Feast Day Message from Fr Denis

Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish Feast Day

The feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel is celebrated on 16th July

Dear Parishioners

Lockdown greetings. The current COVID situation means we cannot celebrate our parish feast day this Sunday. The actual feast day is 16th July but, in the parish, we normally mark it on the Sunday closest to the date. However, you might like to join the livestream of the Mothers’ Mass at 10:30am from Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Middle Park in Melbourne. This is an annual celebration and will be an excellent Mass with music etc. The livestream location details are as follows but when we get the actual link, we will publish it on the parish website so you can just click on the link and join:

The Carmelites also publish an excellent prayer service for homes for the feast day which you can find on our parish website. We will also make copies available outside the church and priory if you would like to pick one up.

Hopefully life will free up again. When it does, we will have a combined celebration of 75 years of the parish along with the feast day at the Sunday Masses on a weekend to be determined. In the meantime, on behalf of the Carmelite community at Wentworthville I wish you every peace and joy for the feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. Please stay safe and well as we continue to live with the reality of the coronavirus.

Denis Andrew OCarm

75 Years - Parish of Wentworthville 1946-2021

Historical background to the Feast day

Our Lady of Mount Carmel is the title given to Mary in her role as patroness of the Carmelites. The first Carmelites were hermits living on Mount Carmel in the Holy Land during the late 12th and early 13th century. In the midst of their little cells or hermitages they built a chapel which they dedicated to Our Lady of Mount Carmel.

Eventually many of the Carmelite hermits left the Holy Land and spread throughout Europe. As well as seeing Mary as “The Lady of the Place” their devotion to Mary broadened.  The Carmelites came to see Mary in various roles such as a Woman of Prayer, Mary the Contemplative, Mary: Queen and Beauty of Carmel, Mary: Mother and Sister. It was in the late 14th century in England that the actual feast day of Our Lady of Mount Carmel first came to be celebrated on 16 July.

COVID-19 Update (14 July 2021)

Information current as at 14 July 2021

Today, the NSW Government has announced a further extension to stay-at-home orders for the whole for the Greater Sydney area. The lockdown now remains in effect until 11:59 pm on Friday 30 July.

As such, all Masses are still cancelled, and the church remains closed.

Funerals may be celebrated, but under specific restrictions. Please contact the parish office should you need to discuss the options that are possible.

Provided these restrictions do not change, Mass will resume again on Saturday 31 July.

Thank you for your cooperation with these government requirements.

Celebrating Sunday at home

As parishioners cannot attend Mass, we have returned to providing our Celebration of the Word for God for use at home in its original, Sunday-specific format while stay-at-home orders are in place. Masses are being live streamed from St Patrick’s Cathedral via the Diocesan YouTube Channel and St Patrick’s Cathedral Facebook page. Mass for You At Home can be viewed on Channel 10 (Sunday 6:00 am), or on demand via 10play, YouTube, or the Mass for You at Home website.

This weekend (17/18 July) is our annual celebration of the Solemnity of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, our Parish Feast Day. Resources are provided for parishioners to celebrate the feast day this weekend, both through prayer and home and live streamed Mass from the National Shrine of Our Lady of Mount Carmel (Middle Park, Melbourne).

Mass obligation

While restrictions remain in place, Bishop Vincent’s dispensation from the obligation to participate in Sunday Mass remains in place in the Diocese of Parramatta.

COVID-19 Update (7 July 2021)

Information current as at 7 July 2021

Today, the NSW Government has announced an extension to stay-at-home orders for the whole for the Greater Sydney area. The lockdown now remains in effect until 11:59 pm on Friday 16 July.

As such, all Masses are still cancelled, and the church remains closed.

Funerals may be celebrated, but under specific restrictions. Please contact the parish office should you need to discuss the options that are possible.

Provided these restrictions do not change, Mass will resume again on Saturday 17 July.

Thank you for your cooperation with these government requirements.

Celebrating Sunday at home

As parishioners cannot attend Mass, we have returned to providing our Celebration of the Word for God for use at home in its original, Sunday-specific format while stay-at-home orders are in place. Masses are being live streamed from St Patrick’s Cathedral via the Diocesan YouTube Channel and St Patrick’s Cathedral Facebook page. Mass for You At Home can be viewed on Channel 10 (Sunday 6:00 am), or on demand via 10play, YouTube, or the Mass for You at Home website.

