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Our Lady of Mount Carmel Discusses The Impact of the Hudson Street Parking Garage

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Dear friends,

Today is Holy Family Sunday, the day on which the Church celebrates family life and asks us to reflect on the family as
the basic unit of society. It is the family in which we are nurtured and nourished and which, throughout our lives,
offers the support that allows us to continue to grow and, at the same time, to be secure in the knowledge that there is a
place where we are loved. It is in the family that we experience the ties that bind, bringing us together into the
most intimate of all human relationships. We all know that families continue under a great deal of stress right now, not
only because so many households now have to have two “breadwinners,” but also because of the number of marriage
relationships that have failed and the stress of “blended families,” and the continued pressure to re-define marriage,
now also including the looming possibility that polygamy will be the next hot-button issue.

As our reflection, I once again offer this prayer, composed by the poet Robert Louis Stevenson, for all our families and
for the parish family of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. It captures so many of the deepest wishes we hope for our
families and it is my hope, prayer and wish for all of you. Lord, behold our family here assembled. We thank you
for this place in which we dwell; for the love that unites us; for the peace accorded us this day; for the hope
with which we wait for tomorrow; for the health, the work, the food and the bright skies that make our lives
delightful; for our friends in all parts of the earth.

Let peace abound in our small community. Purge out of every heart the lurking grudge. Give us grace and
strength to forbear and persevere. Give us the grace to accept and forgive offenses. Forgetful ourselves, help
us to bear cheerfully the forgetfulness of others.

Give us courage and gaiety and a quiet mind. Spare us to our friends, soften us to our enemies. Bless us in all
our endeavors. Give us the strength to encounter that which is to come that we may be brave in peril,
constant in tribulation, temperate in wrath and in all changes in fortune, and down to the gates of death,
loyal and loving, one to another.

As the clay to the potter, as the windmill to the wind, as children to their father, we ask of You this help and
mercy for Christ’s sake. Amen.

God bless all our families and this parish family of Our Lady of Mount Carmel and a very large and warm thank
you for all of you who make this parish a real family.

All peace and joy in the New Year,

Fr. Ron

P.S. And here I go with another PS, which directly affects this parish family that I just wrote about. I have
briefly written previously on the proposed parking garage the Village is considering building on the site of
the present ground lot on Hudson Street. The Council had a first vote on the authorization of the bonds to pay
for the lot. I am not sure if the Council has officially approved the largest of the designs, for 400+ cars, but, I
believe the bond issue would be for an amount that is needed for that design.

As I wrote, I have concerns about the proposed size of that project, the traffic it could create around the church, and the
proposed re-orientation of Hudson and Passaic Streets, affecting the way funerals park at Mount Carmel and ingress and
egress into and from the driveways that surround the former convent. As I write this, we have engaged an
independent consultant to review the Traffic Impact Study prepared for the Village.

I invite all interested parishioners to one of two meetings to be held this week, one on Tuesday evening, December
29, 2015 at 7:30 PM or, for those who prefer not to come out at night, Wednesday afternoon, December 30, 2015
at 2:00 PM. Both meetings will be held in the Parish

Center and the purpose is to give you any information about our review of the Traffic Impact Study and to
offer you the opportunity to respond to the project proposed by the Village. In preparation, I encourage
everyone to go to the Village website www.ridgewoodnj.net . If you click on the Hudson

Street garage icon you will find some valuable information, including the simulations of the designed
garage as it fits into adjacent buildings and from different perspectives. It is very helpful in understanding the project.

It is important that we hear from you before January 6, 2016, when the Village Council will take up the Bond Issue again.

27 thoughts on “Our Lady of Mount Carmel Discusses The Impact of the Hudson Street Parking Garage

  1. Very sad commentary how Mayor Aronsohn, Council cronies, and business interests did not consult the Mount Carmel Community. Then again, I’m not surprised.

  2. Churches need not be consulted. Only Restaurants.
    Remember, metered parking for shoppers, free parking for diners.

