May 28, 2017

Wow! Just, Wow! The celebrations of the 150 years and 40 hours of priesthood were incredible. Rarely does this sort of “perfect storm” happen so when it does it is good that we don’t let it pass by unnoticed or under-appreciated. All of us at OLMC did ourselves proud! So much work went into making this weekend a reality. It is difficult to thank everyone who participated by name without forgetting or unintentionally missing someone. So I am going to say: Thank you, thank you, thank you to all who did anything to make these celebrations a reality.

 

To all who worked and worked to make the Masses beautiful and prayerful: the servers, ushers, Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, Lectors, Lynne and the choir, the musicians, decorating committee, Dan and the sacristans, the cleaning group, those who did the landscaping and all who attended, prayed and participated in the Masses.

 

To those who made the reception such a success: Charlene, Teresa, Barb, Sharon, Joe Betsa, Bob Crosby, Jeff Jones Photography, and especially all who set-up, cleaned up, and all those who prepared, donated, and served the incredible food.

 

To the Baugh, Sullivan, and O’Donnell families: thank you for providing us with so many great pictures and memories so we could, embarrass er… celebrate the wonderful jubilarians.

 

To the Garris family: thank you for participating in the life of the parish. It is truly an honor to witness the gifts that families share and it is so inspiring to see you all live out your           vocations in love and in hope.

 

To Fr. Eric Garris: It has been our distinct privilege to watch you grow into the man, and now priest, you are. You will do great things at Saint Raphael and they are very fortunate to have you as their new Parochial Vicar. You will always have a home here and we promise to continually support you with prayer. God bless you. May God grant you many years of joy.

 

A couple more Parish intentions for the 54-day Rosary Novena are: for all who served and serve in the military and safety forces and for their families; for the end of the School Year and for our students who are going on to other opportunities, especially our 8th Graders.

 

Blessings of the Resurrection, the Priesthood, and be encouraged, we are all journeying with you. I pray our Lord richly blesses you. Always remember that I love you, there is no way I will ever love you less, and I will continue to pray for you every day. ~ Fr. Behrend

 

May 21, 2017

Today we celebrate the extraordinary gifts of the Priests affiliated with OLMC. Looking at this year Fr. Baugh was Ordained May 18, 1957 and celebrates his 60th Anniversary; Fr. Sullivan was Ordained May 20, 1967 and his Golden (50th) Anniversary; Fr. O’Donnell was Ordained November 20, 1976 and celebrates 40 years. Fr. Schwet was Ordained June 12, 1982 and celebrates 35 years; Fr. Behrend was Ordained May 20, 2000 and celebrates 17 years; Fr. Eric Garris was Ordained May 19, 2017. We are looking forward to an incredible celebration after Fr. Garris’s Mass of Thanksgiving which begins at 2:30 on Sunday May 21. All are invited to the Masses and the reception. We are so grateful to God for these wonderful Priests and their generous service. Doing the Math, we together have 202+ years of priesthood, what a blessing. IS THE JUSTICE SYSTEM JUST? What happens when a traffic stop or an arrest is made by the police? What information and factors are considered when the prosecutor decides whether to file a criminal charge? What factors are considered by a judge when a defendant is sentenced? In an ongoing effort to present pertinent information to communities throughout Lake County, you are invited to a forum which will focus on what happens at each stage of the justice system when a person is arrested, charged, and convicted of a criminal offense. The first of these sessions in the West End of Lake County will be held on Tuesday, May 23 at 6:30pm (Doors open at 6) at Saint Mary Magdalene, Willowick A panel consisting of a Lake County Police Chief, Lake County Prosecutor Charles E. Coulson, and Lake County Common Pleas Judge John P. O’Donnell will discuss the way the justice system in Lake County actually works. The panel strongly encourages questions from the audience. In past forums held in other communities, the inquiries have focused on whether members of minority classes and those with lower socio-economic status are fairly treated. I have been involved with Judge O’Donnell in this effort and I believe that this is a wonderful opportunity to get the facts about your rights and how the system truly works. Be sure to spread the word. The Parish intentions for the 54-day Rosary Novena that begins Tuesday, May 23 are for the Diocese and the choice of the new Bishop, for the priests celebrating significant milestones, for Deacon John Strmac and his family, for Mater Dei Academy, for the new programs in the parish, and for the success and faithfulness of the Festival. Other intentions will be coming in the next few weeks. Please remember the priests in your prayers. Blessings of the Resurrection, the Priesthood, and be encouraged, we are all journeying with you. I pray our Lord richly blesses you. Always remember that I love you, there is no way I will ever love you less, and I will continue to pray for you every day. ~ Fr. Behrend Greetings to the family of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Together in this time and place, we give glory to God.

