Handmaidens (California) is a faith formation group for single women between the ages of 18 and 35, dedicated to cultivating a deeper relationship with our Lord, as well as a greater understanding and appreciation of the dignity of their vocation as women. Formation and living holiness in the world is supported and nurtured through adoration, prayer and conferences given by the Carmelite Sisters and chosen laity.


This years theme is:

“Beloved and Free: Living in His Gaze”


Handmaidens in California

Contact Sister Elizabeth Therese, O.C.D. at (626) 300-8938 | joyofcarmel@outlook.com
www.facebook.com/Handmaidens4Christ

Upcoming Events

“Blessed Is She” & Game Night

Potluck dinner, conference, games and Rosary

Date: September 22, 2018

Time: 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Location: Evening Prayer at Sacred Heart Retreat House; the rest of the evening will be spent at St. Joseph Campus (Sacred Heart and Nazareth Rooms)

Topic: Our Lady is the perfect disciple and our model of faith. She believed that “nothing is impossible with God” when the Heavenly Father chose her to be the Mother of His Son. In our own lives, we can feel overwhelmed by that which God is asking of us. We can look to Mary who is our Mother and our guide.

Bake-a-Thon

Date: October 14, 2018

Time: 4:45 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Location: Sacred Heart Retreat House

11:30 Mass with the sisters and the weekend retreatants

12:30 Lunch picnic style- bring your own sack lunch

1:00 – 3:30 Boutique Bake-a-thon

4:00 – 5:00 Adoration and Evening Prayer with the Sisters

Come join the Carmelite Sisters for a fun afternoon of baking and preparing a variety of goodies for our annual Boutique! Donning our hairnets and aprons, we’ll make fudge, mix soups and bake lots of sweet treats. A beautiful Sunday Holy Hour will conclude the afternoon. Don’t miss out on the fun!

“Delight of the Father”

Date: November 17, 2018

Time: 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Location: Santa Teresita, Duarte

One of the deepest desires of a feminine heart is to experience the strong and protecting love of a father and the delight he takes in her unique beauty and dignity. Our Heavenly Father fulfills this deep desire in us as He shares his love through Jesus, His Son. We can find healing, peace and our truest identity when in the power of the Holy Spirit we cry “Abba, Father!” Join us at Santa Teresita in Duarte to hear Sister Pia, OCD share on how we are each the delight of the Heavenly Father. The evening also includes adoration, a potluck dinner, and fellowship with the Sisters!

Handmaidens’ Advent Day of Prayer

Date: December 22, 2018

Time: 10:00 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Location: St. Joseph Campus / Sacred Heart Retreat House

10:00 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. Handmaidens’ Day of Prayer (SJC) followed by posadas, dinner & caroling at SHRH

  Conference topics:

  • Who Do You Say That I Am?: In the Gospels, Jesus encountered many people – some were able to recognize His true identity as the Son of God and others saw Him simply as a teacher or prophet. Those who recognized who He truly was had transforming encounters with Him which changed their lives forever. Jesus also desires you to encounter Him deeply as He asks “Who do you say that I am?”
  • I Have Called You Friend: We all need authentic friendship. We need people in our lives who know, love and support us exactly as we are. Jesus has revealed Himself as our truest Friend when He “shared everything with us that He has heard from the Father.” He reveals His Heart to you, you are also invited to share your heart with Him.

Cost: $25 for the Day of Prayer

“Authenticity in Prayer”

Evening Prayer, Potluck dinner, Conference, Adoration, Dessert, and Discussion

Date: January 26, 2019

Time: 5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Location: Santa Teresita- Main Chapel and Villa

Topic: “Prayer…is nothing else than an intimate sharing between friends; it means taking time frequently to be alone with Him who we know loves us,” wrote St. Teresa of Avila. We need not be afraid to approach God in prayer. He desires that we bring Him our true selves – the real you conversing with the real God.

“Strength in Weakness”

Visiting the residents, Evening Prayer, Potluck dinner, Conference, Adoration, Dessert, and Discussion

Date: February 16, 2019

Time: 4:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Location: Marycrest Manor, Culver City

Topic: You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you…” Acts 1:8 We all have times in our lives when we feel weak and powerless. It is in these moments that the Holy Spirit most desire to come as Strength in our weakness. As St. Paul teaches us “When I am weak, it is then that I am strong.” Discover the incredible strength of God when you confront the reality of human weakness!

“Sanctified by Grace”

Evening Prayer, Potluck dinner, Conference, Adoration, Dessert, and Discussion

Date: March 23, 2019

Time: 4:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Location: Evening Prayer at Sacred Heart Retreat House; the rest of the evening will be spent at St. Joseph Campus (Sacred Heart and Nazareth Rooms)

Topic: Our Lord tells us in the Gospel, “Without me, you can do nothing.” We are totally dependent upon God’s help in every aspect of our lives, but most of all when it comes to conversion and sanctification. God’s free gift to us in Christ Jesus through the Spirit is the gift of grace. It is through this gift of grace, the life of God in our souls, that the Holy Spirit will accomplish His work of sanctification in us. What freedom in life when we realize “Everything is Grace!” (St. Therese)

Beach Trip

Date: April 28, 2019

Time: 3:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

Location: Meet at Sacred Heart Retreat House to carpool OR meet us at Point Vincente Interpretive Center- 31501 Palos Verdes Dr W, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275

Activity: Come join the Carmelite Sisters for a relaxing and fun afternoon enjoying the beauty of the ocean, fellowship with other young women, a potluck dinner, praise and worship and Evening Prayer on the beach!