Handmaidens (California) is a faith formation group for single women between the ages of 18 and 35 who desire to cultivate a deeper relationship with Our Lord and walk the faith journey alongside other women. This program is also dedicated to helping young women cultivate a deeper appreciation and understanding of their dignity and vocation as women. Formation and living holiness in the world are nurtured and supported through conferences given by the Carmelite Sisters, prayer, Eucharistic Adoration, praise & worship, fellowship, service, and a shared potluck meal.


This years theme is:

“Beloved and Free: Living in His Gaze”


Handmaidens in California

Contact Sister Maria Goretti, O.C.D. at (626) 557-5816 | joyofcarmel@outlook.com
www.facebook.com/Handmaidens4Christ

Upcoming Events

“Abundantly Blessed” & Game Night

Potluck dinner, conference, games and Rosary

Date: September 14, 2019

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:

Bake-a-Thon

Date: October 13, 2018

Time: 11030 a.m. p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Location: Sacred Heart Retreat House

11:30 Mass with the sisters and the weekend retreatants

12:45 Lunch picnic style- bring your own sack lunch

1:30 – 4:00 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!

“Filled to Overflowing”

Date: November 17, 2018

Time: 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Location: Santa Teresita, Duarte

 

Handmaidens’ Advent Day of Prayer

Date: December 21, 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:

  • Mary, Spouse of the Holy spirit – Learning Our Mother’s Receptivity.
  • Mary, Our Refuge – Receiving a Mother’s Love.

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 1:8We 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. 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!

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