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.
GOLD COAST MARATHON - SUNDAY 5TH JULY 2015
Parishioners who attend Stella Maris Mass on Sunday mornings - 7am and 8.30am are reminded that Hedges Avenue will be closed to traffic from 4am until 12noon on Sunday 5th July due to the Gold Coast Marathon. The flow of participants will commence with the Wheelchair Marathon at 7.34am followed by the first Elite at 7.47am with the last participants heading back north at 11.10am.
You are requested to park within the surrounding streets and to access Stella Maris on foot using the footpath. Vehicle access to Stella Maris will be limited during the above closure times.
Other Sunday morning Mass times in our Parish are: St Vincent’s Church—8.00am & 10.00am and Sacred Heart at 9.00am.
The next Anointing Mass will be held at 11am on Tuesday 7th July 2015 in Sacred Heart Church. CWL Morning Tea after mass will be served in the Parish Hospitality Centre. Transport is available. If required, please phone Doug and Lois Wood 5630 8293 or 0419 724 181. If we usually pick you up but you’re not coming this month, please let us know. Members are reminded of the CWL General Meeting will be held after the morning tea. Please bring a plate to share.
50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE CARMELITE MONASTERY
The 50th Anniversary of the Carmelite Monastery will be celebrated on Sunday 19th July by the Archbishop. A bus will leave Sacred Heart Church at 7.45am. Tickets are $22pp return. Bookings essential! Please contact Imelda 5539 0959 or Milka 5538 0395.
PARISH PASTORAL PLAN 2015-2018
Our Parish Pastoral Plan for 2015-2018 has now been published. The purpose of the PPP is to build on the work of the 2011-2014 Pastoral Plan and
incorporate the dimensions of Evangelii Gaudium, seeking to guide the parish toward a more intentional, explicitly missionary mode of engaging with each other, the community and the world as a whole.
Full version of the Parish Pastoral Plan Summarised version, in the form of a brochure
ALONG THE CAMINO - JULY 18th
'ALONG the CAMINO'. Saturday July 18th, 11.00am. The Parish Hospitality Centre, 50 Fairway Drive, Clear Island Waters. An 80 minute audio-visual presentation by Peter Kearney about an 800 km walk through northern Spain along an ancient pilgrimage path to the burial place of St. James the Apostle. Photos, music and live commentary by Peter who has walked the Camino. Beautiful landscapes, medieval villages, useful information. Q&A session at conclusion. $10 / $8 concession pp at door. Limited seating. Registration essential preferably via email to Peter: email@example.com Please specify event location 'Clear Island Waters' and number of seats needed. Or sms 0425 328 185. Or through Surfers Paradise Parish Office, 5572 5433.
As a result of our Art Exhibition and Stall held at St Vincent's Church, we are able to donate $1,150.00 to the St Vincent de Paul Appeal. We thank you, the Parish community, for your generous support and co-operation. Our next effort will be in support of the Parish Youth Group, Venire!
We have had queries on Library Opening Hours. Our Library volunteers endeavour to serve you for all the Sunday and some Saturday Vigil Masses.
The Library is also open for Tuesday Mass. If you would like to meet with our Librarian Jean, she is in the Library on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday mornings and you can contact her via the Parish Office also.
Why not visit the Library and meet one of or great Library team—Margaret, Paul, Anita, Jeremy and Julia-Anne.
At St Vincent’s a Library trolley is run by Pat!
The Library is heated - so a warm welcome awaits you!
YOUTH & YOUNG ADULTS
At the last Parish Mission Council meeting it was suggested that every 4th Sunday of the month there would be a short article on the happenings and fruits of Venire, the youth group, in the Parish newsletter so that together, as a Parish community, we can praise God for the blessings of young people of this Parish.
Every Thursday night, high schooler’s and young adults from all around the Gold Coast come together to grow in their faith, surrounded by other young people who are on a similar journey. Our numbers have slowly been growing, averaging around 30 young people each week. During June, Venire embarked on a new series called ‘7 Pillars to Freedom’. We looked at the 7 sacraments of the Catholic Church, particularly focusing on the Eucharist, Reconciliation, Baptism and Confirmation. We wanted to give the group members, the ‘Venerites’, a deeper understanding of what the sacraments mean in their lives, not just when they first received the sacraments, but each and every day. Please see this week's newsletter to read the full article. Stephanie Santos. Youth Ministry Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org
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