Solemn High Pontifical Mass To Open The Carmel Of Jesus, Mary & Joseph

All are invited to join us for the Solemn High Pontifical Mass to open the Carmel of Jesus, Mary & Joseph. Bishop Columba Macbeth-Green OSPPE DD will be the principal celebrant.

For the purposes of catering and logistics, please register your attendance at: https://carmeljmj-opening.eventbrite.com/

 

Date: Saturday 23 March 2019
Time: 10:30am
Location: Carmel of Jesus, Mary & Joseph,5523 Cobb Highway, Mathoura NSW 2710

The Monastery is located about halfway between Denilliquin and Mathoura, about 55km north of Echuca, Vic.

Due to the fact that the Monastery Chapel is so small, Holy Mass will be celebrated outside. It is recommended that those attending bring a hat, sunscreen and water, and wear clothing appropriate for the day’s weather conditions.

Following Holy Mass, there will be a light lunch at Deniliquin RSL, 72 End St, Deniliquin NSW

It will be possible for those attending to meet with the Sisters in small groups in the Monastery ‘speakroom’ between 3pm and 5pm on the day.

For those travelling from afar, the Monastery is a comfortable drive less than 3 hours from both Melbourne (Tullarmarine) and Albury airports. Accommodation in the local area is readily available, including motels and caravan parks at Mathoura, Deniliquin and Echuca/Moama. The following links are provided for convenience:

Mathoura: mathoura.com/accommodation.aspx

Echuca Moama: www.echucamoama.com/accommodation/accommodation-search

Deniliquin: www.visitdeni.com.au/accommodation

Holy Mass With The Sisters At Lewisham (Sydney) And Forbes

During their time of travel to the new Monastery in March, the Sisters will be in attendance at Holy Mass (in the Extraordinary Form) at the following locations:

Sunday, 3 March 2019
10:30am – Solemn High Mass
Maternal Heart of Mary Chapel, Charles O’Neill Way, Lewisham NSW

Sunday, 10 March 2019
2:00pm – Solemn High Mass
St Laurence O’Toole Church, 13 Johnson St, Forbes NSW

There will be some provision to speak with the Sisters in small groups after each Holy Mass.

The Sisters will be in residence at the new Monastery from 12 March 2019. It is anticipated that there will be a formal opening in late March, with details to be circulated soon.

Novena To Our Lady Of Perpetual Help

With the imminent arrival of the Sisters in Australia in March, there is much work to be accomplished. Please join with us in praying a Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help for the following intentions:

for the success of the work and preparation of the Monastery for the Sisters;
for the guidance and protection for all those and their families who are assisting in the establishment of the Monastery; and
for the safe travel of the the Sisters to the Diocese of Wilcannia-Forbes.
We are commencing the Novena today, Friday 25th January, and will finish on Saturday 2nd February, the Feast of the Presentation and the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Candlemas). We also encourage those who are unable to join us with today, to commence the Novena as soon as possible.

Our Lady of Perpetual Help is the patroness of the Diocese of Wilcannia-Forbes.

We are very grateful to Bishop Columba for his support in our endeavours and particularly welcome his press release last week, in which he formally welcomed the Sisters to the Diocese.


Press Release

Dear Brothers and Sisters of the Diocese of Wilcannia-Forbes ,

I would like to take this opportunity to officially announce that in early March the Carmelite Nuns of Jesus, Mary and Joseph will be arriving from the United States to set up their new community in the Diocese. In 1927, the Community established a Carmel in California. Later, monasteries were founded in Nevada, then Nebraska, Pennsylvania and, most recently, in Idaho. This community of Nuns will live a pure contemplative life, nourished through the Extraordinary form of the Liturgy. The community approached me four years ago and I made an official invitation for them to begin a community in the Diocese of Wilcannia-Forbes.

After a lengthy process headed by a independent committee and with the approval of the Holy See, the Nuns are ready to begin their lives in the Diocese of Wilcannia-Forbes. The Nuns will be located in between Deniliquin and Mathoura.

I ask that you join with me in thanksgiving and prayer for the Nuns. May their life of contemplative prayer be of much spiritual fruit for our Diocese.

Yours in Christ
Bishop Columba Macbeth-Green OSPPE DD


Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help

Meditation

The miraculous picture of Madonna and Child rests on the main altar of the church of the Redemptorist Fathers in Rome.   It was first in the possession of a wealthy Cretan merchant, then brought to Rome and eventually enthroned in St. Matthew’s Church.   For three hundred years crowds of pilgrims have journeyed far to see this picture, the source of many cures.  In 1812, St Matthew’s Church was razed, and for fifty four years the picture’s location was not known.  When it was found, Pope Pius IX gave it to the Redemptorist Fathers for their church on the spot where Mary first had been revered in this special manner as Our Lady of Perpetual Help.

