St Canice church was built in 1888. Its namesake, Saint Canice was an early Irish monk and it is likely that the name for this church was chosen by Cardinal Moran, the first Irish Archbishop of Sydney.
In its early days, St Canice served as a chapel of ease for the parish of Darlinghurst. Later it was serviced from St. Mary’s Cathedral. In 1940 a presbytery was built and resident priests were provided for the church. The Jesuit Fathers arrived in the parish in 1988.
St. Canice Church today provides support services to refugees, feeds the hungry and clothes the underprivileged and homeless people. As the church has limited resources, there is a need for assistance from companies, organisations and individuals to provide their support whenever and wherever possible.
On Friday 24 October 2014, the Sydney Finance team spent the day volunteering at St Canice. The day began with Fr Chris Jenkins leading the 7am morning mass.
Following mass, the team divided into several working groups. Work commenced on clearing, sweeping and removing rubbish in and around the car park. The garden required some attention with pruning, clearing and planting.
The amenities, which included toilets and showers, were in need of a deep clean and a fresh coat of paint. The painting crew cleaned the toilets and showers and commenced the task of painting. Due to the need of the amenities being available to the public from 10:30am to 12:30pm, worked stopped on the painting. However, after a lot of hard work the paint job was completed by the end of the day.
Additional jobs included the sanding and re-glossing of the outdoor furniture and the cleaning of the outside concrete with a high pressure hose.
The team also assisted in the office with clerical matters. Photos were taken of items to be sold on eBay and an eBay account was set up. The sale of the items will go towards raising vital funds for the church.
The hard-working team had a long day, with many members working for 12 hours to complete the set tasks.
Coordinator of the community service day, Anuschka Mazza was impressed by the cohesion of the finance team and the effort that they employed.
“The Finance team are pleased with the results and the church was shining in the sunset, with every corner spotless.
“The experience of giving back to the community and to see the smiling faces of many clients when they visited the church and facilities was invaluable.” Said Anuschka.
Fr Chris Jenkins noted that he, their clients and visitors to the church were thrilled with the results.
Should you like additional information on the Sydney Community Day, please contact Anuschka Mazza Executive Officer to the Director of Finance on + 612 9739 2153.