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Latest Parish News Mar 24, 2023

Fifth Sunday of Lent
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Lenten Liturgical colours

Our faith is full of symbols that invite us, if we take the time, to look beyond what we see and use our God-given imagination to appreciate a deeper meaning.

Over the weeks of Lent our sanctuary and the Blessed Sacrament chapel window at Stella Maris has resonated with the themes of desert and water, death and new life, journey and destination – themes which powerfully reflect these days of Lent and the potential of Easter. As we ponder the remaining days of Lent and the events of Holy Week may our senses and imagination be drawn into the symbols and mystery of the Resurrection.


The Sacrament of Reconciliation should be one of the solid foundations on which we approach Holy Week and the Resurrection celebrations of Easter. It is our chance to acknowledge before God and the Church the moments, words, actions and choices that we regret and have led us into sin. Instead of wallowing in self-pity, Reconciliation gives each and every one of us the chance, through God’s grace, to acknowledge our failings and to start again – and in the process, grasping the invitation of becoming more like the person we were created to be.

This year our Lenten journey offers us two opportunities to celebrate the Rite of Reconciliation:

9.00am Saturday morning, 1 April at Our Lady of the Rosary, Caloundra; and

5.00pm Monday afternoon, 3 April, at Stella Maris, Maroochydore.


Ministry to the Sick, the Hospitalised and the Housebound

Thank you to our fellow parishioners who attended the Saturday morning meeting and have volunteered to bring Holy Communion to the Buderim Hospital. We are trying to coordinate our ministry to the sick, hospitalised and the housebound and over the next couple of weeks we will be arranging a series of meetings to ensure that no-one is forgotten and to remind ourselves of what is best practice in our ministry.

The next meeting will be on Saturday, April 22 at 9.30am at the Parish Office. It will be an initial enquiry meeting for parishioners who would like to be part of the pastoral care ministry at the Buderim Private Hospital. This is different from bringing Holy Communion to patients but rather is focused on the spiritual wellbeing of all patients at the hospital. A formation programme, offered by the hospital later in the year, is part of the preparation for this ministry.

The final meeting is on Saturday April 29 at 9.30am, at the Parish Office, and is for all parishioners who take Holy Communion to the housebound and to aged care facilities. It is an opportunity for our Parish to ensure that all aged care facilities are being visited, that best practice is being followed and all safeguarding protocols are in place.


Enrolments Now Open – Confirmation 2023

The start of our Sacramental Programme is not too far away – if you have a child in Year 3 or older, now is the time to enrol. Please enrol online via our parish website. For any questions please contact Carrolyn Watt at the Parish Office.


Irish eyes were smiling


Parishioners and friends descended on St Peter’s Church Coolum to celebrate St Patrick’s Day – after all there is a little bit of Irish in all of us!!! The afternoon entailed sharing of food, song, tall stories and plenty of laughter – thank you to the organisers and the Coolum community for hosting the event. A reminder that next weekend across our Parish we have hospitality and everyone is warmly invited after Mass to catch up with old friends and introduce yourself to new friends. Read more here at: St Peter’s Good News March 2023


What’s for dinner?

Every year the Archbishop invites anyone discerning their vocation to the priesthood or consecrated life to his residence, Wynberg, for dinner. It is a chance for the Archbishop to share a little of his story and to offer some encouragement to young men and women on their journey of discernment. These dinners will be hosted in April and June. If anyone is interested or would like to find out more information please contact Fr William or Deacon Isaac.

The ultimate gift for your child or grandchild in the Easter school holidays!

Let Encounter Kids inspire your child or grandchild 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 in collaboration with Stella Maris by our neighbouring parish, Our Lady of the Rosary Caloundra, on Friday 14 April from 9.00am to 5.00pm  Register now


Gifts Workshop

Stella Maris parishioners are invited to discover the charismatic gifts of the Holy Spirit in a special workshop that will be run by the Mission Team of Catholic Charismatic Renewal (CCR) Brisbane tomorrow at neighbouring parish at Our Lady of the Rosary Caloundra from 9.30am-4.00pm, following 9.00am mass. For more information about the workshop, view the full program: Gifts Workshop Program – Caloundra March 2023


Last Call – Summit 2023

Last call for the Archdiocese of Brisbane – Summit 2023.  There will be a group price and, if necessary, billeting options for those staying in town. Please email Fr William to register your interest



Celebrating and Remembering

We welcome into God’s Family, the Church, Jovi Fenn, Jasper Fenn, Arthur Hughes, Desley Murray, Paityn Wilson, Easton Ernewein and Oaklyn Ernewein who will be baptised this weekend in our Parish.

We pray for all those who have died, especially Francis Jayaraj whose funeral rites were celebrated last week; and Sylvester O’Dempsey whose funeral will be on 3 April; and Ruth Reeves whose funeral rites will be on 13 April. 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.


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