Growing in the ways of prayer

Holy week and Easter @ Mt Carmel Retreat Centre
Apr 17 @ 6:00 pm – Apr 21 @ 10:15 am

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.

Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord @ Mt Carmel Retreat Centre
May 4 @ 10:00 am – 3:30 pm

Presenter: Br Emmanuel Noel, OCD

Let Mary lead us to a deeper relationship with the “Son of the Most High” (Lk 1:32).

St Luke the Evangelist has provided us with a more intimate portrait of the Virgin Mary than the other gospel writers. She is depicted as an active, faithful and thoughtful woman who embraces God’s unexpected plan for her life. In this one day retreat during the Month of Mary, let us contemplate this image of our Blessed Mother that Luke places before us, and discover how Mary is the true model of faith who unfailingly points us to God.

Mary MacKillop, Woman of faith and Vision @ Mt Carmel Retreat Centre
May 17 @ 6:00 pm – May 19 @ 1:15 pm

Presenter: Sr Ann Morrison, RSJ

“Believe the whisperings of God to your own heart.”

A glimpse into the life of Mary MacKillop, whose faith and vision shines a light for our living in today’s world with appreciation and awareness of how God acts within us and our world.

A week with the Carmelite Saints @ Mt Carmel Retreat Centre
May 27 @ 6:00 pm – Jun 2 @ 10:30 am

Presenter: Fr Aloysius Rego, OCD

How can the Carmelite Saints guide us in our journey to intimacy with God?

The Carmelite Saints have much to offer us in our journey to God. Three of them – Teresa of Avila, John of the Cross, Therese of Lisieux – have been given the title ‘Doctor of the Church’, that is, official teacher of the way to holiness. During this week we will explore selected themes in each of their spiritualities, which can assist us in our quest for intimacy with God.

The retreat will finish after morning tea on 2 June.

Directed retreat @ Mt Carmel Retreat Centre
May 27 @ 6:00 pm – Jun 2 @ 1:30 pm

A time of reflection and prayer on your own spiritual journey with the help of a director.

This retreat provides participants with an opportunity to prayerfully reflect on their own spiritual journey with the assistance of a spiritual director. Retreatants arrive and are shown their rooms from 3pm. The retreat begins after the evening meal (6:10) with an introductory meeting of retreatants and director in which a general outline of the retreat will be given and people will be assigned to their director. After this meeting each director will meet briefly with their directees and will prepare them for their interviews the following day. These interviews which will be about half an hour duration usually take place every day and along with the Eucharist are the two main activities of the week. Opportunity to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation will be available. The retreat will finish after lunch at 1:30pm on Sunday.

He does not want us to despise ourselves @ Mt Carmel Retreat Centre
Jun 1 @ 10:00 am – 3:30 pm

Presenter: Sheila Upjohn

The day explores the reasons 14th century book by Julian of Norwich has become so relevant in the 21st century.

The assurance of God’s unconditional love for us, given to Julian of Norwich, was so contrary to the teaching of the church in her day that her book had to be hidden for centuries. Today we are open to her God-given insight that sin is behovely, and that in spite of it, all manner of things shall be well.

The Light of Hope and Peace @ Mt Carmel Retreat Centre
Jun 14 @ 6:00 pm – Jun 16 @ 1:30 pm

Presenter: John Charadia and artist tutors

“Flesh and spirit, concealment and revelation, time and eternity, divine glory and vulnerability: these contradictions are all wrapped in the holy gift of Christmas.” Verna Holyhead

Participants will explore this timeless gift while illustrating, painting and expressing personal artistic reflections on the scriptures.

A Spiritual Pot Pourri @ Mt Carmel Retreat Centre
Jul 5 @ 6:00 pm – Jul 7 @ 1:15 pm

Presenter: Bishop Peter Ingham

A Pot Pourri is a mixture of flowers, herbs and spices in a sachet or bowl to provide a gentle natural scent. Here it will be an unusual/interesting mixture of things of the Spirit so that we create a good impression after us.

Each of you is writing a gospel, a chapter every day, by the deeds that you do and the words that you say. People read what you write, be it faithless or true. Hey, what is the gospel according to you?

The quest of being united and transformed by Love @ Mt Carmel Retreat Centre
Jul 6 @ 10:00 am – 3:30 pm

Presenter: Fr Ferdinand De La Cruz, OCD

“Our call to be transformed into God is call to enter into a God-loving life.”

John says, “When the soul is transformed and glowing interiorly with the Fire of Love, it is not only united to the Divine Fire but becomes a Living Flame itself and is conscious of being such.”

In this day retreat, we will explore the experience and the call of the person united and transformed by Love, as presented in the poem of John of the Cross, “The Living Flame of Love.”

Living the gifts and fruits of the Spirit @ Mt Carmel Retreat Centre
Jul 8 @ 6:00 pm – Jul 14 @ 1:15 pm

Presenter: Bishop David Walker

Since the Spirit is our life, let us be directed by the Spirit (Gal 5:25).

So then, brothers and sisters, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh— for if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received a spirit of adoption. When we cry, ‘Abba! Father!’ it is that very Spirit bearing witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs, heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ—if, in fact, we suffer with him so that we may also be glorified with him (Romans 8:12-17).

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