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Parish News Apr 14, 2023

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


Thank you and Buona Pasqua 

To every person who lent a hand in preparing our Easter  Liturgies, a grateful parish says “thank you.”

Thank you to those who began preparing the music and liturgy run-sheets several months ago. To those who organised rosters and personnel, those who practiced, played, sang, served, decorated, and directed: thank you. We say cheers to the people who worked behind the scenes and we’re grateful to those who proclaimed the Word, projected the words and prayed the words. And finally, thank you to those who simply turned up and added to the Body of Christ!


Morning Tea this Sunday  

Holy Cross Funerals are inviting you all to Morning tea this Sunday 16 April at OLR to meet and greet with the team from Holy Cross Funerals.

After 9.30am Mass please stay and join in morning tea.  All are welcome. [email protected]


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 (177 Currie St, Nambour) celebration of this feast day at 2.00pm for Eucharistic Adoration, Rosary, Chaplet of Divine Mercy, Confessions, 3.00pm 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



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.


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 



Ladies Lunch

The next Ladies Lunch will be at Thirsty Beaver, Otranto Avenue, Caloundra on Friday, 21 April, at 12.00 noon. All ladies are welcome. If you would like to attend please contact Deborah 0410531901 by Monday, 17 April, to confirm numbers.


Term 2 Confirmation


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.


Year of Yes Prayer

Today and every day I say Yes to you O Lord.

In the same way that Mary said yes to your invitation,

I say Yes to your Son’s presence in my life.

May my yes, by the power of your Holy Spirit, allow you to use all the talents,

skills and gifts you have given me for the purpose of building up

Your Body in our community. We make this prayer through Christ our Lord. Amen


World Day of Prayer

We invite you to consider supporting the World Day of Prayer for Vocations 2023 on the 30 April.  We want to highlight the international resource pack, which can be found here

This website contains various prayers for vocations, social media posts, and resources for priests, children, teenagers and parents.

Bible Studies in May!

There will be a new study starting in May: ‘Jesus Christ, Teacher, Servant and Saviour’. We hope to expand our groups, and our numbers, and look forward to hearing from you.  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.



Friends at Court at Caloundra courthouse require additional volunteers.

They assist individuals attending Caloundra Court on Wednesday, Thursdays and Fridays for approximately 2 hours each day.

This would suit retirees and training will be provided. If you would like further information or are interested please call Kevin on 0457290396.



Kingdom Youth


Hope you all had a great two week holiday.  Our youth group will recommence the 2nd week of Term 2. Come along on Friday 28 April at Unity College from 6.00-8.30pm for all in Years 7-12 for our launch party.



Save the Date

Hours of Grace will be from 26-28 May. More details will follow.


Grief Support

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 or email Kath on [email protected] with your details so a support person can contact you.  All contact is treated with utmost confidentiality.



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

Wednesday 12 April 

  • Maleny cards in the Pat Daley Centre at 6.00pm. 

Date Claimer 

  • 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.



                As a Parish family we would like to congratulate Benjamin Walker & Samantha Brill who will be married this weekend in Maleny.




In Transition 

This weekend we welcome Harlow Borak & Izac Sharp who will be baptised in the OLR & OLW churches this weekend.

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



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