News & Events

WINTER 2023-4

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Carmel in the Holy Land

During the Office of Lauds and the Eucharist on Saturday, October 7, the alarm sounded almost continuously over Jerusalem. The city came to a standstill, as if on a long Shabbat: shops closed, schools closed, tourists and pilgrims suddenly disappeared. The Carmelite monastery in Jerusalem, preparing for the 150th anniversary of its foundation, has gone through many periods of hostility and has lived under different authorities, Ottoman, Jordanian, British and today Israeli. Carmelites in Bethlehem, Nazareth and Haifa are also under attack from the Gaza Strip, and now also from southern Lebanon, which is opposite and very close to Mount Carmel. Let us live in solidarity with the peoples of the Holy Land, with their ups and downs, in our own small way, let us pray for the peace and justice of today and tomorrow. To read more click here Please let us know if you find any glitches or problems with this website, and we will do our best to rectify them as soon as possible! Thank you for visiting, God bless, and happy browsing!!

Death of Sr Mary Majella

Sr Mary Majella died on 18th November, just a few days before her 88th birthday. Her strong faith helped her to accept God’s plan for her life and to live out her motto: “Thy will be done”. We offer our prayers and sympathies to her family and loved ones. Sr Majella was greatly devoted to St Thérèse whose 150th anniversary of birth we commemorate with great joy this year. May Sr Majella and all our deceased nuns rest in peace.

Anniversaries of St Therese

January 2, 2023 marked the 150th anniversary of St Thérèse's birth in Alencon, France. In addition to this, April 29th was the 100th anniversary of her Beatification in 1923, an event which sparked worldwide devotion to this most popular saint. Special celebrations took place in Alencon and Lisieux to mark this jubilee year. The Holy Doors of the Basilicas of Lisieux and of Alençon were opened simultaneously on January 8th. UNESCO have also decided to pay tribute to Therese. “Her works show an integral humanism advocating for solidarity, justice, and peace between peoples, at the service of a call to universal love,” UNESCO’s press release reads.

100th Anniversary of Jaro Carmel

One hundred years ago, in November 1923, Bishop James Paul McCloskey requested the Carmelite Nuns in Vietnam to establish a Carmel in the Diocese of Jaro, Philippines, to pray for the clergy and the faithful. The nuns of Hue Carmel responded to his request and the rest, as they say, is history. A centenary celebration was held at Jaro on 9th November 2023 and amongst the many Carmelite Nuns and Friars attending was Sr Mary Paul who lived with us here in Kilmacud for four years from 2017 to 2021. See if you can spot her in the photo! The main celebrant of the Mass was Archbishop Charles Brown, currently Apostolic Nuncio in the Philippines, prviously Nuncio here in Ireland! It’s a small world!

Nature Corner: Jays

This past autumn a pair of elusive jays were seen frequenting the grounds of our monastery. These are among the most colourful birds we have in Ireland: with an overcoat of pinkish tan, black and white trimmings, and a “brilliant electric blue scaling” on the wings. But they are very hard to spot as they normally remain hidden! Frank McNally wrote an article about jays for the Irish Times some years ago entitled: “A bird to look up to.” He says that jays are “geniuses” who hide their acorn stash where other birds cannot find them, and can also imitate the sounds of other birds! We have large oak trees near our southern boundary wall, so that may have attracted the jays. It was a thrill for us to see them here! To learn more about jays, see the Birdwatch Ireland website: click here To read more of Frank’s article: click here.

What’s New

21 Jan new Sunday Scripture reflection 19 Jan: Sisters’ Reflection page and Sunday Scripture reflection updated and Christian Unity Week page updated 12 Jan: Sisters’ Reflection page updated and Christian Unity Week page updated 8 Dec new Sunday Scripture reflection and Sisters’ Reflection page updated and this page updated
News Snippets! •	Sr Mary Gabriel celebrated 75 years of Carmelite life here at Kilmacud on 17th October.Congratulations to her on all these faithful years of service to the Lord! •	Early in 2023 "Vox Hiberniae" recorded their latest video in our chapel: “A Celtic Journey with the Irish Saints - Harp, Voice and Strings” It features photos of our community, plus our voices reading texts from various Irish saints.Click here to watch on YouTube

Seeking the Face of God

Occasionally we hold Carmelite Vocations Discernment Days for women aged 25-45 If you would like to attend our next Vocations Discernment Day, please contact us.

Regular Liturgies

Holy Mass Mon, Tue, Wed and Fri 8.00am Sunday & Bank Holidays: 9.00am Communion Service Thursday: 8.00am Saturday: 9.00am Evening Prayer 4.35pm daily Eucharistic Adoration 4.30-6.00pm every Sunday 8.30am-12 noon on First Fridays
Christian Unity Week Each year from 18-25th January, Christians unite around the world to pray for this great desire of the heart of Jesus—that we may all be one. Here at Kilmacud Carmel we dedicate our Evening Prayer at 4.30pm for this intention each day during the Week of Prayer. ALL ARE WELCOME Please click here for more information.

