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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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YOU ARE INVITED TO MEET BISHOP ANTHONY RANDAZZO who will be celebrating the 6pm Vigil Mass at Mary Immaculate Church Manly (cnr Whistler & Raglan Sts, Manly) on Saturday 23rd November. Supper will follow afterwards.
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The Charitable Works Fund (CWF) appeal is continuing this weekend. Donations to the Charitable Works Fund help our community through five charities and agencies that serve the people in our Diocese. These are:
- ·Confraternity of Christian Doctrine (CCD),
- ·Catholic Care Hospital Chaplaincy and Pastoral Care Practitioners,
- ·St Lucy’s School, St Edmund’s College
- ·Ephpheta Centre
Donations to the CWF are Tax-Deductible.
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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!
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The Diocese of Broken Bay has invited the Sisters of Our Lady of Consolation to establish a community in the diocese. This weekend, Sister Josie Mabini and Sister Jennifer Canillas arrived from the Philippines and are now resident in the Parish of Toukley. They are accompanied by Sister Edith Gicana, Provincial Councillor, who will assist them to settle in to their new surroundings. The Sisters’ ministry will focus initially on work in local Catholic schools in the Toukley area. Sister Josie is well-known in our North Harbour Community and we welcome the Sisters’ return and support them with our prayers.
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This week we join with other Parishes across the world in taking up the Peter’s Pence Collection. The Peter’s Pence Collection provides for the charitable works and structures of mercy identified by His Holiness, Pope Francis. By supporting this collection, you join with other Parishes across the world in supporting projects identified by the Pope including emergency assistance to those in need due to natural disaster, war, oppression and disease. Our generosity allows the Holy Father to respond to those suffering with love and compassion. Thank you for your generosity.