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The Year of Mercy

Carmel Bulletin, 13 December 2015

Year of MercyThe Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy, which Pope Francis announced earlier this year, has now begun.  On Tuesday, Pope Francis opened the holy door at St Peter’s Basilica.

On Sunday evening (Sydney time), he will go to the cathedral church of the Diocese of Rome, the Basilica of St John Lateran, to open the holy door there.

This weekend will also see holy doors open at cathedrals around the world.  The central ceremonial doors at St Patrick’s Cathedral at Parramatta, usually closed and reserved for the most special of occasions, will be opened by Fr Peter Williams (Diocesan Administrator).  People will be able to pass through these doors any time from now until the Solemnity of Christ the King in November 2016.

The document (formally called a “bull of indiction”) through which Pope Francis officially called for this Year of Mercy helps to remind us of the boundless nature of God’s mercy, which we can celebrate and experience in a multitude of ways.  One way is through penance and reconciliation.

As we approach the season of Christmas, we remember that John the Baptist calls us, just as he called the people of his time, to repent and prepare a way for the Lord in our lives.  We will pray for, and celebrate the loving mercy of God at our Penitential Service on Wednesday evening.  I invite you to join us for this celebration, or to participate in the Sacrament of Reconciliation next Saturday morning from 9:30 – 10:30 am.

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24/3/13 – Holy Week

Fr John and Severs showing the cross, Good Friday 2009

Today we begin once again to approach the most holy days of the entire liturgical year.  We invite you all to participate in the celebrations of Holy Week and the Easter Triduum.

Our Penitential Service is on Tuesday at 7:30 pm, and the Sacrament of Reconciliation will be celebrated on Good Friday, from 9:30 to 10:30 am.

Bishop Anthony will celebrate the Chrism Mass at St Patrick’s Cathedral on Wednesday at 7:30 pm.  At this Mass, the oils that will be used in the celebration of the sacraments over the next year will be blessed, and the Sacred Chrism consecrated.  They will be presented to Fr Paul and representatives of our parish, and presented in our church prior to the commencement of the Holy Thursday evening Mass.

There is not a morning Mass on Holy Thursday, Good Friday or Holy Saturday.  The Easter Triduum begins with the Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 7:30 pm. The Parish Centre is reserved on this evening as the altar of repose for the Blessed Sacrament.  The main church doors will be used, with the parish centre entrance reserved for mobility access only.  Please bring your Project Compassion box with you and Vinnies food donations also and place them in the baskets provided.

Stations of the Cross will be prayed on Good Friday at 9:00 am.  The church will remain open during the day for those who wish to come and pray, with a Syro-Malabar Rite service during the day as well.  The main celebration of this day is the Celebration of the Lord’s Passion at 3:00 pm.

If you have flowers to contribute to the Marian Shrine or other saints at Easter, please bring these down to the parish centre on Holy Saturday from 9:00 am – 10:00 am.  The main celebration of this day and the entire Easter Triduum is The Easter Vigil at 7:30 pm.

Finally, Easter Sunday Masses will be celebrated at 7:00 am, 9:00 am and 10:30 am only.  To close the celebration of the Easter Triduum, we invite you to join us for Evening Prayer (Vespers) at 6:00 pm.


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10/4/11 – Holy Week

Holy Week begins next Sunday.  As Easter is fast approaching, here are a few reminders about our upcoming celebrations:

For the first time this year, Bishop Anthony will celebrate the Second Form of the Sacrament of Penance in each deanery.  The Holroyd deanery celebration is this Thursday 14 April at 7:30 pm at St. Patrick’s Church, Calliope Street, Guildford.  All are invited to attend.

Palm Sunday will be celebrated at the usual Mass times.  9:00 am Mass will commence with a procession from outside the parish hall.  Please join in the procession or solemn entrance at the Mass you attend and enter fully into the spirit of Holy Week.

The parish Penitential Service will be celebrated on Tuesday 19 April at 7:30 pm.  Like last year, readers for the Easter Triduum will have a preparation workshop afterwards.