The miraculous picture is painted like an icon.  Two angels designated as Sts Michael and Gabriel are seen beside the Virgin’s head, carrying in their veiled hands the instruments of Christ’s Passion, the Cross, the spear and the sponge,  The picture was probably painted by a Greek artist of the thirteenth or fourteenth century.

Mary is invoked as Our Lady of Perpetual Help because she affords help to Christians even in all temporal needs.   Although she is now enthroned in heaven, she still takes an interest in our misery and relieves our wants.

Mary brings us help especially in our spiritual needs.   She is a most merciful Mother who rejects no sinner.   She lovingly interests herself in our behalf and tries to reconcile us to her Son when we have sinned.  She assists us in temptation.   She confirms us in good and obtains for us the grace of making progress in the path of virtue, for she desires nothing more ardently than that we all become partakers of the fruits of redemption, won for us by her Son.  In our efforts to reach holiness, she supports us and obtains for us the grace of perseverance.  We can ask nothing of her that will give her greater pleasure or that she will grant more willingly than the grace to do good.

Above all, Mary will assist us in the hour of death, which is a crucial moment in our life because it is then that we prepare for the judgement.  As the exalted Queen of Heaven she takes the souls of her faithful servants under her protecting mantle, accompanies them to the judgement seat of her Son, and there she becomes their intercessor.

Mary is still the Mother of God in heaven as she was on earth; Jesus, who is omnipotence itself, remains her Son for all eternity.   Her love for us is now even more intense and more compassionate, because she knows our misery better in heaven.  She obtains gentle rest for all who are laden with trouble and pain; she gives comfort to the afflicted and healing to the sick.

Mary is our Mother of Perpetual Help, and therefore we should have an unbounded confidence in her.  She can help us, for her prayer is all-powerful with God, and she will help us, for she is our Mother and she loves as her children.

The Word of God

“Can a woman forget her infant and be without tenderness for the child of her womb?  Yet even if she should forget, I will never forget you.”
-Isa 49:15

“The wine ran out and the Mother of Jesus …..  said to the attendants, ‘Do whatever He tells you.’”
-Jn 2:3-5

“Blessed are they who watch daily at my gates …. for those who find me find life and shall have salvation from the Lord.”
– Prov 8:35-35

Novena Prayer

Mother of Perpetual Help, behold at your feet a sinner who has recourse to you and has confidence in you.   Mother of mercy, have pity on me.   I hear all calling you the refuge and hope of sinners.   Be, then, my refuge and my hope.   For the love of Jesus Christ, your Son, help me.

Give your hand to a poor sinner who commends himself to you and dedicates himself to your lasting service.   I praise and thank God Who in his mercy has given to me this confidence in you, a sure pledge of my eternal salvation.

It is true that in the past, I, miserable and wretched, have fallen into sin because I did not have recourse to you.  But I know that with your help I shall be able to overcome myself, I know, too, that you will help me, if I commend myself to you.   But I fear that in the occasions of sin, I may neglect to call upon you and thus run the risk of being lost.

This grace, then, I seek of you; for this I implore you as much as I know and as much as I can: that in all the attacks of hell I may ever have recourse to you and say to you:  “O Mary, help me.  O Mother of Perpetual Help, do not let me lose my God.”

3 Hail Marys

Mother of Perpetual Help, aid me ever to call upon your powerful name, since your name is the help of the living and the salvation of the dying.   Mary most pure, Mary most sweet, grant that your name from this day forth may be to me the very breath of life.   Dear Lady, do not delay in coming to help me when I call upon you for in all the temptations that trouble me, in all the needs of my life, I will ever call upon you, repeating:  “Mary, Mary.”

What comfort, what sweetness, what confidence, what consolation fills my soul at the sound of your name, at the very thought of you!  I give thanks to our Lord, Who for my sake has given you a name so sweet, so lovable, and so mighty.  But I am not content only to speak your name:   I will call upon you because I love you.  I want that love to remind me always to call you mother of Perpetual Help.

3 Hail Marys

Mother of Perpetual help, you are the dispenser of every grace that God grants us in our misery.   For this reason he has made you so powerful, so rich, and so kind that you might help us in our needs.  You are the advocate of the most wretched and abandoned sinners, if they but come to you.   Come to my aid, for I commend myself to you.

In your hands I place my eternal salvation; to you I entrust my soul.   Count me among your most faithful servants.  Take me under your protection; that is enough for me.  If you protect me, I shall fear nothing.   I shall not fear my sins, because you will obtain for me their pardon and remission.  Neither shall I fear the evil spirits, because you are mightier than all the powers of hell.

I fear only that through my own negligence I may forget to recommend myself to you and so lose my soul.  My dear Lady, obtain for me the forgiveness of my sins, love for Jesus, final perseverance, and the grace to have recourse to you at all times, Mother of Perpetual Help.

