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Getting in Shape for Easter: Parish Lenten Mini Mission with Fr Richard Leonard SJ Feb 4, 2021

Fifth Sunday In Ordinary Time

“What does is all mean? Living a contemporary Catholic life of faith, hope and love.” Parish missions are a time for us to reflect on where we have been, where we are and where we are going. This mission will focus on the issues that confront us as Christians in the contemporary world and offer practical direction about how we can live more deeply our lives of faith.

Fr Richard Leonard is a Jesuit priest. He has degrees in arts and education, as well as a Master’s degree in theology. Fr Richard did graduate studies at the London Film School and has a PhD from the University of Melbourne. He directs the Australian Catholic Office for Film & Broadcasting, is an Honorary Fellow of the Australian Catholic University; has been a visiting scholar within the School of Theatre, Film & Television at UCLA and a Visiting Professor at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. Fr Richard has served on juries at the Cannes, Venice, Berlin, Warsaw, Hong Kong, Montreal, Brisbane and Melbourne International Film Festivals and he has lectured on faith and culture all over the world. He has been published in America Magazine, Eureka Street, US Catholics, is regular columnist with The London Tablet and is a regular guest on ABC Radio.

He is the author of ten books, among the titles are:

  • Where the Hell is God?
  • Why Bother Praying?
  • What are we doing on earth for Christ’s sake?;
  • What are we waiting for? Reflections for Advent &Christmas;
  • What are we hoping for? Reflections for Lent & Easter;
  • What does it all mean? A guide to being more faithful, hopeful and loving.
  • Hatch, Match & Dispatch: A Catholic Guide to Sacraments.

His latest book, The Law of Love will be published in 2021.


 Day1: Monday  February 22nd Mass OLR 9am  followed by Lenten session 9:30 – 10:30am

Mass at Maleny 4pm followed by Lenten Session 4:30 – 5:30pm

 “Going out to the world: we need all the help we can get.” One of the richest things Catholics take the world is our tradition. Some people think Catholic Tradition is a static bloc of doctrines that must be imparted to our young. By looking at Mary, the Mother of Jesus we will see how our tradition is rich and responsive to the needs of today.


Day 2: Tuesday  February 23rd  Mass OLR 9am followed by Lenten session 9:30 – 10:30am

Mass at Maleny 4pm followed by Lenten Session 4:30 – 5:30pm

“Nine steps to making better choices for my life.” On the strongest elements within the Catholic tradition is the process of discerning the promptings of God in my daily life.  How can we practically apply the best of our Christian spirituality to the choices we make at home, work and the wider  community?


Day 3: Wednesday  February 24th Mass OLR 9am  Lenten session 9:30 – 10:30am

Mass Maleny 3pm Lenten Session 3:30 – 4:30pm

“Where the Hell is God? Holding to Faith through the Tough Times.” Our faith in God is easier when everything is going well. But what about the times in our lives when it is challenged,         undermined and threatened by the things that happens to us, or those we love? This critical session will help out words around how we can hold to a God who walks with us in the “valley of tears”?

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