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Parish Events/Latest Parish News Jul 22, 2022

Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
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World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly

Today is the second World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly, instituted by Pope Francis last year.
Please know, especially on this day, that you are loved and valued members of the community – even when you encounter technology struggles 😅😂

CEO Sleepout

OLR St Vincent de Paul Conference presented Fr Josh with a certificate of appreciation for his support with the CEO’s Sleep Outs. Fr Josh has slept out for the last two years and raised many thousands of dollars for the local homeless and poor. This year’s proceeds will be used to purchase specially designed,  environmentally constructed Tiny Houses, to help ease the housing crisis on the Sunshine Coast.

Fr Josh’s response is as follows: “While it was me receiving the certificate of thanks from OLR St Vincent de Paul Conference president, Bruce Franklin, for supporting Vinnies in the recent CEO Sleepout at Noosa Heads, the gratitude, in actual fact, goes to you: all the people who generously donated money to this wonderful cause – helping solve homelessness in out part of the world. Thank you, thank you, thank you 🥰🙌

Congratulations Fr Ejikeme

As a parish community, we congratulate and celebrate Fr Valentine Ejikeme on his 7th anniversary of Ordination.


Kingdom Youth

Youth group is back again Friday 29 July from 6pm – 8:30pm at Unity College. All Years 7 – 12 welcome! Keen to see you!


Kingdom Trivia Night – Ignite Fundraiser

We are excited to offer the community a fun night to come together! Please join us for a TRIVIA NIGHT on Saturday 27 August from 6pm in the Unity College Auditorium. $10 per person, tables of eight. BYO food/snacks. Alcohol will be available for purchase. This is an 18+ event. We invite all parishioners to get a table together as we fundraise to send some of our young people to IGNITE CONFERENCE this coming September. Testimony from young people on the night.

Fun raffles and prizes to be won! Please pay at the Parish Office or via this Bpoint link on our website.

Parish Reconciliation Action Plan Group

Following last Saturday’s very informative screening of the Q&A session of Archbishop Mark  Coleridge and Dean Parkin on the Uluru Statement From the Heart, six people decided to work on developing a draft of a RAP based on the Archdiocesan Reconciliation Action Plan. Any  parishioners wishing to join this small working group are invited to contact the Parish Office as soon as possible.


Safeguarding Surveys

The protection and wellbeing of children and vulnerable adults is at the core of Church mission, and setting the right approach to safeguarding is important. The thoughts and views of children and the Church community are essential in helping shape that approach. The Archdiocese has prepared two short safeguarding surveys to help gather feedback from children and the Church community. Your help in completing the surveys would be very much appreciated. There are two surveys: one for adults and one for children. If you have children in your household, please consider guiding them to complete the child-survey. The survey is seeking information from children aged 5 to 12 years. The survey should take less than 1 minute to complete.

Parish Safeguarding Survey (Adults)

       Child Safeguarding Survey (5 – 12 years)


Finance Committee Report

This is a report of the meeting of the Our Lady of the Rosary Parish Finance Committee held on Wednesday, 8 June 2022, in the Egan Room of the Caloundra Parish Centre.  After the opening prayer, the minutes of the previous meeting and the financial statements of the parish were tabled and discussed.  Matters arising out of the minutes included:

  • The old septic unit at Beerwah needs to be replaced. Work has been carried out over the years to keep it functioning but that is no longer an option.  The first quote has been received for $7800 and the Committee is awaiting a second quote before proceeding.
  • Repairs need to be made to the Outside School Hours Care (OSHC) building, adjacent to the presbytery at Caloundra.  The metal support frame has deteriorated through years of exposure to the elements and after consultation with engineers, the metal frame will be replaced with timber, hopefully in the next school holidays.
  • Negotiations are continuing with Brisbane Catholic Education and the Archdiocesan Development Fund regarding the purchase of the land at Aura and guaranteeing a parish presence and church structure.

