Our parish, in the care of the Carmelites, joins in solidarity and friendship with the parish of Zumalai in Timor Leste, where the Carmelites also minister. Through financial support, prayer and visits, our community expresses this solidarity and friendship in practical and life-giving ways.
Current projects support development in water access, healthcare, education and training.
You can support this project by bringing in your 10c refund containers to the church and placing them in the purple bin in the church foyer,
you can drop containers at the drive-thru recycle depot at 23 Morley Street, Coorparoo and use the Member ID number C10890501, OLMC SCHOOL COORPAROO.
This week = $18.90 (189 containers)
Total raised Term 3 = $115.20 (1152 containers)
Fr Matthew recently returned home with the QLD St Vincent de Paul Young Adults Pilgrimage group from World Youth Day 2023. The pilgrimage included time in Paris exploring, praying and reflecting on the origins of the St Vincent de Paul Society. This was followed by an international gathering of Vincentians in Felgueiras Portugal, before World Youth Day Week celebrations in Lisbon. The group concluded the pilgrimage with a retreat in Fatima.
"There were so many highlights and special moments. Two of my most cherished memories are the Eucharist we celebrated together in the crypt of Sacre Cuore in Paris and the candlelight rosary and procession in Fatima. Being with these young adults, sharing their aspirations, motivations and hope for social action that arises out of our shared faith story was inspiring and renewing." - Fr Matthew.
A photo essay of the Queensland St Vincent de Paul Young Adults Pilgrimage to World Youth Day 2023.
17 July 2023
Dear Year 3 Parents and Guardians,
We look forward to celebrating the Sacrament of Confirmation with your child.
As per the Sacramental policy of the Archdiocese of Brisbane, Year 3 children will receive the Sacrament of Confirmation.
In Year 4, they will receive their First Holy Communion.
In Year 5 they will receive the Sacrament of Penance (Reconciliation).
To be eligible for the Sacrament of Confirmation, your child must be Baptised.
If you are unable to locate your child’s Baptismal certificate, please contact the Parish in which they were Baptised and ask for a Baptismal extract.
The Sacrament of Confirmation will be celebrated here at the Parish on
Thursday 7 September and Friday 8 September 2023 at 5pm.
Parental Responsibility and the Sacraments in the Catholic Church
Your child’s journey in faith began with their Baptism – and in the words of Pope Francis “without Confirmation they have only come half-way”
At the Rite of Baptism: “You have asked to have your child Baptised.
In doing so you are accepting the responsibility of training them in the practice of the faith. Do you clearly understand what you are undertaking?” “I DO”
It is very important for the children and their families to participate regularly in Parish Mass. The Mass is at the heart of our Catholic identity and faith. We are indeed, Baptised and Confirmed so that we can participate fully in the Mass.
For your child to be eligible to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation, it is very important that all sessions of the preparation are attended. When you and your child make a decision to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation, you are making a commitment to share in the complete journey of receiving this Sacrament. Please see the attached list of dates for this sacrament.
The Parent and Child Information Session will provide an overview of the preparation involved with the Sacrament of Confirmation and will be an opportunity for parents to raise any questions.
If you are happy for you and your child to make this commitment, please complete the online enrolment form and Parental Consent Form and submit along with ALL the supporting documentation to the parish office by Friday 4 August. Please note, the enrolment form will not be processed until ALL documents are received.
This Sacrament is a very special moment in your child’s journey of faith and your Parish community look forward to supporting you in the journey and to the celebration of the Sacrament.
For any further enquiries, please contact the Parish Office on telephone 3397 1587 or by email at email@example.com.
Rev Martinho Da Costa O.Carm Parish Priest
The Plant and Resources Committee and the Finance Council have been working on repairing the Church Roof Skylights for some time. The Roof Skylights have leaked since the Church was first built. In the intervening period, the roof skylights have been repaired a number of times but each time retaining the original design. The last time the skylights were repaired, was in 2014.
In recent rains, water penetrating the skylights, has damaged the Church ceiling and a claim has been lodged with CCI but the source of the leaks must be repaired before the consequential damage to the ceiling can be repaired.
Bligh Tanner (BT), Engineers inspected the skylights and determined that the paths of water penetration included through the apex flashing, through the glazing sealant and through the vents under the skylights. The 18 panes of glass in each of the 16 skylight triangles sit in a steel inverted “T” Bar frame. BT has advised that no sealant manufacturer will warrant their product to seal glass and steel.
Each of these paths of water penetration results largely from an original design flaw.
BT has provided a preliminary design to:-
1. rectify 2 of these design flaws by:-
a. installing a single pane of glass in an aluminum adaptor; and
b. a new apex flashing.
in each skylight triangle; and
2. minimize the risk of water penetration through the vents under the skylights by installing baffles.
The Church is a local heritage place listed in the Brisbane Town Plan. Any work on the Church (including the skylights) needs impact assessable development approval unless the work is carried out in accordance with a heritage exemption certificate (HEC) issued by the Brisbane City Council. On 31 May 2023, OLMC obtained a HEC for works based upon the BT preliminary design.
BT will now proceed to provide detailed design so tenders can be called for the works to be carried out. The skylights are 13 m above the floor of the Church. Carrying out the works at that height will involve some almost unique difficulties. The current period is a time of escalating costs. Until tenders are received, OLMC cannot determine the cost or how the cost will be funded."
Chair of the Plant and Recourses Committee.
Mt Carmel Parish
Reflections offered from our parish community.