CSOAt present the Diocese of Broken Bay Catholic Schools Office is conducting a review of Catholic Education in the Lower Northern Beaches area. This review is focused on North Harbour and Manly-Freshwater Parishes and will involve consultation with parents, school personnel, parishioners and priests in the parishes and diocesan primary and secondary schools in the area. Already, CSO consultants have met with Fr Dave and the Principals of St Kieran’s,
St Cecilia’s and St Paul’s. Strategy Lead Brenton Gurney met with the North Harbour PPC last Monday evening to inform them about the project and what they hope to achieve in the promotion of Catholic Education.

youth massPlease note the date of the next Parish Youth Mass at St Kieran’s on Sunday 12 June at 6pm. All parishioners are welcome, especially families and youth. This is an important opportunity for all young people and their families to deepen their spiritual connection and strengthen their relationship with God. This Youth event is held twice a term.

DBBThe Diocese of Broken Bay has provided information and comment from Bishop Anthony Randazzo on the Assisted Dying Legislation passed by the NSW Parliament. 

‘Euthanasia and assisted suicide are a defeat for all.  We are called never to abandon those who are suffering, never giving up but caring and loving to restore hope.’ —Pope Francis

Read more below:

vocationsToday the Church throughout the world prays for vocations. Will you make a special effort to ask the Lord for vocations to the priesthood and religious life? Pray for the priests who have ministered to you throughout your life, both living and dead. Encourage your children, grandchildren, or other young people to consider a vocation as a priest or religious brother or sister. Pray a rosary for more young men and women to respond to God’s call.

If you are interested in learning more about a vocation with the Augustinians or you know of someone who is considering the vocation to religious life, please contact Fr. Percival OSA (Mobile: 0439111932  Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

the augustinianThe May edition of The Augustinian magazine, available in the church entrances, to catch up on all the news from  the Order, or click on the link:

https://www.osa.org.au/province-updates/the-augustinian-magazine/the-augustinian-may-2022/

augustinian logoExtensive resources on St Augustine and the Augustinians, as well as materials on the church, theology and philosophy etc. suitable to support personal reading and tertiary study.

Our catalogue is on the internet:
https://osalibrary.follettdestiny.com.au

Resources are available to the school teaching staff and parishioners for research or loan. 

I am here to assist on a Wednesday between 9 and 3.30.

Please ring or email to organise a time to visit the library on a Wednesday.

Robyn Alexander, Library Manager

Email : This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Mob. 0414 804 842

tuan anh 1CELEBRATION OF PRIESTHOOD - Sunday 1 May  All are invited to join in the Eucharist to celebrate the 1st anniversary of the Ordination to the Priesthood of Fr Tuan Anh Le OSA this Sunday 1 May at the 9.30am Mass at St Kieran's.  The Augustinian Formation Association will host refreshments in the Parish Centre following the Mass.  All are welcome.

The past 2 years with their lockdowns at crucial times have challenged us as a Parish Community, families and individuals. As things gradually return to normal, we acknowledge the efforts of Parish leaders, coordinators, staff and volunteers in many areas: Parish Administration, Parish Pastoral Council and Finance Committee, Sacramental Program, Parish Schools, Catechists, Liturgical ministries, Alpha, RCIA, Vinnies, pastoral outreach to the housebound and those in care facilities, and a host of other activities. Thankfully, some nursing homes are now open for pastoral visits and Mass.

Activities that have now resumed include GIFT and a monthly Play Group. We are moving cautiously in relation to Hospitality and Children’s Liturgy but these will resume very soon. Our monthly Youth Mass is going well and numbers attending are increasing. PPC is considering other initiatives to energize parish life. Don’t forget the Parish Revival Celebration Brunch on Sunday 24 April and Alpha’s beginning on 5 May – all welcome!

Our Holy Week ceremonies have been memorable, and we express appreciation to planners, coordinators, liturgical ministers, Augustinians who participated, and those who care for our churches in various ways. Special thanks to those who provided palms for blessing on Palm Sunday.

