Posted July 23, 23007

AFTER MASS ON SUNDAY, JULY 22, 2007, PARISHIONERS WERE ENROLLED IN THE BROWN SCAPULAR OF OUR LADY OF MT. CARMEL...OTHERS WERE ENROLLED AT A MORNING MASS EARLIER IN THE WEEK.

The Brown Scapular of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel was given by Our Lady in an apparition to the General of the Carmelite Order, St. Simon Stock, in 1251 as a sign of unity for its members with the promise: "This shall be a privilege for you and all Carmelites, that anyone who dies clothed in this habit shall not suffer eternal fire."

The wearing of the scapular by the laity is a sign of affiliation with the prayers and good works of the Carmelite Order and consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. In 1322, Pope John XXII expressed in a bull, the Sabbatine Privilege (release from Purgatory on the First Saturday after death) for those who observe certain conditions:

  • 1) wear the scapular continuously
  • 2) observe chastity according to their state in life
  • 3) recite the Little Office of the Blessed Virgin or the daily rosary, or with the permission of a priest, substitute some other good work.

Unlike some other sacramentals, the Brown Scapular is a garment to be worn. It consists of two strips of brown wool worn over the chest and back and attached by strings that hang over the shoulders. (Under certain conditions the scapular medal may replace it, but the cloth scapular has been strongly recommended.)

The laity receive investiture from the priest. The scapular is blessed and placed upon the recipient with the words...

"Receive this blessed scapular and beseech
the Blessed Virgin Mary that through Her merits, you
may wear it without stain. May it defend you against
all adversity and accompany you to eternal life.
Amen."


AT A BRIEF MEETING DURING COFFEE AND DONUTS ON SUNDAY, JULY 22ND, THE BUILDING COMMITTEE MADE AVAILABLE SOME OF THE ARCHITECTURAL DRAWINGS OF THE ORATORY RENOVATION.

Viewing the drawings were: Ed Keele, Andy Johnson, Don Deister, Bob Van Maren, Stephen Brady and Paul Villotti.

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