Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Lenten Recollection - Bulacan District (St. Joseph's Province)

The Lay Carmelites of the Province of St. Joseph (Bulacan District) made their lenten recollection last March 6, 2010. This was held at the Parish of the Holy Spirit, Malolos Heights Subdivision, City of Malolos. This is also a discernment recollection for the TOC members who will be received and professed in the Order this coming May.

Rev. Fr. Vergs Ramos, parish priest (shown above), welcomed the TOCs and is very thankful that the recollection was held at the parish. TOCs from Guiguinto, Malolos, Alido, Hagonoy, Calumpit, Baliuag, and Sta. Maria attended the said gathering.

Rev. Fr. Ver Rhoniel Cristobal, TOCarm facilitated the recollection focusing on the topic of discernment. He shrared also his life experience on how he discerned on his calling to the monastic life particularly with the Trappist of Guimaras. He also discussed the three areas of discernment: "paniniwala" (faith), "pagtitiwala" (trust), and "pagtalima" (answering the call).

The recollection ended with the Holy Mass and aspirants to the Order from the Calumpit community were accepted. After the mass, veneration of the relics of the Carmelite saints was held. The relics were exposed the whole duration of the recollection.

Penitential Rite

Fr. Rhon discussing the topic at hand

Homily during the mass

Acceptance of the aspirants

Imposition of the Brown Scapular

Relic Veneration

Relics of the Carmelite Saints and Blesseds

Relic Veneration

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