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VIDEO HOMILIES
Visit my Youtube channel to view all my homilies and talks:  https://www.youtube.com/user/GeoffreyPlant2066

Homily for the 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C: https://youtu.be/tsXGCW4gLOY

Homily for the feast of the Baptism of the Lord Year C: https://youtu.be/Uoj8-xM4qso

Homily for the feast of the Epiphany:  https://youtu.be/H8scVeGreGg

Homily for the feast of Christmas: https://youtu.be/GxWVvqOu9CQ

Homily for the feast of the Holy Family: https://youtu.be/NQX4qN7Ijmc

Homily for the 4th Sunday of Advent, Year C: https://youtu.be/VNuCVouuzJE

Homily for the 3rd Sunday of Advent, Year C: https://youtu.be/KlIQ8JZNt6A

Homily for the 2nd Sunday of Advent, Year C:  https://youtu.be/RFv6niPZcHQ

Homily for the 1st Sunday of Advent, Year C: https://youtu.be/nKDQ-dj0hbU

Homily for the Solemnity of Christ the King, Year B: https://youtu.be/yFadZqhMY54

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Homilies from St Michael's on YouTube

Homily for the 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time:  https://youtu.be/HflgFA4NiK4

Reopening of Churches

St Michael's is now open for public Masses.  Weekday Masses are at 9.15 am, with the exception of Friday when Mass is at Midday.  Sunday Masses are as usual:  Saturday 6 pm, Sunday 9.30 am and 6 pm.  Bookings are not necessary.

COVID Safe check-in is still required at places of worship, and masks are mandatory.

Mass at Greenwich Chapel

Sunday Masses at Greenwich are celebrated at 8.00 am and 9.30 am.  COVID Safe check-in is required and masks are recommended. 

Thinking of Becoming a Catholic?

The next RCIA meeting for adults who would like to know more about the Catholic Church will be held in St Michael's Parish House on Monday, 17 January 2022, commencing at 7 pm.  The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is designed for those who have never been baptised, but also for members of other Christian church who would like to learn more about the Catholic Church.

Fr Geoffrey's Retirement and Farewell Gift

Fr Geoffrey will retire at the end of January 2022.  There will be a farewell morning tea after the 9.30am Sunday Mass on January 30.  Please RSVP via the clipboards at the church entrances or by going to https://forms.gle/h6PTgBLCxXLCtyk66.  If you would like to contribute towards a gift for Fr Geoffrey, please go to https://new.grouptogether.com/FrGeoffreysRetirement 

Supporting the Parish Financially

In these difficult times, could I appeal to you to support the parish through electronic transfer of funds.  The first collection at Mass supports the clergy of the Archdiocese, and the second collection supports the work of the Parish.  Please contact Ledi directly for EFT bank account details: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Thank you for your support. 

 

Watch Mass live, links on Archdiocese of Sydney website

Link to website page

Catholic Weekly now available online at this link

Diary Cancellations

Sunday Children's Liturgy has been cancelled until further notice.

 

Child Protection

NSW Government legislation requires people working with Children to obtain a Working With Children Check.  The Archdiocese has recently extended this requirement to include parishioners who are readers at Mass, Ministers of the Eucharist, Wardens, Senior Servers, Children's Liturgy Coordinators and Catechists in State schools.
Volunteers who require a WWC are also required to complete and sign a volunteer registration and code of conduct form.  An online training course comprising 2x20 minute sessions also needs to be undertaken.
If you are involved in any of these ministries  - at St Michaels, Riverview or Greenwich - and do not yet have your WWC check, please go to the Parish website for further information.
A copy of the Archdiocese Fact Sheet, Guidelines and Frequently Asked Questions on the Working with Children Check is on the Parish Noticeboard. 

Parish 2020 Survey Report

The results of the Parish 2020 survey are complete and can be viewed on the link below.  Our response rate was commendable and we thank those who took the time to complete the survey, your valuable input will help shape the planning process of our parish.

To recap, this survey was part of the Pastoral Plan for our Archdiocese.  People were asked to participate and provide their input on their parish experience, parish priorities and ways to grow and strengthen our community.

