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Remembering Our Deceased Sisters

Friday, October 28, 2016 | Comments (0) | Permalink

As the month of November approaches, a special prayer service in remembrance of our deceased Sisters was held at Saint Teresa’s Motherhouse Chapel on October 28, 2016. It was attended by the Congregation’s Administrators and Prioresses who were at the Motherhouse for their meetings. The Avila Sisters also participated.  The names of the deceased were read.  "Heart Cards" bearing their names were placed on a beautiful trellis.  The participants then processed to pick a card and to pray for the deceased Sister whose name was on the card.  The prayer service brought back long gone faces of happy memories.

May the souls of our deceased Sisters rest in peace! May they receive the reward promised by Jesus to those who loved Him.

“I am the Resurrection and the Life. He who believes in Me will live, even though he dies.” (John 11:25)

 



 

 



Dan Schutte Concert

Monday, November 24, 2014 | Comments (0) | Permalink

The Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm sponsored an Evening of Reflection and Music with Dan Schutte on November 21, 2014 at Saint Teresa's Motherhouse in Germantown, New York.  The event was open to the public.


Celebrating The Easter Triduum!

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 | Comments (0) | Permalink

Alleluia!  This wonderful word of praise echoes in all the liturgies and chants of the Church during this Easter season.  It is the praise of the People of God in celebration of the redemption wrought by the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Our Lord.  The Carmelite Sisters at St. Teresa’s Motherhouse in Germantown, New York thank God for all the blessings bestowed, personally and as Community, throughout the Lenten season.  We look forward to the graces promised during this Eastertime and share them with our staff, volunteers, family members and beloved residents.

The Sacred Triduum  was celebrated at Saint Teresa’s Chapel in Germantown, New York with much solemnity and joy.  Rev. Ashley Harrington, O.Carm was our celebrant on Palm Sunday. The Sisters were joined by six visiting women who participated in the Vocation Weekend Spring Retreat.  We are also grateful to have Very Rev. Mario Esposito, O.Carm., Rev. Sunny Matthew, O.Carm. and Rev. Joseph Nguyen Do,  join our Chaplain, Rev. Joseph Finch, in celebrating the liturgies of Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Vigil and Easter Sunday.  The participation of the Carmelite pre-Novices from Saint Elias Province enhanced our celebration adding warmth, fun and joy to the social gatherings which followed. The beauty and freshness of springtime extended to our Chapel as we marveled at the transformation Sister Ambrose consistently brings to our celebrations!  It brought to mind the words from the Book of Revelation, “See I make all things new!” (21:5). 

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Palm Sunday TabernacleVocation Weekend Retreatants
Palm Sunday- St. Teresa's ChapelBlessing of Palm Branches
Fr. Ashley Harrington blessing the palm branchesEntrance Procession
Holy Thursday Entrance ProcessionSaint Elias Province Pre-NovicesRev. Joseph Nguyen Do, O.Carm, Rev. Sunny Matthew, O.Carm.
Rev. Joseph Finch & Very Rev. Mario Esposito, O.Carm.Gospel Proclamation: Rev. Joseph Nguyen Do, O.Carm.
Very Rev. Mario Esposito gave the Holy Thursday homilySr. Theresa Marie receives the Blood of ChristHoly Thursday Repository

At the evening twilight of the Easter Vigil, as the Universal Church gathered in anticipation, the Light of Christ shone brightly in the darkness of our Chapel.  As from centuries past until the present, from dark catacombs of the early Christians to the beautiful cathedrals of the Catholic world, new sons and daughters of the Church were born on this special night, sprinkled with the waters and renewed by the words of their baptismal promises.  Christ indeed has arisen!  At the end of our Easter Vigil, Sisters and guests gathered to enjoy a simple token of Avila hospitality.  This year, we were glad to welcome two Sisters’ family members and friends.

