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Wednesday, 01 January 2020 10:15

Lectio Divina for January 2020

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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Monday, 23 December 2019 16:13

Christmas Message 2019

christmas19 150The Carmelites of Australia and Timor-Leste wish you a very happy Christmas and thank you for your friendship and support throughout the year.

We will remember you and your families in our Midnight Mass at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Middle Park.

Saturday, 21 December 2019 19:00

Fourth Sunday in Advent (A) 2019

advent19a4 150Our Advent journey is nearing its end. Soon we will celebrate the great Christmas Feast. Our journey has called us to: stay awake to the coming of God, prepare to receive the Lord, rejoice for he is coming, and to receive him again with faith and love.

At Christmas we will hear the call to give birth to him in word and action so that the saving power of God may be seen and experienced through our every thought, word and action.

Friday, 20 December 2019 15:00

Getting ready for Christmas

2019GRFCWeb150In our parish at Coorparoo (QLD) our Timorese Carmelites have been getting the Church ready for Christmas. They have constructed a Christmas Crib in traditional Timorese style. Fr Janu and Brs Donato, José and Anacleto worked late into the night yesterday assembling the crib and adding a few contemporary features like Christmas lights. Well done, brothers! More photos

Friday, 20 December 2019 12:53

6 New Novices

2019NNTLWeb150On 10 December our 6 Pre-Novices, André da Costa, Antonio Preito da Costa Soares, Honorio Pereira Bobo Lobato, Natasio de Jesus Maia, Ponciano Norberto de Deus and Virgilio de Jesus Brites, were received into the Novitiate at Hera, Timor-Leste. The Novitiate is a special year of spiritual development and learning more about the Carmelite Way under the guidance of Fr Bruce Clark (Novice Director). Our thoughts and prayers accompany these brothers on this next step in their journey. See more photos

Friday, 20 December 2019 12:45

2020 Carmelite Liturgical Guide

2019CLGWeb150The 2020 edition of the Carmelite Liturgical Guide is now available. 

The Guide integrates the Carmelite Liturgical Calendar with the liturgical calendars of Australia and Timor-Leste to provide a guide to the Seasons, Solemnities, Feasts, Memorials and Carmelite celebrations for every day of the year.

  pdf Download the Guide here (774 KB)

Friday, 20 December 2019 12:32

7 Novices make first vows

2019FPTLWeb150On Friday 6 December, Januario Maria Soares, Calisto Pereira Rodriguês, Pedro Rodriguês Ximenes, Zebedeu de Jesus Vidigal, Donanciano Batistuta da Costa Alin, Aleixo Cole de Deus and Gaudênçio do Rosario made their First Vows as Carmelites. A large gathering of Carmelite religious (male and female) and laity, along with other priests and religious, family and friends were present for the morning Mass and Profession ceremony and afterwards enjoyed lunch, music, dancing and other entertainment until late into the afternoon. Many thanks to all who worked extraordinarily hard to ensure the success of the celebrations. Congratulations to Januario, Calisto, Pedro, Zebeseu, Donanciano, Aleixo and Gaudênçio! See more photos

Saturday, 14 December 2019 20:41

Third Sunday in Advent (A) 2019

advent19a3 150This Sunday marks the turning point in the Advent Season.

Traditionally called “Gaudete Sunday” it is a day of rejoicing that the Saviour is near. The focus shifts from the final coming of Christ at the end of time to the first coming of Christ at Bethlehem. The note of joy is symbolised by the inclusion of the colour rose among the purple of the Season.

Saturday, 14 December 2019 16:59

English Studies Completed!

2019ELSPMFGWeb150Three young Carmelites graduated from the English Language Studies Program yesterday. Fr Pedro Amaral graduated from the General English Studies program and will now return to Timor to be Assistant Priest in Zumalai Parish. Brs José Natalino Freitas and Anacleto Guterres Da Costa graduated from the English for Academic Purposes program and will begin their Bachelor of Theology studies at the University of Divinity, Melbourne next year. José and Anacleto provided much of the music for the Graduation Ceremony. Congratulations Pedro, José and Anacleto! See more photos

Thursday, 12 December 2019 16:39

Feast of St John of the Cross - 14 December

2019JOCWeb150Saint John of the Cross was born at Fontiveros in Spain about 1542. He entered the Carmelites and with the permission of his superiors began to live a stricter life. Later he was persuaded by St Teresa to begin, together with some others, a reform within the Carmelite friars which cost him much hard work and many trials. He died in Ubeda in 1591, outstanding in holiness and wisdom, to which his many spiritual writings give eloquent witness. His writings were first published in 1618. After his death the reform he introduced within the friars eventually separated from the Carmelite Order to become the Order of Discalced Carmelite Friars. John was canonised in 1726 and declared a Doctor of the Church in 1926. Quotes from John of the Cross

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