This ministry is scheduled to meet in the church or Titus Room on Monday afternoons during the seasons of Advent and Lent. The participants share their personal experiences of the presence of God in their lives through Lectio Divina (holy reading), listening, meditation and prayer.
If you’re interested in joining, please contact Deacon Lex Ferrauiola, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Twice a year, in the fall and into the new year, bereavement networking sessions are held ordinarily on Monday evenings. Each series consists of six sessions; the first session concludes with the Memorial Mass on November 2nd and the second series with a special Prayer Service in memory of the deceased loved ones. During these sessions, we journey through the grieving process with those persons who have lost a loved one. Prayer and scripture are integrated and a support system is formed.
Christmas and Easter are the two busiest times for volunteer involvement. Flowers must be ordered and five to six hours may be needed to create a beautiful environment for these special feasts. Men, as well as women are welcome.
If you’re interested in helping, please contact Mr. Bill Angresano, email@example.com .
This ministry provides a special opportunity for members of the parish to grow in their faith. The group meets during the six weeks prior to Thanksgiving and six weeks during Lent to reflect on books, ranging from classics to contemporary works, pertaining to spiritual growth and development. Members of the group participate in discussions to the extent which they feel comfortable. Prayer and mutual support are an integral part of these two-hour weekly meetings.
If you’re interested in joining the discussion, please contact Mr. Chris Connolly, firstname.lastname@example.org .
Family Promise Working Homeless Family Hosting
Once a year for a week in the summer OLMC opens her doors to working homeless families as part of the Family Promise of Bergen County’s housing program. Parishioners are asked to pray, donate or volunteer to eat and serve dinner to families, play with children or stay overnight as part of emegency contacts. If interested in volunteering, please send an e-mail to email@example.com!
OLMC parish provides a ministry of sociability to our senior members and parish veterans. Senior events include a Senior Thanksgiving Dinner and a Senior Mardi Gras celebration before Ash Wednesday. Good food, entertainment and other surprises are provided. A retreat day for seniors is offered in the spring and is scheduled according to the wishes of the seniors. Parish volunteers assist with the decorations and set-up of the venue as well as serving at these events. Approximately six volunteer hours are needed for each event.
The parish holds monthly parish coffees, usually held on the third Sunday of the month. Volunteers are needed to set up and clean up after this event. The coffee is held following the 10AM Mass on a monthly schedule and is chaired on an alternating basis by the Religious Education Office, Academy of Our Lady of Mount Carmel staff, and other ministries. Join us!
Spiritual Direction is the ancient art of Christian listening carried out in the context of a one-to-one trusting and confidential relationship. The spiritual director is trained to be a guide who “companions” the directee (that’s you), listening to your story with an ear for the movement of the Holy Spirit in your life. Deacon Lex has been trained in spiritual direction in the Carmelite tradition.
If you’re interested in making an appointment, please contact Deacon Lex Ferrauiola, firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is a Cornerstone Retreat?
A Cornerstone retreat is a truly unique retreat program that offers its participants a time that will change their lives. In a warm, welcoming an intimate setting- free of the distractions of everyday life-participants can strengthen and grow in their faith and spirituality. By literally stopping the world for this period of time, the participant will reflect on their own life with others. Cornerstone is a very personal, one-in a lifetime experience. No one attends a Cornerstone Retreat more than once. The retreat is funded through donations of its participants. A donation is asked of the participants which cover meals and other materials.
Who conducts the Cornerstone Retreat? What can You Expect?
A team of men and women who have experienced the retreat have worked throughout the past year to plan this special weekend. Each member of the team lends their gifts, talents and faith, whether by relating a life experience in a presentation, leading a small group discussion, planning a liturgy, preparing a meal or even cooking up a surprise. Together, the team is dedicated to creating a warm and hospitable atmosphere for everyone.
If you’re interested in participating in Women’s Cornerstone, please contact Sr. Regina Chassar, email@example.com (201-871-4662). If you’re interested in participating in Men’s Cornerstone, please contact Mr. Bill Angresano, firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you love weddings this ministry is calling you! As a Wedding Coordinator you work closely with the bride and groom with their rehearsal and wedding day preparations. We help to ensure their wedding at Mount Carmel is a very special and unique experience. As a Coordinator you are responsible for conducting the wedding rehearsal. You will have a walk through of the ceremony with the couple and their attendants making sure they are ready for their big day. On the day of the wedding arrive thirty minutes ahead of the ceremony checking on all the last minute details from flowers to readings to the runner etc. A Wedding Coordinator makes sure the ceremony runs as smoothly as possible. After the wedding a quick cleanup of the church may be required to get ready for the evening Mass.
You are invited to observe one of our Coordinators at our next wedding. For more information contact Rose Ann Miglietta at 201 894-5384.