The Diocesan Chrism Mass is on at St. Patrick’s Cathedral on Wednesday 20 April at 7:30 pm.  All are invited to attend.  Fr Paul and parishioners will receive from Bishop Anthony the oils that we will use over the next twelve months in our sacramental celebrations.

The Easter Triduum begins with the Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 7:30 pm. The Parish Centre is reserved on this evening as the altar of repose for the Blessed Sacrament.  Please remember that entry that evening is via the church doors – if you cannot manage the stairs, please see our welcomers about using the ramp and parish centre entrance.  Please bring your Project Compassion box with you also and place it in the basket near the church entrance.

Stations of the Cross will be prayed on Good Friday at 9:00 am., and the Sacrament of Penance will follow from 9:30 – 10:30 am.  The church will remain open during the day for those who wish to come and pray.  The main celebration of this day is the Celebration of the Lord’s Passion at 3:00 pm.

Like Holy Thursday and Good Friday, there is no morning Mass on Holy Saturday.  If you have flowers to contribute to our adornment of the Marian Shrine or other saints, please bring these down to the parish centre from 9:00 am. – 10:00 am.  The main celebration of this day and the entire Easter Triduum is The Easter Vigil at 7:30 pm.  Mass will begin outside with the Service of Light, before we proceed behind the Paschal Candle into the church.

Finally, Easter Sunday Masses will be celebrated at 7:00 am., 9:00 am. and 10:30 am. only.


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28/3/10 – Holy Week

As we have now entered Holy Week, here are a few reminders about our celebrations:

The parish Reconciliation Service will be celebrated on Tuesday 30 March at 7:30 p.m.  Like last year, readers for the Easter Triduum will have a preparation workshop afterwards.

The Diocesan Chrism Mass is on at St. Patrick’s Cathedral on Wednesday 8 April at 7:30 p.m.  All are invited to attend.  Representatives will receive from Bishop Anthony the oils that our parish will use over the next twelve months in our sacramental celebrations.

The Easter Triduum begins with the Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 7:30 p.m. The Parish Centre is reserved on this evening as the altar of repose for the Blessed Sacrament.  Please remember that entry that evening is via the church doors – if you cannot manage the stairs, please see our welcomers about using the ramp and parish centre entrance.  Please bring your Project Compassion box with you also and place it in the basket near the church entrance.

Stations of the Cross will be prayed on Good Friday at 9:00 a.m., and the Sacrament of Penance will follow from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.  The church will remain open during the day for those who wish to come and pray.  The main celebration of this day is the Celebration of the Lord’s Passion at 3:00 p.m.

Like Holy Thursday and Good Friday, there is no morning Mass on Holy Saturday.  If you have flowers to contribute to our adornment of the Marian Shrine or other saints, please bring these down to the parish centre from 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.  The main celebration of this day and the entire Easter Triduum is The Easter Vigil at 7:30 p.m.  Mass will begin with the Service of Light, which will commence in the Garfield St. car park, before we proceed behind the Paschal Candle into the church.

Finally, Easter Sunday Masses will be celebrated at 7:00 a.m., 9:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. only.


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14/3/10 – Exploring the Sacrament of Penance

Today at Mass, we hear the parable of the Prodigal Son, or perhaps (depending on the perspective from which you approach this scripture passage) the Forgiving Father.

This parable, along with other readings we hear during this season in Year C, make connections with the Lenten theme of Penance and Reconciliation.

For many of us, different images and thoughts surface as we consider penance and reconciliation, particularly when we think of its sacramental celebration.  These impressions we have of penance and reconciliation are shaped by our experiences, which can be quite varied.

Both this Thursday and next, I invite you to come and learn more about how we as a Church celebrate forgiveness and reconciliation.  We will explore the history of the sacrament, the forms by which we celebrate the contemporary Rite of Penance, as well as other issues surrounding the celebration of the sacrament today.

This will be a time for reflection, exploration and discussion, and a time to consider further the penitential character of this season of Lent.

Exploring the Sacrament of Penance
Thursday 18 and 25 March
7:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Paul Knüppel Parish Centre