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

Each month, I will focus a bulletin article on answering questions from you. 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 this monthly addition to the bulletin.

 

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Please join me in welcoming our new parochial vicar, Father Greg Olszewski!
Fr. Greg was ordained in 2006, and has served at St. Ambrose (Brunswick),
Mary Queen of the Apostles (Brook Park), Ss. Peter and Paul (Garfield Heights),
and Holy Family (Parma).
On behalf of our entire staff and parish community,
I extend our warm welcome to Fr. Greg!



Upcoming Events

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Wednesday, February 14
Ash Wednesday

 

Mass Times - 
7:00 am
8:30 am
12:00 pm
7:00 pm

The season of Lent begins this week with Ash Wednesday. While this is NOT considered a Holy Day of Obligation, Mass attendance is certainly encouraged. 

Frequently Asked Questions: 
Both Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are "fast days." On these days, the faithful between the ages of 18 - 59 (who are able) consume only one full, meatless meal. Some food can be taken at the other regular meal times if necessary, but combined they should be less than a full meal.  Liquids are allowed at any time, but no solid food should be consumed between meals.

Please note that the fasting requirement does not apply to the young, the elderly, those who are physically or mentally ill, and pregnant or nursing women. In all cases, common sense should prevail, and ill persons should not further jeopardize their health by fasting.

Click here for a reflection on the history and significance of the practice of fasting.

 

Please click on the Alpha logo for more information.
We are excited to announce that OLMC will be hosting the Alpha program continuing on Thursday, February 15 at 6:30 pm! Each weekly session is based around a meal, a talk about basic issues of life and faith, and a discussion. This free program will run for ten weeks, and everyone is welcome to attend any or all of the sessions (regardless of religious background or affiliation). We challenge you to try Alpha, and to invite any friends or family who have questions about faith, life, or Christianity. Please contact Deacon Rich Samide or Teresa Szary at the rectory (440-585-0700) with any questions, or if you would like to assist with this program.

For more information about Alpha - Catholic, please feel free to visit their website here.

 
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Sunday, February 18


Blessed Charlotte's Web

Looking for a way to warm up your idle ‘hands’ this cold winter?   Blessed Charlotte’s Web is a ministry open to anyone who would like to knit and/or crochet for the growing needs of our parish.   As we celebrate this second year of the Blessed Charlotte’s Web Ministry, our first gathering of 2018 will be held on Sunday, February 18 at 10:30 a.m. in the Peter Christopher Room.  Welcome back to all who participated last year and a warm welcome to any new members.   Everyone is encouraged to attend this first gathering where we will meet up with old and ‘new’ friends to share past successes and challenges and brainstorm ideas/expectations for a ‘banner’ year in 2018.  All are welcome, regardless of age or experience level, to join in on all the FUN supporting this vital parish ministry.  If you’ve always wanted to try your ‘hand’ learning these fading skills, this ministry is the perfect place to begin!  Refreshments and ‘goodies’ will be served.  For more information, please contact the Parish Office.

 
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February 17 - 18
Food Collection for
Veterans Food Pantries

The Sunday Preschool and Children’s Liturgy of the Word Program are working on a Lenten Service Project for the Veterans. This project entails collecting certain items each week of Lent for the Veterans Food Pantries located here in Cleveland, Ohio.

Each week we will ask for a specific item which can be brought in and placed in the Veterans bins located at all of the entrances of the Church. Please look either here or in the bulletin each week to see what item we will be collecting for the upcoming weekend. We will ask for a new item each weekend

Please do not put these items in the St. Vincent DePaul bins as this is a separate project.

Along with the canned goods, we are also collecting Wal-Mart gift cards in any denomination. These gift cards can either be handed to Daniel in the Sacristy or put in the Church collection (in an envelope marked: Veterans Project 2018).

We appreciate our parishioners for helping us make our projects successful. Thank you for your help during this Lenten Season of Giving! 

This weekend (February 17 - 18):
Pork and Beans: 14 oz cans only

 
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Sunday, March 18
Saint Joseph Retreat

As part of our Lenten journey, we will be offering a half-day retreat on the life and the influence of Saint Joseph. Please save the date; more details coming soon!

 

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.


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.