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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.
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Blessing for Mothers and Grandmothers
Loving God, as a mother gives life and nourishment to her children,
so you watch over your Church. Bless these women,
that they may be strengthened as Christian mothers and nurturers.
Let the example of their faith and love shine forth. Grant that we,
their sons and daughters, honour them always with a spirit of profound respect.
Grant this through Christ our Lord.
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Special Masses will be celebrated in Parishes and Schools across Australia on Monday 24 May at 10.30am, the Solemnity of Our Lady Help of Christians, to celebrate the Bicentenary of Catholic Education in Australia. In North Harbour Parish, Mass arrangements are as follows - subject to COVID guidelines at that time:
- ·St Kieran’s Church – Parish Mass at 10.30am. All parishioners are invited, particularly past students, teachers and catechists. Representative groups from St Kieran’s School and St Augustine’s College will participate. Due to a pre-booked, whole school activity that cannot be changed, remaining St Kieran’s students will gather for a commemorative liturgy at a later time.
- ·St Cecilia’s School – School Mass at 10.30am in the school grounds, weather permitting. Parents and parishioners are welcome.
You are encouraged to be part of this historic celebration as we give thanks for Catholic Education in the life of the Church in Australia.
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‘Australia can be the land of the great forgetting. Many came to these distant shores in order to forget – to wipe from their mind the memory of war, persecution, poverty. They never spoke much of what they left behind; their stories usually went with them to the grave. And so was born the great Aussie amnesia.
‘Yet on this ANZAC Day we remember and we hear the words, Lest we forget. Their urgency suggests the danger of forgetting. But what is it that we remember? We think of the innocence of many who enlisted and ended up on the shores of the Dardenelles; we think of the errors of judgement that led to the military defeat and the death of thousands as cannon-fodder; we think of the devastation of so many families in an Australia that didn’t see this coming; we think of the call to defend Empire that made this nation come of age. All these things we recall, but they’re not in the end what we remember….
‘Here we remember that something genuinely noble and enduring was born from the horror of war. Death produced life. That truth is profoundly biblical and profoundly Christian – and we recognise that here beneath the emblem of Christ crucified and risen. But today an entire nation remembers… The horror we may recall, but the humanity we remember.
AN ANZAC PRAYER
Remember, O Lord, all those the brave and the true, who have died the death of honour and are departed in the hope of the resurrection to eternal life. In that place of light from which sorrow and mourning are far banished, give them rest, O Lord, thou lover of all. And grant to us who remain the spirit of service which may make us worthy of their sacrifice, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
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As previously advised Fr Jepser Bermudez OSA will join the Parish Team very soon. He spent a short time supplying in St Joseph’s Parish, South Yarra, during Holy Week and Easter and is currently in St James’ Parish, Coorparoo until early May. He will commence his ministry here on Sunday 9 May when he presides at the 6.00pm Youth Mass. We look forward to welcoming Fr Jepser to North Harbour.
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This weekend is Fr John’s final weekend with us before he moves to St Joseph’s Parish, South Yarra, where he will assist Fr Brian Buckley until the end of the year. Due to COVID restrictions, Associate Pastor Fr Luca Park has been stranded in Korea and his return to Australia delayed. Fr John retains his appointment in North Harbour and we look forward to his return in due course. In the meantime, we thank him for his ministry in the parish here and we wish him well in Melbourne.
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The past year with its lockdowns at Easter, Christmas and other times has challenged us as a Parish Community, families and individuals. Many activities continued at reduced capacity and some were placed on hold. 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, prayer and discussion groups, pastoral outreach to the housebound and those in care facilities, and a host of other activities.
The GIFT program has now resumed and a monthly Play Group is underway. We hope Children’s Liturgy will begin again very soon. A monthly Youth Mass commenced in February and PPC is considering other initiatives to energize parish life. All nursing homes are expected to be open by April for pastoral visits and Mass.
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The Year Amoris Laetitia Family has begun! As part of journeying together as a Church, the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life has released the first of a series of 10 videos reflecting on various aspects of family life. The video is accompanied by a print resource to be used as an aid to small group or family discussion.
Please find a link to the video and print resource here.
