Wednesday, 28 February 2018 12:20

JPIC Newsletter for March

JPIC73Web150This month Peter Thomas looks at 'Our Forgotten People' and the connection between mental illness and homelessness.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) estimates that 105,000 Australians are homeless on any given night and a high proportion of these people have a mental illness. Some estimates are as high as 75%.

Peter Thomas

pdf JPIC No 73 March 2018 (812 KB)  | Visit our JPIC page

Saturday, 24 February 2018 16:49

Second Sunday in Lent

2018SSLWeb150This Sunday’s Gospel of the Transfiguration completes the ‘little parable’ formed by the Gospels of the first two Sundays of Lent.

These Gospels tell us what Lent is about and what Christian life is about: a constant journey from temptation and doubt to transfiguration and faith.

Transfiguration means to be ‘shot-through’ with the presence of God. Being transfigured is about allowing the presence of God to completely transform us.

Friday, 23 February 2018 16:40

New Principal Commissioned

2018NPCWeb150Mr Anthony Kirley has been commissioned as the new principal of Whitefriars College, Donvale (Vic). During Mass to begin the School Year at St Patrick’s Cathedral, Mr Kirley made his commitment to serve as Principal and was presented with a Bible, a copy of the Mission & Values Statement of the College and a lit candle – symbol of Christ the Light.

The Carmelites present prayed the Commissioning Prayer over him and Fr Paul Cahill (Prior Provincial) warmly welcomed My Kirley to his new role. More photos.

Saturday, 17 February 2018 17:24

First Sunday in Lent

2018FSLWeb150We know the power of fire to destroy, to blacken and to reduce to ash. We know that evil can do the same - destroy our wholeness of spirit, blacken our lives and reduce the beauty of human life and our good intentions to so much dust.

We begin Lent in the ash of acknowledging our own part in harbouring, creating and doing evil and those places in our hearts where the fire of anger, bitterness and selfishness has left nothing but dead, cold ash.

Wednesday, 14 February 2018 15:38

Ash Wednesday

2018AWWeb150On Ash Wednesday we begin our journey to the great feast of Easter.

Wearing ashes symbolises our desire for conversion, to turn again towards God. Repentance (conversion) is not so much about feeling sorry for individual sins. It is more about changing the direction of our hearts – away from all that limits God’s love and action in us. Conversion is about opening ourselves to a fresh experience of God’s healing love which makes us whole and restores us to our rightful place as beloved daughters and sons in the Kingdom of God. It’s about moving back into right relationship with God and neighbour.

Saturday, 10 February 2018 13:55

Our Facebook Family grows to 95,000!

201895kFWeb150Over the last month another 4,128 people have joined our Facebook family bringing the total today to 95,998 followers!

Our recent post celebrating 95,000 followers reached 107,863 people. We are very pleased to acknowledge Jorge Cocco who has given us permission to use his religious artwork in our posts free of charge. View this post here.

Find us on Facebook @carmelitesAET and click on ‘follow’ so you can see all our posts in your news feed.

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