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Liturgies  |  Sun - November 22, 2020 1:02 pm  |  Article Hits:313     A+ | a-
As you now are aware we are able to accommodate up to 140 in St Joseph's Church while keeping the 1.5m distance. In view of this we will not require people to pre-book their attendance at weekend Masses. If you have booked already online or by phone or email that is fine. If you have not booked you may simply come to Mass and sign in at the Gathering area. If you are not sure by all means ring the Parish Office.

At the Christmas Masses we can expect bigger congregations. So we do ask that you pre-book, but only by phone or email. If you are already booked in for Christmas that is fine. There is no need to do more. Just sign in with the Mass Marshall in the Gathering Area as usual.

Christmas Mass times at St Joseph's Church are: 6.00pm Christmas Eve, 11.00pm Christmas Eve, 8.00am Christmas Day, 10.30am Christmas Day.


Christmas Mass Time at St john Bosco Kenilworth: 10.00am.

Increased numbers able to attend Mass does still mean observing the hygene requirements of sanitising and social distance.

Thank you for your continued patience with the regulations to keep us safe during the Covid-19 pandemic. The situation may change again in the future. I will keep you uptodate as best I can.
Fr Graham Gatehouse

Liturgies  |  Fri - November 13, 2020 5:29 pm  |  Article Hits:1655     A+ | a-
Dear Parishioners,
As you may have heard restrictions on gatherings have been altered as announced by the Queensland Government today, which will come into effect from 4pm on Monday 17th November 2020.
In summary the most relevant changes to restrictions are as follows:
From 4pm Monday 17th November 2020
  • Indoor premises: Increase capacity from one person per 4m2 to one person per 2m2 including Places of Worship
  • Wedding ceremonies: Up to 200 people can attend a wedding and all guests can dance (both indoors and outdoors). In conjunction with the rule of 1 person per 2m2.
  • Funerals: Up to 200 people can attend a funeral.  In conjunction with the rule of 1 person per 2m2
  • Gatherings: Increase gatherings in homes and public spaces from 40 to 50 people across Queensland.
For Mass attendance this takes effect from Monday 17th November as indicated.
The changes double the number of people who can attend Mass and increase from 70 to 140. This is because the 4 square metre rule is changed to 2 square metres per person.

If you have not been able to book into Mass over the next couple of months you may now phone the Parish Office or email the Office indicating your intentions. We are still required to book in and observe the usual hygene practices.

This weekend, 15th November, the limit is still 70 people able to attend Mass at St Josephs.
Thank you
Fr Graham Gatehouse

Parish Events  |  Sun - November 8, 2020 1:37 pm  |  Article Hits:2488     A+ | a-
We, gathered at the 2017 National Constitutional Convention, coming from all points of the southern sky, make this statement from the heart:

Our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander tribes were the first sovereign Nations of the Australian continent and its adjacent islands, and possessed it under our own laws and customs. This our ancestors did, according to the reckoning of our culture, from the Creation, according to the common law from ‘time immemorial’, and according to science more than 60,000 years ago.

This sovereignty is a spiritual notion: the ancestral tie between the land, or ‘mother nature’, and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples who were born therefrom, remain attached thereto, and must one day return thither to be united with our ancestors. This link is the basis of the ownership of the soil, or better, of sovereignty. It has never been ceded or extinguished, and co-exists with the sovereignty of the Crown.

How could it be otherwise? That peoples possessed a land for sixty millennia and this sacred link disappears from world history in merely the last two hundred years?

With substantive constitutional change and structural reform, we believe this ancient sovereignty can shine through as a fuller expression of Australia’s nationhood.

Proportionally, we are the most incarcerated people on the planet. We are not an innately criminal people. Our children are aliened from their families at unprecedented rates. This cannot be because we have no love for them. And our youth languish in detention in obscene numbers. They should be our hope for the future.

These dimensions of our crisis tell plainly the structural nature of our problem. This is the torment of our powerlessness.
We seek constitutional reforms to empower our people and take a rightful place in our own country. When we have power over our destiny our children will flourish. They will walk in two worlds and their culture will be a gift to their country.

We call for the establishment of a First Nations Voice enshrined in the Constitution.
Makarrata is the culmination of our agenda: the coming together after a struggle. It captures our aspirations for a fair and truthful relationship with the people of Australia and a better future for our children based on justice and self-determination.

We seek a Makarrata Commission to supervise a process of agreement-making between governments and First Nations and truth-telling about our history.

In 1967 we were counted, in 2017 we seek to be heard. We leave base camp and start our trek across this vast country. We invite you to walk with us in a movement of the Australian people for a better future.
Parish Events  |  Sat - October 24, 2020 8:50 am  |  Article Hits:4825     A+ | a-
The Archbishop, Mark Coleridge, has appointed Fr Odinaka Nwadike as Parish Priest of St Joseph's Parish, Nambour with effect from 4 January 2021 for a term of six years. Fr Odinaka has been Associate Pastor at St Stephens Cathedral for the past three years or so. Although from Nigeria, he was ordained for the Archdiocese of Brisbane. We pray that his transition to being Parish Priest will be a smooth one for him and the community. Over the next couple of months I will be working with him so he finds a welcome amongst us.
Fr Graham Gatehouse PP.

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"Yes, the heavens are as high above earth
as my ways are above your ways,
my thoughts above your thoughts" (Isaiah 55:9).