At the conclusion of the Year of Mercy, the parish has received the following note of thanks from the parishioners of Barcaldine: To the parishioners of Corinda Graceville, As this Year of Mercy draws to a close, we, here in Barcaldine, are once more reminded of the caring and compassion shown by your people during the recent drought. Your gifts, and the knowledge that we were in your thoughts and prayers, were a source of hope and encouragement to many! We thank you all from the bottom of our hearts. May Christmas be a time of that great joy that units us all, and maythe year ahead be filled with the blessings of our great God of Mercy.
Gaelic Prayer: Deep peace of the running waves to you. Deep peace of the flowing air to you.
Deep peace of the smiling stars to you. Deep peace of the quiet earth to you.
Deep peace of the watching shepherds to you. Deep peace of the Son of Peace to you.
With love and gratitude, from the people of Sacred Heart Parish Barcaldine.
LAUDATO SI NATURE WALK
Monday 12th December at 7 am– to avoid the summer heat. Meet at the picnic shelter at the eastern (Oxley Creek) end of Cliveden Avenue. We will have a short reflection before heading out on a walk where we take time to appreciate God's gift of the beauty of nature. There is a 2 km circuit track which is on level ground, apart from a slight rise at the end. We will enjoy a cuppa and a snack afterwards, so if you have a folding chair, or a picnic rug, please pop them in. Food will be supplied, but a thermos of hot water would be appreciated for tea and coffee. RSVP to David and Marnie on 33792344.
ST VINCENT DE PAUL CHRISTMAS APPEAL
Thank you to our generous parishioners who contributed to our Christmas Appeal last weekend. If you missed out, envelopes are still available on the seats of the church – or you can simply place you contribution in an envelope marked SVDP, and put it on the plate during Mass over the next few weekends. Parishioners are also invited to contribute to our collection of groceries for the 50+ Christmas hampers we will be distributing on 18th December. We particularly need tinned hams, tinned vegetables and fruit, long life custard, and pantry staples, and seasonal treats like Christmas cakes and puddings, and nuts. The school community has us covered for lollies and chocolates!
There are still some cards containing the names and ages of children for whom we need gifts, and these can be collected from the church when you are at Mass. Please return all your donations to the church next weekend (10th/11th ) or to the parish office by 15th December to allow assembly of the hampers before distribution on the 18th. Once again we would appreciate assistance with the distribution, and parishioners are invited to come to the parish office from 9 am on the 18th December if they are able to help.
CENTENARY OF THE DAUGHTERS OF OUR LADY OF THE SACRED HEART
Parishioners are invited to celebrate the Centenary of the Daughters of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart in Corinda 1917-2017. Bishop Brian Finnigan will celebrate the 6pm Mass at St Joseph's Church on Saturday 28th January 2017. Dinner will follow at Sherwood Services Club. Cost of dinner is $30 per person (two course meal including tea/coffee. Other beverages available to purchase). Please contact the Parish Office to make your booking and payment.
BREAK OPEN THE WORD
Copies are available for the new liturgical year. Please collect your copy from Fr Gerry, Malia, or Sr Cyprian after Mass; or at the Parish office during the week. This book is essential for the preparation of Ministers of the Word and Children's Liturgy Leaders. Please purchase a copy, at the subsidised price of $10.00. Previous editions of Break Open the Word can be donated to Prison Chaplaincy. Please leave at Parish office.