  3. It’s a complete shaft job on that neighborhood..for who..out of town diners?.its scandalous ..investigations please

  4. Amen Father Ron, Amen!

  5. I just wish that Father Ron had done this a week before the referendum vote on the garage. Maybe if more people voted we would not be leading from behind.

  6. How can the church be upset with this? It is like the town is building them a parking lot for free. They should be thrilled. Knight of Columbus just became much more attractive for parties because there is a place to park. Same goes for weddings at the church as it will be much easier for brides to be able to direct people to a specific lot. In addition, from what i see there are several weekend evening services and this should help with parking for those events. This is a covered, indoor lot which also helps in inclement weather.

    Yes, the church will have to come up with a new plan for funeral processions and might even want to open side doors to lessen the walk from the garage. But overall this has to be considered a huge win for both churches near that corner and the Knights of Columbus. Any complaints from the church is truly looking a gift horse in the mouth.

  7. The church has a very large and dedicated congregation despite not having this “gift”. They are losing a lot of street level parking and will be overshadowed by this monstrosity. I have never had a problem parking for church, and will miss the easy street level access when running my children in for religious education.

  8. Gift? It is a trojan horse.

  9. 12:08 pm is correct the above mentioned will gain while the restaurants on broad will loose and possibly go out of business during construction. Seems to be well thought out as usual in Ridgewood.

  10. Clearly 12.08 heard the feedback from the Community Mtg of Mt Carmel and their parishioners TUESDAY night and even today at 2 pm which
    I attended.Father Ron spoke openly about how divisive this Garage will end up being for the history and legacy of his leading over 4000 families,
    MAYOR TODAY continued to project largest structure and capacity with a soft promise to work with the Diocese concerns on one way traffic pattern reversal….Mayor admitted lacking required 4 votes on Jan 6 second option of going to the county for funding and leaseback scheme.

    The FIX IS IN..Mount Carme Community enjoy the serenity of today

    That’s all about to change and despite 12:08 comments about looking a gift horse in the mouth. What good is a garage when is circles your walls and schools with dangerous and increased road traffic and pollution .good luck senior citizens making is safely across those pulsing streets when the 630 pm reservation at Fish is at risk,Garage is a Scandal

  11. Placement of the supersized Garage across from Historic Mt.Saint Carmel
    Is a Taking by the village in many ways.Peace and distance from such an abusive polluting structure adding over 300 car capacity increase has many impacts.Mostly negative.Casting a shadow over that block sucking up any Clean Air and tranquility. there’s a community there that’s about to
    Get Run Over soon to loose many peaceful moments to a Garage more easily sighted within the Center of town.works today .who is this garage for outside of the peak demands for merchant restaurants and a few small shops on the Train side of town.Historic mistake soon to create the Garage district on the future unsafe side of town.

  12. FELLOW PARISHIONERS: WE MUST REMEMBER HOW WE WERE SHAFTED WHEN WE CAST OUR VOTES IN THE NEXT COUNCIL ELECTION. PAYBACK IS NECESSARY!

  13. The garage will not benefit the church. I have been a parishioner for almost 30 years. I have attended mass, weddings, funerals and special events.

    Not once did parking affect my plans. Taking away on-street spots will directly affect the parish.

  14. A day late a dollar short 5:11. Why didn’t all you parishioners come out and vote no on the garage referendum? Why now did this become a problem for Mt Carmel when this garage has been discussed for almost a year now. The three amigos don’t care what we think or how we vote next year.

