Welcome to our Catholic Parish of Surfers Paradise. Whether you are visiting our area, or have lived here for many years, may we extend a warm welcome to the Parish, and encourage you to come and join us.
Our parish is one of the largest parishes in the Archdiocese of Brisbane. One of the advantages of being large is that we are able to offer a variety of avenues for involvement in Church life and ministry. This Parish website outlines opportunities for you to become more involved in the life our Parish community. It is through the Sacrament of Baptism that we are prompted to take part in the mission of Jesus. We all have our different talents and abilities by which we can make a contribution to the mission of the Church in Surfers Paradise. If you come across an area that appeals to you and you would life to become more informed or involved, please refer to the Parish Directory for contact names and phone numbers or contact one of the members of the Parish Team.
As a Parish Pastoral Team, we are committed to providing pastoral care which nourishes faith in action. It is together then, that we are called to build a Church that is caring of one another, that continues to learn from its tradition, that seeks to nourish faith, and that reaches out to those beyond our Parish family.
We invite you to take some time to browse through this Parish website and to come to know our Parish better.
Retreat "Inner Peace in Divine Love" commencing 27/4/15 and made over four weeks in daily life. Grounded in key Gospel texts and based on St Ignatius of Loyola's Spiritual Exercises, participants are led in a simple and creative way to develop and experience a deep and intimate connection with God. The retreat has a clear program and structure to encourage and direct daily prayer. A commitment of 25 -45 minutes of daily prayer, four days a week, followed up by Sunday Eucharist is required over the four weeks. Participants will meet on 5 consecutive Mondays 27 April, 4, 11, 18, 25 May at Holy Family Catholic Church, Runaway Bay for guidance and conversation. The retreat is suitable for all people - the only thing you need to begin is the desire to be open to the Divine. For more information or to register your interest please contact Helen Goldsmith on ph. 0412 894 356 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
STELLA MARIS MASS TIMES FROM 28TH MARCH
Celebration of Eucharist will begin in our new Stella Maris Church on 28th & 29th March. Regular Mass times will be as follows:
Saturday evenings: 5.00pm with Reconciliation beginning at 4.15pm
Sunday Mornings: 7.00am and 8.30am
Weekdays: Wednesday at 9.00am 1st April.
Thursday at 9.00am will commence after Easter.
We give thanks to God for the blessing of our new Church.
We have enjoyed a wonderful start to our year in the Atrium. During the time of preparation for the great feast of Easter we have spent time reflecting upon the Good Shepherd works and the Cenacle and Empty Tomb. The coming week will be our final week for this term period and we look forward to celebrating the Liturgy of Light with the children.
Monday group will conclude on 30th March and resume on 27th April. Friday group will conclude on 27th March and resume on 24th April.
Last week, we welcomed three groups of children who are all preparing for the Sacrament of Baptism. Please keep these children and their families in your prayers as they walk this journey together. To enrol your child for Baptism preparation in the Atrium for your three year old child for Catechesis, please contact Angela Williams email@example.com at the Parish Office on 5572 5433 for more information.
SACRAMENTAL PREPARATION PROCESS
The Sacramental Preparation Process for 2015/2016 will commence a little earlier this year, in late June (rather than July). If you know of anyone with baptised children over age 7 or so who are considering Confirmation and First Holy Communion, please encourage them to pre-register for the 2015/2016 process. There will be a change to the Archdiocesan Policy in 2016.
YOUTH & YOUNG ADULTS
Venire is a youth group for high schoolers and young adults, who meet every Thursday from 6:30-8:30pm. It's an opportunity for young people to come together and grow in their faith as well as meet other people their age who share the same faith. Every week is different at Venire, usually following a 3-4 part series. This week at Venire however, we are coming together and going to the Holy Thursday Mass at Sacred Heart at 7pm. You need to have dinner before you arrive for this night. Check out our Facebook page www.facebook.com/Venireyouth or for further info call the Parish Office on 5572 5433.
World Youth Day 2016!
Next year at the end of July, Would Youth day will be in Krakow, Poland for those aged 18-35. If you are interested in coming along please send an expression of interest to Stephanie Santos at firstname.lastname@example.org. An information evening to find out more about packages and prices will be held on the 10th of April, 7pm at the Parish Hospitality Centre,
50 Fairway Drive, Clear Island Waters.
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