Mon 22 Feast of Mary Magdelene
Fri 26 Feast of St Ann and St Joachim (Grandparents Day)
ALPHA Morning Tea 10am parish centre
Sat 27 AFA Christmas In July Dinner parish centre 7pm
Sun 28 Spaghetti Night 7pm parish centre
Sun 25 Fr Dave 50th Jubilee Mass 9.30am
Spaghetti Night 7pm parish centre
Did you know that, each Sunday, one Parish Mass is offered for yourselves, the people of the Parish – Missa pro populo, Mass for the people? This practice has been in place for many years and defines the pastoral relationship between pastors and parishioners.
While in Rome for the recent Augustinian International Lay Congress, the group attended the 10.30 am Sunday Mass at St Peter’s Basilica and Fr Paul and I concelebrated, along with around 40 other priests. As the long procession wound through the crowds of visitors to St Peter’s, many recording the spectacle on their cameras and phones, I was struck by the diversity of our Church in the many nationalities and languages among the crowd. Mindful of our bonds as a Parish Community with the wider Church I offered the Mass in St Peter’s for yourselves - Missa pro populo, Mass for the people.
Our Congress theme - Sharing the Joy of the Gospel - was most appropriate in light of Pope Francis’ emphasis on Joy in so many of his letters and homilies, though I did wonder why so few people smiled as the procession came by. I did make an effort however and several people came from behind their cameras to share a smile.
The 2019 SVDP Winter Appeal stands at $7,714 to date with a couple of significant donations. We thank the Parish for this excellent result and the support this means to the poor of our Community
St. Kieran’s Primary School’s Winter Appeal raised 2,231 cans of food, which is a massive increase on the 1,254 cans from last year. We are delighted with this amazing support from the children, parents and teachers for the poor in our community. It will last us a number of months. We were particularly delighted with their delivery to the Brookvale office. No sore backs for us this year!
Lastly, we acknowledge the donations over the last three weeks from the children and parents of the Sacramental Program for First Communicants. The donations included blankets, bedding, towels, clothing and food. You would be pleased to know that some of the donations went to a resettled homeless family who were overcome by the blankets, bedding, food etc. they received.
“Our Lord and God himself wished to be called our neighbour because it is himself that the Lord Jesus Christ is indicating as the one who came to the help of that man lying half dead on the road, beaten up and left there by robbers.”
- Welcome to the Sacramental Program 2019-2020
- Registration Form 2019-2020
- Parish News
- Baptism of Young Children Program
- Nurturing Faith
- Stations of the Cross
We would like to say a sincere thank you to our parish Sacramental Coordinator Janette Davidson for her leadership and careful planning of the First Communion program. Well done!
Confirmation—Over 190 candidates have registered for the Sacrament of Confirmation and the children and their parents will begin their Family Groups Sessions over coming weeks.
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. 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.
Other ways you can support the Province’s ministries are by donations to:Augustinian Volunteers Australia Trust Fund, or Bequests. Mailing address is:
Order of St Augustine , PO Box 7278, Warringah Mall, Brookvale NSW 2100.
Donations are tax deductible
He Who has given us the gift of being also gives us the gift of being good. He gives it to those who have turned back to Him. He even sought them out before they were converted and when they were far from His ways. [St Augustine, On Psalm 103 (4), 2]
On Thursday 30 May 2019 the National Catholic Safeguarding Standards were released in response to the recommendations from the Royal Commission. To read about these standards here is the link to the Catholic Professional Standards Ltd webpage
PLENARY COUNCIL 2020:
National Theme for Discernment #5 – How is God calling us to be a Christ-centred Church that is A Joyful, Hope-Filled and Servant Community? This National Theme for Discernment is inspired by the voices of the People of God who expressed a yearning for the Church to be a sign of God’s kingdom for all people in Australia – to be able to see the Catholic Church in action, and to recognise Jesus Find out more: www.plenarycouncil.catholic.org.au
Low gluten hosts re now available on the table with the offertory gifts in both churches. Parishioners wishing to receive a low gluten host are asked to place a low gluen host in the pyx or glass dish marked low gluten before Mass. These hosts will be consecrated at Mass and available from the priest at Communion time. Alternatively, parishioners are welcome to follow our current practice and speak to the priest or senior server ahead of time to request a low gluten host.
Gluten Intolerant? - The Coeliac Society NSW has issued the following advice about low gluten Communion bread.
The low gluten hosts contain traces around 6 parts per million (ppm) and in Australia, the Food Advisory Board say that no detectable gluten must be found in order to label foods gluten free which is why the communion wafer is called low gluten. If low gluten products were on the supermarket shelves we wouldn’t be able to consume them.
Because communion is taken in such a tiny amount, it is an exception to the rule and therefore safe for Coeliac’s.
If you are gluten intolerant, low gluten hosts are available at the church. Let the priest know prior to Mass to receive one at Communion.
Heavenly Father and Eternal Shepherd,
you watch over and govern your flock with vigilance and concern.
In your immense love, grant to your Church a pastor who will please you by his holiness and aid us with his unfailing care.
In your time, grant us the joy of welcoming a shepherd formed
after your own heart.
May he be an example of virtue to your people and, imbued with the power of the Holy spirit, fill their minds with the truth and beauty of the Gospel.
Grant wisdom, O Lord, to those now discerning your holy will in the selection of our new bishop.
We ask this is in the name of Jesus our Lord and through the intercession of our mother,
Mary Star of the Sea.
The children’s liturgy ministry is always looking for new mums, grandparents and carers to be involved in this wonderful and rewarding ministry. Being a volunteer in this ministry involves helping with children’s liturgy that takes place on Sundays at the churches of St Cecilia and St Kieran’s. You will be placed on roster alongside another volunteer who is currently doing children’s liturgy to help out about once to twice a term. Children’s liturgy only takes place within the school term and doesn’t take place when school class family masses are scheduled. All information, resources and activities are printed off and provided by the children’s liturgy co-ordinator on a weekly basis. All volunteers will be required to obtain a working with children check number, but this is simple to do, and this is something that I can help you obtain.
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.
Share the Journey has at its heart the vision of a united global human family. We are a global confederation, run by Caritas Internationalis, of 165 national development agencies.
We are the charitable arm of the Catholic Church and our confederation works at diocesan, national, regional and international level on issues such as poverty, migration, climate change, hunger, health and emergencies.
Pope Francis launched the 2 year campaign from Saint Peter’s Square on 27th September 2017 when he invited everyone around the world to “Share the Journey” with refugees and migrants.
If you are passionate about migration and interested in what’s happening in our world, then this is a campaign where you can make a difference at all levels. This is an opportunity to share something of yourself and offer it up in friendship in exchange for friendship and a journey of discovery.
For more information visit
OUR PARISH PIETY SHOP,
St Kieran’s Parish Office at 2 King St, Manly Vale (ample parking in the school carpark)
Open 9am – 4pm Monday to Friday - our Piety shop stocks Bibles for all ages; Mass Missals; Baptism, Confirmation, Holy Communion Candles; Jewellery/ Bracelets & Necklaces with crosses/ medals; photo frames; Rosary beads; hand painted nativity scenes from Peru; a lovely range of inspirational books, and lots lots more – it really is worth a drive to pop in & have a browse at this very eclectic mix of religious gifts for all those special and Sacramental occasions.
Ph 9949 4455 cash & Credit cards accepted