Feast Day: July 12, Saints Zélie and Louis Martin

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PRAYER: God of eternal love, You give us Saints Louis and Zélie Martin, the parents of St. Thérese, as an example of holiness in marriage. They remained faithful to you in all the duties and trials of life. They desired to raise their children to become saints. May their prayers and example help Christian family life blossom in our world today.

If it be Your will, grant me the grace I now ask of You, through the intercession of Saints Louis and Zélie Martin, and through Jesus Christ,our Lord. Amen.

GOOD NEWS!!

In celebration of Saints Louis and Zélie Martin’s  160th anniversary, an audio conference on the two saints is now available for purchase  at  Prophet Elijah Media Shopify Store.

Available audio titles  are:

  • “Saints Louis and Zélie Martin: Lay Persons, Spouses, and Parents”
  • “A Map of Saint Thérèse’s Way of Confidence and Love”
  • “How Can We Love One Another? Saint Therese’s Practice of Sisterly Love
    in Her Carmelite Community”

The conferences are presented by Maureen O’Riordan, who has been researching, writing. and speaking about the spirituality of the Martin family for more than 30 years. She is the author of many presentations and articles about them. She is the curator of three Web sites: “Saint Therese of Lisieux: A Gateway;” “Saints Louis and Zelie Martin: the parents of Saint Therese of Lisieux;” and “Leonie Martin, Disciple and Sister of Saint Therese of Lisieux.”

Each audio conference is $5 or $12 for all three.  SHOP HERE.

 

 

Did you know that The Family Reliquary of Saints Therése, Louis, and Zélie, located at the Discalced Carmelite Monastery, Philadelphia

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Upcoming Lenten Retreats and more…

Sisters Aurelia, Theofila, Jacinta, and Salverina

MARCH 24-25,  2018: “The Shining Radiance of Prayer” is a two-day silent retreat for men and women. Saint Teresa of Avila said, “For prayer is nothing else than being on terms of friendship with God, a personal conversation with someone who loves us.”

8:45 am, Saturday March 24 – 1:00 pm Sunday March 25. Silence will be maintained until lunch time, Sunday.

PRESENTERS: The Daughters of Carmel, who are rooted in the Carmelite Spirituality and are also open to the call of the Holy Spirit through the Charismatic Renewal.

The program will include: conferences on prayer, vocal prayer (rosary, Divine Mercy chaplet),  mental and contemplative prayer (the Jesus Prayer, nature meditation, adoration before the Blessed Sacrament, Scripture meditation), a prayer service and Palm Sunday Mass, and spiritual

More details will be given during Saturday check-in registration.

WHERE:  Vallombrosa Center
250 Oak Grove Avenue
Menlo Park, CA 94025-3218

COST: $155 (includes food and lodging)

 Here’s the flyer.

REGISTER HERE

 

Live Free! An UNBOUND Seminar – 5 Keys to Freedom in Christ

WHEN: Saturday, March 17, 8:45am-5:00 pm

WHERE: Saint Dominic’s Catholic Church, 2390 Bush Street, San Francisco

REGISTER HERE

 

 

Monday 2/26 USCCB National Call-in Day for Dreamers

FOR MORE INFORMATION:   Please let others know if you want to support the teachings of the Catholic Church, as advocated by our Catholic Bishops and priests.

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops is urging Catholics to:

“Please participate to the Call in day to Congress, Monday, February 26, 2018. Your advocacy is critical to help the nearly 1.8 million Dreamers, young people who were brought to the United States by their parents as children. They may face deportation as soon as March 6, unless Congress reaches a bi-partisan deal to protect them. Please follow these easy steps to help:

1) Please call 855-589-5698 to reach the Capitol switchboard and press 1 to connect to your Senators. Once you are connected to each Senators office, please ask the person on the phone to deliver this simple message:

I urge you to support a bipartisan common-sense and humane solution for Dreamers:

  • Protect Dreamers from deportation and provide them with a path to citizenship
  • Reject proposals that undermine family immigration or protections for unaccompanied children
  • As a Catholic, I know that families are not ‘chains’ but a blessing to be protected

Act now to protect Dreamers, our immigrant brothers and sisters.

