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Saturday, 14 December 2019 20:41

Third Sunday in Advent (A) 2019

advent19a3 150This Sunday marks the turning point in the Advent Season.

Traditionally called “Gaudete Sunday” it is a day of rejoicing that the Saviour is near. The focus shifts from the final coming of Christ at the end of time to the first coming of Christ at Bethlehem. The note of joy is symbolised by the inclusion of the colour rose among the purple of the Season.

Saturday, 14 December 2019 16:59

English Studies Completed!

2019ELSPMFGWeb150Three young Carmelites graduated from the English Language Studies Program yesterday. Fr Pedro Amaral graduated from the General English Studies program and will now return to Timor to be Assistant Priest in Zumalai Parish. Brs José Natalino Freitas and Anacleto Guterres Da Costa graduated from the English for Academic Purposes program and will begin their Bachelor of Theology studies at the University of Divinity, Melbourne next year. José and Anacleto provided much of the music for the Graduation Ceremony. Congratulations Pedro, José and Anacleto! See more photos

Thursday, 12 December 2019 16:39

Feast of St John of the Cross - 14 December

2019JOCWeb150Saint John of the Cross was born at Fontiveros in Spain about 1542. He entered the Carmelites and with the permission of his superiors began to live a stricter life. Later he was persuaded by St Teresa to begin, together with some others, a reform within the Carmelite friars which cost him much hard work and many trials. He died in Ubeda in 1591, outstanding in holiness and wisdom, to which his many spiritual writings give eloquent witness. His writings were first published in 1618. After his death the reform he introduced within the friars eventually separated from the Carmelite Order to become the Order of Discalced Carmelite Friars. John was canonised in 1726 and declared a Doctor of the Church in 1926. Quotes from John of the Cross

Saturday, 07 December 2019 18:15

Second Sunday in Advent (A) 2019

advent19a2 150John the Baptist sits at the centre of this week’s Gospel and next week’s. He is the ‘one who cries in the wilderness: Prepare a way for the Lord; make his paths straight’.

John was preparing the people for the coming of Jesus. Moved by his preaching many sought baptism in the river Jordan. This ancient water-rite symbolised dying to the old way of life and rising to a new way of life. That’s what repentance is about: turning away from sin and turning towards God. It is about true conversion of heart. It’s about making straight the pathways of our hearts. The fruit of our repentance and true conversion shows itself in good works.

Saturday, 07 December 2019 18:10

First Sunday in Advent (A) 2019

advent19a 150The great Advent journey begins. Once again we are struck by God’s astounding graciousness in sharing his life with us in the person of Jesus. “The Advent readings form a rich tapestry of images centered on the truth that God has come among us. In Advent we do not pretend that we are waiting for Jesus to be born in a stable. That happened once in history and it will not happen again. We remember that birth as we remember our own birthdays. The God who came among us is still among us. Advent’s invitation is to become aware of the all-pervading presence of the risen Jesus as Emmanuel – God among us.”

Saturday, 07 December 2019 15:14

Archbishop celebrates Mass at Hera

2019ABAHWeb150Archbishop Virgílio do Carmo da Silva (Archbishop of Dili) recently celebrated Mass in our community at Hera to mark the end of the Inter-congregation Religious Courses for 2019. About 250 people were present including pre-Novices and Novices of various religious communities in Dili who participated in the courses during the year. Superiors, lecturers and formators were also present.

Archbishop Virgilio was welcomed to Hera by Fr Carlito Da Cost Araújo, the Provincial Delegate for Timor-Leste, in a traditional welcome ceremony. Our Carmelite students formed the choir. Lunch and also some performances by the students followed Mass as well as the traditional tebe-tebe and Dahur dances until 4.00 pm. More photos

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