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Monday, 25 March 2019 12:33

Feast of the Annunciation

2019ANWeb150The Church never asks us to simply commemorate something which happened a long time ago. There is always a sense of the eternal present in our feasts, liturgy and prayer. So, today we are not just commemorating the annunciation of the angel Gabriel to Mary. We read it as a reminder that God is calling us, too, to be bearers of the living Jesus in our own moment of history.

We are encouraged by Mary’s example of being able to say ‘Yes’ to God’s invitation without having all the answers. That must have taken great trust and great open-heartedness. Read today's Gospel.

Monday, 25 March 2019 10:53

Prayer for the victims of flood

2019FZWeb150Thousands of lives have been lost and billions of dollars needed to help the victims of the recent floods in Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, the central states of the USA and northern Australia this month.  In Zimbabwe at one school which was badly damaged 2 students and security guard lost their lives following cyclone Idai. Hundreds of thousands have been left homeless and without food. Please pray for all victims of flooding. You can use this prayer.

Sunday, 24 March 2019 15:44

Agedo & Matthew Graduate

2019UDGWeb150During the 2019 University of Divinity Graduation Ceremony last Friday evening Br Agedo Bento graduated with a Bachelor of Ministry degree and Br Matthew Tonini graduated with a Masters in Theological Studies. St Paul’s Anglican Cathedral, Melbourne, was packed with faculty, students, staff, family and friends for the 2 hour ceremony. Congratulations Agedo and Matthew!

See more photos and watch the video here.

Sunday, 24 March 2019 15:24

ELSPM holds Culture Day

2019ELSPMCDWeb150The English Language School for Pastoral Ministry (Box Hill, VIC) recently held a Culture Day.  Our 4 Timorese Carmelites, Fr Pedro Amaral, and Brs Agostinho Dos Santos, José Natalino Freitas and Anacleto Guterres Da Costa, were among the 18 different cultural groups involved at the School. Traditional dress, cultural songs, customs and food were shared by all.

Click here for more photos and a video of the Carmelites singing at Culture Day.

Sunday, 24 March 2019 12:09

Third Sunday in Lent

newlifetree 150If the Gospels of the first two Sundays of Lent (temptation and transfiguration) are a parable about Christian life (a journey out of and away from temptation and into being transfigured by God’s grace), the Gospels of this Sunday and next give us the ‘road map’.

Wednesday, 20 March 2019 07:51

Prayer for New Zealand

praysnz 150As the families of victims of the al Noor and Linwood Mosque massacres prepare to bury their loved ones and help each other heal, our thoughts and prayers go out to them. The Carmelite NGO has released a special prayer written by Fr Franciscus Ardji, OCarm.

The Carmelites of Australia and Timor-Leste are united in offering our prayers of support and consolation that our compassionate God will bring healing to our Muslim brothers and sisters and the whole of the New Zealand nation. Read the prayer here.

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