THE LAY CARMELITES
BLESSED TRINITY LAY CARMELITE COMMUNITY (#5815)
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.
CALL TO CARMEL
The Annunciation (cropped), by Leonardo da Vinci. License.
"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 in which God calls people to follow Jesus Christ as a Carmelite. Read stories of the Carmelite journey.
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
Carmel is 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.
Pandemic Schedule (online via Zoom)
Monthly: 2nd Sat, 10 AM
Phase I: 2nd Mon, 7 PM
Phase II: 2nd Thu, 7 PM
Lectio divina: every Sat, 10 PM
Contact Eva to be added to the weekly distribution list for the Zoom link.
Meetings and Events
AUGUST 2020 EVENTS
Aug 22, 2020
TBA and Live Stream
Our community picnic will be the first face-to-face gathering since the COVID isolation in mid-March! Although we are in Stage 3 (permitting outdoor face-to-face gatherings of 100, maintaining social distancing, without face masks), out of an abundance of caution, we will have a smaller gathering (no family and friends unless necessary), wear face masks, not share food, and hold in a local neighbourhood where there have been no cases of COVID.
Bring: your own bag lunch, folding chair, face mask, and hand sanitizer.
If you are unable to attend (have symptoms, vulnerable group, waiting a bit longer), grab your lunch at home and join us via live stream!
More details closer to the date.
Community Retreat 3
Online via Zoom
Adrianne has been busy putting together our next retreat. More details closer to the date.
AUGUST 2020 UPDATES
1. Anniversaries in August
Happy birthday to Magdalen, Mary Jean, and Stephen!
Aug 13: Happy 26th anniversary of Final Profession for Lourdes!
2. Website Update
The website officially launched at our online community meeting in August. Thank you to Daniel, Lourdes, Mary Jean, Pina, and Stephen for all their work and contributions. The next website meeting will be held in the fall to make revisions and look into social media.
More details closer to the date.
3. Anniversary Album Update
If you were unable to attend the first meeting earlier in the spring, but are still interested in helping put together the album, contact Daniel.