Other matters discussed included:

  • Repairs to the cottage at Maleny were approved including the replacement of timber balustrading and removal of mould. Amended Request for “Sewerage Adjustment Application” has been submitted for excessive water use due to a concealed broken feed under the concrete driveway.
  • Progress on the final phase of the refurbishment of the Caloundra Parish Centre will take place with the signing of the contract to complete the covered gathering area connecting the servery with the church. It was hoped that the  construction would be completed by the Jubilee Mass on the 2nd of October but material and labour shortages will continue to cause delays.
  • The parish has disposed of one of the old utes that was used when the parish ran a home assistance programme and replaced it with a new Toyota Ute.
  • The Good Shepherd House at Kawana has been emptied so that repairs can be made and internal painting completed.  Repairs and painting of the meeting area and general external maintenance will also be completed.

The Finance Committee concluded with prayer.  The next scheduled meeting of the Committee will be on the 23 August at the Caloundra Parish Centre.


Counters needed

  Do you love to count? We need you! If you can volunteer for an hour once a month on a Monday morning to help to count the parish collection then please ring or email the parish office 54309390 and Don will contact you.


Planned Giving

                                            If you can afford to make a regular contribution the best way to do this is to join the Planned Giving Program. Your continued generous financial support is appreciated and not taken for granted – a grateful Parish says Thank You!




Laudato Si’ Action Plan

This 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 the decree of the Australian Plenary Council calling on all parishes to join the Vatican’s Laudato Si’ Platform.  Two short videos will be screened to provide an overview of this important encyclical letter (which has been added to the body of the Church’s social teaching) and handouts will help to understand the call of Pope Francis to live in accord with Gospel values, the care of the earth and the care of the poor).

How might we, the Parish, respond to these calls? All most welcome!

OLR Parish Centre. Morning Tea 10.00 am. Screening and discussion 10.30 am -11.30 am.


To Sing is to Pray Twice

All musicians, singers and members of choirs are invited to a Musical Cocktail Party on the Caloundra presbytery balcony on Tuesday 26 July at 5.00pm. While we promise that there will be no karaoke, Fr Josh will be “Chef   Joshua”, “Barman Fr Ejikeme” will pour the drinks and sous-chef Fr Peter will create the deserts!

Please RSVP to the Parish Office: [email protected] to help with catering.


Gen Y Fridays… starting on 29 July

Joe Moloney would like to invite all Catholics aged 25-40 years to gather for Rosary in the chapel at Stella Maris Church (Maroochydore) every fortnight, starting at 6.00pm.  Dinner together will follow somewhere down Ocean Street.  A great opportunity to meet new people and make connections across the Sunshine Coast parishes. Please RSVP to Joe on 0498880417 or [email protected]

Accommodation needed

OLR St Vincent de Paul is desperately trying to find accommodation for a father and his teenage daughter in the Caloundra area. Willing to accept shared accommodation, a small unit or even a caravan, so the daughter can continue her studies at Caloundra High. Able to pay up to $450 a week in rent. Please contact Dawn in the Parish office on 54309390.


Gala night

Calling all businesses or parishioners who would like to sponsor our Gala night.

We are looking for prize donations; gifts we can raffle or auction; bottles of wine or spirits, vouchers, movie tickets and/or electrical goods, to name a few.  All businesses will be promoted on the night and will receive free website advertising leading up to the event.  Please bring your donations to the Parish office.

So far we have some wonderful sponsors who are supporting us. Please check them out.


Ladies Lunch

The next Ladies Lunch will be on Friday 19 August at 12 noon at Kings Beach Tavern, 43 Burgess Street, Kings Beach.  If you would like to attend please contact Eileen 0412059149 on or before Monday 15 August so we can confirm numbers with the venue. Thank you.


Covid-19 Thank you

Through the media our health authorities have been warning us of an increase in Covid in our community.  We need to take seriously their advice and be aware of our own health and the health and well-being of each other.  Thank you for continuing to receive Holy Communion only on the hand and helping to keep safe each other.


In Transition

As a parish family we welcome Ellie & Sophie Lising and Clive, Veronica, John, Joshua & Jamie Garnsey  who will be baptised in Caloundra this weekend.

We also pray for James Baldwin, Jinelle Francis & Maureen Collins who died last week and their funerals will be at OLR in the next 2 weeks. We also pray for Chris Le Fevre & Thomas Borthistle.

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

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