Sun 20 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C
Sun 27 Spaghetti Night parish centre following 6pm Mass
Sun 03 Baptism Preparation Course SK Church 11am
Parish Conversation about Safeguarding - Parish Centre 11am-12.30pm
Sat 09 AFA Christmas Dinner Wakehurst Golf Club
Tue 19 Heaven on Earth Retreat with Fr Paul, SC 9-10.30am
Fri 22 Feast of St Cecilia - 90th Anniversary Celebration SC School 9.15am
PASTOR’S PERSPECTIVE – EXTRAORDINARY MISSION MONTH ‘Baptised and Sent’ – Do not fear for I am with you!
By now, many of us will be aware of some of the topics on the agenda of the Synod of Bishops on the Amazon in Rome. These include support for the ordination of married men of proven virtue, or ‘viri probati’, elders in their respective communities, as a way of addressing the lack of priests in the region, an idea favoured by two-thirds of the bishops present. While celibacy is a significant part of the Church’s tradition, it may not serve the needs of the faithful in every instance in today’s world. Formal ministry roles for women, possibly including the diaconate, have also been mentioned.
The concerns of the Bishops of the Amazon stem from their recognition that, in remote communities, people often go from one month to up to one year without the celebration of the Eucharist – also the reality in some parts of Australia, especially in country areas where priests are ageing or in short supply. Pope Francis’ pastoral openness is a welcome change from the Church’s sometimes narrower outlook in the past.
The Church, he says, is not a static institution but must be a community of believers which is ‘on the go’. To do so, Catholics need to stop brooding over past mistakes or what might have been. ‘If it is not on the go, it is not Church,’ Francis stresses. ‘A Church on the go, a missionary Church is a Church that does not waste time lamenting things that go wrong, the loss of faithful, the values of the time now in the past.’ He added that the Church should not ‘seek safe oases to dwell in peace’, but instead look to become ‘salt of the earth and a leaven in the world.’ The ‘sin’ against mission is ‘omission’, whereby believers become fearful and resign themselves to a view that nothing can be done.
The Eucharist itself is ‘missionary’ as it forms us in faith and energises us in our Catholic identity. The exclusion of people from celebration of Eucharist for extended periods can hinder their faith journey as Catholics. Our Mission theme - ‘Baptised and Sent’ – communicates a dynamism in which the grace of our Baptism must be ‘broken open’ as we mature and embrace personally the faith commitment our parents made on our behalf. Even given the proportion of Catholics today who do not go to Mass regularly, the Eucharist remains the ‘summit and source’ of our faith and forms us as the Body of Christ.
Pope Francis has announced the appointment of Auxiliary Bishop of Sydney, Most Rev. Anthony Randazzo, as the fourth Bishop of the Diocese of Broken Bay.
Born in Sydney, Bishop Randazzo grew up in southeast Queensland and studied at the Pius XII Provincial Seminary and the University of Queensland. He was ordained a priest for Brisbane Archdiocese in 1991 and, after parish and diocesan responsibilities there, he moved to Rome, where he gained qualifications in canon law from the Pontifical Gregorian University, later working for five years at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.
Upon returning to Australia, Bishop Randazzo served as rector of Holy Spirit Seminary, which trains priests for the five dioceses of Queensland, before being appointed an auxiliary bishop for Sydney in 2016.
Bishop Randazzo said during his ministry, and especially his ministry in neighbouring Sydney Archdiocese, he had observed the Diocese of Broken Bay to be ‘a vibrant, animated, and Spirit-filled Church’. Of his appointment, he said:
Lord, whatever You give me is too little for me. Be You Yourself my inheritance! I love You with all my heart and all my soul and all my mind. Of what value is anything You give me that is not Yourself!
Sermon 334, 3
Saturday, 9th November 2019, 7pm for 7.30pm start
Wakehurst Golf Club, Upper Clontarf Street, Seaforth
Cost is $50.00 per person which includes a 2-course meal with tea & coffee
(Please advise of any dietary requirements at time of booking)
ALL Welcome to a fun night with entertainment, great Lucky Door and Raffle prizes.
Book early as numbers are limited!
If you are unable to make the Dinner you are invited to SPONSOR one of our Augustinians
by purchasing their ticket. Raffle tickets will be on sale before 9 November.
RSVP – Table of 8 or book as a single or couple and we will place you at a table.
Bookings with payments to the Parish Office by 1st November
Any enquiries please contact Adriana Bowyer on 0402 099 746
We will be having our usual raffle to help fundraise for the Augustinian students
- Welcome to the Sacramental Program 2019-2020
- Registration Form 2019-2020
- Parish News
- Baptism of Young Children Program
- Nurturing Faith
- Stations of the Cross
Would you like to learn more about Catholic Faith and Practice or how to become a Catholic?
Across NSW, many thousands of people are without a place to call home and many more are living in chronic housing stress. Social housing should be a safety net that supports people experiencing homelessness and housing stress but there isn’t nearly enough to meet community needs. More than 53,000 people are on the waiting list and in some places the waiting list is in excess of 10 years. The SVDP has launched the Build Homes, Build Hope advocacy campaign to call on the NSW government to build 5,000 more social housing over the next 10 years to begin to address the issue
What can we do!
SVDP seeks to collect more than 15,000 signatures on our petition to present to Parliament in May 2020. Clipboards and pens are available at the exits and there is no reason that St. Kieran’s can’t raise 500 signatures on our own.
You might also like to raise it with our local member or write to a newspaper
Additional copies at the office
Thank you in anticipation
John McCarney 0413 717 993
Sister Stan Mumuni is at the forefront of the Church’s work in reaching out to children in need in Ghana. As the director of the Nazareth Home for God’s Children, Sister Stan works endlessly to provide education, healthcare and a safe home for children rescued from life-threatening situations.
In line with traditional beliefs, in parts of Ghana, children born with a disability, or whose mother passes during childbirth, are considered to be ‘spirit children’ and thus at risk of being harmed or killed. The Church in Ghana is dedicated to protecting these children and educating families to ensure every child has a chance to live a full life. The Nazareth Home for God’s Children is among the pioneers in this crucial mission.
Today you have the opportunity to personally partner with the Church in Ghana and offer monthly support to this essential work. All gifts will be directed to life-saving projects for children in need. Your one-off gift today is also very much appreciated and will make a great difference to those in need.
Freecall: 1800 257 296 catholicmssion.org.au/Ghana
Preparation for the Plenary Council 2020 is continuing and the next phase of consultation is about to begin. Based on the submissions from groups and individuals across Australia, including the Catholic Community of North Harbour, organisers have published 6 themes that will be the focus of the second phase of consultation through a process of Communal discernment. Themes are as follows:
How is God calling us to be a Christ-centred Church that is:
Missionary and Evangelizing;
Inclusive, Participatory and Synodal;
Prayerful and Eucharistic;
Humble, Healing and Merciful;
A joyful, Hope-filled and Servant Community;
Open to Conversion, Renewal and Reform.
Information about these themes will be provided in the Parish bulletin and the Parish Pastoral Council will consider how the Parish can participate in the process at the next PPC Meeting on 8 October.
Fr David Ranson, Diocesan Administrator, has written a letter to people of the diocese concerning the recent Abortion Law Reform Act 2019 now passed by the NSW Parliament.
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]