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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.
Christmas Eve Vigil
5.00pm Coolum Beach
5.30pm Sippy Downs
7.00pm Coolum Beach
7.30am Coolum Beach
9.00am Coolum Beach
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.Full Story
Synod on the Family October 2014
Posted by admin - 26/11/13 06:45PM - -
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.
Submission to the Royal Commisson on Institutional Response to Child Abuse
Posted by admin - 18/11/13 06:19PM - -
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:
Sexual abuse of a child by a priest or religious is a crime under Australian law and under canon law.
Sexual abuse of a child by any Church personnel, whenever it occurred, was then and is now indefensible.
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.
The Church fully and unreservedly acknowledges the devastating, deep and ongoing impact of sexual abuse on the lives of the victims and their families.
The Church acknowledges that many victims were not believed when they should have been.
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.
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.
In such ways, Church leaders betrayed the trust of their own people and the expectations of the wider community.
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