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50 Fairway Drive, Clear Island Waters, Queensland, 4226


Sunday, January 16, 2022 

Second Sunday in Ordinary Time - Year C  


Readings for Sunday, January 16, 2022 - Second Sunday Ordinary Time. Year C 

FIRST READING: Isa 62: 1-5

Ps: Ps 96: 1-2a, 2b-3, 7-8, 9-10 "Proclaim his marvellous deeds to all the nations"

SECOND READING: 1 Cor 12: 4-11

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION (cf. 2 Thess 2: 14): Alleluia, alleluia! The Word of God became flesh and dwelt among us. He enabled those who accepted him to become children of God. Alleluia.

GOSPEL: John 2: 1-11 



With uncertainty  due to Covid numbers,  we encourage everyone to continue to be safe and exercise social distancing, hand sanitising, and mask-wearing. Anyone experiencing even the mildest of symptoms, please stay home and use rapid testing .  We aim to ensure that  the mass schedule will continue as advertised. If anything changes in this, we will alert you via the parish website and the  parish news  emailing list.   If any sudden changes occur,  we will also leave a message on our parish phone system and also put a notice up at any churches affected. God bless. 


"Do whatever he tells you." - (John 2: 5)

(Image: Shutterstock licensed image ID: 1210022272 - PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC - OCTOBER 13, 2018: The fresco of The wedding at Cana in church kostel Svatého Václava by S. G. Rudl (1900). - Contributor- Renata Sedmakova )

PASTOR'S POST    "A New Day" -  Amanda Gorman

May this be the day

We come together.

Mourning, we come to mend,

Withered, we come to weather,

Torn, we come to tend,

Battered, we come to better.

Tethered by this year of yearning,

We are learning


That though we weren't ready for this,

We have been readied by it.

We steadily vow that no matter

How we are weighed down,

We must always pave a way forward.


This hope is our door, our portal.

Even if we never get back to normal,

Someday we can venture beyond it,

To leave the known and take the first steps.

So let us not return to what was normal,

But reach toward what is next.


What was cursed, we will cure.

What was plagued, we will prove pure.

Where we tend to argue, we will try to agree,

Those fortunes we forswore, now the future we foresee,

Where we weren't aware, we're now awake;



Those moments we missed

Are now these moments we make,

The moments we meet,

And our hearts, once altogether beaten,

Now all together beat.


Come, look up with kindness yet,

For even solace can be sourced from sorrow.

We remember, not just for the sake of yesterday,

But to take on tomorrow.


We heed this old spirit,

In a new day's lyric,

In our hearts, we hear it:

For auld lang syne, my dear,

For auld lang syne.

Be bold, sang Time this year,

Be bold, sang Time,

For when you honour yesterday,


Tomorrow ye will find.

Know what we've fought

Need not be forgot nor for none.

It defines us, binds us as one,

Come over, join this day just begun.

For wherever we come together,

We will forever overcome.


Amanda Gorman was the young African American who read her poem of hope at the inauguration of President Biden and now offers a similar hope for the coming year.


Fr Peter Dillon  PP


We congratulate the Essack, Opperman and Wietrzyk families, whose children Hugo James, Ethan Ronald and Zahlia Rose will be baptised in our Parish this weekend.  

Please keep the Baptism families in your prayers as they begin their faith journey.



Sacred Heart 

350 max capacity

Saturday Night - 5 pm 

  • (Maronite Mass 6:30 pm, Saturday Night). 

*Note First Saturday of the month morning Mass 9 am (Next: 5th February 2022)

Sunday - 9 am and 6 pm 

(Polish Mass 12:30 pm Sunday)

  • (Italian Mass 4 pm Sunday)

Weekday Masses - Monday - Friday weekday Mass - 9 am 

St Vincent's

150 max capacity

Sunday - 8 am & 10 am 

  • (Hispanic Mass – 5.30 pm on 1st and 3rd Sundays)

Extra parking is available only metres from St Vincent's Church, King's Car Park, entry via Beach Road

Stella Maris 

150 max capacity 

Saturday Night - 5 pm 

Sunday - 7 am 

Please note: Numbers allowed in each Church are based on social distancing restrictions, and the Archbishop has continued to exempt everyone from the obligation to attend Sunday mass during restrictions. Please remember that as per restrictions we are still expected to check in for mass, maintain a social distance of 1 person per 2 square metres, and to receive Holy Communion in the hand only, refrain from physical contact when offering the Sign of Peace, and to sanitise when entering and exiting the premises.

People entering the church are required to scan the Check-In Qld app, which will register you as attending that mass time. Please show our volunteers at the door the tick before entering the church. If you are unable to get the App, only then are you required to write down your name and contact number.


Hispanic (Latino American) Mass: Fr. Syrilus Madin 

5 pm Mass 1st & 3rd Sunday of the month - St Vincent's Catholic Church, Surfers Paradise.Resumes this weekend -   Sunday 16th January at 5:30 pm.

