If you would like to be a Lector, Eucharistic Minister or both, please call the parish office @ 825-7313. A FAMILY PERSPECTIVE Our children are like the Samaritan woman in today’s gospel. They need more than material things. They need the “living water” only

THOUGHTS ON THE WAY UP MOUNT CARMEL I am sure that you join me in praying for the people of Japan and Libya who are suffering from truly disastrous situations. The latter is man-made and there is little that any of us can do to change the minds of corrupt and vengeful political leaders. But, we can offer help to the survivors and families of the thousands who have died and are still at risk from the threats to the nuclear power plants in the path of the tsunami. Next weekend, at the urging of our Bishop, we will take up a second and separate collection for the work of Catholic Relief Services in Japan. If you wish to write a check, make it payable to Our Lady of Mount Carmel and we will send the entire amount collected to the Diocese to forward to Church agencies in Japan. Thank you for your generosity. Thanks are also due to the many parishioners who worked at our first Fish Dinner on the 18th. It was very successful, according to our chief cook and Dinner Doyenne. When so many people work together, we can do almost anything! Though I wasn’t able to be present for our first dinner, look for me working the door at the next two. And, thanks to our newly-confirmed parishioners who volunteered to help our parish by volunteering to work our dinners. Your help and commitment to OLMC is much appreciated. Speaking of Confirmation, I must offer special thanks to our Confirmation team of teachers: our Doctor Deacon, Mrs. Lori Skarupski and our Religious Education Leader, Sue Berdis, for their dedication to the preparation of our Confirmation classes. Though Sue is still a “rookie” Dr. and Lori have been doing this for quite a few years. We appreciate their work. The ceremony was beautiful as was the music. Bishop Trautman remarked repeatedly about the great letters the class wrote him. He showed a number of them to Fr. Cas and me. The members of the class were attentive throughout, read and participated very well and their responses were clear and loud (I am sure that Dr. Pregler was proud!). We will soon announce training for those Confirmation students who have volunteered to be new Readers and Eucharistic Ministers. We will do that right after Easter. I hope that Lent is going well for you. We distributed almost every Lenten Prayer Book we had. There are a few left in the Rectory Office for latecomers. The increase in weekday Mass attendance is another encouraging sign that parishioners are taking seriously the need for prayer during this season. We begin this weekend at the 11:00 Mass the first of our three Scrutinies for the RCIA program. Our five participants will receive the sacraments at the Easter Vigil Mass. If you have never been to the Vigil, consider coming this year. The meaning behind Lent, Easter, and the Sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation are all brought together in the ceremonies of light and darkness and the scripture readings that are unique to the Vigil Mass. Of course, both our Deacons will have prominent roles to play in the rituals of the Vigil Mass. And, we will be done by 10 P.M., for those who retire early in the evening! Thanks again to all of you who have pledged to this year’s Catholic Services Appeal. We continue to receive pledges. We certainly appreciate your generosity and support of our parish and the charitable work of the Diocese. We have decided to use any funds received above our goal for tuition assistance for new families in our parish school. Well, keep praying, working and performing acts of kindness and generosity as Lent enters its second half. And, Happy Spring! Fr. Ray Carmelite Spirituality The proud person is like a grain of wheat thrown into water; it swells, it gets big. Expose that grain to the fire: it dries up, it burns. The humble soul is like a grain of wheat thrown into the earth: it descends, it hides itself, it disappears, it dies; but to revive in heaven. “Blessed Mary of Jesus Crucified”

Third Sunday of Lent  
Third Sunday of Lent  

Third Sunday of Lent