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Parish News Nov 24, 2023

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I’ve been going to Mass since before I was born. Mum and Dad would attend Mass each Sunday, go to Confession each Saturday and say the Rosary just about every night; And, as a young boy, I saw them carry a book into church that they would read from, while the priest said Mass. I tried once bringing one of my readers to Mass when I was about 6 years-old but it found its way into Mum’s bag; it wasn’t the right sort of book it seems. Before long I was an altar boy; and then when I was older I started playing music. In all of those years, that Red Book remained an elusive mystery, I knew it was called a Missal, but its use and even reason for existence escaped me. Until this year when I got one – now I know what all the fuss was about and would recommend a Missal to anyone who attends church.

Using a Hand Missal
Ever since the laity were able to read, generally, there have been handheld versions of the Missal for the lay people to pray along as the Mass progresses. Certain Missals today, like the St. Paul’s Sunday Missal, contains the readings for every Sunday and Solemnity for the three-year cycle of readings.
The readings at Mass are proclaimed and most of the prayers are audible, so a hand Missal is not necessary. However, they are helpful for following along.
By reading the words of the Mass or the readings being proclaimed, it can be a great help to focus one’s mind and heart on the Holy Mass by using a handheld Missal.
Beyond Sunday, the Roman Missal is a wealth of wisdom that offers us a myriad of sacred prayers. Life is turbulent — at times a challenging path where feelings of being lost or overwhelmed are all too common. Other times, life is a resounding joy and a blessed event, filled with miracles, daily needs, friends, family and the charity of Christ. For all of these circumstances, our forebearers of the faith have composed prayers to help Catholics communicate with God and express their hearts in wondrous lucidity.
The Roman Missal is a book of these wise expressions and is a wonderful at-hand resource for any Catholic and their family.

Lector’s Workshop mid Jan 2024

In some exciting news, David Lewis, a member of the Worship Leadership Team, is putting the finishing touches on a Lector’s Workshop that will be advertised for parishioners in mid-January 2024. Anyone who reads at Mass or who would like to read, is warmly invited to this workshop. And knowing David, it certainly won’t be dull!

God bless, Paul Casteli, Worship Ministry Leader


Art for Advent – 2 December

Our Fr. Francis and Rev. Paul Fletcher from the Anglican Parish are hosting an ecumenical initiative called Art for Advent. It will begin with a one-hour interactive presentation by Fr. Francis on Christian art. The talk will be followed by artists between our parishes showcasing their artwork based on Advent themes.

Venue: St. Andrews

46 Upper Gay Terrace, Kings Beach.

Starting time: 10.30am. Refreshments will be provided during showcasing. Light lunch available from 12.30pm.

To RSVP go to the Linktree and complete the form or contact the parish office.





We are always looking for new ways to improve access to the Parish and its events for all our Parishioners. With this in mind we have developed a ‘one stop shop’ enabling you to RSVP to different events and even order your name badge. You can access the link here or scan the QR code in the bulletin with your phone’s camera at Mass this weekend, it will take you to a page that looks like this:

If that all feels a bit too much, we have set up an iPad in the office. Our wonderful Office staff and volunteers are able to support you if needed.




4-Week Advent program




Advent is a period of four Sundays, not four weeks as we sometimes think, and this year Advent is as short as it can possibly be – just 22 days.
On Sunday 24 December we celebrate the 4th Sunday of Advent and Christmas Vigil Masses begin that evening.

In Advent the Church’s attention is on the three comings of Christ: in the past at his birth at Bethlehem, in the present, and at his Second Coming in the future. The season features three key figures –
the prophet Isaiah, John the Baptist, the Virgin Mary.

Advent has three distinct stages:

  • the first focuses on the end of time when Christ will come again in glory
  • the second focuses on John the Baptist heralding Jesus’ public ministry
  • the last focuses on Jesus’ birth and the role of Mary in salvation history.The word ‘advent’ means ‘waiting’ and the season of Advent is a time of waiting. But how do we wait for God? We wait with patience. Patience does not mean passivity. Waiting patiently is not like waiting for the bus to come, the rain to stop, or the doctor to see us. It is an active waiting in which we live the present moment to the full in order to find there the supernatural essence of the One we are waiting for.“Waiting patiently always means paying attention to what is happening right before our eyes and seeing there the first rays of God’s glorious coming.” (Henri Nouwen)


Alpha@OLR Celebration Dinner

Our Parish is celebrating three years of Alpha with a dinner at Dom’s Restaurant, Kings Beach, on Wednesday 13 December at 6.00pm. If you are one of the nearly 150 people that have either done an Alpha at OLR, supported an Alpha through catering or leading a group, prayed as an intercessor for our Alpha programs or if you haven’t done an Alpha and are thinking you might like to, we would love to see you at the Alpha@OLR celebration dinner. We will hear some testimonies from participants, and Fr Josh will be speaking on our future plans. Please come along!

