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Business hours – Parish Office – 9949 4455
After hours (Evenings and weekends) – 0490 898 464
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On behalf of the Catholic Community of North Harbour, I welcome Bishop Anthony Randazzo to the Parish for the first time. Bishop Anthony was installed as the fourth Bishop of Broken Bay on 4 November last year. We had hoped that he would preside at the Mass to celebrate the 90th Anniversary of St Cecilia’s School on the saint’s Feast Day, 22 November but this was not possible. And so it is with great joy that we welcome Bishop Anthony to St Cecilia’s today and we look forward to his visiting us again to preside at Sunday Eucharist in St Kieran’s.
WORLD DAY OF MIGRANTS AND REFUGEES - ‘Like Jesus Christ, forced to flee’
Each year, the Church marks the World Day of Migrants and Refugees, highlighting the sad plight of many thousands of people across the world who have had to flee their home country in the face of conflicts and humanitarian emergencies, poverty and persecution. We look to the Pope’s Message on this day to challenge the world to address these issues and the Church to respond. Australia has a very patchy record in dealing with refugees and asylum seekers, especially in recent years. While the number in detention has decreased, they rarely make the news and are for all intents and purposes invisible.
Again this weekend, the Sunday homily is available
on the North Harbour Parish You Tube channel.
Fr John is the homilist. You can access the video at the following link:
If you are an un-Baptised adult, a Baptised adult from another Christian faith, a Baptised Catholic who has not received all the sacraments, or attend Mass because of a loved one and are seeking to learn more about the Catholic faith, you are warmly welcome to join others on a similar journey.
Our first meeting is planned for Saturday 17 October at 10.30am and will be held in the parish centre.
Why do we need CWF?
Every year, over 3,000 individuals and families experiencing the fear, loneliness and vulnerability of being in hospital in our Broken Bay community, reach out to our Pastoral Care Practitioners and Chaplains.
Every term, 21,000 Catholic students attend Public Schools in our Diocese and benefit from the instruction of 1,000 volunteer catechists for their vital faith formation.
Every day, those who are disabled, hard of hearing or have special needs, should have unlimited opportunity to learn and achieve their potential.
How do your donations help?
Over the last 6 months since the emergence of COVID-19, the situation of our 75 parishioners in aged care facilities has become very difficult. For most of that period there has been an almost total lockdown to ensure the safety of residents and staff from the coronavirus and that has been very effective. Family visits, when permitted, have been limited, and pastoral visiting has not been permitted at all, except in emergencies. The restrictions have lasted longer than we expected and as a result most residents have not received the Sacraments for a long time.
Each year the Catholic Diocese of Broken Bay highlights the importance of Safeguarding during the month of September, beginning with the annual Liturgy of Lament to acknowledge and pray to God for those who have suffered harm by the Catholic Church, and to give public expression to our sorrow.
Bishop Anthony Randazzo has launched the Rights of the Child Framework developed by the Diocese of Broken Bay.
It is with great regret that we advise that the AFA End of Year Christmas Dinner planned for Saturday, 7 November at the Wakehurst Golf Club is cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. We thought this would be the best action to take at this time to ensure our members and parishioners remain safe.
Hopefully we will be able to get back to our fundraising events in the new year but in the meantime should you wish to make a donation to AFA to help support the Augustinian students in these challenging and difficult times we would be most grateful. Donations can be left at the parish office at Manly Vale addressed to AFA C/- Adriana Bowyer, posted to Augustinian Formation Association, PO Box 7278, Warringah Mall, Brookvale NSW 2100 or you can direct deposit your donation to Account Name: Westpac, BSB No: 032 190, Account No: 10 5386
Blessings to all and may God continue to keep us all safe and healthy.
AFA Committee Members
Thank you to all who supported the Augustinian Order in Australia through the Augustinian Appeal last weekend. Donations can be made to our Community in Vietnam, the Augustinian Seminary and Augustinian Volunteers Australia. You are welcome to choose to which of these you may wish to contribute. Donation envelopes are available in the churches and can be placed in the collection basket. Details of account numbers are on the flap of the envelope in case you wish to donate by direct deposit. We thank you for your generous support!
Congratulations to Marie, Rosemary and Vanessa who were received into the Catholic Church recently. After many months of preparation and perseverance we are all delighted to welcome them into the North Harbour community.
Deacon Peter Lê Tuấn Anh OSA – The Augustinians joyfully announce the ordination to the Diaconate of Br Tuấn Anh Lê by Most Reverend Mark Coleridge, Archbishop of Brisbane, on Saturday 15 August in St James’ Parish Church, Coorparoo, Brisbane. We wish Tuấn Anh every blessing as he continues his journey towards priesthood in 2021.
At Masses last weekend, we viewed a short video containing excerpts from our livestreamed Masses during the past few months and film clips from contemporary events during that period from Australia and overseas. Much positive feedback has been received. To view this video, please follow the links below:
Direct link to the Covid video:
Link to the Parish YouTube channel where all the Masses (except the first few) and the Covid video sit:
- Welcome to the Sacramental Program 2019-2020
- Registration Form 2019-2020
- Parish News
- Baptism of Young Children Program
- Nurturing Faith
- Stations of the Cross
PARISH SACRAMENTAL PROGRAMME – IMPORTANT INFORMATION!
For some months now we have been considering creative ways of moving forward with the Sacramental Programme, particularly for the children who received Confirmation in 2019 and First Reconciliation this year. First Communion during the current term will go ahead.
Bishop Anthony has now advised of new arrangements from 2021 onwards. Due to the disruption during the crisis of the pandemic, there will be no celebration of Confirmation in 2020. As part of the review of Sacramental preparation, the following decisions have been taken:
- ·The order of the Sacraments of Initiation remains unchanged: Baptism – Confirmation – First Reconciliation – Eucharist (First Communion);
- ·From 2021 onwards, children will receive Confirmation in Year 3 (not Year 2 as is the current practice) and then the remaining Sacraments in Year 4. This arrangement makes more sense in terms of a child’s level of maturity and ability to experience a meaningful reception of the Sacrament;
- ·While the full implications of this decision are yet to be explored, these changes open up other possibilities for the sacramental formation of children and their families. More information will be made available as it comes to hand.
PLANNED GIVING ENVELOPES FOR 2020-2021 FINANCIAL YEAR ARE AVAILABLE NOW AT THE BACK OF THE CHURCHES.
A Statement from the International Augustinian Commission for Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation
The recent death of George Floyd, an African American man, at the hands of a white policeman in Minneapolis, has ignited worldwide protests under the banner of Black Lives Matter. Demonstrations have been taking place not only in the United States but in many other countries beyond. The Commission for Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation of the Order wishes to express its solidarity with those campaigning for justice and equality for black people and all who are the victims of discrimination, especially in the most economically advanced societies of the world, while condemning the violence of a minority of protesters.
Almighty and merciful God, refreshment in our weariness, support in our weakness, comfort in our sadness.
We come to you to invoke your mercy, since today we still experience the fragility of the human condition
in the presence of a new viral pandemic. Listen to the prayer we offer, comfort your children,
save us from the present distress and open our hearts to be people of hope.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.