Do you want to receive the gifts of the Holy Spirit? Then, a novena to the Holy Spirit in preparation for the Solemnity of Pentecost should be done from Friday, May 15 - Saturday, May 23, the nine days before Pentecost Sunday. The novena in honor of the Holy Spirit is the oldest of all novenas since it was first made at the direction of Our Lord Himself when He sent His apostles back to Jerusalem to await the coming of the Holy Spirit on the first Pentecost. It is still the only novena officially prescribed by the Church.
Our Lady of Mount Carmel’s second grade students’ First Holy Communion takes place on Sunday, May 17, during our 12 noon liturgy. Please keep these children and their families in your prayers!
The Sacrament of first confession & holy communion is the greatest gift in this life. St. Therese of Lisieux describes her first communion experience from Story of a Soul:
"At last the most wonderful day of my life arrived, and I can remember every tiny detail of those heavenly hours: my joyous waking up at dawn, the room where we dressed -- and above all, our entry into chapel and the singing of
“Why do Catholics worship Mary?” is a question we may hear from Protestants. How would you answer this question? First, Catholics do not worship Mary. Worship and adoration by right belong to God alone: Father, Son & Holy Spirit. Mary and the saints, on the other hand, are venerated and loved by our invoking their intercessions with God and imitating their virtues.
By Mary’s Assumption, we have a mother in heaven who is always with us. Mary is the mother of God because she is the mother of Jesus, who is divine. She is also our mother because Jesus says so himself.