Welcome to the Discalced Carmelite Fathers in Munster, Indiana

"I have been very zealous for the Lord God Almighty."

1 Krl 19, 10

ATTENTION !


Due to the current safety guidelines and limitations - from September - for Sunday’s Mass INVITATIONS - one per person - will be required.


The new Mass schedule for Sundays:

7:00 AM and 10:00 AM (in English)

8:30 AM, 12:00 PM and 2:00 PM (in Polish)


Sunday – NO confessions.

We will offer confessions:

on Thursdays during adoration, from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM

and on Saturdays from 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM.


Upcoming Events


invitations

additional holy masses

change of confession hours

Unfortunately, we received another complaint from The Lake County Health Department, so it is necessary for us to reinstate our original practices for safeguarding our guests against COVID-19. These include the wearing of face masks, frequent hand sanitizing, and keeping a distance of 6 feet between persons. 

Additionally, we remind everyone to receive Holy Communion in the hand.

As a result of safe distancing, the number of Mass goers allowed in the church at each Mass will be limited. In an effort to control this, we will return to invitations – tickets, handing out in our office after Sunday Masses and during the week from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM; and adding Sunday Holy Masses: 7:00 AM (in English) and 2:00 PM (in Polish).  

The schedule for hearing confessions is also changing until further notice.


No confessions will be heard during Holy Masses.  

In an attempt to accommodate the faithful, we will offer confessions:

- Thursdays during adoration, from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM, 

- Saturdays from 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM,

- First Fridays from 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM.  

Sunday – NO confessions. There will be no confessions heard at any other times.


We thank you for your understanding and cooperation.



letter from the President of the Republic of Poland, Andrzej Duda, on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the canonical establishment of

the Carmelite Monastery in Munster.

click on the letter to enlarge (letter in Polish)


Guidelines

for those who would like to participate in the public holy mass:


 

  • Because the status of the pandemic in the USA has not subsided, despite the relaxing of certain restrictions, we continue to remind everyone of the obligatory guidelines and recommendations.  
  • We kindly request that everyone be careful, to wear protective masks during Holy Mass each day, both Sunday and weekdays, and to disinfect your hands when you enter and leave the church.  
  • We continue to recommend that you receive Holy Communion in the hand, and persons who receive in this way will receive first.  Let us take special care above all of those people who are older than 65, so that they may feel safe.  
  • All Holy Masses will continue to be celebrated only in Church (the chapel will remain closed).

 

 

We thank you for your understanding, patience, and cooperation.

 

 

 

 


September 2020 pastoral program


September 3: Thursday, Saint Gregory Great, Pope

Holy Masses in English: 6:00 AM, 8:00 AM

Holy Masses in Polish: 7:00 PM

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament: 8:30 AM – 7:00 PM

Confessions: 9:00 PM - 6:00 PM


September 4: First Friday of the Month

Masses in English:  6:00 AM, 8:00 AM

Holy Mass in Polish: 7:00 PM, after Holy Mass, First Friday devotion with Eucharistic adoration until 9:00 PM.

On this day, there WILL NOT be all-night Eucharistic adoration.

Confessions: 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM


September 5: First Saturday of the Month

Holy Masses in English:  6:00 AM, 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM

Mass in Polish with First Saturday devotion at 7:00 PM

Confessions: 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM


September 6: 23th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Holy Masses in Polish: 8:30 AM, 12:00 PM and 2:00 PM

Holy Mass in English: 7:00 AM and 10:00 AM

NO CONFESSIONS during Sunday Holy Masses


September 10: Thursday

Holy Mass in English: 6:00 AM, 8:00 AM

Holy Masses in Polish: 7:00 PM

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament: 8:30 AM – 7:00 PM

Confessions: 9:00 PM - 6:00 PM


September 13: 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Holy Masses in Polish: 8:30 AM, 12:00 PM and 2:00 PM

