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Br Damien Price is a Christian Brother of the Oceania Province. A native of Proserpine in North Queensland, Damien has taught for over thirty years in schools throughout Queensland. Over the past twenty years Damien has been involved in working with disadvantaged youth, homeless men and women, refugees and Asylum Seekers. Damien has Masters Degrees in Counselling and Pastoral Guidance. Damien’s Doctor of Philosophy degree focused on the sense of self that youth grow into as they engage with homeless people over an extended period of time.
Br Damien will lead us in this year’s Parish Lenten Mini Mission. Following the same format as last year’s mission, on Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday (March 7-9) beginning at 9:30am at Our Lady of the Rosary Church will be the morning & hopefully twilight session and then at 4:30pm in the afternoon at Sacred Heart, Maleny. Everyone is encouraged to make the Parish Mini Mission part of your Lenten journey this year.
Little Black Book for Lent
Lent is only two and a half weeks away with Ash Wednesday falling this year on the 2nd of March. An excellent complement to your Lenten journey is the Little Black Book which contain daily reflections and meditations. It is published in America and once you see past some of the American themes, it has the potential to be a great companion. The challenge is to find 6 minutes each day during Lent. The daily reflections begin from next Sunday so in preparation for Lent the Little Black Books are available from today. We ask a gold coin donation to help cover the costs of the books.
Successful Women’s Retreat
Last Tuesday, 70 women came together from different communities – and even parishes on the Sunshine Coast – at Our Lady of The Rosary to experience a day retreat called “Walking with God.” The day was facilitated by Lisa and Chantale from Evangelisation Brisbane. These faith filled women shared their personal stories of how they walk daily with our Lord. Their stories were challenging and offered the participants insight into their own faith journeys. Lisa and Chantale spoke of strong women in the Bible including Our Lady. They led the participants in silent prayer time, a group discussion, and personal reflection and included meaningful music to enhance the different sessions. Names and phone numbers were exchanged as new friendships were made among the 70 women. The retreat participants were treated to a sumptuous banquet provided by the Caloundra Women’s Prayer and Friendship Group, and which was served by some wonderful men in our parish. The retreat was such an outstanding success that many requests for another retreat were made with a different focus. This will be held on a Saturday in November so watch this space! Thank you to the Caloundra Women’s Prayer and Friendship Group for taking the initiative and organising such a successful event. If you would like to be part of this group, go to the Community Involvement page on the parish website to find Viv Cooper’s contact details. https://caloundracatholicparish.net/community-involvement/
Ordination of Tim Norton
The Episcopal Ordination of Timothy John Norton SVD as Auxiliary Bishop of Brisbane will be celebrated at the Cathedral of St Stephen on this Tuesday, February 22nd, at 10.30am. The ordination will be livestreamed on the Archdiocese of Brisbane webpage. As a parish and an Archdiocese we keep Bishop-elect Tim in our prayers as he prepares for his future ministry amongst us. There will be no 9am Mass this Tuesday because the priests of the parish will be attending the ordination.
Children’s Resources for Lent
Ash Wednesday is coming up very soon, marking the beginning of Lent – that beautiful season of the Church when Catholics prepare for Easter.
Of course, it doesn’t matter how old you are, Lent is a time that even our youngest disciples can embrace (though 40 days can feel like a long time to a kid!). That’s why Evangelisation Brisbane has created a couple of resources to help the children in parishes and communities enter into the season of Lent. These include a Family Lenten Calendar filled with lots of ways they can pray, fast and give alms in ways that are suited to kids. The second is an activity that invites them to Grow a Seed for Lent and tend it throughout the season as a daily reminder that God is helping them to grow also.
The Family Lenten Calendar and the Grow a Seed for Lent activity are both available for free download via the online shop at evangelisationbrisbane.org.au.
World Day of Prayer Service 2022
The World Day of Prayer is an international ecumenical Christian laywomen’s initiative. It is run under the motto “Informed Prayer and Prayerful Action,” and is celebrated annually in over 170 countries on the first Friday in March. The movement aims to bring together women and men of various races, cultures and traditions in a yearly common Day of Prayer, as well as in closer fellowship, understanding and action throughout the year. The service this year has been prepared by the women of England, Wales and Northern Ireland, with the theme “I know the plans I have for you”. On the first Friday of March (March 4th) everyone is invited to attend one of the World Day of Prayer services that are taking place across our Parish:
- Our Lady of the Rosary church – 9:30am morning tea followed by the service at 10am
- Anglican Church, Meridian St Bokarina – 9:30am service
- The Mary Mackillop Centre, 160 Peachester Rd Beerwah – 9.30am service
- Maleny Baptist Church, 1247 Landsborough Maleny Rd, Maleny – 9.30am service
Everyone is welcome to attend as we join with members of six other churches in praying for peace and justice in our world.
