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Monday, 28 September 2020 14:09

Matthew ordained deacon

2020MTDWeb150aOn the third attempt, Matthew was ordained deacon by Archbishop Mark Coleridge in Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, Coorparoo (QLD) on Saturday 26 September. The two previous attempts had to be cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions in Melbourne. While Matthew’s parents, Alison and Flavio, were not able to be there, Matthew’s aunt and uncle, Carlo and Maree, were able to be present and vested Matthew in his diaconal robes. Read more & view photos.

Monday, 28 September 2020 09:06

Week 4 Season of Creation

2020SOCweeksWeb150In this Season of Creation, what actions are we taking to respond to God’s call to integral ecological conversion? If we humbly recognise areas where we need to change, and desire that change to happen, we can be sure that the grace of God will never be lacking. An integral ecological conversion can be embraced in three main areas: environmental dimensions; economic dimensions and social dimensions.

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Friday, 25 September 2020 13:44

A story of becoming

26OTAWeb150The gospel message, indeed the story of the Bible, is a story of becoming. There is not one day that we are 'the same' as before. It seems to me that when I live in the illusion that the world will remain 'the same' I close myself off to the creativity of relationship and to the possibilities of forgiveness, compassion, hope and love. I close my heart off to life, to everything that God is calling and creating me to become. Read more & download Lectio Divina for this Sunday.

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Wednesday, 23 September 2020 11:12

You're invited to Matthew's Diaconate

2020MTDWeb150Br Matthew Tonini will be ordained a deacon by Archbishop Mark Coleridge this Saturday evening at 6.00pm. The ceremony will take place at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, Coorparoo (QLD) where Matthew has been completing his studies and ministering in the parish.

You can watch the livestream of Matthew’s Ordination at  or if you can access YouTube on your TV, search for ‘Matthew Tonini’. Matthew has also prepared a pdf reflection on the readings (137 KB) he has chosen for the Ordination. Read more

Monday, 21 September 2020 08:04

Week 3 Season of Creation

2020SOCweeksWeb150Papua New Guinea occupies the eastern half of the island of New Guinea as well as numerous offshore islands. With a land area of 462,840 square kilometres and a population of over 8.1 million, Papua New Guinea is the largest country in the Pacific region both by geography and population. It has an abundance of natural resources, with mineral deposits like copper, gold and oil accounting for nearly two-thirds of Papua New Guinea’s export revenues. Still, 85 per cent of the population relies on subsistence agriculture. The natural environment throughout PNG is extremely fragile and highly vulnerable to both natural and human impacts. pdf Read this week's reflection. (1.28 MB)

Saturday, 19 September 2020 12:05

It's not fair!

25OTAWeb150aThat seems to have been the cry of people protesting against health measures implemented by governments around the world. Others have talked about ‘my right’ not to wear a mask, not to social distance, etc. And it’s not fair that some get the virus and some don’t; some die from it while others don’t even show symptoms. Life in the real world is profoundly unfair. Many of the protests have revealed a preference for ‘my rights’ over community health and safety. Read more

Friday, 18 September 2020 16:51

Working in the vineyard

25OTAWeb150God’s outrageous and extravagant graciousness and generosity is so different to the often petty and exacting way in which we treat each other. God’s sense of fairness and justice is so much broader and richer than ours. That is what life in the Kingdom of God is supposed to be. Maybe the answer lies in the first reading for today: My ways are not your ways; my thoughts not your thoughts. So often in the scriptures, God seems to have a totally different way of approaching things to most of us. Read more & download Lectio Divina for this Sunday.

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Thursday, 17 September 2020 14:24

Enjoy this joyful & uplifting video

2020SFYCWeb150We hope you enjoy this joyful and uplifting virtual recording of the St Francis Youth Choir, Melbourne, featuring our own Br Matthew Tonini (in the beard) who also edited the video.

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Wednesday, 16 September 2020 12:09

Celebrating St Albert of Jerusalem

2020AOJWeb150On 17 September Carmelites celebrate the Feast of the author of the Carmelite Rule, St Albert of Jerusalem. Albert did not impose all his own ideas on the group of hermits who came to him - he listened to what they told him about their way of life, and he adapted it and gave it structure. He was careful not to be too demanding or rigid and stressed the importance of common sense in interpreting what has to be done. This openness and flexibility gives a great "human feel" to the Carmelite Rule. Read more

Wednesday, 16 September 2020 11:42

Happy Independence Day PNG!

2020PNGIDWeb150Today Carmelite, Fr Paul Sireh is celebrating the 45th anniversary of the independence of Papua New Guinea. Originally from Manus Island, the smallest province in PNG, Paul proudly shares his memories of the first Independence Day and the story of PNG since. Happy Independence Day to Paul and his fellow country men and women! "This day 45 years ago, was the year I started my primary schooling in grade one and I remember this special day was a moving and exciting experience for me. We were dressed in our traditional costumes, danced to the beat of garamut(drum) and marched with hundreds of people from five villages who gathered in my village. Read pdf Paul's reflection (456 KB)

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