world day of prayerThis year’s World Day of Prayer will take place on Friday 5 March, with the theme Build on a Strong Foundation, and has been prepared by the faithful Christians in Vanuatu.  The service will be held at the Uniting Church in Balgowlah, 122 Condamine Street. We plan to commence with Morning Tea at 9.30am and the service at 10am. Covid Safety regulations are in place. Celebrated annually on the first Friday in March, this global ecumenical movement is led by Christian women who come together in prayer and action, for justice and peace. The movement aims to bring together people of all races, cultures and traditions in a common day of prayer. We invite you to come along & join in.

Ash Wednesday and Good Friday - Abstinence from meat is to be observed by those who have completed their 14th year of age. Those aged between 18 and 60 are to fast on these days. This Lenten practice of abstinence and fasting is not to be a burden upon those who have health issues or special needs.
Friday Observance - On other Fridays of the year the law of the common practice of penance is fulfilled by performing any one of the following:
*Prayer – for example, Mass attendance; family prayer; a visit to a church or chapel; reading the Bible; making the Stations of the Cross; praying the Rosary; or in other ways;
*Self-denial – for example, not eating meat; not eating sweets or desserts; giving up entertainment to spend time with the family; limiting food and drink so as to give to the poor in one’s own country and elsewhere; or in other ways;
*Helping others – for example, special attention to someone who is poor, sick, elderly, lonely or overburdened or feeling isolated from our Church community; or in other ways.

Holy Communion and Reconciliation - Catholics are to receive Communion at least once a year – between Ash Wednesday (17 February 2021) and Trinity Sunday (30 May 2021), unless for a good reason it is done at another time during the year. Those who have reached the age of discretion (7 years old) are obliged to confess their grave sins at least once a year.

project compassionBE MORE—Every year, countless people turn Lent into a demonstration of faith, love and generosity. You can be a part of this incredible community, who believe that there are simple actions we can all take to “be more” for our world.
Make a donation to Project Compassion, start a fundraiser with your school, parish or community; give something up for Lent… there are many ways to put your compassion into action. Whatever you choose to do, you’ll be contributing towards a more just and compassionate world.   https://lent.caritas.org.au/

Project Compassion donation boxes are available in the church entrances

LENTEN REFLECTIONJesus Christ, the Alpha and the Omega – The Broken Bay Diocese Lenten Program will be available for those wishing to meet in groups and booklets are now available in our churches and the Parish Office. The program can be viewed online in PDF format at 
www.bbcatholic.org.au/lentenprogram

Discussion Groups - Parishioners are welcome to form and lead their own groups or join the Parish group meeting on Tuesday evenings during Lent in the Parish Centre or the Church. Numbers are limited to 20 so please register at the office.

SUNDAY HOMILIES are back online.  This weekend, Fr Peter is the homilist. 
You can watch the video on the parish YouTube channel:

         https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCt8Dxm0ehFt-5r1ie9xOjLw

youth mass

Thank you to all those who participated in the

Parish Youth Mass 

at St Kieran’s last Sunday – organisers, musicians, ministers and the Assembly.

Next Youth Mass is scheduled for Sunday 14 March.     

            See you there!

alphaThe parish ALPHA program runs in the parish centre on Thursday evenings at 7pm and will run until the end of May.
Everyone is welcome and light refreshments are provided.

Bookings can be made through the parish office on 9949 4455.

QR Code

IF POSSIBLE, PLEASE ASSIST THE PARISH STAFF WITH RECORD KEEPING BY DOWNLOADING THE SERVICE NSW APP AND SIGNING IN TO MASS WITH IT. Thanks

The Service NSW app is recommended by NSW Health and it can be downloaded via the following link:-

https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/being-covid-safe/check-in#download-the-service-nsw-app

or go to the App Store on your mobile phone. 

The app is very easy to use and you only need to verify your information once, subsequent uses only require you to click one button.

The QR Code is in the church entrances. There will be several available for use to reduce crowding. 

It is with great sadness that all Masses, including Christmas Masses have been cancelled until further notice.  

This decision has been taken by Bishop Anthony in the context of the recent outbreak of transmission of the virus on the Northern Beaches.

