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Parish Events/Latest Parish News Nov 5, 2021

Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time
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Is Gathering as a Faith Community Outside Mass Necessary?

For much of the 20th century, coming to Mass was the way we knew we were Catholic. It was also the place where we met up with our friends and forged new friendships because that’s where so many people in the community gathered. We live in a different world today. While some people are lucky enough to know many parishioners on Sunday because they’ve been here for a long time, many more people come to worship and know few if any other parishioners outside their immediate circle. Some people in our parish already meet together outside Mass but it’s important to provide regular opportunities for us to gather and celebrate the most important aspect of our Christian lives:
Encountering the Person of Jesus in a life-changing way.

Encounter Nights in our parish begin by gathering together with food and a glass or two of wine; then we move into the church and listen to two regular parishioners, just like you, sharing their testimony of Encounter with Jesus; the rest of the evening provides an opportunity to participate in three different ways: worshiping the Lord through appropriate music, celebrating the Sacrament of Reconciliation, and what for many, is the most significant aspect of Encounter – going to a prayer team where two parishioners offer to pray for your intentions.

Our final Encounter Night for the year will take place at 5.30pm on Wednesday 10th November at OLR church. To help with numbers for catering, please email the parish office – [email protected] – before Tuesday 9th Nov. This is also a significant opportunity to invite someone who may not be a Mass-goer so please bring a friend.

You and your family are most welcome. Fr Josh and the Encounter Team


You Are Welcome

One of the virtues we strive to cultivate in our large and diverse parish community is to be welcoming. Many people who worship in our community are fortunate to know others and to be known by others – it’s what helps us feel like we belong! There may be, however, people who feel like strangers in our midst so we need to work hard to ensure we do our best to connect with them and make them feel welcome. This is something we can all work deliberately towards and it starts by asking a person’s name.

If you have moved into the parish recently – or even been here a while – we would like to invite you to a Welcome Cocktail Party up on the balcony of the Caloundra Presbytery on the evening of November 25th from 6 to 7.30pm. Please let us know you are coming by emailing the parish office – [email protected] – and bring your family. We look forward to offering you hospitality and friendship.


Farewell from the NET Team

We’ve come to our final week here in Caloundra and we are so incredibly grateful for the love and support of the parish community. From the very beginning you’ve welcomed us with open arms and have made us feel so at home here. As a team over these last couple of weeks we have been reflecting on our mission and the gift that it’s been for us to be here. Yes, it definitely helps that we’ve gotten to live in a beautiful beach town like Caloundra, but we all feel so blessed to call Unity College and OLR our home for the year. Through our time we’ve gotten to know some amazing people, from our students at school whom we’ve seen every day to our young adults. Few NET Teams get to say that their young adults who they minster to have become more like friends but we have the privilege of saying exactly that. It’s also been so beautiful to see the impact of our ministry and watching this community grow. We’ve come to realise that we’re not always going to see the fruit of the work we’ve done here, but we are confident in the ways that God has worked through us. It will be hard to say goodbye to a place and community which we love so much but we are so excited for the future of youth ministry at OLR and will continue to be grateful for our time here. Please have assurance of our prayers.

God bless you, The Caloundra NET team 


Granny Flat Needed

Dear parishioners, as you read on the front page, we’re hiring a Youth Minister for the next two years. She is 23 years old and is hoping to shift to Caloundra from Brisbane, ideally before Christmas. Does anyone have a granny flat available in the Caloundra area for a short term lease until they can find a more permanent solution?
If you’re able to help, please email Fr Josh directly: [email protected]


A Taste of Taizé

Taizé is a tiny village in France. Since 1940, it has been home to an ecumenical community of Brothers who pray very simply through chant. During wartime, Br Roger established this community as a place of welcome for Jews who were fleeing the Nazis. Taizé has always had a special solidarity with human suffering. Taizé is, in itself, a symbol of hope and reconciliation. The Brothers take special interest in the poor and in youth who flock to Taizé to reflect on their lives and join in the sung prayer. Join in this beautiful prayer at OLR on Tuesday 7 Dec at 7pm or at Sacred Heart Church, Maleny date to be advised.


Ladies Lunch

If you are interested to come along to this month’s luncheon, the ladies are meeting on Friday, 19th November at Pelican Waters Tavern, 38 Pelican Waters Blvd.
If you would like to attend please contact Deborah by Monday 15th November 0410531901 so she can confirm numbers.


Message From Fr Chukwudi Chinaka

Dear friends in Christ,
I hope this finds you all well. I will like to use this medium to let you all know that after a few years of study and ministry in the Archdiocese, the time has come for me to return back to my home diocese in Nigeria. I will be leaving for Nigeria after Christmas. I will like to thank you all for being a part of my story in the Archdiocese of Brisbane. I had a great time with you during my time with you as one of your Associate Pastors (December 2016 to December 2017). So many of you have become not just friends but family over the years and have followed my progress through my places of ministry (even in the bush). So thank you all. I hope that we will still keep in touch somehow.

As it is quite impossible for me to go around and say goodbyes, my parishioners and I will be having a 10am Thanksgiving/Farewell Mass on the 20th of November at St Patrick’s Catholic Primary School Nanango. Feel free to join us on that day or you can take this as my way of saying; ‘thank you’, ‘God bless you all’, till we meet again! Please pray for me as I will do the same for you all. If you intend to attend, can you please advise our Parish office via [email protected] or 0741625121.


Date Claimer

Vatican International Exhibition Eucharistic Miracles Of The World

The Free Exhibition will be on the weekend of 27 /28th of November at the function room at Stella Maris Church, Maroochydore.

It will be on displayed on Saturday 2 7 November from 2pm-7pm and Sunday November 7am-8pm

The exhibition consists of 152 Posters each documenting a separate miracle on 24 Panels which Carlo Acutis had documented before his death. What a great opportunity to be able to spend some time looking through the exhibition and acknowledging all the work that has gone into documenting these miracles.


The Catholic Leader

The November edition of The Catholic Leader is available in the church. Limited copies are available at each community and the cost is only $4 each.



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.

Scan or click this QR codeYour continued generous financial support is appreciated and not taken for granted – a grateful Parish says – thank you!


In Transition

As a parish family we welcome Lucy & Flynn Barnes, Emmanuel Luke, Elsie Fleming & Leticia Lachlan who will be
baptised at OLR this weekend.

We pray for Kerry Lavering who died last week and his funeral will be at OLR this Thursday at 11am.

We also pray for Collin Carbery who died last week and his funeral will be at Maleny at 11.30am.

May their souls and all the souls of our deceased priests, religious and parishioners Rest in Peace.

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