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Parish News Jan 17, 2024

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Introducing our Speaker for the 2024 Lenten Mini Mission

Our 2024 Parish Lenten Mini Mission will run from 19-21 February at OLR church, Caloundra.

This year, we have a wonderful new speaker, Jo Hayes. Jo is a television news reporter, Catholic evangelist, and Benedictine Oblate. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Speech Pathology and a Master’s degree in Journalism. Jo has spent 15 years as a reporter/presenter in the mainstream media – most recently working for Seven News Australia. In the past three years, she has moved into Catholic television and is a regular presenter/host on Shalom World TV.  Jo has spent the past seven years in an immersive study of Sacred Scripture, and travels extensively around the world, speaking and teaching on The Word of God, and hosting silent retreats. Jo enjoys keeping fit & healthy and is a keen runner, swimmer and cyclist – and yes, a triathlete!

Our Caloundra Mini Mission will begin with 9.00am Mass each day, followed by a short cuppa at 9.30am and the one-hour session with Jo. The same content will be offered each day up at Stella Maris church, Maroochydore with a 4.30pm Mass followed by a 5.00-6.00pm session. You can find out more about Jo at



What Does ‘Evangelisation’ Really Mean?

For a long time I, myself, have toiled with how to both understand and explain evangelisation. In 1975, Pope Paul VI wrote that “evangelisation is the Church’s deepest identity and mission.” This is reflected in our parish’s mission, to be a vibrant community that actively accompanies people to encounter Jesus.


My friends, evangelisation, at its most basic level is as simple as seeking relationships with others and inviting them into something more. In this, our year of invitation, I ask you: what does this mean for you? Perhaps you might choose to stay behind after Mass for refreshments and talk to someone new. You could try to remember someone’s name or even get a name tag and encourage others to do the same. Whatever you decide to do, it’s important to look out for the God-given opportunities to invite people into something more. That more, is an invitation to do an Alpha course. What is easier: to invite someone to Mass or to a meal and a movie? Alpha offers the opportunity to invite someone into a friendly, supportive and open environment. An environment in which people can make new friends, get one night a week off cooking, ask big meaty questions about faith, and possibly encounter Jesus! Alpha is the tool which helps us, as a parish, facilitate our mission.

We have three Alpha courses starting soon: 5.00-7.00pm on Tuesday 30 January at Caloundra, Thursday, 12-2pm on Thursday, 8 February at the Southern Cross Village Community Centre in Little Mountain, and Friday, 10.00am-12.00pm on 2 February at Landsborough. Please consider this your personal invitation from me to do an Alpha course. We have experienced so much fruit from nearly 150 parishioners who have already completed Alpha. They have experienced the power of the Holy Spirit, a new desire to give from the wellspring of their gifts and talents, and many people even discovering the desire to actively accompany other people in the faith. Alpha is fun, interesting and free! Will you step out in faith by saying “Yes” to this invitation, which really comes from Jesus? For more information, go to Linktree or simply call the parish office on 5430 9390 between 9.00am-1.00pm Monday-Friday.

Peace and blessings, Fr Josh



Unity College Chapel

Mass will be held in the Unity College Chapel each Wednesday morning at 7.50am starting 7 February 2024.
Everyone is welcome to attend.



Music practice: Sacred Heart Centenary Mass

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Practice sessions for the hymns for the Maleny Centenary Mass will be held on Thursday 25 January at 9.00am and Saturday 3 February at 9.00am at the Sacred Heart Church, Maleny.

We encourage all those who will be at the Centenary Mass on Sunday 4 February to come along and rehearse the music.

All are welcome.



 Maleny Centenary Celebration – 4 February

Each year we aim to share one event as a united parish. Last year we celebrated Our Lady Of the Rosary’s Feast Day at OLR. In 2024 it is Maleny’s turn.

Parishioners from all our communities are very welcome to help celebrate 100 years since the first Catholic Church was opened in Maleny. We’d love to see you join us on 4 February from 9.00am-1.00pm at Sacred Heart Maleny. Mass will be at 9.00am with Archbishop Coleridge presiding. Celebrations afterwards include morning tea, the centenary book launch, a history slideshow, time capsule and free lunch. Parking will be limited, car pooling is advised. Car parking attendants will be on duty. What better way to help celebrate our unity as a parish.
Event enquiries: [email protected]
Centenary book available for $25, book enquiries contact:[email protected]




Grief Support for interested parishioners

The Grief Support Team is introducing small group sessions for interested parishioners starting on Friday 2nd February after 9.00am Mass (9.45-11.15am) in Our Lady of the Rosary Parish Centre.

Feel free to attend without any commitment or cost. It is hoped that you will gain further understanding of the difficult Grief journey and feel supported in the uniqueness of your own experience.

The following topics will be discussed over a period of 6 weekly sessions:
• The Nature of Grief
• Managing Difficult Emotions
• Nurturing the Wounded Self
• Remembering the One Who Died
• Making Needed Adjustments
• Who am I now?

Inquiries: Phone Kath Watson 0415572060




In Transition

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We welcome Nate, Harper & Bobby Sedevcic & Leon Hervieux who will be baptised at OLR this weekend.

We pray for Brian Lynam who died last week. His funeral will be on Thursday 25 February at 11.00am at OLR.

May his soul 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




A Year of Invitation prayer


My Lord and my God, you never cease to invite me
to know, love and follow your Son, Jesus.
Give me the grace and courage to be a channel of your love
so that my “yes” to you becomes an invitation to others.
I offer up my entire self – heart, mind and will – to your purpose for me.
Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.





























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