Tues 07 Yr 2 Sacramental Program Information for Parents SK 9.30am
Wed 08 Yr 2 Sacramental Program Information for Parents SK 7.00pm
Thurs 09 Heaven on Earth Meditation and discussion St Cecilia’s 9.00am
Tues 14 Yr 3 First Holy Communion Parent Information Meetings SK 9.30am
Wed 15 Yr 3 First Holy Communion Parent Information Meetings SK 7.00pm
We have a saying, don’t we: ‘Seeing is believing’? But Jesus seems to suggest the opposite: ‘Believing is not seeing!’ He says to Thomas, ‘Happy are those who have not seen and yet believe.’ In our scientific age we seem to think that unless we can put everything under a microscope and see it and detect it, unless we can measure it, then it can’t be verified and therefore need not be true and so need not be believed. Wasn’t Thomas of this same earthy, scientific bent? ‘Unless I see the holes that the nails made in his hands and can put my finger into his side, I refuse to believe.’
And yet, when we stop to think about it, the most important things in human life cannot be proved scientifically. For example, the human love of spouses for each other, the love of parents for their children. When someone says, ‘I love you,’ we can’t respond by saying, ‘Hold on a minute till I wack this lie detector onto your arm and I verify if you’re telling me the truth or not!’ Of course, our attitude must be one of faith and trust that they are telling us the truth. We do, however, have one way of helping our act of belief and that is by observing the actions of the person towards us. The actions of the person professing love for us will, of course, be a good indicator of their sincerity and truthfulness. If a person says that he or she is your friend and then starts immediately to talk about you behind your back, then you don’t believe that person.
So it is too with our various religious beliefs; for example, our belief that God exists, our belief in the incarnation, that God became man, our belief in the Trinity, our belief in the resurrection, our belief in God’s unconditional love for me. None of these can be proved scientifically. They all have to do with a relationship of love and trust, of faith that doesn’t see or even understand everything.
Thursday 9th May 9am – 10.30am, St Cecilia’s School Hall
Three short steps along the pathway into Meditation
We are excited to have our own Fr Paul facilitate our ‘Heaven on Earth’ morning. It is a time for parents to come together for gentle meditation, interactive discussion, engaging resources plus coffee and cake to revive the spirit.
There will be time to listen to Fr Paul’s initial input, time to experience each of the movements into prayer, and time to share and discuss with one another what our experience has been like.
Please consider this as an opportunity for you to unwind and replenish your own spiritual nourishment. All parents, grandparents and parishioners are invited.
- Welcome to the Sacramental Program 2019-2020
- Registration Form 2019-2020
- Parish News
- Baptism of Young Children Program
- Nurturing Faith
- Stations of the Cross
Sacramental Program Term 2
2019 – 2020 Sacramental Program for Children in Year2 (and older)
Parents of children in Year 2 (and older) who wish to participate in the 2019/2020 program are reminded that the program will commence the second week of Term 2 with a Sacramental Program Information Meeting for Parents on either Tuesday 7 May at 9.30am OR Wednesday 8 May at 7.00pm in St Kieran’s Church.
Information presented at this session will include what parents need to know to accompany their children on their sacramental journey.
All documentation including the Program, Photo Card and Registration Form can be downloaded from the parish website at http://www.northharbourcatholic.org.au/sacraments/sacrmental-program/for-parents and from the back of both Churches.
First Holy Communion for children in Year 3 (and older)
Parent Information Meetings will be held the third week of Term 2 on either Tuesday 14 May at 9.30am OR Wednesday 15 May at 7.00pm both in St Kieran’s Church.
Our RCIA participants (those in the community who want to become Catholics) attended a ceremony held at the Cathedral Parish last Sunday, the catechumens declared before the Church community their intention to receive baptism at Easter.
In family life, values are handed on from one generation to the next, often symbolized through a particular custom, document or treasured heirloom. Throughout the centuries the Church, too, has passed down its most precious beliefs, often symbolized in rituals and prayers. The Presentation of the Creed is one such example. In a short ceremony at the 9.30am Mass this weekend several weeks before their baptism, catechumens are formally presented with the Creed, a statement of Catholic belief. More than an acquisition of a document, the focus of this ceremony is on the people of the community handing on an enduring tradition of faith to yet another generation of believers.
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.
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]
"When Jesus showed Thomas the very places where he had his doubts, Thomas exclaimed, ‘My Lord and my God’. He touched his flesh but he proclaimed his divinity. What did he touch? The body of Christ. Was the body of Christ the divinity of Christ? The divinity of Christ was the Word; the humanity of Christ was soul and flesh. Thomas could not touch the soul, but he could perceive it, because the body that had been dead was moving about alive. But that Word is subject neither to change nor to contact. That is what Thomas proclaimed. He touched the flesh, he invoked the Word, because the Word became flesh and dwelt among us.” [Sermon 145A ]
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
News from GIFT - March 31
Recently the commercial freezer at Link Community Food Care stopped working, this freezer was used to store the GIFT meals we prepare so cook-offs were on hold until it could be replaced.
A huge THANK YOU to Darren Coleman at Winning Appliances Brookvale for sourcing a new freezer at a great price and donating $500 towards the cost – our community coming together to help our marginalised neighbours on the northern beaches.
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.