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We are a welcoming community

The Catholic parish of St. Canice is an open, inclusive and welcoming community located in Elizabeth Bay, just behind cosmopolitan Kings Cross in Sydney. We are proud of the variety of people who make up the church that we know.

St Canice’s extends its welcome to all, without judgment – to the lonely people of the street and to the comfortable middle class, to the transvestites and the fashionistas, to the public figures and the unknown, to the hungry and the well fed, to the devout and the doubtful.

St Canice’s is a parish but it is not parochial. Today, our community comprises not only Jesuits but also other men and women who share this vision of service to faith and to the justice that faith demands.  Together we continue the work of St Ignatius seeking God in all things.

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With outreach in our parish and beyond

There is openness in our parish life, welcoming the refugees, feeding the hungry and clothing the naked.

Canice’s Kitchen

Canice’s Kitchen offers both food and hospitality. The sounds of the assembled guests wafting through the windows of the church some days are like an authentic hymn of praise to God.

David’s Place

David’s Place offers a chance for prayer and reflection and helps give those on the margins a sense of belonging. It provides them much needed companionship which in turn helps develop a sense of self-worth,

Railaco, East Timor

In East Timor, St Canice’s community has been making what is seen by the people in Railaco as a monumental commitment to their welfare, healthcare, nutrition and educational needs of their children since 2004, and we are committed to continue.

In all, St Canice’s is unique, a very inclusive parish, in the Ignatian tradition.

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Sharing our Faith journey and Spirituality

After the second Vatican Council, we were challenged to find a deeper meaning to our faith. The scriptures and the two great commandments – to love God and neighbour – were given a new vitality.

We come to St Canice’s to answer these challenges, to be supported by others who are on the same journey and to be encouraged when we fail.

We give thanks for one another and for the comfort of being pilgrims together. Meditation and the study of the scriptures strengthen the spiritual life of the parish.

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Serving in Ministry

At St Canice’s we encourage all of you to think about serving in ministry.

Serving gives us that opportunity to live out our faith through service to one another.

We are Christians, we are the Church, we are the Body of Christ, not to be served but to serve and every member of our parish has something to offer towards the Mission of the Church.

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Putting aside all our ideas of self importance

Those guilty of abuse, of harassment or cover up must be brought to justice. At the same time we are invited patiently to engage in honest listening and discernment. Perhaps this might start with a more responsible use of social media. . . . “We must be imaginative enough to make conflict “a link in the chain of a new process” a process of constant personal and institutional conversion- the only thing that makes us authentic followers of Jesus.”

Conversations Catholics need to have

Fr Timothy is known for his views on things like homosexuality, divorce and remarriage, and the authority of women in the Catholic Church – areas in which he has pushed for open conversation and an embrace of difference – something which has earned him the description of being controversial.

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