Pray With Us

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Mass Times

7:00am Weekdays – temporarily suspended 

7:30am Saturday & Sunday – temporarily suspended

8:00am 3rd Saturday/month (with the Secular Carmelites) – temporarily suspended

Dear Friends of Carmel,

As you may know, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, our Bishop has made the difficult decision to cancel all public Masses in our Diocese, effective immediately (3/17/20), for an eight-week period. This includes our public Mass at Carmel.

We know this is a great hardship for all of you, our special friends who so faithfully attend the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.

Please know we are holding you in our prayers, and we will remember you at each conventual (i.e., cloistered) Mass, as we take you with us in our hearts when we receive Our Lord.

We encourage you to make a daily Spiritual Communion with the Lord, telling Him how greatly you desire to receive Him, but cannot. Jesus loves our desires.

May the Lord bless you with His peace. Love and prayers, Your Carmelite Nuns

Spiritual Communion

“At Thy feet, O my Jesus, I prostrate myself and offer Thee the sorrow of my contrite heart, which is sunk in the abyss of its own nothingness and in Thy holy presence. I adore Thee in the Sacrament of Thy love, the ineffable Eucharist. I desire to receive Thee into the poor dwelling that my soul offers Thee. Awaiting the happiness of a Sacramental Communion, I wish to receive Thee in spirit. Come to me, for I come to Thee, O my Jesus, and may Thy love inflame my whole being for life and for death. I believe in Thee, I hope in Thee, I love Thee. Amen.”

Cardinal Merry del Val
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Prayer

Rosary: Sundays, 3:45pm – temporarily suspended

Vespers (Evening Prayer): Sundays, 4:05pm – temporarily suspended

Adoration: Second Wednesday/month, 8am-4:30pm – temporarily suspended

Dear friends of Carmel,

To help you spiritually through this difficult time, we would like to suggest that you find a place in your home where you can be alone with Jesus in your heart.

You can be creative in this regard — adding a Crucifix, your Bible, prayer book(s), a favorite Saint’s statue, holy pictures and cards, etc. — making a little nook your private chapel where you can be alone with Jesus in adoration, just being there with Him Who dwells in your heart. He is with you and never takes His Eyes off of you.

Offer your sadness to Jesus. Smile at Him Who dwells in your heart, telling Him “All I want is You!” Your love for Him will assuredly grow. And this difficult time will pass.

We are with you in prayer, in the Mystical Body of Jesus. Your Carmelite Nuns

“A spiritual communion acts on the soul as blowing does on a cinder-covered fire which was about to go out. Whenever you feel your love of God growing cold, quickly make a spiritual communion.”

Cure of Ars

Novenas

St. Joseph (March 11-19)

Our Lady of Mount Carmel (July 8-16)

St. Therese of the Child Jesus (Sept 23-Oct 1)

Christmas (Dec 16-24)

If you would like to participate in our novenas, send us your name and address. Before each novena takes place, we will mail you the novena prayer with a petition slip enclosed.

Prayerful Remembrance Cards

This Prayerful Remembrance card announces “Peace To You” and the prayers of the nuns for any occasion (birthday, illness, anniversary, death, etc.).  Enclosed in each card is a slip to be filled out and returned to the monastery, informing us of who and what to pray for. $0.25 each. To order Prayerful Remembrance cards, write to:

Carmel Guild
PO Box 2713
Sioux City, IA 51106

These cards are also available at Trinity Heights and through Carmel Guild Board representatives of each parish in the Sioux City diocese.

Prayers

You are welcome to contact us for prayers. We are happy to pray for you, your loved ones, and your needs. If we miss your call, please leave a message.

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“You have only to stay close to the Crucified and your suffering is the best prayer.”

Saint Elizabeth of the Trinity