Holy Week and Easter Retreat
Presenters: Carmelite Team
We invite you to accompany the Carmelite Community as we enter the Most Holy Triduum of the Lord’s Passion, Death and Resurrection.
The Easter “Triduum, which extends from the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday until the Evening Prayer of Easter Sunday, is the kernel of the Church’s Liturgical Year. We could apply to it what is said of the Eucharist in the Document on the Liturgy of Vatican II: “it is the source and summit” of the Church’s year; everything leads up to it and everything flows out from it. Each year the Carmelite Community at Mount Carmel invites retreatants to join them during these holy days. Included in this time will be a talk to prepare for the liturgy of the day, participation in the Prayer of the Church (The Divine Office), an atmosphere of silence and reflection, and an opportunity of celebrating the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Participants are invited to involve themselves actively in the Liturgy, for example in proclaiming the Word and being part of the choir.
Living in the light of the Resurrection: A retreat in the spirit of Taizé
Facilitated by the Friends of Taize
Experiencing God in our joys and sorrows.
“Right at the depth of the human condition, lies the longing for a presence, the silent desire for a communion. Let us never forget that this simple desire for God is already the beginning of faith.” Br Roger of Taizé
Using the songs and prayer of Taizé, this weekend will draw us more deeply into the mystery of a God who truly loves us, and walks alongside each us in our joys as well as our sorrows.
Out of Darkness Colour Breaks
Presenter: Lorraine Murphy, OCDS
Journeying with the disciples of Emmaus: Time to reflect with two “insignificant disciples” as they return (from Emmaus) to Jerusalem after meeting the Risen Lord.
Over the course of the day we will look at the writings of Saints Teresa and John of the Cross along with Pope Francis who emphasises accompaniment and discernment. How do we journey, Emmaus-like, with people experiencing grief, failure and loss in its many forms in our life, church and world today? We recall that the risen Christ still bore his wounds and was recognised by them. What do our wounds teach us about love and mercy
Presenter: Bishop Greg Homeming, OCD
The Gospels give us the encounters of ordinary people with Jesus in the uniqueness of their own personality, concerns and failings.
This insight gives us a powerful way to read the gospels. We meet ourselves in these people and through prayerful consideration hear Jesus speaking to us. The Gospel can be a mirror in which we see ourselves and God.
“Faith without works is dead” (James 2:17)
Presenter: Deacon Peter Presdee
The truth of this statement will be traced in the “work” of three extraordinary women: Mary McKillop, Edith Stein and Eileen O’Connor.
Their faith worked itself out in love (Gal. 5:6) and challenges us to take up Pope Francis’ call to evangelize through works of mercy. We will ponder how their lives shared many similarities and yet each was unique in how they lived out their response to their divine calling. An in-depth look at their faith journeys will aim to display an intimate relationship of each with the Father, with a particular emphasis on the virtue of hope. Finally retreatants will be invited to journey within themselves and with the help of the inspiration of these charismatic women reflect on how God is calling them to “work” for Him in the world.
St. Teresa of Avila speaks to us today
Presenter: Fr Aloysius Rego, OCD
What has Teresa who lived in 16 Century Spain, got to say to us who live in 21st century Australia?
St Teresa of Avila – Carmelite nun, contemplative, writer and Doctor of the Church. But she lived 500 years ago! What possibly could this woman say or write that could influence our lives today? On this weekend we will journey with her writings to explore more deeply the wisdom that this humble saint can bring to us.
Immersed in Your Beauty
Presenter: Sr Nory Ordiz, CM
“Let us rejoice, Beloved, and let us go forth to behold ourselves in your beauty…” (Stanza 36, Spiritual Canticle)
St John of the Cross sees each person as gifted, with great potential. Reflecting on his poems, especially the Spiritual Canticle, he will lead us to the discovery of our true and authentic self which is full of God’s beauty.
Presenters: John Charadia & Guest Tutors
The Light of Hope and Peace @ Mt Carmel Retreat Centre
Christmas – the birth and ongoing growth to maturity of our faith in Jesus. In the words of Verna Holyhead,
“flesh and spirit, concealment and revelation, time and eternity, divine glory and vulnerability: these contradictions are all wrapped in the holy gift of Christmas.”
Participants will explore this timeless gift while illustrating, painting and expressing personal artistic reflections on the scripture.
Hope in the face of terror
Presenter: Fr Paul Chandler, OCarm
Where is joy and hope when life can seem to be at its worst?
We live with bad news. The media bring us daily reports that range from sadness to horror, and dread becomes a sort of background noise to our lives.
This retreat will explore the possibilities of hope and joy when times seem at their worst. The Risen Lord, who plumbed the very depths of human sorrow, is our guarantee of a life full of meaning, peace, and wonder.
Love: the Flowering and Touchstone of the Christian Life
Presenter: Fr Gerard Moran, OCD
As Christians we are deeply loved and called to become lovers. In turn our life in God depends on how we open ourselves and respond to love.
The retreat will draw on the Word of God and the Wisdom of the Church and its Saints to open up this reality to our minds and hearts.