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Let it be both an entrée into our community and an ongoing source of information about how we try to live out our vision which is “To Follow The Example Of Jesus By Serving Others.” – I hope you accept that that’s a goal and not a boast about where we are now!
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8.30am Mass (Feast of the Assumption)
10.30am Men's Group
9.30am Social Club
BLESSINGS ON OUR VOLUNTEERS
Our Christian Faith assumes that everyone of us will be prepared to share our gifts (time, treasure, abilities etc) for the good of others. Every one of us does that in some way or other for the wider community. THIS weekend, with a special blessing, we will be thanking those who volunteer for parish-related activities - Reading, Special Ministers, coordinators, servers, musicians & singers, counters, collectors, belonging to various committees, Vinnies, Alliance, Social, shop, support for Asylum Seekers, etc, etc etc. Also there are those who do “solo” efforts e.g. who drive others to church, help with shopping and other “off the cuff” needs being catered for. Just think how much poorer a community we’d be if everyone left it to the dear departed
The Queen of Apostles Men’s Group meet on the third Friday of the month. It is open to any senior gents in the parish - married, widowed, single, clergy, retired or working. They will meet on Friday 16th August at The Three Little Pigs, Stafford City 10.30am. All Welcome. Phone Gary on 3863 4149 for more info.
PLANNED GIVING CAMPAIGN
Planned Giving Campaign for 2019/2020 begins in October. The finance council will be making presentations to you in the coming weeks about pledges and costs and other very important stuff. Our newsletter this week outlines the different ways you are able to GIVE to your parish through Planned Giving. Click here for more information and the necessary forms>>
PLENARY COUNCIL 2020 - 2ND PHASE ABOUT TO BEGIN
With the release of the six National Plenary Themes for Discernment and the commencement of the Listening and Discernment phase of the Plenary journey, the Archdiocese of Brisbane will be hosting a Brisbane Assembly taking place October 4-5, 2019 at the Edmund Rice Performing Arts Centre (St Laurence’s College) in South Brisbane. Participants will also hear from an array of quality presenters on ‘Discernment’ and ‘Effective Communication’ to assist with the Listening and Discernment phase. This will aid in empowering participants to engage their own communities with the second phase of the Plenary journey in the lead up to Easter 2020.
Who can attend the Brisbane Assembly?: An invitation is extended to all within the Archdiocese of Brisbane. Please note registrations are likely to fill quickly for this important local Plenary event therefore you are encouraged to register early to avoid disappointment.
Brisbane Assembly Format & Registration for Oct 4 and 5:
Adult – $50 Student/Pensioner – $35 Pricing (inc GST)
Venue: Edmund Rice Performing Arts Complex, St Laurence’s College – South Brisbane. Registration includes access to all presentations in ERPAC Auditorium, facilitated Listening and Discernment sessions and meals (morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea) across Friday and Saturday of the Brisbane Assembly. Book online https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=521938&
VOLUNTEER REGISTRATION PORTAL
For those who have used this new technology for volunteer registration and processing of Police checks and Blue Cards let me say ‘Thank you!’ I just need to remind you that the BlueCard form and Statutory Declaration still need to be processed through the parish office. They are pre-filled during the process and just need to be signed and presented with two forms of identification, as per the information on page three of the form. Please action any request you receive to complete a police check. I have a few outstanding Bluecard forms that have not been received and processed by me. Please remember it’s everyone’s responsibility to build and maintain a safe environment for children and vulnerable adults. If you have any concerns about your registration status, please contact me during the week or email anytime. Level 1 and 2 Training information is included in our latest newsletter.
JOHN LENNON WALL:
After his murder on 8 December 1980, John Len-non became a pacifist hero for many young Czechs. An image of Lennon was painted on a wall in a secluded square opposite the French embassy along with political graffiti and occasionally Beatles lyrics. Despite repeated coats of whitewash, the secret police never managed to keep it clean for long, and the Lennon Wall became a political focus for Prague youth (a lot of Western pop music was banned by the communists, and some Czech musicians were even jailed for playing it).
HONG KONG protestors have used this concept by having ‘post-its” put on people’s shirts or walls all over Hong Kong despite them being pulled down or pro-Beijing forces.. It’s a way powerful forces can’t silence protest.
OUR LENNON WALL—THIS WEEKEND, people are invited to put a couple of words calling for justice for Asylum Seekers and Refugees on a Post-It (provided at the back of the church) and place it on our white paper “wall” on the Front Door of the Church.—All ages can participate. Our “wall” will be joined with other parish “walls” at a ceremony on 6th September.