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We are looking for volunteers to serve tea, coffee and bickies after the 9:30am mass at St Kieran’s Church. You are welcome to volunteer just once a year or more if you can manage it. It is a very easy way to volunteer and keep the community spirit alive in our parish. Setting up takes 15 minutes before mass and serving/cleaning up after mass takes about 30/40 minutes.
It is very easy and everything is provided, including training!
I hope to hear from some parishioners as it is a lovely part of our Sunday morning gathering as well as a great way to meet more parishioners.
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WEDNESDAY 26TH FEBRUARY
10AM AND 7.30PM
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Children's Liturgy 2020 will begin on Sunday March 1st.
The 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 year 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.
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Parishioners will be aware that former Prior of the Augustinian Formation Community at Brookvale Fr John Barry died on Christmas Day in Melbourne. Requiem Mass was celebrated on 3rd January at St Joseph’s, South Yarra, where Fr John had been Parish Priest for many years. His body was taken to Brisbane where Requiem Mass was celebrated on 14th January at St James’, Coorparoo, followed by burial in the Augustinian Section of Nudgee Cemetery.
Mass to celebrate Fr John’s life will be celebrated in St Kieran’s Church on Monday 24th February at 7.30pm. All are welcome to join in this celebration.
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In light of the risks associated with the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, Bishop Anthony has issued some temporary guidelines relating to reception of Holy Communion until the end of February. For the time being, the chalice will not be shared at any Masses but is reserved for the Celebrants only. All Ministers of Communion are to ensure that they use hand sanitizer prior to the distribution of Communion.
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TRAINING FOR READERS - REGISTRATION INFORMATION!
All readers and other parishioners interested in joining the roster in 2020 are invited to ‘Speaking Awesome Words’, an inservice program for Readers being offered to our Parish by Australian Catholic University’s Centre for Liturgy on Saturday 29 February. Session Times and venues are as follows:
10.00am - 12 noon – St Kieran’s Church
2.00pm – 4.00pm – St Cecilia’s Church
Please sign up for one session only by contacting the Parish Office. We are keen to balance the numbers at each session.
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In preparation for Christmas, the Communal Rite of Reconciliation (Second Rite) will be celebrated in St Kieran’s Church on Tuesday 17 December at 7.30pm. This is a special opportunity for us all to come together as a Faith Community and to reflect on our shared weakness and sinfulness and to seek forgiveness.
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Parishioners are invited to pray Morning Prayer of the Church with the Augustinian Community this coming Tuesday at 8.15am in St Kieran’s church prior to the 8.30am Mass. We hope to gather on the 1st Tuesday of each month during the coming year (except for January)
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‘If the disciples of the Lord Jesus wish to be genuine evangelizers, they must sow tangible seeds of hope. I ask all Christian communities, and all those who feel impelled to offer hope and consolation to the poor, to help ensure that this World Day of the Poor will encourage more and more people to cooperate effectively so that no one will feel deprived of closeness and solidarity.’
(From Letter of Pope Francis on World Day of the Poor 2019)
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The Catholic Bishops of Australia have announced a National Prayer Campaign for Drought to take place during November. People across the country are encouraged to pray for the gift of rain, for people affected by the drought and to provide practical support, where possible. The Bishops note that large parts of the country are directly affected by the drought, but the impact is national – and so should the response be national. Access resources and find out more at: www.catholic.org.au/drought
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Pope Francis has announced the appointment of Auxiliary Bishop of Sydney, Most Rev. Anthony Randazzo, as the fourth Bishop of the Diocese of Broken Bay.
Born in Sydney, Bishop Randazzo grew up in southeast Queensland and studied at the Pius XII Provincial Seminary and the University of Queensland. He was ordained a priest for Brisbane Archdiocese in 1991 and, after parish and diocesan responsibilities there, he moved to Rome, where he gained qualifications in canon law from the Pontifical Gregorian University, later working for five years at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.
Upon returning to Australia, Bishop Randazzo served as rector of Holy Spirit Seminary, which trains priests for the five dioceses of Queensland, before being appointed an auxiliary bishop for Sydney in 2016.
Bishop Randazzo said during his ministry, and especially his ministry in neighbouring Sydney Archdiocese, he had observed the Diocese of Broken Bay to be ‘a vibrant, animated, and Spirit-filled Church’. Of his appointment, he said:
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Fr David Ranson, Diocesan Administrator, has written a letter to people of the diocese concerning the recent Abortion Law Reform Act 2019 now passed by the NSW Parliament.
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Preparation for the Plenary Council 2020 is continuing and the next phase of consultation is about to begin. Based on the submissions from groups and individuals across Australia, including the Catholic Community of North Harbour, organisers have published 6 themes that will be the focus of the second phase of consultation through a process of Communal discernment. Themes are as follows:
How is God calling us to be a Christ-centred Church that is:
Missionary and Evangelizing;
Inclusive, Participatory and Synodal;
Prayerful and Eucharistic;
Humble, Healing and Merciful;
A joyful, Hope-filled and Servant Community;
Open to Conversion, Renewal and Reform.
Information about these themes will be provided in the Parish bulletin and the Parish Pastoral Council will consider how the Parish can participate in the process at the next PPC Meeting on 8 October.
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Volunteers needed to pack the Christmas gifts for Sri Lankan children.
- Saturday 21st and 28th September
- Monday 30th September
- Tuesday 1st -Thursday 4th October
This is an opportunity for children who are required to do school service to earn community hours.
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In the Broken Bay Diocese during the month of September, our attention is drawn to the importance of Safeguarding.
This year's theme of Inclusion and Care is - 'A safe community is one in which all experience a sense of belonging'.
To learn more about the role of the Office of the eSafety Commissioner visit www.esafety.gov.au It is committed to empowering all Australians to have safer, more positive experiences online.
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I wish to thank everyone for their presence at my Mass of Thanksgiving last Sunday. It was a wonderful occasion for all involved - our parish community, visitors, and my family, friends and Augustinian brothers and sisters from far and wide. Thank you for your prayers and kind wishes and the many generous Parish and personal gifts. Particular thanks to the Parish Team and all involved in organising the morning tea afterwards and to those who made our liturgy so memorable. Thanks to all of you for this very special day!