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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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The Red Cross on our Logo

The appearance of a red ‘cross’ on the logo of our updated parish web page is an artistic touch to add to the conceptual image of Christians rowing across the water on a spiritual voyage that all Christians must take; Or it can be interpreted as Christ on the sea of Galilee with the apostles.

Secularization can help the Church proclaim the Gospel

"Secular society also frees us from establishing in religion a tribal identity, a national identity or any other identity foreign to the spiritual experience that invites us to recognize each other as humans, brothers and sisters, sons and daughters of the same Father," Father Sosa said. A secularized culture, he added, also can help the church recover the importance of proclaiming the Gospel, which is "a key dimension of the work of the church in these types of societies" and is a fundamental experience of those who give witness to "a personal encounter with Christ."

St Canice’s – Comfort in the Complexion of Community

The complexion of community with its many faces comes to the fore today in our liturgy and celebrations for the Feast of our patronal saint – St Canice. In his homily, Fr Chris speaks of his recent experiences at the many sacred sites in the Holy Land. He says, “no doubt, God is worshipped there, but it lacks the presence and witness of people who ‘belong’ there, who form a community of faith”. He continues, “as we know, here at St Canice’s, community is integral to the practice of faith, for faith is not just about believing but about belonging and doing.

Celebrating 30 years of St Canice’s Kitchen

Seven days a week the volunteers at St Canice's Kitchen, including retired doctors, dentists, graziers and parishioners, serve lunch between 11:00am and 12:30pm to thousands who sleep rough or struggle to pay living costs. “We hope to provide for the daily needs of the people,” Sister Sheelah Mary, who’s been involved for almost 20 years, said. “The numbers are getting bigger and bigger.

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