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Parish News Feb 2, 2024

Fifth Sunday In Ordinary Time
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Ash Wednesday

Wednesday 14 February is Ash Wednesday, the first day of the season of Lent. It is designated by the Church as a day of fast and abstinence, as is Good Friday.
In current Catholic practice, fasting means having only one full meal a day. Alternately smaller quantities of food may be eaten at two other times but no food should be consumed at any other time during the day. The law of fasting applies to people from 18 to 59 years old.


Abstinence is the practice of abstaining from the use of certain kinds of food. Everyone aged 14 years and older is bound by the law of abstinence from meat. The practice of fasting and abstinence aims at leading us to interior conversion by making us more disciplined and more charitable. We fast in order to share our time and our treasure with an attitude of love towards God and others. In addition, the practice helps us imitate the example of Jesus who fasted for 40 days in the desert.


The ashes that are marked on our foreheads on the first day of Lent are a symbol of humility, purification and sorrow and remind us of the need to repent of our failings.

Ash Wednesday Mass times



Caloundra Ash Wednesday Mass rosters

If you are attending any of the  Ash Wednesday Masses at Caloundra (7am|9am|6.30pm) and can assist in the liturgical roles, your help would be greatly appreciated.

Can you please put your name down in a spot that needs filling, the folders are in the church. Thank you for your continued support.



Planned Giving Envelopes


Planned giving envelopes are ready for collection. Please collect your envelopes from the church, if they are not there please contact the Parish office.



2024 Lenten Mini Mission 

International TV Journalist, and Catholic Evangelist, Jo Hayes – who is leading our Lenten Mini Mission from 19-21 February at OLR church – is launching a new website resource on Lectio Divina, in time for Word of God Sunday, 4 Feb 2024. Perfectly timed to coincide with the
Pope’s Year of Prayer, is a practical what/why/how to the ancient spiritual practice of Lectio Divina – ‘divine reading’.


“The Catholic Christian tradition exhorts members of the faithful to regularly read, and pray with, the Sacred Scriptures. Yet many fail to do so, mainly because they’ve never been shown how – and further, how daily devotional time, in The Word, can radically transform one’s life”, says Ms Hayes. “My life was powerfully
impacted, 7 years ago, when a religious sister walked me through the steps of Lectio Divina. “Since that first day, I have committed to a daily practice of, minimum, one hour, reading, meditating and studying the Sacred Scriptures. I am convinced, firstly because The Word of God says so, and secondly, through my own lived experience, that inti- macy with Scripture equates to intimacy with Christ. And a life overflowing with Holy Spirit power.”


LECTIO MEDITATIO, the name of the new website, guides users through 4 steps of Lectio Divina – reading, meditation/contemplation, prayer and activation. Ms Hayes says step 4, which isn’t typically included in traditional Lectio Divina formats, is an important step in allowing The Word to ‘come alive’ in our lives. “The Word of God, when implanted in our hearts through prayerful reading and meditation, is meant to practically transform our everyday life experience, through activation.” Ms Hayes, who has spent the past 15 years working as a broadcast journalist, in both mainstream and Catholic television and radio, travels extensively around the world as a lay evangelist, teaching and speaking on the power of Sacred Scripture, and the crucial importance of daily time with The Word of God.


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 5-6pm session. You can find out more about Jo at




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Young Adults

The young adults gathering each Wednesday from 6pm in the Parish centre has started up. If you are between the age of 18-35 and looking at mingling with like minded people, you are welcome to come along. For further information call Felicity 0423 268 411.



Ladies Lunch

brown and green leaves on white ceramic bowl

The next Ladies Lunch will be on Friday 16 February at 12 noon at Copper Spoon Thai Restaurant, Ramada Hotel (75 Esplanade Golden Beach).

If you would like to come please phone Deborah 0410531901 by Monday 12 February so that numbers can be finalised.

All ladies are most welcome!


Presentation on ‘Dementia Awareness’
by Leah Keating, Dementia Doula.

Have you ever wondered what dementia is?

Do you know about modifiable risk factors for dementia?

Are you a carer for someone living with dementia?

Would you like to learn more about communication strategies or how to best support your loved one as their brain is changing with the disease?


Then come along to a free presentation on Monday 12th February 10am
in the OLR Church.
We will begin with morning tea at 9.30am—sponsored by Holy Cross Funerals.


If you would like to ask Leah anything anonymously about dementia, there is a box in the parish office.
You can leave your questions there and Leah will cover these at the end of the presentation.
Alternatively you can email Leah at [email protected] or ask questions on the day.

Please RSVP for catering purposes to Vicki in the parish office on—[email protected]



Art Group

Jude’s Art Class are back on the 14 February Wednesday from 10.00am-12.00pm in the Parish Centre (Egan room).

Call Jude for further details on 0421 777 508.



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.










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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