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Saturday, 15 December 2018 15:55

Third Sunday of Advent: Rejoice!

thirdsundayadvent 150This Sunday marks the turning point in our Advent Prayer. Traditionally, the third Sunday of Advent is called Gaudete (rejoicing) Sunday. The rose-coloured vestments, candles and cloths strike a sharp note of joy in the midst of the Advent purple. Feelings of expectation and rejoicing dominate the prayers and readings of this part of Advent as we grow closer to celebrating the Christmas feast as a celebration of the enduring presence of Christ in us.

Saturday, 15 December 2018 15:39

English Language students graduate

2018ESGWeb150Brothers Avelino Dos Santos and Agostinho Dos Santos graduated from their English courses on Friday 14 December. Avelino has completed his English studies at the English Language School for Pastoral Ministry, Box Hill (VIC). He will now begin his Bachelor of Theology studies at the University of Divinity. Agostinho will begin his final semester of English for Academic Purposes at ELSPM.

We congratulate both brothers on the successful completion of their English language study. See photos of the Graduation.

Saturday, 15 December 2018 14:41

5 Young Carmelites make First Vows

2018TLFPWeb150Five young Carmelites recently made their first profession of vows as Carmelites. Fr Paul Cahill (Prior Provincial) received the vows during mass in Hera, Timor-Leste on 7 December.

Brothers Samuel Lopes, João Batista Caunan, Alipio Godinho, Antonio Junias Da Gloria and Lucas Dos Santos Martins made their vows in the presence of other Carmelites, family and friends.

We warmly congratulate these young brothers and welcome their commitment to the next stage of their Carmelite journey! See photos of the ceremony.

Saturday, 15 December 2018 14:08

We welcome 7 new Novices

2018TLRWeb150On Monday 10 December Fr Paul Cahill (Prior Provincial) formally received Januario Maria Soares, Calisto Pereira Rodrigues, Pedro Rodrigues Ximenes, Aleixo Coli De Deus, Zebedeu de Jesus Vidigal, Donanciano Batistuta da Costa Alin, and Gaudencio do Rosario into the Novitiate at Hera, Timor-Leste. For the past 2 years these young men have been preparing to become novices in our community at Fatuhada in Dili. During the ceremony they received the Carmelite habit and were entrusted to the care of Fr Bruce Clark, Novice Director. We warmly welcome these brothers as they begin the Novitiate – a special year of learning more about the Carmelite journey of transformation. See photos of the ceremony.

Friday, 07 December 2018 23:48

Second Sunday of Advent – Prepare!

secondsundayadvent 150The sense of preparation is very strong in our readings this weekend. The Gospel highlights the role of John the Baptist as the one who prepares the way for Jesus. It was John’s ministry of preaching and baptism which laid the foundation for Jesus’ ministry. The idea of repentance has less to do with feeling sorry for individual sins and more to do with turning around and facing in a new direction. John’s call to the people was to turn away from the old way of life and to turn towards God.

Thursday, 06 December 2018 14:21

2018 Carmelite Way Pilgrimage

2018PilgrimageWeb150Led by Fr Paul Sireh OCarm a group of 30, including 11 new pilgrims, walked the Ninth Annual 45 km pilgrimage in the beautiful Yarra Valley. The pilgrimage, organized by The Carmelite Centre Melbourne, took place over 3 days along the rail trail from Lilydale to the Carmelite Sancta Sophia Meditation Community in Warburton.

Following a commissioning liturgy led by Fr Hugh Brown OCarm and Fr Paul Sireh OCarm at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, Middle Park on Sunday 4 November, the group began the walk on Friday 9 November in Lilydale.

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