Our ‘Videos’



In recent years, parishioner Michael Musgrave has been chronicling events here at St Canice’s in video and still formats. He edits these to provide us with snapshots of wonderful events, and beautiful music.

We’ve also been blessed with the musical talents of our Organist, Christine Moriarty, and Cantors, Catherine de Luca and Pascal Herington, who have contributed enormously to our Liturgy. You will hear them and other musicians from time to time in some of Michael’s short videos depicting Community Life at St Canice’s in recent times.

Anna Sandstrom, Soprano: Tim Chung, Alto; Christine Moriarty, Organist; Pascal Herington, Tenor; Javier Vilarino, Bass

Anna Sandstrom, Soprano: Tim Chung, Alto; Christine Moriarty, Organist; Pascal Herington, Tenor; Javier Vilarino, Bass

Cantor for many years, Catherine de Luca

Cantor for many years, Catherine de Luca




Faces, places, events and things are powerful forgers of memory. From our earliest days our life’s journey is shaped by the manner in which such memory is formed. A jigsaw of good memory is important not only for individual lives but also for shared community. 

This photo Album of the Women of St Canice’s and our Canice Connections project aim to enhance our shared narrative. It not only provides links to the many aspects of our faith life in the present, but it also records our story over time.




Canice Connections

Canice Connections is an initiative designed to ‘enrich community’ at St Canice’s . . . Faces, places, events and things are powerful forgers of memory. From our earliest days our life’s journey is shaped by the manner in which such memory is formed. A jigsaw of good memory is important not only for individual lives but also for shared community. The Canice Connections project aims to enhance our shared narrative. It not only provides links to the the many aspects of our faith life in the present, but it also records our story over time.

‘A Salute’ to the more than 300 volunteers, who serve lunches 7 days a week to homeless guests in Canice Kitchen. We trust this video helps connect St Canice parishioners to the good work of the volunteers in an interesting way . . . and may encourage a deeper involvement, and evince some reflective pride. In the final minute, you can view the special message to the St Canice parishioners.

‘A Tribute’ to our much loved parishioner the late Margaret Walsh, with music from the Sydney Antiphony ensemble of singers who performed in St Canice’s on 4th March, 2016.

Feast Day of St Ignatius – 3rd August 2014 

This short video features the Hymn in honour of St Ignatius and photos from the social gathering in the forecourt after the Mass.


Take, Lord Receive
Listen and pray the words of this beautiful Hymn of St Ignatius Loyola, “Take Lord, Receive”, – written by John Foley S.J. and recommended to us by Fr Phil Crotty sj. The hymn was recorded at Sunday Mass at St Canice’s Elizabeth Bay, Sydney – sung by our Cantor, Greg McCreanor with piano accompaniment by Christine Moriarty.


St Canice hosted part of this year’s Head On Photo Festival with the exhibition by Erika Diettes titled Sudarios – May 2014.

Sudarios is a wrenching series of portraits of witnesses to massacres committed during the Colombian armed conflict. Printed on silk, these portraits tells the stories of twenty grief-stricken victims who, as part of their torture, were forced to watch unspeakable violence perpetrated against their loved ones and were left alive as witnesses. Sudarios is a portrait of the irreparable harm which violence leaves in humanity.


Celebratory Mass to mark 125th Anniversary of the Opening of St Canice’s in 1889 – 4th May 2014

This 10-minute video contains selections from the music of the celebratory 125th Anniversary Mass.

Yes, on Sunday 4th May 2014, the forecasted rain and cold gusts of strong wind from the Antarctic didn’t eventuate. Instead we were blessed with blue skies and sunshine for our very special celebration. We were also blessed with the presence of a most engaging Bishop Peter, who presided at the Mass of Celebration, and then stayed for an hour after Mass mingling and introducing himself to the parishioners.

Sunbeams literally flooded through the clerestory window casting as if a ‘Divine Light’ on Bishop Peter as he stood at the lectern delivering his Homily. And our two parishioners, Sue Wittenoom and Gerard Brennan, who spoke so inspiringly of “The Spirit of St Canice’s”, were similarly ‘bathed’. Before the Final Blessing, Fr Chris acknowledged the many who have contributed much to the parish over the years, and others who had worked hard to make this day so memorable.

