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Monday, 18 May 2020 14:14

A Novena for Creation

2020NFCWeb150Join us in a Novena of Creation prepared by the Carmelite NGO. Reflect and pray with us each day, from 16 to 24 May, on the connection of Scripture, Ecological Conversion and Laudato Si’, Pope Francis’ encyclical.

You can write down each day your actions so you can continue your reflection on them in the future, and also share them with others.

pdf Download the Novena here (1.01 MB) |  Join in prayer for the 5th Anniversary of Laudato Si at midday 24 May  | pdf Download the prayer (154 KB)

Saturday, 16 May 2020 12:36

We are not left to battle on alone

20206SEWeb150For many over these last few weeks there have been feelings of isolation, loneliness and abandonment. All our routines have changed and we have lost our sense of the familiar and the secure. We are separated from those we love. was quite shocked to see the empty shelves in Woolies. I had never seen that before. I had taken it for granted that they would always be full. All of a sudden they weren’t. Read more | Go to our Celebrating At Home page

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Thursday, 14 May 2020 11:35

Laudato Si’ Week begins 17 May

2020LSWWeb150Get ready! Respond to Pope Francis’ invitation to celebrate the 5th anniversary of Laudato Si’, his encyclical on the care of our common home - visit the Laudato Si’ website. Join in prayer at noon on Sunday 24 May. Download the pdf Prayer here (154 KB) . Learn more about Laudato Si’ and the challenges facing our planet and its people. See the video, We fell asleep in one world and woke up in another.

Saturday, 09 May 2020 15:24

Happy Mother's Day

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This Sunday’s Gospel reading tells us about Jesus, the way, the truth and the life. This Sunday is also Mothers’ Day and I’ve been thinking about all the ways in which mothers are so important to us and cherished by us and how they embody many of the images in today's Gospel.

Just as Jesus drew people to an awareness of God's presence, it’s often our mothers who are first to draw our attention to the presence of God. Even as small children, my mum began to make us aware of God’s presence in our world and is us. Read more

Saturday, 09 May 2020 15:00

The map, road & destination

20205SEWeb150In the opening words of the Gospel Jesus calls the disciples to trust him and to trust God. He does so in the context of announcing his departure to them. Understandably, the disciples are afraid and uncertain, which the questions of Thomas and Philip show. Jesus calls them to trust him as the way to the God, the living truth about the God and the very life of God. Read more | Go to our Celebrating At Home page

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Saturday, 02 May 2020 14:13

Zumalai's Good Shepherds

2020ZC19Web150All schools and universities are now closed in Timor-Leste as a precaution against the arrival of Covid-19. So far, there are 24 confirmed cases of the virus and, fortunately, no deaths. There are only 4 students remaining in our Boarding House in Zumalai, Timor-Leste. Most have returned home to be with their families.

Genivio, Elias, Celiano and Ricardo, along with Br Antonio, have been busily sewing face masks to distribute to their neighbours, the Police Force and anyone who needs one. As we celebrate Good Shepherd Sunday this weekend they are giving us a great example of being good shepherds to those around them. See photos

Saturday, 02 May 2020 11:09

The Shepherd, the Gate and the Sheepfold

2020SFEWeb150The Fourth Sunday of Easter is often called “Good Shepherd Sunday” because no matter what reading cycle we are in, the Gospel always focusses on the image of Jesus as the Good Shepherd. This year, the Gospel reading talks about Jesus as the ‘gate of the sheepfold’, that is, Jesus is the one through whom we truly enter into the fold of God. Those who enter the fold through Christ, the Good Shepherd, will be safe, will be led to good pasture and have life in all its fullness. Read more | Go to our Celebrating At Home page

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Thursday, 30 April 2020 15:39

Everything is connected

JPIC96Pope Francis has invited Catholics everywhere to participate in Laudato Si' Week, from 16-24 May to honour the fifth anniversary of his encyclical on care for our common home. The theme of the week is 'Everything Is Connected'. Sunday 24 May will bring the world community together for a World Day of Prayer to mark this Anniversary of Laudato Si'.

Our JPIC reflection this month, offered by Peter Clarke, has a focus on the significance of both Earth Day launched 50 years ago and Laudato Si' promulgated 5 years ago. pdf Read this issue (967 KB)

Thursday, 30 April 2020 12:32

Lectio Divina for May

LDWeb150You can download and save the scripture texts, reflections and prayers for Lectio Divina for each day of this month. Lectio Divina is a traditional way of praying the Scriptures. Visit our Lectio Divina page for more information about how to pray using Lectio Divina.

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Wednesday, 29 April 2020 15:42

The Rising Seas: A global challenge

2020TRSWeb150Our oceans are on the rise. In Polar Regions climate change explodes glaciers. In all parts of the earth, as temperatures soar, oceans get hotter and expand. Global sea levels have gone up and up over the last century especially in recent decades. In 2018 global mean sea level was 8.1 centimetres above the 1993 average – the highest annual average on record. This has profound effects all over the world as 8 out of 10 of the world’s largest cities are near a coast. What can be done to fight land loss? This is part 1 of a 2 part series from the Carmelite NGO. Part 1 explores the effects in Louisiana. Part 2 (to be published in June) will look at what is happening in Indonesia. Watch the video

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