Worldwide Marriage Encounter
Marriage Encounter is both a programme and a movement. It is an opportunity for married couples to explore their lives in the presence of God. For more than 50 years, Worldwide Marriage Encounter has helped over 3.5 million couples in almost 100 countries unlock the power of their relationships with new ways to do the “I do.” The Marriage Encounter experience helps you listen, share, and connect more deeply. There’s no group discussion. It’s just about the two of you learning to be the best, most loving and thriving couple you can be. Next weekend at some of our Masses at Caloundra and Unity, Marriage Encounter representatives will be presenting some information on how to make a good marriage better. We invite all couples in the area who have experienced a Marriage Encounter weekend to come and share with us after mass. You might also like to watch Archbishop Mark Coleridge’s promotional video for Marriage Encounter on this link. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4o_Wp6qGB44
Lenten Reflection Program 2022
We are ordering books on Monday. This is the last weekend to get your order in for the booklets of Daily Reflections for Lent from the Brisbane Archdiocese. The Lenten Discussion groups have always been a rewarding faith experience for all involved. If you would like to form a group please let us know. If you are interested in being part of a group likewise please contact the parish office by Monday 21st February on 5430 9390 or [email protected]
This weekend over 70 of our young parishioners will begin their journey of preparation to celebrate their First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion. We keep their parents in our prayers as they “hand on the faith” to their children. We keep our Sacramental Team in our prayers as they guide these families along this journey of faith. We keep the young boys and girls in our prayers, that they may grasp and begin to fathom the invitation to live life to the full that God is offering them. Finally, we pray for ourselves, that we might be a faith community that reinforces faith, inspires commitment and demonstrates the practical mercy and justice that the message of the Good News is built on.
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 15 March at 7pm OR St. George’s Anglican Church, 2 Walkers Drive, Maleny on Sunday 6 March at 6.00pm.
Synod on Synodality
Until 27 February 2022, all Catholics are invited to have their say about their experiences of ‘synodality’ – of walking together as a Church. All submissions received nationally will help the Australian Bishops develop a report to support the global process leading to an international gathering in 2023. This is not to be confused with the Australian Plenary Council which is running concurrently with the Synod. The Plenary Council focus is on the Church in Australia. The Synod is focussed on the Church globally. Your voice matters, and it could be as simple as getting together with family, friends or fellow parishioners and having a “Coffee Conversation”. This short video offers encouragement on how easy it can be to have your say: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YrgZN79Kf0 You can make your submission here: https:// www.catholic.org.au/synodalchurch
Kingdom Youth and YA Contact Information
Follow us on Instagram, @kingdom.caloundra, for all youth and young adult updates, including information on our upcoming youth launch, young adult gatherings, youth mass, faith content, and more! Like the Caloundra Catholic Parish Facebook page for similar updates. If you would like to contact our Youth Minister, Felicity please email [email protected].
Kingdom Youth Launch
A reminder that our Youth Launch is coming up on FRIDAY 11 MARCH from 5pm-9pm at Unity College. All Year 7-12 students welcome! Dinner, games, slushies, raffle rego, and more. Please register via the QR code. All registered go in the running to win Apple Airpods! See you there!
Next Wednesday our young adult group is meeting again in the OLR Parish Centre from 6pm. We are sharing in dinner and also delving into Adoration – What is Ado? We will be providing some top tips that may help you make the most of Ado, especially if it is something new to you. Hear from some of our young adults about their personal experiences! All young adults welcome. $5 for dinner. For more info please contact Felicity.
Monthly Adoration – All Welcome
Each month our young adults will be offering and facilitating an hour of Adoration for all parishioners. The first Adoration night is Wednesday 9 March from 6:30pm – 7:30pm in OLR Church. There will be various prayer opportunities including led music, the Sacrament of Reconciliation, gospel of the day and guided reflection, periods of silence, Benediction, and more. All parishioners are welcome to attend at any point in the hour that suits them, and may come and go as it suits you.
If you would like to join the Planned Giving Programme by either using weekly envelopes or utilizing on-line options or if you would like to make an adjustment to your financial support, there are brochures at the entrance to the church. Simply complete them and return it to the Parish Office. Alternatively, by far the easiest way is to go to our Parish Web Page and follow the different options.
As a parish family we welcome Darcy Mulder who will be baptised at OLR this weekend. We also pray for all the souls of our deceased priests, religious and parishioners Rest in Peace.