87TH ANNUAL SUMMER FESTIVAL
In addressing the Annual Summer Festival – I have invited the “Goldilocks & the 3 Bears” approach. In soliciting some initial responses, I was faced with varying opinions from: “there’s no need to change anything – it needs to be just like every year”, to “I can’t believe anyone is even thinking of having a festival this year”. Again – as in “Goldilocks” – responses that are either too cold or too hot. So we have developed a plan that we believe to be “just right”, at least given the information we have at this moment. In monitoring day by day developments, plans can always change. So, as for now: The Festival has been moved from its usual week in July to August 12 – 16, 2020. While not centered on the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, this year, it revolves around the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The hours of the Festival have been condensed to 11am – 7pm each day (no break in the middle, but ending after the traditional dinner hour).
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Images from Easter 2020 at Mount Carmel Church.
A LOOK INSIDE
From the moment you step inside, the first thing you will notice is an entirely barrier free building. Stretching over 21,000 square feet "up the alley", the Mount Carmel Parish Family Center offers opportunities for prayer, education service and social gatherings. Beginning with the entrance way, there is a coat room to the right, as well as the daily Mass chapel to the left. Sponsored by our parish's Blessed Mother Society, this chapel will provide a sacred space for daily Mass, as well as other prayer experiences for our religious education students and parishioners alike. Directly ahead is the 400+ seat social hall, complete with two bar areas and an accessible staging area. Beyond the hall is a state of the art catering kitchen - designed to accommodate our festival preparation, parish dinners, and a variety of other events. Complete with ample restroom facilities and storage space, the complex then moves into a series of classrooms, which, with moveable walls, can be converted into larger meeting spaces. At the opposite end of the building is the religious education entrance, including offices, a space dedicated to youth and young adults, as well as additional storage space. Truly a structure which will allow us the opportunity to worship, educate, serve and celebrate as a parish family for generations to come. Let us work together to continue the incredible legacy of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish!
Thank you to everyone who has been faithful to their pledges toward our Parish Family Center. Thanks to your dedicated commitment, along with the success of our summer festivals, we are well on track to a ground-breaking this coming July, with the work to commence after the summer festival. What seemed like such a far off prospect is rapidly becoming a reality. Again, thank you to those who have made a pledge and are making payments. If anyone is interested in joining in this great addition to our parish, please contact the parish office at 330-652-5825. May God continue to bless our parish family.
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