Friday, 30 March 2018 11:16

The Great 3 Days - Good Friday

2018GFWeb150Our afternoon liturgy is a meditation on the passion and death of the Lord. We begin listening to the words of Isaiah about the suffering servant on whom is laid the sin of all. We are struck by the brutality of the passion. We wonder at the depth of love of a God who gives up his own life that we might truly live.

We venerate the cross, not as a symbol of horrible death, but as a sign of the victory of God’s love; the end of one way of living and beginning of another. We pray with Christ’s spirit for the needs of the world. We receive again the Food that nourishes and strengthens us on our journey to Easter day.

Our ceremony has no formal beginning or end. What was begun last night will not be finished today.

Thursday, 29 March 2018 16:10

The Great Three Days - Holy Thursday

2018HTWeb150Tonight we begin the Great Three Days with the Mass of the Lord’s Supper. It is a meditation on the connection between the Eucharist and Christian love expressed in serving one another. A meditation on Jesus not only present in the Eucharist but also in the deeds of loving kindness offered to others through us.

On this night we recall Jesus’ commandment to love one another, his washing of the disciples’ feet and the breaking of the bread of his own life, not just at table, but also on the altar of the Cross, for the healing and nourishment of the world.

There is no formal end to the liturgy tonight. What has been begun is not yet ended.

Friday, 23 March 2018 15:02

Palm Sunday Reflection

2018PSWeb150Some years ago, I visited the Pro Hart Gallery in Broken Hill. Tucked up in the upper reaches of the gallery, was a painting quite different to the others.

On a sunset coloured wash, it depicted Christ weighed down with carrying his cross. Behind him straggled a ragtag bunch of humanity – the elderly, a child with only one leg on crutches, a man with a machine gun and many, many others. This painting stopped me in my tracks! It almost looked like a pen and ink sketch but for me the impact was enormous.

Monday, 19 March 2018 16:24

Watch the Graduation here

2018UDGV150You can watch Fr Januario and Brs Agedo and Martinho receive their degrees at the University of Divinity Graduation Ceremony on 16 March. The short clip shows the actual presentation of the degrees.

The East Timor Students Association also made a video of the Graduation evening which you can see here.

fb100k 150For a religious order well known for its charism of prayer and contemplation, the Carmelites of Australia and Timor-Leste have made a big splash in social media, clocking up more than 100,000 Facebook followers in less than a year.

Communications Director Fr David Hofman O.Carm says the Carmelites have been surprised and delighted at the growth of their social media following and the opportunities for connecting with people that it presents.

Saturday, 17 March 2018 16:31

Carmelites graduate in impressive ceremony

2018UDGWeb150St Michael’s Church, Melbourne, was filled to capacity last night for the University of Divinity Graduation Ceremony. Among the 317 graduands were Carmelites, Fr Januario Pinto, Br Agedo Bento and Br Martinho Da Cruz Lemos.

Fr Januario graduated with the degree of Master of Theology and Brs Agedo and Martinho with the degree of Bachelor of Theology.

Januario is now ministering the Carmelite parish of Coorparoo (QLD). Agedo and Martinho are continuing their studies in the Bachelor of Ministry program at the University. Congratulations, Brothers! Parabens! More photos.

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