" 'Unless you eat My Flesh and drink My Blood, you shall not have life in you,' says the Lord. Eat life - drink life. You will then have life, and life is complete. Then the Body and Blood of Christ will be life for each person under this condition: what is eaten visibly in the Sacrament be spiritually eaten and spiritually drunk in truth itself." [Sermon 102.2]
Sun 23 Feast of Corpus Christi
1st Holy Communions Sat 5.30pm, Sun 9am, 9.30am
State of Origin Night parish centre 7pm
Sun 30 Solemn Profession of Br Tuan Anh OSA 6pm Mass
1st Holy Communions Sat 5.30pm, Sun 9am, 9.30am
Mon 01 - Fri 5 Augustinian Gathering - NO MASS AT SC ON WED 3 JULY
Sun 07 NAIDOC Week
Sat 27 AFA Christmas In July Dinner parish centre 7pm
Some years ago I was struck by the title of an article by Fr Kevin Doran (Intercom June 2010) - When Eucharist Becomes Communion. It is very timely now as our children receive their First Communion. Their experience of ‘first communion’ is the experience of ‘being touched by the mystery of relationship with Jesus’.
Every Christian needs this food over and over again so that our relationship with Jesus can grow and mature and our relationship with other Christians become stronger too. Isn’t this what we strive for as a Parish Community and as Family too? And let’s not forget the community of the family – the ‘domestic church’!
The feasts of the Church leading up to today – Easter, Ascension, Pentecost and Trinity - have highlighted the extraordinary relationship God has with us. In last Sunday’s homily, I quoted one of the great preachers of our time, Fr Walter Burghardt SJ, speaking on Trinity Sunday 1992:
Join us for the second State of Origin match on the big screen in the St Kieran’s Parish Centre from 7pm Sunday 23rd June.
BYO drinks and enjoy a sausage sizzle provided by Manly Catenians
Donations gratefully accepted go to the Augustinian Seminary in Vietnam.
Augustinians from across the Province will gather for a Retreat/Seminar at St Augustine's College, Brookvale, from 1-5 July. Weekday Masses at St Kieran's will continue as usual (8.30am) but there will be no 9.00am Mass at St Cecilia's on Wednesday 3 July. We apologise for any inconvenience.
Next financial year’s Planned Giving envelopes are available for collection at the back of both churches. If you cannot find your envelopes please call the parish office, leave your name and tell us which church you would like to collect your envelopes from.
We thank all those who make a financial contribution to our parish. If you would like to join the Planned Giving program please contact the parish office.
175 children are participating in our 2019 First Communion program. The children and their parents have been attending Family Group Preparation Sessions around the parish during May and June and will celebrate their First Communion at Mass over three weekends; 15/16 June, 22/23 June and 29 June/30 June. Many of the families have relatives and friends attending from near and far (including from overseas) and will not be part of our regular worshipping community. We ask for your presence and your prayers for the children as they journey toward full initiation into our parish community and that a warm welcome be extended to the families, relatives and friends who will join us on this memorable day.
- Welcome to the Sacramental Program 2019-2020
- Registration Form 2019-2020
- Parish News
- Baptism of Young Children Program
- Nurturing Faith
- Stations of the Cross
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]
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
National Theme for Discernment #2 –
How is God calling us to be a Christ-centred Church that is Inclusive, Participatory and Synodal?
This National Theme for Discernment is inspired by the voices of the People of God who expressed a desire for individuals and groups within and also beyond the Church to find a better welcome and be incorporated more into her life and mission. 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.
We have gaps in our music roster
St Cecilia’s 1st Sunday 9am,
St Kieran’s 2nd Sunday 6pm.
If you know of someone who can help out please contact the parish office 9949 4455
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.
We are in need of:
We’re in need of more Eucharistic Ministers to the Sick to visit our parish nursing homes. If you have an hour to spare, just once a month, please contact the parish office.