Our Lady Queen of Apostles Catholic Church Stafford
 
Welcome to our parish website....

If you are a new parishioner, we warmly welcome you and hope this website gives you a little insight into our vibrant parish community.

New and existing parishioners are encouraged to actively participate in our parish by joining a group or joining the rosters for reading, special minister of communion, greeting, music etc.. There are other opportunities to get involved e.g. keeping our gardens tidy or joining our planned giving program. Please contact the parish office for more information.

We hope this website will be an informative and handy reference point to keep you up to date with special events, meetings, weekly newsletter, etc.

Important Dates
(refer to newsletter for details)

25th February
Verse for Vinnies
1.30pm St Williams, Grovely


27th February
NCLS meeting 6.30pm


2nd March
World Day of Prayer


20th March

Sacramental Preparation meeting
for Parents and Children 7pm


17th April

Sacramental Preparation meeting
for Parents and Children 7pm


21st April
International Food Fest
(after 5pm Mass)


5th May
Reflection Day 9am to 4pm


17th July
Christmas in July 7pm to 9pm


26th August
Thank You to Volunteers
(after 9am Mass)

Community News - see the latest newsletter for all the happenings in our Parish

LIVING LENT 2018
Lent stimulates us to let the Word of God penetrate our life and in this way to know the fundamental truth: who we are, where we come from, where we must go, what path we must take in life...Pope Benedict XVI

Lent is the liturgical season of 40 days which begins with Ash Wednesday and ends with the celebration of the Paschal Mystery (Easter Triduum). The forty days of Lent relates to the forty days Jesus spent in the wilderness preparing for public ministry. Sundays are not included in the count because every Sunday is a little Easter.

Lent is the primary penitential season in the Church’s liturgical year, reflecting the 40 days Jesus spent in the desert fasting and praying.

Lent is a time of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of fasting and abstinence from meat. ** The season of Lent is the most appropriate time for celebrating the sacrament of Penance. Penance should be both inward and individual, and outward and communal. For those to be baptised at Easter (for us this is our Catechumen, Anne Thomas), Lent is a period of preparation called the ‘Period of Purification and Enlightenment.

We **are asked to fast and someone said that there are 3 reasons for fasting: 1) Deepen awareness of need for God to nourish us; 2) Reminds us of the plight of the poor who have grumbling stomach all the time; 3) Reminds us not to depend, or be ruled by every physical need. – God gives us our Daily Bread!

NCLS WORKING GROUP
Parishioners interested in helping the parish consider the results from the National Church Life Survey, which the parish completed in late 2016 are invited to join this group. The next meeting is from 6:30pm to 8pm on Tuesday 27th February, 2018 in the parish meeting room.

WORLD DAY OF PRAYER
World Day of Prayer this year is on Friday 2nd March, prepared by the people of Suriname, a very small nation of South America, with the theme ‘All God’s Creation is Very Good!’ St Paul’s Uniting Church is hosting this year, with morning tea before the 10.30am service. All welcome.

SACRAMENT OF PENANCE
Preparation for the Sacrament of Penance (for Children): Parents of children who turn TEN in 2018 are welcome to enrol their child for this preparation which will begin in February. The Parish Team will help Parents prepare their children over several meetings. For PARENTS AND CHILDREN: Tuesday 20th February 7pm, Tuesday 20th March 7pm; Tuesday 17th April 7pm. Here’s the link: https://goo.gl/zDa5k6

SAVE THE DATES FOR THE UPCOMING PARISH EVENTS

  • 21st April International Food Fest (after 5pm Mass)
  • 5th May Reflection Day (9am to 4pm)
  • 17th July Christmas in July (7pm to 9pm)
  • 26th August Thank You to Volunteers (after 9am Mass)
STAFFORD CATHOLIC PARISH
Our Lady, Queen of Apostles Church


Parish Administrator:
Fr  Denis Scanlan
  70 Appleby Road, Stafford  QLD  4053
Phone
: 07 3356 7155     |       Fax: 07 3356 7784
Email: stafford@bne.catholic.net.au
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