The formal Parish 2020 process will continue to address archdiocesan wide issues with deanery based focus groups commencing in the near future.  In the meantime, equipped with the data from our Parish survey, our team will be working to introduce new ways to improve pastoral care and strengthen our ministry.  

We hope you will take the time to review our results.
http://www.lanecoveparish.org.au/images/Lane-Cove-Survey-Profile.pdf

Pope Francis' Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation

That’s a bit of a mouthful, but Pope Francis has just released this document, titled in Latin Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love), on marriage and the family.  Amoris Laetitia gathers together the contributions of the two Synods on the family convoked by Pope Francis in 2014 and 2015, and draws on a long history of Church teaching.   Click here to read Pope Francis' Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation on Love in the Family:  http://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/apost_exhortations/documents/papa-francesco_esortazione-ap_20160319_amoris-laetitia.html

Social Justice Update - Teresa House Homeless Shelter

We now have over sixty people who have volunteered, which will guarantee the success of opening Teresa House on a Thursday night. Current numbers indicate that any volunteers will only need to commit to once every three months for either the dinner or the night shift, which is fantastic.  If you wish to find out more you can contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. as it is not too late to get involved. 

Archbishop's Pastoral Letter for the Consecrated Life

Copies of Archbishop Fisher’s pastoral letter for the Year of Consecrated Life are available in the foyer of the church.  Alternatively, you can watch the Archbishop deliver his message on Youtube.  Click here: https://youtu.be/O-yDId_Wsy4

Social Justice Statement

The Australian Catholic Bishops annual Social Justice Statement for 2015-16 is For Those Who’ve Come Across the Seas: Justice for refugees an asylum seekers. For those interested you can access the statement and information on actions we can take at http://www.socialjustice.catholic.org.au/publications/social-justice-statements#SJS2015 

Pope Francis' Encyclical on the Environment

Pope Francis has just released an Encyclical on the environment, Laudato Si’.  The name of this encyclical comes from its opening words, “Laudato si’ mi’ Signore” (Praise be to you, my Lord).  In the words of this beautiful canticle, St Francis of Assisi reminds us that our common home (planet Earth) is like a sister with whom we share our life and a beautiful mother who opens her arms to embrace us.  “Praise be to you, my Lord, through our Sister, Mother Earth, who sustains and governs us, and who produces various fruit with coloured flowers and herbs.”  Pope Francis makes the point that “this sister now cries out to us because of the harm we have inflicted on her by our irresponsible use and abuse of the goods with which God has endowed her.”  To read Pope Francis' Encyclical on the Environment (Laudato Si'), click here:  http://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/encyclicals/documents/papa-francesco_20150524_enciclica-laudato-si.html

WORKING WITH CHILDREN CHECKS 

All parishioners who have a parish ministry that involves working with children must obtain a Working with Children Check number.  At St Michael’s this means: Catechists, those helping with children’s liturgy, and senior servers.  People who do not have  a WWW check number will not be able to work with children.  Because you work on a volunteer basis, there is no charge.  Paid employees must pay an $80 fee.
Step 1:  This is an online process.  The website that you must go to is: www.newcheck.kids.nsw.gov.au 
Step 2:  Once you have accessed the website, click on “Start Here”.  You go to the “For individuals” section (not “For employers”), and click on “Apply”.  That will open up the online application form which will ask you for your personal details.  It takes about 5 to 10 minutes to complete the form.  The information you give on this form must match your “proof of identity” document (e.g. your driver’s licence).  In the section, “purpose for the check”, make sure you click “volunteer”.
Step 3:  You will receive an application receipt number, beginning with APP.
Step 4:  You must then go to a Motor Registry Office with your APP number and proof of identity (e.g. a NSW driver’s licence).
Step 5:  The parish must then verify that you have received a Working With Children Check Number.  Your check will be valid for five years.
If you have any questions, please contact the parish office.

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Weekend Mass Times

St Michael's Church, Lane Cove
Vigil (Saturday) - 6pm
Sunday - 9:30am & 6pm

Mary Help of Christians Chapel, Greenwich
Sunday - 8am and 9.30am

Saint Ignatius' Chapel, Riverview
Sunday - 7.30am - CLOSED TO PUBLIC

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