Parish Events  |  Fri - March 27, 2020 7:56 am  |  Article Hits:117     A+ | a-
The Clear Message is: STAY AT HOME

With the deepening effects of COVID-19 in Australia restrictions on movement and social interaction are increasing.

Because of this there will be no publicly accessible Liturgies or devotions at St Joseph’s Church for the time being. The Archbishop has made this clear throughout the Archdiocese.

The Liturgies for home use over Easter issued this week have already been changed by the Archbishop to take this into account. New editions will be made available. Please check the website or your email over coming days.
The Chapel is still available for prayer but only one person at a time.

In addition, from today Friday 27th March, the Parish Office will be closed to visitors. You may still contact the Office by email: stjoenam@ozemail.com.au or phone 5441 1034. The Office phone will be answered most days for a period. Please leave a message if not answered.

For emergencies the usual Answering Service is available: (07) 3836 3221.

All the disruption, confusion, suffering and death the world is experiencing is not just those painful things. The pandemic is putting us in touch with our deepest humanity. It is a humanity Jesus embraced totally in himself. He was able to say “Do not be afraid, I am with you always.”

Fr Graham Gatehouse PP

 
Parish Events  |  Mon - March 23, 2020 2:03 pm  |  Article Hits:253     A+ | a-
The Archbishop has confirmed thaf from today, Monday, 23rd March, all Church events are suspended. 

Parish churches should close immediately until further notice. Mass will not be celebrated publicly; nor will there be other celebrations such as Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and Stations of the Cross.

The Sacrament of Reconciliation should not be celebrated until further notice.

All other parish events, both outdoor and indoor, should be cancelled. This would include events such as outdoor Stations of the Cross on Good Friday.

Meetings should be conducted by phone or skype wherever possible, and where held in person, need to be conducted in line with the 4 square metre rule and social distancing of
1.5 metres throughout.

The full text of the Archbishops letter can be found here: Letter from the Archbishop.pdf
Fr Graham Gatehouse



 
Parish Events  |  Fri - March 13, 2020 8:07 am  |  Article Hits:651     A+ | a-
Coronavirus poster
Coronavirus poster
Parish Events  |  Fri - March 6, 2020 7:05 am  |  Article Hits:829     A+ | a-
“Yesterday the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference issued national advice on liturgical implications in light of coronavirus (COVID-19), which was to be implemented in the light of local circumstances:

Therefore, I have decided on the following protocols which seem proportionate to the current understanding of the coronavirus and the risks outlined by health authorities in this State:
  • Parishes should refrain from distributing Holy Communion from the chalice until further notice, with a reminder to the faithful that Christ is fully present under either species.
  • All ministers of Holy Communion should wash their hands before and after distributing, and provision should be made for this.
  • When exchanging the Sign of Peace, people should avoid shaking hands but say “Peace be with you” with some eye contact and perhaps an appropriate gesture.
  • Holy water should be temporarily removed from fonts at the doors of churches, though still be available for people to take home.
  • Parishes and other settings where liturgies are celebrated should make alcohol-based gels or rubs (or like products) available near the entrances.
It would be preferable and perhaps prudent for people to receive Holy Communion in the hand rather than on the tongue, but the decision on this is left with the communicant at this stage.

The Archdiocese will continue to monitor the situation closely and provide further advice as required. In the meantime we pray fervently that the threat of COVID-19 will ease, that those suffering from the virus will be cured and that those working for its relief will be strengthened.”

Archbishop Mark Coleridge
Parish Events  |  Tue - February 11, 2020 12:47 pm  |  Article Hits:1257     A+ | a-
Confirmation
It has been confirmed that the Sacrament of Confirmation for children will be celebrated on Saturday, 12th September, 2020 at 3.00pm. Confirmation Information

First Eucharist
Celebration of First Eucharist this year will be held on the weekend of 13 and 14 June at all Masses. First Eucharist Information

Sacrament of Penance - First Rite
Next week we begin a time of preparation for children who are to celebrate the First Rite of Reconciliation. These are children who have already celebrated their Confirmation and First Eucharist including a Second Rite of Reconciliation.
We begin with a Parent information session at St Joseph's Church at 7.00pm, on Wednesday, 19th February. First Rite of Penance Information

Enrolment forms and further information about all Sacraments is available for download from the Parish Website.

Fr Graham Gatehouse
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Centenary Concert Poster
Centenary Concert Poster
Parish Events  |  Sat - September 21, 2019 1:15 pm  |  Article Hits:4694     A+ | a-
Assembly
Assembly

The Australian Plenary Council is a journey over several years by the Australian Church. Much listening and discernment has taken place. In the Brisbane Archdiocese it has reached the stage for an Assembly to move the project forward. You may find information on this link: Brisbane Assembly Information.
Anyone may register for the Assembly which is being held at St Laurences College in Brisbane on the 4th and 5th October. You may register on this link: Register for the Assembly.

Parish Events  |  Sat - August 31, 2019 8:55 am  |  Article Hits:5154     A+ | a-
Archbishop Mark Coleridge
Archbishop Mark Coleridge
Sunday, 18th August, saw a well attended Mass to mark the Centenary of the foundation of the Parish. Several priests from the area attened as well as two Good Samaritan Sisters Eugennie and Veronica.
Parish Events  |  Sun - August 11, 2019 4:53 pm  |  Article Hits:5670     A+ | a-
Next Sunday, the 18th August, at 4.00pm the Archbishop, Mark Coleridge will be with us to celebrate Mass to commemorate the 100 years since St Joseph's was founded as a Parish. Before that the area of what is now the Sunshine Coast was part of the Mission of Caboolture Parish.
The Mass will be followed by a simple supper.
Because is such a special occasion this Mass will be the only on on that day. There will be no 7.00am or 9.00am Masses.
However, there will be the usual Saturday evening Mass at 6.00pm on the 17th August.
 
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