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Parish News Sep 8, 2023

Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time
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Safeguarding Sunday 2023

This weekend, the Catholic Church in Australia marks Safeguarding Sunday, on which we pray for those who have been abused, their
families and supporters. We recognise and apologise for the harm done by priests,
religious and lay people in Church settings.

Rebuilding trust and confidence in the Church requires constant work and vigilance.
We recommit to cultural change that will help the Church be a place that builds and supports safe communities for all people.

You can find out more about the Church’s work in this area at Australian Catholic Safeguarding

A guide to the Church’s response to child sexual abuse can also be found here



OLR pilgrims share their WYD pilgrimage journey

OLR parishioners Holly Rees and Jasmine Quinlan journeyed alongside 1.5 million young Catholics across the globe to Lisbon, Portugal to celebrate their faith and for a world encounter faith experience with Pope Francis at the 36th World Youth Day. Following in the footsteps of saints like Catherine Labouré and Bernadette of Lourdes, Holly and Jasmine share their immersion experience and pilgrimage of peace.

Holly and Jas with the Holy Water from Lourdes that they brought home as a souvenir for the Caloundra Parish.


Our pilgrimage started in the beautiful city of Paris where we got to experience the small and hidden cathedrals tucked away in the streets of Paris. We started our first full day in Paris by visiting The Chapel of Graces of the Miraculous Virgin, where the incorrupt body of St Catherine Laboure lays. When we arrived in the Cathedral we joined the end part of a mass being celebrated in French. Although I couldn’t understand the language, it was incredible to still be able to experience and understand what was happening, and still be able to encounter this Mass even though I couldn’t understand the language. This made me feel so connected to my faith!

After celebrating Mass, we went to the chapel of the Lazarists Mission where we visited the incorrupt body of St Vincent de Paul. This was a surreal experience as these two magnificent locations were so close to each other, but hidden within Paris. It made me feel so lucky to be a Catholic as I was able to experience these things and truly appreciate them.

Another highlight was getting to see and pray within Sacre Coeur. This Basilica was one of the most beautiful things I got to see whilst on pilgrimage, and I felt very privileged being able to pray here. Being in a space full of hundreds of tourists, but finding the peace through prayer here, truly made me appreciate where I was.

Holly Rees


On our way to Lisbon, we visited the Marian apparition sights of Lourdes and Fatima. In both cities we participated in the evening rosary processions. It was so special to pray the rosary in those holy places with thousands of other pilgrims and in all different languages.

The World Youth Day (WYD) festivities took place in Lisbon over a week. It’s estimated that we were among 1.5 million other young people who had gathered there. This meant that the city was teeming with groups of young people from all over the world. Despite the overwhelming number of people all in the same place, the city felt very peaceful. One of my favourite experiences of that peacefulness was hearing the extremely overcrowded train carriages being filled with voices singing hymns and praise in every language you could imagine. It made me feel so united in our universal Catholic faith!I am so grateful to have gone on the WYD pilgrimage and would like to thank everyone in the parish who helped us get there. It was definitely a ‘mountain top’ experience!

Jasmine Quinlan



Invitation to Our Lady of the Rosary Feast Day 

Celebrations will start at 4.00pm with a Rosary Procession from the school oval, followed by 5.00pm mass in the OLR church, and then dinner with celebratory cake afterwards. All parishioners and friends from all Mass communities are very welcome. This is a great opportunity for all of us to celebrate the importance of the rosary and connect with fellow parishioners in all 8 mass centres to build a stronger community and create a “vibrant parish” and have fun celebrating!!

We invite a member from each mass community to lead the rosary. Holy Cross funerals will be supporting the afternoon celebrations. Further ideas or suggestions are welcome and can be emailed to the parish office





You are cordially invited to attend the next Men’s Dinner 

Date & Time:

Wednesday 27 September 2023 ~ 6:00 for 6:30pm start


St Andrew’s Anglican Church Hall.    46 Upper Gay Terrace, Caloundra 4551


$20.00 includes Drinks & Nibbles, Main Course, Dessert & Tea/Coffee.

For more information: please get in touch with Donald Rolls




Ladies Lunch

The next Ladies Lunch will be on Friday 15 September at 12.00pm at La Promenade Cafe (4 Tay Avenue, Caloundra).

If you would like to attend could you please contact Deborah 0410531901 by Monday 11 September to confirm numbers.

All ladies are welcome.



Grief Support

The next bi-monthly Grief Support Mass for all parishioners will be held at OLR on Friday 15th September at 9am followed by morning tea. Major life changes or events may cause severe emotional distress. If the Grief Support team can be of confidential assistance, please contact the Parish office or email Kath on [email protected].



Baptism Preparation Evening for Infants

Those parents with newborn 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 14th September, beginning at 7pm. 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.



Grandparents Day – Save the Date – 26 September


Our Lady of the Rosary Caloundra would like to extend an invitation to all Grandparents to attend a workshop giving support & ideas for passing on Faith to children & grandchildren. Presented by Evangelisation Brisbane this short workshop is Designed to give easy ways to engage Children & Grandchildren in conversations about God, Faith & Prayer. Please join us on Tuesday 26th September after 9.00am mass in the church, the session should be around 90min with morning tea provided.

To register please go to Eventbrite  by Sunday 24 September.

Our Local Safeguarding Officer:  Judy Moir  0421 873 060

Or Brisbane Safeguarding 07 3324 3752




In Transition

We welcome Audrey O’Neill, Abby Lynch & Leo Bailey who will be baptised at OLR this weekend.

We pray for the souls of our loved ones who have gone before us an the souls of our deceased priests, religious and parishioners Rest in Peace.





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



Containers for Change

Are you saving your can/bottles?

Please use the Parish Scheme ID C11072500 by adding the Parish scheme ID in the containers for change mobile App, so that much-needed funds can be directed to parish initiatives.

For more information, refer to our website





Consecrated to Jesus through Mary – in Spanish 

You’re invited to a series of talks & prayers at Stella Maris Catholic Parish starting on the 25 September.

Pope John Paul II’s papal motto was Totus Tuus. It is a shortened version of the phrase:
‘Totus tuus ego sum et omnia mea tua sunt’ ~ ‘I am all yours, and all that is mine is yours’.

Golden Wedding Anniversary Celebration

In this 150th year of the Cathedral of St Stephen, Archbishop Mark Coleridge invites couples together with family and friends, to the annual GOLDEN WEDDING ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS

11:30am Mass on Saturday, 30 September 2023 followed by refreshments on the Cathedral grounds.

Other couples married at the Cathedral or Chapel, are also invited to attend with family and friends to celebrate 150 years of weddings at the Cathedral.
If you have photos or stories to share of your wedding at the Cathedral, please email David Todd  or phone David on 07 3324 3030 by 1 September 2023
To register to attend the Mass and for catering purposes please RSVP by email or phone 07 3324 3030 by Friday 22nd September 2023.



















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