Advent & Christmas
Sunday, 29 November 2020 10:23

Stay awake!

Advent1Web150aJust as we are beginning to relax a little after so many months of boarder closures, mask wearing and hand sanitising, along comes the Church this weekend with a stark, two-word message: Stay awake! The message is a bit along the lines of “Be alert, but not alarmed”. Read more & download Lectio Divina for this Sunday.

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Friday, 27 November 2020 15:35

First Sunday of Advent (B) 2020

advent19a 150Our Advent journey begins today. This week’s Gospel calls us to ‘Stay awake’, to be vigilant and attentive so that we do not miss the moment when God breaks into human history once again. The God who came among us is still among us. In Advent we train our eyes to see the reign of God more clearly so that we may be totally caught up in God’s action in the world. Read more

Monday, 23 December 2019 16:13

Christmas Message 2019

christmas19 150The Carmelites of Australia and Timor-Leste wish you a very happy Christmas and thank you for your friendship and support throughout the year.

We will remember you and your families in our Midnight Mass at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Middle Park.

Saturday, 21 December 2019 19:00

Fourth Sunday in Advent (A) 2019

advent19a4 150Our Advent journey is nearing its end. Soon we will celebrate the great Christmas Feast. Our journey has called us to: stay awake to the coming of God, prepare to receive the Lord, rejoice for he is coming, and to receive him again with faith and love.

At Christmas we will hear the call to give birth to him in word and action so that the saving power of God may be seen and experienced through our every thought, word and action.

Saturday, 14 December 2019 20:41

Third Sunday in Advent (A) 2019

advent19a3 150This Sunday marks the turning point in the Advent Season.

Traditionally called “Gaudete Sunday” it is a day of rejoicing that the Saviour is near. The focus shifts from the final coming of Christ at the end of time to the first coming of Christ at Bethlehem. The note of joy is symbolised by the inclusion of the colour rose among the purple of the Season.

Saturday, 07 December 2019 18:15

Second Sunday in Advent (A) 2019

advent19a2 150John the Baptist sits at the centre of this week’s Gospel and next week’s. He is the ‘one who cries in the wilderness: Prepare a way for the Lord; make his paths straight’.

John was preparing the people for the coming of Jesus. Moved by his preaching many sought baptism in the river Jordan. This ancient water-rite symbolised dying to the old way of life and rising to a new way of life. That’s what repentance is about: turning away from sin and turning towards God. It is about true conversion of heart. It’s about making straight the pathways of our hearts. The fruit of our repentance and true conversion shows itself in good works.

Saturday, 07 December 2019 18:10

First Sunday in Advent (A) 2019

advent19a 150The great Advent journey begins. Once again we are struck by God’s astounding graciousness in sharing his life with us in the person of Jesus. “The Advent readings form a rich tapestry of images centered on the truth that God has come among us. In Advent we do not pretend that we are waiting for Jesus to be born in a stable. That happened once in history and it will not happen again. We remember that birth as we remember our own birthdays. The God who came among us is still among us. Advent’s invitation is to become aware of the all-pervading presence of the risen Jesus as Emmanuel – God among us.”

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