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Parish News Jun 7, 2024

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The Homily

The homily (from the Latin homilia, meaning ‘conversation’) has its roots in the Jewish synagogue service where, after the readings from the Law and the Prophets, an explanation of their meaning was given by one of those present.

A homily was been part of the Church’s liturgy since the beginning but during the Middle Ages it changed from a breaking-open of the scriptures to an instruction on Catholic doctrine or morals, i.e., a sermon. It became almost an interruption to the Mass since the celebrant removed his chasuble and moved to the pulpit in the nave to preach.

The Second Vatican Council restored the homily as an integral part of the liturgy, stating that ‘the homily is to be highly esteemed as part of the liturgy itself’.

The introduction to the Lectionary says that the homily must be ‘truly the fruit of meditation, carefully prepared, neither too long nor too short, and suited to all those present, even children and the uneducated’.

Like the readings at Mass, the homily is a two-way process. The preacher prepares and delivers the homily but members of the assembly play their part by listening attentively to the words of the preacher, keeping an open mind to the insights which are being presented and applying them to their own personal circumstances.

By Elizabeth Harrington




All are invited to join our young adults for an hour of Adoration on Wednesday 12th June, 6.30pm at the OLR church. We’d love to see you there!

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Parish Ladies Lunch 

The Parish Ladies Lunch is on Friday 21st June, 12 noon at Three Restaurant, 1/115 Bulcock Street, Caloundra.
All ladies in the Parish are welcome. Please RSVP by Monday 17th June to Linda 0429380979.



Save the Date! 22nd June: Pastoral Care Thank You and Information Session

We are inviting all the current and future extraordinary Communion Ministers, who take communion to people’s homes or nursing homes, to join Father Josh and Vivienne for a thank you morning tea. We will be discussing the new safeguarding requirements and having a general chat about the ministry. This is your opportunity to speak with others and share stories. Please bring questions to discuss. We are happy to receive your questions in advance, if you send an email with the subject “Attention Vivienne”. We look forward to celebrating with you this very vital ministry on 22nd June 9.30-12noon in the Egan Room. Any further inquiries can be answered by Vivienne on 0409897673.
For catering purpose please email the Parish office: [email protected]



Volunteer Enquiry

We have a new online enquiry form for all volunteers in the Parish. The link is available via our Linktree QR code under the ‘What’s On’ tab on our website. If you don’t have a computer, just call the Parish Office and we will complete the form for you. It is that simple. While the form caters for new and existing volunteers, we are encouraging new volunteers to use the form in the spirit our first annual Parish Service Day, thank you.



Currimundi Community

Please note that the Thursday Currimundi Mass will now be at 9.15am. This is the same time the Currimundi Sunday Mass is on.



The Sunshine Coast Homeless Need Our Help

Friends, Fr. Josh and I are participating in the 2024 Vinnies CEO sleep out. The race is on to make our $5000 fundraising target or at least see how far we can go. If you would like to     support one or both of our causes head to the links below!

We will be sleeping on Maroochydore Beach on the longest night of the year, 20th June, as part of an eye-opening experience as well as raising awareness for those who are sleeping rough every night. I thank you in advance for any contribution you will make!

God bless, Fr. Francis



Presentation on ‘Dementia Awareness’

By Leah Keating, Dementia Doula.
If you missed out on hearing Leah speak at Caloundra, she will return to the Coast on Friday 19th July 9.30am at Stella Maris Catholic Parish, Maroochydore 2-10 Church St, Maroochydore, 4558, QLD
– Have you ever wondered what is dementia Vs normal aging?
– 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 and morning tea. Morning tea will follow at 10.30am—sponsored by Holy Cross Funerals.
Please call Maroochydore on 54433488 to RSVP


SYNOD24: I Am Making All Things New

FAQs: What is SYNOD24?

In three months’ time, our Archdiocese will be holding a Synod to reflect upon and implement the decrees that came out of the Plenary Council.

SYNOD24 is about discerning action plans that will help the Archdiocese implement the areas of focus (Decrees) that came out of the Plenary Council. A brief explanation of each area of focus (Decree) can be found here:

SYNOD24 will be held on two days in September and two days in October where approximately 150 people representing the diversity of the Archdiocese will discuss, debate and vote on the proposed practical and measurable actions plans. Synod Members must attend all four days. More information on SYNOD24 can be found here:

Plenary Council Decree 7 requires all dioceses and eparchies to have a synod by the end of 2025. SYNOD24 is our response to this requirement. You can download all Plenary Council Decrees here:

SYNOD24 honours the significant level of broad consultation, listening and discerning that has taken place over the course of the Plenary Council journey (since 2018) and is the next step of this process. Consultations over March, April and May have been focused on voices that had not been heard previously, voices of those on the margins, experts and experienced practitioners. This is to ensure the action plans are practical and measurable, that they reflect the needs of our Archdiocese, and that they truly reflect the responses submitted throughout the Plenary Council process. To remind yourself of the Plenary Council journey since 2018 head here:

For all other information regarding SYNOD24 head to

For all enquiries please email Steph Unger (Synod Executive Officer) at [email protected]



Altar Server Training

Building on the success of our Lectors workshops, The Worship Team will be putting on altar server training across the parish. All ages are welcome and encourage; we especially want you to get your kids involved. Altar serving is a great way of keeping kids actively involved and focused on the Mass. These workshops are concise in content; with run-throughs and time for questions. Sessions will go for about an hour. RSVP via the Linktree is a must!

At this stage, some communities do not require altar servers and this is reflected below:

Session dates and times are:

9th June – Unity Chapel – 3:30pm

16th June – OLR – 8am



Parish Car Park 

Please be aware that the main church carpark requires REVERSE parking. This is to ensure the safety of our children and Parishioners. Thank you.

Wednesday Art Group

Jude’s Art Class is back on every Wednesday 10am-12noon in the Parish Centre (Egan Room). Call Jude for further details on 0421 777 508.



Know Your Faith

Don’t forget we have ‘Know Your Faith’ sessions, and Fr Francis has taken them on the road! With Landsborough enjoying the first session on Friday (1st Friday of the month). These are small group faith formation opportunities on a variety of interesting topics on a monthly cycle. Just a reminder where they are each week.
Wk 1 Landsborough Friday 9.30am
Wk 2 OLR Thursday 5pm
Wk 3 Maleny Tuesday 9.30 am
Wk 4 OLR Thursday 5pm
Put the dates in your diaries now and join us as we Journey in Faith together! RSVP is required for OLR sessions by the Tuesday before via the link below:

@olrcatholicparish | Linktree



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.


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 Michael Liebenberg, Eloise Fisher, Aaliyah, Kol & Amalia Thompson, & Jack Dunne who will be baptised at OLR this weekend.
We pray for the soul of Mary McGill whose funeral was held last week. May her soul and the souls of our deceased priests, religious and parishioners Rest in Peace.


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