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This year the Feast of All Saints occurs on Monday 1 November. Mass will be celebrated at 8.30am in St Kieran’s Church.
The Feast of All the Faith Departed (All Souls) on Tuesday 2 November is a day of prayer and remembrance of all those who are with the Lord. Please note Mass times for All Souls:
- ·St Kieran’s Church – 8.30am and 7.30pm
- ·St Cecilia’s Church – 9.00am
- ·November – Month of the Holy Souls - Following the ancient tradition of our Catholic faith we dedicate the month of November to the memory of our departed loved ones, our families and friends.
- ·Books of Remembrance – Books are placed in our churches for us to record the names of those we especially wish to remember this year as well as envelopes for Mass Offerings to have Masses offered for the repose of their souls.
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PLENARY COUNCIL- LET THE SPIRIT GUIDE US….
Taken from the First Assembly Concluding Statement– 9th October, 2021
In responding to the Agenda questions, we considered ways of living as Church today. Many affirmed what they value about their Catholic faith: spirituality, community, prayer, liturgy and sacramental life, and service through the vocation of all the baptised. Members spoke of the ministries of pastoral care and education, health and aged care, and the many social services and advocacy the Church provides in the Australian community. These are great gifts to a world that is seeking meaning and more authentic living.
Other interventions expressed hopes for renewal, offering perspectives on what might be possible for a Church facing crucial questions, tensions and uncertainties. Many called our attention to the importance of enhancing the role of women in the Church. We heard the call to conversion and fidelity, as well as to imagination and renewal. We were reminded of the needs of rural dioceses and parishes, as well as those of large cities. We celebrated the gifts that the Eastern Churches bring to the Catholic community in Australia.
Often expressed through the lens of personal experience, the discernment of this Assembly has threaded together conversations about what the Church can offer today’s world on the one hand, and how the world can inform the ways and structures of the Church on the other. We reflected on questions of leadership and governance in light of Pope Francis’ call for us to be more synodal. Part 3 next week...
Click on the link below to read the full statement:
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Catholic Schools Broken Bay has announced the appointment of new Principals to our Parish Schools in the Catholic Community of North Harbour, commencing in January 2022:
Balgowlah - Ms Louise O’Brien has been appointed Principal of St Cecilia’s School. Louise has 40 years experience in Catholic education, 27 years as Principal, and is currently Principal of St Francis of Assisi Primary School, Paddington. Prior to that she was Principal of Blessed Sacrament Primary (Clifton Gardens) and St Mary-St Joseph Primary (Maroubra). We look forward to welcoming Louise to St Cecilia’s.
Manly Vale – Ms Anna Marsella has been appointed Principal of St Kieran’s School. Anna brings 37 years experience in Catholic education to this position, 21 years as Principal in 3 schools. Anna is currently Principal of St Mary’s Primary School, Concord and prior to that she was Principal of St John Vianney (Greenacre) and St Joseph’s (Rockdale). We look forward to welcoming Anna to St Kieran’s.
Congratulations – The Catholic Community of North Harbour extends sincere congratulations to Louise and Anna as they prepare to lead our Parish School Communities in 2022.
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Training for new Catechists is being offered via Zoom in late October, November and early December. There are 8 topics to complete and each topic consists of a two hour online course( can be completed over the course of a year). Training is free.
If you would like more information, please contact Ursula Halloway for a no obligation chat on:
Please Note: The Catechist enrolment process must take place before you can begin your training.
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The Parish has received a special and very moving letter from Rev John Barker on behalf of the Northern Beaches Uniting Church (Manly, Balgowlah, Freshwater and Cromer) wishing us well at the Plenary Council which begins this weekend. He writes:
‘I am writing to you on behalf of the Northern Beaches Uniting Church to let you know that our community of Uniting Churches, Cromer, Freshwater, Manly and Balgowlah, stand in ecumenical solidarity with you as you engage in this significant period of discernment.
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- ·PUBLIC MASSES have resumed in both of our churches according to their usual schedule. Please note that no vaccination status requirement applies.
- ·SUNDAY MASSES resume this weekend - 23-24 October and the 4 square metre rule applies.
- ·ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: The NSW Government has published requirements for parishioners to register their attendance at Mass.
* The preferred method is use of the QR code. It will be simple if people have the Service NSW App on their smartphone. If a person is unable to provide contact details, for example, due to age or language barriers, another person may provide contact details on their behalf.
* Sign-in permitted. If it is not possible for electronic check-in to occur, please record your name, contact number and entry time on the sheet provided. The Parish will hold this information for a period of at least 28 days so that it can be provided upon request to an authorised officer
In addition to the QR Code, all are expected to sanitize, and always wear a mask.
- ·IMPORTANT INFORMATION –
* Funerals – The number of persons attending funeral services is determined by the capacity of the church according to the 4 square metre rule – 140 (St Kieran’s), 80 (St Cecilia’s). Please note that those attending Funerals in our churches must be fully vaccinated. In the event that any person is not fully vaccinated, numbers are limited to 10.
* Parish Office and Parish Centre - Under health regulations at this time, only persons who are fully vaccinated may enter the Parish Centre or come to the Parish Office. If you are not fully vaccinated, please phone the Office and we will attend to your requests – 9949 4455.
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WEEK 5 26-30 SEPTEMBER
The Diocesan Office for Safeguarding places a special devotion to Mary Undoer of Knots. Her feast day is celebrated Tuesday 28 September. You are invited to pray the Mary Undoer of Knots Novena. A wonderful prayer resource can be accessed here.
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The First General Council Assembly starts Sunday 3 October and we are inviting the community of the Church of Broken Bay to an online prayer vigil with Bishop Anthony on Saturday 2 October from 7.00-7:30pm.
