Sun 22 Spaghetti Night following 6pm Mass
Sun 29 Social Justice Sunday
Sun 06 Baptism Preparation Course 11am
Sat 19 Learn more about Catholic Faith 10am-2.30pm SK
General Chapter 2019 - As I write this, Augustinians from around the world are in Rome for the General Chapter of the Order held every 6 years. The Australian Province is represented by Fr Peter Jones (Prior Provincial), Fr Tony Banks (Assistant General) and Br Salesio Lee (Delegation Superior in Korea). The Chapter receives reports from the various Augustinian groups throughout the world and addresses issues facing the Church and the Order – justice and peace, religious life, professional standards, vocations and many others.
Elections - The Chapter also elects leaders for the next 6 years and, early last week, the delegates elected the Prior General and several Assistant Generals who take responsibility for regions in different parts of the world. Fr Tony Banks has been re-elected Assistant General for the Asia-Pacific Region and we extend sincere congratulations to Fr Tony as he continues this ministry.
In the Broken Bay Diocese during the month of September, our attention is drawn to the importance of Safeguarding.
This year's theme of Inclusion and Care is - 'A safe community is one in which all experience a sense of belonging'.
To learn more about the role of the Office of the eSafety Commissioner visit www.esafety.gov.au It is committed to empowering all Australians to have safer, more positive experiences online.
- Welcome to the Sacramental Program 2019-2020
- Registration Form 2019-2020
- Parish News
- Baptism of Young Children Program
- Nurturing Faith
- Stations of the Cross
Would you like to learn more about Catholic Faith and Practice or how to become a Catholic?
THIS WEEKEND IS THE FINAL WEEKEND TO DONATE SOAP, TOOTHPASTE AND TOOTHBRUSHES FOR THE ORPHANS OF SRI LANKA.
WE STILL NEED MORE DONATIONS!!!
MANY THANKS TO ALL WHO HAVE DONATED SO FAR
Volunteers needed to pack the Christmas gifts for Sri Lankan children.
- Saturday 21st and 28th September
- Monday 30th September
- Tuesday 1st -Thursday 4th October
This is an opportunity for children who are required to do school service to earn community hours.
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]
What shall I ask of You, kind Jesus? Through You all things were made, Son of God, yet You are made among all things, Son of Man. Why should we come and learn from You? “Because I am meek and humble of Heart.”
Holy Virginity 35
The Diocese of Broken Bay has invited the Sisters of Our Lady of Consolation to establish a community in the diocese. This weekend, Sister Josie Mabini and Sister Jennifer Canillas arrived from the Philippines and are now resident in the Parish of Toukley. They are accompanied by Sister Edith Gicana, Provincial Councillor, who will assist them to settle in to their new surroundings. The Sisters’ ministry will focus initially on work in local Catholic schools in the Toukley area. Sister Josie is well-known in our North Harbour Community and we welcome the Sisters’ return and support them with our prayers.
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.