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.