St Vincent de Paul Christmas Appeal
This weekend across our Parish Family we will hold our annual St Vincent de Paul Christmas Appeal. The St Vincent de Paul Society in Australia has more than 60,000 members and volunteers who work hard to assist people in need and combat social injustice across Australia. The Society aspires to be recognised as a caring Catholic charity offering “a hand up” to people in need. The members of Vinnies do this by respecting the dignity of those who call upon Vinnies for assistance, providing hope and encouraging each person to take control of their own destiny. Here in Our Lady of the Rosary Parish we have conferences at Caloundra, Landsborough, Beerwah, Kawana & Maleny. For many in our community the members of Vinnies are the face of the Church and practical faith in action.
There are envelopes on your seats and at the entrance to the Church. As always, your generous support of the St Vincent de Paul Christmas appeal is appreciated. Thank you.
Kawana and Caloundra Men’s Group
John Manion, who coordinates both groups, spoke about the fruit of the ministry: men of God who pray!
This ministry was born out of a regular parishioner’s desire to gather men together for fellowship, learning about faith and prayer.
Thank you to John and the men of Kawana and Caloundra Men’s Groups for your witness and willingness to invest in your faith and each other.
OLR this Tuesday 7th December at 7pm or at Sacred Heart Church, Maleny 7pm.
Our parish is offering a special evening of quiet prayer in the style of Taizé. All are invited.
Short mantra-like songs create a relaxing feeling that refreshes us in body, mind and spirit. Through gentle repetition, the meaning of the words gradually penetrate our whole being. In song and silence we listen more deeply.
These simple chants allow us to wait attentively on God.
Such prayer is very much in the spirit of the Advent Scriptures.
Have you noticed our symbol that keeps appearing on our screens during Advent? Our symbol on the screen for this Advent tells us that the mother and child can only be seen in the stained-glass window because of the light shining through. Advent can make us more transparent if we resist the urge to obscure the light by cluttering our days with the blur of non-essentials as we approach Christmas.
Likewise, our Advent wreath with its candles will gradually shed more and more light for us – and through us to others – on our way to Bethlehem.
Mrs Ingrid O’Shea Report For The Year
On Thursday, November 25th, Mrs Ingrid O’Shea, the Chair of the Catholic Homes Foundation tabled her report for the year. Read her report below.
I am pleased to present the Chairperson’s report of the Caloundra Catholic Homes Foundation Limited for the 2020/2021 Financial Year. The Caloundra Catholic Homes Foundation was established 32 years ago to support persons with a disability. Through the generous support of our benefactors over the years and currently, we have been able to help many in need. We have two homes – Lavally Lodge and Karingal.
At Lavally Lodge we continue to work with Centacare who provide care/support for our residents. We continue to maintain the Foundation’s property. During the year we have had the interior repainted and have carried out extra maintenance of the grounds and gardens. We have also been able to support initiatives to enhance the lifestyle of our residents.
Karingal, now called Caloundra House, has been leased to an external provider for 3 years with an option to buy. Over 25 residents have taken up accommodation at Caloundra House. The lessees continue to expand their services to provide for those in need together with a number of help agencies who provide support to the residents.
We have provided funds to the parish to install a disability toilet and will contribute to the installation of a ramp access. At this time of the year, we are once again providing funds to support all five of the parish based St Vincent de Paul services, Rosies and Orange Sky Laundry.
We are thankful for the support we have received this year and are proud of the way in which the Homes Foundation has been able to support our people. In the coming year, we look forward to providing broader support in accordance with our constitution.
A huge thank you to Don Rolls, Secretary/Manager and to my fellow Directors/Members for your dedication to our task.
Ingrid O’Shea, Chairperson
You Are Invited
On this Wednesday, December 8th, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, you are warmly invited to spend some time in adoration at Our Lady of the Rosary church. Adoration will begin at 9am and conclude with Benediction at 4:30pm followed by Mass. Why not mark off an hour of your day on Wednesday and join us in prayer at OLR.
Thank You – Verity
I would like to say a huge thank you to the parish over the last two weekends, the financial support to help me offer one year of my life to NET Ministries.
You are truly amazing!
Thank you all for supporting me on this journey, God bless, Verity.
Fraudulent Email WARNING
Every so often, the latest being last week, parishioners receive emails purporting to come from one of your parish priests. With great ingenuity fraudsters personalize the email and ask for assistance and for you to reply to the email. Don’t reply, it is a fraudulent email. Your priests will never email you using a Hotmail or Gmail account nor will we ever solicit money from you.
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.
As a parish family we welcome Florence Hoffmann who will be baptised in our Parish this weekend.
We pray for Mary Punter who died last week and her funeral will be on Tuesday at OLR.
We also pray for Nic Cersosimo who died last week and his funeral will be on the 21st December. May his soul and all the souls of our deceased priests, religious and parishioners Rest in Peace.