Carmelitas gather together in groups so that we can support one another in our desire to live up to what God wants of us. We share prayer times, meals, concerns, and sometimes, work. We are sisters and brothers to one another and call each other to accountability for our way of life.
You may not think of your family as a community, but Carmelitas often think of our community as a family. A family means home, loyalty, love, belonging, support, and friendship. For Carmelitas that’s what our community is. Like a family, our community helps us grow and achieve our goals, takes care of us when we’re sick, gives us a push when we’re stuck, and expects us to make a contribution to the overall well-being of the group.
We gather together the first Sunday of every month to celebrate the Eucharist. After the Mass, Carmelitas attend a monthly community meeting. We wear the Brown Scapular of Our Lady of Mount Carmel daily as an external sign of dedication to Mary, as a sign of trust in her motherly protection, as well as an expression of their desire to be like Mary in her commitment of Christ and to others.