Fr Chris also acknowledged the special visitors and paid tribute to the munificence of John Hughes, our generous benefactor who donated the land on which this church is built. He was pleased to welcome the three great grand children of John Hughes – the Hon. Tom, Connie and Geoffrey, who graced us with their presence today.

The Addresses by Bishop Peter, Fr Chris, Sue and Gerard make a rich contribution to the theology of this parish. You can read FULL TEXTS on the parish website. Click on stcanice.org.au/wordpress/?p=2311


Sacred Music for the Feast of Christ the King at St Canice’s 2013

Introduction to the Mass by our Cantor Pascal Herington

Good morning and welcome to the feast mass of Christ the King. I thought it might be nice to put some of the music you will hear today into context.

The Kyrie you will hear for the mass is from Mozart’s Coronation Mass — written in 1779, after Mozart returned to Salzburg, becoming Kapellmeister at the Salzburg Cathedral. The nickname of the mass comes as it became favoured as the mass setting used for Royal Coronations in 19th Century Vienna.

The Gloria comes from Missa in Angustiis (or “Mass for troubled times”), commonly referred to as the “Nelson Mass”, written during Napoleon’s conquest of western Europe and northern Africa. On the day of the first performance of this mass setting, Napoleon was dealt a heavy defeat at the Battle of the Nile, at the hands of Horatio Nelson, who now lends his name to this piece of music.

The Sanctus, from another of Haydn’s masses, entitled the “Theresienmesse”. This piece features heavily in quite brilliant soprano solos. This is due to the fact that the Empress of Vienna — Maria Theresa was a very accomplished singer herself. This mass was written for her in 1799.

The Benedictus has been taken from Mozart’s Requiem Mass. This piece is arguably the Mozart famous of Mozart’s liturgical works. It was anonymously commissioned and Mozart died during writing this piece. It is commonly believed that Süssmayr, one of his assistants, finished the work, including the writing of the Benedictus, in the style of the other movements.

Finally, the Agnus Dei has been taken from Schubert’s Mass in C. Schubert was heavily influenced by the work of Haydn and Mozart only 20 years before him. This mass, finished in 1816, would have been performed alongside the other masses you are hearing today.

Finally, during communion, you will hear Ave Verum Corpus, by Mozart. This was also composed by him in the year of his death, based on a 14th Century text from the abbey of Reichenau, in southern Germany. The text translates to:
Hail, true Body, born of the Virgin Mary, who having truly suffered, was sacrificed
on the cross for mankind, whose pierced side flowed with water and blood: May it be for us a foretaste [of the Heavenly banquet] in the trial of death. O sweet Jesus, O pious Jesus, O Jesus, son of Mary, have mercy on me. Amen.

But to begin the mass, we would love for you to be involved. So I will ask you to turn to hymn number 365 in your hymn books. This hymn is based on a Chorale from Bach’s cantata 110 — Gelobt sei Gott. It translates simply to — “Praise be to God”. To help us kick off this wonderful morning, we will ask you to help us raise our voices. The soloists for today are Anna Sandstrom, Tim Chung, and Javier Vilariño, and of course, Christine Moriarty playing our organ.

We will begin by singing a verse of the Bach Chorale from the loft. We then ask you to answer by singing the first verse of Hymn 365 — Christ is Alive! With Joy We Sing. We will then sing another verse of the Bach Chorale. We hope you enjoy the beautiful music today.

Listen to Audio files from today’s Mass on the St Canice webpage: http://www.stcanice.org.au/wordpress/?p=1948


10 Years On – Railaco Jesuit Mission and St Canice’s Elizabeth Bay – November 2013

Ten years on, and almost half a million dollars of amazing generosity, we pause to review.

Michael has made this video in an attempt to outline once more the genesis of the relationship between St Canice’s and the Railaco Mission that started ten years ago.


St Canice’s Feast Day – 11 October 2013
Flautists Tim from Riverview and Christine from Loreto enhance the musical tradition at St Canice’s this Sunday as they complement our Organist Christine and Cantor Pascal on this special Irish-themed Mass to celebrate the Feast Day of our Patron Saint – St Canice.


St Ignatius Feast Day – July 2013

Welcome to St Canice’s and to this special Mass to celebrate the Feast of St Ignatius.

