Newsletter #12 - Solemn Profession & Luncheon News


J.M. + J.T.

A Letter from Mother Mary Bethany

Immaculate Heart

On the solemnity of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, July 16, 2017, Sister Bella Maria of the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart, OCD, pronounced her solemn vows during a Mass in the monastery chapel.  Father Gerald Werner, OCD, former provincial of the California-Arizona Province, was the main celebrant and homilist.  Concelebrating were the monastery’s chaplain, Fr. Tom Timmins, CSSP, and Fr. Joseph Shea of St. Rose of Lima Parish in Simi Valley, California.  Father Shea had received Sister Bella Maria into the Catholic Church during the Easter Vigil of 2010, and had encouraged her vocation from the beginning.  The chapel was filled to overflowing, with Carmelite Secular Order members, the Carmelite Auxiliary members, and many of Sister Bella’s family members in attendance…also so many of you, our dear friends, some stretching back to our days in Sacramento, some newly made here in Georgetown.  The atmosphere of joy carried over to the reception, and through the visiting hours with friends and family.  The Carmelite Nuns are very grateful to all of you for your friendship and support, and feel renewed in their desire to give their lives for the needs of the Church, and the People of God.  Thank you for helping that day to be a very grace-filled one for everyone concerned.

Auxiliary News

Luncheon News
Again, save the date!!! October 7, Saturday, at St. Joseph’s Church Hall in Auburn, from 12-3 in the afternoon.

How To Get Luncheon Tickets
Tickets are limited so please order your tickets today! No tickets sold at the door. There are two easy ways to get tickets:

1) Contact Brenda McCollum at or phone her at (916) 502-6693. She is in charge of ticket sales and will take your order.

2) Go online to our website,, scroll to Events and Activities. There you will be able to purchase luncheon tickets online through a secure server. It costs us $3.25 per ticket to order online, so I recommend you just email Brenda.

Announcing Chairpersons
Here are the chairpersons for this year’s Luncheon. Anyone is invited to help! Please contact the chairperson if you want to assist them; contact us at

Ticket Sales: Brenda McCollum
Decorations: Jana Devereux
Raffle: Henry Luckie
Silent Auction: Toni Collins
Publicity: Robin VanHook
Food: Bill Gilsdorf and Tim Schott
Music/Slide Show: Jim MacEgan

How You Can Help
We Need Your Donations for the Raffle and Silent Auction! Please contact the above chairperson if you can donate a raffle item or silent auction item. Email us at for their contact information. We are looking for nice, new things for the raffle, and appealing items, gift certificates, show or event tickets, vacation options, etc. for the silent auction. Please help by donating something!

Website News
Have you seen it? It’s great! Please visit us at and enjoy the wealth of information there.

Men’s Cursillo
Are you ready to go deeper in your faith journey? Cursillo is a national movement of Catholics that begins with a three-day weekend away to study our Catholic faith more deeply.  “Cursillo” means a little course in Christianity. Find out more at The next Weekend for Men: Sept 21-24.

In Christ,
Patty MacEgan,

Carmelite Auxiliary



Patricia MacEgan