Posted on

School Supply drive on behalf of Social Service Association (SSA) a huge Success

photos by AGT

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Ridgewood NJ, the school supply drive on behalf of Social Service Association (SSA) was a huge success this year. The donations were more than generous . The Social Service Association (SSA) would especially like to thank Fr. Ron and OLMC for supporting this important cause.

Because of all of the donation, many children who live in Glen Rock, HoHoKus, Midland Park, Ridgewood, Waldwick and Wyckoff will be able to start the school year with supplies.

“Look for our school supply drive next year. Thanks again!”, Alex and Donovan.

Posted on

OLMC Participates National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Ridgewood NJ, on Saturday, several OLMC parishioners attended a five hour training at the Archdiocesan Youth Retreat Center in Kearny. OLMC is one of twelve parishes in the country (yes, country) to be asked by the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry to participate in a new pilot program for accompanying young people ages 15 through 25 in areas of faith.

The committee from OLMC will work together for the next eighteen months and will be developing a program to take place in our parish in early 2020. Stay tuned for more information in September!

Thank you to Tom East of the Center for Ministry Development for being our trainer today and for being the project’s overall coordinator.

Posted on

Ridgewood Knights of Columbus Will be Taking Donations For People with Intellectual Disabilities

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Ridgewoood NJ, This weekend you will see members of the Knights of Columbus Council 1736 around town asking for donations for their annual collection for people with intellectual disabilities. One of the recipients is Camp Sunshine, which holds events at their Ridgewood Duck Pond site all summer long for this population. Thank you in advance for your support.

Posted on

​St. Patrick’s Day Dinner Dance Saturday, March 23, 2019 at 7:00pm

Take the low road or the high road … but don’t miss 
​Council 1736’s
St. Patrick’s Day Dinner Dance

Join us as the Knights of Columbus continues the tradition that the People of Ireland started over a thousand years ago. Help drive the snakes from the Village of Ridgewood. Gather with friends and family to celebrate the life of Saint Patrick and enjoy a fine meal and entertainment.

When: Saturday, March 23, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Our Lady of Mount Carmel School Auditorium
Dinner: Full-Course Corned Beef & Cabbage Buffet Dinner, Beer, Wine, Soft Drinks
Entertainment:Celtic Cross BandIrish Step DancersBagpipersGrand Prize Raffle Drawing for a trip to Ireland​

Posted on

Cardinal Joseph Tobin Letter On Clergy Abuse

Cardinal Tobin

February 13, 2019

My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

The revelations of clergy sexual abuse of minors throughout this past year have provoked feelings of shock, anger, shame, and deep sorrow throughout our Catholic community. Victims, their families, and the faithful are rightfully outraged over the abuses perpetrated against minors. Additionally, the failure of Church leadership to immediately remove suspected abusers from ministry is particularly reprehensible.

In an effort to do what is right and just, we are publishing the names of diocesan clergy credibly accused of sexual abuse of minors in the Archdiocese of Newark. This list of names is the result of an extensive review of Archdiocesan records dating back to 1940. All names were previously reported to law enforcement agencies.

The Archdiocese of Newark has a zero-tolerance policy for any type of mistreatment or misconduct involving children and young adults. No member of the clergy with a credible allegation of sexual abuse of a minor remains in ministry.

Continue reading Cardinal Joseph Tobin Letter On Clergy Abuse
Posted on

Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church : Confession Cancelled on Monday

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Ridgewood NJ, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, has  announced that due to severe weather conditions the next few days the Adoration Chapel will close from 6:15 pm Saturday night and will not reopen till Tuesday January 22nd .

Also sinners get a one day reprieve due to the Martin Luther King Holiday as well as the weather situation CONFESSION has been cancelled Monday night .

Posted on

Reader says ,”The senators were performing due diligence based upon the differences between a religious doctrine and existing law”

As a Catholic I think this is a bit of a stretch saying that the QUESTIONS asked were “anti-Catholic and bigoted comments”. The two senators were simply (and legitimately) asking judicial candidate Brian Buescher (a KofC member)about the differences between the KofC’s position on same sex marriage and abortion, and existing law if such a case were put before him. Buescher appropriately stated that the KofC’s position would have no influence on his decisions at all. The senators were performing due diligence based upon the differences between a religious doctrine and existing law. It’s no different than the questions posed to JFK when he was a candidate. The questioners were’nt bigoted or racist…simply asking the candidate if he had a conflict between law and doctrine.

Posted on

NJ State Senator Rails Against ‘Bigoted’ Anti-Catholic Comments Made by Democrat U.S. Senators


the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Ridgewood NJ, State senator Joe Pennacchio today called on the United States Senate to condemn U.S. Senators Kamala Harris (D-California) and Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) in light of reports that the two Democratic Senators made what Pennacchio cited as anti-Catholic and bigoted comments during their review of Brian Buescher’s judicial nomination to the U.S. District Court in Nebraska.

During last years divisive Village Council Election the Harwin campaign funded by developers and Democrat special interest groups launched into a series of anti Catholic diatribes including circulating a letter attacking Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Ridgewood.

Pennacchio also questioned why New Jersey’s U.S. Senators, Cory Booker and Bob Menendez, who represent a large Catholic population, have yet to speak out. During the hearing, U.S. Sens. Harris and Hirono insinuated that Buescher would not be able to rule fairly and impartially because he is a longtime member of the Knights of Columbus.

