Santa Teresita Block Party | February 18, 2017

Santa Teresita Block Party | February 18, 2017

You’re invited… Saturday, February 18, 2017 11:00 am – 2:00 pm 819 Buena Vista St., Duarte, California 91010-1703 Featuring: Free BBQ Free Health Screenings World Famous Magician, Gene Urban Live Music, The Maestros Face Painting Raffle for Prizes To...
The Origin of the Infant of Prague

The Origin of the Infant of Prague

The miraculous statue of the Infant of Prague is a wax-coated wooden statue of the Child Jesus approximately 19 inches tall which dates back to the mid 1550s. “The Little King,” another popular name given to this statu, wears a crown, and in the left hand...
Yes, Jesus Loves Me

Yes, Jesus Loves Me

A heavy marine layer fell like a pall over Long Beach, California, bringing colder, damper weather. I had set aside the day to visit my sister and together we were going to visit our mom’s grave in All Souls’ Cemetery, right there on Cherry Avenue, just north of...
Christmas Eve Reflection from Sister Regina Marie

Christmas Eve Reflection from Sister Regina Marie

Just hours before we approach the Crib, God speaks to us a liberating word. God needs my YES – AND — if it is not yet a perfect YES, I am not disqualified. The Archangel Gabriel didn’t get as faith-filled reception from Zechariah as he did from Mary. Zechariah...
Contemplating the Christmas Triptych

Contemplating the Christmas Triptych

“Jesus, Who is born tonight, is born thrice. He is born of the Blessed Virgin, in the stable of Bethlehem; he is born by grace, in the hearts of the shepherds, who are the first fruits of the Christian Church; and He is born from all eternity in the bosom of the...
Posadas Reflection

Posadas Reflection

During the second week in December, it is always the time to bring out the boxes in which the statues of St. Joseph, Our Lady, and the traditional donkey are readied for their appearance in our annual Las Posadas. Various  areas are prepared to receive these...
Advent: Mercy Rushes In

Advent: Mercy Rushes In

We Sisters have just recorded a new album, “Mercy Rushes In.” With the Year of Mercy ending on November 20th, we wanted to capture its essence in a way that we could go back to over and over again! And that is something like Advent. Advent is a way to...
Las Posadas Novena

Las Posadas Novena

Saturday evening thirty young women joined us for the second day of our Las Posadas Novena. Walking with Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem, we meditated upon our own journey to find Christ in the silence and stillness of our hearts this Christmas. With lighted candles we...
Advent: Gratitude is Linked to Faith

Advent: Gratitude is Linked to Faith

Advent is a time of stillness – a time of reflection. We need this quiet to enter within ourselves and discover anew each year the miracle of Christmas. Advent is, of course, the preparation for the coming of Christ. Not only in history, but into our hearts....
Advent: A Glimpse of Eternity

Advent: A Glimpse of Eternity

The hum-drum of daily life can sometimes become more and more, shall we say, monotonous? Most of us have the same daily tasks and for the most part we do them in just about the same way each day, don’t we? The seasons of the church year help us rise above the...
An Attitude of Gratitude

An Attitude of Gratitude

If you hear the word ADVENT what is the first image that comes to your mind? Candles? Wreath? Liturgy. Purple. the hymn “O come Emmanue?” These are some answers people have given over the years. What is yours? Mine is NEW YEAR’S resolution because...
Religious Life Article

Religious Life Article

By Anne Tschanz Ven. Maria Luisa Josefa of the Most Blessed Sacrament —Obedient Servant of the Most Sacred Heart The Mexican Revolution of the 1920’s wreaked havoc upon the Church in Mexico, resulting in persecution, martyrdom and exile for many religious and priests....
Welcome NET Ministries

Welcome NET Ministries

The new partnership began on July 2016, with NET’s new California Regional Office at the St. Joseph Campus. NET Ministries challenges young Catholics to love Christ and embrace the life of the...
Works of Mercy in the Year of Mercy

Works of Mercy in the Year of Mercy

(This article and many more, can be found in our Spirit of Carmel Publication) During His earthly life, Jesus taught the importance of loving our neighbor in word and deed through His miracles and parables. The Church now calls these actions the “corporal” and...
Novena – Day 9 | Blessed Josepha Naval Girbés

Novena – Day 9 | Blessed Josepha Naval Girbés

Novena Day 9 Blessed Josepha Naval Girbés (1820-1893) “Prayer, prayer…pray for a while each day, and life will be easier and bearable. Learn to speak with God without words and, in this way, practice the prayer of meditation. Be faithful and reverent before the Lord...
Novena – Day 8 | Blessed Maria Mercedes Prat

Novena – Day 8 | Blessed Maria Mercedes Prat

Novena Day 8 Blessed Maria Mercedes Prat (1880-1936) “I must obey, because it is the will of God.” Blessed Maria Mercedes Prat Feast Day ~ July 24 Mercedes was born in Barcelona in 1880, and from her earliest childhood, committed herself to God. Even as a young girl,...
Novena – Day 7 | Blessed Francis Palau y Quer

Novena – Day 7 | Blessed Francis Palau y Quer

Novena Day 7 Blessed Francis Palau y Quer (1811-1872) “The voice of God leaves no emptiness in the soul, it fills her and does not doubt.” Blessed Francis Palau y Quer Feast Day ~ November 7 The seventh of nine children, Francis was born in Spain, in 1811 into a...
Novena – Day 6 | Blessed Mary of the Incarnation

Novena – Day 6 | Blessed Mary of the Incarnation

Novena Day 6 Blessed Mary of the Incarnation (1566–1618) “Lord Jesus, I very humbly beg you to look from now on through my eyes, speak by my tongue, and accomplish by all my members and senses the things which are agreeable to you.” Blessed Mary of the Incarnation...
Novena – Day 5 | Saint Raphael Kalinowski

Novena – Day 5 | Saint Raphael Kalinowski

Novena Day 5 Saint Raphael Kalinowski (1835–1907) “Our Redeemer ever present in the most Blessed Sacrament, extends His hands to everyone. He opens His heart and says, ‘Come to Me, all of you.’” Saint Raphael Kalinowski Feast Day ~ November 19 Jozef Kalinowski was...