Dear Fellow Parishioners,
When I was studying American literature in the 1960’s a poem by Robert Frost (who was still alive at the time) touched the hearts of many for its depiction of an old farm hand called Silas who returns to his place of employment even though he had left on bad terms with the boss who does not particularly want him back. The farmer’s wife realises that the old man has really come home to die. They are the nearest thing to a family that the old man ever had, so they have little alternative but to give him shelter. As she tells her husband, ‘home is the place where, when you have to go there, they have to take you in’. To which he replies: ‘I should have called it something you somehow haven’t to deserve’.
St. Paul in his Second letter to the Church at Corinth reflects on the death that he feels is approaching him. He speaks of himself as being in a state of exile. He sees every one of us as being like the Israelites being sent into exile and he wants to give us the same message of hope they kept in the life-restoring power of God. For Paul, Death carries with it a distinct experience of exile – exile from the body and a return to the heavenly home which he might just as easily choose to name as ‘something you somehow haven’t to deserve’. A symbol of this ‘undeserved’ home is found in the image of the mustard seed growing into the largest shrub in the garden so the birds of the air can shelter in its shade.
- Welcome to the Sacramental Program 2018-2019
- Registration Form 2018-2019
- Parish News
Baptism of Young Children Program
Congratulations to all the children and a warm welcome to their extended family and friends. After the weeks of preparation in their Family Home Groups the children will celebrate their First Communion this weekend and the following 2 weekends at the following Masses: Saturdays 5.30pm at St Kieran’s Sundays 9am at St Cecilia’s and Sundays 9.30am at St Kieran’s. Seats will be reserved at all these Masses for the children, their families and guests.
Confirmation Parent Information Meetings
Donation envelopes for Vinnies Winter Appeal are available in the church entrances.
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, in case I would falter, You gave me a remedy through Your admonishments. You established the law of forgiveness, so that as I forgive may be forgiven.
Commentary on Psalm 129, 3
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,
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.