Dear Fellow Parishioners,
There is something startlingly modern about the Old Testament description of those conspicuously rich and idle folk ‘lying on ivory beds and sprawling on their divans’ who have smothered life’s pain with as much pampering as they can muster so that they need not be reminded of their own mortality. The stark warning is given that “the sprawler’s revelry” is over the moment they fail to show concern for the oppressed.
The rich man in Jesus’ story saw no link between dedication to God and service of neighbour. The one thing he has in common with the revellers (and indeed the poor man at his gate) is the need to account for the way each has behaved as their time on this earth comes to an end.
SOCIAL JUSTICE SUNDAY
This year, the Australian Bishops’ Social Justice Statement is titled:
‘A Place at the Table: Social justice in an ageing society’.
The Statement celebrates the value and dignity of older people in Australian life. It challenges us to recognise their significant contribution to society and emphasises that this contribution should not be valued in mere economic terms. The Statement calls for justice for those who are most vulnerable and warns about a view of older people as burdensome or dispensable. For further details about the Social Justice Statement, visit the Australian Catholic Social Justice Council website (www.socialjustice.catholic.org.au) or call (02) 8306 3499.
Copies of the statement are available in the church entrances and from the parish office.
ORDINATION TO THE DIACONATE
On behalf of the AFA Committee Members I would like to say congratulations to Brothers Francis and Saldie and wish them all the very best on their Ordination to the Diaconate on Saturday, 15th October 2016 at St Kieran’s Church, Manly Vale at 11:00am. Everyone is welcome to attend the mass followed by refreshments in the Parish Centre. This is a very exciting time not just for the students and their families but also for our Augustinian Community and I am very much looking forward to this wonderful celebration.
As part of the Jubilee Year of Mercy, catechists of the world will gather in Rome this weekend. Let us, the catechists of the Diocese of Broken Bay, join with catechists across the globe ipraye as we give thanks for the opportunity we have to share God’s mercy with the children and young people we teach in NSW Government schools.
The work of the lay catechists has been part of the Church’s tradition since 1565. Confraternities of the Christian Doctrine were set up in the Post Reformation period, when Catholic schools had not come into general usage. They commenced in Italy, where an organisation of lay people undertook the task of instructing children in the truths of the faith. In 1905 Pope Pius X ordered that a Confraternity of Christian Doctrine be set up in every parish in the world. The decree has been incorporated in Canon Law.
North Harbour Parish is always looking for catechists and/or helpers who are able to teach at one or more of our six parish state schools. The schools and days that our catechists teach at are:
- Welcome to the Sacramental Program 2016-2017
- Registration Form
- Letter to Sponsor
- When you though I was not looking
This year so far we have made 2020 meals for two for Link Community Food Care! After many years with Link Community Food Care, Phil is moving on to exciting new ventures with the Parramatta Mission for homeless men, where he has been giving much of his time whilst working with Link. Phil sent the following message for the GIFT Team.
“As I said on the phone we are tremendously grateful for the meals GIFT continues to supply Link Community Food Care. The provision of the meals lifted our service to a new level and blesses families every week. It is not just the food that blesses but the knowledge that someone else cares for them. They obviously know we care at Food Care but knowing that someone that doesn’t even know them cares enough to provide the meals speaks volumes for our faith.
God bless you and the team and stay in touch”
Some exciting news re Dalwood ….
In July, the GIFT Team was able to fulfil a request from Dalwood to help a young mother with equipment for her newborn. . Kerry sent the following message:
“Thanks so much to all your team for the wonderful help. The mum in need had a new baby girl last Thursday and was overwhelmed by all the gifts and goodies provided. She asked me to pass on thanks to everyone involved.”
Evelyn Paterson—GIFT Co-ordinator
Reflections on The Joy of Love (Amoris Laetitia)
Each week we read an extract from Pope Francis’ letter and reflect on how it might relate to our family lives.
“… Other responses (to the Family Synods) pointed to the effect of severe stress on families, who often seem more caught up with securing their future than with enjoying the present. There is a broader cultural problem, aggravated by fears about steady employment, finances and the future of children.” (Amoris Laetitia 50)
School holidays often provide an opportunity to ‘enjoy the present’ as there is a break from many of the activities and schedule of the busy school term.
Parents who work during these holidays may be able to get home early from work and enjoy family activities As parents it is important to find a balance between work/commitments and family time and this is a challenge worth the effort.
Community Service Opportunities
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
The Broken Bay Bible Conference is an opportunity to come to know the Bible better and discover the riches of our sacred texts.
To those who are new to St Kieran’s or St Cecilia’s churches, you are most welcome. Please collect a green Welcome Pack from the foyer of the church, which contains parish information including a family registration form for inclusion on our database so that you may receive parish news and updates. You may also obtain further information about the parish on our website—www.northharbourcatholic.org.au
To all who are visitors to our Parish we also extend a very warm welcome and hope you have found your time with us rewarding.
We have a variety of religious medals and crucifixes
(which can be pinned to clothing or worn on a necklace),
Bibles, rosary beads and religious cards for sale at the parish office.
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.
Link to the GIFT website:
Lord, I have seen Christ the Bridegroom. Let no one now lure me away from among the members of Your Bride.
Be not my Head if I fail to be among her members.
Commentary on Psalm 147, 18
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.