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Saturday, 15 August 2020 00:58

15 August - Assumption of Mary

2020ABVMWeb150Today we celebrate the Feast of the Assumption of Mary into heaven at the end of her life. It is a great feast of hope because it celebrates God’s plan that, like Mary, we are destined to share the same glory of heaven, through Christ’s resurrection.

“Like Mary, we too must accept God in our hearts and carry him in our hearts, nourish him and make him grow in us so that he is born of us and lives with us as the God-with-us, Emmanuel.” Blessed Titus Brandsma, O.Carm.

Tuesday, 11 August 2020 20:46

Ordination of Fr Donato De Jesus Marçal

frdonatoordination 150On Saturday 8 August Fr Donato De Jesus Marçal was ordained a priest at St James Church, Hera, Timor-Leste. The ceremony and feast afterwards were attended by over 1,000 people. Archbishop Virgilio do Carmo da Silva, SDB was the celebrant. Fr Carlito Da Costa Araújo (Provincial Delegate for Timor-Leste) represented Fr Paul Cahill (Prior Provincial) who was unable to attend due to COVID-19 restrictions. For the past year Donato has been a member of our community at Coorparoo (QLD), studying English and exercising his ministry as a deacon before returning to Timor-Leste in July. Congratulations, Donato! View the Photo Gallery 

Saturday, 08 August 2020 14:53

Young Carmelites renew vows

2020RTLWeb150On the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel (16 July) Brs José and Anacleto renewed their vows for another year during Morning Prayer in our community at Middle Park (VIC). Fr Paul Cahill (Prior Provincial) received their vows. On 19 July Brs Amandio, Narcizio, Silvestre, Agostinho and Frangelino renewed their vows during Mass in our community in Hera, Timor-Leste. Fr Carlito Da Costa Araújo (Provincial Delegate for Timor-Leste) received the vows on behalf of Fr Paul who was unable to be present due to coronavirus restrictions. Congratulations, brothers! See photos

Saturday, 08 August 2020 12:35

That sinking feeling

19OTAWeb150aSometimes it can feel like we are sinking beneath the waves in these terrible times. Every day our news services are telling us how we are being swamped by the number of coronavirus cases, buffeted by potential economic disaster and failures in our healthcare system. It’s easy to lose faith and heart.

There is a strong sense of being swamped and sinking in this Sunday’s Gospel, too. The disciples are out on a boat in the middle of a storm. The seas are pitching and rolling as they battle the wind. Anxiety is growing. Jesus appears, walking on the water. For the moment, fear is forgotten. Is this vision really Jesus, they ask. Read more

Saturday, 08 August 2020 12:14

Touched by God

19OTAWeb150Trust is an essential element in the formation of our faith and in any relationship we have with others. This section of St Matthew’s Gospel is about the Kingdom of God being seen in the Church when human needs are responded to with the life of God. Read more & download Lectio Divina for this Sunday.

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Saturday, 08 August 2020 12:07

We're in it together

JPIC98As we struggle with the uncertainty and, for many, distress and sickness, we are constantly reminded of the importance of just how connected we are as a human family and how what might seem like minor actions on the part of one person can have a profound impact on the lives of many. In particular in this difficult time our ageing relatives and friends become more precious; our prayers and consciousness are directed to their needs. 

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Saturday, 01 August 2020 14:02

Where is God in all this?

18OTAWeb150aIt’s a natural question to ask, faced as we are with a pandemic showing few signs of being overcome. Some Christians are suggesting lengthy prayers and acts of penance to turn the wrath of God’s angry punishment away from us. That will save us, they say. Pope Francis says it’s the wrong way to look at what is happening. God is not punishing his beloved sons and daughters. God’s will is never about punishment.

I think we are often blind to the hidden presence of God. God is deeply enfolded in, often hidden in human beings, human activity and human situations - just as God ‘hid’ himself in Jesus when he became a human person. Read more

Saturday, 01 August 2020 13:41

God in everyday life

18OTAWeb150This week’s Gospel is the beginning of a new section of St Matthew’s Gospel which talks about the Kingdom of God on earth and the Church as a visible sign of the Kingdom. The Kingdom is found where human beings are. It is deeply enfolded and immersed in the world of human experience: hunger, fear, disease, the sound of sheer silence, celebration, joy, hope, forgiveness, mercy, justice, in hearing and keeping the word of God. Read more & download Lectio Divina for this Sunday.

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Saturday, 01 August 2020 11:35

Lectio Divina for August

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. Join our Lectio Online group every Friday at 10am (Australian Eastern Daylight Time) to prayerfully reflect on the coming Sunday's Gospel. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Saturday, 25 July 2020 13:00

Holding on & letting go

17OTAWeb150What would you be prepared to do to see life return to normal, the pandemic ended, freedoms restored? That’s the question being put to us every day in this experience. Some people don’t want to let go of anything, don’t want to wear masks, don’t want to socially distance, just want to hold on to what they did before the virus. The issue of holding on and letting go is very much at the heart of the Gospel this Sunday. Read more & download Lectio Divina for this Sunday.

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