Churches and religious organizations of every stripe have been forced in recent weeks to shift their focus to virtual services amidst the COVID-19 outbreak, and Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, which celebrated its church building’s 50th anniversary in 2018, has been among those leading the charge.

Father Patrick Michaels, the church’s pastor, has been saying a daily mass streamed live online for the Mt. Carmel parishioners, and is ramping up with an array of services as Easter Sunday approaches on April 12.

That includes a Palm Sunday Mass at 10:15 am on April 5 via Livestream on Facebook Live. You can sing the songs and join in the Passion Narrative by downloading our worship guide. The first two pages contain the hymns and Mass parts, followed by the Narrative.

Here is the Holy Week schedule, all of which will be livestreamed.

  • MASS OF THE LORD’S SUPPER: Thursday, 7:30 p.m.
  • LITURGY OF GOOD FRIDAY: Friday, 1:30 – 3 p.m. (Note that according to the Church’s ancient tradition, Mass is not celebrated on this day. The celebration includes the Liturgy of the Word, Adoration of the Cross and, in this case, Spiritual Communion.)
  • EASTER VIGIL: Saturday, 8:30 p.m.  At this special Holy Saturday Vigil Mass, we celebrate the Resurrection of the Lord, beginning in darkness and moving in and towards His light. This is the major celebration of the Church’s year. 
  • EASTER SUNDAY: April 12, 10:15 a.m. 
  • Note that Daily Mass will be livestreamed at 7:45 a.m. this week Monday through Wednesday. There will be no 7:45 a.m. Mass Thursday through Saturday due to the Triduum schedule. Daily 7:45 a.m. Mass will resume Easter Monday, April 13. 

Appointments for both the Sacrament of the Sick (especially Last Rites, Communion for the last time) and Reconciliation may be made by contacting Father Pat at 415-388-4190. He can come to your home for Sacrament of the Sick, and you can come to the church for Reconciliation in the sacristy, where 6-feet distance can be respected.

“In this time of tribulation, our spiritual connections are of the utmost importance to our well-being,” Father Pat says. “It is to our hearts that we need to go so that Jesus may die and rise there. Even as we celebrate Holy Week and the Sacred Triduum remotely, we are not re-enacting historical events. We are observing them unfold anew in our lives, and celebrating our good fortune to be those observers and participants. We are the Body of Christ. We celebrate in Reconciliation and Eucharist a union that only Christ’s death and resurrection can achieve. Christ’s action takes place in us as we grow in our belief in the power of God’s love to make it so. Join our online community for all these livestreamed celebrations.”

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