Dear Fellow Parishioners,
This weekend a large number of children received the sacrament of Confirmation from Bishop Peter Comensoli and each of them chose the name of a saint to be their patron and model into the future. Some of the choices were surprising and touching and I detected at least one St. Monica but not many takers for St. Augustine. Perhaps he casts too long a shadow for their little lives to appreciate since they have not yet had to struggle through the changing times and seasons that he went through which so uncannily echo our own?
As we celebrate the Feast days of Augustine and Monica this weekend it gives us the opportunity to draw comfort and encouragement from their example and from the many words of wisdom that have come from his writings down through the ages. He lived through the beginnings of the fall of the Roman Empire when he was still a newly ordained bishop and it set him thinking about the meaning of history, the reality of time, and the calling of Jesus’ followers to live with hope amid the tottering empires that come and go.
God of might, giver of every good gift,
put into our hearts the love of your name,
so that, by deepening our sense of reverence,
you may nurture in us what is good
and, by your watchful care,
keep safe what you have nurtured.
May we be inspired by the faith-filled prayer of St Monica
and the openheartedness of St Augustine in our search for wisdom and faith
This year marks the 102nd anniversary of the World Day of Migrants and Refugees. “Although we are far removed from the refugee crisis, we are challenged to open our hearts to the sufferings of others. Compassion is the hallmark of Christianity. In keeping with the Jubilee Year of Mercy, the Holy Father has chosen as its theme: ‘Migrants and Refugees challenge us: The Response of the Gospel of Mercy’.
With the men and women of goodwill, let us build a better Australia and a better world. May our endeavour to replace the culture of fear and indifference with that of encounter and acceptance be brought to fulfilment in accordance with God’s vision of the fullness of life for all humanity.”
Excerpt from Statement of Bishop Vincent Long OFM Conv, Bishops’ Delegate for Migrants and Refugees
To set the mood for the forthcoming Parish Picnic we are conducting a Guessing Competition. A jar full of lollies will be in the foyer of both Churches in the Parish at all Masses until the Parish Picnic. All parishioners will be able to try and guess the number of lollies in each jar by writing their name, contact number and guess on the sheet adjoining the Jar. A gold coin donation is requested for each guess to raise funds for the Augustinian Volunteers. The winners will be announced at the Parish Picnic on Sunday 28 August, which will be your last chance to have a guess
Each year, supporters of the Augustinians from our ministries and elsewhere contribute generously to the work of the Province, particularly to the formation of our seminarians and our social justice outreach. Already this year, we have received many generous donations and we extend our sincere thanks to all.
As the Order and the Church celebrate the great Feasts of St Augustine and St Monica, we invite you to continue this support. Donations are tax deductible.
Augustinian Seminary Trust Fund – These funds are used exclusively for the ongoing provision for our seminarians. Envelopes are available in our parishes and you can make a donation by cash, credit card or direct deposit.
Other ways you can support the Province’s ministries are by donations to:
- Augustinian Volunteers Australia Trust Fund
He Who has given us the gift of being also gives us the gift of being good. He gives it to those who have turned back to Him. He even sought them out before they were converted and when they were far from His ways. [St Augustine, On Psalm 103 (4), 2]
Our parish centre plays host to wide variety of events both within and external to the parish community. As I’m sure many of you are aware St Kieran’s Church has had a long association with Toastmasters and below is the latest event they will be hosting in the parish centre.
The St Kieran's Toastmasters club is hosting the Area 8 speaking contest at the St Kieran's parish hall at 7.30 pm on Wednesday 14th September. All are welcome to come along and hear the best speakers from the clubs around Manly Vale. If you or your friends are interested in improving your own public speaking skills, Toastmasters is a great way to increase your personal growth and confidence.
We are also currently organising a Friday morning class - Strength, Tone and Balance Training for over 60’s to be held the parish centre hopefully beginning in October.
20th September 10.30am—2.45pm St Kieran’s Parish Centre
This eConference will commemorate the Jubilee Year of Mercy and take up Pope Francis’ invitation to explore this central element of our faith.
Please call the parish office 9949 4455 to book your place.
This event is free of charge and everyone is welcome.
Recently a special meeting was called with the express purpose of discerning who might be available to take the place of the retiring Executive of the Parish Pastoral Council. Jordan Candido was praised for the organised and practical way he has led the Council over the past 2 years and the role he has played in fulfilling all that the constitution required of that position.