3 Hail Marys

(Saint Alphonsus Liguori)

Source: Catholic Book of Novenas, Lovasik (Catholic Book Publishing Corp, 2013)

The Sisters are on their way!

It is with great joy that we can announce that the Sisters’ plane tickets have been booked and that they will be arriving in Sydney NSW in early March.

Currently, plans are afoot for various public events, which we hope will include Holy Mass in Sydney and in Forbes in the week or so after their arrival. The Sisters will then make their way to the new Monastery in Mathoura and it is anticipated that there will be an opening Holy Mass in mid-March.

The Sisters who are travelling to the Wilcannia-Forbes Diocese to form the new Monastery come from a Carmelite order that can be traced back to a sixteenth century Spanish Carmelite Monastery founded by Saint Teresa of Jesus. Two daughter monasteries were established in Mexico. In 1927, the Community established a Carmel in California. Later, monasteries were founded in Nevada, then Nebraska, Pennsylvania and, most recently, in Idaho. The Most Reverend Columba Macbeth-Green OSPPE DD, Bishop of Wilcania-Forbes, invited the Sisters to establish a Carmelite Monastery and to continue their tradition in his diocese.

The four Sisters are fully professed, experienced nuns who have lived the monastic Carmelite life for many years: Mother Mariam Joseph, Sister Frances Teresa, Sister Maria of the Incarnation and Sister Juana Teresa of Jesus. Two of these were born and raised in Australia, so they have a particular joy in returning to their homeland after many years absence.

Their first Monastery in the Wilcannia-Forbes Diocese is a humble, quaint old cottage surrounded by trees on a few acres.   Kangaroos, emus, magpies and cockatoos will be on hand to remind the Sisters that they are now part of Australia!  Dust and shimmering heat will remind them to especially pray for those of the Diocese.

The primary mission of the Carmelite Order is to pray and offer oblation for the Church and the world. The Sisters live a life of poverty, entirely dependant on the generosity of others. With the formal opening of the new Monastery so close, now is a great time to set up a regularly weekly or monthly donation to assist with the Sisters’ ongoing upkeep. Details of how to make donations can be found here.

As always, please join with us in prayer for the new Foundation and, especially, that the sisters will enjoy a pleasant, uneventful journey to Australia.

Can you add a book to our library?! 📕📚📖

We’re looking for donations of specific books to our library so that the Sisters have access to these from their arrival. A list appears below of the texts that they will find helpful. They welcome multiple copies of many of these. Perhaps you might have one or two of these spare at your house? Perhaps you might see a copy for sale at a second hand store?

If you are able to help, please send the books to:
Carmelite Monastery of Jesus, Mary & Joseph
PO Box 150
Mathoura NSW 2710
AUSTRALIA

We encourage those who send a book to affix a note to the inside cover with their name and perhaps a small prayer intention, so that the Sisters may offer a specific prayer for the intentions of those who have donated each time they read the book.

An up-to-date copy of the list will be maintained on this page, and we’ll clearly mark any entries if we have already received sufficient copies.

We are so grateful for the generosity of all those who continue to contribute to our Monastery fund. If you have yet to make a donation, the details can be found on the donation page on our website. Any donation, large or small, can make a difference and regular weekly or monthly donations are also a great way to give ongoing support.

May God reward you for your generosity!

Book list

The complete works of Our Holy Mother St. Teresa of Jesus, including:

  • Her “Life”
  • “The Way of Perfection”
  • “The Interior Castle”
  • “The Foundations”
  • Her letters
  • Her poems

(We are in need of multiple copies, preferably the translations of E. Allison Peers, but also some ICS* translations.)

The complete works of Our Holy Father St. John of the Cross, including:

  • “The Ascent of Mount Carmel”
  • “The Spiritual Canticle”
  • “The Dark Night of the Soul”
  • “The Living Flame of Love”

(We are in need of multiple copies, preferably the translations of E. Allison Peers, but also some ICS translations.)

  • His poems translated by Roy Campbell

The complete works of St. Therese of Lisieux, including:

  • “The Story of a Soul” (preferably the translation of John Clarke OCD)
  • Her letters
  • “The Last Conversations”
  • Her poems

Biographies of Our Holy Mother St. Teresa of Jesus, especially:

  • “St. Teresa of Avila” by William Thomas Walsh
  • “Teresa of Avila” by Marcelle Auclair
  • Her biography by Francisco de Ribera SJ (not sure if it is available in English)

Biographies and studies on the works of Our Holy Father St. John of the Cross,
especially:

  • “The Life of St. John of the Cross” by Crisógono de Jesús
  • “St. John of the Cross” by Fr. Bruno
  • “Faith According to St. John of the Cross by Karol Wojtyla (St. John Paul II)
  • “The Secret of Sanctity of St. John of the Cross” by Father Lucas of St. Joseph OCD (translated by Sr. Mary Alberto CSJ)
  • “Union with God According to St. John of the Cross” by Father Gabriel of St. Mary Magdalen
  • St. John of the Cross Doctor of Divine Love and Contemplation by Father Gabriel of St. Mary Magdalen

