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Welcome to the Parish of Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Our History

Read a brief history of this 120 years old sanctuary.
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Masses

Learn more about our weekly mass schedule at our parish.
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Sacraments

Listen or read beautiful Sacraments of our faith.
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Learn more about our current activities and news through our blog.
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“Welcome to The Parish of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.”

Welcome to the web site of the Parish-Shrine of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. Our history as a faith community dates back to the end of the 19th century. Beginning with the humble chapel of 1895, followed by the church of 1908, to the erection of the present building in 1967 and its dedication as diocesan shrine on 2006, the faithful have continued their pilgrimage to Melrose Park in unwavering faith and tradition to pay homage to Our Blessed Mother Mary under her ancient title of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.

Our yearly solemn novena and unique feast, the Eucharistic Celebrations, the street processions, the many religious practices held in our Church, are certainly spiritual experiences that allow us to experience God in a unique way. Faith, Family and Fun are certainly the trademarks of our countless celebrations.

I feel truly blessed to preside in Faith over this community. Being able to experience the awesome devotion of many, listening to faithful people praying and singing during our liturgical services, knowing the endless efforts of committed parishioners to make out of our religious experience the best offering that can be presented to our Lord through the intercession of la Madonna, and seeing those who come back to Melrose Park to join us in certain moments of the year, makes me realize how powerful it is the impact Our Blessed Mother has caused in the lives of countless people. I just hope we all can do our best to continue filling the hearts of many with pride for our Catholic heritage.

It is my hope that as we maintain our Faith alive and as we carry on the rituals and spiritual practices of the Church, we make sure the love to la Madonna continues to shower the lives and hearts of newer generations; we count in their ability and courage to carry on this practices of Faith in order to make out of our spiritual journey a project that we toss into the future with trustful hearts for we know as long as Love and Faith move us forward, abundance of blessings will continue for many years to come.

I take the opportunity to invite each one of you to become part of our faith community. The Parish-Shrine offers many different religious events and spiritual experiences all throughout the year and we would like you to take part in as many as possible, Please make sure you visit our web-site continuously in order to keep updated in regards to our celebrations, I also encourage you to register in our Parish system, doing so will allow us to keep in touch and it will ensure you receive our different communications. May la Madonna del Carmine continue to shower you all with abundance of graces and may her Infant Son grant you all type of blessings form above.

— In Christo, Rev. Miguel Alvarez, C.S. Pastor

— Father Augusto Feccia, C.S., Associate Pastor

— Father Juan F. Aguiar, C.S., Associate Pastor

Sacraments

The Latin word sacramentum means “a sign of the sacred.” The seven sacraments are ceremonies that point to what is sacred, significant and important for Christians. They are special occasions for experiencing God’s saving presence. That’s what theologians mean when they say that sacraments are at the same time signs and instruments of God’s grace. Read More…

(American Catholic, The Seven Catholic Sacraments, http://www.americancatholic.org/features/special/default.aspx?id=29)