A Warm Welcome
To everyone joining us today! Whether you are traveling from across the street, up the Bruce Highway or roving around the country, thank you for choosing to be part of our celebration today. Keep safe on the roads and enjoy the festive season.
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As we leave 2021 behind and look forward to better days in 2022 we still have many things to be grateful for as a Parish Family. Despite the pandemic and the uncertainty, we are blessed with many parishioners and friends who generously gave of their time and talent to keep our Parish motoring along – for this we are eternally grateful. How many ways can a faith community say thank you to so many people?
Sacristans: Arrive early and set up for the liturgy. They are so efficient we hardly notice them. And they clean up and close up! To those who support our sacristans, those who wash and iron, clean and repair, who quietly, behind the scenes, keeping everything ready and working – Merci
Music Ministry: Where would our liturgy be without music? If it is true that to sing is to pray twice then we particularly thank all our musical volunteers for leading us throughout the year – Danke
Liturgical Ministers: From those who proclaim the Word of God to those who serve at the Altar of God, we are blessed. Thank you also to all who are commissioned from our Sunday Masses to take Holy Communion to those who cannot be with us to celebrate the Eucharist – you powerfully remind us of how big God’s family is! – Xièxiè
Church environment decorators: We don’t take for granted the creative artists/decorators who add colour and verve to the ambience of the liturgical space. They wake us up to the different feel and texture of the liturgy as our senses are alerted to the mystery we are about to celebrate. – Grazie
Technology & communication. Our world has changed because of COVID and we have changed with it. From returning your census forms so as to help create our new Parish data base to our fellow parishioners who have volunteered to do the audio-visual each Sunday or to help with the live streaming of our OLR Masses! – Gràcias
And you: Who, like St Joseph, quietly support and encourage, who trust enough to build up and not tear down, who are prepared to be part of the great drama of faith and parish life in the midst of COVID – may the blessings of the Christ Child be with you and yours this Christmas. Thank you.
Holy Family Reflection
Every parent can relate to this weekend’s Gospel. The thought of a child getting lost, no matter their age brings anxiety and stress! The relief of Mary and Joseph is palpable in this passage even though the 12-year-old Jesus acts surprised about his parents’ concern. However, what is most important to glean from this gospel is the fact that upon returning to Nazareth, Jesus “was obedient to them; and. . . Jesus advanced in wisdom and age and favour.” Their years together provided important time for growth for the Holy Family. The vocation of parents, grandparents and guardians is both rewarding and challenging. Take time to think about the example of the Holy Family and let them be a source of strength for you and for all families.
Parish office Christmas closure
To take advantage of the post Christmas period and to allow our administrative staff some of their annual leave, the Parish Office will be closed from 24th December, 12noon until 9am, 10th of January 2022. In case of a pastoral emergency you can always contact a priest through the parish emergency phone 0431099854. Over the next two weeks please note the changes to our weekday Masses.
Our Lady of the Rosary Parish Sacramental Programme – 2022
Our Caloundra and Hinterland Community coordinates a family-centred, Parish-based Sacramental Programme for the Sacraments of Confirmation, First Holy Communion and First Reconciliation. Any Baptised Catholic child who is in Grade 3 or above is eligible to enrol in and celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation in term 2. There will be a compulsory Information & Enrolment Night at 5pm on Wednesday, 4th May next year for parents wishing to enrol their children for Confirmation. The programme will run for 4 weeks and then on the 1st of June they will celebrate Confirmation. Any baptised child in Grade 4 or above who has made their Confirmation is eligible to participate in the First Holy Communion and First Reconciliation programme – we celebrate these Sacraments in the first school term. Please contact the Parish Office with your details on [email protected]
As a parish family we welcome Houston Hinkson who will be baptised at OLR this weekend. We pray for Gloria Bracken who died last week and her funeral will be on Thursday 30th December 11am at OLR. May her soul and all the souls of our deceased priests, religious and parishioners Rest in Peace.
HAPPY 80TH BIRTHDAY Fr Tyrone
We have all had to adapt and change during these uncertain Covid days and we have all learnt new ways of doing old things! Your Parish family is no different. The collection plate is just one of many ways of supporting your parish today and during the New Year. Without your support we cannot cover our debts nor can we put into action our Parish pastoral mission and ministry. The QR code adjacent is just one convenient and easy way to financially support the Parish. Whatever way you fulfil your pledge a grateful Parish says – thank you.