Friday, November 20, 2009

We're still waiting on word from the Mall as to a place where we can relocate during the Renovation. It's really frustrating. Time is getting short because we really hope to start the work right after the New Year.
We were saddened to hear of the death of Fr. Leo McCarthy, O.Carm. in Nokomis, Florida. He was a really good personal friend of mine and of all the community. Since he is originally from Danvers, he asked to be buried in our Carmelite plot in St. Mary's Cemetery in Peabody. His body won't arrive until just before Thanksgiving, so his brothers have requested that we wait until the Monday after Thanksgiving to hold his wake and Funeral Mass. So the plan is that he will be waked in our Priory at 4 Wheatland street in Peabody on Monday, Nov. 30th from 3:00 to 8:00 P.M. His funeral Mass will be held the next day at the Chapel of the Discalced Carmelite Nuns in Danvers followed by his interment in St. Mary's Cemetery.
Our Provincial Fr. Jack Welch, O.Carm. will celebrate the funeral Mass and the eulogist will be Rev. John Russell, O.Carm.
May he rest in peace.

Friday, November 13, 2009

We are asking for all the devotees of the Mall Chapel to pray this weekend. It is possible that we will know on Monday if there is a place within the Mall where we can relocate during the work that is to be done for the renovation of the Chapel. We have to know soon, because we hope to begin the work right after the New Year.
I have been getting good feedback from the e-mails that I try to send out each week to all those who have registered their e-mail address at the entrance to the Chapel. If you haven't yet done so, and would like to receive these e-mails, the registration sheets are still to be found at the entrance to the Chapel.
It's hard to believe, but the third Tuesday of the month is already upon us. This week will be the Men's Night of Prayer and Reflection on Tuesday at 7:00 P.M. We are calling upon all men to join us for this evening of prayer, adoration, repentance, and friendship.
I am reading a fascinating little book by a Carmelite Brother from the Netherlands. The title of the book is "Nothing Can stop God from Reaching Us --- A Dachau Diary by a Survivor" by Raphael Tijhuis, O.Carm. He tells a fascinating story of having experienced powerful moments of God's mercy in places of hatred, violence and death. He said that he attained a sense of God's presence that he never experienced before or after. The book is available in the Carmelite Gift Shop along with other recent arrivals of Carmelite History and Spirituality.