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Parish News Apr 6, 2023

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Our parish mission is to be a vibrant community that actively accompanies people to encounter Jesus.


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 13 April, beginning at 7.00pm. 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 email the Parish Office or call on 5430 9390.


A Big Vinnies Thank you 

The Good Shepherd Conference at Kawana want to sincerely  thank everyone who donated items, volunteered their time and  came and supported our recent book and plant sale fundraiser.  The weather was great and the result was amazing. The event  raised $6600, which will provide assistance to many going  through difficult times, as well as trying to cope with the high  cost of living. Your ongoing support is always greatly  appreciated. Thank you everyone and well done.

Sharing the Chalice

It is with gratitude and joy to share with you the news that we will soon reintroduce reception of Jesus’ Precious Blood from the chalice at Holy Communion. After a consultation with an infectious disease expert, the Archdiocese of Brisbane has received the encouragement to resume normal practices as much as possible due to the fact that “Covid will remain part of the human viral ecology for the foreseeable future.”

For our parish, we have decided to begin offering the chalice from the 5th Sunday of Easter, 6-7 May. In order to prepare for this, training for community leaders will be offered at the OLR Parish Centre Egan Room at 9.30am on Thursday, 20 April. This training aims to empower at least one person from each of our Masses to go forth and train other extraordinary ministers. Between now and then, if you are interested in becoming an extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion please leave your name and contact details with your community leader and/or Mass.

Confirmation for all baptised children from Year 3 or older are welcome to make their confirmation in Term 2.

The program starts on Thursday 27 April in the OLR Church from 5.00-6.00pm  and runs for seven weeks with the Confirmation ceremony on Friday 9 June. You will need to attend all sessions to be able to complete the sacrament.

Stella Maris Parish Maroochydore is running the same program a day apart so you are welcome to attend there or here. To register complete the registration form online. Both parents need to sign the form, and a copy of your child’s baptism certificate needs to be attached to the application.

Please note you will have to do it from your computer, mobile phones don’t work. Any questions don’t hesitate to contact the Parish office.


Bible Studies…beginning in May!

Bible studies will be continuing after Easter and there will be a new topic of study, ‘Jesus Christ, Teacher, Servant and Saviour’, beginning in May.  At present there are four groups, (three in Caloundra one one in Landsborough) and we hope to grow in numbers and expand our groups!
If anyone is interested in joining one of these groups, or forming a new one, we would be delighted to hear from you.

Landsborough group meet on Monday afternoons. Please contact Carol Devcich 0403 869 267 for further information.

Caloundra Group A meet on Tuesday evenings at 7.00pm at OLR in Dobson Room. This study will start on 2 May. New members welcome.

Caloundra Group B will be studying Jesus Christ, Teacher, Servant and Saviour. They meet on Tuesday evenings at 7.00pm at Caroline Kettle’s home in central Caloundra. This study will start on 2 May. New members welcome.

Caloundra Group C meet on Wednesday mornings at 9.00am at Caroline Kettle’s home in central Caloundra. This study will start on Wed 3 May. (This study group is full).

Cost is $13 for the guide book. As this study has 13 sessions, we are going to have 7 sessions from 2-3 May until 13-14 June, and then 6 sessions from 18-19 July until 22-23 August.

We choose studies that help us to get to know the Bible and therefore God, in ways that have a practical application to our lives. If you have a home that would be suitable for 6-10 people to gather in, that would be ideal (obviously the size of your home will determine the number of participants). It is also a great way to get to know others, and form friendships, and give support to one another in all sorts of ways. To help run these groups, it is not necessary to have great knowledge of the Bible, as the studies guide us well, and the Holy Spirit is also present to lead us into deeper understanding.

For further information, please contact Caroline Kettle 0435 828 092.


Divine Mercy Sunday – 16 April

Jesus revealed to a Polish nun, St Faustina Kowalska, His infinite love for all of humanity. He asked her to spread devotion to His Divine Mercy. Pope St. John Paul II instituted the Feast of Divine Mercy in response to our Lord’s requests. We are asked to trust in the mercy of Jesus, to venerate His Sacred image and to pray for mercy for all those in need, whether spiritual or physical.

