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.
BISHOP JOSEPH’S PARISH VISIT
As many of you know Bishop Joseph Oudeman, auxiliary Bishop Brisbane, has just completed
a pastoral visit to our parish. He couldn't meet everyone for obvious reasons but he did his
best to touch base with quite a number. Bishop Joe spent all of Friday visiting our Catholic
schools and meeting with staff and some students. He commented on the quality of Principals
of each school and had a chance to dialogue with the school leadership.
Bishop Joe was particularly impressed with the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd initiative
and was able to spend a couple of hours at the Atrium on Saturday morning. The Bishop was
heard to say "the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd has the potential to change the lives of the
young children and their families".
The Bishop also had an opportunity to listen to the members of the Parish Mission Council
and members of the Finance Board. Two mission councillors, Graham Bousen and Helen
Goldsmith gave a little presentation on where we have come from in terms of the pastoral
plan of three years ago and where we would like to take the parish now given the new ideas
gleaned from attendance of Parish Mission Councillors at the recent Proclaim conference in
Chatswood. The Bishop responded by making the point that things cannot remain the way
they are in the church in general. We have to become more missionary, by looking out into
the world and engaging with it.
Bishop Joe had a non-stop 3 days. I've only referred in detail to a few of
his activities here. Bishop Joe presided at four parish masses, had coffee
with parishioners in the our coffee shop, farewelled Fr Paul Taubman,
visited our new emerging Stella Maris Church at Broadbeach, celebrated
the birthday of a 100 year old parishioner, and a hosted a dinner with the
Deanery priests (12 priests). I am grateful to Bishop Joe for his presence
amongst us and for his kind words of praise for the parish we are. There is
something very special about you the people of this parish and I thank
you for your active participation in so many areas of parish life.
(To read the full article, please see the newsletter.)
CHRISTMAS RAFFLE 2014
Tickets on sale this weekend. Great Prizes
1.“Poinsettia” Painting by Award Winning Artist Peggy Toth
Valued at $3000 2. Knitted Toys 3. Gents and Ladies Lorus Watches
4. Amazon Kindle Wi Fi 5. Artwork 6. Basket of Gifts
7. Teddy Bear 8. Jewellery – Pearl Dress Set 9. Rudolph Plush Toy
DRAWN Sunday 21stDecember 2014 after Mass
TICKETS $5 each or $10 for a book of 3 Tickets
(Proceeds Stella Maris Project)
Know of anyone who may be considering becoming Catholic? Faith discussion sessions 10am – 11am
Mondays commencing 20th October in the Parish Hospitality Centre. A group will also commence 6.30pm
Wednesday 29th October. Please call the Parish Office 5572 5433 to let us know if you are coming, or would like to
companion someone on the journey.
STELLA MARIS CHURCH UPDATE
The roof work will be completed in two weeks. The framework for
the glass will then be put in place. The rear amenities are also
under construction. Each week our beautiful church is transforming.
Each of us has been part of this project, and have a personal
connection to it. I have received the quote for the sandstone image
of Our Lady. It will be placed on the wall to the left of the Altar. If
you are interested in sponsoring this item for your family or a loved
one the cost is $4,500. Many items have been donated.
Reconciliation furniture was sponsored by holiday makers from
Melbourne last week. There are only 20 pews left to be sponsored.
At a recent funeral it was the wish of the family for friends and family
to contribute to a pew in memory of their loved one rather than give
flowers. A sponsored pew could be considered as a Christmas gift.
Please call me if you would like to know more about the sandstone
or any of the other items. Have a blessed week. Sonya Slater
CATHOLIC WOMEN’S LEAGUE
THEIR CHRISTMAS PARTY
23rd November, 2014 Palmer Colonial Golf Club,
Paradise Springs Avenue, Robina.
Time: Noon for 12.30pm - Cost: $35.00 p/p.
Raffles & Lucky Door Prizes, Fun and Fellowship.
Prize for best dressed in Christmas Theme.
RSVP by 11th November, 2014.
Tickets available from:
Irene 5562 1260,
Pauline 5526 5987,
Kath and Dot.
LITURGICAL MINISTERS WORKSHOPS
A reminder of the Liturgical Ministers Workshops Saturday 25th October. There have been a number of
apologies (thank you wholeheartedly for your RSVPs!). The workshops will continue on 25th October. A ‘catchup’ workshop will be held at a later date. For those new to the roster, or wanting to come onto the rosters, please
RSVP as soon as possible. These are general workshops, so are appropriate for anyone on any liturgical roster in
each of our three churches.
Peace and Grace, Sue Thomas.
BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL
Invite you to join them for lunch at the Burleigh Bears
Leagues Club, Pacific Ave, Miami on Thursday 30th October
at 12 noon. For more information – Leona 55387070
YOUTH & YOUNG ADULTS
Save the date! I have said this all month and
I am sure you are wondering why and what for. Well on
the 26th October starting at 3pm in the Hospitality Centre, I
would like to invite you all to a thank you & good bye
afternoon tea, followed by a Youth Led Mass at 6pm.
It is with great sadness to inform you that I will be
leaving the parish, but with much excited for my future
path ahead, which is taking me overseas! I will inform
you more next week, but I would love for you to join
me on the 26th to celebrate and thank you for the
wonderful years I have been part of this wonderful
Veniré is on this Thursday come along and hear about
my faith journey, “sixteen to twenty six – a journey of
faith” There will be free dinner and dessert! Come
along and join us 6:30 – 8:30pm in the Hospitality
Centre. Peace and Blessings, Eliza Kerklaan – Parish
Youth Coordinator 0432 333 549 or firstname.lastname@example.org
BUY A BRICK CAMPAIGN
After many years of reflection, looking at all options for the future of Stella Maris Catholic Church at Broadbeach, we have
come to the view that the only sensible and viable option worth pursuing is to actually build a new church on the present site.
This decision, I believe is the correct one and it has the support of the Archbishop Mark Coleridge, who has encouraged me to move forward confidently
with faith and hope.
The facts are that our existing Stella Maris Church
is beyond repair and as such I have no intention of spending good money after bad. This means that
our Parish is now being called upon to help fund a
vision for the future which will entail raising $650,000.
Our efforts in this regard are well on the way in that we have 75% of the monies required through an asset sale and donations.
Our shortfall however is what this campaign is all
about. I’ve taken my inspiration of course with this“buy a brick” appeal from a former Parish Priest, Fr Neal Shannon. Fr Neal, known as “Brickie Shannon” was able to achieve his dream all those years ago.
It worked for Fr Neal and he succeeded in building his Church and school buildings in Surfers Paradise. I am now asking Fr Neal to pray for us as we now embark on another building program. Fr Owen Oxenham was a builder too, so I am sure he will be assisting us with his prayers as well.
Click here to download the Buy A Brick Campaign brochure.
Please respond to this campaign and be part of the history of this parish in a very tangible and long lasting way. If 1000 people, for example donated $500 the goal will almost be achieved. Will you help us? Your Parish is now calling on you to ensure that a “Catholic presence” will remain at Broadbeach through a new Church for present and future generations to come.
God’s abundant blessings,
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