Thank you to our Parish Staff and Team, the Augustinians and all who serve our Community so generously for their perseverance, and to the Parish Community which brings to life the realization that together we are the Body of Christ.  

               Easter Blessings to all!

morning teaParish Morning Teas at St Kieran’s Church after Sunday 9.30am mass are coming back and we need some more volunteers!

The North Harbour Parish needs your help with providing hospitality after the 9.30am Mass on Sundays at St Kieran’s Church.

The parish is looking to start back with our morning teas on Sunday, 1st May (Term 2) to get parishioners to come back together as a parish community. 

alphaThe Catholic Community of North Harbour Presents

ALPHA every Thursday 7pm 

Everyone is welcome.     Free

For more details contact the Parish office 99494455

youth massOur next Parish Youth Mass for the year will be celebrated at St Kieran’s Church on Sunday 13 March at 6pm. All parishioners are welcome, especially families and youth. Students from local colleges and schools together with their families have been invited to attend. This liturgy is tailored specifically for young people with vibrant music, an engaging message and of course Augustinian community. Fr Dave will be the Presider.  

This is an important opportunity for all young people and their families to deepen their spiritual connection and strengthen their relationship with God.

lentMass times in the Parish
on Ash Wednesday
are as follows:

SK—8.30am & 7.30pm

SC—9.15am

  1. This is the final weekend for completion of the National Church Life Survey - You can complete the survey either on paper or online.
  2. Both Adult (15+) and Child (8-14 years) Surveys are available in paper version or online.
  3. Paper version NCLS Surveysare available in our churches today.
  4. Adult Attendee Surveys (aged 15+)– please complete at: attendersurvey.ncls.org.au
  5. Child Surveys (8-14 years)– please complete at: childsurvey.ncls.org.au - Parents and carers are asked to review the Parent Information Sheet.
  6. Please use the appropriate Church Code:

synodIn 2023, a Synod of the Church will be held, involving Bishops and lay representatives from around the world. At present Pope Francis is inviting all to participate in a global conversation about the Catholic Church ”to imagine a different future for the Church and her institutions, in keeping with the mission she has received.”

Unfortunately, COVID and time constraints have prevented us from meeting in parish groups to discuss the Synod though the Parish Pastoral Council has discussed it. The Parish submissions to the Plenary Council process will form part of the Broken Bay Diocese’s submission to Rome but you may wish to submit a brief statement, perhaps in response to the following questions:

What might this ‘different future’ look like? What are your hopes?

How important is it for us to ‘journey together’ as Church? What examples come to mind?

Please email your brief statement to Fr Dave (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) no later than Thursday 24 February and these will be forwarded to the Diocese.
For more information, visit 
https://catholic.org.au/synodalchurch.

word of god sundayThis Sunday marks Sunday of the Word of God, an occasion to celebrate God’s word in our Sacred Scriptures.

We remember that when we read the Scriptures or hear them proclaimed, we are entering into a true dialogue with God, both individually and communally. God continues to speak, and we are encouraged to grow in our knowledge and love of the Scriptures so as to enter into this dialogue and grow in our friendship with the risen Lord.

Pope Francis tells us, “A profound bond links sacred Scripture and the faith of believers. Since faith comes from hearing, and what is heard is based on the word of Christ (cf. Rom 10:17), believers are bound to listen attentively to the word of the Lord, both in the celebration of the liturgy and in their personal prayer and reflection.” (Aperuit Illis #7)

Bishop Mykola Bychok CSsRBishop Anthony Randazzo has received a request from the Bishop of Eparchy of Saints Peter and Paul of Melbourne, Bishop Mykola Bychok, CSsR, (left) requesting prayers for peace and justice for Ukraine.  Link to the request.

As we are all aware the situation in the Ukraine is very tense for the 41 million people living there and the many thousands who have made Australia their home.

PRAYER FOR THE UKRAINE

(Based on reflections of Cardinal Vincent Nichols)

Loving God, we pray sincerely for peace in Ukraine,