We will be livestreaming on Facebook the 6pm Christmas Eve Mass and 9.30am Christmas Day Mass, and also 9.30am 27th Dec.  The link to the Parish Facebook page is
https://www.facebook.com/NorthHarbourCatholic/

We will also upload the Christmas Eve Mass to the Parish YouTube Channel and this will be available from midnight Christmas Eve.  This can then be watched at any time.

The link to the Parish YouTube Channel is
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCt8Dxm0ehFt-5r1ie9xOjLw

Christmas is a time to say Thank You! During 2020, our Parish and its ministries had to deal with the effects of COVID-19 and many restrictions imposed by the government to protect the good of all. Somehow we found our way through but so many activities had to be scaled down, postponed or not held at all. Thank you for your perseverance – especially our PPC and Finance Committee, our dedicated school leaders, staff, and families, our liturgical ministers, coordinators and all involved in faith formation - Sacramental Program, Alpha, RCIA, Children’s Liturgy, Catechist Ministry, prayer groups - pastoral care of the housebound and those in care facilities, outreach to the needy through Vinnies and GIFT, and our Augustinian groups – AFA, Friends and AVA.  

Copies of Bishop Anthony’s first Pastoral Letter to the Diocese of Broken Bay - Jesus Christ, our beginning and end - outlining the Bishop’s six priorities for the community of the Church in our diocese, are available today. Please take a copy of the letter and prayer card home with you, or you may wish to also view the publication at the following link:  

https://issuu.com/bbcatholic/docs/jesus_christ__our_beginning_and_end._a_pastoral_le

Fr TuyenFor many years now, our Parish Community has supported the Augustinian Formation Community in Brookvale, hosted profession and ordination ceremonies, and made the students welcome. Pham Quang Tuyen OSA has spent 7 years in Australia, spending the last 2 years at Holy Spirit Parish, St Clair, for his pastoral placement. On Saturday 1 August this year, Fr Tuyen was ordained to the Priesthood at Holy Spirit by Bishop of Parramatta Vincent Long. Fr Tuyen has been assigned to the Order’s Community in Saigon, effective in January 2021, and we had hoped that he would have the opportunity to celebrate Mass in North Harbour before his departure. However, those wishing to travel to Vietnam on the limited number of flights available must register with the Vietnamese authorities and be ready to travel when a flight becomes available. Fr Tuyen will depart on Wednesday 9 December, sooner than expected, and so we will not have the opportunity of farewelling him in person. We thank him for all he has shared with us during his 7 years in Australia and wish him well in his new assignment.

br huy osaOur Parish Community extends a warm welcome to Brother Huy, from the Augustinian Formation Community in Brookvale. Huy has joined the Augustinian and Parish Community to gain practical experience in pastoral ministry in the parish, our schools, liturgical celebrations and other activities. He will be with us until Christmas. Please make him welcome and introduce yourselves when you meet him.

naidoc week‘Together in the Spirit’ was the theme for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Sunday - celebrated in July this year - and we feel that its still an important concept to focus upon during the rescheduled NAIDOC week. It is equally important to note the official NAIDOC theme - ‘Always was, Always will be.’ - which contains a strong resonance to Pope Francis’ 2015 Encyclical “Laudato Sì, on Care for our Common Home.” The Encyclical highlights and makes clear the need for Australians to accept and acknowledge the stewardship and knowledge that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people possesses and that which is deeply imbedded in the Culture and Spirituality of Australia’s First Peoples. www.naidoc.org.au

email scamPlease be aware that in the past few weeks some parishioners have received scam/phishing emails that look to be from Fr Dave. The most current emails state that he requires assistance to complete a task however is busy so can the recipient quickly respond to the email.  If a response is received there is a request to buy gift cards and report the codes.  The email looks reasonably authentic however on close inspection there are signs that the email is not authentic such as; the sending account is a gmail account not the usual northharbourcatholic account and there can often be spelling and grammar mistakes or it can just read a bit odd.  The most important thing is don’t respond.  Block the sender and delete the email.  If you are not sure about any email from the Parish please ring the office before opening it.

annual reportThe Parish Annual Report has been circulated to parishioners by email and some hard copies are available in our churches this weekend or at the Parish Office. Special thanks to the many parishioners who provided material on various ministries for the Report. A short video containing highlights and information on the past year’s activities will be shown at all Masses.

Link to the video from the Parish Pastoral Council: https://youtu.be/hrQaC29KzFY