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Latest Parish News

24 May 2024

Welcome to Trinity Sunday The Sunday after Pentecost is celebrated as the feast of the Most Holy Trinity. This timing is deliberate, coming as it does after the commemorations of the life, passion and resurrection of Christ at Easter, and of the gift of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. Although the term “Trinity” does not…

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Reflection – The Most Holy Trinity

24 May 2024

One of the hardest things to do as a priest is preach on the Trinity. The second hardest thing to do is preach and write a news- letter article on the Trinity. But that’s what a good assistant priest does ! So for today’s theological and ecclesial dilemma, I attempt to shed light on the…

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The Week Ahead: 27 May – 2 June 2024

24 May 2024

We acknowledge the traditional owners of the land on which our communities celebrate liturgies and live out our faith.  We pay respects to leaders past, present and emerging. May their example of stewardship be reflected in our lives. Monday 27 May 5.15pm Benediction, Stella Maris Church, Maroochydore. 5.30pm Mass, Stella Maris Church, Maroochydore. 7.00pm-9.00pm Catholic…

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Reflection – Pentecost

17 May 2024

It is unfortunate that Pentecost somehow gets lost in comparison with all the other important church feasts and celebrations.   After all, Christmas is anticipated by everyone because of all the shopping and Christmas presents and big family gatherings. The Easter event is dramatic and its liturgies very distinct. The bigger bonus for most people…

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The Week Ahead: 20-26 May 2024

17 May 2024

We acknowledge the traditional owners of the land on which our communities celebrate liturgies and live out our faith.  We pay respects to leaders past, present and emerging. May their example of stewardship be reflected in our lives. Monday 20 May 5.15pm Benediction, Stella Maris Church, Maroochydore. 5.30pm Mass, Stella Maris Church, Maroochydore. 7.00pm-9.00pm Catholic…

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Latest Parish News

17 May 2024

Welcome to Pentecost According to Luke’s account in the book of Acts, the Holy Spirit descended upon the Apostles and other followers of Jesus Christ, while they were in Jerusalem celebrating the Feast of Weeks, a joyous Jewish harvest festival held on the fiftieth day after Passover. The early Church gave the title ‘Pentecost’ from…

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News from our Parish schools

17 May 2024

Siena Catholic Primary School  Last Friday morning, the school celebrated Mother’s Day with the dads organising preparing and serving a delicious breakfast for our mums, grandmas, and the special women in our lives. The aroma of sizzling bacon, freshly baked croissants and brewed coffee wafted through the air, drawing mums in from all corners. All…

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Reflection – Ascension Sunday

10 May 2024

Happy Mother’s Day! We also hit a milestone today within the “Great Fifty Days of Easter” as we celebrate The Ascension of the Lord this weekend. This is the formal ascension back to heaven of Jesus to God the Father after his bodily resurrection on earth. All the post-resurrection appearances and interactions of Jesus with…

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The Week Ahead: 13-19 May 2024

10 May 2024

We acknowledge the traditional owners of the land on which our communities celebrate liturgies and live out our faith.  We pay respects to leaders past, present and emerging. May their example of stewardship be reflected in our lives. Monday 13 May 4.30pm Adoration, Stella Maris Church, Maroochydore. 5.30pm Mass, Stella Maris Church, Maroochydore. 7.00pm-9.00pm Catholic…

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News from our Parish schools

10 May 2024

Siena Catholic Primary School  This year Siena Primary is living and breathing the world-renowned Resilience Project which promotes gratitude, empathy, mindfulness, and emotional literacy. The Resilience Project teaches positive mental health strategies, which are as important as teaching, reading, writing and maths skills. As a Catholic Education school we link Gratitude, Empathy and Mindfulness to…

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Latest Parish News

10 May 2024

Whitsunday Next weekend, we celebrate the feast of Pentecost (also called Whitsunday or Whitsun. Pentecost takes place 49 days after Easter Sunday and commemorates the descent of the Holy Spirit upon Mary, mother of Jesus and the Apostles while they were in Jerusalem. We invite all parishioners to wear the colour red at mass next…

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NET Report

09 May 2024

NET Team update As a team, we’ve been kept busy with lots of Siena Catholic College and Parish events and activities! To start with, we began the school holidays by attending a three-day retreat at Alexandra Headland facilitated by Alpha Youth Australia. (You may remember the Parish running the Alpha series a few years back.)…

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Reflection – Sixth Sunday of Easter

03 May 2024

The Beatles song of the same title makes it all sound so easy!   In John’s Gospel, which we listen to again this weekend, love abounds. Indeed, today’s passage begins and ends with love. Not just that, Jesus declares quite clearly that if we love him we will keep his commandments. That is reassuring because,…

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Latest Parish News

03 May 2024

Hospitality – everyone welcome! This being the first weekend of the month we always have a special emphasis on hospitality across our Sunshine Coast Parish Family. If we want to be a friendly community, we need to also be a welcoming community and providing hospitality is an excellent way of meeting new and old parishioners…

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St Catherine of Siena Feast Day

02 May 2024

St Catherine’s Feast Day highlights  The Feast Day of St Catherine of Siena was celebrated last Sunday with our Sippy Downs church packed with members of the local community. The liturgy was supported by the Siena Catholic Primary School, Sippy Downs, and Bishop Brian Heenan was the celebrant. Across our Parish last weekend over 100…

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The Week Ahead: 6-12 May 2024

02 May 2024

We acknowledge the traditional owners of the land on which our communities celebrate liturgies and live out our faith.  We pay respects to leaders past, present and emerging. May their example of stewardship be reflected in our lives. Monday 6 May 4.30pm Adoration, Stella Maris Church, Maroochydore. 5.30pm Mass, Stella Maris Church, Maroochydore. 7.00pm-9.00pm Catholic…

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News from our Parish schools

02 May 2024

Siena Catholic Primary School  Our school-led parish Mass was a beautiful community celebration of faith and worship last Sunday. It was heart-warming to see so many school families celebrate Mass with the St Catherine’s parishioners. Thank you to Bishop Brian for presiding over the Mass. Your homily was both interesting and meaningful to all attending.…

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A week in the life of our Parish Family

26 April 2024

Our parish Family highlights this week Last Monday evening, while the Evangelisation Brisbane adult education HUB was being conducted in the function room, on the Stella Maris presbytery balcony it was a chance for the Parish to say thank you to the many people who helped with our Holy Week ceremonies. The different ceremonies require…

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The Week Ahead: 29 April-5 May 2024

26 April 2024

We acknowledge the traditional owners of the land on which our communities celebrate liturgies and live out our faith.  We pay respects to leaders past, present and emerging. May their example of stewardship be reflected in our lives. Monday 29 April– St Catherine of Siena feast day 5.15pm Adoration, Stella Maris Church, Maroochydore. 5.30pm Mass,…

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Reflection – Fifth Sunday of Easter

26 April 2024

Dear Parishioners, As ‘Mullets for Mental Health Month’ draws to a close this Tuesday, I want to sincerely thank you all for supporting the Black Dog Institute and their endeavour to improve the lives of those suffering from mental illnesses. The Australian icon that is the mullet may have more theological significance and importance than…

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