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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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Fr Brendan Byrne SJ – Advent

Advent is a season of waiting; the time when the Church longs for the coming of the Lord. In his homily, Fr Brendan explains that In this longing the Church looks in two directions, so to speak. Backward to the Lord’s first coming as a child born to Mary in Bethlehem. Forward to his second coming as Son of Man at the end of time.

David’s Place gift to Railaco

When a ‘widows mite’ adds up to an incredible $4,500 donation for the boys dormitory at Nossef in Railaco, it’s time to celebrate. We heap loads of thanks on the wonderful community of David’s Place for this effort. Personal contributions ranging from only a matter of cents, to asking friends to support a good cause, and even creating paintings that were sold to raise additional monies.

What’s happening? A first report from Fr Paul Fyfe SJ – the new PP

The end of the Church year seems an appropriate occasion to report on how I see Christ's kingdom being furthered here at St Canice. While this deals with roughly my first 6 months, it is important to begin by acknowledging the achievements of this parish over the past 130 years, as well as the vital leadership and contributions given by others since I arrived: it's not a 'one-person show'.

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