Jesus on the Cross with Flowers

Dear Quarantined Catholics

Our dear friends of Carmel, and all our fellow quarantined Catholics,This is the first Sunday without attending Mass. For so many, it has been years and years you have not been at Mass on a Sunday. Please know we are united in prayer with all of you at this difficult time! There is an abundant amount of online resources out …

Suspension of Public Mass

To all who frequent our chapel for daily and Sunday Mass, we share the sad news that no Masses will be celebrated until further notice starting this Monday, March 16, 2020 due to COVID-19. We will have Sunday Mass in the morning at 7:30 a.m., as usual, but that will be the last Mass until, at least, Easter Sunday. We …

Fasting and Ashes

Today is the first day of Lent, February 26, 2020. This is the time we Christians take the Hand of our dear Jesus as He ventures off into the desert, to fast, pray, and fight temptations from the evil one, the flesh and worldly allurements. The prayer we say in the Liturgy of the Hours sums up the meaning of …

Lent: Farewell to Alleluia

To our dear friends, Alas … the beginning of Lent. Blessed Ash Wednesday to you! To start this solemn season we would like to share with you another custom of our Carmel called “Goodbye to Alleluia”.  We hope you enjoy it. We have simply copied the ceremony below as we use it each year. Our sincere hope and prayer is …

Online Lenten Retreat 2020

Well, dear Catholics (and others observing the season of Lent), have you thought about your lenten practices yet? It’s coming very soon (Wednesday, February 26th, next week!). We’d like to recommend the online retreat put out by our Discalced Carmelite Friars in Austria and in France. Each retreat they offer highlights a Carmelite saint within the specified liturgical season (Advent, …

Online Advent Retreat

We would like to share a link to an online Advent Retreat hosted by the Discalced Carmelite Friars in Paris, France. Each Advent and Lent they graciously offer this free material to the public. The Retreat is given from the Carmelite perspective and often highlights a Carmelite saint. Last year at Lent was St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith …

Meet Our Postulant Marisa

We are happy to introduce to you another new member of our community! Marisa Joly Butler entered our Carmel as a postulant on September 12, 2019. We are so happy to have her here, joining Lynne Purkey in the Novitiate (who joined in mid-July). Welcome to the garden of Carmel, Marisa! Marisa’s Vocation Journey “… her inheritance, …” “By faith …

Obituary

Sister Mary Alice of the Blessed Sacrament, OCD After 82 years in the vineyard of our Lord, Sr. Mary Alice Grace entered into eternal life on August 14, 2019.  Hers was truly a “Eucharistic vocation” drawn by our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament at an early age.  She was born on July 26, 1920 to Eugene and Eleanor (Albright) Grace, …

Rest in Peace, Sr. Mary Alice

Once again we are sad, yet happy, to see one of our sisters leave this world for the next. Sr. Mary Alice of the Blessed Sacrament died just before dawn on Wedsday, August 14th, the eve of the Assumption of Our Lady into heaven. The day she longed for finally has come. May she rest in joy and peace. Funeral …

Sr. Ann, Rest in Peace

With sad and joyful hearts we say goodbye to our dear Sr. Ann (Weidemer) of the Mother of God who died on Monday, July 22nd, 2019. Sister lived a long, full life in Carmel, and will be truly missed. If any of you knew her, you know how amazing she was. Please pray for her soul and join us, if …