Advent Prayer

by Henri Nouwen Lord Jesus, Master of both the light and the darkness, send your Holy Spirit upon our preparations for Christmas. We who have so much to do seek quiet spaces to hear your voice each day. We who are anxious over many things look forward to your coming among us. We who are blessed in so many ways long for the complete joy of your kingdom. We whose hearts are heavy seek the joy of your presence. We are your people, walking in darkness, yet seeking the light. To you we say, “Come Lord Jesus!”
St. Joseph’s Carmel
© 2023 Carmelite Monastery of St Joseph, Kilmacud, Co. Dublin, A94 YY 33, Ireland Registered Charity in Ireland    CHY 6210CRA No. 20010720 Hosted by Blacknight Made with Xara News & Events

WINTER 2023-4

100th Anniversary of Jaro Carmel

One hundred years ago, in November 1923, Bishop James Paul McCloskey requested the Carmelite Nuns in Vietnam to establish a Carmel in the Diocese of Jaro, Philippines, to pray for the clergy and the faithful. The nuns of Hue Carmel responded to his request and the rest, as they say, is history. A centenary celebration was held at Jaro on 9th November 2023 and amongst the many Carmelite Nuns and Friars attending was Sr Mary Paul who lived with us here in Kilmacud for four years from 2017 to 2021. See if you can spot her in the photo! The main celebrant of the Mass was Archbishop Charles Brown, currently Apostolic Nuncio in the Philippines, prviously Nuncio here in Ireland! It’s a small world!

Nature Corner: Jays

This past autumn a pair of elusive jays were seen frequenting the grounds of our monastery. These are among the most colourful birds we have in Ireland: with an overcoat of pinkish tan, black and white trimmings, and a “brilliant electric blue scaling” on the wings. But they are very hard to spot as they normally remain hidden! Frank McNally wrote an article about jays for the Irish Times some years ago entitled: “A bird to look up to.” He says that jays are “geniuses” who hide their acorn stash where other birds cannot find them, and can also imitate the sounds of other birds! We have large oak trees near our southern boundary wall, so that may have attracted the jays. It was a thrill for us to see them here! To learn more about jays, see the Birdwatch Ireland website: click here To read more of Frank’s article: click here.

Carmel in the Holy Land

During the Office of Lauds and the Eucharist on Saturday, October 7, the alarm sounded almost continuously over Jerusalem. The city came to a standstill, as if on a long Shabbat: shops closed, schools closed, tourists and pilgrims suddenly disappeared. The Carmelite monastery in Jerusalem, preparing for the 150th anniversary of its foundation, has gone through many periods of hostility and has lived under different authorities, Ottoman, Jordanian, British and today Israeli. Carmelites in Bethlehem, Nazareth and Haifa are also under attack from the Gaza Strip, and now also from southern Lebanon, which is opposite and very close to Mount Carmel. Let us live in solidarity with the peoples of the Holy Land, with their ups and downs, in our own small way, let us pray for the peace and justice of today and tomorrow. To read more click here Please let us know if you find any glitches or problems with this website, and we will do our best to rectify them as soon as possible! Thank you for visiting, God bless, and happy browsing!!

Death of Sr

Mary Majella

Sr Mary Majella died on 18th November, just a few days before her 88th birthday. Her strong faith helped her to accept God’s plan for her life and to live out her motto: “Thy will be done”. We offer our prayers and sympathies to her family and loved ones. Sr Majella was greatly devoted to St Thérèse whose 150th anniversary of birth we commemorate with great joy this year. May Sr Majella and all our deceased nuns rest in peace.

Anniversaries of St Therese

January 2, 2023 marked the 150th anniversary of St Thérèse's birth in Alencon, France. In addition to this, April 29th was the 100th anniversary of her Beatification in 1923, an event which sparked worldwide devotion to this most popular saint. Special celebrations took place in Alencon and Lisieux to mark this jubilee year. The Holy Doors of the Basilicas of Lisieux and of Alençon were opened simultaneously on January 8th. UNESCO have also decided to pay tribute to Therese. “Her works show an integral humanism advocating for solidarity, justice, and peace between peoples, at the service of a call to universal love,” UNESCO’s press release reads.

What’s New

21 Jan new Sunday Scripture reflection 19 Jan: Sisters’ Reflection page and Sunday Scripture reflection updated and Christian Unity Week page updated 12 Jan: Sisters’ Reflection page updated and Christian Unity Week page updated 8 Dec new Sunday Scripture reflection and Sisters’ Reflection page updated and this page updated

Seeking the Face of God

Occasionally we hold Carmelite Vocations Discernment Days for women aged 25-45 If you would like to attend our next Vocations Discernment Day, please contact us.

Regular Liturgies

Holy Mass Mon, Tue, Wed and Fri 8.00am Sunday & Bank Holidays: 9.00am Communion Service Thursday: 8.00am Saturday: 9.00am Evening Prayer 4.35pm daily Eucharistic Adoration 4.30-6.00pm every Sunday 8.30am-12 noon on First Fridays
Christian Unity Week Each year from 18-25th January, Christians unite around the world to pray for this great desire of the heart of Jesus—that we may all be one. Here at Kilmacud Carmel we dedicate our Evening Prayer at 4.30pm for this intention each day during the Week of Prayer. ALL ARE WELCOME Please click here for more information.
News Snippets! •	Sr Mary Gabriel celebrated 75 years of Carmelite life here at Kilmacud on 17th October.Congratulations to her on all these faithful years of service to the Lord! •	Early in 2023 "Vox Hiberniae" recorded their latest video in our chapel: “A Celtic Journey with the Irish Saints - Harp, Voice and Strings” It features photos of our community, plus our voices reading texts from various Irish saints.Click here to watch on YouTube

Advent Prayer

by Henri Nouwen Lord Jesus, Master of both the light and the darkness, send your Holy Spirit upon our preparations for Christmas. We who have so much to do seek quiet spaces to hear your voice each day. We who are anxious over many things look forward to your coming among us. We who are blessed in so many ways long for the complete joy of your kingdom. We whose hearts are heavy seek the joy of your presence. We are your people, walking in darkness, yet seeking the light. To you we say, “Come Lord Jesus!”
St. Joseph’s Carmel