Gold Coast Contact: Juan Arrieta 0406 705 349

Polish Mass: Fr Grzegorz Gaweł SChr (Bowen Hills 3252 2200)

12.30 pm Mass Sunday Sacred Heart Church, Clear Island Waters.

Gold Coast Contact: George Syrek 0411 302 802 

Italian Mass: Fr Angelo Cagna 0423648736

4 pm Mass Sunday Sacred Heart Church, Clear Island Waters.

Gold Coast Contact: Connie Canale 5575 8882

Maronite Mass: Fr Fadi Salame 0421 790 996

6.30 pm Saturday Vigil, Sacred Heart Church, Clear Island Waters.




There was a wedding between God and us.  

"To have and to hold, from this day forward, for better, for worse." God is faithful and true. Let us do the same.

 To talk to someone about your vocation,  contact  Vocation Brisbane:    1300 133 544  and     








"To each individual, the manifestation of the Spirit is given for some benefit." (1 Corinthians 12:7)

St. Paul tells us that God has blessed each of us for a reason.  How has God blessed you?  Are you using your gifts according to God's plan?  How are you helping to build God's kingdom here on earth?  Remember that if you don't do the work God planned for you, no one else can do it.  Live the life God has intended for you.  Take time to discern your charisms (gifts from the Holy Spirit).  Experience the supernatural Peace and Joy God desires for each of us.

The vision of Stewardship speaks in every aspect of life, inviting everyone to be thankful, generous and accountable for what each has been given.



FOR THOSE WHO ARE SICK:  Gus Reeves, Kathy Kiely, Margaret Paterson, John & Molly Robinson, Marie Ashby, Laila Mikael, Dominique Corbello, Jean Di Benedetto, Anthea McMullan, James Goodwin, Scott Mitchell, Malcolm Ward, John O'Brien, Ludwig Mueller, Bobby Caspersz, Kent Vince, Terry Collins, Colleen Grehan, Carmelita Dulu, Judy Alexander, Sr Mary Teresa, John Davis, Peter Cotton, Bobby Courtney, Lisa Mangan, Robyn Skein, Kye Oh, Michael James, Bill Gilmore, Olga Hamshari, Roy Ferraro, Margaret Haerse, Rosalind Lee, Milka Barac, Mary Ashton, Rodney & Norma McLennan, Lois & Doug Wood, Duncan Dawson, William Franklin, Maria Mihalic, Annie Scicluna, Anne Logan, Margaret & Louise Thompson, Patricia Moor, Helen Bohringer, Peter O'Brien, Angela Duvnjak, Rachel Raines, Savannah Ayoub, Baby Maeve Lombard, Rosslyn Wallis, Arthur Haddad, Michael & Denise Tracey, Joanne Mooney, Joanne Parkes, Michelle MacDonald, Mary Kerr. And all suffering from Covid-19 and its effects. 


RECENTLY DECEASED: Margaret Kelly, Stephen Baker, Tony Tongue, John William Maddocks (Claudia's husband), Keiran Davey (Ireland), Keiran Scanlan (Ireland), Kenneth Walker, Santo Auteri, Dragica Bosiljevac,  Adrienne Barry, Mary Bickle, Jimmy Fennell, Aeanus Leana, John Francis Moore, Joan Brown, Jimmy Fennell (Ireland), Agnes Ita (Toni) Molloy nee Hickman (NZ), Marian Ware, Joseph Ceh, Marian Howell, Andy French, Maria Vos, Margaret Josephine Borg, Mariette Anna Stradiotto-Alda, Herta Haselhorst, Yvonne Khalema, Ramona Judith Ellis, Dymphna Hogg, Bill Goodrem, Fr Stanislaus Barry cm, Iris Scerri, Joe Canavo, Shane Burgess, Debra-Ann Cameron, Herbert Dawson, Shirley Ryan, Wayne Allan Pearce, Regina Flemming, Thomas James Burns. 


ANNIVERSARY OF DEATH:  Margaret Cooper (UK), Enid Cox, Kent Moray, John Gordon, Harold Alexander, Wally Bereth, Carmen Callus, Brian Miller, Antonio Falcone, Rafael Toda, Thomas Lloyd Muggleton, Joan Denise Hegerty, Christine Lucy Harding, Stanley James Jackson, Joseph Nicholas (Joe) Friedman, Alfredo Boluso, David John Newlands, Deris Eunice Howell, Joan Cumner, Josephine Lenahan, Nell Mcleod, Grazyna Palac, Raymond Cezerẽ (Ray) Hoareau, Joseph Borg, Grazyna Palac, Ted Llewellen, Margaret (Peg) Byrnes, Ivan Michael Clark, Albert Antonio Vosti, And also: Donald Thomas, Rex Joseph McShane, Colin Meneely, Russell Albury, John Gordon, Violet Mary Nickson, Elvira Fantinelli, Christine Carberry, Jeanette Louise Vial, Joseph Johannes Emile van Deurse, Shirley Mary Selby, Anna Snelleksz, Trevor David Simes, Edmund O'Brien, Lionel Ernest Cunynghame, Geraldine Coyne, {Brendan David Fitzhardinge Berkeley}, Garth Stanley Rippin, Thomas Stephen Carney.   




