Enjoy re-reading the weekly reflections from the Sisters of The Servants of the Plan of God.
This past January the 18th we had the opportunity to attend the March for life here in Phoenix. We had a powerful rally with wonderful speakers such as Bishop Olmsted and Abby Johnson.
These types of events help remind us of the responsibility that we have to speak out for the unborn. The responsibility to raise our voices to defend our brothers and sisters in Christ.
We need to work together to build a culture of life. Each and every person is unique and loved by God in an immense way. One person can change the world as Jesus did on the cross where He brought us salvation.READ MORE
As you all know Sr. Ximena left for Peru just a few weeks ago. We are all very grateful for her time serving with us in OLMC during 2019 and we wish she might be called back to serve here in the future but we have no way of knowing that now.
Sr. Cecibel who is also from Ecuador will be joining us soon! Sr. Cecibel should be here some time in February and accompany us in our mission at least for the next six months.
Right now, in our community in Arizona, we are four sisters: Sr. Monica and Sr. Cristina from Peru, Sr. Maria Jose from Chile and Sr. May from the Philippines. With Sr. Cecibel we will be five sisters until another sister from the Philippines joins us. We will be waiting for Sr. Kathleen’s Visa papers to go through. Hopefully they should be ready by June, so please help us pray to make the paperwork run smoothly and quickly and to try to have her here sooner. When she arrives once again we will be six!READ MORE
As we have shared with you in previous weeks, during the month of December our community held our First General Assembly, and for that reason Sr. Maria Jose and Sr. Monica traveled to Peru to meet with all the perpetual sisters from the order coming from all corners of the world. During the Assembly besides choosing our new General Superior and General Council we got to discuss and work on the future of our community by setting the priorities for the next five years. It was a lot of hard work but a time of plentiful blessings for our community. We know that many of you were praying for us and we are grateful for that, we could feel the grace of your prayers during our meetings!READ MORE
We have celebrated Christmas where God became God-with-us through Jesus, Emmanuel. It's a very special season to allow Him to touch our hearts by His great and tender love. Seeing Jesus as a little child always invites us to come closer with confidence and a deep trust knowing that He is there, waiting as He waited to be welcomed by people with simple hearts like the shepherds. But the Child Jesus was not only found by the humble shepherds, but the wise men from the east also did.READ MORE
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