Since 2011, the civil war in Syria has inflicted unspeakable suffering on the people. Among them Franciscan friars are still doggedly present in demolished cities such as Damascus, Homs and Aleppo. “Welcome to Aleppo!” The road sign reads like a joke. But the town has slowly started to come back to life. Some Christian families have heard that the Church is ready to donate a first-aid food package, or to assist in rebuilding their damaged homes and perhaps to help a father find a job. For such frail reasons they have decided to return home. Parish Priest Fr Ibrahim Alsabagh OFM sees this as a great sign of hope for the exhausted local community – and for the Franciscans who have been alongside the people. “It encourages us to keep going”.
Bishop Peter invites all the young people of Broken Bay to gather and celebrate Palm Sunday and World Youth Day 2018 on March 25th. We will begin with a festive World Youth Day celebration at 4.30pm leading into Mass at 6pm which starts with readings and a procession from outside the Cathedral, Waitara.
On Wednesday, 21st February the Augustinian Formation Association (AFA) held its AGM and the following people were elected to the Committee for 2018. Congratulations to all and a very warm welcome to two new committee members Anne Chang and Bill Rein.
President: Adriana Bowyer
Secretary: Honorine Jarkey
Treasurer: Maryanne Guy
Committee Members: Rosemary McEwan, Carmen Miners, Trudi McFadden, Sue Colwell, Michael Halloway, Laurel Jones, Kaye Coates, Stella Baihn, Mary Hulme, Caroline Tessandier, Yvonne Rein, Anne Chang & Bill Rein.
Boxes for Project Compassion can be returned next weekend.
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 2018-2019
- Registration Form 2018-2019
- Parish News
Baptism of Young Children Program
Congratulations to all the children who recently received the sacrament of First Reconciliation. Thanks to all the families for their commitment to the program and to the group facilitators and co-facilitators who so generously lead the small group sessions.
First Holy Communion
The sacramental journey continues for the children (who have completed the Sacraments of Confirmation and Reconciliation in Year 3 and older) and their families next term as the children will prepare for and receive the Sacrament of First Holy Communion.
Parent Information Meetings will be held the third week of Term 2 on either Tuesday 15 May at 9.30am OR Wednesday 16 May at 7.00pm both in St Kieran’s Church.
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,
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
Link to the GIFT website: