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OLMC Participates National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry

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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.

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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
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Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church : Confession Cancelled on Monday

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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 .

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Three Kings Arrive at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church

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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

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

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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.

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Our Lady of Mount Carmel three day Mission Trip

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July 27,2018

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Ridgewood NJ, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, at Archdiocese of Newark Office of Youth & Young Adult Ministry.

While on their three day Mission Trip serving those at the Fr. English Center, Paterson; St. Ann’s Soup Kitchen, Newark and Camp Sunshine right here in Ridgewood, our junior high teens met Cardinal Tobin as they were getting ready to depart for their day of service on Tuesday.

Cardinal Tobin was at the retreat center in Kearny to bless the new statue of St. John Paul II placed in front of the main building. Our teens were using the center as their main base of operations and met Cardinal Tobin as they were waiting for their bus!

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July 16,2018

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Ridgewood NJ, JULY 16TH – FEAST OF OUR LADY OF MOUNT CARMEL! The word “Carmel” in Aramaic means “Garden of God” are refers to the mountain in northern Palestine where the Prophet Elijah defeated the pagan prophets. It is also where a community of Christian hermits lived in the early beginnings of Christianity. Later, after the group was exiled into Europe following the Crusades, this order of hermits was dying out. St. Simon Stock, the group’s leader at the time, received a vision of a woman dressed in a brown robe who gave him what is now known as the brown scapular. She instructed him to have the members or the order dress in the brown robes as she was and to distribute the scapular. In doing so, their group would continue to spread the Gospel message. When Stock asked who she was, the woman (who of course was Mary) stated, I am the Lady of Mount Carmel, referring to the mountain range where the group originated from. From that time forward the group wore the brown robes, distributed the brown scapular, and the order still exists to this day. We call them Carmelites! From that time forward May has had the title, Our Lady of Mount Carmel.
DID YOU KNOW…One of the most popular names for Catholic Churches in the state of New Jersey is OUR LADY OF MOUNT CARMEL! There are twenty in the state with that name!

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HUGE multi-family garage sale on Saturday April 21

April 18,2018

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Ridgewood NJ, HUGE multi-family garage sale on Saturday April 21 The Kubikowski/Conway Confirmation Group from Our Lady of Mount Carmel is having a sale from 9am-3pm at 533 Wyndemere Ave in Ridgewood. (Rain date is Sunday April 22). All proceeds of the sale benefit Social Service Association of Ridgewood. More than 20 families have gathered items for this sale. There will be something for everyone, from sporting goods, toys, games and baby items, to furniture, household items and clothing, including brand new unused items. Please stop by and help support a good cause! This group has already collected well over 1000 grocery items and stocked the shelves!

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Pope Francis Shifts Power From Rome With ‘Hugely Important’ Liturgical Reform



VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis, who has used his absolute authority in the Vatican to decentralize power from Rome, made a widespread change Saturday to the ways, and words, in which Roman Catholics worship by amending Vatican law to give national bishop conferences greater authority in translating liturgical language.

“It’s hugely important,” said Rita Ferrone, a specialist in Catholic liturgy who writes for Commonweal, a liberal Catholic magazine. She said that by loosening Rome’s grip on the language of prayers, Francis had restored the intention of the reforms of the Second Vatican Council and erased some of the rollbacks of his predecessor, Benedict XVI. “It was especially astute that he put it into canon law because it makes it official.”

Francis has not been shy in efforts to reform the church and has tread on some of its most delicate subjects, from challenging the Roman bureaucracy that runs the church to emphasizing acceptance of gays and the divorced.

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Our lady of Mt. Carmel invites you to our first annual College Night!

April 30,2017
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Ridgewood NJ, Calling all High school sophomores and juniors! We know how hard it is to find the right school! Join us for our first annual College night featuring catholic colleges and universities both near and far!
Our Lady of Mt. carmel Parish Center
(lower level of the church – please use passaic street entrance)
1 Passaic St., Ridgewood, NJ
May 11, 2017
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Representatives from the following schools have agreed to be present to answer all your questions!

Assumption College
Boston College
Cabrini University
Caldwell University
Catholic University of America
College of Mount St. Vincent
College of St. Elizabeth
DeSales University
Dominican College
Felician University
Georgian Court University
Iona College
Kings College
Manhattan College
Misericordia University
Mount Saint Mary College

Neumann University
Providence College
Sacred Heart University
Salve Regina University
Seton Hall University
Siena College
St. Anselm College
St. Bonaventure University
St. Francis University
St. John’s University
St. Peter’s University
Santa Clara University
Stonehill College
University of Dayton
University of Scranton