• Catholic Community of North Harbour
  • Catholic Community of North Harbour
  • Catholic Community of North Harbour
  • Catholic Community of North Harbour
  • Catholic Community of North Harbour
  • Catholic Community of North Harbour
  • Catholic Community of North Harbour

PARISH MASS TIMES

Saturday Vigil

St Kieran's 6.00pm

Sunday

St Kieran's 7.30am 9.30am 6.00 pm

St Cecilia's 9am

Weekdays

Mon - Sat St Kieran's 8.30am

except Wed - St Cecilia's 9.00am

St Augustine's College: 8.15am

 

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CATHOLIC COMMUNITY OF NORTH HARBOUR


The Catholic Community of North Harbour officially began in July 2006 with the union of the adjacent parishes of St Kieran (Manly Vale) and St Cecilia (Balgowlah).

 

The area is situated on the northern peninsula of metropolitan Sydney, Australia, and lies within the Diocese of Broken Bay. The parish begins on part of the northern edge of Sydney Harbour, hence its name. The new parish has retained Saint Kieran (of Clonmacnoise in sixth-century Ireland) and Saint Cecilia (an early Roman martyr) as its patron saints.

MozaicThe previous parish of Manly Vale was excised from the Parish of Manly in 1952, and in June 2006 embraced all or part of the suburbs of North Balgowlah, Manly Vale, Allambie Heights, Allambie, North Manly, Brookvale and Beacon Hill. From the beginning it has been conducted by the Order of Saint Augustine.

The previous parish of Balgowlah was founded in 1929, and in June 2006 included the suburbs of Balgowlah, Balgowlah Heights, Clontarf and Seaforth. It was conducted by diocesan priests until the year 2000, when Bishop David Walker invited the Order of Saint Augustine to minister there.

 

 

 

A SHORT HISTORY OF OUR AREA

 

1821

 

Father Therry, landed in Sydney and was appointed to St Patrick's Church, Sydney. The following year the 1,200 acres of land at Pittwater promised to Father Therry by Governor Brisbane was confirmed by Governor Bourke. In 1838 Father Therry was granted an additional 280 acres and he also bought land at the head of Narrabeen lake. Near the present Avalon. In 1859 efforts to build a church were postponed because of the sparcity of Catholics. A church named St Joseph's was erected at Careel Bay in 1875, eleven years after Father Therry's death. On 6th December, 1917, this church was moved to become the first church at Narrabeen.

 

1873

 

Manly had 279 Catholics, one church and no school.

 

1876

 

Manly became a parish.

  

1883

 

Catholic population was 424. There was one church in Manly and one at Pittwater.

 

1885

 

St Patrick's College was built between 1885 and the end of 1888.

 

1919

 

Father McDonald was officially appointed Administrator of Manly Parish. The site of Manly Vale's existing school, which of course was the first Parish Church, was purchased in the late 1940s by him. He said the first Mass at Brookvale in the Pavilion at Brookvale Park.

 

1929

 

Balgowlah was made a separate parish which incorporated Forestville/Davidson area.

 

2006

 

2 July, Balgowlah and Manly Vale 'Mass of Union' - parish of Catholic Community of North Harbour.




ST CECILIA'S PARISH           scsmall

 

1929

 

Declared a parish separate from Manly.

First Mass was celebrated in the new parish on 1 February, in the old picture theatre in Sydney Road.

Father Edmund Bond was appointed the first parish priest.

The Church-School Hall was opened by Archbishop Sheehan on 7 November.

The St Vincent de Paul Conference commenced on April 7.

 

1930

 

The School, (held in the Church Hall-converted from church to classrooms every Sunday after Benediction) was founded by the Good Samaritan Sisters, with Mother Veronica Morris, on February 2, with 84 pupils.

 

1954

 

The present church was built. It was opened on August 4 by Cardinal Gilroy.

 

1960

 

The Catholic Women's League started in March.

 

1961

 

Extensions to the school were made.

 
1977

 

The First Parish Council was formed.

Long serving priests were: Fr Wall (1936-1951)

Fr Moverly (1953-1974)

Fr O'Keeffe (1974- 1998)

 

   

 

ST KIERAN'S MANLY VALE          sksmall


 
1952


Following negotiations between His Eminence Cardinal Sir Norman Thomas Gilroy & the Provincial of the Australian Province of the Order, Father Tom Hunt OSA, responsibility for a new parish (Manly Vale, incorporating Forestville /Davidson) was accepted by the Order of St Augustine  contingent on the opening of a new Augustinian boys school within three years. The foundation stone for a church school at Manly Vale was laid in April

 

1952

 

and was dedicated in honour of St Kieran, the patron saint of Monsignor McDonald's old school St Kieran's College in Kilkenny. The parish church of Manly Vale was officially opened by Cardinal Gilroy on 12 October 1952 and the first Mass was celebrated by Father John Walsh (assistant priest to Monsignor McDonald of Manly).

