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 4: Option for the Poor and Vulnerable
This week, we pray especially 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:
2443 - God blesses those who come to the aid of the poor and rebukes those who turn away from them: "Give to him who begs from you, do not refuse him who would borrow from you"; "you received without pay, give without pay." It is by what they have done for the poor that Jesus Christ will recognize his chosen ones. When "the poor have the good news preached to them," it is the sign of Christ's presence.
2444 "The Church's love for the poor . . . is a part of her constant tradition." This love is inspired by the Gospel of the Beatitudes, of the poverty of Jesus, and of his concern for the poor. Love for the poor is even one of the motives for the duty of working so as to "be able to give to those in need." It extends not only to material poverty but also to the many forms of cultural and religious poverty.
2447 - The works of mercy are charitable actions by which we come to the aid of our neighbor in his spiritual and bodily necessities.242 Instructing, advising, consoling, comforting are spiritual works of mercy, as are forgiving and bearing wrongs patiently. The corporal works of mercy consist especially in feeding the hungry, sheltering the homeless, clothing the naked, visiting the sick and imprisoned, and burying the dead.243 Among all these, giving alms to the poor is one of the chief witnesses to fraternal charity: it is also a work of justice pleasing to God:244
For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord.
Live as children of light, for light produces every kind of goodness and righteousness and truth.
Try to learn what is pleasing to the Lord.
From Pope Francis:
“God wants us all to see one another as brothers and to live as such, forming a great human family that is harmonious in its diversity."
- February 1, 2017
"Everyone can help bring about a culture of mercy, in which no one looks at another with indifference." - January 11, 2017
United States Council of Catholic Bishops:
A basic moral test is how our most vulnerable members are faring. In a society marred by deepening divisions between rich and poor, our tradition recalls the story of the Last Judgment (Mt 25:31-46) and instructs us to put the needs of the poor and vulnerable first.
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. Use the link below to schedule your shift. Thank you for your commitment to the OLMC Festival!
Find the tab for the booth you want to volunteer for. If it's not on the first page, use the arrow next to "show more signups" in the upper right corner to find the group you need (food booths, children's games, etc.). Click on the box next to the shift you want. Enter your name and email address. You have the choice to create an account on signupgenius, where you can also enter your mobile number to get text reminders in addition to email reminders of your commitment. We also ask for your phone number in case we need to call you. Reminders are sent 2 days before your shift.
Words from our Pastor
In our weekly bulletin, Fr. Behrend provides inspiration and education. Click below to read through these articles.