The Parish Library 2021 - Are you called to help in the library?

We are in need of volunteers to man the library before and after mass during the weekends. If you are called to help in the library, we shall appreciate it if you can contact Esta Mostert by texting / WhatsApp her on

 +61 410542427 or email her:

Please text your name, WhatsApp or phone number and/or your email address to her as well as the times that you will be available. Alternatively, write your name on the Library Volunteer list at the back of the church. Ezekiel 2:9 Then I looked, and behold, a hand was extended to me; and lo, a scroll was in it. Source:

At St Vincent's Church the "READ AND RETURN" trolley located in the foyer, is available again for your perusal. Feel free to borrow a book and return it at your leisure.






Sunday 30th January 2022 at 10 am in the Parish Hospitality Centre


EPIC: A Journey Through Church History

Session 15 Part 1 The Catholic Reformation







CHILDREN'S SACRAMENTAL PROGRAM                                                                 

BAPTISM for Children in Surfers Paradise 

Baptism is the first of three Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist. Surfers Paradise Parish follows the policies of the Archdiocese of Brisbane as it welcomes each person into the family of the Church through the waters of Baptism.

Infants and children are baptised at the request of parents. Within the Baptism ritual, parents promise to accept the responsibility of training their children in the practice of the faith and to raise their children to understand and live God's commandments. Parents can request baptism for their child by filling out an enrolment form, available on our parish website Once the online baptism form has been received, the Parish Office will provide details for preparation for the Sacrament of Baptism and confirm the online booking.


Sacrament of PENANCE - Reconciliation 2022

In the Archdiocese of Brisbane, Reconciliation follows the Sacraments of Initiation. That is, Reconciliation, also known as Penance, follows the sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation, and the receiving of a child's First Communion. The Surfers Paradise Sacramental Team is preparing a program similar in style to the Confirmation and First Communion At Home Preparation Programs. If your child was previously enrolled in the Surfers Paradise Parish Sacramental Program and then was either confirmed or made their First Communion in Surfers Paradise, there is no requirement for you to complete a new online enrolment form. Families of enrolled children will receive an emailed invitation to the Meeting for the Sacrament of Penance Preparation early in 2022. It will be held on either February 21, 2022, at 6 pm or February 22, 2022, at 6 pm (Parents can choose to attend one of these meetings but do not need to attend both.) 

The First Rite of Reconciliation will be celebrated on Thursday, March 31, 2022, at 6:30 pm

If you have further questions, please email our Sacramental Coordinator, Cathy Anderson, at  


Sacrament of EUCHARIST - First Communion 2022                                                                 

Children who have been baptised and confirmed and are in Year 4 or greater in 2022 are invited to prepare to receive their First Communion. If parents have previously completed an online application for enrolment in the Surfers Paradise Sacramental Program, they do not need to complete a new online form to continue. The Parent Meeting for First Communion Preparation will be held on April 26 at 6 pm or April 27 at 6 pm. (Parents can choose to attend one of these meetings but do not need to attend both. Only children who are represented by a parent at one of these meetings will be included in the First Communion Preparation Program.) The Preparation for First Communion Program will be similar in format to the At Home Preparation for Confirmation Program. There will also be a Final Meeting (including rehearsal) in the week prior to the Celebration of First Communion either Tuesday, April 6 at 6 pm or Wednesday, April 27 at 6 pm

First Communion will be celebrated on Sunday, June 12 at 11:00 am and Sunday, June 19 at 11:00 am at Sacred Heart Church (Children will be included in one of these celebrations, not both.) The Sacramental Team will email a reminder to parents late in Term 1.    


Sacrament of CONFIRMATION 2022                                                                                                              

Baptised children who are in Year 3 or greater are invited to be included in next year's Preparation for Confirmation group. Parents are asked to go to the parish website at and complete an online enrolment application. Please use the drop-down menu under Sacraments and click on Confirmation (under Sacraments). Then scroll down to and click on CHILDREN'S SACRAMENTAL PROGRAM APPLICATION FORM (in the blue box). Once you click on SUBMIT, you will receive an automated response so that you know that your completed application has been received. 


In 2022, you will receive an invitation email several weeks prior to the Parent Meeting which is to be held either Monday, July 11 at 6 pm or Tuesday, July 12 at 6 pm in Sacred Heart Church. (Parents are asked to choose to attend one of these meetings but do not need to attend both. Only children who are represented by a parent at one of these meetings will be included in the Confirmation Preparation Program.) After the Parent Meeting, parents will be emailed copies of the At Home Preparation for Confirmation Program to be completed by the child and their parent/s, and then returned to the Sacramental Team. The Final Meeting which includes the rehearsal for Confirmation will be held on Monday, August 29 at 6 pm or Tuesday, August 30 at 6 pm (Children and parents are required to attend one of these meetings, not both.)

The Celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation will take place in Surfers Paradise Parish on Friday, September 2, 2022.   


All families wishing to be involved in our parish sacramental programs should regularly check the weekly newsletter for information updates or they can email our Sacramental Coordinator, Cathy Anderson, at  The newsletters are archived on our parish website at



Your support is needed to help our Parish continue valuable pastoral activities and to provide ongoing sustainability. To assist you to support the Parish, you can give via here.

If you are able to continue to support us, we would be most grateful. For all those who have been making payments via credit card and those who have donated directly into the parish account, we thank you. The pay-wave or tap-and-go machines on the timber stands in our Churches are also a safe and handy way to donate to the Parish. God bless you for your support. If you would like confirmation of your donation or a receipt emailed please contact me at To join planned giving, please contact the Parish Office: (07) 5572 5433 (9 am–12 pm Mon-Fri).



TAKE FIVE FOR FAITH - You are gifted, any way you slice it

We're all good at something. But not all of us consider our talents and skills as assets given to the Body of Christ. Say you can sew, make people laugh, fix an engine, bake a great pie, or balance a mean chequebook. 

Of what use are these things to the church, you might ask. Discernment of gifts is something Saint Paul took very seriously in the early community. In our faith sharing, we might ask each other how "mighty deeds" or knowledge or healing might be translated into modern needs the church has. Don't underestimate the healing value of a great pie! {1 Corinthians 12:4-11; "To each individual, the manifestation of the Spirit is given for some benefit."}   SIGN UP FOR "TAKE FIVE" DAILY -


The submission process for feedback for the Roman Synod of Bishops: (Australia) 

Individuals and groups are asked to submit their summarised reflections directly to the National Centre for Pastoral Research. See link here: 

The consultation period with local churches runs until February 27, 2022.



Christ's ministry was an extensive one; his mission was all-encompassing.


Its final focus would be nothing less than the fulfilment of his mission through something he described as his great and ultimate "Hour" or "Time" when he as the sacrificial Lamb of God would offer his very self for the life of the world. 


Christ's great message is that God leaves the best for last, and the good news is: IN THE END, God will be utterly faithful to us and fulfil EVERY ONE of his promises to us. Everything about God, and Christ's earthly life and mission and his suffering, death and resurrection, is TOP Shelf.  No half-baked quality here, but the best of everything for us. 


At the very outset of his public ministry, Mary his beloved mother asks Our Lord to help a wedding couple in a socially embarrassing situation at their wedding reception. Christ turns this simple act of kindness into a SIGN of the Kingdom and a sign of the meaning of his ministry, which is to provide the best wine of mercy, compassion, inclusion, charity and heartfelt invitation into the Banquet feast of the kingdom.


Jesus is surely asking this question of his Mother in an ironic way?  "Why turn to me? My hour has not yet come to provide the Best wine of the Wedding Feast of the Kingdom of God, where I will be the Bridegroom and the People of God will be the Bride." Of course, he immediately helps and uses this incident as a foretaste of what is to come. And what a beautiful foretaste it is. 


If this is just a sample of the Kingdom, then our minds are truly blown. And astounded we should be. This is the richness, the graciousness the absolute "non-stingy fullness" that God operates out of all the time. This is what we are invited into.


This gospel would have to be one of the most delightful and profound of passages. It has so many levels and is rich in symbolism.  You can tell from the subtle difference between what is said and what is done, that the translation of this particular incident is complicated and our traditional translations do not quite capture the full picture of what is going on here. 


To expand on the situation, this is probably a more accurate picture of what was going on:   Mary turned to Jesus and said, "They have run out of wine." (This situation would be an intolerable humiliation to this humble village wedding couple and their families, and a terrible failure of the strong traditions of hospitality expected in that time and culture). 


Mary was clearly feeling the terrible shame occurring for this poor family at the very start of their new life together. It would have ongoing repercussions for this humble bride and groom at the very start of their lives as a family.   Perhaps they could not afford the sufficient amount of wine required.  This can be more effectively rendered as "My Lady, is this the time when I will pour forth the new wine of the Kingdom? Surely this is not THAT time?"  He is being ironic and speaking as a true Prophet. 


Jesus knows that he has come into this world to usher in the fullness of the Kingdom, and to pour forth the new wine of the covenant sealed in his own blood, poured forth to ransom all. He knew that the new wine of the Kingdom would only come in its fullness when he had suffered and died and rose again. 


I think Our Lord had a twinkle in his eye (and perhaps even a tear in his eye…  as he noted that this was all ahead of him….  It was all yet to come.  It would mean his complete self-sacrifice and utterly generous offering of absolutely all of himself….  However, this moment at the wedding… would be a little forerunner and sign of the true wine of the Kingdom which is about God's utter faithfulness, God's graciousness and mercy and overflowing and immeasurable generosity….  God's Kingdom of joy, justice and inclusion.