Dinner and a welcome drink are included at a cost of $20 pp.

Please complete the RSVP at Linktree or contact the parish office.


Taizé prayer

In the monastery at Taizé, short mantra-like songs create a relaxing style of prayer. As the words are repeated, their reality gradually penetrates our whole being. Singing becomes a way of listening to God. The simplicity and repetition allow us to wait attentively on God. This is a prayer of ‘watching’, awakening and listening.
It is very much in the spirit of the Advent Scriptures. Come and relax in this beautiful prayer at OLR on Tuesday 12 December at 7.00pm.

For more information visit:


Employment – Evangelisation Coordinator

Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Parish is looking to hire an Evangelisation Coordinator. The role’s focus is upon the creation of an evangelisation pathway and the sustainable and coordinated implementation of the Parish’s Strategic Plan. This role offers flexible hours (part-time), and is a leadership position within the parish in collaboration with the parish clergy and senior leadership team.
If you are interested, please apply here or call the parish office for more information.



Parish Administrator Position

With the departure of Pauline at the Maroochydore Parish, a new admin position has opened in the parish office.
We invite applications to be submitted via the Archdiocesan website under the tab ‘Careers.’ The job description gives you an indication of the outline of the role and how to apply.


Please join us on 2nd December @ 7.45am OLR Church Caloundra






Congratulations Jacob Gomez


Jacob Gomez, a Year 11 student at Unity College Caloundra West has won the top gong in Religious Education at the College’s annual senior school awards.

Fr Josh presented Jacob, one of OLR’s youngest and active parishioners, with the award at a special College ceremony recently.

Receiving the award, a very humble Jacob said, “This award is special to me. I enjoy what I do in our school and parish communities, as God would have me do. I am very thankful for the recognition, and it reminds and encourages me to continue to be active in ministry.”

Jacob, who grew up with a strong faith attended Mass with his family from a very young age.

“My faith is important to me,” he said. “My parents encouraged me to participate in Mass by becoming an altar server after receiving my First Holy Communion, and playing the guitar at OLR school liturgies. Now, I’ve become more aware of my faith and relationship with Jesus, as I continue to seek and learn more.”

Jacob continues to play guitar with the NET and music ministry teams at Unity College. In the last few years, he has also been actively involved at Ignite Conferences, youth camps and Kingdom Youth Group.

“In the future I have my mind set on being a music teacher. I love playing guitar and creating music, but as I learn, and delve more deeply in relationship with Jesus, I’ve even considered a role as a youth minister or something similar. I would like to help and guide young people into their faith journey and relationship with Jesus,” said Jacob.

Last year, Jacob was the recipient of the St Vincent de Paul bursary to assist with ministry studies.


The Annuals are in!

If you ordered a Break Open the Word, Ordo or Daily Mass book they are in the office to collect.
If you are from one of the other 7 Mass centres they are in your box for this weekend.




Our Lady of the Rosary Caloundra Year-of-yes

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




Centenary of the first Catholic Church in Maleny

The Maleny Sacred Heart Church community invites Parishioners to celebrate the Centenary of the first Catholic Church in Maleny in February 1924. A Centenary book is being compiled and will be available at the celebrations on Sunday 4 February 2024 to purchase.
RSVPs and enquiries to Anna [email protected]

or Danielle 0419545711




In Transition

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We welcome Cooper Brown, Cora Tong & Frederic Wilson who will be baptised at OLR this weekend.

As a Parish family we would like to congratulate Roger Daly & Daniela Dosque who were married on Thursday in Maleny.

Congratulations to Ryan, Sophie, Enzo, Finn, Piper and Baxter – Kingdom Youth teens, who celebrate the Sacraments of Confirmation and First Holy Communion this weekend at Unity.

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







Safeguarding in our Parish

The Safeguarding Commitment for the Archdiocese of Brisbane and Caloundra Catholic Parish is: Zero tolerance for all forms of abuse and strives to safeguard all who interact with its ministries & services. Special priority is given to the safety & wellbeing of children & adults at risk. In an emergency, please call the Police 000 or information can be provided to STOPline anonymously.

Phone: 1300 304 550

Email: [email protected]

Or Brisbane Safeguarding 07 3324 3752

Our Local Safeguarding Officer:  Judy Moir  0421 873 060















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