We had a great celebration last Wednesday night as 57 of our young parishioners were confirmed by Bishop Brian. The Confirmation ceremonies were solemn and beautiful and we offer thanks to the many who worked so hard to make it a wonderful celebration.
In a special way, we thank Bishop Brian for his presence and ministry at our parish, the Choir of OLR School and musicians, Mrs Fran Griffin and Mr Bernie McKenna, with their beautiful voices adding such beauty to the celebration.
We especially wish to thank our sacramental team, Mrs Justine Ashworth, Mrs Donna Gordon and Ms Kelli Phillips who helped to plan and prepare the candidates for this important day. They showed wonderful energy and wisdom in leading the sessions this year, accompanied by their hard work and commitment in assisting parents as they share their faith journey with their children. Also, a very special thankyou to Vicki and Eileen who are always wonderful in coordinating behind the scenes. We are grateful for all of you.
Finally, we congratulate and thank the 57 newly confirmed for committing to Christ as young adults through our parish sacramental program. They have done so in a very public and communal way and that is most commendable. The parish celebration of Confirmation gives the candidates strength in their faith and our parish and Church hope for the future. Now these newly confirmed must continue to grow in the faith and guide their lives by the gifts of the Holy Spirit. I ask you to continue to pray for them that they will stay close to Christ and His Church and bear witness to the Lord in their lives.
The Evangelization & Pastoral Council
The Evangelization & Pastoral Council held its meeting last Wednesday (June 2nd, 2021). After the welcome and opening prayer, the major items discussed included:
The audited financial accounts of the Parish were tabled and discussed. Some of the current challenges facing the Parish were discussed. These challenges had to be viewed through the lenses of the future growth of the Parish and our responsibility to provide a solid foundation for future pastoral opportunities and ministry. The members of the Council were conscious of the sacrifices made by fellow parishioners during the uncertainty of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Archbishop has received the Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) from the working group and has written to all parishes inviting them to embrace the recommendations. “At the heart of the Gospel is reconciliation – between humanity and God and between human beings. As St Paul declares: “All this is from God who reconciled us to himself through Christ and has given us the ministry of reconciliation” (2 Cor 5:18).”
After discussion, the members of the Council agreed that it was important to build upon the work of reconciliation and recognition that has already taken place in our community and intentionally engage in strategies to support reconciliation. In the coming weeks, as a united parish, we will introduce an acknowledgement as part of our welcome and introduction to Mass. Appropriate acknowledgements will be included on our Parish webpage and newsletter. It is also important to recognize and support the work of our Parish Social Justice Group for their continuing work of reconciliation.
Fr Brannelly gave a progress report on the refurbishment of the parish centre at Our Lady of the Rosary. The internal work has been completed with two meeting rooms, a servery and kitchenette and a disabled toilet completed. We are awaiting the final approval from certifiers and engineers so that we can complete the covered area and concreting.
The future size of our Parish and its pastoral implications were discussed. With the addition of 170,000 people moving into the boundaries of the Parish within the next 10 years the face of the parish will change dramatically. Joining with Brisbane Catholic Education, who plan to open 3 schools in the next 10 years (Aura, Palmview & Beerwah East), the Council members discussed how we effectively minister to these new members of our Parish. Other questions that arose included what will our Parish look like in ten years time? What are the implications for current communities as we respond to the new demands placed upon our limited resources?
Fr Whitehead informed the Council that work was already underway to explore different ministry options in these new residential suburbs. A meeting with the Archbishop has already taken place and hopefully by the next meeting of the Council, a proposed roadmap will be available which will set out a timetable for the beginning of a pastoral presence in Aura and beyond.
Covid has disrupted many plans and the Plenary Council has been one of them. It was envisioned that the first Assembly of the Plenary Council was originally slated to take place in Adelaide, October 2020. This would have been followed by a second Assembly in Sydney, July 2021. It was decided that the assemblies would be postponed due to social distancing measures preventing the ability to facilitate delegate formation and making logistical preparation difficult. The two assemblies for the Fifth Plenary Council of Australia will now take place in October 2021 and April 2022 and will employ a “multi-modal” format for the first assembly, combining in-person and online engagement. More information will follow.
The next meeting of the Evangelization & Pastoral Council will take place on Wednesday, 1st September 2021
The Gift of Adoration
This past week we had our senior youth group participate in an
experience of adoration. We had been leading up to this night for the past few weeks and as it approached I started having trouble trusting that it would all turn out well. I found myself asking “Will students actually come? Will they experience Jesus? What if nothing happens?” We can’t control these things, we can do the best we can to lead our students to Jesus but at the end of the day, we must trust that Jesus will work. Our ministry requires a lot of faith and prayer, so please join us in praying for the young people of our community that they would come to find the beauty that a life in Christ has to offer.