Enrol now for Confirmation this year!
The start of our Sacramental Program for 2023 is not too far away – if you have a child in Grade 3 or older, now is the time to enrol
Gathering together as One Big Parish Family
The face of the world is changing and we, as a community of believers, reflect the many people of God’s world. Our parish is planning to have a multicultural Mass and celebration on Sunday 18 June, and we invite everyone from the different communities who make up our parish to come to a preparation meeting at 9.30am on Saturday 6 May in the Parish Office boardroom. Your involvement will help us to prepare a celebration which will reflect our diversity and rich faith tradition. Contact the Parish Office (5443 3488) if you are interested in being involved in any way.
Pastoral Care of patients in Hospital
Please consider joining this team of people who seek to respond to the religious, spiritual and pastoral needs of the patients, their families and the staff at Buderim Private Hospital (this is different to our team that bring Holy Communion to the patients). You will be supported, and provided with a formation program offered by the hospital as preparation before you start. An initial enquiry meeting for any interested parishioners will be on Saturday, April 22 at 9.30am at the Parish Office. Please phone the parish office (07 5443 3488) if you are interested.
Next Step – Communion to the Sick in Hospital
All those who have volunteered to take Holy Communion to the patients at Buderim Private Hospital are now invited to attend the “onboarding” required at the hospital before commencing this ministry. There are two opportunities – Thursday 27 April – either 10.00am or at 2.00pm. Please phone the Parish Office (07 5443 3488) and let them know which you will be attending.
Ministry to the Sick in Nursing Homes and at home.
As we come out of all the covid restrictions everyone who takes Holy Communion to those who can’t join us at Mass or to nursing homes are invited to attend a meeting at 9.30am on Saturday 29 April in the Parish Office boardroom. This is to ensure we are compliant with Safeguarding, and use best practice guidelines in our parish. We look forward to all who are involved in this valuable ministry joining us then. Please call the Parish Office (5443 3488) so we know numbers attending.
Divine Mercy Sunday – 16 April 2023
The Nambour Parish has organised Reconciliation at 2.00pm, followed by Chaplet at 2.45pm and Mass at 3.00pm for Divine Mercy Sunday—all welcome!
Catholic Kids encounter fun, faith and friends
More than 36 primary school aged children from across the Sunshine Coast parishes, including kids from Stella Maris Catholic Parish, enjoyed a fun and faith filled, one-day school holiday event at Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Parish on Friday 14 April.
Evangelisation Brisbane inspired children with fun playground games and engaging craft activities as part of an immersive play experience designed to give kids the chance to encounter the Catholic faith and lead them to their best friendship yet, with Jesus!
Chantale Wilson, Associate Director Children and Families from Evangelisation Brisbane, said that the kids joined in with so much enthusiasm and the day was enjoyed by all.
The theme of the event was ‘Great, Big and Wonderful – God’s Big Love’, based on the scripture from Psalm 139.
Carrolyn Watt and Bernadette Baillie from Stella Maris Catholic parish, who were also at the event, highlighted the importance of building relationships with Kids to help them along their journey to encounter Jesus Christ.
Encounter Catholic Kids is an initiative of the Children and families team of Evangelisation Brisbane, designed for primary aged kids to encounter Jesus through age-appropriate fun, games and prayer. View more Encounter Kids photos here
A reminder that Stella Maris Catholic Parish is starting a youth group (next week) in Term 2 for all children in Years 4-6. It will be held at St Catherine of Siena Church, Sippy Downs every Friday afternoon during school terms from 3.00-5.00pm. This will be a great space for children to enjoy activities, games, craft, fun and faith. Youth group is a great environment to meet new friends and take part in a positive and powerful journey of faith with Jesus. For more information and to register visit encountercatholickids.com.au/maroochydore
Farewell for Juanita
The interment of Juanita Hartkopf’s ashes will be following the 9.30am Mass this Sunday, 16 April, at St Mary’s Church. Juanita was involved in many ministries over the years, and everyone is invited to join the family.
Celebrating and Remembering
This Friday, 21 April, we will hold a morning tea after the 9.00am Mass at Stella Maris Church for all those in our parish who have lost someone. Please feel welcome to join us for a cuppa.
We pray for all those who have died, especially Tony Palmero whose funeral rites will be celebrated this 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.
We also welcome into God’s Family, the Church, Juliette & William Roberts, Armani Kharouni, Sonny Ingram, Nivelle, Ezekiel & Sylas Kelly, Chloe Proctor, Darcy Siddaway, Isla & Maizie Spring who will be baptised this weekend in our Parish.