Father Daniel Brendan Ormonde osa was appointed as the first parish priest. Father Joe Fitzsimmons osa was appointed assistant priest

 
1953

 

St Kieran's parish convent school opened with an enrolment of 50 children. Two Good Samaritan Sisters, Sisters Mary Cabrini and Mary Raymond, travelled daily from their convent in Manly.

Parishioners at the northern end of the parish attended Mass each Sunday in the pavilion at Brookvale Oval and those in Frenchs Forest area attended Mass at the Community Centre in Forestville.

 

1954

 

The presbytery (priory) was made an official foundation of the Augustinian Order and in consequence the parish priest, Father Ormonde, was appointed the first Prior of the Manly Vale Community of Augustinians.

 

1955

 

There were 500 families registered in the parish and this number was growing. Two extra classrooms were added to the church school.

Father Ormonde went home to Ireland and Father Joe Fitzsimons was appointed acting parish priest.

The first Mass at St Augustine's Brookvale was said by Father Fitzsimons. The congregation was said to number 500. Mons McDonald and Father Father Hunt osa made speeches after the Mass.

Father Dave Brimson osa was appointed first Rector of St Augustine's College. He arrived in the parish on 7 November, 1955.

 
1956

 

Father Jim O'Byrne osa was appointed as the second parish priest of St Kieran's.

In July two blocks of ground, adjoining the school grounds, were purchased with a view to building a proper church.

St Augustine's College opened, initially in the Church Hall, moving into the school building later in the year.

 
1958

 

A new church hall was opened in Warringah Road, Forestville, to serve the needs of the parishioners in that area.

 

1959

 

The church at Forestville, named in honour of 'Our Lady of Good Counsel' was separated from the parish of Manly Vale and constituted as a parish in its own right.

Manly Vale continued to grow and with 276 children starting school at the beginning of the school year, further extensions to the school were ungently needed. Fund raising activities were increased, including the commissioning of the Wells organisation to spearhead the efforts, and sufficient money was raised to build a second floor on the school building.

Father O'Byrne & his assistant, Father Dennis O'Shea osa, organised the 'Wells System' to conduct a most successful 'planned giving' drive to raise money for the building of the new church.

 

1960

 

A cottage next door to the allotments was also acquired. This was used as a meeting place for parish activities for some years and consequently reduced the pressure on the use of the school buildings for parish purposes.

 

1961

 

Father Kieran O'Shea was appointed as parish priest

Father O'Shea proved very successful at raising funds  increasing the annual subscription pledged  and was looking forward to the time when he could build a church for the parish.

 

1962 & 1964

 

The parish rejoiced in the ordination of three young parishioners: John McCall & Abel van der Veer to the Augustinian Order and John Truman to the diocesan clergy.

 

1964

 

The priory was enlarged by a four rooms addition.

 

1968

 

On 9 June His Eminence Cardinal Sir Norman Thomas Gilroy blessed and officially opened the new church of St Kieran at Manly Vale. The church cost $140,000.

 

1974

 

Father O'Shea was able to announce that St Kieran's was free of debt.

The parish now needed a meeting place to accommodate meetings of numerous groups in the parish & Father O'Shea purchased a cottage, for this purpose, at 73 Gordon Street.

 

1975

Father Patrick Crilly osa was appointed parish priest. He purchased a house and property in King Street to provide for the continuing needs of the school, purchased a new electronic organ for the church and initiated a new 'planned give scheme'. He built a new priory, allowing the old living quarters to be changed into school offices.

 

1983

 

Father Gerry Dullard replaced Father Crilly as parish priest. He continued the expansion of parish activities.

 

1987

 

Father Tom Greally was appointed as the next parish priest of Manly Vale. He put a lot of energy into strengthening the parish community

 

 

 

 
1992

 

Father Anthony Banks osa was appointed Parish Priest.

 

1997

 

25 Year Celebrations were held in the Parish.

 

 

1998

 

St Kieran's Parish Centre was blessed and opened by Most Reverend Bishop David Walker on 14 June.

 

 

2002

 

Parish's 50th Year was celebrated.

Sr Josefa L Mabini osa ( Sr Josie) arrived from the Philippines as was appointed as Pastoral Associate Manly Vale Parish.

 

 

2003

 

Father Peter Wieneke osa was appointed Parish Priest.

 

 

2004

 

St Augustine's Brookvale closed as a church.

 

 

 

Parish Priests of St Kieran's

 

 

1952-1955

 

Ormonde, Father Daniel osa

 

1955

 

Fitzsimons, Father Joseph osa

 

 

1956-1960

 

O'Byrne, Father James osa

 

1961-1974

 

O'Shea, Father Kieran osa

 

 

1975-1982

 

Crilly, Father Patrick osa

 

1983-1986

 

Dullard, Father Gerry osa

 

 

 

1987-1991

 

Greally, Father Tom osa

 

1992-2003

 

Banks, Father Anthony osa

 

2003

 

Wieneke, Father Peter osa

 

2011

 

Buckley, Father Brian osa