The Virgin Mary knew he was going to do something about this situation, for she knew better than anyone that her son and Our Lord was "graciousness and compassion" personified. Mary trusted in him totally. Mary also surely knew that he was to do greater things in the future, of which this example was only a rich and stunning foretaste….


It strikes me too, that John the Baptist has been preaching the imminent coming of the Messiah. John the Baptist had warned of a time of God's judgement and retribution. This wedding miracle, however, makes it quite clear, that the Messiah will come not with a big stick of judgement, but with the graciousness, mercy, generosity, compassion, kindness, and the Joy of a time of great Jubilee celebration.  Jesus, the Messiah would characterize the Kingdom of God as a messianic Banquet feast, rather than an apocalyptic time of punishment and judgement and retribution.  Perhaps Jesus reply to Mary (remembering that he was still in the very early days of his ministry), also indicated, "So, is this how it is to be? Not fasting, austerity, punishment and severity, but the overflowing generosity and joy of God's time of favour? So be it then. 


Let us see already unfolding the outpouring of God's overwhelming generosity. Let us see!  Let us taste!  Fill those stone jars over there, and let us see which it is to be, (For Jesus trusted totally in his Heavenly Father and was utterly obedient to the Father's will, as Mary would certainly have known when she asked the question of Jesus and when she instructed the attendants to obey Jesus' instructions to the letter!).


There is something else, too.  This is a profound miracle and a beautiful sign. It is a reminder of God's blessing of marriage, and the gracious generosity of God's love for us, and his joining with us in the joyful and sacred moments of life.  Also, what a wonderful miracle to reveal God's message.


Why did Jesus not reserve this amazing sign for a more so-called "important" event, like a dinner where Herod was present, or where Pontius Pilate was there to be convinced beyond doubt of Jesus' credentials.  But, of course, that is not God's way. That would be human thinking…


God deliberately chose a humble family wedding, in a small and poor village to show the utter fullness of God's glory and graciousness.  God's message is for the poor. God's Kingdom is found in the "every day" and the "ordinary," and the humble shall inherit the Kingdom.  It is also for the ordinary people that Jesus came to bring the Good News, just as much as the high and the mighty.


It also says something about the importance of the ordinary, everyday events of our home life, our work life and our social life.  God's Kingdom is to be encountered just as much in the everyday and ordinary events of life as in the occasional and the extraordinary events that can occur. 


This wedding feast miracle "brought God right into the home circle and into the ordinary things of life. Jesus' action at Cana of Galilee shows what he really thought of a home. God "manifested his glory," and that showing of his true Glory took place within a home. For God, a humble home is a place where nothing but the very best was good enough. It was where he put his best foot forward.


We have already seen that in the East hospitality was always a sacred duty. It would have brought unspeakable embarrassment and shame to that home that day if the wine had run out.  It was to save a humble Galilean family from extreme social humiliation, that Jesus put forth his power. It was in sympathy, in kindness, and with deep and compassionate understanding for ordinary humble folk that Jesus always acted. 


To listen to the whole Sunday Mass each week (including homily) from Surfers Paradise Catholic Parish, please visit this link: Liturgy for you at Home (by SPCP) - https:-   

(Reference: Fr Paul W. Kelly;  THE GOSPEL OF JOHN. Volume 1, (Chapters 1 to 7). REVISED EDITION. Translated with an Introduction and Interpretation, by WILLIAM BARCLAY. THE WESTMINSTER PRESS, PHILADELPHIA. 1975)

(Image Credit:  Shutterstock licensed image. Id: 1212389845 - Biblical vector illustration series, Jesus turns water into wine - Contributor- rudall30 )



  • St Anthony of Egypt - Anthony the Great

    • A time is coming when men will go mad, and when they see someone who is not mad, they will attack him, saying, "You are mad; you are not like us."

    • To say that God turns away from the sinful is like saying that the sun hides from the blind.

    • The fruits of the earth are not brought to perfection immediately, but by time, rain and care; similarly, the fruits of men ripen through ascetic practise, study, time, perseverance, self-control and patience.

    • The person who abides in solitude and quiet is delivered from fighting three battles: hearing, speech, and sight. Then there remains one battle to fight-the battle of the heart.

    • I saw the snares that the enemy spreads out over the world and I said groaning, "What can get through from such snares?" Then I heard a voice saying to me, "Humility.

    • When you lie down on your bed to sleep, remember with thanksgiving the blessings and the providence of God.

    • Whoever you may be, always have God before your eyes; whatever you do, do it according to the testimony of the Holy Scriptures; in whatever place you live, do not easily leave it. Keep these three precepts and you will be saved.

    • Regard as free not those whose status makes them outwardly free, but those who are free in their character and conduct. For we should not call men truly free when they are wicked and dissolute since they are slaves to worldly passions. Freedom and happiness of soul consist in genuine purity and detachment from transitory things.

