Catholic mission appeal this weekend
This week Catholic Mission will offer the opportunity to be a part of a life-changing program which aims to address gaps in medical care, and provide families with essential health care and knowledge, equipping them with the confidence to act and autonomy over their health and well- being. Each year their appeal focuses on a different country in need, and this year they are especially assisting projects in Timor-Leste. Please give generously this weekend to help continue these life-giving programs by using the appeal envelope provided in the church, or donating here catholicmission.org.au/timor. Your gift will also help many Church-run mission programs around the world.
Farewell-Thank you Fr Brian
Fr Brian Connolly’s time with us will end with the month of October. He has been a valuable member of our community over the past three months and he will be sorely missed. As a way of showing appreciation to him, we will host a Morning Tea after our Stella Maris, Maroochydore Friday Mass on 27 October. All parishioners are welcome. Please bring a plate of food to share as we farewell Fr Brian.
Sounds of Celebration
Come along to the ‘Sounds of Celebration’ fundraiser at St Peter’s Church Coolum on 12 November. This event is a fundraiser for the St Vincent de Paul Society (Coolum) conference. Tickets are on sale for $15 per person. There will be music from the ‘Waves of Harmony’ choir and some of our students’ choirs will be present. Also raffles for: a Smart TV, a toaster/kettle, wine and more to win!. Come along and support this great initiative and raise funds for the good work that the St Vincent de Paul Society does in the area.
John Canavan—conversion story
He used to be a comedian, but John Canavan now serves the Lord through his work with Divine Mercy Publications, Australia. He still has his comedic talents but his focus is different now. Come along this coming Thursday the 26th at 6pm, Stella Maris Maroochydore, to hear his story of conversion and be inspired by what he has to say. Bring a plate of food to share afterwards.
Parish Excursion to the Cathedral
The bus came early in the morning last Tuesday to take a group of our Parishioners to the Cathedral. Fr Joe Duffy met with the group as they explored the precinct and enjoyed the Tuesday markets with good food and company.
Young adults meeting
This coming Friday our Young Adults Group will meet at Alex Bluff Foreshore Park, for our social event. Come at 5:30pm for 6pm start. BYO drinks and snacks, BBQ food will be provided. Bring your togs, ball sports and games. Our Young Adults group meet fortnightly so come and be a part of what’s happening.
Parish Women’s retreat
Our Parish Women’s event is well under way with preparations. Save the date for this exciting new initiative. The women’s retreat day will be on 25 November at Stella Maris Primary School.
Over the weekend 21/22 October, Stella Maris Maroochydore will have a Eucharistic Miracles display in the Function room. All are welcome to Maroochydore to witness these miraculous events in the life of the Church. Many devotions to the Eucharist have sparked from these events, especially with the cause for canonization of Blessed Carlo Acutis who himself was a proponent of the Eucharist. Come along and be part of the movement.
Book of Remembrance
November is the month that we traditionally remember and pray for our deceased loved ones and those who have gone before us marked by the sign of faith. We start the month with the two great feasts – All Saints on 1 November, immediately followed by All Souls the following day. At the entrance to all our churches this weekend you will discover our Parish Book of Remembrance. In preparation for November you are invited to inscribe in the Book of Remembrance the names of your deceased family members and friends and during the month they will be the focus of our prayers.
A reminder that we have an additional All Souls Day Mass at Stella Maris, Maroochydore at 9am on Thursday 2 Nov. We will still have a Mass at St Peter’s, Coolum at 8:30am.
Celebrating and Remembering
We welcome into God’s Family, the Church, Ivy Speer and Maisie Morrison who will be baptised this weekend in our Parish.
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.
Fasting and Vigil Prayer for Peace in Israel-Hamas war – 27 October
Pope Francis at the end of his general audience on Wednesday morning announced another day of prayer and fasting for an end to the Israel-Hamas war.
“I have decided to call for a day of fasting and prayer on Friday, Oct. 27,” the pope said.
It will be “a day of penance to which I invite sisters and brothers of the various Christian denominations, those belonging to other religions, and all those who have at heart the cause of peace in the world, to join in as they see fit,” the Holy Father continued.
The vigil will take place at 6 p.m. in St. Peter’s Square, where the faithful will join the pope to participate in “an hour of prayer in a spirit of penance to implore peace in our time, peace in this world. I ask all the particular Churches to participate by arranging similar activities involving the people of God,” the pope said.