Catholic Community of North Harbour
Today’s readings urge us to prepare for and be open to God’s presence in our lives. We have been taught that this presence is ongoing, yet it doesn’t always seem so. We need to work to overcome fear and doubt, especially in challenging times, but the task need not be a frantic effort. These readings carry warnings and longings, but the operative words are comfort, tenderness and hope. We wait and prepare because of the promise.
Dear Fellow Parishioners,
Every time I read about the huge fires raging in parts of California (which have spread anywhere from the Napa Valley to just recently into Ventura County), I try to compare our own experience of bushfires which often destroy crops and land without the horrors that compare to so many whose houses are razed to the ground. Apart from some unprotected parts in the Blue Mountains we seem to escape the worst aspects of having whole suburbs reduced to ashes leaving thousands of people displaced.
The words of Isaiah in the first Reading could certainly be applied to people in this plight: “Prepare in the wilderness a way for the Lord”. In the face of good times and bad, the prophet continues to promise us that if we take the proper precautions before anything dire happens then when the worst befalls us we have protected ourselves as much as possible. It is in our own hearts that we need to prepare a way for the Lord. It is in our hearts that we need to make a straight highway for God. It is the valleys of sin in our own hearts that are to be filled with God’s mercy and healing, and the mountains and hills of pride that are to become low. Just as we are given warning each year to prepare for bushfires so as to be safe in the face of unknown possibilities, so we can take heart from the words of St. Peter who tells us “While you are waiting, do your best to live lives without spot or stain so that He will find you at peace”.
Please note children who are keen to participate must attend both rehearsal dates below:
· 10am -11am, Sunday 18 December after Mass at St Cecilia’s church and
· 10am –11am, Saturday 24 December, rehearsal after Mass in the church with readers and musicians.
Children are also invited to dress as angels and shepherds at the 5.30pm Christmas Eve Mass at St Kieran's to help set the scene.
The new Vinnies Brookvale Shop invites you to our first Family Day on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th December 2017 where Santa and his Elf will be making special appearances from 10.30am to 1.30pm!
Bring your camera and take your family Christmas photos with Santa for FREE. There will be a kids lucky dip and Santa’s Elf will be providing free face painting.
Plus, on Saturday 9th December spend $25 or more in store in one transaction and receive a free coffee from the Vinnies Coffee cart. Vinnies Brookvale is located at 22 – 24 Roger St Brookvale, with car parking on site. Don’t miss out – bring your family, friends and cameras and have fun with Santa at Vinnies!”.
From all at the Manly Vale Conference
This weekend, SVDP will be having their Christmas Appeal at all masses at St Kieran's. There will be a CHRISTMAS CRAFT STALL AFTER 9.30AM MASS on Sunday 10th December.
As we draw close to the end of another year I would like to invite all catechists (past, present & future) to attend the Catechist's Mass and Christmas Lunch on Wednesday, 13th December. The Mass will be held at St Kieran's Church, 2 King Street, Manly Vale and will commence at 12pm followed by the Christmas Lunch in the Parish Centre. Everyone who is able to attend is asked to bring along a plate of food (savory or sweet) to share for the lunch. If you are able to come along please RSVP to Adriana Bowyer before the morning of Tuesday, 12th December.
At this stage I know that the following scripture classes for 2018 will need a teacher so if you are able to help out in anyway, please contact me ASAP:
Allambie Heights Public School - Kindergarten on Wednesdays from 11.40am to 12.10pm
Allambie Heights Public School - Year 6 on Wednesdays from 12.20pm to 12.50pm
Manly Vale Public School - Year 4 on Wednesdays from 9am to 9.30am
Balgowlah North Public School - Year 5 class on Thursdays from 10.30am to 11am
of North Harbour Parish
0402 099 746
Many thanks to all those who were able to attend the AFA Christmas Dinner Party in November. It was a lovely night which was well attended by 101 people and we managed to raise $5,815.00 which is fantastic. We would also like to thank all those who weren't able to attend but gave a donation or purchased a ticket for a priest or student. Also thanks to everyone who donated lucky door & raffle prizes on the night. As we had a great response we have kept some prizes which we will use for our functions next year.
Congratulations to Dr Peter Chang who won the first prize of $1,000 and to all the other people who won prizes on the night. AFA thank you all very much for your support throughout the year and we wish you a very Holy Christmas and a Peaceful & Happy New Year.
God Bless from
Adriana Bowyer & the AFA Committee Members
On Saturday, 11th November 2017 the CCD of Broken Bay held it's 2017 Annual CCD Diocesan Mass for Catechists at Our Lady of the Rosary Cathedral, Waitara. It was a lovely Mass celebrated by Bishop Peter A. Comensoli which gave thanks to all catechists within our Diocese. We congratulate two of our catechists from our parish, Gai Hamer who was awarded with a 20 Year Service Award (A Papal Blessing) and Val Miller a 15 Year Service Award. We thank Gai and Val for their many years of service which they have provided to the children in our state schools within our parish. Also at the Mass we remembered two of our past catechists who passed away this year, Patricia Leeder and Caroline Bariol.
We are in need of:
We’re in need of more Eucharistic Ministers to the Sick to visit our parish nursing homes. If you have an hour to spare, just once a month, please contact the parish office.
Share the Journey has at its heart the vision of a united global human family. We are a global confederation, run by Caritas Internationalis, of 165 national development agencies.
We are the charitable arm of the Catholic Church and our confederation works at diocesan, national, regional and international level on issues such as poverty, migration, climate change, hunger, health and emergencies.
Pope Francis launched the 2 year campaign from Saint Peter’s Square on 27th September 2017 when he invited everyone around the world to “Share the Journey” with refugees and migrants.
If you are passionate about migration and interested in what’s happening in our world, then this is a campaign where you can make a difference at all levels. This is an opportunity to share something of yourself and offer it up in friendship in exchange for friendship and a journey of discovery.
For more information visit
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. 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 to
BSB: 082-146 Account No: 13-610-4220.
Other ways you can support the Province’s ministries are by donations to:Augustinian Volunteers Australia Trust Fund, or Bequests. Mailing address is:
Order of St Augustine , PO Box 7278, Warringah Mall, Brookvale NSW 2100.
Donations are tax deductible
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]
Lord, I will not quit until You gather all the fragments of myself from my present scatteredness and deformity, and unite them and cement them for eternity into the peace of our dear homeland, my God, my Mercy. Confessions 12, 16
- Welcome to the Sacramental Program 2017-2018
- Confirmation 2017
- Registration Form
- Letter to Sponsor
- When you though I was not looking
- Parish News
OUR PARISH PIETY SHOP, located in a stunning glass merchandise cabinet in the foyer of St Kieran’s parish centre is open during office hours Mon-Fri 9am-4pm.
Come in and have a browse next time you're passing.
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Christian Life Community is an international Catholic organisation made up of small local communities from all walks of life. Groups come together to meditate, pray and more fully respond to God in their daily lives.
CLC helps you find and connect with God in your daily life, integrate your faith with your life experiences, and supports discernment. Groups are guided by Ignatian Spiritual and meet for about a couple of hours on a fortnightly basis.
Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend
A Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend is a Marriage Enrichment experience for married couples – set in peaceful, picturesque surroundings, away from the distractions of everyday life. During the weekend, couples have a unique opportunity to reconnect, rekindle and refresh their relationship. Take time out of your busy schedule, to invest in your most precious asset . . . your Marriage!
Weekend date: 24th -26th November, at Mt Carmel Retreat Centre, Varroville, NSW
MEDITATION AT NORTH HARBOUR
ST KIERAN’S CHAPEL Tuesdays at 9.15am during school term
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