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“See Me, Hear Me”
As has become the custom each year the Child Protection Sunday and preceding week, provides a focus reminding each of us to play a part in protecting our children. This year our theme is “See Me, Hear Me”. The question is how do we play our part in listening to children to ensure they are kept safe? This year the National Committee for Professional Standards have commissioned a video and brochure through the Australian Catholic University reflecting on research around what children think about their safety. These resources are available on the Diocesan website www.dbb.org.au . Raising awareness about Safeguarding children during this month will provide our community with an opportunity to learn and consider what we must do to keep our children safe.
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Would you like to be more involved in the parish, and meet other members of your parish community?
Why not volunteer to assist with hospitality after 9.30am family mass at St Kieran’s, just a couple of times a year. Refreshments are provided by the parish, you just need to set up tea coffee and biscuits, and clear away. Contact the parish office 9949 4455 to add your name to the roster.
Your voluntary service may assist you when filling out your parish reference form for application to Catholic high school.
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The annual Parish Assembly was convened on Sunday July 23rd, and was attended by around 50 parishioners.
- A report on the results of the recent church life survey was presented, as well as parish financial and planning reports.
- Retiring members of the PPC were thanked, and the new members were welcomed.
- Copies of the 2016-17 Annual Report have been emailed, and are also available at the church door, parish office or may be viewed or downloaded online from the parish website.
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SUNDAY 26TH FEBRUARY 2PM
MASS, TALK, HEALING
Alan Ames has been speaking and praying for healing around the world since 1994. He has spoken in more than 40 countries. His books are available in 18 languages. In 2004 and again in 2006 with church approval, he spoke at two of the holiest sites in Christendom; the Basilica of the Annunciation in Nazareth and St Catherine’s, the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem. Alan shares his unique conversion experiences that caused a dramatic change in his life from a violent alcoholic to a man of the Sacraments and prayer. Alan has the permission and support of Archbishop T Costelloe, SDB of Perth.
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The first of three weeks of final Hearings into the Catholic Church by the Royal Commission into the Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse is now coming to a close.
This first session has been a stark exposure of terrible statistics. Data tells us that over six decades, from 1950-2010, some 1,265 Catholic priests and religious were the subject of a child abuse claim.
For every entry in this overwhelming data, a child has suffered in some way through the actions of someone who should have cared for and protected them.
We recognise that as bad as this accounting is, there are many survivors of abuse that have not come forward, and perhaps never will. Our prayers remain constant for all those who have suffered.
Monday saw the first of the live-streamed Panel Sessions. Very Rev Fr David Ranson VG was invited to participate as an expert academic at the opening Panel, which sought to explore the areas of Structure, Governance and Culture within the Church in Australia. Fr David will again present on a Panel next Monday, 13 February, focusing on the formation of clergy and religious.
There is a great wealth of reporting being disseminated around the Hearings. A selection of items and summaries from the Truth Justice and Healing Council (TJHC) are updated on the Diocesan website daily for your information: www.dbb.org.au
The Hearings are streamed live, and the Commission website has full transcripts available:
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The Feast of the Epiphany of Our Lord Jesus Christ is one of the oldest Christian feasts, though, throughout the centuries, it has celebrated a variety of things. Epiphany comes from a Greek verb meaning "to reveal," and all of the various events celebrated by the Feast of the Epiphany are revelations of Christ to humankind. Like many of the most ancient Christian feasts, Epiphany was first celebrated in the East, where it has been held from the beginning almost universally on January 6. Today, among both Eastern Catholics and Eastern Orthodox, the feast is known as Theophany—the revelation of God to man.
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TO ALL OUR VOLUNTEERS
Throughout the year there are a large number of people within our community who in various ways contribute to the smooth operation of our parish and its works.
While it is unwise to list all the groups for fear of missing someone it would be remiss not to mention those that perform the key roles in our parish, often without a lot of fanfare.
In particular we thank the many liturgical ministers, including our readers, servers, musicians, greeters, and eucharistic ministers. Our parish catechists, for the children’s liturgy, the RCIC, RCIA, state school catechists, and sacramental program leaders are also deserving of recognition.
Those who assist in our sacristies at both churches, our hospitality teams, and our regular collection counters are also to be thanked. If you would like to volunteer for any of these roles we are always happy to hear from you.
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The International Day of People with Disability is observed annually on 3 December. On this day we are invited to pray for people with disability, their families and the people who support them. Henri Nouwen challenges us to reflect at this time that the question is not “How can we help people with disability?” The much more important question is, “How can we allow people with disability to give their spiritual gifts to us and call us to conversion, call us to wholeness, call us to love?”
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Congratulations to Fr. Vincent Kim Phu Tran
on his Ordination to the Priesthood Saturday 17th December 10.00am St Kieran's Church
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For children we have never or can no longer hold
St Kieran’s Church Wednesday November 9th at 7.30pm
During the month of November we focus our thoughts and prayers on those who have died, not only on All Souls Day but throughout the entire month of remembrance as well.
Some in our community have experienced the loss of a child through miscarriage, stillbirth or abortion or have been separated from their children through breakdown in marriages in divorce. This loss is often experienced both by the parents and also the extended family who look for a way of entrusting their sorrow to an understanding God. A Remembrance Prayer Service will be held at St Kieran’s Church on Wednesday evening 9 November at 7.30pm as a way of offering support and comfort to those who mourn the loss of children we have never held or can no longer hold. All parishioners are welcome.
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On Sunday 3rd July the Australian Church celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Sunday. At the official release of the ATSI Statement this week, titled ‘We Need Mercy”, Bishop Christopher Saunders spoke about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples living the name of mercy in their lives.
For more information go to http://www.natsicc.org.au
NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC is celebrated not only in Indigenous communities, but by Australians from all walks of life. The week is a great opportunity to participate in a range of activities and to support your local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.
For more information go to http://www.naidoc.org.au