We have now received the new tables and some of the chairs to replace the old furniture in the parish centre. On Wednesday a group setting up a community garden and charity soup kitchen will be coming to take some of the old furniture. If anybody would like any of the old furniture it must be collected before Wednesday.
Dimensions of the rectangular tables are 1800mm x 600mm.
Dear Fellow Parishioners
The one bad habit which we all share in is our tendency to worry. Worrying is usually focused on the future - on what might happen and what we might have to do about it. As someone once said: "Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow. It empties today of its strength." When we spend too much time reliving the past in our mind then it is easy to start projecting our worries into the future. When we spend too much time on the future then it is easy to get swept away by fear of things that may never happen.
In today’s Gospel Jesus asks us: “Can any of you, for all your worrying, add one single cubit to your span of life?” If anything, worry only shortens our years on this planet as a result of the stress we feel in the face of ongoing anxiety. The list Jesus gives of the usual worries that preoccupy us is fairly down to earth; “What are we to eat? What are we to drink? What are we to wear?” He suggests that we wean ourselves away from such preoccupations as he offers us a “better way” out of the despondency that can so often cloud our day to day living. It is not that we ignore our responsibilities to care for our families in every way possible, but that we operate out of a different perspective from the consumer oriented treadmill that our Western society dictates to us.
Kidstime for children aged 0 to 5 years old has started up again for the year and meets weekly during school terms on Tuesdays from 9.30 am to 11.30 am in the Parish Centre. Kidstime is a fantastic way for mothers, fathers, grandparents, carers and children to interact and get to know others in your community and for your child to meet other children who will eventually attend the local primary schools. Everyone is most welcome to come along. Contact the Parish Office for further details.
The office has a lost property box and currently there is a lot of clothing, glasses and assorted items left from the last 12 months. If you have left something behind at Church or the parish centre you need to collect it by the end of February. Anything that remains will be donated to Vinnies.
SUNDAY 26TH FEBRUARY 2PM
MASS, TALK, HEALING
Alan Ames has been speaking and praying for healing around the world since 1994. He has spoken in more than 40 countries. His books are available in 18 languages. In 2004 and again in 2006 with church approval, he spoke at two of the holiest sites in Christendom; the Basilica of the Annunciation in Nazareth and St Catherine’s, the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem. Alan shares his unique conversion experiences that caused a dramatic change in his life from a violent alcoholic to a man of the Sacraments and prayer. Alan has the permission and support of Archbishop T Costelloe, SDB of Perth.
The Prior General of the Order of St. Augustine, will be arriving in Australia next month. He will be visiting all of the Augustinian schools and parishes of the Province and the date for his visitation at North Harbour is set for Wednesday March 22nd. The Parish Pastoral Council would like to give the many groups and individuals in the parish an opportunity to be introduced to the Father General on that evening which will commence in the Parish centre at 7:30 pm.
Catering will be on a “Bring-a-plate” basis and the evening should be a lively social event at which we show our community hospitality to the Prior General and the other Augustinians attending. In the coming weeks a poster will appear at the back of each church for any of the participants to indicate whether they would like to bring a savoury or a sweet dish or perhaps provide some drinks for the bar? All are welcome and the different group-activities in the parish will receive an invitation so that their membership can be well represented.
- Welcome to the Sacramental Program 2016-2017
- Confirmation 2017
- Registration Form
- Letter to Sponsor
- When you though I was not looking
- Parish News
Sacramental Program News—First Reconciliation
Close to 180 children are participating in our 2017 First Reconciliation program. The children and their parents are attending Family Group Sessions around the parish during February and March and will celebrate their First Reconciliation later in March. The children will receive a crucifix at the Ritual of the Cross at all masses this weekend on 25/26 February. Please pray for the children and their families.
AFA will be holding their first meeting, which is an AGM, for this year on Wednesday, 8th March at 6.30pm in the Parish Centre.
At the meeting all positions will be declared vacant and a new Committee will be appointed on the night. If you would like to become a member of AFA or would like more information, please come along to the meeting or contact me prior to the meeting.
Everyone is very welcome and we would love to see some new faces join us and share their ideas and suggesstions to help fundraise and support our Augustinian Seminiarians.
Hope to see you at the meeting.
There will be a YOUTH ASSEMBLY on 10 MARCH, 2017
(Friday, 6:30pm onwards). This Youth Assembly is organised to gather the young people, to share ideas with one another, and to discuss the direction of the Youth Group in the Parish.
The Manly Vale SVDP Conference Christmas Appeal has reached $11,242. This is a very generous response, particularly when coupled with the donation of fifty three Christmas Hampers.
We are also looking for new volunteers to assist in the visitation of the poor and disadvantaged in our community. Frankly our members are getting older and are in need of an infusion of new blood who have a couple of hours free one afternoon a week. Maybe you too can be a “light to the world!”.
Training is provided and, initially, you would assist an experienced member in the visits. Female or male, just ring John McCarney on 9905 2351
Brookvale Donation Centre will NO LONGER be accepting Bric-a-Brac or Furniture/ White Goods.
From Monday, 13th February 2017, donations will be accepted at the CRC, 19 Clearview Place BROOKVALE NSW 2100
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
Light to the Nations Easter Youth Pilgrimage
Light to the Nations 2017 will be held from Holy Thursday to Easter Sunday – 13-16 April.
It promises to be a truly powerful renewal experience, held under a massive marquee in the beautiful bushland setting of Chevalier College, Bowral near local bush and farmland.
LTTN is for young people (16+) and the young at heart. Families are also most welcome to join in for this amazing experience.
For further details and to register Ph: 0432 228 250
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.
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.