This weekend, the Church in Australia celebrates the feast of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ. It takes on particular significance this year, given that our weekly celebration of the Eucharist has been put on hold due to coronavirus restrictions. Reflecting on this experience gives us an opportunity to more deeply appreciate what … Continue reading Three Things About the Eucharist We’ve Learnt from COVID-19
How can the early days of the Australia's Catholic history (including the hard work of Australia's first Carmelites!) help us as Catholics today get through COVID-19?
While it is Australia Day here in this part of the world, universally today the Church celebrates its first ever Sunday of the Word of God. Last September, Pope Francis decreed that “the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time is to be devoted to the celebration, study and dissemination of the word of God.” (Apostolic Letter … Continue reading Sunday of the Word of God
Carmel Bulletin, 21 July 2019 Last Sunday, we celebrated the Solemnity of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. Under this title, the Carmelite family and our parish invoke the patronage and protection of Mary, our mother and sister in faith. Many people have a very strong devotion to Mary under this title. Some wear a scapular, … Continue reading Our Marian Shrine
Carmel Bulletin, 17 March 2019 The Temptation in the Wilderness, c. 1898Briton Riviere (1840-1920)Guildhall Art Gallery, London The Sundays of Lent begin each year with an account of the temptation of Jesus in the wilderness. Temptations can be easy to come by, and hard to ignore! For liturgical musicians, one temptation can be to want … Continue reading Resisting Temptation and Making Space