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Friday, 03 April 2020 15:12

Timor-Leste prepares for COVID-19

2020TLPWeb150The Government of Timor-Leste has moved quickly to close boarders and insist on a 14-day quarantine for all people arriving from overseas. The Archbishop of Dili has cancelled all religious gatherings and all school are now closed. A State of Emergency has been declared and several hundred people are in compulsory quarantine. As of 2 April there is only one confirmed case.

In Zumalai, well ahead of the closure of schools, Brother Antonio was working to strengthen the immune systems of our boarding house students with a plant extract known locally for its medicinal properties. Face masks were also issued to the children and teachers in both the parish primary school and the boarding house. More photos

Wednesday, 01 April 2020 15:07

Support, prayer & reflection for today

2020COSWeb150Dear sisters and brothers,
Thank you to all who are praying with us for our world and its peoples at this challenging time. Here, in our community at Middle Park, we are praying our Prayer in this time of crisis every morning and evening. Please join with us if you can.

See more of today's letter including the video of the Pope's Special Blessing and a reflection for today by Fr Hugh Brown, OCarm.

Wednesday, 01 April 2020 14:44

Lectio Divina for April

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.

default Lectio Divina April 2020 iPhone and iPad (288 KB)

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pdf Lectio Divina April 2020 PDF (1.10 MB)

Saturday, 28 March 2020 23:53

Fifth Sunday of Lent

lazarus 150The final of the three Great Gospels of Lent is ours today - a Gospel story of life and freedom. Like the gospels of the last two Sundays, the dramatic story of Jesus raising his friend Lazarus from the dead is a story of faith and belief.

There are three different groups of believers in the story: those who believe that Jesus could have prevented Lazarus’ death (Jesus is already known to be a healer); those who came to believe in him because they see Lazarus rise, and those, like Martha, who believe in Jesus even though Lazarus died. Read more

Friday, 27 March 2020 09:22

Even at this difficult time...

CC110Web150This issue of our newsletter, Carmel Contact, comes with some good news in this moment of crisis for us all. With what is happening around us it is easy to lose sight of the fact that we are on our journey to Easter - a journey into God's heart. As well as inviting you into a moment of prayer for your loved ones and all who are sick at this time, we share with you our ongoing work for people in Timor-Leste and Australia. Around the country our friends and supporters of many different ages are helping to continue to provide education and support.

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Thursday, 26 March 2020 16:44

Happy 99th Birthday, Fr Pat!

2020CFPWeb150Today Fr Pat Harney turns 99 years young! He has been a Carmelite for nearly 75 years and a priest for 68. Fr Pat is the oldest Carmelite Friars in the world. Over the years, Pat has worked all over Australia and in New Zealand, in Carmelite and Diocesan parishes and hospitals. "I've been everywhere, man!" he loves to quote from the famous song, when asked about his many places of ministry. 

Born in 1921 in Elmore (Victoria), Fr Pat was the second of eight children. He remembers his home life filled with daily rosary, private morning prayer and Sunday Mass. More story & photos

Wednesday, 25 March 2020 11:37

Pope Francis request #PrayForTheWorld

prayfortheworld popevideo 150The Holy Father Pope Francis wanted to share a particular prayer message in a special edition of The Pope Video, in an initiative of the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network. In a context marked by the global pandemic of the COVID-19 virus, the Pope spoke last Wednesday, 11 March, to thank all those who pray in these difficult moments, regardless of their religious tradition. With a special emphasis on the sick and those who are suffering most, he asked that we all pray the prayer “Under Your Protection” to the Virgin Mary, imploring her protection... More story & video

Saturday, 21 March 2020 18:11

The Carmelites - offering you support


The Carmelites of Australia & Timor-Leste offer you our support in these uncertain and difficult times.

We are praying for the whole world, and especially, for all those who are members of our wider Carmelite Family.
Each week we will offer a variety of prayers, reflections, Lectio Divina and liturgies to celebrate at home when you cannot celebrate in Church - our Celebrating at Home series.

Read more & download the resources.

Saturday, 21 March 2020 12:44

Fourth Sunday of Lent

jesuslight 150In this Sunday’s Gospel we accompany the man who was born blind on his journey into the light. The first thing we read is that Jesus announces that the man is sinless – he has been born blind so that God’s glory can be seen at work in him. Then Jesus gives the blind man sight. Notice that the man didn’t ask to be healed – this is Jesus’ initiative, taking the first step and reaching out in love. That’s how Jesus approaches us, too. Continue reading & download Celebrating at Home - Fourth Sunday in Lent for your default iPhone or iPad (1.13 MB) on in pdf PDF Format | (380 KB) Download pdf Lectio Divina - Fourth Sunday in Lent (258 KB)

Wednesday, 18 March 2020 08:51

Carmelites pray for the nation

trinity01 150In this time of crisis and uncertainty you might like to join the Carmelites in this prayer for our nation and our world.

Eternal God,
calm the fear in our hearts.
Help us to work together to protect
and look after each other.        Read the whole prayer

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