Sister Alejandra and I are so grateful to God and to all of you for the time we have spent here in Our Lady of Mount Carmel.
This has been our home for the last couple of months, and I feel blessed for being able to meet each and every one of you. You have taught me so much through your kind smiles, your generosity and your loving efforts and commitment to the Lord at this parish. I thank Him for putting you in my life, and I will always carry you in my heart and cherish every experience together.READ MORE
Sister Maria Gracia and I are leaving very early on the 19th. It’s true that the time goes fast! It seems like only yesterday we had our first look of the parish.
Seeing how much people need God has given me new strength to cooperate with God in everything. He wants to teach me during the last months of my formation time, (which I will be going through now that I am going back to Peru). The time here has been amazing. I am amazed at how good people are here, really I’m like: Oh, all you parishioners are so kind, generous, joyful and you have taught me so much with your edifying example.READ MORE
Our community likes music and we also love to act and to create small plays... Especially during our formation time. Our sisters perform different plays so that we can express the important experiences that we are going through. This year the sisters put on a play of the shepherd's experience when Jesus was born. The happiness and hope that they experienced that day. This play was a musical interpreted by several sisters from the formation house, some of them in charge of acting, others backstage working on the costumes and the set up of the scenery, while others were performing with different instruments.
Art is a way of expressing God's Beauty. He gives us different gifts and talents that are meant to be shared with others. We encourage you to think today: What is my talent? What gift has God given me?
Happy Solemnity of The Mother of God and Happy New Year!
Many things to remember!! As we finish this year, we can see the love of God in everything that we have lived... He's been a Good Father to us!READ MORE
More Christmas traditions to share with you! Jesus has come as a little child for us!!!
What a day to be joyful! With the lights in our home, the Christmas tree, the decorations inside the house, the supper with all our family, everything makes sense when we recognize that He is the light of the World that has come for us as THE Life, in the image of a little child, the Love himself.READ MORE
In some of our countries in South America we have a beautiful tradition known as "novenas" (nine days before Christmas). The novenas are 9 days where we have special prayers for each of the 9 days before Christmas. You can recite the prayers with your family and/or you can invite friends and/or neighbors to your home. You share with each of them special moments of prayer seeking the intercessions of the Holy Family; St. Mary, St. Joseph and Baby Jesus.
During the novenas we also accompany the different prayers with joyful songs using instruments that represent the joy that we have in our hearts because of the coming of Jesus. We also share some candies and different sweets to express the sweetness and tenderness that Jesus, with his love, brings to us.
Happy Third Week of Advent! Let us have our hearts full of hope and joy because of the great love of God for us, and as Mary, let us prepare our hearts for his coming
This week we light the second candle of our Advent wreath. We are waiting for the Lord Jesus who is coming as a little child for us. The joy that we have grows stronger week by week!READ MORE
Today we want to share with you a tradition that we have in our countries when we celebrate Advent.READ MORE
Last week we had a visit from our General Superior, Sr. Carmen. It was a very special opportunity for us because it was the first time that she was able to visit us since we opened the community here in Tempe. Our time with her was very special. We were able to share our mission here and our individual experiences with her. It was such a blessing to have her here with us last week.
She came here to the U.S. last year to visit OLMC and confirm our mission here in Tempe. Now that she came back this year she was really happy and grateful to God to be able to see how He has been working, in a very generous way, with this foundation.
Sr. Carmen was in the original group of sisters that joined the Servants of the Plan of God. Sr. Carmen was born in Peru and has returned to live in Peru, where our Mother house is located.
We ask you to pray for her and for her mission within our community, the Servants of the Plan of God.
Greetings to all of the Our Lady of Mount Carmel parishioners! My name is Sister Maria Gracia. Sister Alejandra and I arrived on Friday, the 27th of October in Phoenix. It is a blessing for us to finally be here with all of you. Thank you for your warm welcome, generosity, and hospitality; we feel like we’re home already!READ MORE
As you may already be aware we have two more sisters here with us! Sister Maria Gracia and Sister Alejandra. Both of them are novices and are in their 3rd year of formation. In our community, as we begin to live our consecrated life we live in the formation house, located in Lima, Peru. We live in a communitarian environment of prayer and study for three years.READ MORE