Mass obligation

While restrictions remain in place, Bishop Vincent’s dispensation from the obligation to participate in Sunday Mass remains in place in the Diocese of Parramatta.

COVID-19 Update (26 June 2021)

Information current as at 2:30 pm, 26 June 2021

This afternoon, the NSW Government has announced stay-at-home orders for the whole for the Greater Sydney area. These are in effect from 6:00 pm tonight until 11:59 pm on Friday 9 July.

As such, all Masses and other liturgical celebrations are cancelled, and the church is closed.

Provided these restrictions do not change, Mass will resume again on Saturday 10 July.

Thank you for your cooperation with these government requirements.

Celebrating Sunday at home

As parishioners cannot attend Mass, we have returned to providing our Celebration of the Word for God for use at home in its original, Sunday-specific format while stay-at-home orders are in place. Our resources for this Sunday are now available for you to use. 11:00 am Mass on Sundays is live streamed from St Patrick’s Cathedral via the Diocesan YouTube Channel. Mass for You At Home can be viewed on Channel 10 (Sunday 6:00 am), or on demand via 10play, YouTube, or the Mass for You at Home website.

Mass obligation

While restrictions remain in place, Bishop Vincent’s dispensation from the obligation to participate in Sunday Mass remains in place in the Diocese of Parramatta.

COVID-19 Update (15 May 2021)

Information current as at 15 May 2021

Temporary COVID-19 restrictions introduced for last weekend were extended until 12:01 am on Monday 17 May. As such, for all Masses this weekend, the wearing of face masks remains mandatory, and singing by the assembly is not permitted.

Further details are provided in our previous COVID-19 update.

Thank you for your cooperation with these government requirements.

Celebrating Sunday at home

We continue to provide resources for people who wish, or need to celebrate at home instead of coming to Mass. Our resources for this Sunday are now available for you to use. 11:00 am Mass on Sundays is live streamed from St Patrick’s Cathedral via the Diocesan YouTube Channel.

Mass obligation

While restrictions remain in place, Bishop Vincent’s dispensation from the obligation to participate in Sunday Mass remains in place in the Diocese of Parramatta.

COVID-19 Update (7 May 2021)

Information current as at 7 May 2021
This update reflects the temporary restrictions in place for the Greater Sydney region from 6 May – 9 May 2021.

Face masks must be worn

Singing by the assembly is not permitted

Resources for praying at home are still available


More information

Face masks

Until 12:01 am on Monday 10 May, face masks must be worn at all indoor venues, including places of worship. As such, face masks must be worn by everyone attending Mass this weekend.

Singing

Until 12:01 am on Monday 10 May, singing by audiences at public events (eg concerts), or by congregants at a place of worship is not permitted.

Do not come to Mass if you are unwell, or display any symptoms of COVID-19. If you feel in any way unsure or anxious about coming to Mass, stay at home until you feel confident about returning. The obligation to participate in Mass remains suspended.

All other restrictions and procedures remain in place.

Celebrating Sunday at home

We continue to provide resources for people who wish, or need to celebrate at home instead of coming to Mass. Our resources for this Sunday are now available for you to use. 11:00 am Mass on Sundays is live streamed from St Patrick’s Cathedral via the Diocesan YouTube Channel.

Mass obligation

While restrictions remain in place, Bishop Vincent’s dispensation from the obligation to participate in Sunday Mass remains in place in the Diocese of Parramatta.

Easter Sunday Masses

If you have not already registered to attend an Easter Sunday Mass at church over recent weekends, there are some limited places still available, based on our current capacity limits. These Masses are:

  • The Easter Vigil (Saturday 7:30 pm)
  • Easter Sunday Masses (8:00 am and 10:00 am)

If you wish to attend one of these celebrations, you will need to register on arrival. Remaining places will be filled on a first come, first served basis. See the greeters at the registration table in the parish centre for assistance.

Please do not call the parish office to register to attend an Easter Sunday Mass. The office is closed for the long weekend.

There is no 6:00 pm Mass on Holy Saturday or Easter Sunday night.

Also, so you don’t miss Mass, everyone is reminded that Daylight Saving ends early Sunday morning – clocks go BACK one hour.

Confirmation and First Reconciliation Enrolment for 2021

If your child is baptised, and you believe that you and your child are ready to prepare for, and participate in their celebration of the Sacraments of Reconciliation or Confirmation this year, then you are invited to enrol in this process.

Details about First Communion will be finalised and shared later in the year, based on the COVID requirements at that time.