Congratulations to Bishop Brian for his 60th Ordination Anniversary which was last Wednesday on the Feast of Sts Peter & Paul.
Encounter Night – 13th July
Friends, coming up on Wednesday 13th July at OLR church at 5.30pm, you are invited the next parish Encounter Night. Encounter nights are engineered to facilitate what many Catholics have never experience in their lives: a personal encounter with Jesus. While the experience of Encounter looks and feels different for everyone, there are common themes to Encountering Christ – these are shared through testimony on the night. If you’ve ever wondered what is meant when someone talks about a personal encounter with Jesus, you’re invited to come and see for yourself. We start by serving finger food and drinks outside, followed by an evening of worship and prayer – the Sacrament of Reconciliation is also available. All are welcome! Please email the parish office asap – [email protected] – to register for catering purposes.
G’day lovely people!
I hope that you are all doing well! I would love to say a huge THANKYOU to you all for supporting me on this NET journey! This would not have been possible without all of your support, generosity and prayers. I’ve been placed in a wondrous place called Wollongong, NSW, where we get to work with the Wollongong Diocese travelling around to many different parishes and schools. These past few months here have been challenging, with hurdles to overcome here and there, but most of all it has been REWARDING as we have had the chance and opportunity to encounter around 1500 students.
You might be wondering what ministry we get up to as a team in Wollongong… Well, as I said, we are based within the Wollongong Diocese which means that we get to travel around to the nine systemic schools at least once a term and put on a ministry event called a LIVE Lunchtime (a lunchtime concert where we have fun with the students) and LIVE Night where we dive a little deeper into faith and give them a 3 hour retreat. We are also currently running two youth groups weekly – one in a place called Campbelltown (avg. 10 students), and one in Wollongong which only started up this year (avg. 20 students), with new people coming each week! Another ministry that we do involves weekly young adult events; this community is amazing and all of our young adults are so terrific.
Most of our students from the Wollongong youth group are returning students each week. The first week that we started up this youth group there were three girls who are best friends that came and I won’t lie, their energy radiates and fills my heart! I have got to journey alongside these three but especially one of these girls, who, over various weeks, has allowed me to continually be a part of her life. A few weeks ago we had a night where we were talking about authentic relationships and how we can strive for authentic relationships – this struck a chord with this girl. She became quite upset, but all she needed in that moment was someone to talk to and Jesus allowed me to be this person to her. I continued to talk to this girl throughout the night eventually up until we got to a prayer experience, where I went around to the girls in my small group and offered prayer. I sat down next to this girl and began to speak with her and she opened up to me, she allowed me in to her life and I was able to be the small vessel for Jesus in that moment. Although, she declined prayer for the night, I got to sit by her side and be someone that she could talk to. These girls go through some rough times with their friends but I pray that they will come to realise that Jesus is a constant friend they can always rely on.
Thank you for your support! Thank you for supporting the mission of NET and for helping to send me out to Wollongong! I well exceeded my sponsorship goal of $6,400 thanks to you! I can’t say thank you enough! NET relies on the donations of people like you to accomplish our mission. We are living in unique times and I know that these times are difficult for many. Above all, I humbly ask for your prayers. Prayer is the most powerful support in all of this – indeed, it is the foundation of our team, and we are praying for you too!
Please feel free to email me for more information on what we do as a NET Team: [email protected]
God Bless, Verity-Jane Lebeter, OLR Parishioner
A Special Week Ahead
This weekend is Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Sunday. As part of NAIDOC WEEK, Saturday 9 July a screening of interview by Archbishop Coleridge with Dean Parkin, Director of “From the Heart’ at the Archdiocesan Endorsement of the Uluru Statement. OLR Church. Morning “tea and damper’ 10.15am. Screening 10.45am -12 noon.
Then: Saturday 30 July, as a follow-up to Archbishop Coleridge’s launch of the Archdiocesan Laudato Si’ Action Plan on Pentecost Sunday, there will be an introduction to the Archdiocesan Laudato Si’ -Care for Our Common Home Action Plan and a consideration of how we, the Parish, might respond. OLR Church. Morning Tea 10.00 am. Screening and discussion 10.30 am -11.30 am.
Second Assembly of the Plenary Council.
