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Our November offers on-line opportunities to nourish your spirit as this challenging year draws to a close. Please join us in whatever way you can. We welcome your phone calls and emails always.

We also look forward to bringing you a 2021 program soon. It will be a modified program due to reduced funding. But we are still here to journey with you so please consider donating to help us continue our work.

Health in the Lord and blessings of the Holy Spirit.

via zoom: Carmelite Spiritual Horizons: Justice and Peace in the Carmelite Tradition, with Clare McArdle, Thursday 29 October, 3.00 - 4.30pm

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This is part two of the fourth topic in the study series "Carmelite Spiritual Horizons." Facilitated by Clare McArdle this session will help us reflect on how we as individuals can live prophetically in community. You are welcome to join even if you missed last week. Suggested reading material includes …

via zoom: Carmelite Conversation: Ruth Burrows ocd "Interior Castle Explored", with Bernadette Micallef, Wednesday 4 November, 10.30am

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This month's conversation will discuss Ruth Burrow's book on Teresa's Interior Castle. Some pre-reading is available before the session. This discussion will be in two parts each focusing on essential grounding for understanding Teresa: the process of 'becoming human', and the difference between the essence of mystical encounter and …

via zoom: Centering Prayer - an introduction with Kathryn Pile, Tuesday 10 November, 9.15am

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An introductory session for those new to Centering Prayer with periods of silence, and an opportunity for questions and answers. All newcomers welcome. Centering Prayer draws on the Christian tradition of meditation from the heart centre, using themes from spiritual writing and scripture, to help us experience beyond limited intellect, …

via zoom: Eco-Spirituality Reading Circle: Sand Talk, Tuesday 10 November, 5.00 - 6.30pm

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In 2020 the Eco-Spirituality Reading Circle is progressively reading the book Sand Talk: How Indigenous Thinking Can Save the World by Tyson Yunkaporta (Published by Text Publishing Melbourne 2019). Pre-read for this meeting is that last two chapters 13 and 14. This reading circle is for …

via zoom: Spiritual Reading Group, Saint Kassiani the Hymnographer, with Bata Bardak, Tuesday 17 November, 4.30pm

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Hope you can join this last Spiritual Reading group for the year. The session will include playing a youtube recording of one of Kassiani's hymns with her original music. Saint Kassiani was born in Constantinople around 805AD. Part of an aristocratic family, she received an excellent education, both secular and …

via zoom: Centering Prayer - an introduction with Kathryn Pile, Tuesday 24 November, 5.00pm

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An introductory session for those new to Centering Prayer with periods of silence, and an opportunity for questions and answers. All newcomers welcome. Centering Prayer draws on the Christian tradition of meditation from the heart centre, using themes from spiritual writing and scripture, to help us experience beyond limited intellect, …

via zoom: Carmelite Conversation: Saint John of the Cross, with Br Matthew Tonini OCarm, Wednesday 2 December 10.30am

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The feast day of John of the Cross is celebrated on 14 December. For many years the Carmelite Centre has invited Fr Michael Brundell OCarm to delight and inspire us as he shared his wealth of knowledge on this great Carmelite saint. Early in 2020 Fr Michael moved his residence to Mary MacKillop Aged Care in Hawthorn East. We will …
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TUESDAY: Centering Prayer

  • Join us at home Tuesdays at 1.00pm (or a time that suits). Reflections by Kathryn Pile are added to the website for each weekly session.
  • View an introductory youtube by Kathryn Pile.
  • Click for more information and a Meditation app.
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THURSDAY: Meditation

  • Join us from your own home in weekly Meditation, Thursday evening at 7.00pm (or a time that suits). Reflections by Peter Thomas are added to the website for each weekly session.These are available to either listen to or read.
  • Listen to a series of podcasts by Peter Thomas here.
  • The 4-Week Meditation program booklet prepared by Peter Thomas is available for a cost of $12 including postage. This booklet can be purchased here.
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FRIDAY: Lectio Divina - via zoom

  • Pray the scriptures with us every Friday morning at 10.00am.
  • Notes from David Hofman OCarm for each week are progressively available here.
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DONATE TO THE CARMELITE CENTRE

People regularly tell us that they are grateful for the Carmelite Centre as it provides an oasis of spiritual nourishment, creating a calmer and hope-filled life.
Our program offers opportunities on a daily, weekly and monthly basis. This enables individuals to develop a rhythm that leads to a more meaningful and purposeful life.
Read some of their stories here. Email your own story to be included.
Your support helps us keep going!
Donate to the Carmelite Centre here.

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PASTORAL SUPERVISION via Skype, Zoom, FaceTime

Pastoral Supervision provides professional and personal support to people working in Church ministry. Offered in a trusting and confidential setting, the benefits can include improved workplace relationships, renewed sense of vocation, clarity of roles, support and managing stress. To make an appointment, for more information and to listen to a podcast by Damien Peile click here.

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SPIRITUAL DIRECTION via Zoom

During these unusual times Spiritual Direction conversations can provide support amidst the joy, sorrows and challenges. Spiritual Direction is a series of conversations about your experience of life as it is today, in the light of your faith or values. To book an appointment, for more information and to listen to a podcast by Bernadette Micallef click here.

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FROM THE CARMELITE LIBRARIAN

Members of the Carmelite Library are advised of a return to 'request and collect' circulation. Collection is available on Fridays. Please email me for loan requests or phone for further information on 0411 253 599. It would be good to hear from you. Philip Harvey

During this time of isolation, the Library blog has a wealth of articles to read from past Spiritual Reading Groups, Carmelite Conversations and other reflections to support and encourage you. Discover what is available here.


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