Important update – Children’s sacramental program
Confirmation Parent Information night will be held at Stella Maris Church Maroochydore on the 26 April from 5.00-6.00pm. If you can’t make that night then you also have the option of attending the same information night the following evening at Our Lady of the Rosary Church Caloundra on 27 April from 5.00-6.00pm. By our two parishes combining our resources, we want to ensure that all families and children have the opportunity to be part of the Confirmation programme and celebrate the sacraments.
Confirmation is for children in Year 3 or above, enrolments will be opening soon.
Please enrol online via our parish website. For baptism for older children, aged 8 and above, there will be an enquiry session held in the function room next to the parish office on Sunday 23 April at 10:15am . Any further information please contact Carrolyn Watt at the Parish Office.
Care for our Common home and its people
Pope Francis said in Laudato Si’ – “we have forgotten we ourselves are dust of the earth; our very bodies are made up of her elements, we breathe her air and we receive life and refreshment from her waters”.
- Earth’s atmosphere formed 5 billion years ago. This atmosphere prevents the sun’s dangerous rays from reaching earth.
- Find out why scientists at the Vatican say earth is now entering a new geological era.
- Australians contribute disproportionally more per capita to greenhouse gas emissions. We must reduce our greenhouse gas emissions for the sake of all life.
Some ways you can help our planet this Lent:
1. Embrace Slow Fashion – buy recycled clothes, recycle your present clothes.
2. Eat less meat – think about a meatless Monday and Friday.
3. No more one-use plastics this Lent.
There were so many different groups and activities in our parish family before Covid-19 struck. We probably took most of them for granted and failed to realise that being a part of all those groups kept us connected and engaged. We want to re-establish a Craft Group here at Stella Maris which will meet in the function room on the 4th Friday of the month following the 9.00am morning mass. Everyone welcome. We have two co-ordinators of the Craft Group, and if you would like to be part of the group, please give the parish office a call on 07 5443 3488.
Our first gathering will be on Friday,24 March following the 9.00am Friday Mass.
Children’s Church – building our future together
Thank you to all those who have volunteered to help with our Children’s Church. As soon as your Safeguarding requirements are in place we will “set you to work”. However, our aim is to be able to have this important ministry taking place every weekend, so we need more people putting up their hand. All resources are provided and we always work in teams so if you can volunteer (even if it’s only once a month) we’d love to hear from you. Please call the parish office.
Catholic Encounter Kids Day 2023
Let Encounter Kids inspire your child with their one-day school holiday program filled with games, activities, crafts, fun and faith. Whether your child likes puzzles or playing Tug-O-War, it’s the ultimate environment to meet new friends and take part in immersive play and prayer designed to give children a positive and powerful experience of the Catholic faith.
Encounter Kids is the perfect playground for kids to burn off some energy in the school holidays, master some true friendships and encounter faith that might yet lead them to their best friendship ever with Jesus!
Open to all primary school aged children aged between 5 and 12 years across the Sunshine Coast, this one-day program creates a welcoming and fun space for children to connect with Jesus and grow in faith.
As a parent who’s doing your best to pass on the faith to your child, don’t miss out on this one-time event hosted by our neighbouring parish, Our Lady of the Rosary Caloundra, together with Evangelisation Brisbane. Register now
St Patrick’s Day – join us for some fun!
Parishioners and friends from all corners of our Parish and beyond are invited to St Peter’s Church at Coolum this Friday 17 March. BYO Lunch to share and Singalong, 11.30am for 12.00pm start. To be sure, all are welcome.. bring a friend!
Visiting our Hospitals
All those interested in taking Communion to the Sick to the Buderim Private Hospital are asked to attend a short workshop and planning meeting on Saturday, 25 March (9.30am to 10.30am). It will be in the Boardroom in the Parish Office. If you haven’t done so already, just let the Parish Office know you are interested.
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.
Piano or designer piece in your home?
The piano at St Catherine’s is soon to be replaced, as it can no longer be tuned. Do you have an artist flair, and would like to take it off our hands? Why not re-purpose it into an interesting piece of furniture? Contact the Parish Office if you are interested.
Celebrating and Remembering
We welcome into God’s Family, the Church, Billy Free, Halle Achilles, Fletcher Achilles and Cooper Gunn who will be baptised this weekend in our Parish.
We pray for all those who have died, especially Clorine Richards whose funeral rites will be celebrated on Wednesday. May her soul and the souls of all our departed priests, religious, parishioners and family members, through the rich mercy of God, rest in peace.
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?