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Saturday, 16 January 2021 10:49

Called to be a living Gospel

2OTBWeb150As we return to Ordinary Time the Church begins by helping us reflect on our call to be the people of Jesus. This Sunday could very well be called ‘Vocation Sunday’. Both the first reading and the Gospel are stories of call and response. The episode we read in the first reading is well described as ‘Samuel’s Call’. Three times he hears God calling but thinks it is Eli (a Temple priest) and goes to him. Eli finally understands that it is God calling Samuel and tells him that next time he hears the voice to say, “Speak, Lord, your servant is listening”. Read more

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Tuesday, 12 January 2021 17:09

Br Sean Keefe - Funeral Arrangements

2021SKWeb150Br Sean’s funeral will be held at 10.30am on Thursday 14 January 2021. Unfortunately, COVID restrictions mean that only a very limited number of people can be present for Sean’s funeral, but you are warmly invited to join us via livestream. You can view the livestream, download the Mass book and also leave a tribute, light a candle or make a donation in Sean’s memory here. We celebrate and give thanks for Sean’s life and commend him to an eternal life of love with his God.  May he rest in peace.

Saturday, 09 January 2021 16:21

Baptism of the Lord

2021BOTLWeb150Today we celebrate the baptism of Jesus by John the Baptist. Pope Francis says, "This feast makes us rediscover the gift and the beauty of being a community of baptized, that is, of sinners — we all are sinners — saved by the grace of Christ, truly integrated, by the work of the Holy Spirit, in the filial relationship of Jesus with the Father, welcomed into the bosom of Mother Church, making possible a brotherhood that knows no barriers or borders." Read more

Friday, 08 January 2021 09:58

St Andrew Corsini, Carmelite

2020ACWeb150Feast Day: 9 January

Andrew was born into nobility, a member of the powerful Corsini family of Florence, and was one of 12 children. He joined the Carmelite community at the Carmine on the southern bank of the Arno sometime before the year 1338. This community was known for its sanctity and regular observance amidst a more tumultuous environment of religious life in the early Renaissance period. After completing his studies in Florence he was teacher of the younger students in the community. More story

Friday, 08 January 2021 09:51

St Peter Thomas, Carmelite

2020PTWeb150Feast Day: 8 January

Peter Thomas was born into a poor peasant family in the southern Périgord region in France. His piety and skill as a teacher attracted the attention of the Carmelite prior of Bergérac, who invited him to join the Carmelite community there at age twenty-one. He taught in various houses of study until he was sent to University in Paris for advanced scholarship. While his studies were still in progress he was elected by the Order as its procurator general to the Papal Court at Avignon in 1345. More story

Thursday, 07 January 2021 09:19

Br Sean Keefe, RIP

2021SKWeb150With deep sadness, the Carmelites of Australia & Timor-Leste announce the death last night (Wednesday 6 Jan) of Brother Sean Keefe, O.Carm. Born in Louisville, Kentucky, Br Sean had been working at Whitefriars College, Donvale (VIC) as a teacher and chaplain since 2001 and heavily involved in fund-raising and support for Timor-Leste since 2004. His contribution to, and involvement in, the local community was recognised in 2011 when he was named 'Citizen of the Year' by Manningham Council. Sean's involvement both in the Manningham area and his service to the people and the Carmelites in Timor-Leste was recognised when he received the Order of Australia Medal in 2016. He will be greatly missed by the Carmelites, the Whitefriars College community, the people of Manningham (VIC) and Zumalai (Timor-Leste) and his many friends. May he rest in peace. Read more

Thursday, 31 December 2020 10:25

Happy New Year!

2021NYDWeb150Happy New Year from the Carmelites of Australia and Timor-Leste! On New Year's Day we also celebrate the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God. So, we begin the new year with Mary. May she accompany us throughout the year with wisdom and love on our journey into God’s heart.

May the New Year be filled with an ever deeper awareness of God's presence around us and in us. We continue to pray for all those affected by COVID-19 in Australia and throughout the world. May we reamin safe and continue to support each other. View larger image here.

Tuesday, 29 December 2020 13:03

Lectio Divina for January

lectiodivina 150You 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. Join our Lectio Online group every Friday at 10am (Australian Eastern Daylight Time) to prayerfully reflect on the coming Sunday's Gospel. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Wednesday, 23 December 2020 17:09

Christmas Greetings from the Carmelites

2020CGWeb150The Carmelites of Australia and Timor-Leste wish you a very happy Christmas and thank you for your friendship
and support throughout this difficult and challenging year.   

At Christmas we reflect on the mystery of 'God with us'
in the person of Jesus, born in one moment of time
so that God can be born in every moment of time through us.

May you and your loved ones have a safe, happy and blessed Christmas.

Wednesday, 23 December 2020 16:52

God is with us!

2020ChristmasWeb150We began Advent with the cry, ‘Come, Lord Jesus’. Now we end it with the joyful shout, ‘God is with us!’

Reflecting on the historical birth of Jesus, the Church proclaims the truth that God is, and has always been, with his people. And if God is with us, then God is for us. God is on our side. God has no desire to live in houses made of wood, stone or gold. God’s deepest desire is to live in human flesh. Just as God did that in the human flesh of Jesus Christ a long time ago, God continues to do so now in us. Read more

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