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I wish to inform you that Fran Taylor, Principal of St Cecilia’s Catholic Primary School, Balgowlah, has advised of her decision to retire at the end of the 2021 school year. Fran has held school leadership positions within the Diocese of Broken Bay for over 20 years and has been Principal of St Cecilia’s since 2015. Her personal and professional gifts are many and she has fostered strong relationships within this community and parish. The process of finding a suitable successor will begin soon. Later in the year, we will acknowledge Fran’s significant contribution to Catholic Education at St Cecilia’s and thank her for her excellent service and leadership.
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Planned Giving receipts for the 2020/21 financial year have been emailed to all those with email addresses recorded by the Parish. Please call the office if you have not received your copy and we will post to you or update our records and email to you.
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Due to the current Covid-19 lockdown, the Office of the Children’s Guardian (OCG) has extended the expiry dates for those Working With Children Check’s due to expire between 19 July 2021 and 26 September 2021. The expiry dates have been extended for three months. People who are granted the extension will be advised by the OCG via email. To find out more visit:
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PLEASE CALL THE PARISH OFFICE TO ORGANISE A SUITABLE DATE AND TIME - 9949 4455
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Pope Francis has established the 4th Sunday of July each year as the “World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly”. With the theme "I am with you always" (Matthew 28:20) the day draws attention to the vital role grandparents and the elderly play in our families, communities and in the mission of the Church
The first World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly will be celebrated in circumstances in which it will still not be possible in many countries for the elderly to physically attend Mass. A special blessing will be prayed during our live streamed Mass on Sunday 25 July at 9.30am.
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This Sunday, July 11th 2021, is Sea Sunday, when the church prays for all those who live and work at sea. Without them, we would not have most of the items we rely on for daily living. Even during a pandemic, seafarers continue to bring into our ports products that sustain our population and economy. The Appeal today is for Stella Maris, Apostleship of the Sea, the official maritime welfare agency of the Catholic Church. It supports seafarers both practically and spiritually. To assist this ministry, please send your donations to: bit.ly/seasunday2021
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With the current outbreak of the COVID virus across Sydney, we are by now very familiar with the strict guidelines surrounding the Stay at Home Order. Individually and together, we are seeking to observe the government’s directions as they impact on so many aspects of our lives. Our churches remain closed and we are unable to gather, so it is incumbent on us to reach out to one another with reassurance that no one is forgotten. The present situation calls for patience and perseverance but also honesty about how we are feeling. Times like these can intensify our feelings of discouragement and isolation, so we should not hesitate to pick up the phone….
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We’re delighted to announce that Hospitality following 9.30am Mass will be recommencing this weekend!
In keeping with COVID-safe regulations, the following will be observed:
- ·Food will be either individually packaged or pre-prepared on individual plates.
- ·All food items and beverages will be served to you by our volunteers, there will be no self service.
We appreciate your co-operation and look forward to catching up!
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Due to the COVID restrictions, Sunday Eucharist with Fr Tuan Anh Le OSA on 4 July has been postponed
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Please give generously to the final CWF appeal of the Financial Year 2020/21. Donations are 100% tax deductible and support five charities: -
Hospital Chaplaincy and Pastoral Care – where Hospital Chaplains and Pastoral Care ministers reach 3,500 patients and 700 families each year in our local hospitals.
Confraternity of Christian Doctrine – materials, training and support for almost 1,000 catechists who take the gospel to students in our State schools.
St Lucy’s School – serving primary school students with disabilities.
St Edmund’s College – serving secondary school students with disabilities.
Ephpheta Centre – serving the Catholic deaf community.
Donate to CWF by:
CWF envelope in your pew, Online at www.bbcatholic.org.au/give
Or scan the QR code.
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Due to COVID restrictions, the Profession of Solemn Vows of Brother Hoang Huy Nguyen as been postponed until further notice.
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To all parishioners who volunteer their gifts and time, you truly make our parish a better place and we are very grateful to you.
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0404 865 241 (Marianne) 9949 4455 (Parish Office)
Approach any member of the ministry or see Fr Dave
NEED HELP ON THE FOLLOWING MASSES:
- ·St Kieran’s 6pm (4th Sunday)
- ·St Cecilia’s 9am (1st and 2nd Sundays)
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Congratulations to Fr. Lê Tuấn Anh OSA, ordained to the Priesthood by Most Rev Mark Coleridge, Archbishop of Brisbane on 22nd May 2021. We wish him well in his life and ministry.
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Thank you to the many parishioners who came along to the talk on Monday evening and thanks to Fr Tony for his presentation. Social Justice has been on the Parish Council agenda for some time and we hope to arrange further presentations later in the year.
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National Families Week is Australia’s annual celebration of the importance of families. It is timed to coincide with the International Day of Families (15 May). As we celebrate Families Week we reflect on Pope Francis’ insights in The Joy of Love, which affirms that families are the building blocks of a healthy society and a place where children learn to love, respect and interact with others. Among other things he mentions unemployment, today’s fast pace of life, particular challenges for young people, caring for family members with disabilities, the effect of severe stress on families and the transformation of love in relationships spanning five or six decades. He wants us to remember “that there is no stereo-type of the ideal family, but rather a challenging mosaic made up of many different realities, with all their joys, hopes and problems".
Please collect your Families Week children’s activities from the back of both churches.
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Warm welcome to Fr Jepser Bermudez who has joined the Parish Team as an Associate Pastor. He is based at the Augustinian Community in Brookvale where he is Director of Formation. Fr Jepser was ordained on 18 October 2013 and has served in various parish and formation ministries, including as Novice Master and Assistant Novice Master at International Augustinian Novitiate in Cebu, Philippines. He presided at the Parish Youth Mass in St Kieran’s Church last Sunday evening.
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This week's Vox Populi comes from Sr Jennifer Canillas OSA.
Sr Jennifer is an Augustinian Sister of Our Lady of Consolation. Along with Sr Josie Malibi OSA, she works as Pastoral Support at MacKillop Catholic College, Warnervale and is a parishioner at Toukley-Lake Munmorah Parish. Click on the link to view her Month of May message.