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Parish Announcements - 19th, 20th and 21st July 2019

On 26th July, we celebrate the Feast of St. Joachim and St. Ann, the grandparents of Jesus. To commemorate this occasion, for the first time, we will celebrate Grandparents Day in our parish on Friday, 26th July with a Solemn Mass at 5.00 pm in the Sacred Heart Church followed by a short fellowship at Our Lady of Arabia Auditorium. We invite all the grandparents of our parish to attend this mass by occupying the front benches reserved, and then participating in the fellowship thereafter. Those who would like to attend are requested to register their names in the Parish Office before Sunday, 21st July in order to make the necessary arrangements.

The GCC Unity Conference will be held in Kuwait on 8th, 9th and 10th November. More details on the registration formalities will be relayed in the coming weeks. Please mark the dates so that many of us from Bahrain can attend this Conference and be blessed.
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Fr. Xavier Marian D’Souza, OFM Cap.
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Today we observe the Solemnity of Our Lady of Mount Carmel which is the title given to the Blessed Virgin Mary in honour of her visitation, and she is considered the patroness of the Carmelite Order. July 16 is also the day that Catholics celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, which often begins with a recitation of the prayer. It can, however, be recited at any time for any need, usually as a novena, and can also be recited in a group as a much longer prayer known as the Litany of Intercession to Our Lady of Mount Carmel.

A Prayer to Our Lady of Mount Carmel
O most beautiful Flower of Mount Carmel, fruitful vine, splendor of Heaven, Blessed Mother of the Son of God, Immaculate Virgin, assist me in this my necessity. O Star of the Sea, help me and show me herein that you are my Mother.

O Holy Mary, Mother of God, Queen of Heaven and earth, I humbly beseech you from the bottom of my heart, to succor me in this my necessity. There are none that can withstand your power. O show me herein that you are my Mother.

O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us that have recourse to thee. (Repeat three times)

Sweet Mother, I place this cause in your hands. (Repeat three times)

The Carmelites Today
The Order of the Brothers of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel are active to this day. The friars live together in communities, and their main spiritual focus is contemplation, although they also engage in active service. According to their website, "Carmelite friars are pastors, teachers, and spiritual directors. But, we’re also lawyers, hospital chaplains, musicians and artists. There is no one ministry that defines a Carmelite. We pray for the freedom to respond to needs wherever we find them."

The Sisters of Carmel, on the other hand, are cloistered nuns who live lives of quiet contemplation. They spend up to eight hours a day in prayer, five hours in manual labor, reading, and study, and two hours are given over to recreation. They live lives of poverty, and their welfare is dependent upon donations. According to a 2011 report by the Catholic World Report, the Carmelite nuns comprise the second largest women’s religious institute, with convents in 70 nations.

Both the friars and the nuns take as their inspiration the Blessed Virgin Mary, the fiery prophet Elijah, and saints like Teresa of Avila and John of the Cross.

Today in a special way, we pray for the intentions of Apostolic Carmelite Sisters of our Parish.
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Parish Announcements for the week - 12th, 13th and 14th July 2019

On Friday, 26th July we celebrate the Feast of St. Joachim and St. Ann, the grandparents of Jesus.

To commemorate this day, for the very first time, we will celebrate Grandparents Day in our parish on 26th July with a Solemn Mass at 5.00 pm in the Sacred Heart Church followed by a short fellowship at Our Lady of Arabia Auditorium. We invite all the grandparents of our parish to attend this mass and the fellowship thereafter. Those who would like to attend are requested to register their names in the Parish Office before 20th July in order to make the necessary arrangements.

Due to maintenance works which are underway at the Sacred Heart Church, the evening masses from Monday, 15th July to Thursday, 18th July will be held in Our Lady of Arabia Auditorium. We regret the inconvenience caused.

The Church is currently receiving very high water and electricity bills. Parishioners are advised to use water and electricity sparingly.

Once again, a gentle reminder to parishioners not to dump old items in the Church compound. Please keep the church premises neat and tidy.

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Fr. Xavier Marian D’souza, OFM Cap.
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