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Liturgies  |  Thu - May 13, 2021 3:47 pm  |  Article Hits:115     A+ | a-
Introducing Fr Odinaka Nwadike
Introducing Fr Odinaka Nwadike
“My favour rests on you!”
Through the waters of baptism we are members of Christ’s body. God says to us: ‘you are my beloved daughter, you are my beloved son; my favour rests on you.’ Often the worries of this life and the business of our life prevents us from hearing these beautiful words as clearly as Jesus did at his baptism. In this Mass, and in the events of this week, may we listen for God’s assurance that we are extremely loved; let us listen, that we may have life and joy in God. (cf. Sunday Missal – Baptism of the Lord: Year B)
A bit about me
I am Odinakachukwu Nwadike, turning 35 this Tuesday. I have five other siblings, all in Nigeria. I started my priestly formation in Nigeria, came to Australia in 2011 and continued my formation to the Catholic priesthood at the Holy Spirit Seminary Banyo. I was ordained a deacon in 2014 at the Cathedral of St. Stephen Brisbane, and I served as a deacon at the Cathedral.
In 2015, I was called to the priesthood. Subsequently, I served as an associate pastor at Holy Cross Parish Redcliffe. After two years plus of my pastoral ministry at Redcliffe, I was posted back to the Cathedral in 2017 as As-sociate Pastor and the Master of ceremonies until date.
One week has already passed since I arrived at this wonderful Parish of Nambour, and it’s fascinating to say that it has been an amazing week already. For me it is an excitingly new beginning in many ways and I am sure that most of you are in the same space.
I want to seize this opportunity to thank all those who have helped in so many ways to make this transitional process as easy as possible; starting from Fr. Graham whose incredible wealth of parish experience, long years in ministry, and management skills have helped pro-vide a good platform for me; to deacon Tim, the parish staff and volunteers whose unbelieva-ble wealth of knowledge and work ethics has assisted me in many ways; and to the few pa-rishioners I have already met within these few days, who have offered support in varieties of ways, I say thank you.
In a special way, I thank all the parishioners for the amazing support you have shown Fr. Graham in his 20 and a half years in ministry here at St. Joseph’s parish. I know without any doubt that your prayers, moral and physical support must have assisted him a great deal to pastor effectively throughout these many years of service around this vicinity, and I ask for your continued assistance as I begin this new role as pastor. I am very happy to be here, and I look forward to getting to know every one of you, learning from your own personal experience, and serving you in this capacity. And I pray that the good Lord will continue to strengthen and encourage us as we continue to support each other on our journey to our ulti-mate destination which is heaven.
God bless you all, Fr. Odinaka
Parish Events  |  Sat - January 2, 2021 9:39 am  |  Article Hits:21600     A+ | a-
I am the Bread of Life
I am the Bread of Life
As this is my last newsletter post as Parish Priest of St Joseph’s I would like to take the opportunity to express my deep gratitude to everyone who has made this Parish such a wonderful community of faith. You have taught me so much of what it is to be a Pastor and Priest. Not that com-munity life is plain sailing even in the Church. But if we keep our eyes fixed on the Lord and together we move forward. If we keep our eyes on Christ then we do not have to be fixated about the shortcomings of ourselves or those around us.

There are so many people who I should thank for their support over the past twenty years. That help has enabled me to reach retirement!! Now we welcome Fr Odinaka into the Parish to continue the journey. He will bring a new energy and a renewed vision to the Parish I am sure. Having worked in the Cathedral for some years and before that at Redcliffe he will bring that experience to the Parish as well. I pray that the Holy Spirit rest on him as he takes up the ministry here.

I pray too that the Spirit may continue to inspire all in the Parish in the years ahead.

May a New Year and a New Parish Priest bring an abundance of blessings on the Parish. Hopefully 2021 by the grace of God and the dedication of so many health workers will be Covid-19 free!
Fr Graham Gatehouse
Parish Events  |  Thu - December 24, 2020 8:51 am  |  Article Hits:22772     A+ | a-
Earlier on this year we wondered if we would be able to Celebrate Christmas at all with the restrictions. There are places in the world where a Christmas lockdown is the reality. Either way the situation has made us realise that an impoverished celebration takes us right to the stable in Bethlehem. There it was simplicity itself. A child born in a manger with devoted parents, animals (smelly perhaps!) and scruffy shepherds. Our focus then is on the Christ child alone. He would come to embody the passionate love of God for all creation from the beginning to the ends of the earth.

Please stay safe and calm amidst the uncertainty of the time. Every blessing to all.
Fr Graham
Parish Events  |  Fri - December 11, 2020 3:34 pm  |  Article Hits:24915     A+ | a-
This week the Government announced that for Christmas places of Worship may have a full house.  This applies ONLY to Christmas Masses. However, the number of persons per pew is limited and will be indicated by a number on the end of the pew. Registration is still required. If you have not booked please do so or give your details to the Mass Marshall when you arrive.  Sheets are available at weekend masses for you to register your name, number of attendees and contact number for the Christmas Mass if unregistered at this point. 

So the 6.00pm Mass on Christmas Eve now has extra room as do all the Christmas Masses.
The current restrictions for all other weekend Masses still apply.  140 maximum, sign in, social distancing, cleaning etc.

Parish Events  |  Sun - November 8, 2020 1:37 pm  |  Article Hits:29841     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:32167     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.