One Simple Way to Meditate


World Community for Christian Meditation
World Community for Christian Meditation

Find a quiet place. Sit down with your back upright. Sit still. Gently close your eyes and begin to recite your prayer-word, or mantra, silently, interiorly and lovingly throughout the time of your meditation: “Ma-ra-na-tha.” Say it as four equally-stressed syllables. It is an Aramaic word (which is the language that Jesus spoke) and it means “Come, Lord.” It is found in the Scriptures and is one of the earliest prayers in the Christian tradition. Do not think about the meaning of the word. Just give your attention to the sound of it throughout the time of your meditation, from the beginning to the end. Whenever distractions arise, simply return to your mantra. Meditate for 30 minutes each morning and each evening, every day of your life. Father John Main always said: “Just say your word.” Meditation is a way of pure prayer marked by silence, stillness, and simplicity.


The World’s Largest Humanitarian Organisation

The World’s Largest Humanitarian Organisation
-bringing hope to millions!-

In Australia, through 1,700 schools, more than 80 hospitals, more than 30,000 aged care beds and at home services, St Vincent de Paul, Centacare (now CatholicCare in some dioceses) and the myriad of outreach provided by religious orders, parishes and dioceses, the work of the Catholic Church is perhaps 50 times that of the Red Cross in Australia and around 40% of all the charitable work of non-profit organisations nationally.

Internationally, the Catholic Church is the largest or close to largest provider of humanitarian services in the Pacific, sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America. It is a major provider in Asian countries such as India, Sri Lanka and Hong Kong, even though the Catholic population is relatively small. Hundreds of millions of people rely on the Catholic Church every day for a wide range of services including primary, secondary and tertiary education, basic health services, clinics and hospitals, orphanages, welfare support, pastoral care and family support, job creation, advocacy against injustice and so much more. Continue reading “The World’s Largest Humanitarian Organisation”

WYD 2008 has gone, what next?

World Youth Day has gone and some of us feel empty. What has the Spirit called us to do? What about those of us who didn’t go to Sydney but sat glued to the television set throughout it all? Doing nothing isn’t an option. We don’t want it to be just how it was. We want to change things. We want to make a better world.
As Archbishop Oscar Romero said, “Aspire not to have more, but to be more
Start by looking at the Caritas BeMore website and get everyone signed up for the Be More newsletter.

Form a big group, a small group, several groups. Small groups could come from bigger groups just to focus on one aspect of action.

We plant the seeds that one day will grow. We water the seeds already planted, knowing that they hold future promise. We lay foundations that will need further development. We provide yeast that produces effects far beyond our capabilities.

We cannot do everything, and there is a sense of liberation in realizing this.

This enables us to do something, and to do it very well.
It may be incomplete, but it is a beginning, a step along the way, an opportunity for the Lord’s grace to enter and do the rest.
We may never see the end results, but that is the difference between the master builder and the worker. We are workers, not master builders, ministers, not messiahs. We are prophets of a future not our own.

– Archbishop Oscar Romero (martyred on March 24th 1980)

Welcome to our new Catholic Friends

Welcome to our new Catholic Friends

 Lisa Zailanee, Emma Davidson, Angus McLaughlan, Dion and Kyle Owens, Lilly Rubery, and Jacob Ryan.
I thank the members of the Catechumenate team who have accompanied Emma and Lisa over the past eight months and Richard Hallett for accompanying the younger new Catholics.
I read the number of new Catholics in England is well up this Easter.

Fr Kevin

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.

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”



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


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.