Dear Fellow Parishioners,
the connecting thread of all three Readings selected for this year’s celebration is that of a meal, and particularly a meal of bread and wine. Melchisadek was a priest-king of the primitive tribes settled around what was later to become the site of Jerusalem. He brought bread and wine to Abraham as refreshment after a battle – and this gift was never forgotten in the collective mind of the Jews.
Around the year 55 of the Christian Era (twenty-two years after the crucifixion), St. Paul writes to the Community at Corinth one of the earliest written accounts of the Eucharistic meal, referring to it as a “memorial” of the gift of bread and wine Jesus gave to his disciples as a spiritual refreshment . Such a gift has never been forgotten in the collective mind of all Christians.
If you would like to receive your end of year receipt electronically and you don’t currently receive In Touch via email, we don’t have your email address. If this is the case please contact the office with your email address. If we don’t have your email address a paper copy of your receipt will be available on request, please contact the office after June 30 and we will post your copy to you.
From this weekend the new financial year’s Planned Giving envelopes will be available for collection at both churches. If your envelopes are not in the church please call the parish office and leave your name and tell us which church you would like to collect your envelopes from. We thank all those who make a financial contribution to our parish. If you would like to join the Planned Giving program please contact the parish office.
During the week we received a letter from Caritas Australia thanking us for our generous support of the Project Compassion appeal. The parish was able to raise $7,161.00 not including any monies raised through our schools. Thank you to everybody who contributed to this worthy cause. If you still have donations outstanding please return them to the parish or school office, it’s never too late to donate.
Pop Up Piety Shop
Next weekend 29th May in the foyer at St Kieran’s church
New gifts in stock for First Communions
Spaghetti night on Sunday 29th May has been cancelled.
BR VINCENT KIM PHU TRAN OSA
The AFA Committee Members would like to congratulate Br Phu and wish him all the very best for his Ordination to the Order of Deacon on Friday, 10 June at the Holy Spirit Parish, St Clair at 7.30pm.
We are looking at organising a bus to travel to St Clair for the Ordination and are just trying to ascertain numbers of who might be interested in travelling to St Clair by bus to attend this celebration. Also, I would like to ascertain if we have any bus drivers or people who have a bus licence amongst our parish community and are able to help with getting people from North Harbour Parish to St Clair. Please contact me if you are one of these people with a bus licence and are available on the 10 June.
Many thanks, Adriana Bowyer (President)
Families are reminded of Practice Sessions to be held on:
Tues 31 May at 3.30pm and 7.00pm at St Cecilia’s Church and
Wed 1 June at 3.30pm and 7.00pm at St Kieran’s Church
As the Family Group sessions are concluding families are also reminded to check their child’s name details on family group lists and that your child’s photo card is on display in the church your child will be making their First Communion.
The children have been attending mass with their families and joining in the Communion Procession for a blessing. Please keep the children in your prayers over the coming weeks.
Enrolment for Confirmation will be on Tuesday 7 June between 9.00am and 10.00am or 6.00pm and 7.00pm at St Kieran's Church (will take approximately 10 mins).
ASYLUM SEEKER CENTRE APPEAL
The Asylum Seekers Centre provides practical and personal support for asylum seekers living in the community.
Next weekend will be the final weekend to donate goods to this appeal.
Boxes for the donation of goods will be provided at St Cecilia’s and St Kieran’s churches, St Cecilia’s and St. Kieran’s schools, and at St. Augustine’s College. At the end of May the donated goods will be collected and transported to the Asylum Seeker Centre at Newtown.
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.
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
30th Anniversary of the Diocese of Broken Bay
Bishop Peter Comensoli wishes to invite the Diocesan family to a special Mass on Tuesday 31 May, at 7.30pm to celebrate 30 years of the Diocese of Broken Bay and the Feast Day of our Patronal Saint, Mary Star of the Sea. Mass will be held at Our Lady of the Rosary Cathedral, Waitara.
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.
Link to the GIFT website:
Lord, You are our Physician, healing the ills of all. You reduce the swelling of pride, renew wasted life, and excise what is superfluous. You preserve what is necessary, restore what has been lost, and cure what has been corrupted. Christian Combat, 11, 12
We have a variety of bibles for sale at the parish office.
Cost: $15 for the Gift Bible, $20 for the Children's Bible and Usborne Miniature Bible, $25 for Beginners Bible.
We are always looking for volunteers to help out at St Kieran's and St Cecilia's. Children's Liturgy at St Kieran's is held every week and is on at St Cecilia's Church on the third Sunday of the month during school term.