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May 2021

High Tea at St Canice’s

Thank you to everyone who attended the High Tea at St Canice's last Saturday. A group of 90 people gathered in the parish hall and listened to two inspirational speakers - Jenny Stanger - Executive Manager Anti-Slavery Taskforce, Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney & Australian Catholic Anti-slavery Network (ACAN) who spoke about the impact of Modern Slavery and Marg Spencer who spoke about her work in Kings Cross during the 1980's, - 90's

St Canice’s School 1945

The girls at St Canice must have been well schooled in artistic attainments, this would probably be correct. One fragment of the school which survives is the programme for a concert given in 1945. Eurhythmics, to music of Chopin, was a feature of that; along with a Dutch dance from the juniors; a one-act play, called ‘Cock-a-doodle-do’, from the infants; and selected scenes from ‘The Merchant of Venice’ from the older girls.

April 2021

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.  

March 2021

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’.

February 2021

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.

Growing in Friendship with God this Lent

William A. Barry, SJ, writes: Lent is a great time to give God a chance to convince you of his desire for your friendship. Traditionally Lent has been a time of engaging in practices of penance or prayer that will ready us to experience, more and more deeply, the almost unbelievable love and generosity of God toward us wayward human beings. This Lent, grow in your friendship with God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit with a special series by the dotMagis bloggers. We share Fr. Barry’s meditations for the Wednesdays of Lent and a reflection inspired by each.

January 2021

December 2020

November 2020

Federal Member Dave Sharma MP inspired by Canice’s Kitchen

Our Federal Member, Dave Sharma MP, visited Canice's Kitchen this week. He was impressed by the Kitchen's sustainability and ability not only survive but to grow through COVID. Alongside a daily meal service, the Kitchen now provides additional support to its guests. In addition to regular visits from Orange Sky Laundry and Thread Together, we are providing weekly access to St Vincent’s Homeless Health, an employment and coaching service, as well as a community participation program which will offer guests the chance to work alongside qualified chefs to gain skills and confidence.