Today, in celebrating the Feast of St Ignatius, the Founder of the Jesuits, we celebrate the thousands of Jesuits who lead us, including the Holy Father Pope Francis. We are indeed fortunate having three Jesuits living in our midst – Father Chris our Parish Priest, Father Phil of Jesuit Mission and Father Aloysious of Jesuit Refugee Service. We give thanks for the possibilities they set before us.

Jesuits and their companions serve alongside those most in need. They all have one thing in common. And so do we. We are all in this together. We are all in the business of making the world a better place. Through being women and men of truth, justice, forgiveness and love, we can be the change that drives the world.

In the name of Jesus, in the Spirit of Ignatius, we are companions for a faith that does justice.


Fundraiser for our sister parish in Railaco, East Timor – June 2013

St Canice East Timor Support Group
Invites you to:
Railaco Community and Parish fundraiser for 2013

Date: 21st June 2013
Venue: Ron Dyer Centre, St Mary’s, 264 Miller Street, North Sydney.
Ample Parking available.
Entry via Ridge Street.



Good Friday at St Canice’s – 2013

Service of the Passion at St Canice’s Elizabeth Bay; and a small selection of photos from
The Way of the Cross, our “Act of Witness”, three local Christian communities, St Canice’s, St John’s Anglican, and the Wayside Chapel coming together, to continue the journey, and recall the passion of Jesus within the context of Kings Cross and Darlinghurst.

2013 Easter Vigil – at St Canice’s Elizabeth Bay, Sydney

“Come to the Water”

Text: Isaiah 55:1,2, Matthew 11:28-30, John Foley, SJ
Tune: John Foley, SJ
Cantor: Pascal Herington


Father Aloysious Mowe sj – Celebration of the Profession of Final Vows in the Society of Jesus – March 2013

At the 10.30 am Sunday Mass at St Canice’s in Elizabeth Bay on 10th March 2013, Father Aloysious Mowe SJ made his Profession of Final Vows in the Society of Jesus.

The Provincial of the Australian Jesuits, Fr Steve Curtin SJ, presided at the Mass and received Aloysious’s vows on behalf of the Superior General of the Jesuits. Seven of Aloysious’ fellow Jesuits joined the parishioners of St Canice’s at the Mass to share this important milestone in his priestly life.

In a short address by Aloysious, he drew our attention to the last verse of a favourite hymn sung during the Mass by our Cantor, Pascal, which was written in the 17th century by Samuel Crossman.

Here might I stay and sing,
No story so divine;
Never was love, dear King!
Never was grief like Thine.
This is my Friend, in Whose sweet praise
I all my days could gladly spend.

After the Mass there was a simple celebration with coffee and cakes outside the church.

Congratulations Father Aloysious from everyone at St Canice’s!


GAUDETE SUNDAY December 2012

On this Gaudete Sunday, Parishioners and guests of St Canice’s in Elizabeth Bay Sydney gathered to give thanks for the year and our Parish Renewal Process with a special celebration Advent Mass.

Thanks to Pascal, Christine, Amy, Alex and Anna for a beautiful Mass.

Ceremonial Music:
Kyrie – Coronation Mass K317 – Mozart
Sanctus – Theresienmesse – Haydn
Benedictus – Requiem K626 – Mozart
Agnus Dei – Mass in C D452 — Schubert



Father Chris Jenkins SJ and the whole community of St Canice’s were pleased to welcome to the Cleftomaniacs Capella Choir and many local people, who joined us in a special ‘Gospel Mass’ as part of the Kings Cross Festival in mid-November.


Finding ‘Meaning and Relevance’ on the streets of Kings Cross

Finding meaning and relevance through life on the streets of Kings Cross doesn’t mean that I’m likely to forego the comforts of home anytime soon.

In this age when so many people are staying away from churches in droves, questioning the authority of the church and the relevance of practising their faith, there’s still much satisfaction and personal growth to be gained spiritually by becoming involved. Being part of a community like St Canice’s with its unique pastoral outreach to the disadvantaged makes it easier ‘to believe’. I take a simplistic view. “If we do unto others as we would have them do to unto us”, we’d be all living in a much better world. That long journey into peaceful co-existence has to start somewhere, and with some one!