    • When Abba Anthony thought about the depths of the judgments of God, he asked, 'Lord, how is it that some die when they are young, while others drag on to extreme old age? Why are there those who are poor and those who are rich? Why do wicked men prosper and why are the just in need?' He heard a voice answering him, 'Antony, keep your attention on yourself; these things are according to the judgment of God, and it is not to your advantage to know anything about them.'

    • Our life and our death is with our neighbour. If we gain our brother, we have gained God, but if we scandalize our brother, we have sinned against Christ.

    • . . . you should know that there is present with you the angel whom God has appointed for each man. This angel, who is sleepless and cannot be deceived, is always present with you; he sees all things and is not hindered by darkness. You should know, too, that with him is God.

    • This is the great work of a man: always to take the blame for his own sins before God, and to expect temptation to his last breath.

    • Intelligent people have no need to listen to much talk, but should attend only to that which is profitable and guided by God's will.

    • One should not say that it is impossible to reach a virtuous life, but one should say that it is not easy. Nor do those who have reached it find it easy to maintain.

    • God's Providence controls the universe. It is present everywhere. Providence is the sovereign WORD of God, imprinting form on the unformed materiality of the world, making and fashioning all things. Matter could not have acquired an articulated structure were it not for the directing power of the Logos Who is the Image, Intellect, Wisdom, and Providence of God.

  • St Fabian

    • "It is said that Fabian, after the death of Anteros, came from the country along with others and stayed at Rome, where he came to the office in a most miraculous manner, thanks to the divine and heavenly grace. For when the brethren were all assembled for the purpose of appointing him who should succeed to the episcopate, and very many notable and distinguished persons were in the thoughts of many, Fabian, who was there, came into nobody's mind. But all of a sudden, they relate, a dove flew down from above and settled on his head as a clear imitation of the descent of the Holy Spirit in the form of a dove upon the Saviour; whereupon the whole people, as if moved by one divine inspiration, with all eagerness and with one soul cried out "worthy," and without more ado took him and placed him on the episcopal throne." (Eusebius, Ecclesiastical History, VI: xxix)

  • St Sebastian, 

    • "Lord Jesus, receive my spirit. Lord, lay not this sin to their charge." St Sebastian, Martyr (Died C 288) (Last words addressed to his executioners)

  • St Agnes, 

    • Christ has made my soul beautiful with the jewels of grace and virtue. I belong to Him Whom the Angels serve.

    • I place my trust in You, O adorable Blood, our Redemption, our regeneration. Fall, drop by drop, into the hearts that have wandered from You and soften their hardness.



"Adoption is among the highest forms of love. St. Joseph knew this."

(Below is the text of Pope Francis' weekly Wednesday audience, delivered on Jan. 5, 2022). 


Today we will reflect on Saint Joseph as the father of Jesus. The evangelists Matthew and Luke present him as the foster father of Jesus, and not as his biological father. Matthew specifies this, avoiding the formula "the father of," used in the genealogy for all the ancestors of Jesus; instead, he defines Joseph as the "husband of Mary, of whom Jesus was born, who is called Christ" (1:16). Luke, on the other hand, affirms it by saying that he was Jesus' "supposed" father (3:23), that is, he appeared as His father.


To understand the legal paternity of Joseph, it is necessary to bear in mind that in ancient times in the East the institution of adoption was very common, more so than today. One thinks of the common case in Israel of the "levirate," as formulated in Deuteronomy:


"If brothers dwell together, and one of them dies and has no son, the wife of the dead shall not be married outside the family to a stranger; her husband's brother shall take her as his wife, and perform the duty of a husband's brother to her. And the first son whom she bears shall succeed to the name of his brother who is dead, that his name may not be blotted out of Israel" (25:5-6).


In other words, the parent of this child is the brother-in-law, but the legal father remains the deceased, who gives the newborn child all hereditary rights. The purpose of this law was twofold: to ensure the descendants of the deceased and the preservation of the estate.


As the official father of Jesus, Joseph exercises the right to impose a name on his son, legally recognising him. Legally he is the father, but not generatively; he did not beget Him.


In ancient times, the name was the compendium of a person's identity. Changing one's name meant changing oneself, as in the case of Abraham, whose name God changed to "Abraham," which means "father of many," "for," says the Book of Genesis, he will be "the father of a multitude of nations" (17:5). The same goes for Jacob, who would be called "Israel," which means "he who struggles with God," because he struggled with God to compel Him to give him the blessing (cf. Gen 32:29; 35:10).


But above all, naming someone or something meant asserting one's authority over what was named, as Adam did when he conferred a name on all the animals (cf. Gen 2:19-20).


Joseph already knows that, for Mary's son, a name had already been prepared by God—Jesus' name is given to him by his true father, God—"Jesus," which means "the Lord saves"; as the Angel explains, "He will save his people from their sins" (Mt 1:21).


We live in an age of notorious orphanhood, don't we? It is curious: our civilization is something of an orphan, and this orphanhood can be felt.


