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COMMUNAL RITE OF RECONCILIATION – 17 December at 7.30pm
A special opportunity to prepare for Christmas is the Communal Rite of Reconciliation (Second Rite) which will be celebrated in St Kieran’s Church on Thursday 17 December at 7.30pm. We come together as a Faith Community to reflect on our shared weakness and sinfulness and to seek forgiveness
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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the Parish can no longer provide a supply of the Daily Mass Book for use by parishioners at weekday Mass. Parishioners wishing to purchase copies for their own personal use can purchase a copy from the Parish Office for $20. Supplies are limited but more can be ordered if needed.
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Our 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.
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‘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
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Please 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.
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The 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
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Fr John will be conducting a six week bible course each Tuesday at 7.30pm starting from 3rd November in the parish centre at St Kieran's. The aim will be to read together some of the shorter books of the Old Testament starting with the 'Book of Ruth'. If you are interested could you please inform the parish secretary as there are presently still restrictions on the number of people who can assemble.
“Wherever you go, I will go; wherever you live, I will live. Your people will be my people, and your God , my God.” Ever heard that read during a wedding ceremony? It comes from the Book of Ruth. Did you know that the Book of Ruth is the happiest story about a mother-in-law and her daughter-in-law ever? Did you know that Ruth is one of the five women mentioned in Jesus’ family tree?
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We now have a Tap ‘n’ Go terminal at the back of each Church for donations to the Parish 2nd Collection
The amount is set at $10. Funds donated here go toward the main source of income (2nd Collection) for our Parish and are used for the day to day running of our Parish, including altar and church requisites, pastoral programs, repairs & maintenance, wages, insurance and utilities. It is also used to fund any shortfall in the Charitable Works Fund and the many, many other expenses incurred in keeping our Parish vibrant and functioning.
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Why do we need CWF?
Every year, over 3,000 individuals and families experiencing the fear, loneliness and vulnerability of being in hospital in our Broken Bay community, reach out to our Pastoral Care Practitioners and Chaplains.
Every term, 21,000 Catholic students attend Public Schools in our Diocese and benefit from the instruction of 1,000 volunteer catechists for their vital faith formation.
Every day, those who are disabled, hard of hearing or have special needs, should have unlimited opportunity to learn and achieve their potential.
How do your donations help?
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Over the last 6 months since the emergence of COVID-19, the situation of our 75 parishioners in aged care facilities has become very difficult. For most of that period there has been an almost total lockdown to ensure the safety of residents and staff from the coronavirus and that has been very effective. Family visits, when permitted, have been limited, and pastoral visiting has not been permitted at all, except in emergencies. The restrictions have lasted longer than we expected and as a result most residents have not received the Sacraments for a long time.
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During recent months, Bishop Anthony Randazzo has been visiting parishes in the Diocese on Sundays to celebrate Mass with the local Parish Community and meet parishioners. We had hoped to welcome him last November for the 90th Anniversary of the St Cecilia’s School but he was unable to attend, so we are now inviting him to preside at the 9.00am Mass at St Cecilia’s on Sunday 27 September. Due to COVID-19 restrictions on numbers allowed, parishioners will need to book beforehand. Please see next Sunday’s bulletin for booking arrangements.
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Each year the Catholic Diocese of Broken Bay highlights the importance of Safeguarding during the month of September, beginning with the annual Liturgy of Lament to acknowledge and pray to God for those who have suffered harm by the Catholic Church, and to give public expression to our sorrow.
Bishop Anthony Randazzo has launched the Rights of the Child Framework developed by the Diocese of Broken Bay.
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Congratulations to Marie, Rosemary and Vanessa who were received into the Catholic Church recently. After many months of preparation and perseverance we are all delighted to welcome them into the North Harbour community.
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Congratulations to all the children who will celebrate their First Holy Communion this weekend and coming weekends (outside scheduled Mass times). Due to the coronavirus restrictions only the children’s immediate family can attend. A special parish celebration is planned for later in the year when the children can invite their grandparents and extended family and friends to celebrate this significant milestone in the lives.
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SATURDAY 15 AUGUST
You are reminded that the Feast of the Assumption of Our Lady occurs on Saturday 15 August, a Holy Day of Obligation. Mass times will be as follows:
St Kieran’s – 7.30pm Vigil Mass (Friday 14 August)
and 8.30am on Saturday
St Cecilia’s – 9.00am on Saturday.
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Deacon Peter Lê Tuấn Anh OSA – The Augustinians joyfully announce the ordination to the Diaconate of Br Tuấn Anh Lê by Most Reverend Mark Coleridge, Archbishop of Brisbane, on Saturday 15 August in St James’ Parish Church, Coorparoo, Brisbane. We wish Tuấn Anh every blessing as he continues his journey towards priesthood in 2021.
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Again this weekend, the Sunday homily is available
on the North Harbour Parish You Tube channel.
Fr Peter is the homilist. You can access the video at the following link: