Rest in Peace Fr John Dwyer
In the early hours of Friday morning, Fr John Dwyer’s earthly journey gently ended. John Justin Peter Dwyer was born on the 7th of October, 1935 the second child of Tom and Kathleen Dwyer and grew up in the sleepy costal village of Caloundra. Des Dwyer, who later became Mayor of Caloundra, was his older brother. John started his schooling at Caloundra State School before going on to complete his education at Marist Brothers, Ashgrove. John decided to become a lay missionary in Papua New Guinea and after several years working there, he decided to begin his training for the priesthood entering St Paul’s Seminary, Kensington. Fr John Dwyer was ordained in his home parish of Caloundra by Archbishop Rush in 1973.
As a missionary priest, Fr John returned to the Diocese of Wewak, Papua New Guinea where he was intrusted with several important ministries. Fr John was fully involved in the life of the Church in New Guinea and his first love was always the people of Wewak who he ministered to.
At the invitation of Fr John Dobson, Fr Dwyer returned to the Archdiocese and worked in our Caloundra Parish from 1997 until 2012 when he went into semi-retirement, moving into Southern Cross Care at Little Mountain.
The Funeral Mass for Fr John Dwyer will be celebrated this Friday, October 22nd at 11am at Our Lady of the Rosary church, Caloundra. May Fr John Dwyer’s soul and the souls of all our faithfully departed Priests, Religious and Parishioners, through the rich mercy of God, Rest in Peace.
The start of November is only two weeks away. The two great feasts of the church, All Saints and All Souls, fall on Monday, November 1st (All Saints) and November 2nd (All Souls). This weekend at all our Parish churches you will notice our BOOK OF REMEMBRANCE and you are invited to take a moment to record the names of your loved ones who have gone before you marked by the sign of faith. November is traditionally the month that we remember and pray for the dead and our BOOK OF REMEMBRANCE will be placed in the sanctuary and will be the focus of our prayers during this month.
Catholic Mission with Sister Chalaad and the Good Shepherd Sisters
Next weekend Catholic Mission will invite you to partner with Sister Chalaad and the Good Shepherd Sisters in Thailand as they reach out to vulnerable mothers, like Churai*, and their babies, who would have nowhere to turn when they need support, love and kindness the most.
Next week you will have the opportunity to respond by supporting children and communities in need around the world. Please come with an open and generous heart.
*Name and images altered to protect identity.
Launch Of Online Platform For Those Enquiring About The Catholic Faith
Catholic Christianity is an online initiative aimed at reaching those who might be enquiring about the Catholic faith. This project features a weekly podcast and video presentation that systematically walks listeners on a journey toward faith, addressing everything from how do we know there is a God, to why the Church’s moral teachings can actually be life-giving and compelling when properly understood. Join Deacon Peter Pellicaan PhD on a journey through the teachings of the Catholic Church, explained in a way that is inspiring, challenging, and easy to understand. Episodes will be released weekly. Over the first season, the following topics will be covered:
- The Truth about Truth, Science and God
- Natural Revelation: Does God exist? (part 1)
- Natural Revelation: Does God exist? (part 2)
- Special Revelation: Can we trust the Bible?
- Special Revelation: What’s the overarching story of the bible?
- Did Jesus really rise from the dead?
- If God is powerful and loving, why is there so much suffering?
- Why Christianity? What about other religions?
To listen to the podcast, visit your preferred podcast streaming platform. To watch the videos, visit the Catholic Christianity YouTube channel, or head to the Catholic Christianity website at catholicchristianity.org. We invite you to share this resource with your parishioners and those on a journey to or deeper into the Catholic faith.
Plenary Council — What Was The Feeling Coming Out Of The First Assembly?
The Plenary Council First Assembly was held between October 3-10. Brisbane Archdiocese was one of the rare places where assembling as a group was possible, albeit with numerous COVID19 practices in place. The following video links provide a snapshot and some of the testimony and feelings of the local members of the Plenary Council as the week progressed.
Opening Mass Highlights: Youtube Video
Half Way through the Journey: Youtube Video
Looking towards the 2nd Assembly: Youtube Video
Every week one of the most important ministries of our Parish Family takes place at Maleny and Caloundra. The Children’s liturgy (Kids Club) that is successfully operating at the 9am Maleny and 9:30am Caloundra Masses, provides a vibrant and enjoyable place for younger members of our Parish Family to explore and deepen their faith. We need you to help us continue and expand this vital ministry. Would you consider joining a team? How about asking a friend to join you and going on the roster? You are always part of a team and the programme is coordinated and all the resources are provided. If you would like to find our more information or if you have any questions please email Dale Rolls [email protected] Thanks for your support.
This week our team has run several retreats days with unity college students, we prepared retreats for year 9 students last week, running a women’s session on Wednesday and a men’s session on Thursday. We also ran two year 7 retreats on Monday and Tuesday this week. These are big events for our team, and one of the main points of contact with being able to share our encounters with Jesus with the young people at school. It is a privilege to be able to provide these students with an opportunity to encounter God through prayer time and we often see a lot of fruit coming from these retreats, with students hearing about and experiencing God’s love. It has been a reminder for us over this last week, to not forget what God can and will do to work in the hearts of young people, and for us not to limit what we think he can or cannot do. God bless.
Have a great week, the NET team.
Support Our Parish Family
Your financial support of Our Lady of the Rosary Parish is always appreciated. Ways to financially support your Parish:
- The “Tap & Go” facility at the door of the church;
- Place your donation in the collection bags after Mass;
- Online donation, directly to the Caloundra website.
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Your continued generous financial support is appreciated and not taken for granted – a grateful Parish says – thank you!
As a Parish family we welcome Angus Payne, Ruby Capps, , Kye Haidley, Paxton Ciseau & Nathaniel Lawson who will be baptised at OLR and Landsborough this weekend.
We pray for Alison Herlihy who died last week and her funeral was held on Friday.
We also pray for Fr John Dwyer who died on Friday and his funeral will be at OLR church this Friday 22nd October at 11am.
May their souls and all the souls of our deceased priests, religious and parishioners Rest in Peace.