Over the next couple of weeks, we will be highlighting several ministries in our parish that are led by you, faithful parishioners who selflessly give of your time and effort to evangelise by sharing the Good News in different way and mediums. We thank you for your ministry!!
Women’s Prayer and Friendship Group
The Bible has many examples of woman in the church. As Jesus’s Mother, Mary is mentioned frequently and most Catholic women pray to our Spiritual Mother Mary, whether it be directly or through the rosary. We are all very familiar with Mary and Martha’s story as well as with Elizabeth. But have we ever heard of the courageous Deborah? Or have we thought about the story of Ruth and Naomi? Remember the hymn “Ruth’s Song” (wherever you go I will go)
Early this year after a mid-week mass, a few women gathered at a café and enjoyed a lovely morning tea. During our conversions we all agreed we would like to chat more regularly as women and explore our Catholic Faith more deeply. We realised many of us rarely met with other Catholic women and many of us had not opened a bible in a very long time. For this reason, the Woman’s Prayer and Friendship commenced in April of this year.
Our Tuesday group (often referred to as Tuesday Hug Day) brings together up to 15 amazing women of every age group each week. Everyone is on a different level of faith and knowledge. We have some ladies who are very well read and have great knowledge of their bible. We have others who have rarely opened one. This diverse group of women are developing a very close relationship in their discussions about what is our purpose in life and within the church as well as exploring the question “What does God really want us to do?”
Everyone is welcome. Many ladies meet at 9am mass, some meet at 9.30 for our gathering and some just pop in for a cuppa. There is no commitment to come each week, but you would be very welcomed any time you are able.
Journey Closer to God’ Men’s Groups
Currently both daytime Men’s Groups meet at OLR and Kawana meet twice a month.
OLR Men’s Group in the Parish Centre on 2nd & 4th Wednesday p/mth fr.10-11:30am.
Kawana Men’s Group at the Good Shepherd Centre on 1st & 4th Thursday p/mth 10-11:30am
As men we gather together in a relaxed, non threatening atmosphere, to share with each other, our thoughts on life, current events, and sharing our life’s adventures and struggles as we encounter to live as ‘men of God’. We commit to regularly pray for each other and the establishment of a daily prayer/scripture time.
The usual format of our time together commences with sharing our general life experiences; followed by a 20min Christian video input on fulfilling our calling as men. Discussion continues over morning tea, after which, time is taken to examine how the Christian input may be applicable to our everyday life circumstances. We conclude with an opportunity to pray for those present who wish changes to occur in their life situations.
The sharing of ourselves enhances the respect and love for the group members by building a brotherly bond of trust and mateship with each other, so that, we can be a support and encouragement in our realisation that we all go through similar events in life.
Our other men’s activities have included running a ‘Brothers, What Must We Do’? Series 1 program; an OLR Lenten Program; a combined men’s gathering for all the parish Communities; a Beach BBQ; and a day’s MenAlive Retreat.
We acknowledge that Jesus Christ & His Holy Spirit is the only solution to living a full satisfied and healed life. It challenges us to become a more caring husband, father/grandfather; a person with God’s heart in the way we conduct our service role in our own Community and society in general; and be bolder in reaching out and sharing with others the joy of the Lord we’ve experienced through our faith walk. We are an ecumenical group open to all denominations and to persons who have not yet encountered the forgiveness and love of God.
Men, you are most welcome to come see us build relationships and see we are just ordinary blokes trying to ‘Journey Closer to God’ in our everyday activities.