Writings on St. Therese, especially:

  • “I Believe in Love” by Père Jean du Coeur de Jésus D’Elbée
  • “The Spirituality of St. Therese” by L’Abbé André Combes
  • “With Empty Hands” by Fr. Conrad de Meester
  • “The Power of Confidence” by Fr. Conrad de Meester
  • “The Story of a Life” by Guy Gaucher
  • “The Passion of St. Therese” by Guy Gaucher
  • “My Sister St. Therese” by Sister Geneviève of the Holy Face (Celine Martin)
  • “The Story of a Family” by Stéphane-Joseph Piat OFM
  • The Complete Works of St. Elizabeth of the Trinity (ICS publishes them in two or three volumes)
  • “Reminiscences of Sister Elizabeth of the Trinity” by the Carmel of Dijon
  • “Elizabeth of the Trinity, the Unfolding of her Message” by Joanne Mosley
  • “He is my Heaven” by Jennifer Moorecroft
  • “The Spiritual Doctrine of Sister Elizabeth of the Trinity” by M.M. Philipon OP
  • Letters of St. Teresa of Jesus of the Andes
  • “God the Joy of my Life, a biography of St. Teresa of Jesus of the Andes” by Michael D. Griffin OCD
  • “Testimonies to Blessed Teresa of the Andes” compiled by Michael D. Griffin OCD

The Writings of St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein):

  • “Life in a Jewish Family”
  • “Essays on Woman”
  • “The Hidden Life”
  • “Self Portrait in Letters 1916-1942”
  • “The Science of the Cross”
  • “Edith Stein, a Biography” by Waltraud Herbstrith
  • “Edith Stein, the Life of a Philosopher and Carmelite” by Teresia Renata Posselt OCD

Also

  • Liber Usualis
  • “Let Him do it, the Life of Maravillas de Jesús OCD” by Cerro de los Angeles and La Aldehuela Carmels, Spain
  • “Following the Path of Divine Love” (another biography of St. Maravillas, by La Aldehuela?)
  • The autobiography of Bl. Ana de San Bartolomé
  • Any biography of Ven. Anne of Jesus (Ana de Jesús)
  • “The Prophet of Carmel” by Rev. Charles B. Garside, M.A.
  • “The Practice of the Presence of God” Brother Laurence of the Resurrection
  • “Barbe Acarie, Wife and Mystic” by Lancelot C. Sheppard
  • “Mariam the Little Arab” by Amédée Brunot SCJ
  • “In the Silence of Mary, the Life of Mother Mary of Jesus”
  • “Seraph Among Angels” by Sister M. Minima, Carmelite
  • “God is Love, St. Teresa Margaret: her Life” by Sister Teresa Margaret DC
  • “To Quell the Terror” by William Bush
  • “Carmel its History Spirit and Saints” by the Discalced Carmelites of Boston and Santa Clara
  • “Handbook to the Life and Times of St. Teresa and St. John of the Cross” by E. Allison Peers
  • “Explanation of the Holy Rule of Carmel in the Form of Meditations and Examens” by Reverend Mother Mary of St. Peter, Prioress of the Carmel of Arles
  • “Carmelite Asceticism” by Very Rev. Father Anastasius of the Holy Rosary OCD
  • “Spiritual Exercises to Serve for the Annual Retreat of a Carmelite”
  • “The Carmelite Directory of the Spiritual Life”
  • “I Want to see God” by P. Marie Eugène OCD
  • “I am a Daughter of the Church” by P. Marie Eugène OCD
  • “The Perfect Carmelite” by Padre Silverio de Santa Teresa
  • “Manual for Novices” (also called “The Instruction of Novices”) by Ven. John of Jesus Mary
  • “Spiritual Commentary on the Constitutions of the Discalced Carmelite Nuns” by Father Gabriel of St. Mary Magdalen OCD
  • “The Cenacle” by Abbé L.G.
  • “Carmel is all Mary’s” by Fr. Conrad

Anything by

  • Father Silverio de Santa Teresa
  • Father Gabriel of Saint Mary Magdalen
  • Very Rev. Father Anastasius of the Holy Rosary

Spanish books:

  • The Complete Works of our Holy Mother Saint Teresa of Jesus (Obras Completas de Santa Teresa de Jesús) including her letters (cartas) and the Way of Perfection in the Escorial and Valladolid redactions
  • The Complete Works of our Holy Father Saint John of the Cross (Obras Completas de San Juan de la Cruz)
  • “Vida Mística de la Madre Maravillas de Jesús, su alma” by Baldomero Jiménez Duque
  • “Vida de Santa Teresa” by P. Francisco de Ribera SJ
  • “El Legado de Teresa de Jesús”

* ICS stands for the Institute of Carmelite Studies

Our new monastery

Earlier this week, settlement for the purchase of property proceeded without a hitch and the Sisters are now the happy owners of a five bedroom house on 20 acres, which will soon be the fledgling Carmelite Monastery.

