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Parish News May 26, 2023

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The Sunshine Coast Homeless Need Our Help

On June 22nd, Dan McShea (Principal of Unity College), Michael Steward (Principal of OLR Primary School), and I will be once again roughing it in the cold and (hopefully not) wet. This winter we’re sleeping out with other community leaders on Maroochydore Beach to not only raise money for people experiencing homelessness, but raise awareness of their plight. Homelessness can affect anyone – women, men, and even children. The good news though is that together, we can make a significant difference!

Please support us during the Vinnies CEO Sleepout; your donation will help the St Vincent de Paul Society empower more people to get off the streets and into stable accommodation. Vinnies provides counselling, education, health and employment services to help people to lift themselves out of the cycle of poverty.

Every donation is meaningful. Just fifty dollars can provide a whole family with a warm, nutritious meal this winter. The other good news is that like last year, your donations will stay local, directly helping people in the Sunshine Coast. Please help us raise funds by clicking on the link below. Thank you so much; your generosity is truly appreciated. Fr Josh

Attention all Extraordinary Ministers of Communion to the Sick and Housebound

On Wednesday 31 May in the Egan Room at 9.00am, additional/refresher training will be provided for all current ministers and to those who would like to be trained. Morning tea will be provided.

In this short one hour session, Fr Josh will be explaining the essential elements of this very important ministry. This will assist us all to be unified in our delivery of the most Blessed Sacrament. There will be some time allocated for questions. Please feel free to call Vivienne on 0409 897 673 if you require further information.



Become a Pastoral Care Volunteer

Southern Cross Care Aged Care are seeking expressions of interest from caring and supportive parishioners to join their Pastoral Care Volunteer Program. Help make a difference to the lives of aged care residents at their Caloundra home by helping residents with their emotional or spiritual needs. Successful applicants will take part in an 8-week training course (commencing July 2023, and only a few hours per week) and become a part of a great community of spiritual care volunteers. For further information contact Kristie McManus on 0437 717 153 or download the brochure




Celebrate Reconciliation Week

Thursday 1 June 10.00am–11.00am at Landsborough Museum (4 Maleny St Landsborough), join canoe builder and First Nations local, Lyndon Davis, and gain a rare insight into the Gubbi Gubbi tradition of bark canoe building.  Morning Tea will be provided.  This is a free event and all are welcome. Registration is essential – register now. For more information call: 07 5420 8600.



OLR Craft Group

The OLR Craft Group will be holding a cancer Morning Tea on 29 May at 10.00am in the Parish Centre. You are all Welcome to come along.


Reflection on Summit 2023

Last weekend, 15 parishioners gathered in Brisbane for three days with over 600 fellow Catholics from across the Archdiocese for Summit 2023. We prayed, encountered, and listened to inspiring presenters, as well as each other, in a powerful experience that is difficult to describe. It provided me with confidence that our Archdiocese is on the move forward. We considered the reality of our present situation – it was not through rose-tinted glasses – and we looked “from the Summit”, as Archbishop Mark said, to where we might go. I found it encouraging that what Archbishop Mark outlined as the Archdiocesan priorities for action are mostly areas that we, as a Parish, have already discerned and adopted in our Parish Strategic Plan in different ways. The Catholic Leader has already published an article on one of the keynote sessions. It was a good example of the breadth of ages and nationalities of our Church and what all have to offer.  Bob Cullen




Parish Welcome Night 

Last Thursday, a number of new parishioners were welcomed at a cocktail function on the presbytery veranda. As well as new parishioners, we were also joined by many of the Ministry Leadership Team members. It was a joy to not only cultivate one of our key parish values – Relationship-Centred – but introduce and make connections with key lay leaders in the parish. As we move forward with our Strategic Plan, we will start to experience an even greater growth in numbers of worshiping parishioners – something that will necessitate teams of people who are committed to making new people feel welcome. If you would like to be involved in this ministry of hospitality and welcome, please contact the leader of our Community Life Ministry, Janice Chilcott by parish email.

