Happy Retirement to Marylou! In 2021 Marylou decided her 70th birthday marked her retirement date. She is looking forward to spending time with her family and friends and doing a little volunteering on occasion. Marylou has been a large presence in her faith and in the parish community. Marylou started work in 1988 at St Kevin’s School. She started as the Tuckshop Convenor. Later, Marylou taught typing to children with cerebral palsy. While working at St Kevin’s she was also the coordinator of the Art Show. In 1993 Fr Bill Morris asked her to fill in as the Parish Secretary as Lyn Borin wanted to have long weekends. Marylou worked on Fridays and Mondays. She also started working at Centacare at night time. In 1996 Fr Michael McCarthy asked if she would like to become the Parish Wedding Coordinator as there were 80 - 90 weddings a year at the time and needed someone to coordinate the heavy workload. In 1998 Marylou took on a full time position at Centacare and worked there until 2009 when she was asked by Fr Dan Ryan to come and help out once again with Parish administration. Marylou has been a reader, a mass assistant at St Vincent’s church, Sacred Heart 9am, helped out with Baptisms, Sacramental programs, many weddings and funerals. On one occasion Marylou led the singing at mass when the organist and singer were absent. She will continue to assist at the 5pm Vigil Mass. May God bless you, Marylou. Thank you for the countless acts of kindness, work and organisation over many years. All the very best for this next exciting chapter, and we are grateful that we will continue to be blessed by your participation in the Parish community. Sincerely, The Parish Team and all the Parish community.
Father Paul Kelly was recently featured on VOCARE a series produced and published by Shalom. This VOCARE series follows the stories of those who answered the call to Priesthood. You can watch Fr Paul's story by clicking here. It is a beautiful insight into Fr Paul's spiritual journey and also features a snapshot into his podcast creations. You can also watch Fr Warren Kinne's story here. These videos are well put together and feature images our Churches and community, they are well worth a watch.
Living a Contemporary Catholic Life of Faith, Hope and Love A time for us to reflect on where we have been, where we are and where we are going. Facilitated by Rev. Dr Richard Leonard SJ 15th - 17th March at Sacred Heart Church, 50 Fairway Dr, Clear Island Waters 4226. There will be morning sessions at 9:30 - 10:45am and evening sessions at 7:00 - 8:15pm. Monday 15th March: Going out to the world: we need all the help we can get One of the richest things Catholics take the world is our tradition. Some people think Catholic Tradition is a static bloc of doctrines that must be imparted to our young. By looking at Mary, the Mother of Jesus we will see how our tradition is rich and responsive to the needs of today. Tuesday 16th March: Nine steps to making better choices for my life On the strongest elements within the Catholic tradition is the process of discerning the promptings of God in my daily life. How can we practically apply the best of our Christian spirituality to the choices we make at home, work and the wider community? Wednesday 17th March: Where the Hell is God? Holding to Faith through the Tough Times Our faith in God is easier when everything is going well. But what about the times in our lives when it is challenged, undermined and threatened by the things that happen to us, or those we love? This critical session will help out words around how we can hold to a God who walks with us in the “valley of tears”? Rev Dr Richard Leonard SJ will also preside over the weekend masses at Sacred Heart for the 13th and 14th of March. All are welcome, but bookings are required. For...
We are excited to announce that Children's Liturgy of The Word (CLOW) is back in session. CLOW will be running at 9am Sunday Mass at Sacred Heart Church during school term. Please come along and join with other children in learning God's Word. It is asked that parents who wish to register their child for the session arrive 15mins prior to Mass.
Star of the Sea School Enrolment. We are excited to announce that the Star of the Sea school opening in Merrimac in 2022 is now taking enrolments. Star of the Sea is a welcome edition to our Parish Schools. The Catholic school will open with Prep to Year 3. To find out more information you can visit here.
We have an added bonus for you this week – free access to the latest edition of Liturgy News! Click here to view the Winter 2020 issue of Liturgy News. Liturgy News is a quarterly magazine from Liturgy Brisbane. Each issue features commentary and insight from Australia's leading liturgists and is written for parishes, schools, experts and novices. This sixteen-page journal, printed in colour, is sent to subscribers at the end of each quarter.
On Sunday the 19th of July we enjoyed the celebration of Fr Warren's 50th Anniversary of Ordination. The Mass was a wonderfully spiritual and joyful experience for all present. It was very uplifting, particularly with the old favourites being sung like Faith of Our Fathers and We stand for God. Congratulations Fr Warren on your 50th year of Priesthood! ‘May God’s Goodness And Kindness Be With You On This Special Day And All The Days Of Your Life.’ Psalm 23: 6
Anyone with underlying health issues are still encouraged to stay home for their own protection. Anyone feeling unwell, including a slight fever/temperature, sore throat, cold or cough, is not to enter the church, church office or any church buildings. After nearly a month of carefully reintroducing Masses back into our parish after a long time of restrictions, it would now seem opportune to begin offering Sunday Masses in all three churches in our parish. To this end, commencing on Saturday August 1st the following mass schedule will operate while the present restrictions are in place. Additional to these Sunday Masses we will continue to celebrate Mass at Sacred Heart each weekday at 9am. You will be informed by the parish website or E-Newsletter when this situation changes. With the added masses you are still required to make bookings for each mass using the booking site (via the button above), maintaining a social-distance of 1.5metres, receiving Holy Communion in the hand only and refraining from physical contact when offering the Sign of Peace. Please know that Masses are now open to all age groups but certainly stay at home if you are feeling even slightly unwell. The Archbishop has continued to exempt everyone from the obligation to attend Sunday mass during restrictions, so please consider booking for ANY of the masses of the week. The best places to stay in contact with the Parish are by checking this website, following our Facebook page, and reading Fr Paul Kelly’s blog. Please note - only people who have booked will be able to enter the church. Book here.