strictly businessAs you may be aware all parishes take up a special collection on Good Friday for the upkeep of Churches in the Holy Land. This year we sent a donation of $2028.25 to the Holy Land Commissariat. Thank you for your contributions. 

If you have not yet  returned your Project Compassion Box it can be put on the collection plate at Mass or handed in to Parish office.

Easter Giving Envelopes

strictly businessEaster Dues have been a tradition in the Church for some centuries, probably following the custom of giving gifts to each other on great feasts days.

There is no obligation to contribute to the Easter Dues but the Augustinian community serving the Parish is grateful for anything which may be donated.  This can be used to send extra donations to the Central Fund of the Province which takes care of the needs of the entire Province, including the sick Augustinians, as well as attending to the needs and education of the students studying to become Augustinian Priests.

For those of us who don’t use the planned giving envelopes but would like to contribute a little something extra to the Priory at Easter, envelopes are available in the Church foyer.

Project Compassion

Don’t forget to return your project compassion box during the next week or so. The boxes can be left on the collection plate at Mass, handed in to the parish office or left at the St Cecelia’s school office. On behalf of Caritas Australia we thank everybody who has donated to such a worthy cause.

Project Compassion

strictly businessToday marks the beginning of Holy Week and traditionally the time to return your project compassion box. The boxes can be left on the collection plate at Mass, handed in to the parish office or left at the St Cecelia’s school office. On behalf of Caritas Australia we thank everybody who has donated to such a worthy cause.

Easter Giving Envelopes

Easter Dues have been a tradition in the Church for some centuries, probably following the custom of giving gifts to each other on great feasts days.

There is no obligation to contribute to the Easter Dues but the Augustinian community serving the Parish is grateful for anything which may be donated.  This can be used to send extra donations to the Central Fund of the Province which takes care of the needs of the entire Province, including the sick Augustinians, as well as attending to the needs and education of the students studying to become Augustinian Priests.

For those of us who don’t use the planned giving envelopes but would like to contribute a little something extra to the Priory at Easter, envelopes are available in the Church foyer.

Planned Giving

strictly businessThank you to everybody who responded to our planned giving campaign. We would also like to extend a special thank you to those generous families who have joined the giving program for the first time. We have an additional 15 families in the program and an extra $400 a week. To those who have not already done so to please leave your card on the plate at Mass or send it to the office as soon as possible. More details regarding the program will be available in In Touch.

Easter Giving Envelopes

Easter Dues have been a tradition in the Church for some centuries, probably following the custom of giving gifts to each other on great feasts days.

There is no obligation to contribute to the Easter Dues but the Augustinian community serving the Parish is grateful for anything which may be donated.  This can be used to send extra donations to the Central Fund of the Province which takes care of the needs of the entire Province, including the sick Augustinians, as well as attending to the needs and education of the students studying to become Augustinian Priests.

For those of us who don’t use the planned giving envelopes but would like to contribute a little something extra to the Priory at Easter, envelopes are available in the Church foyer.

strictly businessThe next edition of In Touch will be emailed/mailed out in a few weeks. If you are still receiving your copy by post but would be happy to receive an electronic copy, save us postage and maybe a tree or two please contact the office and let them know your email address.

Also if you are a giver and would like to receive your end of year receipt electronically and 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. Otherwise you will need to contact the parish office after June 30 and we will post you out your receipt.

strictly businessAs you will be all aware we are starting our 2016 planned giving campaign this weekend and most of you will have received a brochure in the mail. Those who haven’t are most likely not on our database, either you were and we have somehow managed to lose contact with you or you never have been. We would like to encourage all the families who attend Mass with us and haven’t been receiving In Touch or our recent brochure to make contact with the office, let us know your present details.

