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Missionary Disciples

In today’s Gospel (Luke 10: 1-9) it shows us what Jesus wants his followers to be doing and how they ought do it. We are a missionary church. We are sent by the Lord to spread his word and do his work. The Gospel is just not something that we are meant to cling to for our own benefit; it is seed that we are meant to give away.

Prayer is not incidental to ministry. It is not decorative. It is the lifeblood of the Church’s efforts. Without it, nothing will succeed; without it, no ministers will come forward. At all times pray, pray, pray.
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Consume or Consumed?

“Eat this scroll, then go, speak to the house of Israel.” —Ezekiel 3:1 

Rebellion against the Lord entails not only doing evil but also refusing to totally consume and be consumed by His callings (Ez 2:8). We must eat the scroll of God’s plan for our lives. We must internalize it, digest it, and make it part of ourselves. As we consume God’s callings, we are consumed by God (see Heb 12:29). When we internalize God’s plan, God lives in us and we in Him (see Jn 17:23). We lose our lives (Lk 9:24), and it is no longer we who live but Christ Who lives within us (Gal 2:20). Then, paradoxically, as we lose our lives, we find our lives in Christ (Lk 9:24).

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The Cross and the Light creator shares conversion story

By: Brigid Curtis Ayer


CARMEL—The Cross and the Light (TCTL) creator, Kelly Nieto, shared her conversion story and her call to share the good news through a modern, high-tech production of Christ’s passion, resurrection and descent of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. Nieto’s presentation at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Jan. 19, drew a large group of parishioners and others who came to hear her witness.

The Cross and Light is an international, critically acclaimed musical and multi-sensory video experience of Christ’s Passion, Resurrection and the coming of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost. The production is an authentic biblical proclamation of the greatest love story of all time which is based in the Archdiocese of Detroit, but has spanned out to as far as Australia. The Gospel extravaganza production comes to Carmel High School on March 10-12, 2017. The performance is being sponsored by eleven parishes in the Carmel deanery.

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Two ‘prodigal Catholics’ share story of their journey

Lisa and Tom Ponchak share their faith journey in a recent presentation at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish in Carmel. (Photo by Brigid Curtis Ayer)

By Brigid Curtis Ayer

Prodigal Catholics leave and return renewed

CARMEL, IN — Do you know a “prodigal Catholic”?

Tom and Lisa Ponchak know first-hand the well-worn path of “prodigal Catholics” because they travelled it together.

More than 100 parishioners of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish gathered recently to hear the Ponchaks’ story of how they walked out the doors of the Catholic Church. Yet unlike some others, the Ponchaks’ story has this happy ending: They returned to the Church with great peace, joy and fervor. Tom Ponchak now serves as director of adult faith formation for the Carmel parish.

The couple, who are parents of six children, said they both grew up Catholic.

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