OLR celebrates Jubilee Mass
Last weekend’s Jubilee Mass was a great success – despite mother nature’s best efforts to scare us off with the coldest October day in South-East Queensland in 19 years! What really shone out on Sunday was the way many different groups of people came together to celebrate. It started with Unity College students playing bagpipes as people gathered for the blessing of the newly-renovated Parish Centre buildings, followed by a wonderful Rosary procession led by a stunningly-decorated statue of our Lady.
As the Rosary procession entered the Primary School covered area, banner-bearers fixed eight banners depicting our eight worshiping communities to the fence behind the sanctuary; the congregation – led by a wonderful choir and instrumental ensemble – sang three Marian hymns. The entire congregation then prayed the fifth decade of the Glorious Mysteries together.
Mass began with the didgeridoo, played by a Year 3 student from Unity College, and an Acknowledgement of Country. Memorable parts of the Mass included the beautifully prepared sanctuary, the Gospel Acclamation wherein eight parishioners, from our eight communities, processed the Book of the Gospels down the centre aisle. We also had community representation for the eight intercessions.
The Mass concluded with Archbishop Mark being presented with a Jubilee-wine gift-pack. While the cold wind understandably caused many to run for their cars after Mass finished, many remained behind for BBQ sausages and coffee. I thank all who gave of themselves to organise this wonderful day; we are truly blessed by your generosity of time and talent.
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Golden Jubilee Commemorative Wines
Order now – Limited stock only – on sale at the parish office!
Fr John Dobson – Merlot
Fr John Egan – Shiraz
Fr Kevin Smith – Semillon Sauvignon Blanc
$20 per bottle or $60 Gift Pack in a box (3 mixed bottles)
Public Rosary in the Park
Please join us – all are welcome – for a public rosary on Saturday 15 October at 10.15am to give public honour to our Blessed Lady, for the glory of her Son Jesus. The public Rosary will take place at Kings Beach Amphitheatre (De Vene Ave, Kings Beach – opposite Kings Beach Tavern). All are welcome to give public honour to our Blessed Mother Mary. Please bring a plate, camping chairs and picnic rug. For more information, contact Jen on 0415 615 557 or email [email protected]
Going Deeper podcast
There’s so much to know about the Catholic faith that it’s easy to get caught up in catechising ourselves while we forget about what it means to implement the faith in our daily lives. Evangelisation Brisbane Adult Formation has launched a new Catholic podcast, the Going Deeper podcast, where Shane Dwyer and a special guest every week come together for an organic discussion about Catholicism, theology, and life.
If you’re interested in learning more, experiencing more or just getting some perspective on Catholicism, tune in for a weekly chat! Some of the topics covered so far include The existence of God; Who’s going to make it?; How to pray with scripture; and Being led by the Spirit.
The podcast is available on most podcast platforms. New episodes are released weekly. Next month, Shane Dwyer, the host, will be joined by Archbishop Mark on the podcast. We pray that in some small way that the Going Deeper Podcast can contribute to your ongoing journey of faith.
“I listen to this podcast on my daily walk and have found it wonderfully informative and the questions posed during the discussions very interesting. The conversational format of this podcast makes for easy listening. As I consider how I am challenged by the discussion topics and questions at the end of each podcast, I believe my faith journey will continue to deepen and thrive in a positive way.” Kelli, Assistant Principal Religious Education
Gala Night – 5 weeks count down!
A big thank you to everyone who has donated beer, wine or spirits. Also thank you to the businesses and individuals who have generously donated towards our prizes. We really appreciate everyone’s support. If anyone would still like to donate, please bring your donations to the Parish office. Please check out our current sponsors. It will be a wonderful night to remember!
The next bi-monthly Grief Support Mass for all parishioners will be held at OLR on Friday 21 October at 9.00am followed by morning tea. Major life changes or events may cause severe emotional distress. If the Grief Support team can be of confidential assistance, please contact the parish office or email Kath on [email protected]
Young Men’s group
The parish has recently started a young men’s group for like-minded individuals aged 18-35 years to gather for social or faith events. If you are interested in joining, or wish to attend our next event, please email Fr Francis at [email protected]
Welcome back to Term 4 – we hope you had a restful break and are ready to jump back into it!
Youth group is back from next Friday 14 October from 6.00pm–8:30pm at Unity College. All students in Years 7–12 are welcome to join us for our SEASON 4 LAUNCH PARTY. Dinner provided, games to play, people to meet, Christ to encounter! See you there!
Rite of Christian Initiation for Teens (RCIT) Program
If you are a high schooler and interested in receiving the sacraments of initiation (baptism, confirmation, communion), Felicity will be running a 5-week program
throughout Term 4. The sacraments are wonderful tools that will help you encounter God in real ways, so you can come to better understand what faith is for you!
The program will run after school at Unity College, dates TBC. If you would like further information, please email Felicity at [email protected]
All in Years 7–12 are welcome to go on this journey together!
Becoming a Catholic
For all those who wish to know more about the Church and our faith, the opportunity is here again!
There will be a first gathering in the process to meet on Saturday 29 October at the Parish Centre starting at 10.00am.
For more information please contact the parish office on 5430 9390.
The next Ladies Lunch will be on Friday 21 October at 12.00pm at Dicky Beach Surf Club. All ladies are welcome.
f you would like to attend please contact Linda 0429 380 979 so we can confirm numbers by Monday 17 October.
Altar Server Training
The parish will hold altar server training for children at OLR church on 13 October from 3.30-5.00pm, with food and drink to start. For catering purposes, please RSVP the parish office on 5430 9390 or email [email protected]. For members of the Unity College Mass community, training will be held at 3.30pm before Mass on Sunday 16 October.
Congratulations to Kirra Elysee who will be making her Communion & Confirmation at Maleny this weekend.
As a parish family we welcome Archer Stewart, Rylan Southwell, James Howdin, Vinnie Irwin, Florence Allan and Daniel Mantilla who will be baptised at OLR this weekend.
We pray for John Joseph and Edward Carter who died last week and their funerals will be held on Friday at OLR and Gregson & Weight at 1.00pm.
May their souls and all the souls of our deceased priests, religious and parishioners rest in peace.
Watch Mass live
To watch mass live go to the Caloundra Catholic Parish Facebook page.
“Calling all Men to rediscover God’s presence and purpose in your life!!” A Parish mission for men By menALIVE is being hosted by the Corinda/Graceville Parish on the weekend of 15 and 16 October. If you are interested in coming along or finding out more about this mission, please register here.
For more information, contact Colin Ahern on 0401 324 469 or email [email protected]