 

Very Rev. Mario Esposito, O.Carm. prepares the Paschal CandlePaschal Candle Prayers and BlessingPaschal Candle Prayers and Blessing
Paschal Candle Prayers and BlessingPaschal Candle Prayers and BlessingBrother Joseph, O.Carm. carries Paschal Candle in procession
Christ Be Our Light!Passing on the Light of Christ
Very Rev. Mario Esposito, O.Carm. Exultet

Easter Sunday was a beautiful sunny day.  Father Joseph Nguyen Do, O.Carm., was the main celebrant with Fr. Mario and Fr. Sunny concelebrating.  The celebration concluded with a special meal prepared by our wonderful kitchen staff.  At the conclusion of the festivities, Mother Mark stood up and made an announcement that got everyone excited- our four Senior Novices will make their First Profession of Vows on October 4th, 2014!

 

Carmelite Sisters at Saint Teresa's Motherhouse on Easter SundayVery Rev. Mario Esposito, O.Carm., Rev. Joseph Nguyen Do, O.Carm., Rev. Sunny Matthew, O.Carm and Pre-Novices after Easter Sunday Mass

 

Celebrating the Passion & Death of Our Lord

Saturday, April 12, 2014 | Comments (0) | Permalink

Palm Sunday marks the beginning of the holiest week in the liturgical calendar.  The celebration of the Lord's triumphal entrance to the city of Jerusalem will be celebrated the world over, in different churches, in different languages, bringing the faithful deeply into the mystery of God's enduring love shown to us through the ultimate sacrifice of His Son.  During this week, as the drama of Christ's sacrifice climaxes on Holy Thursday with the great commandment of love and institution of the Eucharist and Holy Priesthood, to the culmination on Good Friday of  the saving love promised by God and proclaimed by the prophets, the Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm join all the faithful in commemorating these next holy days of Passion, Death and Resurrection of Jesus.  Wishing you a most blessed Triduum! 

Celebrating The Presentation of the Lord!

Wednesday, February 05, 2014 | Comments (1) | Permalink

February 2, 2014 was the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord.  This day was also designated World Day of Consecrated Life.  Below is Vatican Radio's translation of the homily given by Pope Francis.  The Carmelite Sisters joined the Universal Church in celebrating this feast at Saint Teresa's Chapel in Germantown, New York.

"The Feast of the Presentation of Jesus at the Temple is also known as the Feast of the Encounter: the encounter between Jesus and his people. The liturgy tells of when Mary and Joseph brought their child to the Temple in Jerusalem; it is when the first encounter between Jesus and his people took place. This day is also called the Feast of Encounter because on it the New Testament, represented by the Baby Jesus, encountered the Old Testament, represented by Simeon and Anna.
He points out it was also a meeting between the young and the elderly: the young were Mary and Joseph with their infant, and the elders were Simeon and Anna, two characters who always attended the Temple. We observe what the evangelist Luke tells us of them, as he describes them. He says four times that Our Lady and St Joseph wanted to do what was required by the law of the Lord (cf. Luke 2, 22.23.24.27). One perceives that Jesus' parents have the joy of observing the precepts of God, the joy of walking according to the law of the Lord! They are two newlyweds, they have just had their baby, and they are motivated by the desire to do what is prescribed. This is not an external fact; it is not just to feel right, no! It ' a strong desire, a deep desire, full of joy. That’s what the Psalm says: "I rejoice in following your statutes…. Your law is my delight (119, 14.77).

