Come and See the Beauty of Carmel!

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The Garden of Carmel, Confraternity of our Lady of Mount Carmel, is a community whose members, responding to the special call of God, freely and deliberately promise to live the evangelical life through Carmelite spirituality. We are called to imitate Mary’s role as a people of faith attentive to the Word of God and the service of the kingdom.

 

Garden of Carmel Outdoor Meeting

Dear Garden of Carmel,

Praised be Jesus Christ, and His Virgin Mother, come to love and serve the Lord, Now and Forever!

Good afternoon dear community and may the peace and the love of God be yours and always. Greetings to everyone. I hope and pray that you are all doing fine, safe and healthy.

All enjoyed our day with our Lord and with our Lady of Mount Carmel! This morning like what Saint Elizabeth says “How beautiful nature would transport our soul the beauty of Mother Nature gives us the motivation to open the door as an invitation to continue the ministry we began. Blessed be God!!!

Doreen texted me and this is what she said:

That was a wonderful meeting. Your garden of Carmel is very conducive to learning. The Holy Spirit is with all of us. We are united and everyone shared with their hearts and I could feel the Holy Spirit guiding all of us. We are all inspired to learn. The burning desire to know Our God and Our Lady of Mount Carmel is guiding us and protecting each of us in her mantle of love. Praised be Jesus now and forever LU, Doreen.

Text from Mary Dews

Dear Estrella, Yes thank you. I certainly did enjoy my time with Our Lord and with Our Lady of Mount Carmel. I appreciate everyone there giving their input and for your generosity in leading us and providing your beautiful backyard. God bless you always, Mary

I look forward to our next outdoor meeting both GC#1 and GC#2 to enjoy the beautiful natural surroundings listening to the birds singing and the gentle wind from above.

All nature seems so full of God to me; the wind blowing in the tall trees, the little birds singing, the beautiful blue sky. Everything speaks to me of Him. St. Elizabeth of the Trinity.

I, Estrella sincerely keep you in my prayers all the way to heaven and please pray for me

 

 

 

Solemn Commemoration of our Lady of Mount Carmel

Praised be Jesus Christ, and His Virgin Mother come to love and serve the Lord, Now and Forever!

I greet you with all my heart with a very peaceful Feast Day of our Lady of Mount Carmel.  What a joy to have you all united to the love of God and with great devotion to our Lady of Mount Carmel. I can almost see you smiling looking at our pictures even in the midst of difficulties covering our face. I felt the desire of your heart that in spite of the COVID-19 you showed your faithfulness, that we are all united to honor our Lady in celebrating Her Feast Day the beautiful Mother of God, the Mother of Carmel. It has been a joy to see everybody coordinate to make the feast day of our Lady a very fruitful one. Fr. Eric’s homily was so inspiring. The Holy Mass was very solemn, as soon as Carla started singing the entrance song we felt the Holy Spirit was moving each and every one of us. Blessed be God!

We are so blessed to have Fr. Eric and Deacon Alan for guiding us in our spiritual journey. They are both very helpful to make the celebration very beautiful and inspiring. My sincere thank you for everything you do! I am so happy to see you this morning and I truly believed that our Lady was very happy to see you too on Her Feast Day.

I invite you to join me to reflect this beautiful quote of Venerable Mother Luisita she said

“Try not to worry. Everything in life has its ups and downs, yet above everything else, we must live a life of faith, seeing all things as coming from the hand of God and for our own good.”

I continue to keep you in my prayers.  Please keep me in prayers as well!  Let’s stay united in the love of the Sacred Heart- all the way to Heaven!

In His great love and mercy+,

Estrella of Jesus

 

January, February, March Newsletter

January February March 2020 Newsletter

“Let nothing perturb you, nothing frighten you. All things pass. God does not change. Patience achieves everything.” – Saint Teresa of Avila

Praised be Jesus Christ, dear holy community! Good evening, we all know that we feel empty and fearful during this time of crisis especially the cancellation of Holy Mass. This morning I received a note from our pastor the Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament was suspended too. This hurts me a lot. Yet, as Christians and as Carmelites we have to remain faithful always. God will never abandon us prayer and contemplation are our primary duties. We know that “In all these things we are more than conquerors through Him Who loved us” (Romans 8:37).

I thank God for His wonderful gift even as we face the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic. The Holy Spirit gave me the inspiration to work on our Newsletter. In this issue I included our 10th year anniversary.

I hope you will like it, since we can’t meet we’ll remain united as you reflect on it. Thank you always and God bless you very much!

United in the Sacred Heart of Jesus and to the Immaculate Heart of Mary+,

Estrella of Jesus

Advent Silent Day Retreat

Praised be Jesus Christ and His Virgin Mother, come to love and serve the Lord, Now and Forever!

