Dear fellow Parishioners,
In today’s First Reading Isaiah is caught up in a vision in which he sees an end to all war and strife. His words issue from his prayer, and speaking for God he declares: ‘They do no hurt, no harm, on all my holy mountain, for the country is filled with the knowledge of the Lord as the waters swell the sea’ (Isaiah 11:9). How we would all want such a dream to come true! For Isaiah it was more than a dream. It was a promise coming from God whose love will never fail his world. However, for the dream to come true, we have to allow God’s love to change our hearts and minds and ways of behaving. Another word for this is ‘repentance’ which is the central theme of today’s Mass.
The Second Reading from Paul offers us the example of saintly men and women from the history of Israel who did not give up because they were helped by God to be the source of harmony and tolerance in their different communities. We are encouraged to give that same help to one another by these simple but beautiful words: ‘It is to God’s glory for you to treat each other in the same friendly way as Christ treated you’(Romans 15:7). Imagine what the world would be like if we each reached out in love the way Jesus did? To learn to do this we need a change of heart.
'Christmas' is coming once again! At its most basic level (stripped of all the commercialism, anxiety, Santa Claus, reindeers, lights, gifts, alcohol, carols, decors, etc.), CHRISTMAS is about God becoming man, in the person of JESUS, for your sake and mine, our Salvation! Did you know that IT IS THIS VERY EVENT that we encounter everytime we go to MASS? Come and join this Sunday, 4:30-6:00pm @ the Parish Centre. FINAL SESSION: ALTARation!
Our wonderful Christmas Cards are available in the church entrances for sale for $6 per pack of 10 cards. The monies should be deposited in the Poor Box.
The SVDP Christmas Hamper Trees are installed on the noticeboards at the entrances/exits to St Kieran’s church There are two trees situated at the main entrance and one at the carpark entrance. Parishioners are invited to take a card and help change someone’s expectation for this Christmas.
The deadline for hamper return (with reference No. included) is Sunday the 11th December. The SVDP Manly Vale Conference is very grateful for the amazing support of parishioners and the parents at St. Kieran’s who collectively supply most of the 110 hampers that are annually distributed to desperate people in our community.
John McCarney, President
On behalf of the AFA Committee Members I woud like to congratulate Deacon Phu and wish him all the very best on his Ordination to Priesthood on Saturday, 17th December 2016 at St Kieran's Church, Manly Vale at 10am. Everyone is welcome to attend the mass followed by refreshments in the Parish Centre. This is a very exciting time for Phu and the whole of the Augustinian Community and I am very much looking forward to this wonderful celebration.
The International Day of People with Disability is observed annually on 3 December. On this day we are invited to pray for people with disability, their families and the people who support them. Henri Nouwen challenges us to reflect at this time that the question is not “How can we help people with disability?” The much more important question is, “How can we allow people with disability to give their spiritual gifts to us and call us to conversion, call us to wholeness, call us to love?”
The Parish office will close from Christmas Eve and reopen Tuesday January 3. If you need to urgently contact a priest, call the office on 9949 4455 and, when the automated system directs you, press 4 to be put through to the Priory. Alternatively you can call the 24 hour service 1300 PRIEST (1300 774 378) and you will be put in contact with a priest from the Broken Bay Diocese.
Christmas Offering envelopes are available in the church foyer for anyone who may wish to donate a little something extra to the Priests at this time of year. For those who donate via the envelope system an offering envelope is also included in your set of planned giving envelopes to be used at your discretion, in appreciation of the work of the clergy.
Many thanks to all those who attended the AFA Christmas dinner Saturday, 26 November 2016 at the Wakehurst Golf Club. A wonderful and fun night was had by all with a great turnout of 111 people attending. Around $4,700 was raised and AFA would like to thank everyone for their support and generosity not only for this Christmas dinner but for all the other AFA fundraising functions throughout this year. All monies raised at our AFA functions go towards helping and supporting the Seminarians at Brookvale.
AFA would also like to thank all AFA Members and parishioners who donated lucky door and raffle prizes for the night. We were overwhelmed with donations and it was greatly appreciated. Many thanks to our sponsors of the night - Ann Wilson Funerals, the Novotel Sydney Manly Pacific, Pilu at Freshwater, Garfish Manly, Fish Cafe Balgowlah, Shiralee Organic Meats, Warringah Florist, Manly Vale Pharmacy and BP North Star at North Manly. We also thank those who were not able to attend but sent in a donation and to those who sponsored a priest or student by purchasing their entry ticket.
Congratulations to the following catechists who received service awards at the Annual Diocesan Mass for Catechists on Saturday, 5th November at Waitara:
Louise Wyatt - received a Papal Blessing for 20 years of service
Bill Rein - received a Papal Blessing for 20 years of service
Jeanette Scognamiglio - received a 15 year service award
Well done to these very special people and many thanks for all the years you have given to this wonderful and rewarding ministry.
Also at the mass which was celebrated by Bishop Peter Comensoli there was a Procession of Remembrance where special white roses were placed at the altar to remember catechists who have died this year and for North Harbour parish we remembered Pat Richardson.
Adriana Bowyer Catechist Co-ordinator 0402 099 746
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
EVERY TUESDAY during school term
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.
“The educational process that occurs between parents and children can be helped or hindered by the increasing sophistication of the communications and entertainment media.” # 278
New forms of communication enable family members who live apart to keep in touch but there are also risks to family life as a result of these new forms of communication and media. In your particular family setting reflect on the extent to which the benefits of these new forms outweigh the risks and what you can do to monitor and improve this experience for your family.
- 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.
Come and check out our new Piety Cabinet in the parish centre.
We have a large variety of religious gifts.
Perfect for marking occasions such as
First Holy Communion/Reconciliation/Confirmation
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 happy home! O land of safety! May I dwell there in security! From there I shall not seek to depart, for no safer place shall I find.
Sermon 217, 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.