On behalf of the Michaelite Community in the Pacific Province and myself, I would like to wish everyone at St. Kevin’s Parish and all visitors, a happy and holy Easter and a joy-filled time with family and loved ones. Alleluia!
Blessing of the Food/Święconka
Blessing of the food for Easter breakfast is one of the most enduring Polish traditions. Baskets containing a sampling of Easter food: cold meat, boiled eggs, different kinds of bread/cake and other types of food that we would like to have on Easter.
Parishioners are welcome to bring their own basket of food.
The basket is traditionally lined with a white linen and decorated with evergreens. Poles or Polish people, take special pride in preparing and decorating their Easter basket. Looking at the beautiful food baskets prepared by parishioners brings a special joy to this event. The baskets are lined up on the table in front of the altar. The priest then says a special prayer to bless the baskets and sprinkles each basket with Holy Water.
18 October 2021
Dear Parishioners and Friends of St Kevin’s,
As NSW reached its 80% double dose vaccination target earlier than expected, we are pleased to let you know that our church will officially reopen for weekend Masses on Saturday, 23rd October.
We are excited to welcome everyone back into the church! Fully vaccinated and unvaccinated, you are all welcome to attend and participate at Mass with the rest of the congregation. We do encourage everyone to get vaccinated as advised by NSW Health unless you have underlying health conditions or medical exemptions.
Dear St Kevin’s Eastwood Parishioners,
I hope everyone is keeping well despite the uncertainties.
2020 was a challenge for everyone yet we managed to get through. There is hope and we will get through this once again.
Sadly, churches around Greater Sydney are closed, but we must not forget that WE, as a parish community, is the CHURCH. As a family we can continue to practice our faith at home. We can stay connected with our faith in different ways.
This year, we would like to congratulate our Dempsey Medal recipient, Deirdre Macedo, for her years of dedicated service to our parish community. She has been volunteering in different ministries in our parish for many years including St Vincent De Paul, Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, Altar Society, Catechism, Rosary and Prayer Groups.
Dear Friends: Fr Martin & St. Kevin’s Parishioners, Eastwood Uniting Church Congregation, and other contributors.
My sincere heartfelt thanks to you all.
Using the words of Pope Francis: “…Charity should convey the warmth of an embrace of the Heavenly Father to people, especially the poor and marginalized. The world needs more people who contribute selflessly for human progress …” It is imperative, therefore, to express our gratitude; precisely affirming the words of Cicero: “Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.”
Since the NSW government has agreed to further ease the restrictions on churches and places of worship from 1st June 2020, allowing up to 50 attendees at a time, subject to distancing requirements, our faithful parishioners, have started their way back to some form of normality when it comes to practicing their faith.
30 May 2020
Dear Parishioners of St Kevin’s
Following the further relaxation of restrictions on public gatherings in NSW from 1st June 2020, churches and places of worship, subject to distancing requirements, may have up to 50 people inside, at a time, for private prayer, Confessions, Masses, Baptisms, Funerals, Eucharistic Adoration, etc.; Weddings will be permitted with 20 attendees.
16 May 2020
Dear Parishioners of St Kevin’s
As the NSW Government starts to ease restrictions on public gatherings from 15th of May due to COVID-19, we now prepare for the gradual re-opening of the Church for private prayer starting on Sat, 23rd of May. We ask that you please observe the guidelines outlined below:
Liturgy Brisbane has kindly shared to different parishes, including St Kevin’s Eastwood, a means for all families to reflect on Holy Week at home. They have created this resource to suit the current circumstances that most families are experiencing in light of the COVID 19 pandemic.