Announcements and News

Sister Paula of Our Lady of the Missions. OCD
(Margaret Adella O’Flanagan)

It is with heartfelt sadness we announce the death of Sr. Paula OCD, who passed to eternal life peacefully at the age of 92, on June 1, 2017, at the monastery of The Carmel of St. Joseph, Armstrong, BC. Sr. Paula was born in Melfort, Saskatchewan on September 18, 1924. In 1944 she entered the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of the Missions (RNDM), and taught children as a missionary Sister for many years, mostly in India and Bangladesh. She also taught at St. Thomas More College in Saskatoon. Desiring a more contemplative life, she entered the Carmel of St. Joseph in St. Agatha, Ont. on January 8, 1987 and made her Perpetual Profession on January 23, 1992. In May of 1993 she came to join the sisters in Armstrong, being a strong support for the newly founded monastery. She was a very devoted teacher, her sense of good Irish humor shone through, and her generosity was an example to all her Sisters.

Vigil prayers will be held Friday June 9, 2017, at 7:00 pm. The Funeral Mass will be at the Monastery Chapel, Saturday June 10, 2017, at 10:30 am. with Bishop Joseph Nguyen as celebrant. Burial will be at monastery cemetery.

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Our Lady of Mount Carmel Novena
Novena Prayer (July 7th to July 15th inclusive)

O beautiful flower of Carmel, Most Fruitful Vine, Splendor of Heaven, Holy and singular, who brought forth the Son of God, still ever remaining a pure Virgin, assist me in this necessity. O Star of the Sea, help and protect me. Show me that you are my Mother.

V. Patroness of all who wear the Scapular,
R. Pray for us.

Peace of Christ!

Dear Friends of Carmel,

You are invited to join us in the Novena to Our Lady of Mount Carmel, which begins on July 7th, and ends on July 15th. Your intentions will be placed at the feet of Our Blessed Mother here in the Monastery.
A plenary indulgence may be gained on July 16th by visiting a Carmelite Chapel and reciting the Our Father and the Creed. The three following conditions must also be fulfilled: Eucharistic communion, a prayer for the Pope’s intentions and sacramental confession. Both sacraments may be received within eight days before or eight days after July 16th.

Rev. Fr. Tony Ackerman, our chaplain, will offer a Special Mass of Thanksgiving in honour of Our Lady of Mount Carmel on Sunday, July 16th, 2017, at 2pm. We invite each one of you to join us on this special occasion. Bishop Joseph Nguyen, who was recently installed as the Bishop of Kamloops last August, regrets that he is unable to attend due to a previous engagement.
We know that all of you have a special love for Our Blessed Mother — “Star of the Sea” — and call on her often for your families and friends.

On October 13th, 1917, during the last apparition to the 3 children at Fatima, Our Lady of Mount Carmel also appeared. This is very meaningful for us because it impresses upon us more deeply the value of intercessory prayer in our lives as contemplative Carmelite Nuns. In remembrance of the centenary of Our Lady of Fatima, let us all lift up our hearts to God in gratitude for this precious gift He bestowed on His Church. And let us work together through prayer and sacrifice as we listen to Mary’s message of conversion and peace for ourselves, for those we love, and for the whole world.

Your humble sisters and servants in Jesus, Mary and Joseph,

The Carmelite Nuns