The Sisters are grateful to all who have helped to achieve this important step and they continue to pray especially for you and for the Diocese of Wilcannia-Forbes.

Please note the new mailing address:
PO Box 150,
Mathoura NSW 2710

We look forward to announcing soon the Sisters’ plans for travel to Australia, likely early in the new year.

Novena For The Nativity Of Our Lady

Please join with us in a novena to Our Lady in the lead up to her birthday on 8th September. The novena will start tomorrow on Friday 31 August. The prayers can be found at the bottom of this page.

If you missed it, you can read our recent update on the purchase of property for the Monastery by following this link.

The Catholic Weekly also recently shared a story about the property, which can be found by following this link.

We are so grateful for the generosity of all those who continue to contribute to our Monastery fund. If you have yet to make a donation, the details can be found on the donation page on our website. Any donation, large or small, can make a difference and regular weekly or monthly donations are also a great way to give ongoing support.


NOVENA FOR THE NATIVITY OF OUR LADY

31 August to 8 September

Prayer to start the Novena each day:

V. O God, come to my assistance.
R. O Lord, make haste to help me.
V. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
R. As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

~ DAY ONE ~
Heavenly Child, lovable Mary, the Eternal Father delights in your birth, for He beholds in your coming into this world one of His creatures who is so perfect that she will become the worthy Mother of His divine Son.

May your birth give joy to my soul also, by obtaining for me from the heavenly Father, the pardon of my sins, and an abiding sorrow for them.

Dearest Mother, please pray for me and for these my intentions…

(State your intentions)

Hail Mary…

Prayer
Your Nativity, O Virgin Mother of God, was the herald of joy to the whole world; since from you arose the Sun of Justice, Christ our God, who, destroying the curse, bestowed the blessing, and confounding death, rewarded us with life everlasting.

V. Let us celebrate with joy the birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
R. That she may intercede for us with Our Lord Jesus Christ.

Let us pray:
Grant to us your servants, we beseech you, O Lord, the gift of Your heavenly grace, that as our salvation was begun in the child-bearing of the Blessed Virgin, so from this solemn festival of her Nativity may we obtain an increase of peace. Through Our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

~ DAY TWO ~
O Chosen One among the daughters of Adam, admirable Mary, the Son of God delights in your birth, for He beholds the one chosen to be His Mother, and oh! such a beloved Mother.

May your birth give joy to my soul also, by obtaining from your divine Son the grace to be born again spiritually to a holy life, perfectly conformed to yours, so that I may merit to obtain eternal glory.

Dearest Mother, please pray for me and for these my intentions…

 (State your intentions)

Hail Mary…

Prayer
Your Nativity, O Virgin Mother of God, was the herald of joy to the whole world; since from you arose the Sun of Justice, Christ our God, who, destroying the curse, bestowed the blessing, and confounding death, rewarded us with life everlasting.

V. Let us celebrate with joy the birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
R. That she may intercede for us with Our Lord Jesus Christ.

Let us pray:
Grant to us your servants, we beseech you, O Lord, the gift of Your heavenly grace, that as our salvation was begun in the child-bearing of the Blessed Virgin, so from this solemn festival of her Nativity may we obtain an increase of peace. Through Our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

~ DAY THREE ~
O Chosen One among the daughters of Adam, lovable Mary, the Eternal Word takes delight in your birth, for He sees the source of His Immaculate Blood.

May your birth give joy to my soul also, by obtaining for me from the Word made Flesh, the grace to find in this Divine Blood the eternal happiness of my soul.

Dearest Mother, please pray for me and for these my intentions…

(State your intentions)

Hail Mary…

Prayer
Your Nativity, O Virgin Mother of God, was the herald of joy to the whole world; since from you arose the Sun of Justice, Christ our God, who, destroying the curse, bestowed the blessing, and confounding death, rewarded us with life everlasting.

V. Let us celebrate with joy the birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
R. That she may intercede for us with Our Lord Jesus Christ.

Let us pray:
Grant to us your servants, we beseech you, O Lord, the gift of Your heavenly grace, that as our salvation was begun in the child-bearing of the Blessed Virgin, so from this solemn festival of her Nativity may we obtain an increase of peace. Through Our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

~ DAY FOUR ~
O Chosen One among the daughters of Adam, admirable Mary, the Redeemer, promised to mankind from the beginning of the world, takes delight in your birth, for He sees the one who is destined to become the Co-redemptress of souls by uniting her tears to the Blood shed on the Cross to save mankind.

