Eastertide Parish Retreat

Eastertide Parish Retreat

This will be held on Sunday 26 April in the Parish Centre from 11.30am to 2.30pm, with a lunch break. Please bring some lunch to share.
The main presenter will be Jill Gibbs who has recently finished twelve years in Rome as Deputy Director of the Community for a Better World (a group approved by various popes since 1952).
The theme will be ‘Living out the message of Easter’. 

Parish Renewal evaluation and future planning

Prior to the retreat, there will be an evaluation and future planning session for all on Tuesday 21 April at 10.00am and this session will be repeated at 7.30pm.

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Our Parish Target

 

Our Parish Target

 

As resolved by the parishioners following the Parish Renewal Program

 

By the end of 2009 all the people of Our Lady of Mt Carmel Parish Sunbury, through their experiences and through structures of communication and participation, are aware of the value of every person.

 

Explanation of the terms used in the target.

 

all the people: all the Catholics and their families, the parish priest and the religious, those who live within the boundaries and those who live outside the boundaries who choose to make this their parish, different generations, those aspiring to become Catholics, non-Catholic students, staff, and their families who identify with the Catholic schools in the Parish, and all those who choose to associate with us.


through their experiences: not just through words but through what actually happens, e.g. neighbourhood gatherings, personal contact, greeting and smiling, making oneself known to, showing an interest in, remembering other people’s names, being friendly towards, expressing care for, offering practical assistance to, working together in some common action.


structures of communication: ways of decentralising the parish such as area teams, the parish Good News letter, visitation to families, mailings, internet, email, parish web site.


and participation: pastoral care, assemblies, and open parish gatherings,are aware of, have a sense of, get used to the idea of, are awakened to, have an initial realisation of, are conscious of.


the value of every person: respect for the dignity of a person, the worth of each, the uniqueness of each. Continue reading “Our Parish Target”

God’s Call to Community

 

God’s Call to Community

In the readings of Sunday 7th Sept 08 we looked at God’s call to community. In Ezekiel, God commissions the prophet to serve as a spiritual sentinel for Israel, responsible for calling the people to repentance. In his letter to the Romans, Paul concludes that all of God’s commandments are fulfilled when we attend to the well-being of our neighbour. 
And in the Gospel, Jesus tells his disciples to persist in their pursuit of reconciliation. 
Our attention is turned to two of the basic ingredients of love: the willingness to communicate, and acceptance of others. Love does not just happen; it is not simply a nice feeling; it isn’t always easy; it is a process that needs plenty of work and attention. Arguments happen. Anger flares. Continue reading “God’s Call to Community”

CAMPAIGN FOR THE DIGNITY OF THE ENVIRONMENT

CAMPAIGN FOR THE DIGNITY OF THE ENVIRONMENT

We are endeavouring to promote the gospel values in our society as urged by Pope Benedict XV1 in March 2008. We are printing another special letter for every Catholic family in our parish which will be delivered by our ‘parish posties’. We have now coordinating teams in 28 of our 30 parish neighbourhoods of about a hundred Catholic families each. These teams are coordinating the distribution by the parish posties.

 
“..International action to preserve the environment and to protect various forms of life on earth must not only guarantee a rational use of technology and science, but must also rediscover the authentic image of creation.”

  ……………………..Pope Benedict XVI

PRAYERS FOR THE FAMILY

Every First Friday at 7.00pm in Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church…..Rosary, Hymns and Divine Mercy Chaplet with quiet time for Adoration; every Saturday at 9.00am—Rosary, Hymns and Divine Mercy chaplet with quiet time for Adoration.

All welcome especially children.