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ONLINE GIVING – ‘We need you!’

Walking with the excluded

Canice’s Kitchen is at the heart of St Canice’s parish.

“In our gentle way we’re living the gospels, spreading the gospel. This is ‘humanness’ that we try to spread and share.”

Our parish community is only as strong as its hospitality to those who are hungry and struggling, not only in our own back yard but also in our world. While Canice’s Kitchen in Kings Cross offers hospitality to the street people, the St Canice community generously contributes to the health, nutrition and educational needs of our near neighbours in our sister parish at the Railaco Jesuit Mission in East Timor.

We desire, first and foremost, a conversion in our own hearts, that makes us alive and sensitive to the suffering Christ in our midst. Our communities desire to be more hospitable and open, learning how to live more deeply in the Spirit of Jesus, a Spirit that welcomes.

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We are a welcoming community

The Catholic parish of St. Canice is an open, inclusive and welcoming community located in Elizabeth Bay, just behind cosmopolitan Kings Cross in Sydney. We are proud of the variety of people who make up the church that we know.

St Canice’s extends its welcome to all, without judgment – to the lonely people of the street and to the comfortable middle class, to the transvestites and the fashionistas, to the public figures and the unknown, to the hungry and the well fed, to the devout and the doubtful.

St Canice’s is a parish but it is not parochial. Today, our community comprises not only Jesuits but also other men and women who share this vision of service to faith and to the justice that faith demands.  Together we continue the work of St Ignatius seeking God in all things.

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With outreach in our parish and beyond

There is openness in our parish life, welcoming the refugees, feeding the hungry and clothing the naked.

Canice’s Kitchen

Canice’s Kitchen offers both food and hospitality. The sounds of the assembled guests wafting through the windows of the church some days are like an authentic hymn of praise to God.

David’s Place

David’s Place offers a chance for prayer and reflection and helps give those on the margins a sense of belonging. It provides them much needed companionship which in turn helps develop a sense of self-worth,

Railaco, East Timor

In East Timor, St Canice’s community has been making what is seen by the people in Railaco as a monumental commitment to their welfare, healthcare, nutrition and educational needs of their children since 2004, and we are committed to continue.

In all, St Canice’s is unique, a very inclusive parish, in the Ignatian tradition.

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Sharing our Faith journey and Spirituality

After the second Vatican Council, we were challenged to find a deeper meaning to our faith. The scriptures and the two great commandments – to love God and neighbour – were given a new vitality.

We come to St Canice’s to answer these challenges, to be supported by others who are on the same journey and to be encouraged when we fail.

We give thanks for one another and for the comfort of being pilgrims together. Meditation and the study of the scriptures strengthen the spiritual life of the parish.

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Serving in Ministry

At St Canice’s we encourage all of you to think about serving in ministry.

Serving gives us that opportunity to live out our faith through service to one another.

We are Christians, we are the Church, we are the Body of Christ, not to be served but to serve and every member of our parish has something to offer towards the Mission of the Church.

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St Canice Feast Day & BBQ

October 9 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Farewell to Lynelle

Our St Canice Parish Manager of six years, the smiling, 'can-do' Lynelle Lembryk, is moving on to a position that allows her to spend more time with family and be a first-time grandmother to new baby Ryan. Lynelle leaves big shoes to fill. There are so many aspects to what Lynelle contributes to the success of the parish. Attention to administration, bookkeeping, facilities management of many buildings on the property, and parishioner communications duties is to be expected in such a position. But, perhaps even more importantly here in a parish like St Canice’s, Lynelle brings a special gift of a ‘listening ear’ to the many who telephone, or knock on the door of the parish office every day, or who are guests in Canice Kitchen. True to the Jesuit Universal Apostolic Preferences, Lynelle patiently accompanies and comforts so many troubled people.

Our new Parish Priest – Dave Braithwaite SJ

We are pleased to announce that, in consultation with our Jesuit Provincial, Fr Quyen Vu SJ, Most Rev. Anthony Fisher OP, Archbishop of Sydney, has appointed Fr David Braithwaite SJ as the next Parish Priest of St Canice’s. Fr Dave is no stranger to the Parish as he has been living here for over a year while writing his doctoral thesis on Systematic Theology. Previously, Father David was involved in the Jesuit Australian Province’s ministry with young adults for about ten years.

St Canice’s raise over $1 million for Railaco

Thank you to the incredible generosity from the Sydney based Jesuit parish, St Canice, who has been a phenomenal supporter and companion to its sister Parish in Railaco, Timor-Leste since 2004. During their recent St Ignatius Feast Day appeal, St Canice’s was able to reach a significant milestone of raising over $1 million for Railaco – thanks to 18 years of commitment and steadfast support from the St Canice’s community. “St Canice community, thank you! You found us at our rock bottom and you lifted us by feeding our hungry, providing service for our sick, and providing education to our youth! Thank you and God bless you for following Him in the mission," said Fr Bong Abad Santos SJ, who runs the mobile medical clinic in Railaco.

Farewell to Fr Paul Fyfe SJ

Paul’s Jesuit brothers, Fr Sacha and Fr Dave joined Paul in celebrating the Mass, before our musicians Claudine, Graham, and Robyn provided a touching musical farewell. So many people came to the mass and stayed around afterwards to eat so many roast lamb and pickle sandwiches, chicken sandwiches, homemade cakes and goodness knows what else - in between bidding their personal good wishes.

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