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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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The challenges of Floods and Covid in East Timor

Fr E J Gerilla, Parish Priest of our sister parish at Railaco Jesuit Mission writes to bring us more up to date with the recent flooding in Timor-Leste. He believe that the words that a religious sister in Timor posted on her Facebook best sums up the situation: “An Easter that is ever so different!” I think it captures the downtrodden spirit of the country and perhaps the local church as well. The majority of the Timorese people had to deal with great difficulties brought about by the Covid pandemic and the heavy downpour on Easter Sunday (4th of April, 2021) resulting to massive flooding in capital Dili and death toll of 27, as of the last count.  

Fr Phil Crotty SJ reflects on 70 years of Jesuit Mission

Seventy years have passed since the Australian Jesuits set about creating a mission in the Indian region of Hazaribag, and yet Fr Phil Crotty SJ still remembers those earliest days as though they were just beginning to unfurl. At home in Sydney, where he is now retired, the memories return to him with all the clarity of reflections trapped inside a raindrop – the tribulations and sorrows, the successes and joys and lamentations, the reflections and stories generated over a lifetime spent working with some of India’s most vulnerable people. “We went to, I think it was Myer’s, on Bourke Street in Melbourne, and were given six khaki shirts and six khaki pairs of pants,” he recalls of the weeks leading up to his departure from his hometown, Melbourne.

Blessings for same sex couples

In this beautiful response to the recent negative Vatican announcement on blessings for same sex couples, Jesuit priest and law professor, Fr Frank Brennan masterfully sows words of love. Thank you. His reasoned homily removes the sting from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) by embracing words of Love from the recent encyclical of Pope Francis’ ‘Fratelli tutti’.

Thanks St Canice Community

We thank so many of our parishioners for choosing to support the Railaco Jesuit Mission in 2020. Despite the challenges of the year, $74,000 was raised by the St Canice's Community for our sister parish in East Timor, including $11,608 as part of the Christmas Appeal.

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