Dearest Mother, please pray for me and for these my intentions…

 (State your intentions)

Hail Mary…

Prayer
Your Nativity, O Virgin Mother of God, was the herald of joy to the whole world; since from you arose the Sun of Justice, Christ our God, who, destroying the curse, bestowed the blessing, and confounding death, rewarded us with life everlasting.

V. Let us celebrate with joy the birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
R. That she may intercede for us with Our Lord Jesus Christ.

Let us pray:
Grant to us your servants, we beseech you, O Lord, the gift of Your heavenly grace, that as our salvation was begun in the child-bearing of the Blessed Virgin, so from this solemn festival of her Nativity may we obtain an increase of peace. Through Our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

~ DAY FIVE ~
Resplendent Lily of Paradise, lovable Mary, the Holy Spirit takes delight in your birth for He sees in you the soul never stained by sin, which would forever be His worthy Temple.

May your birth give joy to my soul also, by obtaining for me from the Holy Spirit His divine love and final perseverance.

Dearest Mother, please pray for me and for these my intentions…

(State your intentions)

Hail Mary…

Prayer
Your Nativity, O Virgin Mother of God, was the herald of joy to the whole world; since from you arose the Sun of Justice, Christ our God, who, destroying the curse, bestowed the blessing, and confounding death, rewarded us with life everlasting.

V. Let us celebrate with joy the birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
R. That she may intercede for us with Our Lord Jesus Christ.

Let us pray:
Grant to us your servants, we beseech you, O Lord, the gift of Your heavenly grace, that as our salvation was begun in the child-bearing of the Blessed Virgin, so from this solemn festival of her Nativity may we obtain an increase of peace. Through Our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

~ DAY SIX ~
Most Beautiful Branch of the tree of David, most admirable Mary, whose birth was such a consolation to St. Joachim and St. Anne who were delighted to be the parents of so holy a child, may your birth be the consolation of my soul, by obtaining for me from God, victory over the world and detachment from all the things of this earth.

Dearest Mother, please pray for me and for these my intentions…

(State your intentions)

Hail Mary…

Prayer:
Your Nativity, O Virgin Mother of God, was the herald of joy to the whole world; since from you arose the Sun of Justice, Christ our God, who, destroying the curse, bestowed the blessing, and confounding death, rewarded us with life everlasting.

V. Let us celebrate with joy the birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
R. That she may intercede for us with Our Lord Jesus Christ.

Let us pray:
Grant to us your servants, we beseech you, O Lord, the gift of Your heavenly grace, that as our salvation was begun in the child-bearing of the Blessed Virgin, so from this solemn festival of her Nativity may we obtain an increase of peace. Through Our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

~ DAY SEVEN ~
Resplendent Morning Star, lovable Mary, your birth was the cause of great joy to the angels, for they beheld in you the Mother of the Redeemer of the world, who by His Death would repair the loss sustained by the fall of rebellions angels in paradise.

May your birth give joy to my soul also, by obtaining for me from God, victory over the infernal enemy, deliverance from all his snares, and the grace to be associated in glory with the angels in heaven.

Dearest Mother, please pray for me and for these my intentions…

(State your intentions)

Hail Mary…

Prayer:

Your Nativity, O Virgin Mother of God, was the herald of joy to the whole world; since from you arose the Sun of Justice, Christ our God, who, destroying the curse, bestowed the blessing, and confounding death, rewarded us with life everlasting.

V. Let us celebrate with joy the birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

R. That she may intercede for us with Our Lord Jesus Christ.

Let us pray:

Grant to us your servants, we beseech you, O Lord, the gift of Your heavenly grace, that as our salvation was begun in the child-bearing of the Blessed Virgin, so from this solemn festival of her Nativity may we obtain an increase of peace. Through Our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

~ DAY EIGHT ~
Brilliant Aurora of Heaven, lovable Mary, your birth brought great consolation to the souls of the saints detained in limbo, for it announced the approach of the Sun of Justice, Jesus Christ, who would enlighten their darkness and then conduct them to paradise.

May your birth give joy to my soul also, and obtain for me from God, patience in all adversities, a perfect and constant conformity to His most holy will.

Dearest Mother, please pray for me and for these my intentions…

(State your intentions)

Hail Mary…

Prayer
Your Nativity, O Virgin Mother of God, was the herald of joy to the whole world; since from you arose the Sun of Justice, Christ our God, who, destroying the curse, bestowed the blessing, and confounding death, rewarded us with life everlasting.

V. Let us celebrate with joy the birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
R. That she may intercede for us with Our Lord Jesus Christ.

Let us pray:
Grant to us your servants, we beseech you, O Lord, the gift of Your heavenly grace, that as our salvation was begun in the child-bearing of the Blessed Virgin, so from this solemn festival of her Nativity may we obtain an increase of peace. Through Our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

~ DAY NINE ~
Mediatrix between God and mankind, admirable Mary, by your birth you perfected the joy of all the children of Adam, who, through you, have received the Author of Grace, for He has made you the treasurer of all the graces which are imparted to us.