And what does St. Luke says of the elderly? He underlines, more than once, that they were guided by the Holy Spirit. He says Simeon was a righteous and devout man, awaiting the consolation of Israel, and that "the Holy Spirit was upon him" (2:25). He says that "the Holy Spirit had announced "that before dying he would see the Christ, the Messiah (v. 26); and finally he went to the Temple “moved by the Spirit “(v. 27). He says Anna was a “prophet” (v. 36), She never left the temple but worshiped night and day, fasting and praying" (v. 37). In short, these two elders are full of life! They are full of life because they are animated by the Holy Spirit, obedient to his action, sensitive to his calls... And thus, this is the encounter between the Holy Family and the two representatives of the holy people of God. Jesus is at the center. It is He who moves everything, who attracts all of them to the Temple, the house of his Father. It is a meeting between young people who are full of joy in observing the Law of the Lord, and the elderly who are filled with joy for the action of the Holy Spirit. It is a unique encounter between observance and prophecy, where young people are the observers and the elderly are prophetic! In fact, if we think carefully, the desire to keep the Law is animated by the Spirit and the prophecy moves forward in the path traced by the Law. Who, more than Mary, is full of the Holy Spirit? Who better is docile than she to its action?

Dear Brothers and Sisters, in the light of this Gospel scene, let us look to consecrated life as an encounter with Christ: it is He who comes to us, led by Mary and Joseph, and we go towards Him guided by the Holy Spirit. But the center is Him. He moves everything, He draws us to the Temple, to the Church, where we can meet Him, recognize Him, welcome Him, embrace Him.
Jesus comes to us in the Church through the foundational charism of an Institute: it is nice to think of our vocation in this way! Our encounter with Christ took its shape in the Church through the charism of one of its witnesses. This always amazes us and makes us give thanks.

And in the consecrated life we live the encounter between the young and the old, between observation and prophecy. Let’s not see these as two opposing realities! Let us rather allow the Holy Spirit to animate both of them, and a sign of this is joy: the joy of observing, of walking within a rule of life; the joy of being led by the Spirit, never unyielding, never closed, always open to voice of God that speaks, that opens, that leads us and invites us to go towards the horizon.
It's good for the elderly to communicate their wisdom to the young; and is good for the young people to gather this wealth of experience and wisdom, and to carry it forward, not so as to store it in a museum, but to bring it forward addressing the challenges of life, to carry it forward for the sake of respective religious orders and of the whole Church.
May the grace of this mystery, the mystery of the Encounter, enlighten us and comfort us in our journey. Amen."

 

Fr. Joseph Finch blesses the candles
Carmelite Sisters Entrance Procession

 

 

