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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.
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Family Colour Fun Run to raise funds for the parish community centre
Works will include painting, new carpet and renovations to the toilets
Sunday 31 March, 2pm to 4pm at St Augustine’s College Oval
Please register under the name of the parish The Catholic Community of North Harbour as the ‘school’
when children register to (optionally) fund raise at www.schoolfundraising.com.au
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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.
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Monday evenings during Lent 7.30pm in the parish centre with Fr John Sullivan OSA.
Stations of the Cross each Friday during Lent, St Kieran's Church 7.00pm
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There has been a paperwork error at Tamburlaine Wines and we may be missing out on the $50 donation per dozen (which goes to the parish) if you ordered wine by phone.
Please contact the parish office with your details if you ordered by phone.
If you would like to reorder any wine or you forgot to order last year it is not too late! Copies of the order form are available from the parish office or from the back of both Churches. If you order by phone please mention the order is for the North Harbour Parish Anniversary Fundraiser
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The theme for this year’s World Day of the Sick is:
“You received without payment; give without payment” (Mt 10:8)
In his message for World Day of the Sick, Pope Francis calls for a culture of generosity, and reminds us that generous gestures, like that of the Good Samaritan, are credible means of evangelisation. He highlights that life is a gift, and says that “amid today’s culture of waste and indifference, I would point out that ‘gift’ is the category best suited to challenging today’s individualism and social fragmentation.”
The full message can be accessed at http://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/messages/sick/documents/papa-francesco_20181125_giornata-malato.html
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In December 2016, at St Kieran’s School and Parish Farewell Eucharist for Mrs Terri Paterson on her retirement as Principal, our Community prayed in thanksgiving for her as ‘our faithful friend and guide’ and as one of those special people ‘who surround us with love’.
Last Wednesday, our Risen Lord called Terri home to eternal life. Since her retirement she and husband Eddie have been enjoying their new home in Bowral but serious health concerns have not been far away. Terri’s condition worsened considerably at the end of last year and she was cared for by her loving family on her final journey.
An outstanding educator and principal and always engaging human being, Terri led St Kieran’s School for 12 years. Her professional expertise was obvious, her Catholic Faith very strong, and her remarkable attentiveness to each person in the community made her a worthy role model for the children, their parents, school staff, and all who crossed her path. How blessed we are that Terri has been part of our lives!
We offer our deepest sympathy to Terri’s husband Eddie, their children Alex and Jessica and their spouses, the grandchildren, her mother Shirley, and all members of the family.
Terri’s Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St Kieran’s Church on Thursday 31st January at 10.30am. May Terri rest in the peace of the Risen Christ
'Faithful hearts should be allowed to mourn for their loved ones, but with a grief that can be healed; let them shed tears that can be wiped away, tears that can be quickly checked by the joy of that faith which assures us that when believers die they go but a little way to a better place.'
St Augustine, Sermon 272
In lieu of flowers, Terri has requested that people donate to support cancer research;
in particular, the work of Prof Fran Boyle, her oncologist.
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St Kieran’s Priory, Manly Vale
Fr Dave Austin OSA - Pastoral Administrator of North Harbour Parish (to be confirmed as Pastor when the new Bishop is appointed).
Fr Paul Maloney OSA - Assistant Priest and Prior
Fr John Sullivan OSA - Assistant Priest (residing at Brookvale Formation House)
Fr Senan Ward OSA - Chaplain at St. Augustine’s College
Fr Abel van der Veer OSA - Retired
Fr Peter Jones OSA - Prior Provincial residing at the Priory
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The Catholic Youth Broken Bay dubs its WYD Pilgrimage, "Journeying with Our Lady Through Mexico to World Youth Day 2019-Panama". The sixty-five (65) WYD Pilgrims from the DBB departed for Mexico on 16 January. The highlight of the Mexico leg is the visit to the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe. The group will then go to Panama to be with other young people from around the world and to meet with Pope Francis on 21-27 January. The theme of the WYD gathering is taken from Luke 1:38, "I am the servant of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word."
Three (3) students and two (2) staff from St Augustine's College are going: Christopher Caruso, Benjamin Copping, Joseph Jenkins, Mr Simon Hyland, and Ms Madeleine Boyle.
Fr Francis Belcina, OSA is one of four Chaplains assisting in the pilgrimage. After the pilgrims' post-WYD recollection in the Gamboa Rainforest in Panama, the group will fly back and arrive in Sydney on 31 January.
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Launching of ALPHA 2019
Would you like the chance to refresh your understanding of what it is to be a follower of Jesus as the New Year begins? If so, you are invited to an introductory session of a program called ALPHA scheduled for Thursday evening February 7th.at 7:00 pm at St. Kieran’s Parish Centre
From this introduction there follows a series of evenings which each begins with the sharing of a meal, followed by a discussion topic or conversation starter which gives each participant an opportunity to explore their life, faith and what gives meaning and purpose to their existence.
Perhaps you would like to bring along a friend or family member to join the team-leaders and hospitality crew who will introduce you to the program and the other participants? Bookings can be made by phoning the parish office to confirm the numbers attending this introductory session.
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In this Year for Youth and Vocational Discernment, we pray for the young people of our parish and family – that our prayers and support will assist them to discern God’s plan and call for their life.
Have you ever prayed and thought about what your vocation/ calling may be? Are you looking for help in discernment? Are you interested in vocational resources? Contact the Vocation Office of the Diocese of Broken Bay
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‘LATE HAVE I LOVED YOU’
Fr Joseph Lam OSA
Fr Joseph discusses the various perspectives of the ongoing reinterpretation of Augustine’s theology and spirituality.
All proceeds go to the establishment of the new Augustinian Community in Vietnam.
Available from the parish office
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We are hoping to start a NEW PLAYGROUP in the parish centre on either Tuesday or Wednesday mornings.
If anyone would like to bring their child 0-5 years to have some fun and meet other mums/carers, please contact the parish office 9949 4455 and we will put you in touch with a co-ordinator.
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Celebratory function following 5.30pm mass
- Historical photos
- Powerpoint collage
- Finger food
- Opportunity to renew acquaintances
A Special Invitation
All the people who participated in the last Alpha program, including team members are invited to attend the 5.30pm Mass at St Kieran’s Church on 9th June, 2018, in recognition of what we have achieved in the Alpha program and to join in the celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Church. It will be the perfect opportunity to catch up with your Alpha Friends and other members of the Parish.
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Tue 19 1st Reconciliation Practice SK 4.00pm
Wed 20 1st Reconciliation Practice SC 7pm
Friends of St Augustine Meeting parish centre 7.30pm
Sun 24 AFA Fun Walk & Talk, Manly
Sun 31 Family Colour Fun Run St Augustine's College Oval, 2-4pm
Wed 10 Lenten Communal Reconciliation 7.30pm
Stations of the Cross each Friday during Lent SK Church 7.00pm
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At popular request Fr Paul will be offering his ‘How to Meditate’ classes over four Thursday nights in June at the parish centre at 7.30pm, beginning June 7th and concluding June 28th with a reunion of all interested parties on July 19th.
Cost is $5 and everyone is welcome