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Please note children who are keen to participate must attend both rehearsal dates below:
· 10am -11am, Sunday 18 December after Mass at St Cecilia’s church and
· 10am –11am, Saturday 24 December, rehearsal after Mass in the church with readers and musicians.
Children are also invited to dress as angels and shepherds at the 5.30pm Christmas Eve Mass at St Kieran's to help set the scene.
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Today’s readings urge us to prepare for and be open to God’s presence in our lives. We have been taught that this presence is ongoing, yet it doesn’t always seem so. We need to work to overcome fear and doubt, especially in challenging times, but the task need not be a frantic effort. These readings carry warnings and longings, but the operative words are comfort, tenderness and hope. We wait and prepare because of the promise.
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The Parish Picnic on the 19th of November was very successful with at least 50 attendees including children of various ages including toddlers. The weather was wonderful: a bit breezy but warm enough to wear only a cardigan. The forecast rain stayed away. Unfortunately, the fire engine did not turn up. However, there were plenty of games and all the children joined in enthusiastically irrespective of age. There was tug of war, potato and spoon race (variation of egg and spoon), and the three legged race. I think the starting whistle was popular as was the posted games time table.
Thanks to all generous donations, all the children were able to receive a prize for participation. A big thank you also to all the attendees, volunteers, and helpers in any capacity for helping to make a very successful day. Let’s aim for more fun next year!!
Judith D’Elmaine, Parish Council
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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.
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Dear fellow parishioners
It has been a pleasure and an honour serving this parish and its parishioners over the last 10 years as Parish Manager but the time has come for me to step down and let a fresh face take up the reins. I have served under 3 parish priests, Fr Pete, Fr Brian and our current PP Fr Paul. Each of them has brought their own style and personality to the parish and it has been a delight working with, and learning from, each of them. I would also like to thank the many dedicated staff members and volunteers I have worked with over the last 10 years. Our parish has been truly blessed to have such a dedicated, hardworking and committed group of people.
My time here has been marked with many highlights but there are three that readily come to mind. The first is the World Youth Day held here in Sydney in 2008. The parish hosted a couple of hundred overseas participants in St Kieran’s school and a number of events were held in the Church and grounds. There was a vibe and energy around the Church that I had never experienced before. The second is the refurbishment of our two Churches. Although the work done at St Cecilia’s was not as extensive as at St Kieran’s, I still look on the altar space there as one of the nicest and most holy spaces I have seen. The refurbishment of St Kieran’s was a long, tough job but even after three years I still feel it was worth all the blood, sweat and tears. The third, and perhaps the best, is the many, many friendships that I have made. I could not believe the number of people who were willing to help and teach me from the first day I started no matter how many mistakes I made.
I will always treasure the people I have been lucky enough to assist and those who have assisted me. Unfortunately not all of them are still around the parish and so as I hand over to a new generation I hope that the current and future parishioners will continue to support our new Parish Manager Jacky.
This is not farewell though, Cathie and I will continue to be involved with North Harbour Parish and I hope to continue the many friendships I have made over the years. So au revoir, I’ll see you around the traps and thank you to everyone who made my time here so special.
On behalf of the parish community, we would like to wish Chris a very long and happy retirement and a big thank you for all the hard work over the last 10 years.
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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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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?”