Enjoy re-reading the weekly reflections from the Sisters of 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
It's been a year since we arrived in the US, and we are so thankful that God has given us many so many blessings throughout the year. It seems like only yesterday and yet at the same time, many wonderful things have happened in our lives and in this wonderful mission.
Since the beginning, we have felt the love of God and His unconditional love through the presence of many people. We also remember with gratitude, how some of you welcomed us at the airport and those, who in different ways, have given us the support for our needs both before we arrived and during this past year.
In the Plan of God, He has given us the opportunity to serve His mission here and to experience beautiful encounters with Him through children, teenagers, families, and people with varied needs.
We join our voices and hearts to the psalmist: "Give thanks to the Lord for He is good" Psalm 107:1 He has been good with all his servants!
The year our foundation was formed was the year dedicated in the Church to the Holy Spirit. We have discovered in ourselves, a special relationship with Him through these 19 years of our foundation and of course now with this new foundation in the U.S.
He is the One who called us here to serve. We have seen during this first year just how He has been leading us. Thus giving us the grace to fulfill this beautiful mission here.READ MORE
Soon it will be a year since we arrived in the USA and opened our new foundation here. We are so very thankful to God for all His blessings. Individually we have been serving in different ministries in OLMC Parish and School: Religious Education, Pastoral Care, Full Circle, Bridges, RCIA, teaching in the school and preschool and serving at the Newman Center at ASU. We have experienced the grace and love of God during this time and we ask Him to continue helping us in this mission that is His Mission.
This year is our community’s first year teaching at the OLMC school. There are two sisters teaching. One teaches Religion classes to the 8th graders and the other is teaching Spanish classes.
One of the things that Jesus spent time doing throughout His life was teaching. He taught about who He was and how much God loves us. His testimony came not only with His words but through His actions. We ask Jesus for the grace to follow in His steps, seeking to spread His love to all the students at the school.
It is such a beautiful experience to share with the OLMC teachers and staff alike the opportunity to help the students feel the Lord’s presence in our school.
We give thanks to God for this beautiful mission!
This is our first year as a community in the OLMC Little Lambs Pre-school. Two of our sisters are teaching here. One of our sisters is the assistant teacher in the 3 year old classroom and the other sister is teaching Catechesis of the Good Shepherd to all of the children in the preschool.
For us as a community it proven to be a very beautiful experience affording us the privilege to love and teach the ones that Jesus loves more: the children. It has also allowed us to learn from the children’s simplicity and their capacity to wonder even at the simplest of things. That same wonder which surprises us still encourages us to open our hearts from the smallest to the largest of gifts that Jesus offers us daily.
We give thanks to God for this wonderful gift!
For me to assist in the RCIA program means to be a witness sharing the history of Salvation through God with each of His little sons and daughters. It’s always special to see how the Lord knocks at the door of the catechumens and candidates speaking in the language that they can understand, inviting them to; come into the Church and to have a closer relationship with Him.
Saturday, Aug 26th, we kicked off RCIA 2017-18 (this year) with an opening retreat. We reflected on the question, "Who is God?" The following Sunday’s Gospel, Peter also reflected on Who is God; this is a personal question, every one of us needs to answer in our own hearts. Who is God for me? What place does He have in my life? I think the process of RCIA assists in answering that question, working towards allowing Him to guide your mind, your heart and your daily decisions.
The joy and peace that the catechumens and candidates find when they discover that they have; a merciful Father that truly loves them, a Savior that gave all His blood to save them, and a Holy Spirit that constantly gives them the grace to persevere in following the Lord’s steps; is a treasure that no one can ever take from them.
As you all know, we are in the 100th Anniversary of the Apparition of Our Lady of Fatima. Fr. John procured a statue of Our Lady and She has been visiting the families of our Parish bringing so much joy and peace into their homes.
We, the Ministers of Care, wanted to do the same for the homebound of our Parish. So the ministry acquired a smaller statue of Our Lady of Fatima and, since May, Our Lady has been reaching out to our homebound! We are grateful for the generosity of the Ministers of Care Ministry.
Our homebound have been very happy for the visit of Our Lady’s statue to their homes. Some of the patients have enjoyed praying the rosary, or a decade of the rosary. Some also have had the opportunity to have Her in their homes for a few days thus gaining the plenary indulgence. Our dear homebound have definitely felt very special, grateful and blessed.
Please keep praying for this beautiful ministry!
Sr. Maria Alejandra
My name is Sr. Cristina, the mission that God has given to me here at Our Lady of Mount Carmel is the Religious Education program.
I’m extremely happy to serve God through the children. As the director, I am blessed to be able to see how all of the children are open to receive God’s love. I believe God has a Plan for everybody. The children and their families alike. Participating in the Vacation Bible School program was for me a big example of that.
I believe that the Religious Education here at Mt. Carmel is not only a ministry for the children but for the whole family. We want to build a community who, together can strengthen our faith and together live with joy the Good News of the Gospel.