Three Things About the Eucharist We’ve Learnt from COVID-19

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 we’ve missed:

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Looking Back in Order to Move Forward

Sunday marks the 200th anniversary since the arrival of Frs John Therry and Philip Connolly as the first official Catholic priests in Australia.  Prior to that, some priests (mostly sent as convicts) were allowed at different times to minister to Catholics in New South Wales.  Their tenures, however, never lasted long.

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Sunday of the Word of God

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 Aperuit Illis, no. 3).  It fulfils a proposal that he made at the end of the Holy Year of Mercy.

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Our Marian Shrine

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.

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Resisting Temptation and Making Space

Carmel Bulletin, 17 March 2019

The Temptation in the Wilderness by Briton Riviere
The Temptation in the Wilderness, c. 1898
Briton 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!

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