Springtime in the Monastery

Here are some updates from the last few weeks here in our Carmel.  We hope all of you have had a beautiful Spring and Easter Season! The day after Divine Mercy Sunday was the Solemnity of the Annunciation. “Be it done unto me according to your Word.”  Our Lady of Solitude in the cloister garden. Spring brought prolonged cool weather …

Mass Announcement

Dear daily Mass-goers to our Monastery Chapel, We will not have public Mass on Tuesday, May 8th.  We will be having Mass with the Catholic High senior class that day, as we recently had our annual Mass with the seniors of Mount St. Mary’s Academy here in our chapel. We always have a special time visiting with both groups, which …

Mass Times Update

Hello, dear Friends! If you are a daily Mass – goer here, please note there will be no public Mass here on Tuesday, April 24th.  You can see all announcements regarding our Mass schedule at our Mass Times page. God bless you all!

Divine Mercy Sunday

Blessed Feast of Divine Mercy! Today many graces are being poured out upon the whole world, and many people are receiving the complete forgiveness of their sins and complete remission from their temporal punishment! What a beautiful day to be in the Church, with all the help She gives to her children! Our Lord says to St. Faustina: “‘I am …

Happy Easter!

Alleluia! He is risen! The prayer or Holy Mother Church chants aloud this morning in Lauds: Antiphon 1:  The splendor of Christ risen from the dead has shone on the people redeemed by his blood, alleluia. Antiphon 2:Our Redeemer has risen from the tomb; let us sing a hymn of praise to the Lord our God, alleluia. Antiphon 3:Alleluia, the …

Divine Mercy Novena

… begins today on Good Friday. Here is a link to a printable copy of the prayers: https://centrefordivinemercy.org/9-day-novena. Here is another link you might like: https://www.praymorenovenas.com/podcast/day-1-the-divine-mercy-novena-2018 On september 14, 1935, Sister Faustina hears the following words : ” Say always the Chaplet I have taught you. He (she) who says it, shall experience my Mercy, during his (her) life, and …

Holy Saturday

This is the emptiest day of the year. Jesus is dead. He is not in the Tabernacle. Not anywhere in the world. It is the strangest thing to live in a monastery and go to the Choir (nuns’ chapel) only to find it an empty room. We do not genuflect as always but slightly bow to the altar where the …

Good Friday

The pictures were taken from the book The Life of the Madonna in Art, Copy write 1985, by the Daughters of St. Paul. Music: “Jesus, Remember Me” by Taize, “Sing to God” CD

Lamb of God

There is a beautiful poem by Denise Levertov that speaks of God as a defenseless little lamb … and so He is. It takes time to read this poem for its full effect, not unlike any true poetry that aims at the heart. Feel free to let us know your thoughts in the comment box below.

Holy Thursday

Holy Thursday night opens for us the holiest few days of the liturgical year, the Easter Triduum. During the past 40 days of Lent we have been preparing to celebrate the Lord’s passion, death and resurrection. As Catholics we believe that we are not merely “remembering” an event of the past, but we actually participate in the suffering, death and …