THE LAY CARMELITES
BLESSED TRINITY LCC (#5815 - Thornhill, ON)
2nd Saturday, 10 AM
No face-to-face meetings during the pandemic. Optional Zoom gatherings.
St Luke’s Catholic Church
39 Green Lane
Thornhill, ON L3T 6K5
"We are a community of Catholic laity and belong to the Lay Carmelite Order of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Our mission is to follow Christ in love, to seek the kingdom of God, to sanctify and to transform the secular world through the participation of Carmelite charism of contemplative prayer, community and ministry.
Our community was formed on November 30, 2010. Lourdes and Daniel are our founding members. To date, our community has grown to sixteen members.
We meet on the second Saturday of the month at St. Luke's Parish, 39 Green Lane, Thornhill, for prayers and ongoing formation.
The Annunciation (cropped), by Leonardo da Vinci. License.
CALL TO CARMEL
"Then Mary said, 'Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.' "
- Luke 1.38, NRSV
"I wanted Carmel as soon as I knew about it. I find all the aspirations of my soul are fulfilled in this Order."
- St. Therese of Lisieux, Story of a Soul, Manuscript A, 54v
Many and varied are the ways (Rule, 2) in which God calls people to follow Jesus Christ. Read about the Carmelite journey of some of our members.
St Albert Presents Rule, (cropped) by Pietro Lorenzetti. License.
"Now therefore have all Israel assemble for me at Mount Carmel."
- 1 Kings 18.19, NRSV
"All must be friends, all must loved, all must be held dear, all must be helped."
- St Teresa of Avila, The Way of Perfection (ICS) 4.7
The Carmelites are an 800-year old religious family whose members include revered doctors and saints of the Church, such as St Teresa of Avila, St John of the Cross, Bl Titus Brandsma, and others. In North America, the Third Order Secular branch of the Order is commonly known as the Lay Carmelites.
Our Lady of Mount Carmel (2020), by Ria. Used with permission.
LCO, Feb 1, 2021: Follow state, local, and diocesan mandates regarding public gatherings. Virtual Monthly and formation meetings are permitted. Percent attendance adjusted if member is unable or uncomfortable with virtual meetings. No new Phase I candidates (see exceptions in Notice) until face-to-face meetings resume. For more information, see the Notice link below:
We are holding meetings online via Zoom. We welcome Lay Carmelites from other communities to join us (use the Contact Us form above).
Monthly: 2nd Sat, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Inquiry: postponed until after pandemic
Phase I: 2nd Mon, 7 PM (may vary)
Phase II: 2nd Thu, 7 PM (may vary)
[Optional] Saturday prayer: every Sat, 10:00 - 11:00 AM
In-person events may be canceled due to local COVID restrictions. Please watch your email closer to the date for any changes.
Advent Day of Recollection
Join Lay Carmelites from across the region for our annual regional Advent Day of Recollection. This year, we are blessed to be led by Fr. Eric Rodrigues, Vice Rector of St Augustine's Seminary.
Check your email for the Zoom link and program.
DECEMBER 2021 ANNOUNCEMENTS
Happy birthday to: Daniel!
Dec 18: Mary Jean, Violet, and Lidia's 8th Temporary Profession Anniversary (2013).
2. Lectio Divina Journal, Advent 2021
The Titus Brandsma LCC is selling a Lectio Divina Journal - Advent 2021. It can be purchased here: https://mcusercontent.com/d4c0cc9a7e19fe7ca2717aa15/files/32766397-b038-de7a-297a-5b4846ce27ab/Flyer_Lectio_Divina_Journal_2021.pdf
Director (Interim): Stephen
Councilor 1/Formation Director: Stephen
Councilor 2/Secretary/Treasurer: Bernardine
Zoom meetings: Bernardine
Equipment donations: Lourdes
Web group: Daniel