I wish you all a happy and blessed First week in ordinary time. Anyway,  I talked to Fr. Damien this morning he wants to express his sincere thanks to everyone for making his day a very fruitful one.

Here’s some of our pictures taken at our retreat.

October, November, December Newsletter

October November and December 2019 GC Newsletter

Dear Garden of Carmel,

Praised be Jesus Christ! Good afternoon. As we wait for the coming of our Lord we think about Mary and Joseph carrying the Incarnate Word to Bethlehem. Yesterday’s readings invite us to open ourselves to new promises and a new way of seeing God. Mary believed that was spoken to her would be fulfilled, and it was. To think about it is an invitation to us to be like Joseph, to welcome the great mystery of the coming Messiah, God’s greatest gift to us His only Begotten Son.

As we reflect on this eve of Christmas… we all feel it in the air… this secret, interior welling up of something more than just a “warm, fuzzy feeling.” It’s real because we know it’s coming…

Our Lord and Savior. THE TRUE JOY!

Anyway, I would like to express my sincere thank you for all your help and support at our Advent Silent Day Retreat. Fr. Damien’s presence is a tremendous gift to us. I am receiving a beautiful feedback about his teaching that they have learned much and they shared the talk with their family. Blessed be God!

I, Estrella continue to keep you and your family in my prayers in a very special way to make this Christmas a very memorable one! And please keep me in your prayers as well 🙂

As always, It is my pleasure to present to you our October, November and December 2019 Newsletter. Thank you and God Bless!

Wishing you a very merry Christmas filled with heavenly blessings!

Estrella

Praised be Jesus Christ! I wish you all a very beautiful good afternoon.

Let us bless our Good God for this beautiful day fulfilling His will to grow in the love of Jesus.

In deepening our relationship with our Lord and Savior let us continue to be His co-worker. And in feeding the poor we grow in His great love and we become a true disciple of Jesus.

Dcn. Alan and I would like to express our sincere thank you for your everlasting help. We are very grateful for always being there to help us to feed our unfortunate brothers and sisters in Christ.

A very special thank you for Renee and Isabella who came to help me cutting fruits and making sandwiches for the homeless in the street.

And for those from our Church, Corpus Christi who always comes with us to help.Thank you so much.

Let us continue to pray for one another that we may be the branches to bring many souls to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and for our great devotion to our Lady of Mount Carmel.

As always, sharing our joy, our pictures taken this morning.

Jesus, Mary and Joseph bless us all and make us good Carmelite+

In prayers+,

Estrella

July/August/September Newsletter

Newsletter July August and September 2019

Good evening dear holy community,

Praised be Jesus Christ and His Virgin Mother, come to love and serve the Lord, Now and Forever!

Once again how beautiful it is to be in Carmel. Mary will always be there to carry our prayers before our Lord.

Let us rejoice always of so many blessings our Lord bestowed upon us, The feast of our Lady of Mount Carmel a remarkable celebration to remember; our renewal of commitment and 6 of our members was clothed in the Brown Servant clothing as a sign of their deeper commitment to Carmel. Very joyful celebration! Thank you so much.

Please enjoy this issue of our Newsletter with so many blessings: Let us all give thanks and praise to God for His great love for us and with Mary for bringing us to Carmel.

God reward you for taking your time to read and reflect our journey in the life of Carmel.

God bless you always for everything you do and may our Lady wrap you in her miraculous mantle as she guides us all toward her Divine Son, all the way to heaven!

I, Estrella remain as your best friend in Christ and with Mary

“Let us rest in God and to be with Mary to follow Her footsteps to think only for God and to do only for God”

Praised be Jesus Christ, dear Garden of Carmel! I wish you all a happy and blessed Sunday. What a joy to have you all united to the love of God. I can almost see you smiling looking our pictures in celebrating the Feast of our beautiful Mother of God, The Mother of Carmel. It has been a joy to see everybody coordinate to make the feast day of our Lady a very fruitful one. Fr. Silverio and Deacon Alan for guiding us in our spiritual journey they are both very helpful to make the celebration very beautiful and inspiring.  My sincere thank you for everything you do! I look forward to see you all next meeting. We will renew our commitment to our Lord and to our Lady and our four brothers in Carmel will be wrapped in the brown servant clothing. I continue to keep you in my prayers.  Please do keep me in prayers as well!  Let’s stay united in the love of the Sacred Heart- all the way to Heaven!

Please see pictures of the feast day of our Lady and outdoor function. Thank you all for taking pictures.

God bless you all

In His great love and mercy+,

Estrella of Jesus