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PARISH OFFICE CLOSED
The Parish Office will be closed next
Wednesday 26th October as Debra and Rosemary will
be attending an inservice day.
BLESSING FOR PREP STUDENTS AND FAMILIES
On behalf of the Parishioners of Our Lady, Queen of Apostles
Parish, Stafford we would like to invite you and your family and
teachers to come to the 9.00am Mass on Sunday 20th November to
receive a special blessing. Afterwards there will be a shared morning
tea hosted by Maria Curry and Maria Wright. If you would like to bring
along a plate of food to share it would be most welcome.
However, we would love just to share this time together. We hope that
you are able to attend. If you are from another Parish, we’d still love to
see you but understand that your own community needs you and you
might celebrate with them as usual.
Yours in Christ, the Parish Pastoral Council
** If you are unable to come to our 9am celebration, you are most
welcome to come to either the Saturday 6pm, or Sunday 7am or
5.30pm Masses on the same weekend. Unfortunately we normally
don’t have a cuppa after these Masses.
RELIGIOUS GOODS SHOP
Come and see
what is available from the shop. There are
books, rosary beads, sacramental
gifts, statues, cards, crosses and a
variety of gift items. The Catholic
Leader is also available for $2.
Christmas cards are now available from the shop. If you have ordered a
Break Open the Word book it can be collected from the shop. The new
Christmas Catalogue is available if you are looking for a special gift for
someone. Come in before or after Masses and have a browse.
NOMINATIONS FOR THE NEW PARISH PASTORAL COUNCIL (PPC) MEMBERS
– Week 3 (22/23 October) Information
As you are aware the parish is in the process of forming a new parish
council and on the weekend of 22/23 October (that’s this week)
nominations will be called for new members of the Parish Pastoral
Council for 2017. Therefore, we continue in our series of newsletter articles which are designed to provide you with information
about the Parish Council, and which will help you decide whether you
would like to nominate yourself or another parishioner for the Parish
THE 2016 NATIONAL CHURCH LIFE SURVEY
The 2016 National Church
Life Survey is about the LIFE
of the Australian Church: the lives
and hopes of people who attend
churches all around the country.
It is about the lives of leaders and how they can be effective and
sustainable. It is about the life and times of Australians, how they
approach matters of faith and how churches and communities can
The 2016 National Church Life Survey (2016 NCLS) will take place in
October and November 2016, continuing the largest longitudinal survey
of local church life in the world. Conducted by NCLS Research,
partnering with more than 20
Christian denominations across
Australia, it is expected that the 2016
NCLS will, once again, involve
hundreds of thousands of church
attenders and leaders.
The survey identifies core qualities of
vitality so churches can build on
strengths, to more effectively
steward the gifts and skills of their people. The 2016 NCLS is
expected to include 400 000 attenders, 3000+ Churches and 7000
This year our Stafford Parish has been invited to participate in
the National Church life Survey and the Australian Catholic Bishops
will pay for the cost of the parish’s participation in the survey. The
Stafford Parish Pastoral Council will
administer the survey and have
decided to hold the survey over all
masses held on the weekend of the
12th and 13th of November 2016. If
you would like to participate in this
survey all you need to do is attend a
regular mass held over that weekend. A survey form will be
distributed during mass and you will have time to complete the
survey (approximately 20 minutes) and return it before the end of
mass. Please see the newsletter for more information about the survey.
FR DENIS IS AWAY on Annual Leave until Thursday 4th November.
In the meantime, Fr Stephen Byrnes will preside at the Saturday
and Sunday evening Masses and has offered to preside at any funerals
that occur in this time. Fr Joe McGeehan will preside at the Sunday
Morning masses. During October there will be no celebration of the
Sacrament of Penance on Saturdays at 5pm and no celebration of the
Anointing of the Sick on the weekend of the third Sunday of October.