The meeting was facilitated by Janette Davidson in her capacity of Sacramental & Family Coordinator which makes her an ex-officio member of the Council.
The Holy Spirit was present in the gentle and considered way names were discerned and arrived at without the need to vote. It is with great pride that we announce the new executive for 2016-18:
Co-chairs: David Lee & Anne Halloway
Secretary: Tim Galt
- Welcome to the Sacramental Program 2016-2017
- Registration Form
- Letter to Sponsor
- When you though I was not looking
This weekend we welcome Bishop Peter A Comensoli who conferres the Sacrament of Confirmation on 183 candidates on Saturday 27 August at 2pm and 4pm. The children, the families, sponsors and friends of our candidates are warmly welcomed on this memorable day. The lives of the Saint in Confirmation, chosen after research by the children, and can be read on the display boards at both St Kieran's and St Cecilia's.
Next weekend we will celebrate Father's Day with a blessing for fathers at all masses. There will also be a blessing at all masses for expectant parents.
Each week we read an extract from Pope Francis' letter and reflect on how it might relate to our family lives.
"In the family, 'three words need to be used. I want to repeat this! Three words: ‘Please’, ‘Thank you’, ‘Sorry’. Three essential words!'” (Amoris Laetitia 100)
Simple words but not so simple to put into practice. This week raise awareness of the importance of these words in your family relationships and compliment family members when they do use the words.
In this 3-part article we will reflect each week in August on the vocation of marriage and family .
The vocation to which every Christian person is called is the call to love. The call to love is ultimately what God asks from each of us. One fundamental way many choose to live out our call to love is through the vocation of marriage and the family. Others may live out their vocational call through priesthood, diaconate, religious life and single life.
Pope Francis has focused the attention of the Catholic Community around the world on the vocation of marriage and family in the calling of Family Synods in 2014 and 2015 and his follow up communication 'The Joy of Love'.
The vocation of marriage calls us to a bonding commitment. There is no guarantee that life with our spouse will be easy, tranquil, or smooth, only that there will be someone by our side to go through the calm and rough waters with us, someone whose life is inextricably intertwined with our own.
Our family is where we nurture each other and help each other to grow. This ‘first community’ of ours is the most basic way in which God gathers us, forms us and acts in our world. A family experiences God in, and through, the ordinary relationships and events of family life. The ordinary experiences of family living can, and do, reveal the sacred.
Vocation of Marriage (Part 2)
2000 cakes of soap, toothbrushes and toothpaste.
Donations can be left in the boxes in the church entrances or parish office.
Community Service Oppportunities
THE VINE FACEBOOK GROUP - If you would like to join the group for spiritual enrichment,
MEDITATION AT NORTH HARBOUR
ST KIERAN’S CHAPEL 9.15am
EVERY TUESDAY during school term
CHOIR GAMES—An afternoon of workshops, singing and performing for children and young people who are involved or interested in parish music ministry will be held at Hornsby cathedral on Sunday, 18 September. There will be workshops in choir skills and singing beginning at 1pm, followed by a concert of Choir Games at 3pm where singers will compete against each other in different categories of choral singing. Singers from Year 2 to Year 12 are welcome, whether you belong to a choir or not. All participants will be involved in the Games, and there will be great prizes for the winners. Afternoon tea for singers and audience members will follow the concert.
To those who are new to St Kieran’s or St Cecilia’s churches, you are most welcome. Please collect a green Welcome Pack from the foyer of the church, which contains parish information including a family registration form for inclusion on our database so that you may receive parish news and updates. You may also obtain further information about the parish on our website—www.northharbourcatholic.org.au
To all who are visitors to our Parish we also extend a very warm welcome and hope you have found your time with us rewarding.
We have a variety of religious medals and crucifixes
(which can be pinned to clothing or worn on a necklace),
Bibles, rosary beads and religious cards for sale at the parish office.
Perfect for marking occasions such as
First Holy Communion/Reconciliation/Confirmation
Gluten Intolerant? - The Coeliac Society NSW has issued
the following advice about low gluten Communion bread.
New parishioners are invited to take a New Parishioners Welcome Kit in the green package at the back of the church, and please make yourself known at the parish office.