2) Please call 855-589-5698 a second time to reach the Capitol switchboard again and press 2 to connect to your Representative. Once you are connected to the Representative’s office, please ask the person to deliver the same message as above.

3) After completing your call, please go to to learn more about Dreamers and find other ways to voice your support at: https://justiceforimmigrants.org/

Happy New Year 2018!!

Photo credit: Lorelei Low, OCDS, San Francisco

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NOTE: There will be no new posts until the beginning of February 2018 for we will need that time to line up more lay and secular essays, and to transcribe and edit audio conferences from our Carmelite Fathers.

If you have enjoyed and grown from The Speakroom in the last year, we encourage you to use the ‘donate‘ tab above to contribute to our efforts.

The Speakroom has been a completely volunteer effort and has relied on the generosity of individual volunteers. However, to keep the site sustainable and to grow  our capabilities, we anticipate the need to stipend some of the transcription, editing, and technical tasks.

Your tax-deductible contribution to Prophet Elijah Media, The Speakroom’s parent organization, will support production costs including transcription, web hosting, and other media editing tools and resources.

We hope that 2018 brings you many blessings, and that you will continue to experience spiritual growth and healing through The Speakroom

Teresa Linda, Editor and Santa Clara, California  OCDS Formation Director

Advent Evening of Meditative Prayer Friday, December 15, 2017

The Madonna Grove, St. Clare’s Retreat Center, Soquel, CA. Photo credit: Lorelei Low, ocds

Father Robert Barcelos, OCD and the Novices will be hosting an Advent Evening of Meditative Prayer and Worship with Candelight Eucharistic Adoration, chant, Taize, and sacred silence.

WHERE:

Mount St. Josephs Monastery  

12455 Clayton Road, San Jose, CA

WHEN: 7:30-9:00 pm, Friday December 15

All are welcome!

An Encounter with St. Thérèse – Retreat Day Registration

Saturday, November 11, 2017: An Encounter with St. Thérèse of Lisieux and her parents, Saints Louis and Zélie Martin 

A Retreat Day offered by the Santa Clara Secular Order of Discalced Carmelites

Location: The Santa Clara Carmelite Monastery, 1000 Lincoln Street, Santa Clara, CA  95050.

When: Saturday, November 11, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Everyone is welcome!

Three conferences by Maureen O’Riordan of Philadelphia, Pa.,
curator of “
Saint Thérèse of Lisieux: A Gateway

“Saints Louis and Zélie Martin, Lay Persons, Spouses, and Parents”

“A Map of Saint Thérèse’s Way of Confidence and Love”

“How Can We Love One Another? Saint Therese’s Practice of Sisterly Love in Her Carmelite Community”

Vigil Mass for the 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time – Fr. James Geoghegan, O.C.D. will preside

A light breakfast and lunch will be provided by the Santa Clara Discalced Secular Carmelite Community

Scroll all the way down and click on the orange button below to register for the Retreat Day at the Santa Clara Monastery on Saturday, November 11.  $20 donation requested

 

Sunday, November 12: “A Map of the Way of Confidence and Love of St. Thérèse of Lisieux

Location: Mt. St. Josephs Monastery,  12455 Clayton Road, San Jose, CA 95127

When: Sunday, November 12, 3:00 pm. The conference and question and answer period will end before 5:00 p.m. You are welcome to stay for Evening Prayers and Benediction with the Carmelite Fathers and Seculars. No registration or tickets necessary for Sunday’s talk. Donations welcome at the event.

Click on the orange button below to register for the Retreat Day on Saturday, November 11 at the Santa Clara Monastery. $20 donation requested

Audios on the conferences and other talks by Father Robert Barcelos, OCD, Father James Geoghegan, OCD, and Maureen O’Riordan, will soon be available on http://thespeakroom.org/ for purchase.  

Fatima 100th, Consecration to Our Lady – October 7, 2017

1) To mark the 100th Anniversary of Our Lady’s Apparitions at Fatima, Father Robert Barcelos will give a reflection, lead us in prayer, and consecrate our families and the Carmelite Monastery to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

Please join the Carmelites in Adoration, a 15-decade Rosary Procession, and Consecration at Mount Saint Josephs Monastery (12455 Clayton Road, San Jose, CA) starting at 7:30 PM, Saturday,  October 7.  Bring a flashlight.

