August 1, 2020
Apparition of Our Lady to Sr Lucia of Fatima

August: Dedicated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

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By Maureen William OCDS,
Christchurch President

Dear brothers and sisters in Carmel,

Trust you have been keeping warm and dry this month and that this Newsletter finds you in the best of health.

It’s been a very busy July. On Monday 13 July, we joined the Sisters in celebrating Sr Elizabeth’s 90th birthday – a truly joyful occasion spent with Sister’s family and friends.

Three days later, another celebration – the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. It was kept low-key this year, but nevertheless, celebrated in a beautiful Mass at the Carmelite Monastery.

1st August is Foundation Day of the Peace of Christ Community. At our monthly meeting the next day (2nd August), we shall celebrate with Holy Mass at 2pm. You are most welcome to invite your family and friends to our Mass and afternoon celebrations. A gentle reminder – please bring a plate for our afternoon tea.

Thank you, dear Carmel family, for agreeing to financially help the Sisters of the Tongan Carmelite Order. Their prioress, Mother Teresa, and her charge, Sr Pauline, express their thanks to us and assure us of their prayers for us.

The details for our retreat this year are finalised. Praise God!

The theme is ‘For God so loved the world.’

  • Dates: 13-15 November. Retreat Director: Fr Philip
  • Cost: $220 (Live-in) and $100 (Day Only)
  • Please bring your $50 deposit at our August meeting.

Please pray for the success of our retreat.

Let us as a Community pray for the defeat of the referendums on Euthanasia and Cannabis.

God bless,

God bless,

Maureen William, OCDS

Christchurch's Peace of Christ Community President