Dear Fellow Parishioners,
There is so much to comfort us in today’s Readings as they speak of God’s kindness towards humankind. Our God is one who wipes away the tears from every cheek, lifts the mourning veil from all peoples, and destroys Death and our fears of it forever. There is also much to dis-comfort us as well as we recognise that while our God is prepared to meet and fulfil all our needs, we are quite reticent about responding to His call which, far from being onerous, is to celebrate by attending a lavish wedding feast.
The excuses given in the Gospel are pretty typical of us – we are too busy with work or business; we are too preoccupied with money problems or relationships; we are too young or too old, too clever or not clever enough to be caught up in the relationship God longs to offer us.
One of the blessings about coming to this parish has been the fact that I have not had the excuse of being too preoccupied with money and business matters to attend to the invitation from God to enter into the daily banquet of the Eucharist. Along with the community of Augustinian priests joining me in the service of this parish in such a privileged way, we would not be able to carry out such duties if it were not for the trained staff that contributes their time and talents in the running of the business -management side of things.
After 10 years of service as our current parish manager, Chris Burrows is stepping down from the job of maintaining the parish plant in so many aspects of its day to day requirements.
I inherited the wonderful working relationship which Chris had with the two previous parish priests and this made my insertion into the role comparatively stress free. Words can hardly express my gratitude for the solid basis he provided by his background knowledge which has made my decision making so much easier.
I will miss the practical support that smoothed away the complexity of coping with computer banking and many other issues.
But it is with a great deal of pleasure I can announce that our new manager has been chosen from a pool of applicants. Jacky Worthington has been working in the parish as our Compliance Officer for the last 18 months and has a long involvement with the parish and the Augustinian Order. She is the current National Leader of Friends of St Augustine and a former Chair of the Parish Council. Jacky’s children attended St Kieran’s school and she has been involved in many of the vital groups that help make the parish and its schools function. Jacky comes from a background in accounting and office management and has a deep understanding of our Parish and its needs.
The Gospel teaches us that all of us are invited to the Feast of God’s Kingdom. But, for our part, we must come prepared…in the words of the Gospel, dressed for the part. We are reassured “There is nothing that I cannot master with the help of the One who gives me strength” and very often that strength comes from the integrity, generosity and cooperation we show when we accept the invitation to serve God in and with one another – to enter into the banquet hall so that it is filled with guests.
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.
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As the Order and the Church celebrate the great Feasts of St Augustine and St Monica this weekend, we invite you to support the Augustinians.
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]
Would you like to be more involved in the parish, and meet other members of your parish community?
Why not volunteer to assist with hospitality after 9.30am family mass at St Kieran’s, just a couple of times a year. Refreshments are provided by the parish, you just need to set up tea coffee and biscuits, and clear away. Contact the parish office 9949 4455 to add your name to the roster.
Your voluntary service may assist you when filling out your parish reference form for application to Catholic high school.
From St Augustine
I want to live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life. In it lies something wonderful to see, the delight of the Lord Himself, awaiting our contemplation.
Commentary on Psalm 26 (2), 8
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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.
THE VINE FACEBOOK GROUP - If you would like to join the group for spiritual enrichment,
New Prayer-Meditation Group Are you searching for more from your spiritual and faith life?
Do you want to be part of a supportive community of like-minded people?
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
Link to the GIFT website:
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.
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.
Thanks to everyone who has donated used stamps to the parish office. Please keep the donations coming! Over the past year, over $12,000 has been raised!! These stamps are trimmed, sorted and sold the proceeds going to Sisters Mission in Peru.
If anyone has a business or access to large numbers of stamps please contact Carmel 9938 1103 to arrange for collection.
Bible usage can be HABIT forming! Regular reading can cause loss of anxiety and fear, decreased appetite for lying, cheating, stealing, hating, anger and envy. SYMPTOMS include: increased sensation of love, joy, peace, compassion and contentment. IF SYMPTOMS PERSIST, just praise the Lord!
URGENT NEED FOR HELP
A couple of our public schools are in urgent need of catechists this term.
If you think you can help, please contact the parish office .