May your birth be a special cause of joy to my soul by obtaining for me from God, eternal salvation and all the graces necessary to obtain it.

Dearest Mother, please pray for me and for these my intentions…

(State your intentions)

Hail Mary…

Prayer
Your Nativity, O Virgin Mother of God, was the herald of joy to the whole world; since from you arose the Sun of Justice, Christ our God, who, destroying the curse, bestowed the blessing, and confounding death, rewarded us with life everlasting.

V. Let us celebrate with joy the birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
R. That she may intercede for us with Our Lord Jesus Christ.

Let us pray:
Grant to us your servants, we beseech you, O Lord, the gift of Your heavenly grace, that as our salvation was begun in the child-bearing of the Blessed Virgin, so from this solemn festival of her Nativity may we obtain an increase of peace. Through Our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

Nihil Obstat: Iacobus P. King, I.C.D. Censor Deputatus. Imprimatur: Bryan Iosephus McEntegart, D.D., LL.D. Episcopus Bruklyniensis. “Novena for the Nativity of Our Lady”, The Cloister’s Selected Prayers, (Brooklyn, NY: Monastery of the Precious Blood, 1957) 79-84. Source: https://www.americaneedsfatima.org/Our-Blessed-Mother/novena-for-the-nativity-of-our-lady.html

Property for our new monastery!

It is with great joy that we can share with you the wonderful news that we have exchanged contracts on the purchase of property for the new Monastery! We anticipate that settlement will occur in late November 2018, if not earlier.

The property is a suitable 20 acre block located at Mathoura, with a modest 5 bedroom home, adequate for the initial needs of the Sisters. Its purchase price of $330,000 is well below our original estimations of what we would have to outlay.

This is one of the final major steps before the Sisters’ arrival!

Over the coming months, we urge you to help us continue to raise the necessary funds to support the new Monastery:

1. By making a one-off donation to assist with the purchase of the property and the various start-up costs.
Thanks to the generosity of many, we have been able to proceed with the purchase of this property. However, we have a goal to provide the Sisters with the best start possible and to this end we are looking for your assistance to allow them to be debt-free from the outset.

In addition to the purchase of the property itself, there will be other costs such as the Sisters’ travel to Australia and modifications to the property, including upgrading the fences and ensuring adequate facilities for a Chapel.

Your one-off donation now can help with all of this and ensure that the Sisters are welcomed to Australia with a solid foundation!

2. By pledging your on-going support for the Sisters through regular weekly or monthly donations.
There will be various ongoing expenses that need to be covered, such as the Sisters’ day-to-day living expenses and maintenance of their property, some of which (such as rates) will commence even prior to their arrival in Australia. Most banks make it easy to set up regular electronic payments from your nominated bank account.

DONATE NOW!

Your on-going support will ensure that the Sisters will have a viable future with us!

Just as importantly, we also urge you to join with us in prayer for the success of our endeavours as we draw ever nearer to the day when, God willing, the Sisters will be able to make their home here in Australia.

Novena To Our Lady Of Mount Carmel

In the lead up to the feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel on 16 July, we are asking all of you to join us in a novena for our new Monastery, which we will be praying from Sunday, 8 July. The prayers can be found at the bottom of this post.

We are so grateful for the generosity of the many supporters who have been able to contribute to our Monastery fund in recent months. With all the ecclesiastical and legal necessities already in place, the purchase of property for the sisters is the last significant step in realising their arrival in Australia. If you have yet to make a donation, the details can be found on the donation page on our website. Any donation, large or small, can make a difference and regular weekly or monthly donations are also a great way to give ongoing support.

Please help us to spread the word about the Monastery! You can forward our emails to your contacts and encourage them to follow us on social media. We are also keen to find people who would be happy to distribute pamphlets for us – to friends, in their local parish (with the appropriate permission) or other communities. If you can assist with this, contact us with your postal address details and a bundle can be sent out.


NOVENA TO OUR LADY OF MOUNT CARMEL

Prayer for Every Day
July 8 – 16

Immaculate Virgin and Queen of Carmel, you are the hope of the suffering and the consolation of the afflicted. Look not upon my sins, but remember only that I am a poor soul redeemed by the Precious Blood of your Son, and that my heart is sealed with your Son, and that my heart is sealed with your holy Scapular. Hear my prayer and if it be for the glory of God, your honor and for the salvation of my soul, grant what I ask in this Novena. Amen.

First Day
The beauty of Carmel and the Glory of Lebanon are given to you in your Immaculate Conception, O Blessed Queen of Carmel! I also rise from the sea of this world, not like you all pure and Immaculate, but full of sin. Help me, look upon me with your eyes of mercy. Amen.

Hail Mary … (three times).

