Enjoy re-reading the weekly reflections from the Sisters of The Servants of the Plan of God.
I can't believe it's almost one year since I arrived at Our Lady of Mount Carmel parish! I remember it perfectly, it was a Wednesday, January 16th, and I went to School Mass. I was impressed by the kids, I told God "thank you for giving me this new family". But it did not end there, Sunday came and I realized that the School Mass was only a sample of the great family that is Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish.
During the time that I have been here, my mission has been to serve, to help in everything that is needed. And it has been in this mission that God has given me many testimonies of faith and love in the parish, I have seen many families giving their lives to God and helping the Church in many ways.
I was able to accompany the missionaries on the first Mission trip to Peru, I was able to show them a little of what my Sisters do in the rest of the world, I saw their encounter with God, and how they served with joy wherever God sent them.READ MORE
God came to us more than 2000 years ago in a stable in Bethlehem and He comes to us again this Christmas.
Amidst our celebrations this Christmas, let us pause for a second to look around us to recognize that Jesus is among us. What a great mystery! God who created heaven and earth became man to love us. How can we not be amazed by this mystery? He came not for the world in general but for me; for me with a name and He wants to stay in my heart. Yes, in mine; because God is personal, He doesn’t see us as a group of people, He sees and loves each of us by name.
Some of the things we do as a community around the world is organize some Christmas campaigns to spread the Christmas message to others, specially to the people who are in most need. Christ is present in our brothers and sisters so let’s open up our eyes to be ready to see Him when He comes in this Christmas season. Let’s spread God’s salvation message to the ones we have aroundREAD MORE
We have started our third week of Advent! Gaudete Sunday. Rejoice, says the Lord! Today we light the rose candle of the Advent wreath to express our communal joy in the coming of Jesus as our Savior.
Where do we find our joy? Is the Lord the source of my joy? We sure need to ask ourselves these questions.
One of the things that we experience when receiving God’s love is authentic joy, there is no other recipe for happiness. The Lord presents us a different kind of joy than the world offers us, it is a joy which delights in how God’s love saves us and today we rejoice because the Lord is about to come to the manger of our hearts.READ MORE
You might have already read Fr. John’s letter from last week where he explained how our community is holding our General Assembly, so hopefully you are already praying for us! Just in case you missed his letter, we wanted to share with all of you a bit more about this special time for our community.
If you are familiar with how religious congregations work, you might know that every five years a General Assembly, also called a Chapter, is called to discuss important matters of the congregation and elect the new government for the next five years. This is a big thing, but for us, Servants of the Plan of God, it is even more important because being a new community with only 21 years of existence, this is our first ever General Assembly and the first time we get to choose our leaders for the General Counsel.READ MORE
If we quiet our hearts for some minutes, we will find so many reasons to acknowledge the blessings that God has given us.
But why do I need to give thanks? I give thanks when I acknowledge the fact that everything I have, starting with my life, has been freely given to me. I give thanks when I realize that I haven’t earned the most important things in my life like: family, vocation, children; everything has been provided to me by the loving heart of God.
We are sure, as well, that during this year, there had been difficult moments too. It is not easy to give thanks to God when we are going through times like those.READ MORE
Thanksgiving is coming up and to whom else to give our greatest thanks than God? The Lord gives us so much every day; what should we do in His return?
This past Saturday, many families, teenagers and children from our parish gathered in McCready Hall to pack food for our brothers and sisters in need.
When you entered the room, you would see a big line of people waiting to start their turn. It was so good to see the love and generosity that was shared in there.
After packing, families took a number of boxes and distributed them to their assigned houses. When they arrived to the house, they met the families, prayed together and spent some time with them. Some of the people that we met would even open up their hearts and shared their stories. These people are God’s beloved children and He calls us to be His hands so that His love can be shared with them.READ MORE
As you all might know, last June Sr. Monica and Sr. Ximena travelled to Peru with a group from OLMC to serve those in need in Peru. It was a wonderful experience for us to be able to share a whole week with some of our parishioners and experience with them the joy of serving others, getting to know them and sharing as a missionary community.
We are now planning our mission trip for 2020 and we want to share it with you so that you will spread the word for those who want to join and to help us pray for this intention. We will be travelling to Peru from the 13 to the 21 of June of 2020. Our main focus in the mission will be the school our Sisters in Lima run for children and teens with physical disabilities called “The Joy in the Lord”.READ MORE
We have recently celebrated our third anniversary in OLMC and we can’t believe time has gone by so quickly! We arrived here on a 28th of October in 2016 and we are truly grateful for the many blessings that we have received from God in this time.
The Lord has promised us all that we will receive a hundred times as much as we leave behind, and as religious sisters we get to experience firsthand that blessing. God calls us to leave behind our country, culture, family and friends in order to go where He wants us to serve and in our case it is in the OLMC community. We have the experience of finding among you the brothers, sisters, mothers and children we give up in a hundred fold.
We are very happy to be serving here beside so many committed and generous volunteers who inspire us. We could not be doing what we do in service to the Lord without your help!READ MORE
Last Thursday we celebrated All Saint’s Day here at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel. We had around 12 kids from the Religious Education program and School perform for everyone that attended the event.
Our Children, who were all dressed as their favorite saint, danced and sang a song called: “Preferisco il Paradiso” which is from the Saint Philip of Neri movie and talks about the desire of every human being to go to heaven. The exact translation means: I prefer heaven.
This was a great opportunity for our Parish to look beyond this life and remember that life eternal is waiting for us! We are made for heaven, and this is what our children wanted to remind us of.READ MORE
Time Flies!!! My time in Tempe has come to an end. As many of you know, I came to Arizona in order to prepare for my formayion as a Servant. It has been almost two months since I arrived to the sunny desert. Now I get to continue to the next step and move to the forma!on house in Peru. I am very excited for this new phase where I will be able to continue answering the Lord’s calling to serve him.
The time with the Sisters has been above and beyond. I have learned a lot about what it means to give your life to God, to give your everything to the service of others, but also, to see what it means to do so as a Servant of the Plan of God.READ MORE
It is so wonderful to see the variety of ministries that we have at OLMC. God has blessed our parish with people that have so many different gifts and talents. Next weekend God is asking us to put them in service to others.
Why do I need to volunteer? - you may be wondering.
When we encounter God, we discover the necessity of communicating his love to others. God’s love can’t stay in one person only, God’s love desires to dwell in the hearts of all men. These other people we can communicate his love can be our closer relatives, parents, children, and even people we’ve never met before! The people we serve in the different ministries, are not strangers. They are our brothers and sisters in Christ and we are called to help them in their journey of faith.READ MORE