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Business hours – Parish Office – 9949 4455
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Blessing for Mothers and Grandmothers
Loving God, as a mother gives life and nourishment to her children,
so you watch over your Church. Bless these women,
that they may be strengthened as Christian mothers and nurturers.
Let the example of their faith and love shine forth. Grant that we,
their sons and daughters, honour them always with a spirit of profound respect.
Grant this through Christ our Lord.
On this Mothers Day, we give grateful thanks for our mothers and for their great love that impacts on our lives. To break open today’s Scripture readings in light of this celebration is an engaging task, given the emphasis on love and friendship in each reading. We learn God’s love from our experience of family life and Mums and Dads usually have the biggest influence on us.
John the Evangelist records Jesus’ discourses and he also writes ‘love letters to the Church’, stressing the universality of love as God’s unique gift. The very experience of love opens up the possibility of knowing God and recognizing God’s affirmation of our humanness in sending his Son Jesus to define what it really means to be a man or a woman.
Our celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus at Easter reminds us that love is what Jesus does best. It reminds us too that love is the best reason for doing the things we need and want to do for the people we love most. In fact, love is what we have done in our families all our lives and what we continue to do. The quality of this love is expressed beautifully in the love of our Mums.
The Parish Youth Mass at St Kieran’s Church this Sunday evening at 6.00pm will go ahead, subject to observance of the current, revised COVID guidelines. All parishioners are welcome, especially families and youth. Students from local colleges and schools together with their families have been invited to attend. This liturgy is tailored specifically for young people with vibrant music, an engaging message and of course Augustinian community. Fr Jepser Bermudez OSA will be the Presider.
This is an important opportunity for all young people and their families to deepen their spiritual connection and strengthen their relationship with God. As this celebration takes place on Mother’s Day, our Mums will receive a special blessing during the Mass. This Youth event will be held twice a term. Remaining date for the first semester is Sunday 13 June (Term 2).
Sacramental Program News
SACRAMENTAL PROGRAM OVERVIEW PARENT MEETING for parents new to the program
(1 hour) : Tues 11 May, 9.30am OR Wed 12 May, 7.00pm both in St Kieran’s Church
Parents new to the program are required to attend this meeting to gain an understanding of the program, timeline, and process.
CONFIRMATION INFORMATION SESSION FOR ALL PARENTS WITH CHILDREN IN THE PROGRAM (approx. 1 hour): Tues 8 June, 9.30am OR Wed 9 June, 7.00pm both in St Kieran’s Church.
ONLINE ENROLMENT information will be available in coming weeks.
BAPTISM OF YOUNG CHILDREN PROGRAM
The parish offers a preparation program for families (where one or both parents are Catholic) with:
- · children aged from 7yrs to 11yrs who are not baptised and would like to receive the Sacrament of Baptism.
- ·children who have been baptised into another Christian denomination who wish to be received into the Catholic Church and participate in the Sacramental Program.
Our program will be offered this term on Sunday 16, 23 and 30 May.
This week's Vox Populi comes from Sr Jennifer Canillas OSA.
Sr Jennifer is an Augustinian Sister of Our Lady of Consolation. Along with Sr Josie Malibi OSA, she works as Pastoral Support at MacKillop Catholic College, Warnervale and is a parishioner at Toukley-Lake Munmorah Parish. Click on the link to view her Month of May message.
Special Masses will be celebrated in Parishes and Schools across Australia on Monday 24 May at 10.30am, the Solemnity of Our Lady Help of Christians, to celebrate the Bicentenary of Catholic Education in Australia. In North Harbour Parish, Mass arrangements are as follows - subject to COVID guidelines at that time:
- ·St Kieran’s Church – Parish Mass at 10.30am. All parishioners are invited, particularly past students, teachers and catechists. Representative groups from St Kieran’s School and St Augustine’s College will participate. Due to a pre-booked, whole school activity that cannot be changed, remaining St Kieran’s students will gather for a commemorative liturgy at a later time.
- ·St Cecilia’s School – School Mass at 10.30am in the school grounds, weather permitting. Parents and parishioners are welcome.
You are encouraged to be part of this historic celebration as we give thanks for Catholic Education in the life of the Church in Australia.
As you aware, the NSW Government has introduced measures, effective from midday 6 May 2021 until 12:01am Monday 10 May for the Greater Sydney region. Regulations that affect Parish life and worship are as follows:
SUNDAY HOMILIES are online - this weekend, Fr Dave is the homilist.
You can watch the video on the parish YouTube channel:
The Year Amoris Laetitia Family has begun! As part of journeying together as a Church, the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life has released the first of a series of 10 videos reflecting on various aspects of family life. The video is accompanied by a print resource to be used as an aid to small group or family discussion.
Please find a link to the video and print resource here.
In Pope Francis’ message for the commencement of the “Amoris Laetitia Family” Year, the Pope indicated the main intention of the Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia is “to communicate, in a profoundly changed time and culture, that today there is the need for a new outlook on the family on the part of the Church”. The Pope suggested “it is not enough to reiterate the value and importance of doctrine, if we do not become protectors of the beauty of the family and if we do not take compassionate care of its frailties and its wounds.”
(The Joy of Love) 2016 Apostolic Exhortation
Each week we read an extract from the Pope's letter and reflect on how it might relate to our family lives.
Vinnies is proud to announce the 2021 edition of the Mini Vinnies Formation Program (MVFP) for students in Years 4 – 6, who wish to undertake Social Justice Formation in their own time. For more information please go to https://bit.ly/VinniesMVFP
This is the link to the Vinnies Metropolitan Schools and Youth April 2021 Newsletter: https://youthnsw.vinnies.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/Vinnies-Metro-Schools-Youth-Newsletter-Term-2-2021.pdf
The parish ALPHA program runs in the parish centre on Thursday evenings at 7pm and will run until the end of May.
Everyone is welcome and light refreshments are provided.
Bookings can be made through the parish office on 9949 4455.
IF POSSIBLE, PLEASE ASSIST THE PARISH STAFF WITH RECORD KEEPING BY DOWNLOADING THE SERVICE NSW APP AND SIGNING IN TO MASS WITH IT. Thanks
The Service NSW app is recommended by NSW Health and it can be downloaded via the following link:-
or go to the App Store on your mobile phone.
The app is very easy to use and you only need to verify your information once, subsequent uses only require you to click one button.
The QR Code is in the church entrances. There will be several available for use to reduce crowding.
We have a Tap ‘n’ Go terminal at the back of each Church for donations to the Parish 2nd Collection
The amount is set at $10. Funds donated here go toward the main source of income (2nd Collection) for our Parish and are used for the day to day running of our Parish, including altar and church requisites, pastoral programs, repairs & maintenance, wages, insurance and utilities. It is also used to fund any shortfall in the Charitable Works Fund and the many, many other expenses incurred in keeping our Parish vibrant and functioning.
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!
Recently, 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:
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.
O Lord my God, You alone do I love. You alone do I follow. You alone do I seek. You alone am I prepared to serve, for You alone justly rule, and under Your authority I long to be.
Soliloquies 1, 15
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.