Sat 17 Confirmations SK 10am, 12noon, 3pm, SC 5pm
Sat 24 Reflection Day - Friends of St Augustine 9.30am-4pm parish centre
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
Migrant and Refugee Week 19-25 August
Migrant and Refugee Week begins on Monday, leading up to the 105th World Day of Migrants and Refugees next Sunday. The theme is taken from Pope Francis’ reflection on Jesus’ words, ‘Take courage, it is I, do not be afraid!’ (Matthew 14:27), prompting our Holy Father’s insight, ‘It is not just about migrants: it is also about our fears.’ He goes further:
‘It is not just about migrants: it is about charity.’
‘It is not just about migrants: it is about our humanity.’
‘It is not just about migrants: it is a question of seeing that no one is excluded.’
‘It is not just about migrants: it is about putting the last in first place.
‘It is not just about migrants: it is about the whole person, about all people.’
‘It is not just about migrants: it is also about building the city of God and man.’
These words challenge us to embrace anew sound Christian values as the foundation of our response first and then interface with the complexities of our world and our nation’s response to migrants and refugees. How are we to live the Gospel in our Parish Community where so many individuals and families have come here from other countries – and still do? Together, we represent many nations and, no matter where we are from, we all crave a place where we can feel at home and where, as individuals and families, we can feel safe.
- Welcome to the Sacramental Program 2019-2020
- Registration Form 2019-2020
- Parish News
- Baptism of Young Children Program
- Nurturing Faith
- Stations of the Cross
On Saturday of this weekend
Fr Dave, Fr Paul and Fr John conferred the Sacrament of Confirmation on approximately 190 candidates. Our parish clergy were given permission to celebrate the sacrament as we currently do not have a Bishop in our diocese. The children, the families, sponsors and friends of our candidates were warmly welcomed on this memorable day.
Thank you to all who made the preparation for and the celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation such a special family occasion for the children and their families.
Baptism Program for Older Children commences on Sunday 8 September for parents who may be interested.
Our Parish offers a preparation program for children:
- ·seven years and older (with a Catholic parent/s) who are not baptised and would like to receive the Sacrament of Baptism;
who have been baptised into another Christian denomination who wish to be received into the Catholic Church and participate in the Children’s Sacramental 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.
“The father may say to his son, ‘I begot you’ and the mother may say, ‘I bore you’; the father may say, ‘I reared you’ and the mother, ‘I sustained you’. But you must say to your parents, ‘I love you in Christ, not instead of Him. You are with me in Christ, but I will not be with you apart from Him.’ But if the parents say, ‘We do not care about Christ,’ the choice is clear: you must say to your parents, ‘I care about Christ more than I care about you. How can I obey the ones who reared me and lose the one who created me?'”
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.
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.