Christmas Mass times
As we all plan our Christmas festivities, we invite you to join us to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ at one of our many communities. You can find a Mass centre and mass times on our parish website here.
The Parish office will be closed from 26 December 2022 and will reopen Monday 9 January 2023. Mass will continue once-a-day only at OLR each day at 9.00am (EXCEPT Wednesday!) while the Parish office are taking a well deserved break!
Ministers needed for our Christmas Masses!
Can you help in your chosen field? If you are a reader or communion minister, leader, projectionist or monitor the roster is needing to be filled for the 7.00pm & 10.00pm Masses at OLR church. All the communities will be having a Christmas Mass which will require volunteers to assist with the preparation and rosters to fill for parts of the Mass. If you are available at Christmas and would like to be involved with one of the Masses please put your name on the sheets provided or contact the leader in your community. Thank you in advance for your continued support.
Craft Group get ‘crafty’ with Christmas Tree
Our cChristmas Tree which stands at the entrance of OLR church is beautifully decorated by our local craft group who meet each week in the Parish Centre. The decorations are all hand made by the craft group and each child at Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Masses at OLR will be given a decoration. Well done and thank you craft group.
St Vincent De Paul Christmas Appeal
Next weekend is our annual St Vincent de Paul Christmas Appeal at Caloundra & Maleny. These funds will be used for two main projects. Firstly, to provide Christmas hampers and gift vouchers for families doing it tough. This is a particularly challenging time of year, and many people look forward to your support to be able to bring the Christmas spirit into their homes. Secondly, your continued generosity enables Vinnies to provide food, fuel, emergency accommodation, educational support and much more for the poorest among us. There will be envelopes on the pews and Vincentians in uniform should you have any questions. Thank you for your continued support.
Family focus on the Season of Advent
It is easy to get caught up in the craziness that surrounds Christmas. I encourage you to keep Christ central in all your CHRISTmas preparations and focus on giving. Some ideas for your families include:
- Make your own Advent Calendar with acts of giving (see the resources available from the Archdiocese of Brisbane for more ideas)
- Focus on the nativity story at night time reading with your child.
- Create your own nativity scene or retell the story with a nativity set you own.
- Write Christmas cards and include a compliment to your friends and family.
- Complete Christmas puzzles and activities, like find-a-word or make shortbread Christmas star cookies.
- Make your own Advent wreath and candles (Brisbane Catholic Education has more ideas here).
Everyone’s responsibility: Ministry in the parish
Last weekend, at the Strategic Planning Day, we ratified an achievable goal for the parish: in five years 70% of worshiping parishioners are involved in some sort of ministry each and every year. Having real responsibility and involvement (outside our necessary celebration of the Mass), is one of the keys to a healthy parish because it will create a sense of ownership and “buy-in” to our Mission: to be a vibrant community that actively accompanies people to encounter Jesus. Two ministry areas of great need in the parish – which are perhaps geographically Caloundra-orientated – are the need for assistance setting up for funerals at OLR church and the need for volunteers to assist with the administration of our parish. While our previous funeral assistants have done a terrific job, they are no longer available and so we have the pressing need for 2-3 parishioners who are normally available weekdays, mid-late morning. Our office staff, Eileen and Vicki, do an absolutely wonderful job, but there is much more work needed to be carried out than they are able to do each week – even with the unpaid overtime they faithfully do. Please contact Eileen or Vicki at the parish office if you are interested in knowing more about these two important ministries in our parish. Thank you in advance. Fr Josh
Festival of Readings and Carols
The Annual Festival of Readings and Carols will be held at the Cathedral of st Stephen on Sunday 18 December 2022 commencing at 5.00pm. All welcome!
The Holy Season of Advent, a message from the Catholic Guy!
The holy season of Advent has begun so let’s prepare our hearts for this special time together. In Advent, we may not give something up like in Lent but I’m inviting you to start something instead.
“You never become who you hope to become, you only become what you do!”
I’m inviting you find a few minutes a day to deepen your walk with God as we prepare ourselves for Christmas and the birth of our Lord and Saviour. If you already receive the Daily Devotional emails each day, you don’t need to do anything except check your inbox or the website each day!! If you don’t receive the Daily Devotional emails each day, it is simple. Just sign up and you will start receiving the Advent emails daily and we will be praying for you!
Bruce Downes, The Catholic Guy
Going Deeper podcast: Advent Special
Listen to this week’s Advent SpecialGoing Deeper Podcast hosted by Shane Dwyer.
If you’re interested in learning more, or just getting some perspective on faith, tune in to the weekly episodes!
Golden Jubilee Wines are still available!
Need a Christmas gift for a loved one? Come to the Parish Office to buy one bottle of wine or a box of 3 (mixed bottles): $20 per bottle
Fr John Dobson Edition – Merlot
Fr John Egan Edition – Shiraz
Fr Kevin Smith – Semillon Sauvignon Blanc
Christmas Cards and the Columban calendar
St Vincent de Paul Christmas Cards & the Columban calendar will be on sale from this weekend until sold out. The Calendar is $10.
Bible Study 2023
We are planning to study the book of Acts in the New Year. We have 2 groups at present, which meet either on Tuesday evening or Wednesday morning. If anyone would like to join us, you would be most welcome.
We are not into academic theology, more a practical application approach. Please RSVP to Caroline as books will need to be ordered. They will cost around $10 each. Please call Caroline Kettle on 0435 828 092 if you are interested or have any questions.
Archdiocese of Brisbane needs your help
We’re interested in hearing from young people, parents, carers, grandparents, and all parishioners about how they access Catholic content. Please complete our survey to help us understand what we could be doing better to connect you with the content you would like to see.
Fr F.V. Hefferan Bursary and 2023 Awards are now open!
Each year, St Joseph’s Catholic Parish at Nambour reward young people across the Sunshine Coast for their outstanding efforts in academia, the arts, or innovative pursuits. The family of the late Rev Fr Francis Hefferan (Parish Priest of Nambour Catholic Church) set up a Benevolent Fund over two decades ago, to specifically support young people in the pursuit of these goals. Since 2001, more than 183 young people across the Sunshine Coast have received bursaries and awards valued at $159,300 for their outstanding effort in pursuits as diverse as weight lifting, music, theatre and academic excellence.
Applications for the 2023 bursaries and awards are now open to all young people aged between 15 – 25 years throughout the Sunshine Coast who are interested in applying. For more information, please click here. Applications Close on Friday 3 February.
As a Parish family we welcome Isabelle Crookes, Sunny Njuyen & Avaeh McAllister who will be baptised at OLR Church this weekend. We pray for Sandra Bryan who died last week and her funeral was at OLR on the 7 December. May her soul 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.