CA, Palm Desert

Welcome from Palm Desert, CA

We welcome you to the webpage of Palm Desert, CA, Our Lady’s Desert Roses Chapter. These are exciting times that we live in and Magnificat was begun in 1981 for such as time as this. There are now over 100 chapters throughout the United States and its territories and in many foreign countries.

Due to the coronavirus, check here periodically for updated information regarding future Meals & Events


Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, we are unable to be with you in person for our next planned Meal on Sept. 26th.
The good news is we are able to join you on-line via ZOOM
(with computers, smartphones, ipads, etc.)
for a Magnificat Visitation on the same day (Sept. 26th) at the same time (9:30am).

Magnificat Visitation

Our Lady’s Desert Roses, Palm Desert Chapter

 Saturday, September 26, 2020

9:30am – 10:45 am

 This is NOT a physical Meal but virtual Visitation!!!

If you currently receive emails from our Chapter, you will be sent an invitation to join the ZOOM meeting on Sept. 26, 2020.
You are welcome to sign in to the Zoom Visitation a few minutes early. 
If you are not getting emails from our Chapter and would like to be added to the list, please send us your
name and email to 
For questions, call Janice Shepherd at 760-902-7395


About Our Speaker: Yvette Helfer

Yvette Helfers is a cradle Catholic and a native of San Diego. She is married to her high school sweet-heart, Kevin, who is a Deacon in the Diocese of San Diego. They have six children and one grandchild and a granddaughter due in August.

As a toddler, Yvette was pronounced dead, but by the grace of God was given a second chance of life. Subsequently, at the age of ten, she experienced the loss of her father that bore a lot of pain. Although there was much suffering from this tragedy, she always knew God was with her. The Blessed Mother and St. Padre Pio have played special roles in her life of faith of miracles. She has experienced the power of heavenly intercession which has changed the course of her life.

You will find Yvette homeschooling their two youngest children, enjoying a good laugh, cooking something savory, or spending time with her family at home. She hopes to share with you what she has learned through her trials in life, to trust the Lord with all your life, heart, and soul. Yvette has come to know, with much fervor, that the Lord’s perfect plan far outweighs our own.

Personal Prayer ministry is available after the meal.
Religious books and CD’s may be available at the meal.

Since the day is designed to speak to the hearts of women, free of distractions, it is respectfully requested that young children not be in attendance.


Cost: $XX per person if postmarked by XXXXXXX . Use form below to mail in reservation.
After XX/XX/202X, call Janice Shepherd, (760) 902-7395 to check availability and to make reservations, $XX each.

All Clergy & Religious are Complimentary – Call (760) 902-7395 to confirm your attendance.

Please Print This Reservation Form and mail it with $XX per person to:
42-215 Washington St., Ste. A #403
Palm Desert, CA  92211

Name ________________________________________________

Guest(s) Name ______________________________________________

Address ______________________________________________

City ___________________________ State ______ Zip __________

Phone # ____________________

Email (Please print clearly) ______________________________

Enclosed is $ ________________ for _______________ Number of Reservations.

My donation to assist others in attending the Meal is included.  $ _____________

  • For questions or reservations: call Janice Shepherd 760-902-7395
  • Your check will serve as your receipt.
  • Your name tag serves as your ticket and it will be available at the door.
  • Open seating. Plan to arrive about 9:00 am.
  • Diocesan Approval by Bishop Gerald R. Barnes
  • Spiritual Director:  Fr. Michael Barry, SS.CC.

Future Meals for Our Chapter:

To be announced


Remember our chapter’s commitment to Eucharistic Adoration and to pray the Rosary on the 10th of each month for the intentions of Magnificat, Sanctity of Life, Marriage and Family, and World Peace.


Angela Ponder, Coordinator
Noreen Fortier, Assistant Coordinator
Esther Guilin, Secretary
Angela Salcedo, Treasurer
Diane Eazell, Historian
Father Michael Barry, Spiritual Advisor

If you would like to help with a Ministry of Magnificat, or if you have a question or comment for our Service Team, or if you would like to be on our Mailing list for future events, please contact us at or visit our website at

HISTORY of the Our Lady’s Desert Roses Chapter

(Mother Chapter for the Diocese of San Bernardino)

On the Feast of the Visitation, May 31, 2003, five women gathered together to pray and discern the possibility of establishing a chapter of Magnificat in the Diocese of San Bernardino. Those in attendance sensed the Lord was placing this ministry upon their hearts. Although no public advertisements were made, the Lord continued  to expand what would soon become the chapter’s first Advisory Team. This group continued to meet as women were personally invited to join the discernment efforts. Before long, close to fifty women were meeting monthly at the home of Donna Ross for praise, prayer, discernment and fellowship. Under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, and the spiritual direction of Fr. Mike Barry, SS.CC., the women continued to pray, fast and sacrifice for the establishment of this beautiful ministry. On June 3, 2005, Our Lady’s Desert Roses received formal approval from Bishop Gerald Barnes. On Saturday morning, October 15, 2005, the first Meal was held at the Desert Springs Marriott with over 500 women in attendance! Praise God!