Dear Fellow Parishioners,
Your children may have a parental lock put on certain types of TV they are not allowed to watch but at some time of the day they will surely be bombarded with advertisements for a show called “I’m a Celebrity, Get me out of Here!” In it, a whole group of people who think they are pretty important are put together on an island or in a jungle camp and have to fend for themselves by competing in all sorts of scary contests.
They leave their families and friends, their careers and their comfort zones, their air-conditioned houses and their i-phones, and have to contend solely with their own egos and the even larger egos of the other contestants. (Our ego is that part of our personality that makes us think that we are so important that we don’t need anyone intruding on our space). Some have crashed out of the series almost before it has a chance to start, but others last the distance and come to learn something about getting by without the need to rely on so many “things” that pamper and distract us – and discovering a certain satisfaction that comes from within.
Sunday 25th February
9.30am Mass at St Kieran’s
followed by a
morning tea reception
in the parish centre
Everyone is invited to celebrate with Fr John,
Prior of the Augustinian Student Community, former
Provincial of the Order of
St Augustine in Australasia, and resident at Manly Vale for many years.
Please bring a plate to share
The Parish Lenten Program, facilitated by Fr Paul Maloney OSA, commences on Friday 16th February, at 7.30pm in St Kieran’s Church.
Accompanying the program, the A4 size booklets ‘Blessed & Broken’ are available at a cost of $10.
The booklets are available from the parish office for people wishing to attend the course, which will run each Friday for the duration of Lent.
Booklets for home gatherings are available on request.
Stations of the Cross will be on Monday evenings during Lent at St Kieran’s Church commencing at 7.30pm on MONDAY 19th FEBRUARY.
Boxes for Project Compassion will be available in the church entrances this weekend.
AUGUSTINIAN FORMATION ASSOCIATION (AFA)
Hello Everyone and Happy New Year!
AFA will be holding their first meeting for this year, which is an AGM on Wednesday, 21st February 2018 at 6.30pm in Centre 1 of the Parish Centre at 2 King Street, Manly Vale.
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 simply like more information please come along to the meeting or feel free to contact me prior to the meeting.
Everyone is very welcome and we truly would love to see some new people join us and share their ideas and suggestions to help fundraise and support our Augustinian Seminarians. There is no pressure to join the committee if you don’t want to so just pop by and say hello and see what we are planning for the year ahead in terms of social and fundraising events.
Hope you are able to make it and also we will be having drinks and nibbles on the night.
These Daily Lenten Prayer Books ‘Lifted Up’, are provided for the parish by the Diocese of Broken Bay.
The booklets, which are free of charge, are available in the church entrances. Please take one with you on your way out and take part in contemplating the Lenten Scriptures this Lent.
Abstinence from meat and fasting are to be observed on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.
On all other Fridays of the year the law of the common practice of penance is fulfilled by performing any of the following:
Prayer – for example, Mass attendance; family prayer; a visit to the church or chapel; reading the Bible; making the Stations of the Cross; praying the Rosary.
Self-denial – for example, not eating meat; not eating sweets or dessert; giving up entertainment to spend timewith the family; limiting food and drink so as to give to the poor.
Helping others – for example, special attention to someone who is poor, sick, elderly, lonely or overburdened.
All who have completed their eighteenth year and have not yet begun their sixtieth year are bound to fast. All who have completed
their fourteenth year are bound to abstain.
- Welcome to the Sacramental Program 2017-2018
- Registration Form 2017-2018
- Welcome to the Sacramental Program 2018-2019
- Registration Form 2018-2019
- Parish News
Sacramental Program News
Parents of children in Year 3 (and older) are reminded that the First Reconciliation Program commences this term with the Parent Information Meeting on Monday 12 February at 9.30am OR Tuesday 13 February at 7.00pm in St Kieran’s Church;
Group Facilitator Meetings will follow the Parent Information Meetings at 10.30am (Monday) OR 8.00pm (Tuesday) in St Kieran’s Church;
The next Baptism of Young Children Program (for children aged 7 – 11 years) will commence in May 2018, prior to the beginning of the 2018 – 2019 Children’s Sacramental Program;
Advance notice - The Sacrament of Confirmation will be celebrated by Bishop Peter A Comensoli on Saturday 11 August 2018 at 10.00am, 12 noon OR 3.00pm.
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, You grieve over wrongdoing, but You feel no pain.
Confessions 1, 4
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,
CATHOLIC MINDFULNESS WORKSHOP
THIS ASH WEDNESDAY: Join Catholic USA psychologist, Dr Gregory Bottaro at his workshop where he will teach you new skills to help support the people in your communities. Gain more peace in your life by trusting God, letting go and becoming more present with his Mindfulness strategy.
When: Wednesday, February 14
Where: Notre Dame University, Broadway Campus
MEDITATION AT NORTH HARBOUR
ST KIERAN’S CHAPEL Tuesdays at 9.15am during school term