May 14, 2017

We, as a Diocese and as a Parish, are undergoing such a tremendous period of transition! We are waiting for a new bishop and looking for his leadership. I believe that we need to root ourselves in prayer and pray as we prepare for a new bishop. Also within the parish and the school we have many more transitions, Fr. Sullivan’s retirement, celebrating Deacon John Strmac’s life, Rich Samide joining our staff, for Fr. Eric Garris and his first assignment, in gratefulness for Loretta Pilla’s ministry, for her health, and finding a new principal are things of note among many other changes. We are formally dedicating these and all upcoming events like the Festival, along with your personal intentions, to the intercession of our Blessed Mother with a 54 day Rosary Novena. The 54 day Rosary Novena consists of five decades of the Rosary each day for 27 days in petition; then immediately five decades each day for 27 days in thanksgiving, whether or not the specific requests have been granted. The meditations vary from day to day. On the first day meditate on the Joyful Mysteries; on the second day the Sorrowful Mysteries; on the third day the Glorious Mysteries and on the fourth day the Luminous Mysteries; and so on throughout the 54 days. This is an arduous novena but it is a novena of love. Look upon each Hail Mary as a rare and beautiful rose which we lay at Mary’s feet. These spiritual roses, bound in a wreath with Spiritual Communions, will be a most pleasing and acceptable gift to her and will bring down upon us special graces. This can be done at home, in the Chapel, or anywhere. There are no formal times unless you want them. I will be giving different intentions throughout the Novena so we can continue to consecrate and celebrate the incredible gifts that God pours out in abundance. The timing of this works out very well, beginning the Novena on May 23, the 54th day is July 15, when we celebrate the 200th anniversary of Wickliffe and one day before Our Lady of Mount Carmel’s Feast day. This is also the 100th anniversary of the apparitions at Fatima. Just a gentle reminder that we are celebrating 150 years and forty hours of priesthood (the four men who are celebrating milestones, including soon to be Fr. Eric Garris) on May 21. All are invited and welcome. Please help with desserts, side-dishes, and food items for this enormous reception. Blessings of the Resurrection, the Priesthood, and be encouraged, we are all journeying with you. I pray our Lord richly blesses you. Always remember that I love you, there is no way I will ever love you less, and I will continue to pray for you every day. ~ Fr. Behrend

April 30, 2017

We have been given a unique honor! Every once in a while the Seminary prepares a man for priesthood who, for whatever reason, finishes his Theology Requirement prior to his Formation Requirement.  This Seminarian is then assigned to a parish for

continuing Formation. We have been assigned one such Seminarian, Richard Samide, a Son of Saint Mary Parish in Hudson, and a soon to be graduate of Saint Mary Seminary.  He will join the Parish Staff in May and live and work here for the year. He is projected to be Ordained a Deacon in October and a Priest in May 2018. We are privileged that our community can continue to serve the men preparing for the Sacred      Priesthood. Welcome Richard!

 

Final 7:00 pm Mass    

The final 7:00 pm Mass of the school year is Sunday, May 14.

 

Military Service

In honor of Memorial Day all active duty, reserve, and retired military are invited to receive a special blessing at the 9:30am or 11:30am Mass on Sunday, May 28. If your loved one is currently enlisted, we ask that you submit their name, unit, and picture to the parish offices so that our community may pray for their safety and in thanksgiving for their service.

 

150 Years and 40 Hours of Priesthood Celebration

All parishioners are encouraged to honor our priests on Sunday, May 21.  As Fr. Baugh (retired, in residence) celebrates 60 years of priesthood, Fr. Sullivan (senior parochial vicar) celebrates 50 years, Fr. O’Donnell (parochial vicar) continues to

celebrate 40 years, and Deacon Eric Garris (son of the parish) is ordained to the priesthood.

 

In appreciation of both the years served and the years to come: Fr. Sullivan will celebrate the 11:30 Mass on May 21 in honor of his 50 years of Priesthood and Fr. Garris’ Mass of Thanksgiving is at 2:30 pm also on May 21. Following both Masses, everyone is invited to the McCafferty Center to acknowledge these important milestones.  No RSVP is necessary, but all are welcome to contribute appetizers or desserts for the luncheon (please sign up on our parish website or contact the office).

 

Blessings of the Resurrection, Happy Easter, and be encouraged, we are all journeying with you. I pray our Lord richly blesses you. Always remember that I love you, there is no way I will ever love you less, and I will continue to pray for you every day.

  ~ Fr. Behrend

 

 

April 23, 2017 -Divine Mercy Sunday

Good news everyone, Frank Kelly is returning!  Francis B. Kelly, raised in Boston, MA as the sixth of twelve children in an Irish Catholic family.   Rooted in prayer, sacraments and devotion to the saints, Kelly lived an ordinary life as a husband, father and construction foreman.  While working on a hospital jobsite on December 5th, 1985, he was electrocuted by what should have been a lethal dose of electricity.  Not only did Kelly miraculously survive, but the Lord        unfolded a dramatic new life.  Now afflicted with debilitating rheumatoid arthritis and a heart condition, Kelly travels throughout the country, sharing his life changing experience whose fascinating story is the subject of the book, Short Circuit to God; written by David Lang, PhD, with a foreword by Kelly’s spiritual director, Fr. Ronald K. Tacelli, SJ, PhD.

 

Frank’s healing ministry consists of teaching and individualized prayers.  Powerfully accentuated by his spiritual gifts, discernment and word of knowledge, his prayers are often accompanied by instructions to pray specific novenas for the intercession of saints.  Many people have been touched by this humble man whom God uses as a vessel for healing and reconciliation

 

To glorify the Father and with permission from his Bishop, Frank now travels throughout the country teaching and sharing his life-changing experiences while Goduses him as a conduit for Spiritual, Emotional and Physical Healings. 

His healing services will be at the following locations:

 

May 9th  - Mary Queen of Peace; 4423 Pearl Rd. SW, Cleveland, after 6:00 pm Mass

May 10th - Divine Word; 8100 Eagle Rd., Kirtland; after 6:30 pm Mass

May 11th- Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, 1730 Mt Carmel Dr., Wickliffe; 7:30 pm

May12th - Church of St. Mary; 401 N. Street, Chardon; after 7pm Prayer Service

 

"I then realized that Frank has the Holy Spirit working through him. Every time I have spoken with Frank, I am more aware of the presence of the holy Spirit"

"Frank patiently listens, prays, and shines the light of Christ onto anyone that God brings onto his path in life."

 

I too have seen very specific results from Frank’s ministry, he has helped me clarify things I was praying for and he foretold that I was coming to OLMC more than 9 years ago.

 

Easter blessings! Take consolation that we are all journeying together. Remember that I love you, there is no way I will ever love you less and I pray for you every day. Please remember the priests who serve you every day in love. ~ Fr. Behrend