Sunday, the 14th week of Ordinary Time
Mass at noon: Tuesday - Friday
Saturday at 5:00 - Sunday at 9:00 and 11:15am
When the people gather for prayer, all are welcome.
Saint of the day - Our Lady of Mt. Carmel
Readings for today’s Mass
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel is one of many manifestations of Mary, the mother of Jesus. Others names for her include Our Lady of Fatima, of Lourdes, of the Snows, of Medjugorje, Mediatrix of all Graces, Our Lady of Loretto, Guadalupe and the list goes on and on. Sometimes folks get confused by all of this and wonder where all these Marys came from; even thinking we have gone too far and made Mary the fourth person of the Trinity. But, not so.
While Mary had a most unique and important role in salvation history, she is not God. Like other saints and all of our holy dead, Mary was someone with a clear and unique understanding of God’s plan for the salvation of the world and of her participation in it. So we honor her greatly for her holiness, her fidelity and for her sacrifice. On this day, we recognize her as Our Lady of Mt. Carmel.
According to one legend, this Our Lady is the origin of the brown scapular, given to Carmelite Simon Stock, telling him to promote devotion to it. A modified version of Mary’s own garment, the scapular symbolizes her special protection and calls the wearers to consecrate themselves to her. The scapular reminds us of the gospel call to prayer and penance—a call that Mary models in a splendid way.