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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.
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A short video of our Dedication Mass at Stella Maris Church, Broadbeach
A TRULY “WHOLE OF PARISH” CELEBRATION February 27 will go down in the history of the
Parish as truly the moment we all came together
to celebrate as ONE. The dedication of
our new Stella Maris church will not be repeated
but what it did was bring people from
right across the Parish and united them for a
common purpose. After all, the funding of the
church came from everywhere. Over 800 parishioners and visitors through their individual generosity
indicated powerfully that they wanted a new church and were proud of the initiative.
As Parish Priest, I am proud of you because you enabled our vision to see the light of day. The
new Stella Maris Church strengthens our Catholic
presence in the community and enables us to
stand tall not in triumphal way but in a way that
cements our place within the community. It
would have been far too easy to simply just
walk away and let our old church fall into disrepair
or even to have sold the property and closed up
shop. What a disaster that would have been! No we took the risk and we were rewarded for our
efforts. The task was enormous but totally
satisfying now that we have a result overwhelmingly
backed by so many of you. Thankyou.
The following were indispensable throughout the planning and building phase: All of our
parish staff especially Sue Thomas, our pastoral associate and Sonya Slater our parish
manager, finance board members in
particular Peter Morgan and Rob
Fearnley, parish pastoral councillors
past and present, John Wheeler of
Stokes Wheeler and their key supervisors,
Peter Goodhew and Adam
Clarke, the architects and interior
designers, Patrick McGuinness, and
Lee and Sandra Dunne, the fundraising
team especially our patron Gary
Baildon, the hospitality team particularly
on the night of Dedication
under the direction of Narelle Eichorn, the wonderful music and Choir led so capably by
Christeen Harth, all of the donors large and small, and so many other people of goodwill along
A warm and heartfelt thank you to anyone who wished us well. I am hoping to announce when
the parish Masses will begin in the new church very soon. God’s abundant blessings, Fr Tim
Archbishop Mark Coleridge invites you to the Annual Chrism Mass to be held in the Cathedral of St Stephen on Thursday 26th March 2015 commencing at 7.30pm. This is a celebration for the entire Archdiocese and all are welcome.
YOUTH & YOUNG ADULTS Do you want to meet other people around your age? Do you want to learn a little more about this guy named Jesus? Come along to Venire, every Thursday from 6:30pm—8:30pm at the Hospitality Centre; where high schoolers and young adults from all around the Gold Coast come to make friends, and discover more about their faith! At Venire you'll engage in different games, activities, talks, discussion and prayer experiences. We hope to see on Thursday! Dinner is on us! www.facebook.com/Venireyouth or for further info call the Parish Office on 5572 5433.