The Combined Societies of Mary
Let us enjoy together the Richness and the Beauty of God through Prayer
The Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel
Sunday 16th July
St Colman's Church Balaclava 2pm
A beautiful afternoon of prayer and blessings
Adoration Prayers, enrolment in Scapular, Holy Mass
with Bishop Peter Elliott as the main celebrant.
The Scapular is a special gift from heaven. Kings and popes and innumerable Saints have taken up the gift and so many of them have proclaimed the power of the Scapular. In fact no other religious symbol has ever been so strongly endorsed by holy Pontiffs than this simple symbol that both proclaims and attains the protection of the Mother of God, particularly for those who wear it with due reverence.
The Scapular is indeed best seen as a special gift from God. Yes, certainly it comes to us through the hands of Our Lady, but in this Our Lady fulfills the will of God the Most High. Definitely it is very much part of His plan for the world and especially for our difficult times.
Significantly at Lourdes Our Lady’s final appearance to St Bernadette was on the Feast of Mount Carmel. At Fatima on that final apparition of 13th October, 1917, she was present as Our Lady of Mount Carmel. We know that a final testament is so important, and Our Lady’s invitation to wear the scapular was Our Lady’s final testament at Fatima.
February 14, 2016
Friday 6th July
Masses and Devotions
2 Times and 2 Venues!
Parish Holy Mass followed by Adoration and Prayers to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus
St Augustines Church
632 Bourke Street
Novena to the Most
Sacred Heart of Jesus
Adoration and Prayers in honour of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus followed by Holy Mass.
St Joseph's Church
71 Orrong Road
Saturday 7th July
Adoration, Prayers as requested by Our Lady of Fatima, Holy Mass.
De La Salle Chapel
1312 High Street, Malvern
Sunday 15th July
Our heavenly Mother gave a wonderful promise regarding the scapular to the Carmelite Order. This blessing has been extended to all the faithful who by being enrolled in the scapular become part of the Carmelite Order (3rd Order). What a great thing this is. Imagine that: We become part of that wonderful order that has seen the likes of St Therese of the Child Jesus, St John of the Cross and St Therese of Avila, to name just a few of the great Carmelite Saints. Even more important than this special communion of the saints is the fact that we gain a particularly powerful protection from Our Lady and innumerable blessings. By the Scapular the wearer is now set apart and protected as Our Lady’s child.
Our Lady promises to bless and protect those who wear the Scapular with devotion and She delivers without fail. In our age, more than ever before we all need the protection of the Mother of God.
But what about the Feast? We have so often felt enormous graces have been associated with this Feast. Bring all your petitions and lay them at her feet, come and receive great blessings and help from your heavenly Mother on Sunday 16th July. Free Scapulars will be given away to all present. There will be enrolment in the Scapular of Mount Carmel by two Carmelite priest who will also celebrate Holy Mass.
We are also very pleased to inform that a wonderful and very beautiful life sized CARVED statue of Our Lady of Carmel, originally from a Carmelite Monastery in England will be with us on this beautiful day.
What a blessing too to have with us on this special day the very special relics of three of the greatest and most well known saints of all time: St Therese of the Child Jesus, St Therese of Avila and St John of the Cross. All three are Carmelite Saints. All three are doctors of the Church. These precious relics will be available for veneration on this one day only.
Please invite your family and friends, and your parish to join us on this grace filled occasion.
Friday 3rd August
Masses and Devotions
St Colman's Church is at
293 Carlisle Street Balaclava
Tram route 3 and 16 will take you to
St Colman's Church, and stop 39
is right in front of the Church.
which is on the Sandringham line
is just a few minutes walk
from the Church.
St Colman's Church is
and is just a few minutes from both
Dandenong Road and
There is a large carpark at the rear
of the Church.