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Monday, 07 September 2020 16:29

Week 1 Season of Creation

2020SOCweeksWeb150Celebrating the 2020 liturgical Season of Creation is a key centrepiece of the 5th anniversary of LAUDATO Si. It's a time to join in this call to prayer, for integral ecological conversion and extensive action planning.

We invite you to prayerfully ponder these weekly reflections prepared by our Justice, Peace & Integrity of Creation Commission. Enjoy the magic of technology with amazing Youtube clips to lift your spirits and wherever possible take your dreams, prayers and love for creation outside into nature.

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Saturday, 05 September 2020 10:02

Fathers' Day Blessing

2020FDWeb150This Sunday is Fathers’ Day. Due to COVID many of us will not have the opportunity to gather with our fathers and other family members to celebrate. We will, of course, find ways of being in contact with them or to spend some time quietly remembering those who are no longer with us. We are very conscious of those fathers who have died because of COVID-19. We hold them and their families in our prayer.
 
Whatever your circumstances, you might like to pray this prayer for all the fathers you know.

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Friday, 04 September 2020 15:26

A family formed by forgiveness

23OTAWeb150At the moment it seems like we are surrounded by shrill, angry voices of fear, criticism and cruelty, proclaiming judgement and assigning blame. It is, of course, quite usual for human beings to disagree with one another. The Gospel for this Sunday gives us a way of dealing with differences and disputes. It is not about being right or punishing an offender, but about conversion and reconciliation. It involves respectful dialogue. We have a shared responsibility, not only for the life of our communities, but also for the lives of each other. Read more & download Lectio Divina for this Sunday.

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Tuesday, 01 September 2020 10:43

Live life to the full

2020SJSWeb150The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting the mental health of many in our communities. Understanding mental health will help us to be aware of those who need our support. The Bishops invite us all to reject stigmatisation, to work for the transformation of social determinants of mental ill-health, and to call for policies and service provision that meets the needs of the poorest and most marginalised members of our community. Read more & watch video

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Monday, 31 August 2020 13:08

Carmelites celebrate anniversaries

2020ATLWeb150The Carmelite family gathered in our house at Hera, Timor-Leste recently to celebrate the 40th anniversary of first profession of Fr Bruce Clark and the 25th anniversaries of Fr Aniceto Maia Da Costa and Nelinho Ferreira Soares. Archbishop Virgilio Do Carmo Da Silva, SDB, (Archbishop of Dili) was the principal celebrant at the Mass, together with 20 Carmelite, diocesan and religious priests. More than 2,000 people joined in the celebration.

Congratulations, Brothers! See more photos.

Saturday, 29 August 2020 12:58

Stumbling blocks or stepping stones?

22OTAWeb150aIn Victoria, we are daring to breathe a quiet sigh of relief as the number of new coronavirus cases is slowly decreasing. At the same time, we are still holding our collective breath, just a little bit. We are a bit conflicted: relieved that new cases are coming down, but appalled by the number of deaths, especially among the elderly. We are not sure what we should be feeling: relief or horror. Read more

Friday, 28 August 2020 16:23

Finding the right path

22OTAWeb150What a contrast there is between last Sunday’s Gospel, when Peter was proclaimed the ‘rock’ on which the church would be built, and this Sunday when Jesus rebukes him for being a different kind of rock - a ‘stumbling block’! Can a stumbling block become a stepping stone on the path to life? Read more & download Lectio Divina for this Sunday.

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Thursday, 27 August 2020 17:34

Join the World Day of Prayer for Creation

2020PFCWeb150You can join with the Jamberoo Lay Carmelites on Tuesday 1 September at 2.00pm for the World Day of Prayer for Creation. It will be a one hour prayerful, meditative way to pray for our planet, to ask God’s blessing on the minds and hearts of us all, to encourage us to help turn around the destruction and damage being done, and to care for the place we love so much which we call HOME, planet Earth.

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Thursday, 27 August 2020 16:50

The Vanishing Garden

JPIC99The first day of Spring is coming up and the Season of Creation is upon us, commencing with the World Day of Prayer for Creation on Tuesday 1 September.

This month we give our attention to our planet Earth; to marvel at God’s creation and to wonder and ask ourselves how we can Care for our Common Home. Peter Thomas invites us to give some thought to our planet’s early beginnings and down through the ages.

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Thursday, 27 August 2020 14:42

Join the Season of Creation

2020SOCWeb150Join the 2020 Season of Creation - a time for Christians to come together, take action, and show the world what love for creation looks like. The Season of Creation, 1 September – 4 October, is a time to renew our relationship with our Creator and all creation through repenting, repairing, and rejoicing together. This year, amid crises that have shaken our world, we’re awakened to the urgent need to heal our relationships with creation and each other. “This is the season for letting our prayer be inspired anew by closeness to nature  . . . to reflect on our lifestyles . . . for undertaking prophetic actions . . . directing the planet towards life, not death.” Pope Francis Visit the website  |  Watch the video

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