THE LAY CARMELITES

BLESSED TRINITY LCC (#5815 - Thornhill, ON)

 
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MEETINGS

 

2nd Saturday, 10 AM

No face-to-face meetings during the pandemic. Optional Zoom gatherings.

Normally at:

St Luke’s Catholic Church
39 Green Lane

Thornhill, ON L3T 6K5

CONTACT US

Submitted. God bless you!

"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.  

 

If you feel you may have a vocation in Carmel, please browse this site, read our information pamphlet, join us for an online meeting, and contact us.

 

Blessings,

 

Eva"

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.

Read about the Carmelite journey

St Albert Presents Rule, (cropped) by Pietro Lorenzetti. License.

THE CARMELITES

 

"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.

Learn more about the Lay Carmelites

Our Lady of Mount Carmel (2020), by Ria. Used with permission.

For Members...

MEETING SCHEDULE

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:

Notice (LCO, Feb 1, 2021)

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

MINISTRY CONTACTS

 

Council

Director (Interim): Stephen

Councilor 1/Formation Director: Stephen

Councilor 2/Secretary/Treasurer: Bernardine

Ministries

Zoom meetings: Bernardine

Equipment donations: Lourdes

Web group: Daniel

UPCOMING EVENTS

In-person events may be canceled due to local COVID restrictions. Please watch your email closer to the date for any changes.

Fri, Jul 16, 2021

Brown Scapular Enrolment Ceremony

St Rose of Lima Church

6:30 PM Arrival, 7:00 PM Mass

This year, our community will be facilitating a Brown Scapular Enrolment Ceremony at St Rose of Lima Parish (3216 Lawrence Ave E, Scarborough, ON M1H 1A4). 

 

Pandemic process:

  • catechesis, 2-3 minutes, by Lay Carmelite

  • blessing of the scapulars, by pastor

  • receive scapulars: parishioners will come forward to take a scapular from the basket

  • procession of a statue of Our Lady of Mount Carmel

If you haven't done so through Eva, you will need to register to attend Mass, due to the numbers allowed in the church during the pandemic.

     Bring: mask, Ceremonial Scapular

     For more information: contact Eva

Sat, Aug 21, 2021

Community Picnic

Penetanguishene (TBA)

Time: 12:00 PM (noon)

 

Our August Monthly Meeting has been moved to Sat Aug 21, and will take the form of a picnic.

     A flyer with details will be sent closer to the date.

     For more information: contact Stephen or Daniel

Sat, Sep 11, 2021

Ongoing Formation

Online

Time: TBA

 

Although the mini-retreat on Sep 12 will take the place of our September Monthly Meeting, we will still meet online on Sat Sep 11 for Ongoing Formation.

     Special guest Fr Dominic Borg, OCD will be joining us today to comment on Fr John Foley's book The Ascent of Mount Carmel: St John of the Cross: Reflections

Sun, Sep 12, 2021

Reception and Profession Ceremonies

MCSC, Niagara Falls, ON

Time: TBA

 

Join us for Adrianne's Reception, Pina's Temporary Profession, and Stephen and Bernardine's Final Profession ceremonies. We are hoping for a mini-retreat with lunch at the centre, but details will be confirmed closer to the date. Due to COVID occupancy limits, it appears only community members will be able to attend.

     More details closer to the date.

Fri Oct 1 - Sun Oct 3 (or Fri Oct 1) 2021

Annual Regional Retreat

Mount Carmel Spiritual Centre

Jul 10, 2021 Update: With the province going into Step 3 next week, it appears likely we will have an in-person retreat at the MCSC (Plan A) by October.

     More details closer to the date.

Plan A

Fri, Oct 1 - Sun, Oct 3, 2021

Mount Carmel Spiritual Centre, Niagara Falls

More details closer to the date.

Plan B

Fri, Oct 1, 2021

St John of the Cross Church, Mississauga

More details closer to the date.

JULY 2021 ANNOUNCEMENTS

1. Anniversaries

Happy birthday to: Bernardine and Lourdes!

Jul 12: 8th Reception Anniversary for Eva.

Jul 16: 50th Final Profession Anniversary for Helen.

Jul 18: 29th Reception Anniversary for Daniel.

2. Reception and Final Profession Ceremonies Postponed until the Fall

Adrianne's Reception and Stephen and Bernardine's Final Profession ceremonies have been postponed until the Sun, Sep 12.

     More details closer to the date.

3. August Meeting Postponed until Aug 21

Our August Monthly Meeting, originally scheduled for Sat Aug 14, has been postponed until Sat Aug 21. We plan to have a combination meeting/picnic.

     More details closer to the date.