Community News (a snippet from our latest newsletter)
SACRAMENTAL PROGRAM - RECONCILIATION 2018
Confirmation 2018 - On Tuesday the 27th of February at 7pm, we will be holding a Parent meeting for those who would like to enroll their children into the Sacramental Program and receive their Confirmation this year. Those enrolling are generally turning 8 in 2018, or older. If you would like any more information on the Sacramental Program, please contact our Pastoral Associate, Shelly via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or you can call on 3398 2977.
WORLD DAY OF PRAYER
This year, Our Lady of Graces will be hosting the World Day of Prayer on Friday 2nd March at 11am. After the service you are welcome to stay for refreshments afterwards. All welcome.
NOTICE TO SATURDAY 8am MASS ATTENDEES
On Saturday 3rd March 2018, we will be having the Parish Leadership Development Day 2018 in the Dominic centre at St Martin’s. Therefore, at the request of Archbishop Mark Coleridge, Mass will change from 8am to 8.30am and please note that there will be NO Reconciliation in the morning. Thank you for patience and understanding.
YEAR OF YOUTH 2018 and WYD 2019
"I pray that all young people will walk together along the path of freedom, working to overcome all conflicts between races and peoples, to carry the liberating messa of the Gospel everywhere." – Saint Pope John Paul II WYD, Poland 19
A Message from the Brisbane Pilgrimage WYD19 Coordinator
Expressions of Interest are now open for pilgrams 18–35 years old to join us for a pilgramage to World Youth Day in Panama in January 2019! Contact Melissa to find out more information on 3324 3448 or 0438 226 194.
LENT and EASTER
The seasons of Lent and Easter are rich in Catholic symbolism. We begin the season of Lent with the receiving of ashes on our foreheads as a sign of repentance and turning back to God. The ashes themselves impart nothing to us, but point to the meaning of the season in which we are entering. During the season of Lent in this parish, we do not have a recessional hymn, but rather depart in silence with a sense of recollection. A large cross has been placed in the sanctuary dressed in purple, again of themselves, simply pieces of wood and fabric, but in our catholic minds the sign of our victory over death and a sign of gods out pouring of love for us.
Around the church, we have placed images of the way of the cross, along tradition church of accompanying Jesus on his way to Calvary. The stations, started by St Francis of Assisi, were a way for people who could not make the arduous pilgrimage to Jerusalem, to participate in the way of the cross. The tradition has grown up of making the stations on Friday’s and especially of those of Lent to remind us of that love that God has for us in the suffering death and resurrection of Jesus.