“Listen to what the spirit is saying” has been the theme of this Plenary Council acknowledging the importance of prayer and God’s relationship with His Church. This prayer vigil will call the community to come together as one Church to offer our prayers of support to the Bishop, Members, Delegates, and the whole Assembly gathering.
We encourage you to attend and take part in this special prayer night. To register please visit: www.bbcatholic.org.au/bayconnect
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I wish to inform you that Michael Gallagher, Principal of St Kieran’s Primary School, has advised of his decision to resign at the end of the 2021 school year. Michael has served the community for almost 5 years now and led the school with great care and sensitivity through the difficult and uncharted waters of the COVID pandemic. I have appreciated his patience, personal concern, professional competence and his attentiveness to fostering strong relationships within the school community and parish. The process of finding a suitable successor is being arranged. Later in the year, we will celebrate Michael’s significant contribution to Catholic Education at St Kieran’s and thank him for his excellent service and leadership.
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At this time, we are calling for nominations for membership of the Parish Pastoral Council for 2021 onwards. The PPC serves the Catholic Community of North Harbour through Parish Mission to witness to and to proclaim the word of God and to pray and celebrate the Liturgy in word and sacraments so that we may be of service to others and form a community of ‘one mind and one heart on the way to God.’ (St Augustine).
The PPC promotes our Parish Vision to be a community which is welcoming, friendly and hospitable; open to change, willing to learn, grow and collaborate; served by the rich diversity of our talent and ethnic composition; paying particular attention to the needs of families and youth; celebrating both socially and liturgically; striving to be Christ centred while reaching out to others
Like to know more? Talk to a member of the PPC or the Parish Team.
NOMINATIONS PROCESS - Parishioners are invited to nominate a fellow parishioner to the PPC.
Forms to facilitate this are available in our churches. Please speak to the person beforehand.
Click here for the form, and please return to the parish office
no later than MONDAY 29 SEPTEMBER 2021.
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This issue features Bishop Anthony's message about looking after your spiritual wellbeing, the new Pastoral Discernment Project on the Central Coast, online parenting help in lockdown, Bishop David Walker's 25th anniversary and so much more. Read it online here: https://issuu.com/bbcatholic/docs/broken_bay_news_september_2021_issue_211
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In the most recent BB Neighbourhoods #223 31 August, Bishop Anthony writes to the people of the Diocese about the ‘struggles and worries… being shouldered in our community of the Church.’ Some people have been very critical of him for not ‘defending the Church’ with reference to the closure of church buildings and vented publicly on social media and in anonymous and abusive letters. He points out the challenges our civic leaders are facing in dealing with the pandemic and the impact on us all, physical, emotional and spiritual. Our inability to gather for Mass is a great sadness but Bishop Anthony reminds us:
‘Mass is being celebrated throughout the Diocese on a daily basis by myself and the priests. They are not private Masses, as Mass is never a private affair. When the Mass is celebrated, the whole Church celebrates, and every member of the Body of Christ is present at the altar of sacrifice through the communion of saints. To argue otherwise is to misunderstand the very nature of the Church and the mystery of the Mass. In the ritual offering of the bread and wine, the priest gathers up and offers the prayers, works, joys, and sufferings of every member of the community of the Church….
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Special thanks to the children from St Cecilia’s School, Balgowlah, who have written messages to parishioners who are unable to have visits from their loved ones to let them know ‘that we are thinking of you and you are not alone’. These messages have been delivered to parishioners in the 5 aged care facilities in the parish. The children and their families are experiencing the stresses of lockdown too and so this gesture to reach out to others is very thoughtful. Well done!
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The daily increase in COVID cases in NSW is distressing for us all as is the news that the present lockdown has been extended for another month. No doubt we are hopeful of an early ‘reprieve’ if things improve but this is not looking promising. Bishop Anthony has written a letter to priests and deacons and expressed his pastoral concern for people in the diocese as we face the uncertainty of the effects of the virus and the disruption for so many in our communities, including our school children, the impact of the Public Health Orders and our inability to gather.
He encourages parish leaders to receive the vaccine and, at this time, all Augustinians at North Harbour have been fully vaccinated. In light of ongoing health advice, I encourage you to give serious consideration to being vaccinated so that you, your families and members of the wider community are safe.
Sacramental Life – The Eucharist will continue to be livestreamed on Sunday at 9.30am, a focus for our prayer as a community. Weekday Mass can be accessed via the link in the weekly bulletin. Currently, reception of Holy Communion outside of Mass is restricted to the sick and the dying as Viaticum.
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Fr Tony Banks OSA has been a welcome member of our Augustinian Community since March 2020 when he became 'stranded' in Australia following the outbreak of the COVID pandemic. As an Assistant General of the Order, Fr Tony's responsibilities include the Asia-Pacific Region along with other duties to the Order worldwide. He has continued his work as a member of the General Council via social media and been involved in the life of Augustinian communities here in Manly Vale and the wider Province, assisting in parish ministries and other Province works. He has finally received permission from the Australian Government to return to Italy on Saturday 4 September. We thank Fr Tony for all that he has contributed to the life of the Parish and the Province and wish him good health and a safe return to Rome.
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If any of our parish families would like some online Catholic resources for their children to use, please go to The Broken Bay Diocese Website (www.bbcatholic.org.au). The CCD Team have created some beautiful online lessons based on the Catechist “Walking with Jesus” learning program. They are very easy for the children to use and beautifully created. The lessons are on Power Point so children can scroll through the lesson independently.
To access all activities, click on the link : Catholic SRE Online
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Our stock of Parish family candles has been replenished and these are now available from the Parish office. If you are unable to collect one, please call or email the Parish and we will arrange to have a candle delivered to you.