While the planned giving campaign is about your financial commitment to the Church we should never forget that there is always a need for a helping hand at the Parish. Our spaghetti night organisers are busy preparing for the coming year but are in need of a few willing hands to set up and pack away the tables and chairs and help with the serving.

strictly businessA couple of weeks ago we announced that Janette Davidson had taken over the Sacramental Program from Ricki Hayes. Ricki has been assisting in our parish and schools for longer than she would probably care to remember and her position for the last ten years has been running our Sacramental Program. Ricki has had to take a long term leave of absence from her Parish work but we are confident that she will be back with us again, perhaps in a new role, filling a need within the Parish as she has always done.

On behalf of the Parish, and in particular, the more than 1000 families Ricki has guided through the Sacramental Program, we wish her a speedy recovery. Our prayers and thoughts are with Ricki and her family.

strictly businessBelow is a brief overview of the parish income and expenses for the first half of the current financial year.

 

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This time last year I reported that our planned giving contributors had fallen from a high of 475 at the end of our last planned giving campaign to 446 at the end of 2014 and stating that we would struggle to maintain our level of income. Over the past year the number of contributors to the planned giving campaign has again fallen, by the end of the 2015 year we are down to 360 contributors to the program which represents 1% of the families registered with us. We will be launching a new planned giving campaign in a couple of weeks and we will be asking those families who now call our parish home to think about signing up to ensure the parish can continue providing our current programs but also be able to meet the needs of our parish in the future.Chris Burrows, Parish Manager

strictly business CHRISTMAS OFFERINGS
On behalf of the Parish staff I would like to wish everybody a peaceful Christmas with time to reflect on its true meaning, and a bright and wonderful new year.  On a personal note I would like to thank Anne and Jane for the wonderful way they run the office. It can be a tough and demanding job at times but despite this, visitors are always greeted with a warm and friendly smile.

The Parish office will close from on Christmas Eve and reopen Monday January 5. If you need to urgently contact a priest, call the office on 9949 4455 and, when the automated system directs you, press 4 to be put through to the Priory. Alternatively you can call the 24 hour service 1300 PRIEST (1300 774 378) and you will be put in contact with a priest from the Broken Bay Diocese.

Christmas Offering envelopes are available in the church foyer for anyone who may wish to donate a little something extra to the Priests at this time of year. For those who donate via the envelope system an offering envelope is also included in your set of planned giving envelopes to be used at your discretion, in appreciation of the work of the clergy.

Chris Burrows Parish Manager

strictly businessOn behalf of parishioners and staff I would like to thank the band of helpers who regularly assist us with administrative tasks in the Parish. Whether it is in the main office, my office, the library, or one of the many other jobs that just get done, the staff always appreciate a helping hand to lighten the load.

The Parish office will close from on Christmas Eve and reopen Monday January 5. If you need to urgently contact a priest, call the office on 9949 4455 and, when the automated system directs you, press 4 to be put through to the Priory. Alternatively you can call the 24 hour service 1300 PRIEST (1300 774 378) and you will be put in contact with a priest from the Broken Bay Diocese.

strictly businessCatholic Mission thank youThe Parish office will close on Christmas Eve and reopen Tuesday January 5. If you need to urgently contact a priest, call the office on 9949 4455 and, when the automated system directs you, press 4 to be put through to the Priory. Alternatively you can call the 24 hour service 1300 PRIEST (1300 774 378) and you will be put in contact with a priest from the Broken Bay Diocese.

Last week we finalised and delivered the envelopes collected for the recent Catholic Mission appeal. The envelopes and receipts are processed by the Catholic Mission office and not the parish.

strictly businessThe Parish office will close on Christmas Eve and reopen onTuesday January 5. If you need to urgently contact a priest, call the office on 9949 4455 and, when the automated system directs you, press 4 to be put through to the Priory. Alternatively you can call the 24 hour service 1300 PRIEST (1300 774 378) and you will be put in contact with a priest from the Broken Bay Diocese.

