Growing in the ways of prayer

Nov
2
Sat
Prayer @ Mt Carmel Retreat Centre
Nov 2 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Presenter: Mr Geoff Stumbles

How do we pray in the middle of a very busy and hectic life? How do we pray to cope with loss and grief and tragedy?

This retreat in the context of this world will explore prayer through the lens of ‘practicing the presence of God’.

Nov
15
Fri
Holiness @ Mt Carmel Retreat Centre
Nov 15 @ 6:00 pm – Nov 17 @ 1:15 pm

Presenter: Bishop Greg Homeming, OCD

The Holy Father in Gaudate et Exsulltati has called us to Christian holiness.

We will spend time pondering holiness, what it means and what we shall do to become contemporary saints in the 21st century.

Dec
7
Sat
“I will give you a future and a hope” @ Mt Carmel Retreat Centre
Dec 7 @ 10:00 am – 3:30 pm

Presenter: Fr Gerard Moran, OCD

The bright November sun cannot illumine places of dark shadow accessible only to the uncreated light of Christ: Come Lord Jesus!

We allow the beauty of ritual and Word to speak to and to dissipate the darkness born of sadness and fear that can overshadow our hearts.

Feb
1
Sat
Spiritual Childhood, Saintly Parenthood @ Mt Carmel Retreat Centre
Feb 1 @ 10:30 am – 4:00 pm

Presenter:  Br Adalbert Imperial, OCD

As the relics of the Little Flower and her saintly parents, St’s Louis and Zelie, tour Australia, join us as we explore how Thérèse’s spiritual childhood developed as she grew up with saintly parents.

Feb
14
Fri
Therese of Lisieux, the Little Flower and unexpected Saint @ Mt Carmel Retreat Centre
Feb 14 @ 6:10 pm – Feb 16 @ 1:30 pm

Presenter:  Fr Gerard Moran, OCD

Therese of Lisieux, the Little Flower was and is an unexpected Saint.  How can her life impact our world today and who were her saintly parents who inspired her extraordinary, but short life?

Mar
13
Fri
Artists retreat @ Mt Carmel Retreat Centre
Mar 13 @ 6:00 pm – Mar 15 @ 1:30 pm

Facilitated by John Charadia.

Through the artistic process and the Divine imagination, we are able to experience the sacred and transcendent in everyday life.  

Mar
20
Fri
Joining the dots @ Mt Carmel Retreat Centre
Mar 20 @ 6:00 pm – Mar 22 @ 1:30 pm

Presenter:  Bishop Greg Homeming, OCD

Divine Providence and the Will of God are pervasive forces in our lives. Whether we are aware of this, whether we move with or against the Will of God, Providence is real. Spirituality helps us recognise God and disposes us to work with God’s Will. Being at one with the Will of God is true freedom.”

Apr
3
Fri
Taize Retreat @ Mt Carmel Retreat Centre
Apr 3 @ 6:00 pm – Apr 5 @ 1:30 pm

“The light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it”

We face a world in which there is less certainty and we find it difficult to know who to turn to and trust. We encounter situations in which resources are becoming scarcer, employment is less secure, politics is losing its effectiveness, house prices are insane, worldwide geopolitics is being transformed, and the Christian church is in decline. Using songs from Taizé, this weekend will draw us more deeply into the mystery of a God who truly loves us, and walks alongside each us. A God who meets us in moments which we experience as Calvary and calls us to a life of conversion, trusting that God is with us even at moments when we feel overwhelmed. In doing so, we can become aware of a simple reality – it is possible to find an inner peace, even joy, in the midst of darkness.

While we target people who are between 18 – 35, all are welcome.

Apr
8
Wed
Holy Week & Easter @ Mt Carmel Retreat Centre
Apr 8 @ 6:00 pm – Apr 12 @ 1:30 pm

Presenters: Carmelite Team

The Carmelite Community at Mount Carmel Retreat Centre, Varroville invites you to come, prepare and celebrate with us the Most Holy Triduum of the Lord’s Passion, Death and Resurrection. The retreat begins with dinner on Wednesday 17 April and concludes after morning Mass on Easter Sunday, 21 April.

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.

This retreat is conducted in an atmosphere of silence and reflection. There will be a talk in the morning to prepare for the liturgy of the day. You are most welcome to participate in the Prayer of the Church (The Divine Office) and to be actively involved in the Liturgy, for example in proclaiming the Word and being part of the choir. An opportunity of celebrating the Sacrament of Reconciliation will be offered. Come and join us

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