Welcome to Our Lady of Mt. 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
Saturday - 8:30 am, 4:00 pm (Vigil), 6:00 pm (Vigil)
Sunday - 7:30 am, 9:30 am, 11:30 am, 7:00 pm
Monday - 7:00 am (Chapel), 7:00 pm
Tuesday - 7:00 am (Chapel), 8:30 am (Chapel)
Wednesday - 7:00 am (Chapel), 7:00 pm (Chapel)
Thursday - 7:00 am (Chapel), 8:30 am (Chapel)
Friday - 7:00 am (Chapel), 8:30 am (Church - School Mass)
Throughout this holy season of Lent, our parish will be focusing on six of the main Catholic social justice teachings.
To see reflections from the previous weeks, please click here.
Week 3: Solidarity
This week we pray for those who feel abandoned, alone, or unloved, that they know the love of Jesus through our loving care for them. We also pray that every immigrant and alien be treated with dignity as a beloved child of God.
Catechism of the Catholic Church:
1940 - Solidarity is manifested in the first place by the distribution of goods and remuneration for work. It also presupposes the effort for a more just social order where tensions are better able to be reduced and conflicts more readily settled by negotiation.
1941 - Socio-economic problems can be resolved only with the help of all the forms of solidarity: solidarity of the poor among themselves, between rich and poor, of workers among themselves, between employers and employees in a business, solidarity among nations and peoples. International solidarity is a requirement of the moral order; world peace depends in part upon this.
1942 - The virtue of solidarity goes beyond material goods. In spreading the spiritual goods of the faith, the Church has promoted, and often opened new paths for, the development of temporal goods as well. And so throughout the centuries has the Lord's saying been verified: "Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things shall be yours as well.”
Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of the one who sent me and to finish his work.”
From Pope Francis:
“I express my solidarity with migrants around the world and thank all those who help them: welcoming others means welcoming God in person!” – December 18, 2016
“We oppose hatred and destruction with goodness. We live in societies of different cultures and religions, but we are brothers and sisters.” – August 7, 2016
United States Council of Catholic Bishops:
We are one human family whatever our national, racial, ethnic, economic, and ideological differences. We are our brothers and sisters keepers, wherever they may be. Loving our neighbor has global dimensions in a shrinking world. At the core of the virtue of solidarity is the pursuit of justice and peace. Pope Paul VI taught that if you want peace, work for justice. The Gospel calls us to be peacemakers. Our love for all our sisters and brothers demands that we promote peace in a world surrounded by violence and conflict.
Copyright 2005, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Washington, D.C. All rights reserved. No part of this work may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording, or by any information storage and retrieval system, without permission in writing from the copyright holder. Publication No. 5-315 USCCB Communications Washington, D.C. ISBN 1-57455-315-1 1 Paul VI, For the Celebration of the Day of Peace. . . (Rome: January 1, 1972). Text is drawn from Sharing Catholic Social Teaching: Challenges and Directions(Washington, DC: USCCB, 1998) and Faithful Citizenship: A Catholic Call to Political Responsibility (Washington, DC: USCCB, 2003).
OLMC Parish Festival
This important event is a staple in the Wickliffe community and we need your help to make this year's festival successful. In order to execute this weekend, we require the assistance of as many as 500 volunteers. Please check your calendars and sign up for volunteer opportunities. The festival committee will be available following all Masses this weekend (March 26) for sign ups and to answer any questions.
Words from our Pastor
In our weekly bulletin, Fr. Behrend provides inspiration and education. Click below to read through these articles.