Dear fellow Parishioners,
During the weeks after Easter, the church puts us in touch with the first men and women who experienced the risen Jesus so as to deepen our appreciation and understanding of this, the linchpin of our faith. In describing those early believers who encounter the risen Christ in the Easter stories, we sense they have come to the end of their tether. They are alarmed and disturbed by his death; the two disciples on the way to Emmaus have had their last hopes destroyed. After Jesus’ death, they are at a loss; it was only through their unexpected experience of the Lord as risen that they began to understand ‘the Jesus event’ as a work of God which has forever changed the course of human history.
Initially, the disciples did not recognize Jesus because he was transformed by the glory of his resurrection. Nevertheless, Luke was careful (as were the other evangelists) to underscore the continuity between the Jesus whom the disciples had known during his ministry and the risen Lord whom they were now encountering. He taught them, ate with them and opens their eyes to the knowledge of his presence.
National Attendance Count
During Mass next month you may see someone at the back of the Church counting heads. It is for the annual National Attendance Count and during May all Catholic churches are requested to count the attendance numbers at every regular weekend Mass.
Please ensure all project compassion boxes are returned as soon as possible as we will be sending the parish donation to Caritas in a couple of weeks.
- Welcome to the Sacramental Program 2017-2018
- Confirmation 2017
- Registration Form
- Letter to Sponsor
- When you though I was not looking
- Parish News
Sacramental Program News
Baptism of Young Children
For parents who may be interested: our Parish offers a preparation program for:
- children aged seven years and older who are not baptised and would like to receive the Sacrament of Baptism;
- children who have been baptised into another Christian denomination who wish to be received into the Catholic Church and participate in the Sacramental Program;
- children/young people/adults who have been baptised Catholic who may not have received all the sacraments;
- parents who may wish to become Catholic.
Please contact Janette if you would like to have a conversation about any of the above.
First Holy Communion
The sacramental journey continues for the children (who have completed the sacraments of Confirmation and Reconciliation in Year 3 and older) and their families next term as the children will prepare for and receive the sacrament of First Holy Communion.
Parent Information Sessions will be held the second week of Term 2 on either Tuesday 2 May at 9.30am OR Wednesday 3 May at 7.00pm both in St Kieran’s Church.
2017 – 2018 Sacramental Program for Children in Yr2 (and older) – Key Dates
Inviting our Young Adults 18-30 years old to the next Twilight Talks. This is an opportunity to connect, share a meal, pray and be nourished by inspiring speakers. Happening on 2 May 6:30-9:00pm at Pennant Hills Hotel.
Please be aware that Saturday evening time for the VIGIL MASS at St Kieran's is changing from 6pm to 5:30pm beginning Saturday, 6th MAY.
In May, the month of Mary, the North Harbour Parish Social Justice Group is once again organising a collection of donated goods on behalf of the Asylum Seeker Centre in Newtown.
The Asylum Seekers Centre provides practical and personal support for asylum seekers living in the community. Their services include casework, accommodation, financial relief, health care and counselling, employment assistance, education, advocacy, food and recreational activities. ASC is a not-for-profit organisation and they rely on grants, donations and volunteers to undertake their work.
During May we will be specifically requesting donations of the following items for the ASC; Items in bold are in particular demand.
Boxes for the donation of goods will be provided at St Cecilia’s and St Kieran’s churches, St Cecilia’s School, 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.
27 May 2017, 10am (Saturday) @ St Kieran's Church
Everyone is also invited to Francis Belcina, OSA's MASS OF THANKSGIVING ("First Mass") on 28 May 2017, 9:30am (Sunday) @ St Kieran's Church, Solemnity of the Lord's Ascension
The Faith We Believe: Breaking Open the Creed
This two-session course will explore these questions and the meaning of the Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed, giving participants a sense of the underlying themes that run through the entire Catechism of the Catholic Church. Please come along for a deeper appreciation of what it means to state, “I believe…”
Course Duration: 2 x 2 hour sessions
Presenters: David Patterson & Pina Bernard, Catholic Life & Faith Formation
Session 1: Wed 31 May; Session 2: Wed 7 June
Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm at St Kieran’s Parish Centre
We have now received the new tables and some of the chairs to replace the old furniture in the parish centre. The old tables and chairs are still available for a donation from the parish centre.
Dimensions of the rectangular tables are 1800mm x 600mm.
THE VINE FACEBOOK GROUP - If you would like to join the group for spiritual enrichment,
MEDITATION AT NORTH HARBOUR
ST KIERAN’S CHAPEL Tuesdays at 9.15am
Caritas Australia: Change the World! It’s Up to Us!
Are you 18-25 yrs? Committed to social justice, changing the world, & having fun? Come & co-create with Caritas, the world’s second-largest aid & development organisation.
Join us for an initial Call to Action in the Sydney CBD (Venue TBC)
Date: Wednesday 31 May 2017 Time: 6pm.
Location: Sydney CBD (Venue TBC)
Link to the GIFT website:
OUR PARISH PIETY SHOP - now located in a stunning glass merchandise cabinet in the foyer of St Kieran’s parish centre. Pop in and check it out next time you're here.