  15. Why the Hell should we take this lying down. Citizens jan 6 is the new bastille day. Do it for Father Ron as well a good and loyal Pastor getting the Shaft with the rest of Us WAKE UP RIDGEWOOD ITS NOT BUILT YET. THEY THINK WE ARE SHEEP FOR Shearing

  16. The town carpetbaggers have figured out that generally the folks in ridgewood are lazy voters and combined with their get out the Vote folk when it’s cash on their barrel heads propositions they then have their way with us and our money

  17. Is this only the Mayors disregard for the parishioners of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel or is it a disregard of all of the religious communities in the Village of Ridgewood? I would like to call upon all of the parishioners of the following religious communities in the village to support Father Ron. UPPER RIDGEWOOD COMM CHURCH, ST ELIZABETHS CHURCH, BETHLEHEM EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH, CHRIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH, UNITARIAN CHURCH, CHRISTIAN REFORMED OF MIDLAND PARK, RIDGEWOOD COMMUNITY OF CHRIST, RIDGEWOOD CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH, WEST SIDE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, WORLD MISSION SOCIETY,CHURCH OF GOD, GRACE CHURCH OF RIDGEWOOD, PARAMUS REFORMED CHURCH, CHURCH OF OUR LADY OF MT CARMEL, RIDGEWOOD UNITED METHODIST CHURCH, METROPOLITAN A.M.E. ZION CHURCH, MT. BETHEL BAPTIST CHURCH, EMMANUEL BAPTIST CHURCH, FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, FIRST REFORMED CHURCH AND TEMPLE ISRAEL & JEWISH COMM INC. There is strength in numbers and all should be called to support the cause.

  18. Aronsohn looked like a blubbering blundering mess at the meeting. Awesome

  19. We are being lead by the restaurant owners and developers who want to squeeze every penny that they can out of the taxpayers who they expect to fund their expansionist plans. Make sure to have your voice heard. No, it won’t change the Mayor’s mind; he only wants to hear what the restaurant owners tell him. But let him know in a responsible and respectful manner how he is selling out the town.

    Let the restaurant owners know how you feel. There’s no need to wait until the next election. If the parishioners of Mt Carmel told the owner of Its Greek to me that they will boycott his restaurant, this garage would be shelved tomorrow. If the parishioners of other churches in town did the same, we’d probably see a certain restaurant owner doing a public act of contrition.

  20. DIOCESE management ATTENDEE at yesterday’s church meeting should throw some weight into this fight to protect this magnificent church ;
    Reversal of these streets one ineffect will cause more chaos and danger to School Children as well as shifting all traffic down into the center of town close to the Bus depot as well as a second Church and yes a neighborhood where real people and Children are present every day,

    All for What ..a new massive MIS sighted Garage for Commuters and restaurant expansions.wake up ridgewood..we collectively will be on the hook when the lawsuits start flying over pedestrian casualties.

  21. Even the faithful departed can’t have a decent funeral without being carted out the side door to a modified funeral procession.Sorry Mr.Mayor some things like FAMILY , RELIGIOUS TRADITION And the Final Sacraments
    Of Blessing before Burial can’t be held Hostage to a misplaced and Dangerous Government Structure.massive safety impact to School children and Parents from todays traffic Pattern,TOWN JUST SAY NO.

  22. Mt Carmel should have to pay taxes on their old school property since they rent it out to outside schools and basketball businesses.

  23. 9.59. So now we punish thou complainers ..let’s open up a discussion on a new restaurant congestion Impact Tax too..

  24. Expect a real push now on the misguided bonding now that the Churches have woken up to this Scandal.Ken Smith Lot reopening to commercial parking just proves the point that markets for a product are made in the Markets not at city hall.this crew will be long gone but the bonding expenses will have to be met with taxpayer subsidies

  25. 9:52 it seems that a lot of people will be late to their own funeral with the new parking scheme.

  26. 9:52 it seems that a lot of people will be “late to their own funeral” under the new parking scheme.

  27. Catholic Church has a lot of legal financial firepower and outside of their own traffic study..yes late to the Game might have to jump in with own Firepower to Slow this Jan 6 th steamroller down.DONT COUNT ON ANY SYMPATHY From them or promises of TWEEKS Father Ron and your advisors..this is a ruthless Bunch with short window of influence owed to their beholders

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