Live Daily Mass is available from St Patrick's Cathedral in Melbourne: https://melbournecatholic.org.au/Mass
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If the matter is not urgent, please contact one of our Priests via the parish office 9949 4455.
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While nothing can replace going to Mass and being physically present in the Church, many people can pray with the words of the readings, hearing the gospel message and watching the celebration of the Eucharist on television or online.
And for those who would like to have access to Mass every day at a time that suits, there is a Mass on Demand service from Church Resources through the CathNews YouTube platform here. This is the first Mass of the Day
at St Mary’s Church in North Sydney.
It is uploaded at the end of the Mass, and is available for 24 hours
until it is replaced with the new Mass of the day.
If you'd like to tune into Pope Francis' Daily Mass:
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Almighty and merciful God, refreshment in our weariness, support in our weakness, comfort in our sadness.
We come to you to invoke your mercy, since today we still experience the fragility of the human condition
in the presence of a new viral pandemic. Listen to the prayer we offer, comfort your children,
save us from the present distress and open our hearts to be people of hope.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
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PARISH LENTEN ACTIVITIES
Due to closure of the church, the Stations of the Cross on Friday evenings have been cancelled. The Lenten Discussion group at St Kieran’s on Thursdays has also been cancelled.
FIRST RITE OF RECONCILIATION –Saturday 28th March- 5.00-6.00pm in the Parish Centre
MASS AND PRAYER ‘AT HOME’
Various resources are being made available for parishioners for prayer at home:
Mass for You at Home – Sunday mornings on Channel 10
Australian Catholic Bishops Conference – information online about streamed Masses and prayers on ACBC website in coronavirus portal: www.catholic.org.au/coronavirus
10:30 Mass at St Mary’s Cathedral - Available at: https://www.stmaryscathedral.org.au
Additional Prayer Resources – Google specific devotions or ‘Catholic Prayers’
Please check the Parish website for other links: www.northharbourcatholic.org.au
HOLY WEEK AND TRIDUUM
We expect to receive an update within the week from Bishop Anthony in respect to the Liturgies of Holy Week and Easter.
Please note: The Passover Meal on Holy Thursday and Stations of the Cross on Good Friday in both churches will not go ahead.
SPAGHETTI NIGHTS CANCELLED
Given the restrictions on group gatherings and the fact that food is being prepared and shared, it is with regret that we advise that our popular Spaghetti Nights in March and April have been cancelled.
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Sometimes our biggest challenge is to approach Lent positively. Self-denial and penance don’t come easily to us but the Church invites us to do penance – to interrupt the usual comforts of life, to rediscover in prayer the saving love of God, and to practice charity and justice towards those in need. The Lord walks with us and helps us to discover new life, a fresh way of seeing things. Lent lasts from Ash Wednesday until the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday.
Church custom favours fasting and abstinence from meat and this applies on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. Under normal circumstances, those who have completed their 18th year and have not yet begun their 60th year are to fast and those who have completed their 14th year are to abstain.
Lenten penance isn’t just about us but something we do in the name of the Church and of the world. Church teaching leaves room for our own responsible choices and so we need to decide carefully what is most appropriate for our own circumstances and growth in the Christian life. Some practical ideas for Lent are as follows:
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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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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.
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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 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: