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The Feast of Epiphany 2014
Posted by admin - 04/01/14 10:40AM - - 1/52/53/54/55/5

As we celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany we can reflect on Pope Francis call in his recent exhortation on the Joy of the Gospel:

"I invite all Christians, everywhere, at this very moment, to a renewed personal encounter with Jesus Christ, or at least an openness to letting him encounter them; I ask all of you to do this unfailingly each day. No one should think that this invitation is not meant for him or her, since “no one is excluded from the joy brought by the Lord”.[1] The Lord does not disappoint those who take this risk; whenever we take a step towards Jesus, we come to realize that he is already there, waiting for us with open arms. Now is the time to say to Jesus: “Lord, I have let myself be deceived; in a thousand ways I have shunned your love, yet here I am once more, to renew my covenant with you. I need you. Save me once again, Lord, take me once more into your redeeming embrace”. How good it feels to come back to him whenever we are lost! Let me say this once more: God never tires of forgiving us; we are the ones who tire of seeking his mercy. Christ, who told us to forgive one another “seventy times seven” (Mt 18:22) has given us his example: he has forgiven us seventy times seven. Time and time again he bears us on his shoulders. No one can strip us of the dignity bestowed upon us by this boundless and unfailing love. With a tenderness which never disappoints, but is always capable of restoring our joy, he makes it possible for us to lift up our heads and to start anew. Let us not flee from the resurrection of Jesus, let us never give up, come what will. May nothing inspire more than his life, which impels us onwards."

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Posted by admin - 26/12/13 09:57AM - - 1/52/53/54/55/5

Thank you to all who participated in the Christmas Liturgies. Thanks to the wonderful musicians and all those who prepared the liturgy and environment.

Please note that the Parish Office is closed until Monday the 20th January.

Messages may still be left on the Answering Machine or for urgent needs the 24  hour answering Service can be contaced on 38363221.

Also note that the Parish Calendar on this website is temporarily unavailable.

We look forward to 2014 refreshed with new energy for the Gospel.

Fr Graham

 

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Christmas Mass Times on the Sunshine Coast
Posted by admin - 18/12/13 01:19PM - - 1/52/53/54/55/5

Nambour Parish St Josephs

  • Christmas Eve Mass 6.00pm at St Johns College.
  • Midnight Mass at St Josephs. Carol singing from 11.30pm.
  • Christmas Day Mass 8.00am at St Josephs.

Maroochydore Parish

Christmas Eve Vigil

5.00pm Coolum Beach

5.00pm Maroocydore

5.30pm Sippy Downs

7.00pm Coolum Beach

7.00pm Maroochydore

7.30pm Buderim

Midnight Maroochydore

Christmas Day

6.30am Maroochydore

7.30am Coolum Beach

8.00am Buderim

8.00am Maroochydore

9.00am Coolum Beach

9.30am Maroochydore

Noosa District Catholic Parish

St Patrick’s Church, Pomona

1 Church Street

Christmas Eve – 7.30pm

Christmas Day – 8.00am

Sacred Heart Church, Cooroy

63 Maple Street

Christmas Eve – 5.30pm

St Thomas More Church, Sunshine Beach

Ben Lexcen Drive (next to the Catholic Primary School)

Christmas Eve – 5.00pm Children’s Mass

Christmas Day – 8.30am

Our Lady of Perpetual Succour Church, Tewantin

5 Moorindil Street

Christmas Eve – 5.00pm & 7pm

Christmas Day – 7.00am & 10.00am.

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Synod on the Family October 2014
Posted by admin - 26/11/13 06:45PM - - 1/52/53/54/55/5

Our Holy Father, Pope Francis, has called a Synod on the Family for October 2014. The Synod will be pastorally focussed. As such, it will aim to address the real-life challenges of families.

In preparation for the Synod the Bishops have been sent a Preparatory document. It includes an overview of topics such as Family and Evangelisation, The Plan of God, Creator and Redeemer and The Church’s teaching on the Family. The document also included a set of questions to help preparations for the first stage of the Synod. These questions are primarily aimed at the Bishops. Like many others, the Archbishop of Brisbane desires to consult widely on these questions before giving his response.

A questionnaire can be accessed at Synod Survey

It is recommended that you read the Preparatory document before responding to the questions. Download the Preparatory document

Your responses will not only help preparation for the Synod but will be a valuable source for preparing our response to the needs of the Archdiocese.

Archdiocese of Brisbane Synod on the Family.

 

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Submission to the Royal Commisson on Institutional Response to Child Abuse
Posted by admin - 18/11/13 06:19PM - - 1/52/53/54/55/5

 

COMMITMENT STATEMENT FROM LEADERS OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH IN AUSTRALIA

The Catholic Church in Australia, in its submissions to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse and in its communications with both the Catholic and broader communities has made the following commitment:

The leaders of the Catholic Church in Australia recognise and acknowledge the devastating harm caused to people by the crime of child sexual abuse. We take this opportunity to state:

  1. Sexual abuse of a child by a priest or religious is a crime under Australian law and under canon law.

  2. Sexual abuse of a child by any Church personnel, whenever it occurred, was then and is now indefensible.

  3. That such abuse has occurred at all, and the extent to which it has occurred, are facts of which the whole Church in Australia is deeply ashamed.

  4. The Church fully and unreservedly acknowledges the devastating, deep and ongoing impact of sexual abuse on the lives of the victims and their families.

  5. The Church acknowledges that many victims were not believed when they should have been.

  6. The Church is also ashamed to acknowledge that, in some cases, those in positions of authority concealed or covered up what they knew of the facts, moved perpetrators to another place, thereby enabling them to offend again, or failed to report matters to the police when they should have. That behaviour too is indefensible.

  7. Too often in the past it is clear some Church leaders gave too high a priority to protecting the reputation of the Church, its priests, religious and other personnel, over the protection of children and their families, and over compassion and concern for those who suffered at the hands of Church personnel. That too was and is inexcusable.

  8. In such ways, Church leaders betrayed the trust of their own people and the expectations of the wider community.

  9. For all these things the Church is deeply sorry. It apologises to all those who have been harmed and betrayed. It humbly asks for forgiveness.

The leaders of the Catholic Church in Australia commit ourselves to endeavour to repair the wrongs of the past, to listen to and hear victims, to put their needs first, and to do everything we can to ensure a safer future for children.

First published in the Truth Justice and Healing Council’s Towards Healing submission to Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, September 2013

Truth Justice and Healing Council
PO Box 4593 KINGSTON ACT 2604 | Tel: +61 2 6234 0900 | Fax: +61 2 6234 0999

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