Please join us at St Joseph’s Parish Nambour local parish celebration of this feast day at 2pm for Eucharistic Adoration, Rosary, Chaplet of Divine Mercy, Confessions, 3pm Holy Mass and veneration of the Divine Mercy Image.

The following program is proposed for the day:

  • 2.00pm – Sacrament of reconciliation: Fr Odinaka.
  • 2.00pm – Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament – Dcn Adrian
  • 2.00pm – Rosary – Dcn Adrian – Dcn Adrian
  • 2.35pm – Divine Praises and Benediction – Dcn Adrian
  • 2.40pm – Repose Blessed Sacrament – Dcn Adrian
  • 2.45pm – Divine Mercy Chaplet – Dcn Adrian
  • 3.00pm – Mass: Fr Odinaka (Homily Dcn Adrian). Veneration of the Divine Mercy Image following Mass – Dcn Adrian


Activities for the week in the OLR church 

Monday Adoration/Benediction 9.30-10.30am OLR Church. 

Rosary & Prayers Tuesday & Thursday 9.30-10.30am in OLR church following  Mass. 

No Children’s liturgy in the school holidays. 

Wednesday 12 April Adoration in the OLR Church 6.30-7.30pm 

Thursday 13, April Members of Caloundra’s Our Lady of Good Counsel   Conference of the St Vincent De Paul Society meet at the Parish Centre at  9.40am. New members welcome. Further enquiries please contact Helen on  0475 859 215 

Activities for the week at Maleny church 

Tuesday 11 April 

Maleny Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament from 8.30am, followed by Mass  at 9.00am 

Maleny SVDP meeting in the Pat Daley Centre at 10.00am 

Wednesday 12 April 

Maleny cards in the Pat Daley Centre at 6.00pm. 

Date Claimer in Maleny 

Maleny Catholic Ladies are having a Fashion Parade and morning tea on Friday, 5 May commencing 9.30am in Pat Daley Centre. Tickets are $25 each including five  raffle tickets, they are available by phoning Rose 0400550007 or Chris 0490065607.

Alpha Course

A new Alpha course is commencing on Friday 21 April at 9.30am. This course is a series of interactive sessions that create a safe and honest space where people can explore life, faith and meaning. Everyone is welcome. Please contact Elaine for more information on 0455 736 877 or email 


Encounter Kids- only 1 week left to book!

Let Encounter Catholic Kids Caloundra inspire your child with their one-day school holiday program filled with games, activities, crafts, fun and faith. Whether your child likes puzzles or playing Tug-O-War, it’s the ultimate environment to meet new friends and take part in immersive play and prayer designed to give children a positive and powerful experience of the Catholic faith.

Encounter Kids is the perfect playground for kids to burn off some energy in the school holidays, master some true friendships and encounter faith that might yet lead them to their best friendship ever with Jesus!

Open to all primary school aged children aged between 5 and 12 years, this one-day program creates a welcoming and fun space for children to connect with Jesus and grow in faith. Register now.



Catholic Leader online – digital reading

 Catholic Leader trial for digital copies has now finished. 

Could we please have feedback if you prefer the digital form or paper form. 

Please email the parish office for a Yes or No for digital.  

The Catholic Leader would like feedback.

In Transition 

This weekend we welcome Arabella Towers who will be baptised in the OLR church this weekend. 

We pray for Margaret Tully who died last week and her funeral will be at G&W on Friday 14th April 11am, may her  soul and all the souls of our  deceased priests, religious and parishioners Rest in Peace.

It’s school holidays!

To everyone joining us while on holidays! Whether you are travelling from across the street, up the Bruce Highway or roving around the country, thank you for choosing to be part of our celebration today. Keep safe on the roads.


Watch Mass live

Did you know that each day (except Wednesday) we live stream our daily Mass? To watch mass live go to the Caloundra Catholic Parish Facebook  page.



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