THE LAY CARMELITES
OUR LADY FLOWER OF CARMEL LAY CARMELITE COMMUNITY (#5804 - Mississauga, ON)
2nd Saturday, 10 AM
No face-to-face meetings during the pandemic. Optional Zoom gatherings.
St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church 1290 McBride Ave, Mississauga, ON L5C 1M8
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 May, 1985. To date, our community has grown to sixteen members.
We meet on the second Saturday of the month at St. Martin of Tours Parish, 1290 McBride Ave, Mississauga, ON L5C 1M8, 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.
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 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)
Saturday prayer: every Sat, 10:00 - 11:00 AM
Councilor 1/Formation Director:
[Optional] Wed, Feb 17 - Sun, Apr 4, 2021
Lenten Gratitude Prayer Journal
Group 1: weekdays, Group 2: Sat 10 AM
Online, via Zoom
Mary Jean will be facilitating Lourdes' Lenten Gratitude Prayer Journal for two groups: daily and weekly. The weekly reflection will take place at the end of our Saturday prayer.
For more information on the daily prayer group: contact Mary Jean.
[Optional] Wed, Feb 17 - Sun, Apr 4, 2021
Prayer Guides for the Lenten Journey
"Pray each day of Lent with the Carmelites - beginning Ash Wednesday, visit Carmelites.net every day of Lent for a Lenten reflection on the day's Gospel and then to CarmelPrays.com to pray Sant’Angelo-Style night prayer with the Carmelites around the world."
For more information: visit carmelites.net
[Optional] Wed, Feb 17 - Apr 4, 2021
From Exodus to Ecstacy: Lenten Reflection
Sponsored by the Carmelite Institute. Join Fr Christopher LaRocca, OCD, for daily Lenten reflections in From Exodus to Ecstacy: A Pilgrimage into the Transforming Desert of Lent. The series is also available in the Carmelite Institute app for iOS (App Store) and android (Google play).
[Optional] Mon, Feb 22 - Mon, Apr 26
St Therese of Lisieux Spiritual Life Series
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Feb 22, Mar 8, Mar 22, Apr 12, Apr 26
"All are welcome to attend a new spiritual life series based on the book The Story of a Soul by St Therese of Lisieux. The new series will begin on Monday, February 22 and will be presented in several bi-weekly segments by Fr. Peter Turrone, pastor of the Newman Centre. Participants will need to purchase the Study Edition of Story of a Soul by Fr. Mark [sic] Foley for the class."
APRIL 2021 ANNOUNCEMENTS
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