2) The San Francisco Archdiocese will also be consecrated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary by Archbishop Cordileone on October 7 at 9:00 AM at Saint Mary’s Cathedral. Click here for more details.

TODAY: Mass with Fr. Seraphim Michalenko, MIC (Pittsburg, CA)

If you are in the Bay Area, please check out this special event — an evening on heaven’s messages for our times.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2017

Mass 7PM followed by presentation.
Prayer with the Divine Mercy Chaplet
Blessing with a 1st class relic of St. Faustina

Church of the Good Shepherd
3200 Harbor Street
Pittsburg, CA 94565

Celebrant and Featured Speaker: Father Seraphim Michalenko, MIC.
For over 20 years, Fr. Seraphim served as Vice-Postulator for North America in the Canonization Cause of St. M. Faustina. He was directly instrumental in the publication of the very first edition in the original Polish language of her now world-famous Diary. He also was a first-hand witness of the miracle attributed to Sister Faustina’s intercession that opened the way for her being declared “Blessed” in 1993, and he coordinated the efforts that served to verify that miracle as well as a second one that led her to be declared a “Saint” in 2000. In October 1995, Fr. Seraphim was assigned to full-time promotion of The Divine Mercy message and devotion, participating in Divine Mercy retreats, conferences, and symposia. He is also a familiar face on EWTN.

Download the event flyer here (PDF):  Father Seraphim Michalenko event flyer

August News

Carmelite House of Prayer, Oakville – 39th Annual Benefit Dinner & Auction

WHEN: Sunday September 10, 2017, 2-6 pm
WHAT: $50 Individual Ticket – Buffet Style Dinner (BBQ Tri-tip & Chicken, Side Dishes & Wine Cakes, Napa Valley Wines)
RSVP: by September 1 to Carmelite Benefit, PO Box 347 Oakville CA 94562

Carmelites Welcome 10 new nuns to monastery

This summer, during my recent trip to the Philadelphia, I was fortunate enough to attend a Solemn Extraordinary Mass welcoming Carmelite nuns  into the Philadelphia Monastery (click on the link above for the write-up).

Very few people know that the Philadelphia Carmel was largely responsible for spreading the devotion to Saint Therese throughout the world.  For more online scholarship on the Philadelphia Carmel and St Therese, visit Maureen’ O’Riordan’s blog.

Intercessory Prayer Hour Conference Call:

Please join Respect Life for this prayer hour for all matters pro-life.

WHEN: Wednesday, August 9th at 9 AM (Pacific time)
CALL: (515) 739-1515
ACCESS CODE: 908105#

The hour consists of prayer, devotion, petitions, and a rosary. Simply dial in at the date and time. Feel free to invite family and friends. If you have petitions that you want included during the hour, submit the petitions to achrisoulis@DSJ.org by Tuesday, August 8th.

Pilgrimages

Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mexico

WHEN: December 8-13, 2017
HOW: Click here for registration materials

Ugandan Pilgrimage

WHEN: October 24-November 7, 2017
CHAPLAIN: Father Stephen Watson, OCD
HOW: Click here for registration materials

Other Pilgrimages can also be found on  Syversen Touring, the tour company who organized my recent trip to Fatima, Portugal.

 

 

May Carmelite Events

  1. Friday, May 12 – Deadline to register for  the 100th Year FATIMA Pilgrimage (Portugal, Spain, France and Italy) led by two beloved Carmelite Friars, one very seasoned, 30-year Friar, Fr. Jan Lundberg, OCD, presently Uganda’s Mission Postulant Formator. The second Friar is soon to be Fr. Augustine Sunday, OCD (July 8th Priestly Ordination in Mission Uganda). Click here for registration information.

2) May 5-7, Vocations Vigil, Santa Clara Monastery(Click on the image for more information)

2) Saturday, May 21, 1 -5 PM. Mount Saint Joseph’s Monastery – Auction to support the vocations for Discalced Carmelite Fathers,  Club Auto Sport,  San Jose, CA. For more information contact Mount Saint Joseph Monastery (408) 251-1361. You can listen to a vocation story here, by Brother Mathhias.