Dear Fellow Parishioners,
A few years ago an Italian film set during the Second World War came to Sydney which had a huge impact on a broad segment of the theatre going public. Its title was “Life is Beautiful” and it told the story of a Jewish-Italian man called Guido who one day catches sight of Dora in his little village and charms her by his humour and affection to the extent that this turns into love and eventually they are married and have a son. Just as the boy gets to be about six the Germans begin to persecute the Jews. It is shocking to see how they begin to decimate an entire community in a country where they are supposed to be allies. “Terror from every side; all those that used to be my friends watched for my downfall”. The Germans round up Guido and his son and because Dora refuses to be left behind, all three are taken to a concentration camp.
The couple are separated and forced to do hard labour but the little boy is protected by his dad who hides him when most of the other children are taken off for execution. He persuades his son that the whole business is a game in which he must cooperate if he wants to win a prize, which in the mind of the small child is to be a toy tank. The film unfolds with a mixture of comedy in the midst of real tragedy and explores the themes of love, sacrifice and courage behind the face of the perennial clown. When the tide turns in the war and the prisoners are about to be liberated the guards begin a mass execution. In trying to shield his son and find his wife, Guido is shot as the little boy stands by the road as a huge American tank stops to pick him up as his father had promised him would be his prize.
Youth &Young Adults of North Harbour Parish
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Planned Giving Envelopes
Next financial year’s Planned Giving envelopes are available for collection in both churches. If your envelopes are not in the church please call the parish office, leave your name and tell us which church you would like to collect your envelopes from. We thank all those who make a financial contribution to our parish. If you would like to join the Planned Giving program please contact the parish office.
Charitable Works Fund
Thank you to those parishioners who have contributed to this year's Charitable Works Fund (CWF). Donations are 100% tax deductible and envelopes are available in the church foyer or parish office.
End of year receipts
If you would like to receive your end of year receipt electronically and you don’t currently receive In Touch via email, we don’t have your email address. If this is the case please contact the office with your email address. If we don’t have your email address a paper copy of your receipt will be available on request, please contact the office after June 30 and we will post your copy to you.
Chris Burrows, Parish Manager
- Welcome to the Sacramental Program 2017-2018
- Confirmation 2017
- Registration Form
- Letter to Sponsor
- When you though I was not looking
- Parish News
Thank you to all who helped make the celebration of First Communion such a wonderful parish event: Parents and grandparents and the children who participated so enthusiastically in the program; Group Facilitators and Co-Facilitators who facilitated the Family Group Sessions; Family Mass Coordinators at St Cecilia's and St Kieran's who provided practical and helpful support; Hospitality Coordinators, Music and Liturgical Ministries at all the masses; Parish and School staff for their support and to the parish community for their prayers.
Many thanks to all the families who participated in the First Communion program for the Hampers they have donated to the St Vincent de Paul Winter Appeal your generosity is greatly appreciated.
Changes to the Confirmation Program Guidelines
Bishop Peter has introduced changes to The Sponsor and Confirmation Name guidelines which parent’s will need to be aware of in order to accompany and advise their children. These changes will be outlined next week at the Confirmation Parents Information Meeting on Tues 27 June at 9.30am OR Wed 28 June at 7.00pm in SK Church. A Group Facilitator meeting will be held immediately after the parent meeting at 10.30am on Tues 27 June OR 8.00pm on Wed 28 June in SK Church.
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. Already this year, we have received many generous donations and we extend our sincere thanks to all.
This year, the Annual Augustinian Appeal will be held in August around the time of the celebration of the Feasts of St Augustine and St Monica.
Of course, you can make your donation at any time. As the end of the financial year approaches, you may wish to make a donation now. Donations are tax deductible.
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.
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:
OUR PARISH PIETY SHOP - now located in a stunning glass merchandise cabinet in the foyer of St Kieran’s parish centre. Pop in and check it out next time you're here.
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.
From St Augustine
Let my mouth speak the praise of the Lord by Whom all things were made and Who was made amidst all things. He is the witness of the Father and the creator of the mother.
Sermon 188, 3
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.
We are always looking for volunteers to help out at St Kieran's and St Cecilia's. Children's Liturgy at St Kieran's is held every week and is on at St Cecilia's Church on the third Sunday of the month during school term.
Thanks to everyone who has donated used stamps to the parish office. Please keep the donations coming! Over the past year, over $12,000 has been raised!! These stamps are trimmed, sorted and sold the proceeds going to Sisters Mission in Peru.
If anyone has a business or access to large numbers of stamps please contact Carmel 9938 1103 to arrange for collection.