It’s hospitality across our parish family this weekend
This being the first weekend of the month, all our communities invite you to share in some hospitality immediately after Mass. It is a great opportunity to catch up with old friends and meet new ones! Thank you to the hospitality groups across our Parish for generously providing our post Mass sustenance!
Gluten-free hosts are available. To arrange, simply contact the sacristan or coordinator before Mass. The priest will always distribute the gluten free host at communion.
It’s not too late!
Fr Peter, Fr William, Deacon Isaac, Deacon Michael and the Welcoming Committee are looking forward to welcoming 70 new and not so new parishioners through the front door and on to the Stella Maris presbytery balcony this Monday evening. A couple of times a year we host a “cocktail party” at the presbytery to welcome and introduce ourselves to new members of our community. In a large and diverse Parish Family like ours it is so easy for new members to get swamped by the activity and dimensions of our Parish. We not only want to introduce ourselves to new members but also extend a warm welcome to be involved in the life and mission of our Parish. If you are new it not too late to join us on Monday evening – simply give the Parish Office a call on Monday on 07 5443 3488.
To be sure, to be sure!
March is here and that means it’s St Patrick’s Day. Let’s face it, there is a little bit of Irish in all of us!!! Parishioners and friends from all corners of our Parish and beyond are invited to St Peter’s Church at Coolum on the 17 March. BYO Lunch to share and Singalong, 11.30am for 12noon start. To be sure, all are welcome!!!
Parishioners and friends from all corners of our Parish and beyond gathered last Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday for our Lenten Mini Mission. Bishop Tim Norton, the new auxiliary bishop of Brisbane, led our three days of reflection on culture, identity, reconciliation and mission. Bishop Tim’s challenge was to see the connections between culture and our responsibility to move beyond the safe boundaries that we are accustomed to living behind and embrace the possibilities of truly being intercultural.
Come to the Summit
We’re looking for people interested in going to the principal gathering of the Archdiocese of Brisbane – Summit 2023. The Summit is a three-day event for all who belong to the faith community of the Archdiocese and is intended to empower, inspire and equip.
Early-bird registrations close on the 31 March. The Summit begins on the evening of 18 May and will finish in the late afternoon of the 20th May. If you’re interested in going please email Fr William or through Stella Maris Parish Facebook.
Young members of the Sunshine Coast Catholic Community gathered for a meal and a catch up at The Savvy Squire in Mooloolaba last Saturday evening. It was a chance to share some stories and plan a few activities for the coming year. The next gathering of the Young Adults Group will be Friday 10 March 6.00pm. Fr William will let you know where it will be this time.
Technology for the Third Age
Technology is changing so quickly and the pace of change can overwhelm us. Upgrades happen without our knowledge and suddenly things on our smartphone or tablets have changed or moved. When change happens simple tasks become difficult and frustrating. It is okay for teenagers who have grown up with computers and whose lives are fully consumed by them – but what about the rest of us? How do you find an app, operate the calendar, organise photos, access podcasts? On this Friday, following the 9am Mass at Stella Maris Church, we are organising a self-help Technology for the Third Age gathering where we will explore and find solutions to some of the technology challenges that frustrate us.
Visit our parish Facebook page
Visit our Facebook page! You will receive updates on what’s happening within the parish, religious articles and content of interest. It is also a way we contact you with urgent news. “Like” our Facebook page, and you will be kept notified of new posts and help to promote the Parish page to more viewers. Just go to www.facebook.com/mission.stella/ and click on the ‘thumbs up” under any of our posts. Why not ‘share’ it with a Facebook friend also?
Thank you for your support
There are many ways you can support the mission and ministry of your Parish. The traditional planned giving programme and direct debit allows us to budget with confidence so that we can cover our costs and plan for the future. The “Tap & Go” machines at the entrance of the church is another way that technology is making it easier to support the parish. We have not yet got to the stage of having the “Tap & Go” device embedded in the collection plate but I assure you with the way technology is going, it can’t be far off! Another way, which makes it easy especially for our visitors and friends, is by scanning this QR code which will take you to the parish website. However you choose to support the mission and ministry of our parish Family, a grateful parish says thank you.
Celebrating and Remembering
We welcome into God’s Family, the Church, Ocea Birthisel, Hallie Paul and Kirra Wilkins who will be baptised this weekend in our Parish.
We pray for all those who have died, especially Jack Wills whose funeral was celebrated on Friday.
May their souls and the souls of all our departed priests, religious, parishioners and family members, through the rich mercy of God, rest in peace.
Safeguarding in our parish
The Safeguarding Commitment for the Archdiocese of Brisbane and Stella Maris Catholic Parish is: Zero tolerance for all forms of abuse and is committed to safeguarding everyone involved in its activities, ministries and services. The safety and wellbeing of children and adults-at-risk is paramount.
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