News and Bulletin2021-05-18T15:55:47+10:00


March 2022

February 2022

𝕊𝕦𝕟𝕕𝕒𝕪 𝕐𝕠𝕦𝕟𝕘 𝔸𝕕𝕦𝕝𝕥𝕤 𝕄𝕒𝕤𝕤

The parish’s Young Adults Mission team launched a Sunday 6:00pm young adults mass this week. This will be happening every week from now on. We enjoyed supper afterwards with pizza and drinks. This first mass was celebrated by Franciscan priest, Fr Francesco Basnayake OFM, who concluded his homily by saying that the future of the church in Australia is no longer in the hands of the priests like him – 'it is with you, the young people'.

My “Best” Christmas and New Year Celebrations – Philip Heng SJ

Fr Phillip Heng SJ, a Singaporean Jesuit, has recently arrived in Timor from Singapore to join the Jesuit Mission.He celebrated Mass at Christmas in one of the Railaco villages and has written a description of his experience. The story illustrates how important our sister parish relationship is in helping these people to obtain an education that will enable them to improve the quality of their life and improve the living standard of their nation. Your donations make this possible.

January 2022

Visit of Fr Chris Jenkins SJ

It's some years since Fr Chris Jenkins SJ left us to take up a new 'mission' at Sevenhill in South Australia. He has now been transferred as parish priest in the large Adelaide Jesuit parish of Norwood (where Fr Gaetan is also now serving).We were pleased to welcome Fr Chris back to Sydney for a well-earned break.

‘Update from Nossef Railaco’ 2021

To our Friends and Benefactors, This past year 2021 was also marked with the pandemic. Timor-Leste also faced the destructive power of natural disasters such as heavy rains and flash floods. Since October there have been fewer or sometimes no cases of COVID-19 in the Timor-Leste daily report, but attention still needs to be paid. Our academic year 2021 ended peacefully in Railaco, and we’d like to express our gratitude to all our collaborators and supporters who have helped our teachers and students in this difficult time in various ways through scholarships, teacher salary grants, generous donations of supplies, and prayer messages. Since mid-September, NOSSEF Secondary School has resumed its regular campus activities. The students express their joy of studying together.

December 2021

Christmas at St Canice’s

In this Google Photos Album, we share the happy photos from the beautiful liturgies for the Christmas Vigil masses. Christmas . Community . Choir . Families . Flowers . WE CELEBRATE! Hark! The herald angels sing, “Glory to the newborn King! Peace on earth and mercy mild, God and sinners reconciled.”

David’s Place Annual Christmas Mass – an enriching experience!

David’s Place Annual Mass. Parishioner and Parish Pastoral Council member, Daphne O'Brien says, "It was a privilege to witness such genuine warmth, loving friendship, respect and inclusion amongst the 80 + mass goers. One of the special highlights was Bishop Danny Meagher, (well known to many of the David's Place people from his former role), took the time to greet everyone present personally, ably assisted by Sue Buckingham. His presence, participation and very natural manner clearly made the day for many.

Meet NOSSEF Railaco Student, Julieta

Julieta, 18, is a Grade 10 student at NOSSEF Secondary School Her story combines the commendable traits of kindness, deep faith and action. It’s an example of how a good Catholic education can lift poor children living in desperate rural circumstances and provide them with opportunity in life.

Laudate ‘Joyful’ Sunday & Morning Tea

𝕴𝖙’𝖘 𝖇𝖊𝖌𝖎𝖓𝖓𝖎𝖓𝖌 𝖙𝖔 𝖋𝖊𝖊𝖑 𝖆 𝖑𝖔𝖙 𝖑𝖎𝖐𝖊 𝕮𝖍𝖗𝖎𝖘𝖙𝖒𝖆𝖘! But here at St Canice's on Gaudete (Joyful) Sunday, it was beginning to feel a lot more like ‘community’ once more. Being ‘joyful’ Sunday, a catered ‘morning tea’ was put on by the idefatigable Lynelle and her band of helpersin the hall under the church. So many of the community trundled down the street to join in the Christmas merriment.

2-min Video – Joyfully building our Railaco relationship

Joyfully building our sister parish relationship with Railaco Jesuit Mission We promote a culture here at St Canice’s to support the marginalised not only in our own back yard but also in our sister parish in Railaco East Timor. For the past seventeen years, our community has been contributing generously to the health, nutrition, and educational needs of our near neighbours at the Railaco Jesuit Mission in Railaco. This 2-minute video provides a snapshot of the wonderful works of the Mission.