This particular aspect of Joseph now enables us to reflect on fatherhood and motherhood. And this, I believe, is very important: thinking about fatherhood today. Because we live in an age of notorious orphanhood, don't we? It is curious: our civilization is something of an orphan, and this orphanhood can be felt. May Saint Joseph, who took the place of the real father, God, help us to understand how to resolve this sense of orphanhood that is so harmful to us today.


It is not enough to bring a child into the world to also be the child's father or mother. "Fathers are not born but made. A man does not become a father simply by bringing a child into the world, but by taking up the responsibility to care for that child. Whenever a man accepts responsibility for the life of another, in some way he becomes a father to that person" (Apostolic Letter: Patris Corde). I think in a particular way of all those who are open to welcome life by way of adoption, which is such a generous and beautiful, good attitude.


Joseph shows us that this type of bond is not secondary; it is not an afterthought, no. This kind of choice is among the highest forms of love, and of fatherhood and motherhood. How many children in the world are waiting for someone to take care of them! And how many married couples want to be fathers and mothers but are unable to do so for biological reasons; or, although they already have children, they want to share their family's affection with those who do not have it. We should not be afraid to choose the path of adoption, to take the "risk" of welcoming children. And today, with orphanhood, there is a certain amount of selfishness.


The other day, I spoke about the demographic winter there is nowadays, in which we see that people do not want to have children, or just one and no more. And many, many couples do not have children because they do not want to, or they have just one—but they have two dogs, two cats... Yes, dogs and cats take the place of children. Yes, it's funny, I understand, but it is the reality.


And this denial of fatherhood or motherhood diminishes us, it takes away our humanity. And in this way civilization becomes aged and without humanity, because it loses the richness of fatherhood and motherhood. And our homeland suffers, as it does not have children, and, as it has been said somewhat humorously, "and now who will pay the taxes for my pension if there are no children?": with laughter, but it is the truth. Who will take care of me?


I ask of Saint Joseph the grace to awaken consciences and to think about this: about having children. Fatherhood and motherhood are the fullness of the life of a person. Think about this. It is true, there is the spiritual fatherhood of those who consecrated themselves to God, and spiritual motherhood; but those who live in the world and get married, think about having children, of giving life, which they will take from you for the future. And also, if you cannot have children, think about adoption.


It is a risk, yes: having a child is always a risk, either naturally or by adoption. But it is riskier not to have them. It is riskier to deny fatherhood, or to deny motherhood, be it real or spiritual. But denial, a man or woman who do not develop the sense of fatherhood or motherhood, are lacking something, something fundamental, something important. Think about this, please. I hope that the institutions will always be ready to help regarding adoption, by seriously monitoring but also simplifying the necessary procedure so that the dream of so many children who need a family, and of so many couples who wish to give themselves in love, can come true.


Some time ago I heard the testimony of a person, a doctor—an important profession—who did not have children, and he and his wife decided to adopt one. And when the time came, they were offered a child, and they were told, "But we do not know how this child's health is. Perhaps he has an illness." And he said—I saw him—he said, "If you had asked me about this before coming, perhaps I would have said no. But I have seen the child: I will take him with me." This is the longing to be an adoptive father, to be an adoptive mother too. Do not be afraid of this.


I pray that no one feels deprived of the bond of paternal love. And those who are afflicted with orphanhood, may they go forward without this unpleasant feeling. May Saint Joseph protect, and give his help to orphans; and may he intercede for couples who wish to have a child. Let us pray for this together:

Saint Joseph,

you who loved Jesus with fatherly love, be close to the many children who have no family

and who long for a daddy and mummy. Support the couples who are unable to have children,

help them to discover, through this suffering, a greater plan. Make sure that no one lacks a home, a bond,

a person to take care of him or her; and heal the selfishness of those who close themselves off from life,

that they may open their hearts to love. Amen.

(Image: Shutterstock licensed Image - ID: 1524254300 - Vatican City, October 6, 2019. Pope Francis celebrates a Mass for the opening of the Synod of Bishops for the Amazon region, in St. Peter's Basilica. Contributor - Riccardo De Luca - Update) 

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The Religious Goods shops at both the Sacred Heart and St Vincent's Churches are open before and after Mass each weekend, where you are able to purchase a  variety of inexpensive Christian inspirational gift lines. If there is a special item you would like ordered, please contact Pat 0404 805 819




At our local State Primary Schools for 1-2 hours per week,  tell children about JESUS.  New volunteers are placed with experienced Instructors. Training is free, with support. An easy curriculum ensures Bible stories are covered to give an understanding of God's love. The door is open for us to 'go' Matthew 28:19. Will you go? - For more information, please call Helene McCowan - 0419 747631 -       (advertisement for 16th, 23rd and 30th January newsletter)



Come join us for our friendly class in the Parish Hospitality Centre next to the Parish Office. Classes run every Tuesday at 10:45 am. Learn to relax, yet gain greater flexibility, inner strength, body awareness and concentration. All while increasing your breath support and general wellbeing. Ruth is an IYTA accredited instructor with wide experience and runs a caring, carefully monitored one-hour session costing $10 (new attendees need to arrive by 10.30 am to prepare adequately for class). For more information, call Ruth on 0421338110.


