In this Google Photos Album, we share the happy photos from the beautiful liturgies for the Christmas Vigil masses.
Hark! The herald angels sing,
“Glory to the newborn King!
Peace on earth and mercy mild,
God and sinners reconciled.”
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.
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.
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￼.
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.
Education is a particular Ignatian ingredient. Our Ignatian heart urges us to always reflect and remain mindful of the reasons and basis for our St Canice’s sister parish involvement with Railaco Jesuit Mission. Education affords people of a rural upbringing an ability to shape the direction of their own lives, their families and the communities in which they live, and even their nation.
Over the past 18 months, despite the lockdowns, the Kitchen has been a beacon of light for the street community. They have remained open, delivering not only meals but growing their services to include; legal and healthcare clinics, a COVID vaccination hub, an extensive library and probably most importantly an array of mental health services.
Many St Canice parishioners bid a virtual farewell to Fr Gaetan Pereiera SJ after he celebrated our online Mass at St Canice's KingsCross Sydney last Saturday evening. There was insufficient time for so much that we wanted to ask of him, and for him to speak about.
Plenary Council: Abundance of goodwill or the last throw of the dice?
With a few months to the first session of the long-awaited Plenary Council (PC2020), we are finally headed down the home stretch. The initial phase of listening drew nearly 220,000 people across Australia and 17,500 individual and group submissions. These submissions were distilled into the six national theme papers and then further distilled again into the working document and finally the agenda. Momentum for the Plenary Council ebbed and flowed during this process, which has been disrupted by the pandemic.
This outdated model of the Catholic Church's structure no longer incarnates the reality of the lived experience of believers, the staggering majority of whom live in societies that are becoming more and more, and to varying degrees, participatory and representative democracies.
A Church where the most important decisions are made almost exclusively by a celibate male clergy, and where bishops are held to little or no accountability, is unsustainable in a world where patriarchal and monarchical societies – begrudgingly, but steadily – are ceding rights and duties to those who are not part of the nobility, the clergy or one specific gender.
Over the years, the collaboration and the sharing of experiences, on top of the sharing of resources needed for the mission in Railaco, have been quite an enriching experience of our being a local church reaching out to one another overseas as good neighbors do.