May Crowning

May 7, 2022 We began the Month of Mary with the May Crowning. This is a beautiful Catholic tradition where we honor Mary by crowning a statue of her with garland or flowers. This also honors her as the Queen of Heaven. Our Religious Education students all participated in the procession at the 4PM Mass. They approached the statue and placed flowers at her feet. Students receiving First Communion and Confirmation this year had the special honor of placing her crown and corsage and being enrolled in the Brown Scapular. Photos courtesy of Valerie...

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Sacred Easter Triduum at Mt. Carmel

April 14 – 16, 2022 The Sacred Easter Triduum began on April 14th, Holy Thursday with the Mass of the Lord’s Supper. Fr. Hugh Guentner, OSM, pastor, washed the feet of several parish organization members and Religious Education students. Father Mark Franceschini, OSM and Fr. Fred Gaglia concelebrated. The Blessed Sacrament was moved to the Altar of Repose and remained exposed for Adoration until 10PM. Good Friday, April 15th, was the Commemoration of the Lord’s Passion and the Mass of the Presanctified, presided by Fr. Mark Franceschini, OSM. The faithful also...

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La Desolata

April 8, 2022 We presented the annual Desolata service on the Friday of Sorrows; that is, the traditional Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows. When the Servants of Mary (or Servites) were founded in 1233, they chose the Sorrowful Mother as their patroness. Her feast had been celebrated on a variety of dates until 1727 when Pope Benedict XIII extended it to the entire Latin Church, fixing it on the Friday before Palm Sunday. However, since 1668, The Servite Friars had been celebrating the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows on September 15th, the day after the the Feast of Exaltation of the Holy...

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A Day of Celebration

Fr. Mark celebrates his 92nd birthday Fr. Mark Franceschini, OSM turns 92 years old today. We were blessed to have celebrated with him at the March 6th Prima Domenica reception. The Bellio family presented him with a custom-made bust created by Joe Cipri. Mike Bellio said it was in “gratefulness to everyone who he has touched their hearts.” Fr. Mark will also celebrate his 63rd anniversary of ordination on March 30th. Congratulations and tanti auguri! Fr. Mark with his bust. Photo by Hank FanelliThe bust. Photo by Hank Fanelli 44th Annual St. Joseph’s Table...

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Buon anniversario!

March 18, 1894 – Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church is founded In 1891, Michele Notary and Giacomo DiGiacomo founded the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Society, Denver’s first Italian-Catholic organization. With the society’s help, Father Mariano Felice Lepore was able to buy land on Palmer Avenue (now Navajo Street) between 35th and 36th Avenues. There they built the first Mount Carmel Church. The first church burned down 4 years later; however, the community was not discouraged. They would build a bigger, grander church and dedicate it in 1904. Fr. Mariano Lepore On...

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Rite of Election

Saturday, March 5, 2022 Archbishop Aquila celebrated the Rite of Election at the Cathedral, formally affirming that the candidates and catechumens are ready and willing to receive the Sacraments of Initiation. During the Rite of Election, individuals preparing to enter into full communion with the Church at Easter publicly state their intent to become members of the Catholic Church and receive a special blessing to continue on their journey of preparation. ⁣ Mount Carmel presented one candidate, Meagan Castle, and one catechumen, Nicole Frye. They will receive the sacraments here...

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