Sun 17 Catechist Recruitment Drive
Tue 19 1st Reconciliation Info meeting SK church 9.30am
Wed 20 1st Reconciliation Info meeting SK church 7.00pm
Sun 24 Catechist Recruitment Drive
Fund raising Bake Stall following 9.00am mass SC
Fri 01 World Day of Prayer
Sun 03 Catechist Recruitment Drive
Wed 06 Ash Wednesday
Tue 19 1st Reconciliation Practice SK 4.00pm
Wed 20 1st Reconciliation Practice SC 7pm
What an odd title! Yes, I agree but I didn’t make it up; it is the title of a chapter in a book I’ve been reading for the last year and a half – Finding Your Hidden Treasure by Fr Benignus O’Rourke OSA. I’m not really that slow a reader but I find that each paragraph in this book about our inner prayer journey requires considerable time to absorb.
We are great watchers – of television, news bulletins, movies, sport…. even the ‘passing parade’ of humanity when we are on buses, trains or planes, or in airports. I sometimes wonder at the myriad of human stories in the lives of all these people and wonder even more that God knows each one intimately –God is watching what we are doing at every moment with keen interest.
This Sunday’s Gospel reading recounts Luke’s version of the Beatitudes, though presented in a more blunt manner than in Matthew. Luke recounts 4 Beatitudes and 4 corresponding Woes, each holding together two clashing ideas. In the vision of Jesus, there is often a reversal of fortune, even for those who suffer the painfulness of the present. In various ways, God sides with the poor and vulnerable and reverses the situation.
In every age, each of us needs a prayer because there is emptiness in us which only God can fill. Jesus tells us: ‘Blessed are you poor!’ – hardly something deserving of ‘congratulations’. In fact Jesus is not endorsing poverty or hunger as such but reminding us that God acts on behalf of all the vulnerable and marginalised. Our ‘poverty’ is not simply economic but includes loss, being misunderstood, estranged from loved ones, lonely, suffering sickness or injustice.
- Welcome to the Sacramental Program 2018-2019
- Registration Form 2018-2019
- Parish News
Baptism of Young Children Program
- Nurturing Faith
- Stations of the Cross
- Parents of children in Year 3 and older (who celebrated the Sacrament of Confirmation last year) are reminded that the First Reconciliation Program commences this term with the Parent Information Meeting on Tuesday 19 February at 9.30am OR Wednesday 20 February at 7.00pm in St Kieran’s Church;
Group Facilitator Meetings will follow the Parent Information Meetings at 10.30am (Tuesday) OR 8.00pm (Wednesday) in St Kieran’s Church;
Children Liturgy will recommence on Sunday 3rd March at both churches—9.30am mass at SK and 9.00am mass at SC.
There has been a paperwork error at Tamburlaine Wines and we may be missing out on the $50 donation per dozen (which goes to the parish) if you ordered wine by phone.
Please contact the parish office with your details if you ordered by phone.
If you would like to reorder any wine or you forgot to order last year it is not too late! Copies of the order form are available from the parish office or from the back of both Churches. If you order by phone please mention the order is for the North Harbour Parish Anniversary Fundraiser
Hello Everyone and Happy New Year!
AFA will be holding their Annual General Meeting (AGM) on WEDNESDAY, 20 FEBRUARY 2019 at 7pm in the Parish Centre at 2 King Street, Manly Vale. At the meeting all positions will be declared vacant and a new Committee will be appointed on the night. If you would like to become a member of AFA or would simply like more information please come along to the meeting or feel free to contact me prior to the meeting. Everyone is very welcome and it would be great to see some new people join us and share their ideas and suggestions to help fundraise and support our Augustinian Seminarians. There is no pressure to join the committee so just pop by and say hello and see what we are planning for the year ahead in terms of social and fundraising events. Hope you can make the meeting and at the same time enjoy some drinks and nibbles with us on the night.
We are short of Catholic Scripture teachers & helpers for 2019 to teach our children in our parish public schools!!
Jesus said "as I was sent into the world, I now send you....."
Do you have a love of children and a want to show them how much God loves them too? It is so important for children to know that that they are loved and cared for and that they have a friend in Jesus throughout their lives.
We are hoping that some of you will answer God’s call and become Catechists this year.
The weekly commitment consists of 30 minutes of teaching time and between 30-60 minutes per week of preparation time. A manual and workbooks are provided to take the thinking out of it for you. There is still a huge demand for catholic scripture in public schools and we rely on our generous volunteers to continue this wonderful experience. It would be such a shame to have to exclude some children from the Scripture Program because we don’t have enough teachers- the experiences that you can provide for these children will stay with them for life. Currently, we have ten classes that we need teachers for.
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]
Lord, You first sought me out and brought me back on Your shoulder
Commentary on Psalm 69, 6
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, located in a stunning glass merchandise cabinet in the foyer of St Kieran’s parish centre is open during office hours Mon-Fri 9am-4pm.
Come in and have a browse next time you're passing.
THE VINE FACEBOOK GROUP - If you would like to join the group for spiritual enrichment,
MEDITATION AT NORTH HARBOUR
ST KIERAN’S CHAPEL Tuesdays at 9.15am during school term
Link to the GIFT website:
Gluten Intolerant? - The Coeliac Society NSW has issued
the following advice about low gluten Communion bread.
New parishioners are invited to take a New Parishioners Welcome Kit in the green package at the back of the church, and please make yourself known at the parish office.
We have a variety of bibles for sale at the parish office.
Cost: $15 for the Gift Bible, $20 for the Children's Bible and Usborne Miniature Bible, $25 for Beginners Bible.
We are always looking for volunteers to help out at St Kieran's and St Cecilia's. Children's Liturgy at St Kieran's is held every week and is on at St Cecilia's Church on the third Sunday of the month during school term.