Posted by admin - 31/12/16 11:05AM - -
As we welcome a new year we all yearn for an end to violence, both in our homes and on the world stage. We begin with ourselves. It is a spiritual quest first of all. This peace is not just the absence of violence but the presence of the Spirit of Christ within us. The following reflection perhaps gives us some perspective on this quest.
"Many ‘secular spiritualities’ and oriental methods of meditation today teach techniques for calming the mind, reducing stress and improving well‐being. They promise the physical and psychological benefits which have become the object of extensive scientific research. No doubt these benefits are actual, but there remains to explore the spiritual dimension of these pragmatic, experiential forms of what is ‐ often rather loosely ‐ called ‘meditation’.
Many who seek relief from the problems of modern lifestyle witness to these benefits. Later they are often ‘surprised by joy’ and awake to the first stages of a spiritual journey of faith. Thus they move from technique to discipline. Instead of the natural benefits it is the spiritual fruits that now attract their attention. The natural benefits of contemplation are eventually recognised as the sign that grace is working on nature."
(The Contemplative Dimension of the New Evangelization Laurence Freeman)Full Story
Advent and Christmas Liturgy Times at St Josephs
Posted by admin - 12/12/16 07:18PM - -
Christmas Mass Times
24th December, Christmas Eve, Mass at 6.00pm at St Johns College Multipurpose Centre, Perwillowen Rd. Nambour.
Midnight Mass at St Josephs Church, Nambour. Carol singing from 11.30pm
25th December, Christmas Day, Mass at St Josephs at 8.00am.
There are no other Masses at St Josephs on Christmas Day.Full Story
Year of Youth 2018
Posted by admin - 08/12/16 08:58AM - -
Australian Bishops are inviting Catholics across the country to join in celebrating a Year of Youth from the beginning of Advent 2017 to the end of 2018.
At World Youth Day 2016, Pope Francis called young people and the Church to ‘open new horizons for spreading joy’.
‘My friends, Jesus is the Lord of risk, he is the Lord of the eternal “more”. Jesus is not the Lord of comfort, security and ease. Following Jesus demands a good dose of courage, a readiness to trade in the sofa for a pair of walking shoes and to set out on new and uncharted paths. To blaze trails that open up new horizons capable of spreading joy, born of God’s love and wells up in your hearts with every act of mercy. To take the path of the “craziness” of our God, who teaches us to encounter him in the hungry, the thirsty, the naked, the sick, the friend in trouble, the prisoner, the refugee and the migrant, and our neighbours who feel abandoned. To take the path of our God, who encourages us to be politicians, thinkers, social activists.”
Pope Francis, World Youth Day Vigil with Young People, 30 July 2016