Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church
Rev. Peter N. Pagones, Pastor  
         LENT           SCHEDULE 
 Ash Wednesday
9:00 AM Mass
12 Noon Service 
Holy Week
Palm Sunday
Saturday Vigil 4 PM
Sunday 9:30 AM 
Holy Thursday
7:00 PM
The Lord's Supper 
Good Friday
Stations of the Cross 
7:00 PM
The Lord's Passion
Holy Saturday
8:00 PM Easter Vigil 
Easter Sunday
9:30 AM at
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel
8:00 AM &  11:15 AM at
St. Paul the Apostle 

Pastor's Pulpit

The Season of Lent is our annual pilgrimage which takes us from Ashes to Easter. We start our journey on Ash Wednesday when we receive ashes which symbolize our willingness to repent of our sins and to seek the mercy of our loving God. The journey concludes as we raise our voices to sing, “Alleluia, He is Risen”.


 During the forty days of Lent we are called to take practical steps, each day, that will help us to truly express our sorrow for our sins, and show that we truly do have a purpose to amend our lives. That purpose of amendment can be shown if we use the Spiritual and Corporal Works of Mercy as our plan of action. Practicing these works will help us to be less selfish and more self-giving.

If we take the time for prayer, and practice fasting and alms-giving during Lent we will be able to understand that the call to discipleship challenges us to be persons for others. We fulfill that challenge by not only taking notice of the needs of others, but by sacrificially addressing those needs.

   May this Season of Lent be a time of spiritual growth for each of us and for our Parish Community. By entering into Christ’s Passion and dying to self, we shall truly be able to share in His Resurrection.

 Fr. Peter Pagones, Pastor


Bishop Scharfenberger will kick off a new weekly
video series on Ash Wednesday,February 10.  The Bishop's three minute reflections will be on topics such as Lent, mercy, Marian consecration, the new evangelization and more.  The video will be posted each Wednesday to the diocesan website link below: 
The season of Lent is marked by two complimentary characters: pre-baptismal and penitential.
The pre-baptismal character is evident as the parish accompanies catechumens, elect and candidates through the Period of Purification and Enlightenment as they prepare to enter the Catholic Church and receive Baptism, Confirmation and First Eucharist.
Lent’s penitential character is seen as the baptized examine their faithfulness to the Gospel, seek God’s mercy and forgiveness for their failings and the Holy Spirit’s guidance in following Jesus’ way more closely. All of the Lenten practices of the Catholic Church are directed to support these ends.
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             Jubilee Year of Mercy
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