Golden Jubilee Photographs
Thank you to all parishioners who have brought in and shared their historical photographs pertaining to our parish so that we can celebrate our Golden Jubilee. Please continue to send us photos of any hidden treasures, interesting artefacts or historical photographs that you might have in your own collection from the past 50 years of Our Lady of the Rosary parish and surrounding Catholic communities. Please email photos to [email protected] or bring in your photos to the parish office and Eileen and Vicki will scan them for our Jubilee celebrations.
On Friday night we held our last youth group for the term! This time, Year 6 students were invited to “come and see” the experience as they prepare to enter into high school next year and hopefully become regular attendees!! We have absolutely loved journeying and growing alongside our secondary school students this year and are extremely proud of what we have built with the help and prayers of this wonderful community. A special shout out to the Tuesday Women’s Prayer and Friendship Group for helping with meals on Friday nights—THANK YOU! We continue to average 40-50 students each week; please pray we continue to grow as we offer young people a safe space to come explore the faith and encounter Jesus!
Youth group will resume in Week 2 of Term 4 on Friday 14 October from 6.00-8:30pm at Unity College.
Our last fundraiser for the year was our Trivia night held at Unity College on the 27th August, we want to say a big THANK YOU for those who attended and supported the night in any way, we raised over $1000. A huge THANK YOU to this community for all your prayers and generous donations.
Not long now and we will be off to Ignite Conference in Brisbane these coming school holidays! This year we are blessed to take a group of 40 youth and young adults, with some kids even joining us from Maroochydore and Nambour – this is the largest group we have ever taken as a parish! Thank you so much. Please continue to pray for our youth, that they may experience the joy of the gospel in all those they meet there, and return on fire for our faith!!
Cook for Presbytery Lunch
Frs. Josh, Ejikeme and Francis are going to trial out a weekly lunch in common on Fridays. It will be a privileged time to build fraternity as their calendars are usually filled with varying and often clashing commitments. They see this as beneficial not just for them, but for their cohesion as leaders in our parish. If you are available to cook a lunch for them on Fridays, please contact the Parish Office on 5430 9390. Costs of ingredients will be covered by the parish.
The next ladies Lunch will be this Friday 16th September at 12 noon at the Malt Shovel Taphouse at 8 The Avenue Birtinya. If you would like to attend please contact Linda on 0429 380 979 or before 12 September, so we can confirm numbers with the venue.
Young Men’s group
Friends, the Parish has recently formed a young men’s group. We have created a space in which men aged between 18-35 years can enrich their social life by meeting like-minded men. It is also a chance for young men to walk and grow together in their faith. The activities and programs of the group are limited by the imagination of its members: some will be purely social, others a time for reflection or retreating. To the young men reading this: I encourage you to join! Tell us what we can do to enrich your life and faith! To parents and grandparents: encourage your young men join! Parents, if your son is in Year 12 and they would like to join once they have graduated, please get in touch with me.
The Young Men’s Group (18-35s) will be gathering at Mets on Kings at 6pm on the 29 September. If you are a young man or know a young man who is looking to connect with like-minded men for social or faith events, please email me directly at [email protected]
Regards, Fr. Francis
Rest in Peace
We pray for the soul of Queen Elizabeth II (21 April 1926 – 8 September 2022). May she rest in peace. Queen Elizabeth II was the longest reigning British monarch and we pay tribute to her example of devotion to duty.
We also keep in our prayers for His Majesty the King, the royal family, and the peoples of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth.
2023 Break Open the Word, Ordos & Daily Mass Books
Orders and payment for these liturgical Resources are now ready and must be ordered in to the Parish Office by Wednesday 5 October 2022.
‘Break Open the Word’ ($20) contains Sunday readings. All readers are encouraged to purchase this book which is vital for your ministry preparation.
The ‘Ordo’ ($15) is used for liturgy planning and contains references to the readings for each day of the year, and other information.
The ‘Daily Mass Book’ ($20) contains the mass texts for Sunday and weekday mass, including references for the readings.
You can put money in an envelope with your name/phone number and order in the basket at Mass or come into the parish office. Payment must be made before we can order.
Ministry to the sick
‘Truly I tell you, Jesus said, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” (Matt. 25:40)
The parish is in need of volunteers to take communion to the sick and elderly. We will provide you with the necessary training and knowledge to perform your ministry with excellence. I am confident of your generosity towards those who cannot join us in our gatherings and in worship. If you are able to give of your time and presence, please contact the parish office on 5430 9390 or email [email protected]
Season of Creation
It is a time to renew our relationship with our Creator and all creation through celebration, conversion, and commitment, and set aside a time to focus on God’s gift of creation and our responsibility to care for it, our common home. The Season of Creation runs through until the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi on 4 October. The World Council of Churches was instrumental in making this special time a season. Please get involved in prayer and reflection using the free resources available at www.seasosnofcreation.org
OLR Parish Summit 2022
Friends, over the last few weeks you may have heard Fr Josh preaching about the process which we, as a parish, are entering into – the creation of a 5 year strategic plan. While much of the work will be carried out by small groups of parishioners, the most important aspect of the process is a Parish Summit Event. This event will take place on Saturday 5 November at Unity College auditorium (times to be announced). It provides an opportunity for the entire parish community to come together in order to share and dream about what our parish will look like in the future.
The summit allows a space where people can not only have their say, but also be listened to and take part in the process of creating a something exciting which will inform our efforts to become a parish where all –especially those who are missing from the pews – feel welcome and belong.
If you are experiencing grief through the loss of a loved one, a broken relationship or a major life change of any kind, and you feel that the Grief Support team can be of assistance to you or a family member, please contact the parish office with your details so a support person can contact you. All contact is treated with utmost confidentiality.
Golden Weddings Mass
Are you celebrating your 50th wedding anniversary in 2022? Your are invited to attend the Annual Golden Wedding Anniversary Mass to renew your wedding vows in front of family and friends, at the Cathedral of St Stephen on Saturday 24 September at 11:30am as part of mass with Archbishop Mark Coleridge.
The Cathedral car park will be available. Please RSVP by Wednesday 21 September by email [email protected] or telephone 07 3324 3030.
Watch Mass live
To watch mass live go to the Caloundra Catholic Parish Facebook page.
As a parish family we welcome Levi Edwards & Diya Joy who made their First Holy Communion at Maleny last weekend. We welcome Joshua Isaac who will be baptised in our Parish at OLR this weekend.
We pray for Clara Nicholson who died last week and her funeral will be at G&W on Thursday. May her soul and all the souls of our deceased priests, religious and parishioners Rest in Peace.