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msgrfetscherDear Family,
The Discalced Carmelite Monastery of the Holy Trinity in Homestead is coming to completion and now the building needs furnishing. My former cardiologist from Miami, Dr. Armando Garcia, has been a big supporter of the cloistered nuns and he asked me for help in the project. You always do what your cardiologist (past or present) says.

The nuns have been in the Archdiocese for nearly 20 years. They have been living in the former convent of Immaculate Conception parish in Hialeah. After saving for many years, they were finally able to build a monastery in Homestead, saving over the years and finally pulling it off with the help of the people of south Florida as well as the Archdiocese.

Since the Lord has blessed us with extra funds as a result of the sale of the house on Barbara Drive, - now sadly demolished - in all our names I made a parish gift of $10,000 for the furnishings. I also sent some personal funds.

If any of you would like to add to it, or if you would simply like to send the nuns a prayer petition, I know they would be happy to hear from you. Their current address:

Monastery of the Holy Trinity
4525 West 2nd Ave
Hialeah, Fl 33012

I titled this Twitch ‘A Gift of Prayer’ because that’s what the mission of the nuns is: prayer for all of us, 24/7/365. Although they have been given permission to occasionally leave the monastery to make personal appeals for their new home, their real goal is to have a place of prayerful contemplation. That’s what Holy Trinity Monastery is, and as soon as “we” get it furnished, they can move.

For a great article on the Carmelites and the monastery, go online to: ‘Archdiocese of Miami,’ click on the site and then in the search box type ‘Discalced Carmelite Monastery.’ Click on the November 25, 2019 article, “Almost there but not quite yet.” (Incidentally, the nuns prefer to be called “Mother.” cf. the article.)

If you would like to see an interesting video about the design of the Monastery, go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WiVXWSkLnuM. The layout looks wonderful and is definitely in the middle of nowhere. SO, here’s to the enterprise that will be such a blessing for the Church of Miami. And here’s to the Mothers of the Discalced Carmelite Monastery of the Holy Trinity. Boy, that sure is an extended title, but not nearly big enough to equal the benefits past, present and future, their prayer has brought and will bring.

On this First Sunday of Advent, how about starting our new Liturgical Year, 2022, looking over the new reflection from the bishops of our country called, THE MYSTERY OF THE EUCHARIST IN THE LIFE OF THE CHURCH. I mentioned it last Sunday as we considered the presence of Christ on the feast of His Kingship, the kingship of service.

Simply type that title in your online search bar. You’ll get a short list of references including the one that takes you directly to the document itself.

As we wind down carefully from the COVID restrictions, look around you and see if perhaps this might be a good time to invite folks who you know have been away from Mass to return, now that the vaccinated don’t need the masks. We need their smiling faces to make us whole again.

I’m writing this Twitch before Thanksgiving Day. Permit a little pastoral prophetic prediction. Our Thanksgiving Mass has always been great, and I believe this year will be happy, too. I only wish we could have had our pumpkin pastelitos. NEXT YEAR DOUBLE!!!

In Jesus,
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