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 From the APREs - Term 3, Week 7, 2016

Parish Priest Appointed for St. Josephs Parish

On Friday our Archbishop Mark announced the appointment of our new Parish Priest, Fr Regimon Gervasis MCBS (Missionary Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament). Fr Reggi has been an Associate Pastor at the Surfers Paradise Parish and will celebrate his first Mass St Joseph’s church Pialba on Saturday 3rd September at 6pm.

We bid a sad farewell to Fr Marty and thank him for his stewardship, looking after the churches and schools of Hervey Bay over the past three months. He will return to the very busy Maroochydore Parish where he is Assistant Priest and has been sorely missed!

Parish Youth Ministry Team: ‘Relay for Life’ and ‘Cooking for Christ’
Members of the Parish Youth Ministry Team had a busy weekend with two caring initiatives being undertaken. The students are taking part in this year’s Relay for Life and spent time selling tickets for their Father’s Day raffle at the parish masses over the weekend. There are some awesome prizes – see flyer attached – so make sure you get in the draw!

On Sunday afternoon, they cooked up 30 meals for the needy in our community. Some of these will go to the Marycare freezer at St Joseph’s for parishioners in need and some will be here at Xavier to give to our own families as they find that the need arises. 

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Fathers play a vital role in the lives of their children and families.  This coming Father’s Day, Sunday 4th September, we remember the many sacrifices fathers make for their children and families, and the ways they do this - both big and small. We also remember those who have helped fill the void when fathers pass early or are absent eg grandfathers and uncles, brothers, cousins, teachers, priests and coaches. Students in P-5 will ask God to bless all of the Dads in our community at a liturgy on Friday 2nd September at 2pm in Goa. Parents and families are warmly invited to attend.  A note has been sent home with P-5 students with full details. 

Multicultural Mass at St. Joseph’s
The Parish will celebrate Multicultural Mass on Saturday 27th August at 6pm and Sunday 28th August at 7am and 9am Masses. This is a good opportunity to recognise and celebrate the different heritages and cultures within our community. All are welcome to attend!
On 28 August 2016, the Catholic Church in Australia will celebrate Migrant and Refugee Sunday. Pope Francis, in keeping with the theme for the Jubilee Year of Mercy, brings to the forefront the connection between the issues that migrants and refugees face and the message from the Gospel of Mercy.

Since 8 December 2015, Pope Francis has presented to us examples of how to live mercifully in our everyday lives. For us to know that, because God forgives us when we humbly approach Him, we also must forgive and be merciful to others.

Fundamentally, Pope Francis wants the Jubilee Year of Mercy to be about encountering God, the merciful Father, in ever-new ways. As such, this Year of Mercy is providing us with an opportunity to ‘encounter’, to connect with others, in particular those with whom we would not normally associate.

Pope Francis therefore has also been presenting to us, in different ways, how we ought to be treating our brothers and sisters in Christ, in particular those least among us.

St. Joseph’s Catholic Church will celebrate this special occasion by asking parishioners to come in their traditional dress at the 9am mass which will be followed by a shared morning tea.