(Senior Exercise Class - (resumes 18th January 2022)

Spring has sprung! Join Rochelle for a fun functional exercise class at Casey Hall. Low impact cardiovascular exercises for heart health, improve strength and balance- an all-around fitness class for over 65's. Stretch and strengthen the whole body, make new friends and feel great.  Tuesday mornings @9.30 Beginners welcome. Contact Rochelle for further information on 0438 333 308. 


ART AND CRAFT GROUP -  Due to recent COVID outbreak 

2022 recommencement date To Be Advised.

The Group meets in the Parish Hospitality Centre on Wednesdays, 9 to 12.  Activities include art, (watercolour, oils, acrylics, pen and ink drawing etc), as well as various kinds of Craftwork (Knitting, Embroidery, Crocheting, Cardmaking,  Sewing etc.), making Rosary Beads (later sent to the missions), and any other activities that individuals may have an interest in.  We come together to enjoy each other's company in a relaxed environment.  New members, both men and women, are most welcome to join.  For further information, phone John 0412 759 205, or the Parish Office. 



St Kevin's Catholic Primary School at Benowa has a limited number of vacancies in certain year levels,  so we encourage those families still considering their schooling options for 2022 to make contact with the school via phone -55394522 or to go to the website for further enrolment information

St Kevin's is one of three of our valued Catholic Primary Schools within our parish bounds for 2022.



Please Don't Ask The Coordinator To Turn Them Off.  Also, to assist with airflow in the hot and humid temperatures, please don't stop the assistants from opening the doors. 

They Are Following Church Health and Safety instructions. 

It may be necessary to relocate to another seat that may better suit your needs or bring something warm to put on. (Please note, after mass has begun. Side doors are opened, - so please expect that to happen when you are deciding where to sit. We cannot set the conditions for each individual. 

Thank you for your consideration in this matter.



Star of the Sea - Merrimac - Initially Prep to Year 3, and then extending after that -

Website: Star Of The Sea Merrimac  and Facebook Page: Star of the Sea 


THE SACRED HEART BRIDGE CLUB  (resumes 24th January)

Meets at the Sacred Heart - Parish Hospitality Centre, Fairway Drive, Clear Island Waters. 

Playing Bridge keeps your brain active and increases your social network! So why not give us a try?

Learn to play Bridge at "Our Friendly Club" - Free Lesson. "Introduction to Bridge"

Easy to learn format, no previous card playing experience necessary. All are welcome.

For more information and to enrol, Please phone: Cheryl 5538 8821 or Mob 0417 772 701





Centacare Pastoral Ministries - Prisoners Services

Expressions of interest are welcome for reception & admin duties with Prisoners Services - Centacare Pastoral Ministries (South Brisbane location).  Those with a strong resolve, confident phone manner, customer service background and excellent computer and database skills are encouraged to reach out.  Contribute to a happy & professional team helping vulnerable people to have a better life.  For those interested in applying or looking to know more, please get in touch with Seamus Baldwin (Human Resources Coordinator) -  - Expressions of interest close late January 2022. 



The following reflection/study processes are  in RECESS 

for the Christmas and School Holiday period


RCIA: - NEXT SESSION - WEDNESDAY NIGHT -  Resumes 2nd February 2022 at 6 pm Atrium Building


EPIC: - A Journey through the History of the Catholic ChurchNEXT SESSION - SUNDAY MORNING - Resumes 30th January 2022 10 am  - Parish Hospitality Centre




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Readings for Sunday, January 23, 2022 - Third Sunday in Ordinary Time. Year C

FIRST READING: Neh 8: 2-4a, 5-6, 8-10

Ps: Ps 19: 8, 9, 10, 15 "Your Words Lord are Spirit and life"

SECOND READING: 1 Cor 12: 12-30

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION (Luke 4: 18cd): Alleluia, alleluia! Jesus preached the good news of the Kingdom. And healed all who were sick.

GOSPEL: Luke 1: 1-4; 4: 14-21


Acknowledgement of Country - This is Kombumerri Country - The Traditional Custodians of this region. 

We respectfully acknowledge the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as the First People of this country. We pay our respects to the Kombumerri people, who are the traditional custodians of the land, waterways and seas upon which we live, work and socialise throughout this Catholic Parish of Surfers Paradise. We acknowledge Elders, past and present and emerging, as they hold the memories, traditions, culture and hopes of our Indigenous people. We pay tribute to those who have contributed in many ways to the life of the community. We affirm our commitment to justice, healing, and reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples.


Commitment To Child And Vulnerable Adult Safety

"The Archdiocese of Brisbane holds that children and vulnerable adults are a gift from God with an intrinsic right to dignity of life, respect and security from physical and emotional harm. They are to be treasured, nurtured and protected from any harm." As a Parish Community, we pray for a change of heart, that we respond to our grief by reaching out to one another in truth and love. For more information and resources on Safeguarding our community, please see: 

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