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.
“Choosing the Better Part” Program
What is this program and why are we doing it?
This program serves as a reminder of both all the good things that our parish is doing, and the potential we have to do more. Our mission focuses on living out the Gospel message, growing in love and faith as a community, and journeying with Christ and our brothers and sisters. Only with the dedication, love, and care of our parishioners are we able to reach these goals.
Why is this program called “Choosing the Better Part?”
In Luke 10:38-42, we hear the familiar story of Mary and Martha. Martha, burdened by everyday tasks, implores Christ to instruct Mary to help her. He reminds her that she is anxious and worried about many things, but there is need of only one. Mary has chosen the better part.
How often in our lives do we have those “Martha moments?” It is a constant struggle to stay on top of the “things” that need to get done, and we so often forget that “There is need of only one thing.” By “Choosing the Better Part,” we take a step back and spend those moments sitting beside our Lord. This program gives us an opportunity to reflect on the choices that we make, and the things we prioritize.
Do I have to return the Commitment Card if I’m not able to increase my contributions?
We ask that everyone return the Commitment Card, regardless of your ability to increase your contribution. Prayer is an essential aspect of the success of our parish, and we ask all to lift up our faith community in love and hope as we plan for the future. Cards were sent to each household, and are also available at all weekend Masses.
What if I did not receive a Commitment Card?
If you are a registered parishioner and did not receive a card in the mail, please contact the Parish Office at (440) 585-0700 to confirm your address. If you are not a parishioner, but would like to register, call us to set up an appointment. If you misplaced your card, they are available in the pews, the parish office, or the sacristy. Cards can be returned in the weekly collection baskets, dropped off or mailed to the rectory, or handed to the sacristan.
How do I sign up for Automated Giving?
Please click here to access the Automated Giving forms (also available in the rectory office). Print and fill out the form, attach a canceled check, and return in either the weekly collection or at the office. If you have any questions regarding our Automated Giving program, you can find Frequently Asked Questions here.
Saturday, October 20
Come shop at the OLMC 10th Annual Boutique and Craft Show on Saturday, October 20 from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm in the Community Center.
Proceeds go to the OLMC Music Ministry.
Saturday, October 27
The Appreciation Dinner will be held in the Community Center on Saturday, October 27. in thanksgiving for your gifts of time and talent so generously shared at OLMC. We encourage you to attend the 6:00 pm Mass; dinner will be served from 7:00 - 8:00 pm. Complementary tickets and more information are available by contacting Kerry Paul at (440) 376-2679.
Please bring a donation of canned goods for the Saint Vincent de Paul.
Knights of Columbus
Sunday, October 28
Following all Sunday Masses, come and enjoy fresh pancakes, scrambled eggs, bacon or sausage, and juice or coffee.
$6.00 (extra meat $8.00)
Children (14 and under):
Children (under 2):
50” HDTV (D Series) Raffle ~ Tickets $5.00 each or 3 for $10.00
All proceeds go to the Knights of Columbus Charities
Sunday school began last Sunday, and Children’s Liturgy of the Word will begin this Sunday, September 30. Classes are held during the 9:30 am Mass. These programs are designed for children from 3 - 5 years old (must be potty-trained). Click here for more information or to register your child for this year. Please contact Lisa Greger with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday, November 7
This past spring, OLMC launched the Alpha program, which is designed for any who have questions about their faith and how to live it out. By request, we invite all (regardless of attendance at Alpha) to join us at “Beta.” Once a month, we will come together in community to enjoy a potluck meal, watch a video, and discuss our faith. Our next gathering will be held on Wednesday, November 7 from 6:30 – 8:30 in Goretti Hall. During this meetings, we will be watching the conclusion of “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe,” and discuss C.S. Lewis’ classic tale and how the theology presented mirrors the challenges, blessings, and realities of our own faith journeys.
Weekend Mass Schedule
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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!
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.
Pray for our Neighbors
It is with a heavy heart that we inform you that Fr. Timothy Kalista has submitted to Bishop Perez a letter of resignation from the pastorate of Immaculate Conception Parish (Willoughby) and has requested permission for a leave of absence from active ministry for personal reasons. Bishop Perez has granted Fr. Kalista's request effective immediately. Please keep Fr. Kalista in your prayers and thoughts in the days ahead. In continuing to provide for the pastoral care of Immaculate Conception Parish, Bishop Perez has granted Fr. Thomas Behrend administrator of the parish. While serving as administrator at Immaculate Conception, he will also continue in his role as pastor of OLMC. Thank you for your continued support of Immaculate Conception Parish and we ask that you add your prayers to those that are being offered for all of the parishioners during this time of transition.
THE OLMC FAMILY - in their own words
Each month, 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.