Christmas Offering envelopes are available in the church foyer for anyone who may wish to donate a little something extra to the Priests at this time of year. For those who donate via the envelope system an offering envelope is also included in your set of planned giving envelopes to be used at your discretion, in appreciation of the work of the clergy.

strictly businessCWF Dec 2015A donation envelope for the first Charitable Works Fund (CWF) collection for this financial year should be attached to the bulletin, if not envelopes are always available in the Church foyer or from the parish office.

November Dead List

strictly businessFrom the earliest times in the Church’s history, the month of November has been dedicated to the Holy Souls. This began when November 2nd was designated as the day on which we pray particularly for this intention.

weekday entrace windowstrictly businessThose attending St Kieran’s for Mass this weekend may have noticed the new stained glass window. While the window is new the glass is not. The stained glass from the windows replaced by the new St Kieran windows behind the music area was preserved, turned into a single window and this week installed beside the weekday entrance to the Church. Have a look on the way out or next time you are in Church, it was well worth the wait.

strictly businessThis weekend marks the start of National Child Protection Week and an opportune time to reflect on our commitment to child protection.

Our parish has a strict policy that all staff and clergy undergo police checks and those volunteers who may have unsupervised contact with children must complete the Working with Children forms as required by the NSW Commission for Children & Young People.

strictly businessNext week instead of sending out the September copy of In Touch, we will be emailing the parish report that was presented to our annual parish assembly on Sunday August 2.

The parish assembly is a chance to hear reports by various groups involved in the running of the parish and elect new members of Parish Pastoral Council. Also attached will be Fr Paul’s summary of the meeting. We will not be sending copies out through the mail.

If you don’t receive In Touch via email and wish to receive a copy of the annual report please contact the office and we will post a copy to you.

strictly businessThank you to everybody who has donated to the current Charitable Works Fund appeal. If you haven’t made a donation yet and wish to do so envelopes are available in the Church foyer or the parish office and can be left at the office or on the collection plate at any Mass.

Electronic copies of the year end receipts have been emailed to all donors for whom we have an email addresses. If you would like a paper copies of your receipt please contact the parish office and we will post it out to you.

The microwave in the parish centre recently broke. If anyone has a spare one they would like to donate, please contact the parish office 9949 4455.

strictly businessThank you to everybody who has donated to the current Charitable Works Fund appeal. If you haven’t made a donation yet and wish to do so envelopes are available in the Church foyer or the parish office and can be left at the office or on the collection plate at any Mass.

On behalf of the parish I would like to thank our team of volunteers who count the Church collections each week. To make their job a bit easier and less stressful I would ask if everybody using the envelope system could ensure the amount of their donation is written in the space provided and ensure the envelope is sealed.

strictly businessA donation envelope for the first Charitable Works Fund (CWF) collection for this financial year should be attached to this bulletin, if not envelopes are always available in the Church foyer. The CWF is a centralised fund for the support of charitable and pastoral activities of the Diocese that extend beyond the limits of any single parish. The funds are raised by bequests, public donations and parish quotas. There are three CWF collections in the parish each year to enable us to raise funds towards our quota. Donations to the CWF are fully tax deductible. The money raised by the CWF is used to support many charitable organisations in the Diocese including the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, St Lucy’s School, St Edmond’s School, Ephphata Centre and CatholicCare, Broken Bay.

strictly businessNext week is the first of our Charitable Works Fund (CWF) appeals for the new financial year. The CWF is a centralised fund for the support of charitable and pastoral activities of the Diocese that extend beyond the limits of any single parish. The funds are raised by bequests, public donations and a parish quota. The money raised by the CWF is used to support many charitable organisations in the Diocese including the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, St Lucy’s School, St Edmond’s School, Ephphata Centre and Centrecare Broken Bay. There are three CWF collections in the parish each year to enable us to raise funds towards our quota. Donations to the CWF are fully tax-deductible. Envelopes will be attached to next week’s bulletins or they are available in the Church foyer.