To all our fathers, grandfathers, great grandfathers and all the father figures in our lives:
Happy Father’s Day
In simple and yet profound ways, may you always know how much we appreciate you. One little boy, when asked to explain about Father’s Day, said, “It’s just like Mother’s Day, only you don’t spend as much on the present.”
Gratitude for Your Generosity – and an Invitation
Last weekend, between 8am–10.45am, youth and young adults from our parish washed and chamoised over 30 cars outside the church at OLR. They were raising money to attend the annual Ignite Conference starting on 21 September – a 4-day Catholic conference at Rothwell on the Redcliffe peninsular.
As well as selling sausages (thank you to Michael Stewart, our OLR Primary principal, and his son for cooking) and receiving donations for coffee/tea/sweets (thank you to Luise and John Reilly, Janice Chilcott and Jahmima Lynch), they raised over $1300 – an amazing effort! Thank you to everyone who has supported this initiative. Your generosity has allowed us to reduce the conference price from $300 to $100 and thus make it more accessible to many families who might’ve struggled to come up with that kind of money. The team’s final opportunity to raise money will be a Bunnings BBQ at Caloundra Bunnings on Saturday 11th September – we’ll see you there 🙂
Ignite Conference is an experience not to be missed and is aimed at high-school-aged students, young adults, and not-so-young-adults alike. We are still accepting registrations so if you or someone you know might like to attend, please email Fr Josh ASAP to receive registration information: [email protected]
Last weekend our team supervisors came up to visit us for a day and brought us such a sense of peace and joy! We reflected on the story of Jesus calming the storm; so often we like to think that we wouldn’t be like the disciples and we would surely trust that Jesus was in control of the situation, yet every time a new uncertainty pops up in our lives we get scared so quickly and begin to worry. Whenever it may seem like Jesus is asleep and things appear to be spiralling out of control, it’s so important to remind ourselves not to worry because God knows the plans he has for us and He works in all circumstances for our good. He certainly doesn’t promise that everything will be easy but he does promise us His peace in the middle of the storm, if only we are able to surrender and trust Him. God bless, The NET Team.
The ladies lunch for September will be Friday 17th September at 12 noon at Parklands Tavern, 238 Parklands Blvd, Meridian Plains. We need to know numbers. Please contact Deborah 0410531901 by Monday 13th September if you would like to attend.
National Child Protection Week (5-11 September, 2021)
The Catholic Church in Australia marks Safeguarding week which begins today and will conclude next Sunday at the conclusion of National Child Protection Week (5-11 September, 2021). During this week we seek to acknowledge the immense damage caused by the sexual abuse of children and adults at risk. As a Catholic Parish we make a commitment to practices and protocols that create and maintain a safe environment for all people. For further information about Child protection week please go to the webpage www.napcan.org.au/get-involved-2021/
Longstanding Parishioners from our Landsborough community are seeking alternate rental accommodation. Either an unfurnished 2 bedroom house or unit in the Maroochydore area, to be closer to medical and family assistance. Please phone Paul or Shirley on 0432 949 835.
A GENTLE REMINDER
We are conscious that there are some who, for many different reasons, will not receive Holy Communion today. They are integral and valued members of our community. Holy Communion is a privilege not a right. If you are receiving Holy Communion today, as you approach the Priest or the Extra Ordinary Minister of Communion, you bow or make a gesture of reverence. Then, as the Priest or Minister says “The Body of Christ” and places the consecrated host on your hand, you simply reply “Amen”. Saying “Amen” is your affirmation, equivalent of saying “Yes, I believe”. You then step to the side, immediately consume the consecrated host, and return to your seat.
A reminder that it is not just our 9:30am Sunday Mass that is live streamed but also our daily 9am weekday Masses as well – simply log onto the Parish Webpage and follow the links to be part of your Parish at prayer. If you are attending Mass this weekend please remember that:
- Face masks are required – under no circumstance attend mass if you are feeling unwell.
- You must use the QR Code to enter the Church – if you have not got a mobile phone simply ask a fellow parishioner to use their mobile phone to register you.
- Use the hand sanitizer provided and at the end of Mass please sanitize the hard surfaces around where you have been sitting.
Thank you for your ongoing commitment to keeping us all safe.
Caloundra St Vincent de Paul News
It was with great excitement that the OLR St Vincent de Paul Society Conference of Caloundra received its new Vinnies shirts this week. The conference was delighted to present Fathers Peter, Joshua and Dang with shirts in appreciation of the ongoing support they provide for all of the local Vinnies conferences.
Worldwide Marriage Encounter
COVID-SAFE live-out weekend focusing on relationship enrichment for married couples, priests and religious from the Friday evening of 15 October to the afternoon of 17 October 2021 (including Mass) at Trinity College, Beenleigh (south of Brisbane) – going home on the Friday and Saturday evenings.
For bookings/details contact Maria and David Murphy, (07) 3342 456, [email protected] Information website: www.wwme.org.au
Fan the Flame
Towards Plenary Assembly One October 2021
‘He makes the deaf hear and the dumb speak.’ Mark 7:31-37
The Church hears the cries of the poor and the groans of the earth. It seeks to stand in solidarity with the poor and the marginalised, and to exercise good stewardship of the fragile ecosystems that support life on earth.
(Australian Catholic Social Justice Council, “A New Earth: The Environmental Challenge. Social Justice Statement 2002”, accessed 23 April 2021, https://socialjustice.catholic.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/Social-Justice-Statement-2002.pdf, 10.)
As a Parish Family we extend our prayerful congratulations to Ava & Elliott Rogan, Daisy & Poppy Rogan and Isla Padigos who were baptised this weekend in the OLR church and Unity Chapel.
We pray for Mary Manson & Margaret Allen who died last week. May their soul and all our deceased priests, religious and parishioners Rest in Peace.
As a Parish family we would like to Congratulate David Francis & Erin Dingle who will be married at OLR Caloundra this weekend.