Something to think about at this New Year
As we rebuild Christianity from the bottom up, let’s start “in the beginning” with the very first chapter of the Bible, Genesis 1. The first image in the Judeo-Christian Bible reveals a creative, compassionate God: “God’s Spirit hovered over the water” (Genesis 1:2). The word “hovered” is the same word used to describe a broody hen, lovingly watching over her young, warming the eggs and protecting the hatchlings. The Bible begins with clear hints of growth, development, and evolution. God is a dynamic creator, a verb more than a noun.
Looking at Creation in progress, “God saw that it was good” five times and “found it very good” after the sixth day (Genesis 1:10, 12, 18, 21, 25, 31). We all need to know that this wonderful thing called life is going somewhere and somewhere good. It is going someplace good because it came from goodness– a beginning of “original blessing” instead of “original sin.” Matthew Fox illustrated this rather well in his groundbreaking book, Original Blessing.
For some reason, most Christian theology seems to start with Genesis 3—which features Adam and Eve—what Augustine would centuries later call “original sin.” When you start with the negative or with a problem, it’s not surprising that you end with Armageddon and Apocalypse. When you start with a punitive, critical, exclusionary God, it’s not surprising that you see the crucifixion as “substitutionary atonement” where Jesus takes the punishment that this angry God intended for us.
During November we finalised and delivered the envelopes collected during the recent Catholic Mission appeal. Catholic Mission is responsible for processing all donations and the issuing of receipts. As a parish we raised $6857.00 and Catholic Mission forwarded a thank you to all who gave to the appeal. If you would still like to give, Catholic Mission accept donations on line at
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
Recommencing Tuesday 17th January 2017
Link to the GIFT website:
Each week we read an extract from Pope Francis’ letter and reflect on how it might relate to our family lives.
“It is a profound spiritual experience to contemplate our loved ones with the eyes of God and to see Christ in them. We can be fully present to others only by giving fully of ourselves and forgetting all else” (AL #323)
As family members in order to see each other in this way means to put down the iPhone, iPad, turn off the computer and TV and pay attention to the loved ones in our lives. We need to focus on who is in front or what’s in front of us and give them our time and attention in loving and caring ways
- Welcome to the Sacramental Program 2016-2017
- Registration Form
- Letter to Sponsor
- When you though I was not looking
- Parish News
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 Children’s Sacramental Program
- Children/young people/adults who have been baptised Catholic who may not have received all the sacraments.
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.
O Lord, my God, pay heed to my prayer. Look with mercy on my desire, which is not concerned with myself alone, but with my neighbour’s good as well.
Confessions 11, 2
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 .
PLAYGROUP/KIDSTIME is a fantastic way for mothers, fathers, grandparents, carers and children (aged 0-5 years) 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. Kidstime meets weekly during school term on Tuesdays and Wednesdays in the Parish Centre, 2 King Street, Manly Vale from 9.30am to 11.30am.
Everyone is most welcome to come along.
Need a Priest Urgently and don't know who to call?
Call 1300 PRIEST (1300 774378)
If you know of anyone in need of a home visit, because they are too unwell to attend Mass, please contact the parish office to organise for Communion or Anointing
Gluten-free Hosts for Communion can be organised for anyone who has an intolerance.
Please contact the parish office on 9949 4455 if this is a requirement.