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Parish News Feb 16, 2024

First Sunday of Lent
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On Monday we welcome International TV Journalist, and Catholic Evangelist, Jo Hayes, who will lead our Parish Mini Mission over 3 days from the 19-21 February. Daily Mass at 9.00am, Morning tea at 9:30am sponsored by Holy Cross Funerals at Caloundra. Jo will also lead a Mini Mission in the evenings at Stella Maris, Maroochydore from 5pm on the same days.

You are all welcome.



There are still Little Black Books available, for only $2. They contain short and appropriate daily reflections which are a tremendous companion throughout the days of Lent.



Forgiveness should be part of everyone’s Lenten journey. God’s mercy is unconditional!
The Sacrament of Reconciliation is offered every Saturday at OLR church from 8:30am to 9am.
Our Communal Rite of Reconciliation takes place at 9.00am on 23 March. Please note, there is NO 9.00am Mass this day.








A practical and life giving aspect of Lent has always been our ability to financially support, and sacrifice for the less fortunate through the Project Compassion Appeal. Indeed, Project Compassion is something that all individuals and families can be involved in. Envelopes are available at the entrance to each church.



During Lent, we will have Stations of the Cross after morning Mass at OLR each Friday and Maleny each Tuesday. LENTEN GROUP

There will be a Lenten Discussion group held in the Pat Daley Centre Maleny, each Tuesday of Lent from 1:30pm.



Join Us for a Lector’s Workshop!

Are you ready to deepen your connection to the Word of God and enhance your ministry and participation in the Mass?

The Parish is thrilled to invite you to our upcoming Lector’s Workshop. Whether you’re a seasoned lector or simply intrigued by the opportunity to proclaim the Word of God, this workshop is designed for you. Led by an instructor with over 55 years’ experience in proclaiming the Word of God, this immersive event promises to refine your skills, bolster your confidence, and enrich your understanding of scripture. Discover the art of effective storytelling, learn techniques for engaging delivery, and delve into the spiritual significance of your role as a lector. This opportunity is open to all parishioners and individuals across the Parish eager to embrace the sacred responsibility of proclaiming God’s message.

Join us as we come together to deepen our connection to the Word and strengthen our community through the power of proclamation. Don’t miss out on this enriching opportunity to grow in faith and fellowship. Reserve your spot today and let your voice resonate with the Divine!

When: Wednesday, 28 February 7pm – 8pm

Where: OLR Church.

Please register via LinkTree



Pastoral Care Volunteer Program

Become a Pastoral Care Volunteer with @SouthernCrossCareQld and help make a difference to the lives of aged care residents at their Caloundra home. They are seeking expressions of interest from caring and supportive people of faith to join their Pastoral Care Volunteer Program to help residents with their emotional or spiritual needs. Successful applications will take part in an 8-week training course (commencing March 2024, and only 2 hours per week). Come join a great community of spiritual care volunteers. Contact Kristie McManus on 0467 717 153 for more information.




Palm Sunday







Calling all gardeners—does anyone have Palms that can be used for Palm Sunday 24/3/24?  Please email the Parish Office if you can assist. Thanks.


Safeguarding News

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 Special Invitation

In Lent, our parish offers a special evening of quiet prayer in the style of Taizé. Short mantra-like songs can refresh us in body, mind and spirit. Through gentle repetition, the meaning of the words gradually penetrates our whole being. In song and silence, we listen more deeply. The simple chants allow the light of Christ to shine on our lives as we journey together towards Easter. Come and relax in this beautiful prayer at OLR on Tuesday 27 February at 7pm.




Your Prayers Needed

In parts of Nigeria, ongoing conflicts between communities, marked by threats to safety and security, are all too common. Poverty, food insecurity, violent extremism, and tensions among ethnic groups have contributed to instability and violence. Beyond these challenges, our missionaries in Nigeria are facing fear and violence. In 2022 alone, four priests were killed, and 28 others were kidnapped. Amidst this danger, there are young seminarians who continue to answer their calling to the priesthood and peace.

I invite you to pray this “Prayer for Peace” for Nigeria. Fr Josh


Prayer for Peace

Loving God, we pray for peace and reconciliation in Nigeria, seeking hope amidst the despair. Grant strength to those who have lost family and friends, bringing comfort in their sorrow. Grant eternal rest to those whose lives have been lost due to violence and conflict. Hear the heartfelt prayers of those enduring instability, to those grappling with fear and uncertainty. Be their steadfast rock and shield. Give freely to your people the wisdom to navigate difficult times and to find a way forward. Give your people the courage to be peacemakers, and guide them toward peace. Amen.


Young Adults Sisterhood Group

As this Lenten season begins, a group of young women from our parish’s young adults group will be journeying together in prayer and fellowship. Throughout Lent, this group will aim to meet up weekly where possible to chat about their prayer life together. If you are a woman aged 18-30 years old and are interested in joining this group, please feel free to contact Erin, a member of our Youth and Young Adult team in the parish, via her email [email protected]


Term 2 Confirmation




All baptised children from grade 3 or older are welcome to celebrate their Confirmation in Term 2. The program starts on 23rd April at 5-6pm in the OLR Church, and runs for 7 weeks with the Confirmation ceremony on Friday 7th June.

You will need to attend all sessions to be able to celebrate the sacrament. Stella Maris Parish, Maroochydore, is running the same program a day apart so you are welcome to attend there or here.

To register please visit our website

Complete the registration form signed by both parents and attach a copy of your child’s baptism certificate. Please note you will have to do it from your computer, as mobile phones don’t work. For any questions please contact the Parish office on [email protected]

On the Journey

We welcome Alfred Burl-Ward, Rome Warlow & Harper Hosnell who will be baptised at OLR this weekend.



  • The photo on the back cover of ‘The Heart on the Hill’ booklet at the Centenary celebration was mistakenly attributed to Peter Erdmann. The photo was taken by Jeanette Nobes as part of a Project coordinated by her in 2000 called ‘MALENY – 2000 A PORTRAIT OF ITS PEOPLE’.
    That collection is held at the State Library in Brisbane.














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