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.
IGNITE CONFERENCE 25th-28th September
Don't miss out on this amazing conference to learn
more about our Catholic faith and to grow closer to
God with 1000 young people from around Australia.
Contact me to find out more and to join our group
heading up to the conference.
Eliza Kerklaan – Parish Youth Co-Ordinator 0432 333 549
or email@example.com .
SOCIAL JUSTICE SUNDAY
Social Justice Sunday on 28th September. This year’s Social
Justice Statement is titles: ‘A Crown for Australia: Striving for
the best in our sporting nation’. The Statement celebrates
the place of sport in our national life, especially the way in
which it brings individuals and communities together and
contributes to our health and wellbeing. At the same time,
the Statement challenges to look at sport’s darker side – the
potential for violence, abuse and corruption that blemish its
image and disillusion those who love it most.
For further details about the Social Justice Statement, visit
the Australian Catholic Social Justice Council website at socialjustice.catholic.org.au
GOLDEN WEDDING CELEBRATION
The Cathedral of St Stephen invites couples celebrating 50 years or more wedding anniversary, together with families
and friends, to a Mass to be celebrated by Archbishop Mark Coleridge.
When: Saturday 4th October at 10:00am. Where: The Cathedral of St Stephen, 249 Elizabeth St Brisbane.
Cathedral Office on 3324 3030 by Wednesday 1 October 2014. Light refreshments in the Francis Rush Centre
YOUTH & YOUNG ADULTS
Veniré, a group for High Schoolers,
meets every Thursday 6.30-8.30pm in the
Hospitality Centre. Come along and meet other young people from
across the coast. Dinner is provided and it’s FREE.
As a number of youth are heading up to Ignite
Conference at the end of the month, we will not be
having a Youth Mass. Please pray for our young people
as they grow closer to God, deepening their relationship.
No Venire on 25th September, but we will be back on 2nd
STELLA MARIS CHURCH UPDATE
Our new Church is slowly but surely emerging on the Hedges Avenue site. These are exciting days within the parish and I continue to pray for the successful completion of the building before Christmas. This timetable was always going to be tight but the builder is doing everything humanly possible to get things in place. At this stage the parish hopes to hold three of its Christmas Masses in the new church building. Again I want to be cautious in saying that but it's still our hope. Perhaps not everything in and around the church with be fully completed but enough to open our doors.
During this building phase the actual site is off limits. Permission to enter is given by the project manager. To this end permission to enter has been given to the Archbishop, Mark Coleridge, who will be blessing the Foundation Stone and the foundations in a few weeks.
This Foundation Stone blessing is strictly limited to a few, given that we have to enter a building site. An open invitation to all will be extended when the Archbishop returns to dedicate the building in December.
In the meantime we are progressing thanks to so many of you. Your financial support for the project has been strong and constant. Whilst still about $180,000 short no one can deny your enthusiastic encouragement. Thank you again.
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,
Check out the latest newsletter for all the news!