Welcome to Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish

The presence, gifts, and talents of you and your family renew and re-energize our community. As a family, we celebrate together as brothers and sisters, and celebrate as one in Christ Jesus who inspires and perfects our faith.

We are blessed to be located in the beautiful city of Wickliffe, the dynamic district of Lake and Geauga Counties, and the inspiring Diocese of Cleveland.

As such, we regularly come together in community and as Church to enter more fully into the mystery of Christ. Our parish provides support and encouragement, hope and love, and Sacraments and worship. You are ever in my prayers, and I ask that you pray for me!

Fr. Thomas Behrend, Pastor

Please click here to submit a question regarding Church teachings, social justice issues, parish concerns, or theological clarifications. While I may not be able to answer each question personally, I hope to address several of them in my weekly bulletin articles.


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Scripture Series

Thursday, March 7 @ 7:00 pm OR
Saturday, March 9 @ 9:00 am

Thursday, March 14 @ 7:00 pm OR
Saturday, March 16 @ 9:00 am

Thursday, March 21 @ 7:00 pm OR
Saturday, March 23 @ 9:00 am

Thursday, March 28 @ 7:00 pm OR
Saturday, March 30 @ 9:00 am

Father Greg Olszewski will offer a four-week series on the Book of the Prophet Isaiah. During this series, Fr. Greg O. will examine one of the most proclaimed books during Masses all year round. Isaiah is the ancient announcer of the Messiah!

Please bring your own Bible - note that the New American Bible translation will be used since it’s the translation from which we proclaim the Scriptures during Mass.

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Evening Prayer and Stations of the Cross

We will come together in prayer each week beginning on Friday, March 8 and continuing through Friday, April 12. We invite you to enter into this holy season by praying Stations of the Cross and Liturgy of the Hours in community. Prayer will begin at 6:30 pm in the church each Friday during Lent.

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State of the Parish

Sunday, March 10 @ 8:30 am
Saturday, March 16 @ 5:00 pm
Sunday, March 24 @ 10:30 am

These times are approximate because most are between Masses.

Each session will be about 45 minutes and will follow the same format: I speak (about half), you speak (about half), and Jesus speaks either before or after each session (depending upon which Mass you attend.) Questions can be about anything; notes will be taken so I can ensure that each question is addressed. Please realize that I may not be able to answer all questions during the time we have together. Each session will end no later than 10 minutes prior to the next Mass.

Topics that will be covered include: the Financial Report, results from Choosing the Better Part, facilities updates, Parish Council, the Welcoming Committee, Bereavement Ministry, and other current and future initiatives.

I very much look forward to these gatherings so we can appreciate our blessings and face our challenges together, uniting our Parish Family and leading us into the future with faith, hope, love, courage, and forgiveness. I hope to see everyone at one of the available sessions.

You are encouraged to forward questions or comments to me in advance at frbehrend@olmcwickliffe.org and while I may not be able to respond, rest assured I always read everything that is submitted.

I am in favor of active and involved parish committees–where the clergy and laity can gather to listen to one another and work together as a team and as the body of Christ for the furtherance of the Gospel. The State of the Parish conversations offer an opportunity for involvement and help to better serve your parish.

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Church Open House

Sunday, March 31
Saturday, April 6

We are excited to announce that we will be offering a Church Open House for all parishioners and visitors. Following all Masses on Sunday, March 31 and Saturday, April 6, volunteers will be stationed throughout the church to explain the symbolism and meanings of our worship space. The rich history of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel is a point of pride in our community, and we hope that you can join us for this new experience.

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Nametag Weekend

March 30 - 31

During weekend Masses on March 30 – 31, we will provide name tags for all parishioners. While this is NOT mandatory, we invite you to write your name (first and/or last). In an effort to better get to know those with whom we worship, we pray that you will use the names of those around you, especially during the Sign of Peace. This is a simple and beautiful way we can pray with and for the rest of our parish community this Lenten season.

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“Journey into Hope”
Bereavement Support

“Come unto me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28

The Ministry of Consolation invites you to attend “Journey into Hope.” This six-week bereavement support group will begin on Wednesday, March 27 from 6:30 – 8:00 pm in Goretti Hall. Members will meet others who have suffered loss, and explore their own individual grief process in a safe, non-judge mental environment. If you are interested in attending, or would like more information, please register for this free workshop online by clicking here, or by calling the parish rectory at 440-585-0700.

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Women’s Study

Beginning March 11
10 - 11:00 am
Rectory Meeting Room

As we wind down our weekly study of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, we look forward to a new venture in spiritual reading, discussion, and growth.

Beginning on Monday, March 11 from 10 - 11:00 am in the rectory, we will begin the weekly study of the book “Spiritual Direction: wisdom for the Long Walk of faith” by Henri J.M. Nouwen.

If you are interested, please contact Charlotte Gulden at reled@olmcwickliffe.org.


Weekend Mass Schedule

Click here for the full worship calendar

                                                Saturday                                                            Sunday
                                 8:30 am (Daily Mass - C)                                      7:30 am (C)
                                 4:00 pm (Sunday Vigil - C)                                  9:30 am (C)
                                 6:00 pm (Sunday Vigil - C)                                 11:30 am (C)     

(C) - Church
(R) - Rectory Chapel

 

Weekday Mass Schedule

Monday                         Tuesday                          Wednesday                         Thursday                     Friday
7:00 am (R)                  7:00 am (R)                   7:00 am (R)                         7:00 am (R)                7:00 am (R)    7:00 pm (C)                 8:30 am (R)                    7:00 pm (R)                        8:30 am (R)                8:30 am (C*)                                                                                                        *Mater Dei Academy Mass when school is in session.
                                                                                                                                                                   All are welcome!

 

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                                                    Saturdays                                                        First Fridays
                                             3:00 - 3:45 (C)                                               3:00 - 4:00 (R)
                                             5:00 - 5:45 (C)


                                                                  ... or by scheduling an appointment  at (440) 585-0700.

Holy Days of Obligation - please check the bulletin or full worship calendar for details
7:00 pm (Vigil - C)           7:00 am (C) 12:00 pm (C) 7:00 pm (C


THE OLMC FAMILY - in their own words

Every quarter, we will present a short video testimony from one of our parishioners. We hope that you take the time to get to know our community, and that these stories serve to introduce you to Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish.
To view past video testimonies, please click here.