cwf"How marvellous it would be, if at the end of the day, each of us could say: today I have performed an act of charity towards others” - Pope Francis

The Charitable Works Fund is working every day to support faith-based services for the people of the Diocese of Broken Bay. In the video this week, you may recognise some of the churches and parklands, schools and hospitals that we are privileged to share with our neighbours.

Supporting the CWF puts your gift to work in our local faith community.  Thank you for your kindness, your thoughtfulness and your generosity.

CatholicCare Hospital Chaplaincy and Pastoral Care Practitioner Program – where five Pastoral Care Practitioners reach over 3,000 patients, 700 families and over 180 hospital staff each year across seven hospitals in our Diocese.

Augustinian LogoIf you are interested in learning more about a vocation with the Augustinians, please speak to any of the Augustinian priests in our parish or contact our Vocation Director Fr. Percival OSA (Mobile: 0439111932 / Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). The call to religious life as brother or priest is one of the most rewarding that a man can do. If this is the Lord’s call for you, embrace the challenge and say ‘yes’.  May God bless you on your spiritual journey!

We have gaps in our music roster
St Cecilia’s  1st Sunday 9am,
St Kieran’s  2nd Sunday 6pm.

If you know of someone who can help out please contact the parish office 9949 4455

St Augustine “We are an Easter people and ‘Alleluia’ is our song!"

happy easter"Now therefore, brethren, we urge you to praise God. That is what we are all telling each other when we say Alleluia. You say to your neighbour, “Praise the Lord!” and he says the same to you. We are all urging one another to praise the Lord, and all thereby doing what each of us urges the other to do. But see that your praise comes from your whole being; in other words, see that you praise God not with your lips and voices alone, but with your minds, your lives and all your actions.”  [On Ps 148 ]

Our RCIA participants (those in the community who want to become Catholics) attended  a ceremony held at the Cathedral Parish last Sunday, the catechumens declared before the Church community their intention to receive baptism at Easter.

In family life, values are handed on from one generation to the next, often symbolized through a particular custom, document or treasured heirloom. Throughout the centuries the Church, too, has passed down its most precious beliefs, often symbolized in rituals and prayers. The Presentation of the Creed is one such example. In a short ceremony at the 9.30am Mass this weekend several weeks before their baptism, catechumens are formally presented with the Creed, a statement of Catholic belief. More than an acquisition of a document, the focus of this ceremony is on the people of the community handing on an enduring tradition of faith to yet another generation of believers.


DBB logoHeavenly 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.

Amen.

Thanks to parents  from all the schools in the parish  who helped contribute to the great success of our Family Colour Fun Run which was held at St Augustine’s College Oval last Sunday..

We were blessed with a beautiful day and about 160 participants (parents and children) registered for the run.

Thanks to both our parish school  principals for their support in promoting the event and their assistance on the day.

Thanks to the members of the P & F at both schools for organising support and equipment and assisting at the run; members of the parish team, the Parish Pastoral Council and Men’s Group for their support in Registrations, First Aid and the BBQ. The Bush Fire Brigade for hosing down the children and St Augustine’s College and college staff  for their support and for the  use of the College and providing us with practical items needed. Thanks also to the community service student volunteers from St Aloysius College who filled so many roles on the day.

Thank you to all the parents and children from all the schools in the parish who participated in the run and to the children who raised additional funds; we will know how much was raised in about two weeks. Parents of children who did fundraise are reminded they will need to claim their prizes via their Everyday Hero link.

The Parish Family Colour Fun Run presented a wonderful opportunity for families from all our schools and members of the parish community  to come together for a fun filled day.

childrens liturgyThe 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. 

tambourline wineThere 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

                    world day of the sickThe 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

Terri PatersonIn 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. 
https://crowdfunding.sydney.edu.au/terripaterson

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

Pastoral Team 2019

WYD 2019The 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. 

alpha 2019

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.

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
M: 0418 522 449   E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Late have I loved You‘LATE HAVE I LOVED YOU’

 Written by
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.


COST—$20

Available from the parish office