Last Sunday, 11 June, we received and welcomed six new brothers and sisters into the Catholic family. We thank Bishop Brian Heenan, who administered the sacraments to them. Special thanks to the RCIA team and all those who helped in their faith formation. God bless you all as we continue to pray for them, Fr Ejikeme.
Are you musically gifted?
Can you play the piano, organ, guitar or any other instrument that could lead and accompany music ministry at Mass? This is a fantastic opportunity to put the “Yes Prayer” into action. Please email the office [email protected] or call 07 5430 9390 with your contact details and a member of the Worship Ministry Leadership Team will be in touch.
Thank you for your ministry.
Last Chance to assist Homelessness in our backyard
Friends, we have raised over $2500 for homelessness in our home, the Sunshine Coast! Thank you for the amazing generosity you have demonstrated to those who need it most!!
If you are able, please either click the link here to donate now or place a clearly marked envelope in the collection basket to donate to this worthy cause.
Fr Josh, together with Dan McShea (pictured left), Principal of Unity College and Michael Stewart (center), Principal of OLR Primary School, will once again ‘rough’ the cold winter this Thursday night 22 June. They’re sleeping out with other community leaders at Maroochydore Beach to raise money for people experiencing homelessness and 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!
Containers for Change
The need for stewardship or care for our environment has never been greater. In 2015, Pope Francis published a public letter titled Laudato Si’ – Care for Our Common Home. As part of our Parish’s support for this program, and to contribute to more regenerative environmental solutions, we are launching a new Parish-wide “Containers for Change” initiative.
All Church Centres will be asked to participate, but we are also asking you as parishioners to join us. When returning your own recyclable cans and bottles to a refund station, we ask that you consider using the Parish Containers for Change ‘ID’. When lodging your return at the refund station terminal you would simply select the ‘Scheme ID’ option then enter the Parish ID: C11072500. Your contribution, and the money generated from your returns, will then go towards supporting the Parish, with funding directed to our Kingdom Youth and Service Outreach ministries. This initiative will not only help the environment, but also help grow our local youth and service ministries.
Please note the Parish Containers for Change initiative is separate to any being run by Catholic schools in the area. By using the Parish Scheme ID above, your funds will be directed to the Church-run initiatives. For more information on how you can be involved and lodge a return or add the Parishscheme ID in the containers for change mobile App please visit our website
ALPHA – save the dates!
After another very successful Alpha course, which is concluding next week, we are now opening a further two courses beginning in July. There will be an Alpha course commencing on Tuesday evening 11 July at 6.00pm and one on Friday 14 July commencing at 8.45am. We will also offer one at Landsborough if we have sufficient interest.
Celebrating Confirmation in our parish
On Friday 9 June, 64 children, along with their families, celebrated the Sacrament of Confirmation. The celebration of the second Sacrament of Initiation was the culmination of a number of weeks of gathering , learning and journeying together – families, teachers, catechists and priests. We are grateful for the dedication of the teaching team: Justine Ashworth, Sarah Culpitt and Julie Gerhardt – who is the Children & Families Ministry Leader in our parish. Your dedication and passion in accompanying all 64 children along the way is a terrific example of living out our Parish Mission: to be a vibrant community that actively accompanies people to encounter Jesus. Special thanks, once again, to Bishop Brian – the faithful servant that he is – for presiding at the 4.00pm and 6.00pm celebrations of Confirmation. This wonderful celebration was accompanied by Mrs Fran Griffin, music teacher at OLR Primary School, and a number of OLR students who offered their time and talent in leading the music – thank you very much!!
Our Parish’s aim is to be a vibrant and welcoming Parish. If you have a name badge, it would be appreciated if you could wear it to Mass. If you don’t have a badge and would like one, please email the parish office with your name and phone number to [email protected]
The badges cost only $5 each (the parish subsidises the rest) Please specify if you want a pin or magnet backing.
Lectio Divina: Mark’s Gospel Bible Study – 14 Sessions
Commencing 8:00-9:30am on Thursday 22 June at Kawana Good Shepherd Centre, Nanyima St, Buddina (opp. Kawana Library & Centrelink). Only 10 spaces available. Registration is free but an $18 donation would be appreciated to go towards the work book. For registration and enquires please email [email protected]
Peter’s Pence Collection
Each year parishes in the Archdiocese of Brisbane take up the Peter’s Pence collection as a retiring collection. The collection will take place at the end of all masses next weekend on the 24-25 June 2023. The Peter’s Pence collection gives Catholics in Australia an opportunity to join in communion with the Catholic faithful throughout the world in support of the charitable works of the Holy Father, Pope Francis.
We welcome Harvey & Lakey Beckett, Arlo & Maggie McIntyre and Sadie Plant who will be baptised at OLR this weekend.
Yes23 Sunshine Coast Soccer Cup and Free Family Fun Day
The Catholic Archdiocese of Brisbane is a member of the Queensland Community Alliance, which is organising a 7-a-side social soccer tournament / family fun day to help educate our community about the Uluru Statement From the Heart, including constitutional recognition of Indigenous Australians through a Voice to Parliament. The Sunshine Coast Yes23 Cup will be held on Sunday 2 July between 12 noon and 5.30pm at Kawana Football Club.
Our parish community and their family/friends aged 16+ are invited to play: please complete this online form by 25 June to join or form a team.
Our parish community is also warmly invited to bring along family and friends to enjoy the live music, dancing, kids’ activities and BBQ. For more information, please email Walters Nkemfack via [email protected].
Men Alive : 2023 BEHOLD
MenALIVE is a national Catholic Ministry and gathering of men. This Australasian ministry aims to Support men to be the men they were created to be; better husbands, fathers, and men of God.
MenAlive celebrates 20 years this year and the 2023 theme, BEHOLD.
MenAlive are hosting two upcoming gatherings to support men to connect in the context of the Catholic faith to listen, learn and long for the fullness of life.
Event 1: GROWING GOOD MEN
(A UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY FOR DADS AND THEIR TEENAGE SONS TO RECONNECT & EMBARK ON A QUEST OF DISCOVERY)
When: 23-25 June 2023
Where: Kindilan Adventure Park Brisbane
Cost: $450 for father & son
Register here: https://app.tickets.org.au/MA/GGM2023
Event 2: menALIVE to the MAX
When: 14-16 July 2023
Where: The Women’s College University of Queensland, Brisbane.
Cost: Registrations start from $150.
Register here: https://app.tickets.org.au/MA/MAX2023BNE
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
Holy Land Pilgrimage – save the date!
For more enquiries: Please ring Cristina on 0408 808 992 or complete this expression of interest form.