On Wednesday 16 July, we celebrated the feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, our patron, in two appropriate ways: with a school and parish Mass at 12.30pm at OLMC and with a parish meeting at St Anne’s Primary School at 7.30pm. The old OLMC church was packed with school children and parishioners joyfully celebrating the feast of Mary our Mother and patron of our parish. I would like to say more about this Mass and the reverent way our children entered heart and soul in this liturgical celebration, but the purpose of this article is to report on the event that took place in the evening of that same day.
Led nobly by our parish team – Lyn Plummer, Richard Hallett, Sr Jose and Joanne Spiteri – sixty parishioners representing various active groups in our parish attended our inaugural Parish Meeting Night. I went partly as a participant and partly as an observer and reporter. I came away from the meeting heartened and impressed by these people who go the extra mile to give life to our parish.
For the record these were the names of the groups represented at our meeting: Baptism Preparation Team, Knights of the Southern  Cross, Liturgy Planning  Group, Overseas  Humanitarian  Project,  Maintenance,  Marriage Encounter,  Neighbourhood  Development,  RCIA, School Advisory  Committee  OLMC & St Anne’s,  Small Christian Communities, St Vincent de Paul and Youth Group.
Sixty  people represented YOU, our brothers and sisters in Christ, you who  share with  us the Eucharist that  binds us  together in communion with  Christ Jesus. Ours  is not  a perfect parish – no  parish can  boast that  it is – but  there is much to  like  about our  parish and  much to  be  thankful for  as  we  celebrate this  weekend the  feast  of  Our  Lady  of  Mt Carmel and look  forward to the feast  of St Anne and St Joachim. May  God  continue to bless  our parish.

Fr Bert  Fulbrook sdb

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