View more photos from our Parish Welcome Night in our photo gallery.




Ignite Youth Launch

On Saturday the 13th of May, 13 student leaders from the Kingdom Youth group got the awesome opportunity to attend the Ignite Youth Launch event at Dream World on the Gold Coast, an event for young people that allows them to gather and get to know each other. This was a fun filled day that allowed the students to meet other like-minded young people passionate about their faith, and gave them a taste of what Ignite Conference held in September is all about! During the day the students got the chance to see all the wildlife and have a blast on the rollercoasters, followed by a night rally and prayer and worship. The night rally was led by Emmanuel Worship, a musical band whose music is regularly performed by our own ministry band on a Friday night at youth group. This was an amazing opportunity for the students to experience the music they usually perform live and by the band themselves! Not only was the music a blast, but the students got to hear from a young adult who gave testimony about what it means to have Jesus transform your life – a theme we are focusing on throughout the year at our own Kingdom Youth Group. This incredible day of roller-coasters, meeting new people, and getting to experience praise and worship with so many young people set our student youth leaders faith on fire! The students are very excited to attend the Ignite Conference in September to continue to learn about their faith and continue their own faith journeys!  Holly Rees, Assistant Youth Minister 










Celebrating our diverse faith st Stella Maris

There was plenty of enthusiasm at our initial planning meeting for the Multicultural Mass which we will celebrate on Sunday 18 June. Mark it in your diary! Everyone is invited! The gathering divided into two groups with one concentrating on the liturgy and working towards ensuring that the Mass will be a reflection of the colour, movement and diversity of our Parish Family and our Catholic faith and traditions. The second group looked at the daunting challenge of the food and cultural extravaganza that will take place around Stella Maris Church immediately after the Mass. Our hope is for everyone to share in the culinary uniqueness and musical traditions of the many groups that make up our Parish. Now, if we are expecting over 400 at the Mass, that is a lot of dance and a lot of food!!! We invite and encourage ALL parishioners from all churches specially those who have come from abroad to contact Trish Harding  to see how we can be involved. The Mass is open to all to celebrate our diversity.


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 1 June, 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 contact the Parish Office on 5430 9390 or email [email protected]



First Saturday devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

Please join us on 3 June at 8.00am Our Lady of the Rosary Church Caloundra:

1. Recite the Rosary

2. Make a Sacramental Confession

3. Receive Holy Communion

4. Keep company and meditate on the mysteries of Rosary with the intention of making reparation to the Immaculate heart of Mary.





In Transition 

As a parish family we welcome Liam & Rori Darr, Darcy & Madelyn Regan, Oreana Mullane, Jasper Jr Narcida & Eden Guinea who will be baptised in our Parish this weekend. We pray for Natale Sutic who died last week and his funeral will be on Thursday 1 June 11.00am at OLR. May his souls and all the souls of our deceased priests, religious and parishioners Rest in Peace


Corpus Christi Procession

Are you proud of your Catholic faith? Are you looking for an opportunity to bear witness and help “make disciples of all nations” (Matt 28:19)?

On the Feast of Corpus Christi (June 11), join over 4000 other Catholics making a public testimony of faith by walking in a Eucharistic procession through the streets of Brisbane city. It will be a colourful display as groups gather from all across the Archdiocese of Brisbane to represent their parish or cultural community.

The Corpus Christi Procession will start and end at the Cathedral of St Stephen and feature prayers, rosary, hymns and Benediction with proceedings led by Archbishop Mark Coleridge.

Bus transport is available. Keep your eye on this website for more details as they become available. Download the brochure Corpus_Christi_DL_flyer for more information.

Date:  Sunday, 11th of June
Time: 2pm
Cost: Free
Location: Cathedral of St Stephen, Brisbane City





Holy Land Pilgrimage – save the date!

For more enquiries: Please ring Cristina on 0408 808 992 or complete this expression of interest form.



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