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Parish News Apr 12, 2024

Third Sunday of Easter
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Order of Malta

The Knights and Dames of the Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of St John are one of the oldest Catholic lay religious orders in the world since their inception in 1099. Establishing a hospital in Jerusalem, then as an ancient order of chivalry to protect pilgrims on their travels through the Holy Land, the Knights and Dames of Malta are nowadays focused more on defending the faith and assisting the poor and the sick. Some examples of their recent campaigns include: coats for the homeless, camps for disabled youth, care for the sick & elderly and establishing a medical clinic in Timor-Leste, to name a few. Several times throughout the year, they attend Mass together as a sign of solidarity and to gain greater publicity for the order. They are found in over 120 countries and make an immensely positive impact on the poor through their outreach. If this sounds like something you’re interested in, please contact Danny Higgins on 0413017266 or see the Order of Malta website

Upcoming Liturgical Workshops

Following a successful Lector’s Workshop held at OLR, the Worship Team has planned to provide further opportunities following Easter, for parishioners to be involved and to participate actively in the Mass. The lector’s workshops are aimed at depthing the skills and mindset of all existing lectors as well as those wishing to join. It is our vision for workshops to be a part of the rhythm of life of this parish, since no one workshop can cover every facet of proclaiming God’s Word. Your involvement will enrich you and your worshipping community!

So come along! All sessions will be in the Church following Mass. Scheduled dates are:
Beerwah 6 April – after 5pm Mass
Maleny 7 April – after 9am Mass
Landsborough 14 April – after 7am Mass
Kawana 28th April—after 8am Mass in the Good Shepherd Centre
Unity 8am & 5pm 28 April – at 3:30pm – before the Evening Mass
OLR 4 May – after 5.00pm Mass
OLR 5 May – a single session will be held at 8am in the OLR church for 6.30am & 9.30am lectors



Praying with the Liturgy – A Liturgical Retreat

For all involved in preparing & celebrating liturgy, readers, communion ministers, music ministers, liturgy committee members… and all who gather for worship.

You are invited to a half-day retreat from 9am-12.30pm on Saturday 20th April at Holy Spirit Seminary, Banyo. There is a small cost, which the parish will cover, and which includes morning tea. The retreat will offer liturgy-focused input, experience and reflection and is presented by Fr Tom Elich & Sr Jill O’Brien. If you would like to attend this retreat experience please call the parish office, 5430 9390, 9am-1pm, Mon-Fri, to express your interest and whether you are able to car pool.


Ladies Lunch

The next Ladies Lunch will be at Dom’s at Kings 79 Edmund Street Kings Beach on Friday 19th April at 12 noon. If you would like to come please contact Deborah (0410531901)by Monday 15th so we can advise numbers. It is really important for this lunch that numbers are attained beforehand. All ladies are welcome.


Grief Support

The next bi-monthly Grief Support Mass for all parishioners will be held at OLR on Friday 19th April 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 at [email protected]


OLR Inaugural Book Club

Save the date for the OLR inaugural Book Club on Thursday, April 18th at 5-6pm in the Parish Centre. Ensure you have your copy of “He Leadeth Me” by Father Csizek, Let’s gather to dive into the first two chapters and launch the club discussions. Sign up using the OLR Linktree found at the What’s On section on our church website.


Know Your Faith

Fr. Francis’ catechetical series “Know Your Faith” in Maleny will not be held this coming Tuesday (16th), due to a prior commitment. All are welcome to the next Maleny session on the 21st of May. Our Adult Faith Formation Team warmly invites all parishioners to ‘know your Faith’ a little more. Fr Francis is offering small group faith formation opportunities at OLR, Landsborough and Maleny on a monthly cycle:
•Wk 1 Landsborough Friday 9.30am
•Wk 2 OLR Thursday 5pm
•Wk 3 Maleny Tuesday 9.30am
•Wk 4 OLR Thursday 5pm.
•No offering in the fifth week of a month
Please join us to learn more about the beauty and wonder of our faith!


Good Shepherd Kawana Feast Day – 21st April

Next Sunday is the Feast Day for Good Shepherd at Kawana. After our 8am morning Mass we will be offering coffee and cake in the rotunda.
Please join us for our celebration.


Alpha Term 2 Course

Next Alpha starts on April 30th!
In our year of invitation, have you considered who you could invite to our next Alpha Course? Alpha Term 2 at OLR begins on Tuesday evening at 6pm in the Parish Centre. Register now at the Office or via the Parish Linktree. It is an 8 week course, dinner and great company included!


150th Anniversary of the Cathedral of St Stephen

As part of the celebrations for the 150th Anniversary of the Cathedral of St Stephen, on the weekend of 10/11 May 2024, the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Umberto Clerici will perform Mass in C minor by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in the Cathedral. There are three different shows and tickets are available from the QSO website:



A Year of Invitation

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.


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 7 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]


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 on 000 or information can be provided to STOPline anonymously.

Phone: 1300 304 550 Email: [email protected]

Our Local Safeguarding Officer
Judy Moir – [email protected] mb.0421 873 060
Or Brisbane 07 3324 3752


On the Journey

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We welcome Alastair Launders, Riccardo Davis & Emersyn Cowan-Clark who will be baptised at OLR this weekend.

May the souls of our departed loved ones and deceased priests, religious and parishioners Rest in Peace.














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