Holy Mass in English: 7:00 AM and 10:00 AM

NO CONFESSIONS during Sunday Holy Masses


September 17: Thursday

Holy Masses in English: 6:00 AM, 8:00 AM

Holy Masses in Polish: 7:00 PM

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament: 8:30 AM – 7:00 PM

Confessions: 9:00 PM - 6:00 PM


September 18 - 26: Novena to Saint Therese of the Child Jesus

Holy Masses in English: 6:00 AM, 8:00 AM

Holy Masses in Polish: 7:00 PM


September 20: 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Holy Masses in Polish: 8:30 AM, 12:00 PM and 2:00 PM

Holy Mass in English: 7:00 AM and 10:00 AM

NO CONFESSIONS during Sunday Holy Masses


September 24: Thursday

Holy Masses in English: 6:00 AM, 8:00 AM

Holy Masses in Polish: 7:00 PM

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament: 8:30 AM – 7:00 PM

Confessions: 9:00 PM - 6:00 PM


September 27: 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Solemnity of Saint Therese of the Child Jesus

Holy Masses in Polish: 8:30 AM, 12:00 PM and 2:00 PM

Holy Mass in English: 7:00 AM and 10:00 AM

NO CONFESSIONS during Sunday Holy Masses.

4:00 PM – Vespers with homily about Saint Therese of the Child Jesus


Celebrating the Jubilee of the 70th anniversary of our monastery

 

A group of Polish Discalced Carmelite friars (Barefoot Carmelites) who, after the turmoils of World War II, found themselves in the US, set out to found a new monastery. Exactly on December 29, 1949, upon securing a permission from Bishop John Noll to open a private chapel (the beginnings of the future monastery), they celebrated their first mass in the house purchased for this purpose in Hammond.

 

Shortly afterwards, on January 17, 1950, we received a decree from the Holy See approving the foundation of the Polish monastery of the Discalced Carmelites. In 1952, the monastery was eventually relocated to Munster.

 

To us this is a very special occasion for thankfulness that we would like to celebrate with all of you throughout 2020.

Holy Masses


ATTENTION!

 

Change in our Mass schedule

beginning January 1, 2019

From the beginning of the New Year 2019, there will no longer be a Latin Mass at our shrine.  In its place, each Saturday there will be a 5:00 PM Mass in English (fulfilling Sunday obligation),  and as always, there will be the opportunity to receive the Sacrament of Penance from 4:45 PM.

 

Sunday:
8:30 am & 12:00 pm - Polish Masses
10:00 am - English Mass

 

Monday - Saturday:
6:00 & 8:00 am - English Masses


Monday - Friday:
7:00 pm - Polish Mass;

After 7:00 pm Polish Masses:

in May - May Devotions to the Blessed Virgin Mary

In June - Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

In October - Rosary

In November - Prayers for the souls

 

Tuesday:

Every Tuesday - Polish Mass at 7:00 pm is celebrated at the church in all intentions, at the presence of the famous figure of Our Lady of Ludźmierz and recommended to Her intercession.

 

Thursday:
7:00 pm - Polish Mass with Mary's Devotion

All-day adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.

Every Thursday between the Holy Masses at 8:00 am and 7:00 pm - the quiet adoration of the Blessed Sacrament at the chapel of the Mother of Mercy. Thursday evening Mass in Polish is preceded by the Marian Devotion.


Saturday:
5:00 pm - English Mass

Confession: During Mass and all Sunday Masses.


First Saturday of the month:
7:00 pm - Polish Mass with Immaculate Heart of Mary's Devotion

 

 

 

Our Shrine


The beauty of Mount Carmel and the spiritual traditions of this place are the reasons why in the thirteenth century our religious family is born in the Church. Surrounding peace and solitude, meditation on the Word of God and work are the values uniting the hermits of Carmel around Mary, their sister and mother. In the sixteenth century thanks to the efforts of Saint Teresa of Jesus and Saint John of the Cross, we focus on new aspects and a special tasks related to the teaching of prayer. Today we do it in various ways through: retreats, days of recollection, catechesis, scientific and publishing activities, running retreat homes, parishes and sanctuaries as well as missionary work.

In all of this, however, we are called above all to prayer which is life, and to teaching life to be a prayer!


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Our Saints:

    Saint Teresa of Jesus

    Saint John of the Cross