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Saturday, 31 July 2021 16:16

Zumalai Schools roofing project

2021ZSRWeb150When Cyclone Seroja’s high winds and torrential rain hit Timor over the Easter long weekend, communities throughout the country experienced a big storm sustained over several days. While there was no severe flooding in Zumalai sub-district, which is on the south coast of East Timor, there was still damage caused to farming land and several schools.

Three Catholic primary schools in Zumalai are linked through a network of schools with one principal, Carmelite Br Antonio Olavio Exposto. When Br Antonio described the extent of the storm damage at two of those schools, Carmel Impact was able to develop a School Roofing Project to respond to the need. More story & photos | Donate here

Saturday, 31 July 2021 16:06

Rebuilding community water supply

2021RWSWeb150Flood waters rushed through Dili and neighbouring areas during the Easter long weekend this year. The floods caused by Cyclone Seroja was reported widely in Australia, with over 25,000 households displaced from their homes and 45 fatalities. Susan is a small hamlet situated in Hera, on the outskirts of the capital city Dili and was also impacted by the cyclone. It is home to 12 households and 80 people. Susan hamlet has a river running through it and as a result of the floods, several homes built on the banks of the river were completed washed away. More story & photos | Donate here

Saturday, 31 July 2021 15:31

Carmelites repair flood damaged roads

2021RRTLWeb150When Cyclone Seroja’s torrential rain and high winds caused damage throughout Timor-Leste last Easter, communities were impacted in different ways. In addition to homes, shops and offices being inundated with water, other vital community infrastructure was also damaged in several places.

In Dili, the Carmelites observed problems with the drains that run along the street where the Carmelite community house is located. The drains were blocked and in general disrepair, which meant they impeded the flood water from flowing away from the neighbourhood, affecting several households in the area. More story & photos | Donate here

2021CSAFWeb150Over the Easter weekend this year, Cyclone Seroja hit Timor causing extensive flooding in Dili and storm damage in communities throughout the country. With generous donations from Australia and around the world, we have been able to respond with several projects implemented through Carmel Impact.

A primary focus of our response to the floods was immediate and direct support to flood victims and their families. Our Carmelite brothers assisted and visited over 2,000 people across 500 households during the initial weeks of the disaster response. More story & photos | Donate here

Friday, 30 July 2021 14:15

Keeping social justice on the agenda

JPIC108Our August JPIC newsletter highlights the importance and value of media productions which portray values in the spirit of the gospels.  JPIC Team member, Peter Thomas, was recently invited to be part of a panel to judge documentary films from around the world and shares with us his insights and choices.

As well, the Australian Plenary Council to be held in October is fast approaching and in this newsletter we take the opportunity to draw attention to, and invite your prayerful consideration of, just one aspect of the many important points which will be central to the discussions.

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Friday, 30 July 2021 10:51

Lectio Divina for August

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, 30 July 2021 09:51

Novena to Our Lady of Mount Carmel

novena olmc grid 150On the 9 days before the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel (16 July), we prayed for the needs of our Carmelite Family in Australia and Timor-Leste. This year, in the midst of COVID-19, we included the people of the world in our novena of prayer. The novena can be prayed at any time of the year for the intentions below or for your own intentions asking Our Lady of Mount Carmel to intercede and pray with us. The prayers and intentions can be downloaded pdf here (2.32 MB) .

Thursday, 29 July 2021 11:09

The bread of life

18OTBWeb150The COVID lockdowns across our country have plunged us back into a world of fear, uncertainty and anxiety. When we experience this kind of anxiety we usually look for two things: someone to blame and someone to be our saviour. The people of Jesus’ time knew exactly who was to blame for their plight: the Romans occupying their land. They looked for a messiah to rid them of the Romans and restore the land to them. But the Messiah they got what not the Messiah they expected, or even wanted. Jesus comes armed not with spears and clubs, but with bread. Read more

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Tuesday, 27 July 2021 11:03

Journalist, educator, mystic, martyr

2021TBWeb150Born in Bolsward (The Netherlands) in 1881, Blessed Titus Brandsma joined the Carmelite Order as a young man. Ordained a priest in 1905, he earned a doctorate in philosophy in Rome. He then taught in various schools in Holland and was named professor of philosophy and of the history of mysticism in the Catholic University of Nijmegen. He was noted for his constant availability to everyone. He was a professional journalist, and in 1935 he was appointed ecclesiastical advisor to Catholic journalists. Both before and during the Nazi occupation of The Netherlands he fought, faithful to the Gospel, against the spread of Nazi ideology and for the freedom of Catholic education and of the Catholic press. He was arrested and sent to a succession of prisons and concentration camps where he was killed at Dachau. More story pdf Liturgy for today. (594 KB)

Monday, 26 July 2021 13:03

Celebrating Grandparents & the Elderly

2021GAEWeb150Pope Francis has proclaimed the World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly will be celebrated on the fourth Sunday in July each year – July 25 in 2021. The Day is marked near the feast of Sts Joachim and Anne, the grandparents of Jesus. The Pope's message begins, “I am with you always” (Mt 28:20): this is the promise the Lord made to his disciples before he ascended into heaven. They are the words that he repeats to you today, dear grandfathers and grandmothers, dear elderly friends. “I am with you always” are also the words that I, as Bishop of Rome and an elderly person like yourselves, would like to address to you on this first World Day of Grandparents and the Elderly. The whole Church is close to you – to us – and cares about you, loves you and does not want to leave you alone!" Read more

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