Fr James Alison conversation with Bishop Tim
This coming Thursday, Fr James Alison will be in Maroochydore for conversation and question time with Bishop Tim norton and our parishioners.
The interview, led by Bishop Tim, will cover questions such as “What does the Church say (or not say) about being gay?”; “How can Catholic Communities be more be more inclusive of LGBTQ+ community?”
St John Bosco Relic visit
On Saturday 14 October , the 410kg relic statue of St John Bosco will come to the parish at Stella Maris to mark 100 years of the Salesian order in Australia. All parishioners are encouraged and invited to visit the relic statue for some time of prayer and veneration. Relics are a deep part of life of the church, and have been for many years. Most altars have relics of a saint which comes from a long history of Christians building Churches on top of the Burial sites of the saints. St John, the founder of the Salesian Order, was influential in educating the poor.
The Salesians throughout the world have been present in many countries continuing this tradition of education but now to people of all walks of life. If you get a chance, come by Maroochydore on Saturday to see this great man of God.
Visit: Stella Maris church, Maroochydore, Saturday 14 October, 9.00am to 6.30pm
The wax replica of the 19th century priest’s body is contained in a glass casket and holds a major relic of the patron saint of young people.
Th last time they met, our last Junior Ministers learnt about the Introductory rites of the Mass and what to do when serving during this part of the Mass. We’ve had more servers taking up the role within local communities which is amazing to see. We’re calling young children to come along to Stella Maris Church on Sunday 15 October at 2.30pm for training and fun games with pizza. Our meeting will conclude at 4:30pm and children will have the opportunity to stay and attend the 5.00pm Mass.
Who is the minister of Confirmation? The original minister of Confirmation is the Bishop. This is slightly different to how the Eastern Orthodox celebrates the Sacrament because they receive all three Sacraments of Initiation at the one time. The importance of the Bishop as the original minister of communion stems back to the Apostolic Tradition, which is the succession of appointed Bishops going all the way back to the Apostles. When the Bishop administers the Sacrament of Confirmation it clearly demonstrates that its effect is to unite those who receive Confirmation more closely to the Church, apostolic origins and the Church’s mission of bearing witness to Christ (#1313).
A priest can administer Confirmation either by mandate of the law or by delegation by the bishop. The Code of Canon Law outlines that regarding moments where a person is in danger of death, the Priest can administer Confirmation.
Br Michael Herry FMS
Br Michael Herry led the community through interactive and prayerful music at Stella Maris Church, Maroochydore last Tuesday night, 3 October. He sang majesticaly as we covered psalm tones and how to prepare for a Mass of a weekend. Thank you to Michael Fitzpatrick and the volunteers who assisted with the refreshments afterwards.
Library of Books
Some Churches of the parish will notice the return of the library books at the entrance of the Church. there is plenty of material there for the nourishment and spiritual journey of the soul. Please take one and return it once you’ve finished reading. Please do not add books to the shelves otherwise they will be removed. Enjoy the wide range of spiritual readings from the history of our faith.
Vinnies, St Peter’s Conference
On Thursday at St Peter’s, two new members were inducted into the conference. Congratulations to the men who signed up to be part of this missionary endeavour on the coast. We pray that Vinnies continues the work of the Lord in the world and brings people back to the faith.
Young Adults meeting
The next young adults meeting will take place on Friday 13 October at St Mary’s Buderim at 6.00pm. All young adults are welcome to join in Lectio Divina, which is a prayerful and meditative reading of the scriptures. The group will cover the Gospel of the coming Sunday. Come along and meet some new people!
Parish Excursion to the Cathedral
We’re drawing closer to our Parish Bus Trip to the Cathedral for the 150th celebrations. The Cathedral staff and other workers across the Archdiocesan offices in the CBD, are already raving about the magnificent markets they have every Tuesday. yet, more importantly, we get to pray and celebrate for our diocesan spiritual home, the Cathedral of St Stephen.Register your spot on the bus for $25. There’s still plenty of space on the bus which we hope to fill. The bus will leave on the morning of Tuesday 17 October, beginning at Coolum and then going through Maroochydore, before leaving for the Cathedral.
Month of the Holy Rosary
October is the month of the Holy Rosary. Keep an eye out in the Newsletter for other up-and-coming events centred on the Rosary. There’s also an invitation from the community at St Peter’s to join in their rosary before the 8:30 am Mass on Thursdays and the 2.00pm rosary at Stella Maris Church every Thursday.
Prison Ministry for Volunteers
A few parishioners make their way to Woodford Correctional Centre for Prison Chaplaincy. Prison ministry can be daunting at first, but picks up on the Gospel imperative to seek out the lost and lonely, ‘when i was in prison, you visited me (Mt 25:36).’ If anyone is interested in being part of this ministry, contact the parish Office and register your interest. We look forward to hearing from you.
Celebrating and Remembering
We prayerfully remember all those who have died. May the souls of all our departed priests, religious, parishioners and family members, through the rich mercy of God, Rest in Peace.
This exhibition will be in the Function Room at Stella Maris Church on the weekend of 21-22 October. Acutis was passionate about the holy Eucharist. “The more often we receive the Eucharist,” Acutis wrote on his website, “the more we will become like Jesus, so that on this Earth we will have a foretaste of heaven.”
Note this date in your diary – more details will be available soon.
3 day book & plant sale – 13-15 October
St Vincent de Paul Society (Kawana Conference) are once again holding a fundraising event at the Kawana Catholic Community Centre, Nanyima Street, Buddina. Friday 13 & Saturday 14 October from 8am–2pm and on Sunday 15 October from 9am–1pm. As always, there will be a lot of great things to buy. All proceeds go to assisting the St Vincent de Paul Society (Kawana) in continuing to support and give a hand up to those going through difficult times due to homelessness, domestic violence, high rents and general cost of living. For more information or donations call Maria on 0427 181 089.