“Religious intolerance and bigotry of any kind has no place in the halls of government,” said Pennacchio. “I have yet to hear either of our U.S. Senate representatives condemn these remarks. Their silence is deafening. No one should be excluded from serving in the judiciary because of their faith.

“Roman Catholicism is the second largest religion in the United States, and the Knights of Columbus is an honorable service organization that has given back to millions of people,” the Republican state senator from Morris County added. This is not a cause for concern and insinuating otherwise is irresponsible and misleading. Make no mistake – the attack on the Knights of Columbus was an attack on the Church itself. The U.S. Senate should formerly condemn Senators Harris and Hirono immediately and their colleagues in Congress should speak out against their conduct. As a Catholic and an American, I am absolutely appalled. It seems that being anti-Catholic or anti-Semitic has become politically-chic, and we should all be alarmed.”

Pennacchio noted that this is not the first time Catholic judicial nominees have been attacked by Democratic U.S. representatives. In 2017, U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-California) levied similar anti-Catholic attacks against judicial nominee, Amy Coney Barrett. He noted that in 2011, Governor Christie and members of the Legislature on both sides of the aisle rallied to support a Muslim judicial nominee who was being attacked for his faith. Pennacchio emphasized that Catholic judicial nominees who are qualified and worthy of serving on the bench should be given the same support.

“We should all be concerned about the rise of bias in this country,” said the senator. “The hateful rhetoric must come to an end and we should shed light on anyone who is spewing hate, regardless of their party affiliation or the faith they are attacking. It is no more acceptable to attack someone for being Catholic, than it is to attack someone for any other religious belief.”

Posted on

Three Kings Arrive at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Ridgewood NJ, the Three Kings come to Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, Ridgewood, N.J.

DON’T FORGET…The Three Kings (Melchoir, Gaspar and Balthazar) and the camels will be at Our Lake of Mount Carmel Church tomorrow night, Friday, January 4th at 7:00PM!

All are invited to gather in the Church and await their arrival.Parents are invited to help their child(ren) prepare a letter for the Kingsin which the child asks for a small gift they would like to receive from the Kings. These letters will be collected by the Kings and the gift will be left in the child’s house on the Feast of the Epiphany – Sunday, January 6th. For more information contact Fr. Kevin at: 201.444.2000×202 or

Posted on

On Christmas Eve 1818, 200 years ago, Silent Night was sung for the first time!

from OLMC

Ridgewood NJ, from Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, On Christmas Eve 1818, 200 years ago, Silent Night was sung for the first time! Here is the origin of how this wonderful song came to be…

In 1818, a roving band of actors was performing in towns throughout the Austrian Alps. On December 23 they arrived at Oberndorf, a village near Salzburg where they were to re-enact the story of Christ’s birth in the small Church of St. Nicholas.

Unfortunately, the St. Nicholas’ church organ wasn’t working and would not be repaired before Christmas. (Note: some versions of the story point to mice as the problem; others say rust was the culprit) Because the church organ was out of commission, the actors presented their Christmas drama in a private home. That Christmas presentation of the events in the first chapters of Matthew and Luke put assistant pastor Josef Mohr in a meditative mood. Instead of walking straight to his house that night, Mohr took a longer way home. The longer path took him up over a hill overlooking the village.

From that hilltop, Mohr looked down on the peaceful snow-covered village. Reveling in majestic silence of the wintry night, Mohr gazed down at the glowing Christmas-card like scene. His thoughts about the Christmas play he had just seen made him remember a poem he had written a couple of years before. That poem was about the night when angels announced the birth of the long-awaited Messiah to shepherds on a hillside.
Mohr decided those words might make a good carol for his congregation the following evening at their Christmas eve service. The one problem was that he didn’t have any music to which that poem could be sung. So, the next day Mohr went to see the church organist, Franz Xaver Gruber. Gruber only had a few hours to come up with a melody which could be sung with a guitar. However, by that evening, Gruber had managed to compose a musical setting for the poem. It no longer mattered to Mohr and Gruber that their church organ was inoperable. They now had a Christmas carol that could be sung without that organ.

On Christmas Eve, the little Oberndorf congregation heard Gruber and Mohr sing their new composition to the accompaniment of Gruber’s guitar.
Weeks later, well-known organ builder Karl Mauracher arrived in Oberndorf to fix the organ in St. Nicholas church. When Mauracher finished, he stepped back to let Gruber test the instrument. When Gruber sat down, his fingers began playing the simple melody he had written for Mohr’s Christmas poem. Deeply impressed, Mauracher took copies of the music and words of “Silent Night” back to his own Alpine village, Kapfing. There, two well-known families of singers — the Rainers and the Strassers — heard it. Captivated by “Silent Night,” both groups put the new song into their Christmas season repertoire.

The Strasser sisters spread the carol across northern Europe. In 1834, they performed “Silent Night” for King Frederick William IV of Prussia, and he then ordered his cathedral choir to sing it every Christmas eve.
Twenty years after “Silent Night” was written, the Rainers brought the song to the United States, singing it (in German) at the Alexander Hamilton Monument located outside New York City’s Trinity Church.

In 1863, nearly fifty years after being first sung in German, “Silent Night” was translated into English (by either Jane Campbell or John Young). Eight years later, that English version made its way into print in Charles Hutchins’ Sunday School Hymnal. Today the words of “Silent Night” are sung in more than 300 different languages around the world.