Today is the feast day of St. Teresa of Avila. Assumption Grotto Church is home to a fairly large community of secular, discalced Carmelites (OCDS), which includes men and women. They, along with other Carmelites around the world, observe this day as a solemnity. Teresa of Avila founded the discalced branch of Carmelites, along with St. John of the Cross.
“The truly humble person will have a genuine desire to be thought little of, and persecuted, and condemned unjustly, even in serious matters. For, if she desires to imitate the Lord, how can she do so better than in this? And no bodily strength is necessary here, nor the aid of anyone save God.”
Secular Carmelites meet at Assumption Grotto monthly for the Eucharist, Rosary, and Divine Office on the first Saturday of the month, in the parish church at 8:30 a.m. They go to the school around 10:00 for refreshments, then go through formation until Noon. Fr. Perrone is the chaplain of the community and while he is a secular priest, he is also a secular Carmelite. Visitors are welcome, but November is probably not the best month for a visit since the annual day-long, silent retreat takes place in that month.