In Pope Francis’ message for the commencement of the “Amoris Laetitia Family” Year, the Pope indicated the main intention of the Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia is “to communicate, in a profoundly changed time and culture, that today there is the need for a new outlook on the family on the part of the Church”. The Pope suggested “it is not enough to reiterate the value and importance of doctrine, if we do not become protectors of the beauty of the family and if we do not take compassionate care of its frailties and its wounds.”
(The Joy of Love) 2016 Apostolic Exhortation
Each week we read an extract from the Pope's letter and reflect on how it might relate to our family lives.
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Provincial of the Augustinians Fr Peter Jones has announced some changes in the appointments of Augustinians to North Harbour. These changes have become necessary for a number of reasons, including the staffing of the Augustinian Parish of South Yarra (Melbourne) where Fr Brian Buckley is Parish Priest. Due to COVID travel restrictions, Associate Pastor Fr Luca Park has been stranded in Korea for over 12 months and is unlikely to return to Australia in 2021. The new arrangements to take effect on 5 April are as follows:
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Charitable Works Fund
Catholic Diocese of Broken Bay
Survey 2021 We invite you to complete the CWF Survey 2021. It will only take about 2-3 minutes of your time.
Listening to our parish community is important and we would love to know more about you and what you value most about CWF. Your feedback will help us better serve the community, plan our priorities and how to communicate with you more effectively.
The survey is open to all parishioners in the Catholic Diocese of Broken Bay. Closing date for responses is Wednesday 7 April 2021.
The online CWF survey can be found here - www.surveymonkey.com/r/CWF2021
We take your privacy seriously, and please be assured your answers are confidential. If you require a physical copy of the survey, please call David Armstrong 02 8379 1664 with your contact details.
Your support and generosity are gratefully appreciated and makes a huge different to those we serve. May Christ be with you during the Lenten season.
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This year’s World Day of Prayer will take place on Friday 5 March, with the theme Build on a Strong Foundation, and has been prepared by the faithful Christians in Vanuatu. The service will be held at the Uniting Church in Balgowlah, 122 Condamine Street. We plan to commence with Morning Tea at 9.30am and the service at 10am. Covid Safety regulations are in place. Celebrated annually on the first Friday in March, this global ecumenical movement is led by Christian women who come together in prayer and action, for justice and peace. The movement aims to bring together people of all races, cultures and traditions in a common day of prayer. We invite you to come along & join in.
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Ash Wednesday and Good Friday - Abstinence from meat is to be observed by those who have completed their 14th year of age. Those aged between 18 and 60 are to fast on these days. This Lenten practice of abstinence and fasting is not to be a burden upon those who have health issues or special needs.
Friday Observance - On other Fridays of the year the law of the common practice of penance is fulfilled by performing any one of the following:
*Prayer – for example, Mass attendance; family prayer; a visit to a church or chapel; reading the Bible; making the Stations of the Cross; praying the Rosary; or in other ways;
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BE MORE—Every year, countless people turn Lent into a demonstration of faith, love and generosity. You can be a part of this incredible community, who believe that there are simple actions we can all take to “be more” for our world.
Make a donation to Project Compassion, start a fundraiser with your school, parish or community; give something up for Lent… there are many ways to put your compassion into action. Whatever you choose to do, you’ll be contributing towards a more just and compassionate world. https://lent.caritas.org.au/
A reminder to return your Project Compassion donations now to the church or parish office.
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Celebrating Lent at Home
Resources are available at the back of both Churches or can be downloaded here: Lenten Resources for Families
Jesus Christ, the Alpha and the Omega – The Broken Bay Diocese Lenten Program will be available for those wishing to meet in groups and booklets are now available in our churches and the Parish Office. The program can be viewed online in PDF format at
Discussion Groups - Parishioners are welcome to form and lead their own groups or join the Parish group meeting on Tuesday evenings during Lent in the Parish Centre or the Church. Numbers are limited to 20 so please register at the office.
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SUNDAY HOMILIES are online - this weekend, Fr Dave is the homilist.
You can watch the video on the parish YouTube channel:
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The Parish Youth Mass at St Kieran’s Church this Sunday evening at 6.00pm will go ahead, subject to observance of the current, revised COVID guidelines. 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 Jepser Bermudez OSA 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. As this celebration takes place on Mother’s Day, our Mums will receive a special blessing during the Mass. This Youth event will be held twice a term. Remaining date for the first semester is Sunday 13 June (Term 2).