The Easter Triduum

Monday, April 01, 2013 | Comments (0) | Permalink
Alleluia! This wonderful word of praise echoes in all the liturgies and chants of the Church during this Easter season. It is the praise of the People of God in celebration of the redemption wrought by the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Our Lord. The Carmelite Sisters at St. Teresa’s Motherhouse in Germantown, New York thank God for all the blessings bestowed, personally and as Community, throughout the Lenten season. We look forward to the graces promised during this Eastertime and share them with our staff, volunteers, family members and beloved residents. The Sacred Triduum was celebrated at Saint Teresa’s Chapel in Germantown, New York with much solemnity and joy. We are very grateful to have three Carmelite Friars, Very Rev. Mario Esposito, O.Carm., Rev. Sunny Mathew, O.Carm., and Fr. Joseph Nguyen Do, O.Carm., join our Chaplain, Rev. Joseph Finch, in celebrating the liturgies of Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Vigil as well as Easter Sunday. The participation of the Carmelite Pre-Novices also enhanced our celebration and added warmth and joy to our Carmelite family. The beauty and freshness of springtime extends themselves to our Chapel as we marveled at the transformation Sister Ambrose brought to the celebration. It brings to mind the words from the Book of Revelation, “See I make all things new!” (21:5). The Celebration of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday reminded us once again as Carmelites of our special vocation to the Holy Priesthood. The Eucharist and priesthood are inseparable. Our devotion to the first necessitates love for the second. The call and example of service that Jesus gave His disciples, confirm for us the words of our Foundress, Venerable Mary Angeline Teresa, of bringing Christ to every resident under our care. We joined the Universal Church in adoration before the Blessed Sacrament until midnight.             The Celebration of Our Lord’s Passion on Good Friday brought with it an unusual excitement! During the reading of the Passion, the doorbell rang- and never stopped ringing! The sound of a loud, persistent doorbell- followed by the fire alarm- set off some Sisters running out of Chapel to investigate. Three fire trucks arrived, the services put to a halt, and a Chapel full of Sisters, employees and visitors, waited with patience, calm and wonder at what was happening. The alarm was set off by a smoke from a doorbell annunciator. The services resumed at the veneration of the Cross and we were once again brought back to the somber moment of the celebration.       At the evening twilight of the Easter Vigil, as the Universal Church gathered in anticipation, the Light of Christ shone brightly in the darkness of our Chapel. As from centuries past until the present, from dark catacombs of the early Christians to the beautiful cathedrals of the Catholic world, new sons and daughters of the Church were born on this special night, sprinkled with the waters and renewed by the words of their baptismal promises. Christ indeed has arisen! At the end of our Easter Vigil, Sisters and guests gathered to enjoy a simple token of Avila hospitality. Amidst the gaiety of songs and laughter, the anticipation of the great tomorrow has begun.                             Easter Sunday was a beautiful sunny and cool day. Father Joseph Nguyen Do, O.Carm., was the main celebrant and the Gospel story of St. Mary Magdalene was again recounted. Love is the theme of St. John’s Resurrection account. Just as Jesus died for love of us, Mary Magdalene hastened to the tomb on that special morning in love. “Love is repaid by love alone,” says St. John of the Cross. Mary Magdalene went to the empty tomb a disciple and walked away as the apostle to the Apostles bearing the good news that He has risen!             The celebration concluded with a special meal prepared by our wonderful kitchen staff and enjoyed by the Sisters and all of our Guests. At the conclusion of the feast and in the great Carmelite tradition, we invoked Mary, Queen and Mother of Carmel, and together sang the “Regina Coeli” in her honor.

Carmelite Sisters celebrate Palm Sunday

Monday, March 25, 2013 | Comments (0) | Permalink

The Carmelite Sisters join the Universal Church in commemorating the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Jesus beginning with his entrance into the holy city Jerusalem on Palm Sunday.

       

Feast of the Presentation- Photo Gallery

Sunday, February 03, 2013 | Comments (0) | Permalink
     

The 29th Anniversary Mass Celebration

Thursday, January 24, 2013 | Comments (0) | Permalink
Saint Teresa’s Motherhouse in Germantown, New York buzzed with activities as the Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm celebrated the 29th anniversary of the birth to Eternal Life of Venerable Mary Angeline Teresa McCrory on January 21, 2013.  She would also have celebrated her 120th birthday on the same day!  Mother Angeline Teresa was declared Venerable by His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI on June 28, 2012. The Eucharistic Celebration was held in the Congregation’s St. Teresa’s Chapel and was attended by invited members of the Clergy, members of the McCrory family and other friends.  It was wonderful to have a number of our Sisters making their Spiritual Renewal during this month join the group already gathered for the special celebration.  With the weather being extra kind this year, the day was well attended, best enjoyed, and blessed indeed. Very Reverend Mario Esposito, O.Carm gave a homily touching on this year’s theme: A Woman of Heroic Virtue.  In his homily, Father Mario built on the chosen Gospel reading which talked about the call of Jesus to His disciples to be the salt of the earth and the light of the world.  Mother Angeline Teresa took this call to heart and lived out the virtues which made possible the Christ-like care of the aged and infirm a reality for many more women who follow in her footsteps.  The Saints, with their virtues, enrich the Universal Church and they give witness to the beauty of the baptismal commitment fully lived.  Mother Angeline Teresa, by the Church’s declaration of heroic virtues, acknowledges her life and exercise of prudence, justice, fortitude, temperance, faith, hope and love, to a degree worthy of imitation.  This day was truly a day of remembrance and thanksgiving. The attendees enjoyed each other’s company and a delicious meal prepared for the occasion.