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News from Bundaberg

14 February, 2024

The six Masses at Christmas saw the people of God attending and celebrating in strong numbers.

The first Mass was the Children’s’ Mass and parents, grandparents and friends were not disappointed as the young people re-enacted the events of Christmas Night. Fr. Don in his homily praised the children and reminded them that at this very time there was still no room for Jesus in Bethlehem as the war continued.

Parish Team – new beginnings

Following the retirement of Mrs Anne Sheehan and Mrs Marcia Sharp, Ms Pauline Leahy has returned to Bundaberg to assume the role of Liturgy, Music, Sacraments, R.C.I.A. Coordinator and Pastoral Care – Visitations will be supported by a Visitation Group working with our Priests and the Executive Officer.

Welcome to Pauline and we look forward to a busy and bright year in ministry with all in our Parish, who assist with their time and talents.

Re-Visiting the Summit

From 2019 – 2021, the Parish took part in three Summit Gatherings. The Parish Vision Statement was developed, and a different structure for our Parish Stewardship (Pastoral) Council was put in place.

In the three years since then, our Church has undertaken a Plenary Council and part one of an International Synod.

It is appropriate that now we look back at where we have come from, what has been achieved, what significant influences have come into our thinking and action since 2021 (including the Diocesan Pastoral Plan) and, by “walking together”, where we hope to be headed in the future.

All parishioners have been invited to attend the Summit on Feb 24th .

School Savvy

January 8 – 12 saw CatholicCare conducting its annual School Savvy – an opportunity for the local community top ready their school-age children for the beginning of the school year. Thanks to donors, families were supplied with uniforms, exercise books, pencil cases etc at a minimal cost. Free haircuts from local professionals add the final touch.

The popup shop operated for the week in Bundaberg and branch out to Gin Gin on January 9 and Childers on January 10.

More than 1000 families walked through the doors of the three venues.

Shari and Di from CatholicCare assist with uniforms and thanks the volunteer hair-stylists.

Australia Day

Parishioners gathered at 9.00am to celebrate the day. Mass was followed by Morning tea of traditional damper and other homemade treats. We prayed for all who are part of our community and for our unity as a country. We extended our greetings to our Indian community who celebrate republic day on the same day.

Grounds and Maintenance

Our grounds and maintenance group worked on renewing the gardens around St James’ Church at Bargara. They were assisted by some of our parish community. Stage one of clearing is now completed, and stage two will see lawns and replanting in place. It was fortunate that we had a free waste disposal day at our regional Council units. Thanks to all.