Sat 24 Reflection Day - Friends of St Augustine 9.30am-4pm parish ctr
Sun 25 Fr Dave 50th Jubilee Mass 9.30am
Spaghetti Night 7pm parish centre
Wed 28 Feast of St Augustine
Sun 01 Father's Day
Wed 04 Wine & Cheese Catholic Faith Info evening parish centre 7.30pm
Sun 8, 22, 29 Baptism of Young Children program (7-11)
Fri/Sat 11/12 Broken Bay Bible Confrerence, Pennant Hills
Each year at this time, Augustinians celebrate St Augustine and his mother St Monica - both worthy models for us in our living. Augustine the Searcher knew the highs and lows of his humanness and learnt many things from his mother, surviving times of tension that strained their relationship. In 386 he embraced the Christian Faith and discovered a strong spiritual bond with her which culminated in their shared mystical experience at Ostia before Monica’s death.
As I celebrate 50 years as a priest, I am so grateful for the down-to-earth spirit of St Augustine and the familiarity with his life, teaching and spirituality. As Augustinians, we are called to bring to the Priesthood the richness of the Order’s charism – community and friendship, love, truth, the inner search for God, and a style of life that is ‘saintly and ordinary’.
Today I am very aware of the grace that family is – and how the lives of very diverse people bump against each other, so to speak. It was thus in my family – religiously diverse but so much richer for that, a family blessed with strong friendships. I treasure the influence of my parents – my Dad an Anglican, gentle in manner, unswervingly honest and faithful, and my Mum a Catholic convert, woman of deep spirituality and wisdom, who lived her faith in a saintly and ordinary way and carried the cross of sickness patiently for many years.
- Welcome to the Sacramental Program 2019-2020
- Registration Form 2019-2020
- Parish News
- Baptism of Young Children Program
- Nurturing Faith
- Stations of the Cross
FATHER’S DAY BLESSING
Next weekend we will celebrate Father's Day with a blessing for fathers at all masses. There will also be a blessing at all masses for expectant parents.
WINE AND CHEESE INFORMATION EVENING
BAPTISM OF YOUNG CHILDREN PROGRAM
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]
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.
St Augustine—“Christ invites us to enter heaven when he says ‘Enter by the narrow door’. You make an effort to enter but your swollen head prevents you. The door’s narrowness irritates your swollen head and the irritation makes it swell all the more. You must get the swelling down if you want to enter. But how are you to do that? You must accept the medicine of humility. Your bulk is swollen, not big. It is big, it is solid; if it is swollen, it is just so much empty air. Get the swelling down to the genuinely big. Do this by not taking pride in the pomp and circumstance of things that slip away and crumble into nothing.” [Sermon 142.5]
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.