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Friday, 16 April 2021 09:20

3rd Sunday of Easter - Seeing & touching

3EWeb150As we share the food of our Eucharistic meal each time we gather at mass, we recall that whenever Jesus shared a meal with his followers he opened their hearts and minds. Jesus said: “Touch me and see for yourselves.” We may not be there in Jerusalem in that room with the disciples reaching out to touch Jesus, but we can touch and see Jesus in all the good things around us in our world... Read More

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Thursday, 15 April 2021 13:34

Young Carmelites help with flood crisis

timorlesteflood01 150Our young Carmelites in Timor-Leste have been helping to distribute food and household goods and clean and rebuild houses following the devastating floods in Timor-Leste. The local parish in Hera has become a refugee centre for many people who have lost everything in the disaster. Closer to Dili, our Carmelites in Fatuhada have also been helping out with food, clothing and transport for people affected by the crisis. More story  Donate here

Friday, 09 April 2021 15:09

2nd Sunday of Easter - Transforming fear

2EWeb150In today’s Gospel reading there are two stories of transformation through encounter with the risen Jesus. Firstly, Jesus appears to a group of frightened and bewildered disciples hiding in a room. His first words are, ‘Peace be with you’. Fear and bewilderment turn into joy as the disciples recognise the presence of the Risen Jesus with them. But that’s not all… Read more

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Friday, 09 April 2021 14:14

Timor Flood Emergency Appeal

2021TLFWeb150With homes washed away, roads and infrastructure damaged, and thousands now homeless, the people of Timor-Leste need your help. The Carmelites are providing food, water and clothing to those affected and our students are helping to clean and rebuild houses. Many people have lost everything. Please donate at: Read more

2020Web150When someone dies, one of the things we often feel is their absence. The rooms where they lived with us, the places where they sat are now empty and our hearts ache. In a way, we are all caught in tombs which hold loved ones, our experiences of hurt and harm, our fears and anxieties. What we seem to need above all is presence. Easter is a story of transformation. Where once there was only absence, now there is calm, loving, healing Presence and we know we are not alone. Our tombs begin to empty and joy becomes possible again. Resurrection is all about death giving way to life, the impossible becoming possible, absence becoming presence.

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Friday, 02 April 2021 01:50

Love poured out - Good Friday

2020GFWeb150Our afternoon liturgy is a meditation on the passion and death of the Lord. We begin listening to the words of Isaiah about the suffering servant on whom is laid the sin of all. We are struck by the brutality of the passion. We wonder at the depth of love of a God who gives up his own life that we might truly live.  We venerate the cross, not as a symbol of horrible death, but as a sign of the victory of God’s love; the end of one way of living and beginning of another. We pray with Christ’s spirit for the needs of the world. We receive again the Food that nourishes and strengthens us on our journey to Easter day.

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Thursday, 01 April 2021 01:34

Washing feet, sharing bread - Holy Thursday

2019HTWeb105On this night we recall Jesus’ commandment to love one another, his washing of the disciples’ feet and the breaking of the bread of his own life, not just at table, but also on the altar of the Cross, for the healing and nourishment of the world. The liturgy on Holy Thursday is a meditation on the essential connection between the Eucharist and Christian love expressed in serving one another. Christ is not only present in the Eucharist but also in the deeds of loving kindness offered to others through us. We are the ones who make ‘real’ the presence of Jesus in every smile, kind word and loving action. Download our Celebrating At Home liturgy for Holy Thursday.

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Tuesday, 30 March 2021 22:44

Lectio Divina for April

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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Friday, 26 March 2021 14:37

The passion in Passion Sunday

PSWeb150In the person of Jesus, God emptied himself into a fragile, naked, tortured human being at the mercy of civil and religious authorities.  The God that the religious authorities and the people of Jesus’ time expected in the Messiah is not the God who showed up in the carpenter’s son. Often, too, the God we expect and want is not the God who shows up in the person of Jesus. What we see in the passion of Jesus is just how passionate God is about us humans. Read more

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Thursday, 25 March 2021 16:09

Matthew's Mass of Thanksgiving

2021MOTWeb150Please join us for Matthew Tonini’s Mass of Thanksgiving on Sunday 18 April at 10.30am in Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, cnr Richardson & Wright Streets, Middle Park (VIC). RSVP to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on (03) 9699 1922. Traditionally, newly-ordained priests celebrate a Mass of Thanksgiving on the day following their Ordination, presiding for the first time at the celebration of the Eucharist.

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