Our parish mission is to be a vibrant community that actively accompanies people to encounter Jesus.
Faith Communities Council Nominations
The development of the Parish Strategic Plan is continuing smoothly with support from Evangelisation Brisbane and our wide team of dedicated lay leaders from the six Ministry Leadership Teams. We remain on track for the planned launch on Pentecost Sunday, just a few short weeks from now. Our next key focus is the formation of our Faith Communities Council. This particular body of lay leaders will come together regularly to represent each of our eight worship communities and two schools and will support the implementation of the Parish Strategic Plan, offer both cohesion and communication between our different communities. More information is available on the parish website Home Page, including the position description and nomination form.
Following on from our request in the newsletter front page last week for all parishioners to pray and discern the membership of this team, Our Lady of the Rosary Parish is now inviting your nominations of potential leaders to represent your community. If you have, through prayer and discernment, identified either yourself or another community member as a potential leader, could you please submit a nomination using this link.
Alternatively, please complete one of the paper nomination forms available at the church entrances and place on the collection plate or hand it to the priest after Mass. We have a dream that our Faith Communities Council will consist of local community leaders on fire for the mission of the parish. Members of the Council will help to place evangelisation at the centre of our parish. We ask that you, and every single member of our parish, prays for the Holy Spirit to call forth women and men with the charism of leadership at this time. Come Holy Spirit.
Term 2 Confirmation – starts this Thursday
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.
Registration closes Wednesday 26 April, 2023.
(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.
The Cursillo Movement
Offers a three-day experience that can change your life. An opportunity to encounter Christ. A method of living the Gospel through friendship. Want to know how? Come and see:
Men’s 3 days 29 April – 1 May 2023
Women’s 3 days 19 – 21 May 2023
AT Mary Queen of Peace Parish Hall, Victoria Avenue, Woody Point, 9am – 9pm Daily
Enquiries for Men: Peter McMahon 0407 588 014 Women: Rosemary Haydock 0431 464 211
Date change for Hours of Grace!
Hours of Grace will begin Friday 19 May at 9.30am and finish at 6.00am on Sunday 21s May (pausing for Mass). More details to follow.
Thank you for your continued support of parish giving
Your continued response to the recent two-week preaching series on giving is very much appreciated.
Our Parish Mission, to be a vibrant community that actively accompanies people to encounter Jesus, is taking place through your continued support – thank you! For some people, the direct debit, cash or tap-and-go options work well, while others utilise our online options such as the QR code or Parish Giving App.
However you decide to financially support the Mission of Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Parish, we say thank you!
Activities for the week at OLR church
Sunday 23 April – Children’s liturgy.
Monday 24 April – Adoration/Benediction 9.30-10.30am OLR Church.
Tuesday 25 April – ANZAC DAY Public holiday – Parish office is closed.
Wednesday 26 April- Art class with Jude 0421777508 each week – OLR Egan room 10.00am-12.00pm.
Thursday 27 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.
– Confirmation – Parent information night OLR Church 6.00-7.00pm – Fr Richard Leonard.
Friday 28 April- Alpha 9.30am-11.30am Dobson room.
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 26 April – Maleny cards in the Pat Daley Centre at 6.00pm.
Bake Sale this Sunday after 9.30am OLR Mass
In July of this year, two of our young adults will be attending the World Youth Day pilgrimage to Lisbon, Portugal.
World Youth Day is a gathering of millions of young Catholics from around the world. They experience various forms of catechesis, are spiritually nourished by the sacraments, and are surrounded by like-minded people who love the Lord. The pilgrimage concludes with a Mass celebrated by Pope Francis.
Jasmine and Holly are having a bake sale to raise some funds to attend this wonderful event. They are excited to learn, grow and then return on fire for service within our parish. They will pray for the intentions of our community along the way. If you are able to offer your support by purchasing an item at the bake sale this morning after the 9.30am OLR Mass, it would be much appreciated.
Please continue to pray for Jasmine and Holly as they embark on this spiritual adventure. God bless!
Be an Eternal Guardian of your faith
Do you want to leave a legacy to your parish as a way of thanking God for the gifts you’ve been given in your lifetime?
Once you’ve cared for your loved ones, please consider a gift in your Will to sustain the sacramental and missional life of our parish. A gift in your Will can make a meaningful difference and personally advance the good works of the Church in this community for generations to come.
To find out how you can be an Eternal Guardian of your faith, please contact Fr Josh through the parish office or contact the Catholic Foundation – who support parishes in our Archdiocese. Visit www.catholicfoundation.org.au or call 07 3324 3632.
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.
Hope you all had a great two week holiday. Our youth group will recommence this week. Come along on Friday 28 April at Unity College from 6.00-8.30pm for all in Years 7-12 for our launch party.
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.
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.
This weekend we welcome Penelope & Daniel Krama and Etta & Idris English who will be baptised at OLR this weekend.
As a Parish family we would like to Congratulate Don & Dale Rolls on their 50th Wedding anniversary which they celebrated on the 14/04/2023.
We pray for Dorothea Sieber who died last week and her funeral will be at G&W on Friday 28 April 11.00am, may her soul and all the souls of our deceased priests, religious and parishioners Rest in Peace.
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