Posted by admin - 26/08/14 05:47PM - -
Disturb us, Lord, when
We are too well pleased with ourselves,
When our dreams have come true
Because we have dreamed too little,
When we arrived safely
Because we sailed too close to the shore.
Disturb us, Lord, when
With the abundance of things we possess
We have lost our thirst
For the waters of life;
Having fallen in love with life,
We have ceased to dream of eternity
And in our efforts to build a new earth,
We have allowed our vision
Of the new Heaven to dim.
Disturb us, Lord, to dare more boldly,
To venture on wider seas
Where storms will show your mastery;
Where losing sight of land,
We shall find the stars.
We ask You to push back
The horizons of our hopes;
And to push into the future
In strength, courage, hope, and love.
(Attributed - Sir Francis Drake -1577)Full Story
National Evangelisation Team conducts Encounter in Nambour
Posted by admin - 23/08/14 10:24AM - -
On Friday, 22nd August members of the National Evangelisation Team came to St Joseph's to conduct and evening Encounter. About forty young people from Caloundra and Nambour attended and had a great time including a wonderful meal prepared by the oldies pictured. Thanks to them and all who contributed to the evening. The young people were given and opportunity to explore their faith journey with Jesus Christ.Full Story
Posted by admin - 19/07/14 10:28AM - -
A new menu item has been added called "Faith Enrichment". This is a catch all title under which it is hoped links and resources for enriching our faith and spiritual life can be placed. At present it contains the links to the Parish Library and also to one called "Resources". For the moment this provides links to Pope Francis Exhortaton "Evangalii Gaudium" and download links to Fr John Chalmers' six reflections on that Exhortation.Full Story
The Catholic Church Must Respond to the Royal Commission Now
Posted by admin - 16/07/14 05:24PM - -
Responding to the interim report from the Royal Commission into institutional Child Sexual Abuse the Chair of the Catholic Church's Truth Justice and Healing Council, Francis Sullivan, acknowledged how the Bishops have fully endorsed the recommendations of the Council. But these apply across the board for all institutions. He asked the following questions specifically about the Catholic Church:
- To what extent have cultural issues played a part in allowing abuse to occur?
- Why does it seem that many church institutions over many decades turned a blind eye, either instinctively or deliberately, to the abuse happening within their walls?
- What roll has a culture fed by clericalism, blind obedience and a closed, water-tight environment, played in the prevalence of abuse within some religious orders?
- What reforms need to be made to the way in which young men are selected for entry into the priesthood or orders? What about their training and ongoing development, including a grounding in psycho-sexual development?
- Where is the professional development of priests and others? Where is the ongoing assessment and accreditation? Where is the oversight to ensure they are carrying out their duties in accordance with professional practices and policies?
- Where is the assessment and response to the assertion that the clerical, if you like, corporate culture of the Church was for so many years about protecting the reputation of the institution and its assets - protecting fellow priests and religious from exposure and embarrassment - rather than protecting children?
New Archdiocesan Policy on Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults
Posted by admin - 06/06/14 07:11AM - -
The Archbishop has promulgated a new Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults Policy.
The policy states:
“Children are a gift from God with an intrinsic right to dignity of life, respect and security
from physical and emotional harm. They are to be treasured, nurtured and safeguarded
from harm by all.”
A copy of the full policy document will be at the entrance of the Church and a link placed on our website. You are encouraged to read it. Our parish is implementing the policy and procedures during the coming months and some training will be provided to those who are working with children.Full Story