This short video on ‘The Way of the Cross through the streets of Sydney’s Kings Cross’ on Good Friday shows communities of St Canice’s Catholic parish joining with neighbouring St John’s Anglican parish to transform a 4th Century Byzantine practice of early Christians into a present-day context.

More commonly known as ‘The Stations of the Cross’ – we follow a wooden Cross through the streets of Kings Cross, stopping in poignant spots to identify with, and pray for the plight of many who may be homeless; drug addicts; prisoners; prostitutes; or dying. The participation provides tangible meaning to what it means to be a practising Christian.


After a reading of the Passion, Fathers Steve and Aloysius read the Intercessions. Our St Canice congregation then reveres the wood of the Cross and takes Holy Communion. This is a moving ceremony that prompts personal introspection as to how we treat; what we do; or don’t do for others in more need than ourselves. Again, a short movie tells the story, or part of it anyway.


The Silver Jubilee Mass of Fr Frank Brennan SJ 2011

Family, Friends, Fellow Jesuits and Parishioners of St Canice’s gathered on Sunday 23rd January 2011 at St Canice’s in Elizabeth Bay, Sydney to celebrate the Ordination to the Priesthood of Father Frank Brennan SJ. The music played at the Mass was composed by another Jesuit, Christopher Willcock SJ.

Frank’s vestments were made by Frank’s mother Patricia, and worn at his Ordination in St Stephen’s Cathedral in Brisbane twenty five years ago. The design is modelled on Miriam Rose Unugunmerr-Baumann’s pulpit painting at St Francis Xavier Church, Daly River in the Northern Territory. The basic design is that of a chalice with above and behind it, a cross and between the two, an outstretched hand supporting the host. Superimposed on the Cross is the dove, the Spirit of God, under whose outspread wings are the Ten Commandments of the Old Testament which merge into the one law of the New Testament given us at the hand of Christ – the law of Love.

After Mass, representatives of the Legal Profession, Aboriginal Groups, Social Justice and Human Rights Groups, Friends and Family members spoke glowingly of Frank’s contribution to Australian Society. Then all enjoyed a BBQ and a glass of wine in the Peace Park next to the Church in glorious Sydney sunshine.


“Who did you see along the way?” Mother’s Day 2010

Sung by Pascal Herington with organ accompaniment by Christine Moriarty at St Canice’s in Elizabeth Bay, Sydney on Mothers Day 2010. This is a moving and inspirational song with music composed by Christopher Willcock Sj

“Who, who did you see along the way, who, who did you see?
Who, who did you see along the way, who, who did you see?

We saw a child, sheltered from the burning sand, in flight from a king, adrift from home.
He seemed like one of us.

Who, who did you see along the way, who, who did you see?
Who, who did you see along the way, who, who did you see?

We saw a man, prone beneath an olive tree, with death in his eyes, estranged from home.
He seemed like one of us.

Who, who did you see along the way, who, who did you see?
Who, who did you see along the way, who, who did you see?
We saw a woman reaching for her dying son, held back by police, no heart for home.
She seemed like one of us.
Who, who did you see along the way, who, who did you see?
Who, who did you see along the way, who, who did you see?
We saw a crowd, robed in white before the Lamb, their journey now done, at last at home.
They seemed to call to us.

What, what did you do along the way, what, what did you do?
We walked and walked, walked with woman, man and child.
Together we walk, and head for home, and Christ is one of us.
And Christ is one of us


Cardinal George Pell’s Visit to St Canice’s – April 2009

The Cardinal Archbishop of Sydney is widely regarded as being very conservative and insensitive to many intimate pastoral issues. The man does have another compassionate side that is evidenced as he goes about his pastoral work in Visitations to parishes in the archdiocese. We experienced such a man at St Canice’s in 2009.

In addition to presiding at Mass, ‘George’ showed us a very personal and compassionate side. In addition to chatting and sharing a meal with parishioners, the Cardinal visited the aged in the many nursing homes in the area, and sat with asylum seekers and the needy to hear their stories.

We wish him well in his responsibilities on the new Consultative Committee set up by Pope Francis, and pray that his experiences here at St Canice’s in the ways of the Jesuits will stand him in good stead.