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.
FAREWELL FROM ELIZA
Dear Surfers Paradise Parishioners,
In April 2011 I walked in the doors of this wonderful Parish
and have felt at home in this community ever since then. I
have been able to grow in my faith, meet amazing people and
make lots of friends. It is the faith formation that I have been
given here at Surfers that has equipped me to take this next
big step in my life. At the end of this month I will be moving over to Minnesota, USA, to continue to pursue Youth Ministry and to further my
studies in the area. Youth Ministry in the USA is huge!!! So I hope to learn all I can from
over there and come back to Australia bringing back more knowledge and adapting all I
have learnt here and all that I will learn in America.
It has been a fantastic nearly 4 years in the Parish, and I’m so excited to be leaving
behind great ministries that will continue to grow. Veniré Youth has been growing
leaps and bounds! And it is great to see that there is now youth that have been here
since the very beginning now entering their last year of high school and will start
training to be Veniré Youth Leaders. Veniré started May 2012 with a small group of
seven attending and now there are over thirty youth who attend on and off each
week, coming from all around the Gold Coast. I have been blessed to work with so
many young adults who have helped me lead and run the group, sharing their faith
and knowledge with the Veniré youth. Though it is hard to leave the Parish and this
wonderful group of young people, I know that Veniré will continue to grow stronger. ...
... Youth Ministry will continue here in the Parish, with the continuation of your prayers and support. Fr Tim is
working hard to ensure as the Parish Priest and the Dean that a new Youth Ministry Coordinator will be able to
be supported and can continue to grow Youth Ministry. Though it is with a heavy heart to be leaving, I know and
trust that Veniré, the Youth Band and all Youth Ministry will continue to form young people in their faith, for
they have so much support from you all!
Thank you so much for all the love and support. You will always be in my prayers and I will promise to pop back
in when I am holidaying back in Australia. Peace and Love, Eliza Kerklaan
(To read the full article, please see the newsletter.)
CHRISTMAS RAFFLE 2014
Great Prizes such as:
1.“Poinsettia” Painting by Award Winning Artist
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 21st December 2014 after Mass
TICKETS $5 each or $10 for a book of 3 Tickets
(Proceeds Stella Maris Project)
Next month’s Mass is transferred
to Tuesday 11th November instead of 4th due to the
Melbourne Cup festivities. CWL Meeting will follow
after the Morning Tea.
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.
||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.
CENTACARE – PASTORAL CARERS INITIATIVE
An exciting opportunity exists for spiritual ministry and pastoral support to hospital patients and their families.
Centacare is currently seeking expressions of interest from people wishing to apply for a scholarship to undertake a
Certificate in Spiritual Care with the view to becoming a Pastoral Carer at one of five hospitals.
Health care professionals recognise the valuable contribution of pastoral carers to the holistic healing of patients and their
families. If this sounds like something you are interested in, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more
YOUTH & YOUNG ADULTS
Venire is on this Thursday come along for
an evening of fun, laughter and Prayers for Eliza’s last
farewell. There will be free dinner and dessert! Come
along and join us 6:30 – 8:30pm in the Hospitality
Centre. For further info
please call the Parish Office – 5572 5433
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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