From 3 to 9 July 2022 the Catholic Church in Australia will gather for the Second Assembly of the Plenary Council. Through the Plenary Council, the Catholic Church has been exploring what the future of our Church could look like as the culture in which we proclaim the Gospel changes. Next week in Sydney, the 277 members of the Plenary Council will vote on the motions that will affect that future.
Read the “Framework for Motions” containing 30 motions across 8 mission areas that the Members will vote on. You can access them here. You will also find there the prayer by which we can support this historic event. Every night from Sunday July 3 to July 8 at 7.30 you can listen to Plenary Council Members and insiders summarising the day’s events. To Register FREE for the Plenary Tracker #2 Simply fill in your details here. The Plenary Council website can help us keep up to date with how we are working together during and after this event: the Plenary Council website
Plenary Council Prayer
Come, Holy Spirit of Pentecost.
Come, Holy Spirit of the great South Land.
O God, bless and unite all your people in Australia
and guide us on the pilgrim way of the Plenary Council.
Give us the grace to see your face in one another
and to recognise Jesus, our companion on the road.
Give us the courage to tell our stories
and to speak boldly of your truth.
Give us ears to listen humbly to each other
and a discerning heart to hear what you are saying.
Lead your Church into a hope-filled future,
that we may live the joy of the Gospel.
Through Jesus Christ our Lord,
bread for the journey from age to age.
Our Lady Help of Christians, pray for us.
St Mary MacKillop, pray for us.
Centacare will begin a new training course in late July 2022 through to May 2023 to equip lay men and women to provide spiritual and pastoral care to people in hospital. For more information about the role, the training course, timeframes and eligibility criteria please email: [email protected] or phone Judy Norris on 33243193.
The Catholic Leader has published a short story about the success of the Vinnies CEO Sleepout. To view the story, click here.
On Saturday, July 9th, St Andrews Anglican Church, 46 Upper Gay Terrace Kings Beach Caloundra, is providing a delightful concert titled ‘Full of Variety” with Fr Michael Faragher on Jazz keyboard, Stephanie Arlidge and her “siren vocal ensemble, and a string quartet with light music you will love. Come along only $10 admission at the door and afternoon tea as well.
We want to celebrate you
Gen Y Social Night
Open invitation to all 25-40 year olds across the Sunshine Coast to meet up at Alex Surf Club on Friday 8 July at 6pm. Great opportunity to meet new people and make connections across the Sunshine coast parishes. Please RSVP to Joe Moloney on 0498 880 417 or [email protected]
The next Ladies Lunch will be on Friday 15th July at 12 noon at Venice Gourmet Pizza, Pasta and Ribs 105 Bulcock Street Caloundra. If you would like to attend please contact Deborah (0410531901) by Monday 11th July. All ladies are welcome.
Spiritual Gifts Workshop
“There are different kinds of gifts but the same Spirit.” 1Cor 12:4. Presented by members of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal, Brisbane Mission Team A group of lay people whose mission is to “Foster a personal conversion and relationship with Jesus Christ through the release of the Holy Spirit.”
Where: Our Lady of the Rosary Church, 61 Edmund Street, Caloundra
When: Saturday, 23rd July, 2022 starting at 9.30am.
For more information, click here.
Baptism Preparation Evening for Infants
Those parents with new born babies wishing for them to be baptised are reminded of the preparation meeting which takes place at Our Lady of the Rosary Church, Caloundra, this Thursday 7th July, beginning at 7pm. At this short preparation meeting we outline some of the symbols used at the ceremony, answer any questions and confirm dates. To book in for the preparation evening please contact the Parish Office on 5430 9390 or email [email protected]
12th November 2022
Don’t miss out! Pay your reserved seats soon! All Tables nearly gone
Head to our website in the banner of In our Golden Jubilee Year 1972-2022
There is a click here button which will take you straight to the Eventbrite page to buy your tickets. Or you can scan the QR code to the left. Ticket cost $90 per head. Please support this event.
As a parish family we also welcome
Indiana & Oceane Hollis
who will be baptised at Maleny this weekend.
We pray for
Mary Ann Jones, David Abernethy, Grant Allen & Patrick Duffy
who died last week and their funerals have will be at G&W and OLR this week.
May their souls and all the souls of our deceased priests, religious and parishioners
Rest in Peace.