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 September
Social Justice Sunday


1st October
Golden Wedding Anniversary Mass
Cathedral of St Stephen 10am


19th October

Living Biblically
Mercy in the Letters of Paul
7-8.30pm Francis Rush Centre


12th/13th November
2016 National Church Life Survey

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

TWO-MINUTE HOMILIES
Priests from around the Archdiocese are preparing “Two Minute Homilies” and uploading them on social media platforms on a weekly basis now. To view or listen to a podcast please visit http:// brisbanecatholic.org.au/multimedia/two-minute-homilies/ at your leisure.

Break Open the WordBREAK OPEN THE WORD is a book for all Catholics to prepare for the weekend’s Mass. It is especially important for ALL Readers! In it you have two versions of the readings at Mass and also simple explanations of the readings. For Readers, there is the added advantage of suggestions on how to read the passage and also how to pronounce those difficult words. Order your copy on the form near the main door of the church. RRP is $24 – we can sell it for $20. Please Order no later than THIS Sunday (25th). Any orders received after this date will be at the RRP $24.

SOCIAL JUSTICE SUNDAY - 25th September
We celebrate Social Justice Sunday on 25 September. This year, the Australian Bishops’ Social Justice Statement is titled: ‘A Place at the Table: Social justice in an aging society’. The Statement celebrates the value and dignity of older people in Australian life. It challenges us to recognise their significant contribution to society and emphasises that this contribution should not be valued in mere economic terms. The statement calls for justice for those who are most vulnerable and warns about a view of older people as burdensome or dispensable. For further details about the Social Justice Statement, visit the Australian Catholic Social justice Council website (www.socialjustice.catholic.org.au) or call (02) 8306 3499.

THE LIVING BIBLICALLY FORMATION SERIES continues with Archbishop Mark Coleridge focusing on the Year of Mercy. Dates: 19 October – Mercy in the Letters of Paul (7:00pm to 8:30pm). Venue: Hanly Room, Francis Rush Centre, 277 Elizabeth Street, Brisbane. Parking: Cathedral Car park open from 6pm (entrance via Charlotte Street)

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 better connect.

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 Leaders.

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.

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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