Flower of Carmel,
Mother of our King,
Blossoming Vine,
Peerless and fair,
Splendor of Heaven,
To your children of Carmel,
Mother Divine,
Favors grant ever,
None like to you.
Star of the Sea.

Second Day
I give thanks to you O Virgin Mother of Carmel, for the gift of your holy Scapular, the sign of your Confraternity: O my Mother, make me worthy to wear your sacred livery, and may my heart ever be pure, free from every stain of sin. Amen.

Hail Mary … (three times).

Flower of Carmel, etc.

Third Day
Virgin Mother of Carmel, remember me who am consecrated to you by the holy Scapular, I place my trust in you, O Flower of Carmel, Fruitful Vine, Ever-Immaculate Queen. O Mother mild, implore your Son to hear my prayer now and at the hour of my death. Amen.

Hail Mary … (three times).

Flower of Carmel, etc.

Fourth Day
I thank you my Lady and Mother, for the gift of your holy Scapular. You know well my weakness and my malice, but I trust in you and under your protection I take refuge. O holy Mother of Mt. Carmel, despise not my petitions in my necessities, but deliver me from all danger. Amen.

Hail Mary … (three times).

Flower of Carmel, etc.

Fifth Day
Queen and beauty of Carmel, your glance is love, hope and sweetness. As the rays of the sun color the flowers, so also your glance gives to the soul strength and beauty. May I remain ever before you my Mother, and turn your eyes of mercy on me. Amen.

Hail Mary … (three times).

Flower of Carmel, etc.

Sixth Day
O dear Mother of Carmel, I love you more than I can express, more than my very soul can conceive. I reverence you, I praise you, O sacred Virgin, whose chaste womb bore the Son of the Most High God. Bless me and deliver me from all evil. Amen.

Hail Mary … (three times).

Flower of Carmel, etc.

Seventh Day
Most loving Virgin of Carmel, I acknowledge gratefully your immense goodness towards me; hear my prayer and after this my exile, show unto me the blessed fruit of your womb, Jesus, O most clement, O most loving, O most sweet, Virgin Mary. Amen.

Hail Mary … (three times).

Flower of Carmel, etc.

Eighth Day
O Mother of Carmel, when my last hour shall sound; when I shall take your holy Scapular into my trembling hands, fill my heart with confidence in it, and O my loving Mother, receive my soul and offer it to your sweet Jesus. Amen.

Hail Mary … (three times).

Flower of Carmel, etc.

Ninth Day
O Mary, most holy Mother of Carmel, Virgin of Virgins, Sanctuary of the Blessed Trinity, Mirror of the Angels, Assured Refuge of Sinners! Have compassion on me in my sufferings, listen to my sighs with clemency, intercede for me with your Son. Amen.

Hail Mary … (three times).

Flower of Carmel, etc.

 

 

Source: http://www.lincolndiocese.org/pilgrimages/diocesan-canoe-trip/14-diocese/directories-and-maps/218-novena-to-our-lady-of-mt-carmel

Photos from Pennsylvania

In these photos, the Sisters are seen in their present monastery in Elysburg PA and also during a visit to their property in Fairfield PA, where they are currently establishing a new Monastery.

Bishop Columba’s message

Today, Bishop Columba shared his thoughts on the new Carmel on his Facebook page:

In the 1980’s the Carmel closed its doors in our Diocesan town of Parkes when amalgamating with Dulwich Hill Carmel community. Despite this, after being approached by the Discalced Carmelites in Nebraska and Pennsylvania after Ecclesiastical approval from Rome and by my invitation, the Carmel (Please God) will found its foundations once again here in our Diocese of Wilcannia-Forbes. It is an exciting thought to have a powerhouse of prayer in the Diocese once again, providing prayerful consolation for our clergy and Diocese who live in a vast and dry land. These nuns will live a strict life of prayer and solitude and following the Liturgical forms of 1962 (The Extraordinary Form).

But for this they will need your assistance as they will be self funding. Please check out http://carmeljmj.org.au/ for more details on how you can support this wonderful opportunity for the Church in Wilcannia-Forbes but also for all Australia.

Also accompanying the Bishop’s message was a photo of the front page of Sydney’s Catholic Weekly, which includes a story about the new Monastery.

Can you help us?

In order to make this new foundation a reality, we need donations!

We have already established the necessary legal entities here in Australia, in addition to obtaining the appropriate ecclesiastical authority from the Vatican. The next step is to acquire an appropriate place for the sisters to set up.

The Sisters are happy to begin their Monastery in an ordinary house, with a view to constructing a purpose-built monastery in a few years. Their principle requirement initially is a house on acreage so as to have space for privacy and solitude.

There are currently some appropriate properties available for purchase but for this we will require funds of around $850,000

Every dollar counts, so please go to our donation page and make a contribution.

May God reward you for your generosity.