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.
NEW STATUE OF MADONNA AND CHILD
Statues of the key individuals in the history of
salvation have adorned churches for centuries. They
were placed there when people couldn't read or write
and served as a "teaching" moment so that people
could immediately see and be reminded of different
aspects of the faith.
Today we can read and write but statues and various
images still provide us with a "teaching" opportunity
by their presence. We don't worship statues but we
learn from them. In this sense we will always find a
statue of Our Lady in a Catholic Church, because she
is the Mother of God and our spiritual mother too.
Our Lady said YES to God always and God in Jesus
became the fruit of Her womb (Luke 1:42). It is only
proper and right therefore that Her statue is
prominently displayed. Having made this point, when
a statue of Our Lady is prominent she should always
be with her son. It is theologically more appropriate
for Mary and Jesus to be together because she
always points to her son and never herself.
The Archbishop said exactly this when he was
present in our parish for the dedication of our new
Stella Maris Church at Broadbeach. In my own
homilies I have spoken myself of the need for Our
Lady and Jesus to be depicted together for these
same reasons. As a result I have accepted a very
generous donation from two parishioners Christine
Watkins and Maria Zcelli who have offered to fund
the purchase of a Madonna and Child statue for
Sacred Heart Church at Clear Island Waters.
A picture of the statue under order is shown on the right. The link
between Mary and Jesus is clear as you can see. This is how it should be. The statue is made
of wood and stands about 180 cm tall and will be shipped from Italy arriving hopefully in
eight weeks or so.
May our new statue remind us that when Mary said at the Wedding Feast of Cana: “Do
whatever he tells you”, she wasn’t just directing her words to the servants but to us all.
The next Anointing Mass will be held at 11am on Tuesday 1st September 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 that the CWL General Meeting will be held after the morning tea. Please bring a plate to share.
ALL NIGHT ADORATION
All night adoration of the Blessed Sacrament this 1st Friday 4th September at Sacred Heart Church from 7pm to 7am Saturday 5th September. All welcome. Enquires: Helen 0421 935 678. "Could you not watch one hour with me?" MT 26:40
DO YOU NEED TRANSPORT TO YOUR MEDICAL APPOINTMENTS?
We have a group of volunteers who will take you to your appointment, wait with you and take you home again. If you don’t need this service, then perhaps you would consider joining our team of volunteer drivers. Please call us on 0474 211 908 for more information.
GOLDEN WEDDING ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
Couples celebrating their Golden (or more) Wedding Anniversary and their family and friends, are invited to Mass with Bishop Brian V. Finnigan at the Cathedral on St Stephen on Saturday 3rd October 2015 @ 10.00am. The Mass will be followed by morning tea in the Hanly Room of the Francis Rush Centre. Please RSVP to 3324 3030 or email to email@example.com by Friday 25th Sept 2015.
CHILDREN’S LITURGY OF THE WORD is held at Stella Maris Church, Hedges Ave, Broadbeach on the 2nd SUNDAY of each month at 8.30am Mass. Come and join us on Sunday 13th September. All Welcome!
On display outside the Library are new books for children. “Lessons from Pope Francis”, is a beautifully illustrated book for older children which explains pope Francis’ words and gives practical suggestions for action. “Jenny and Grandpa”, is a story which helps us understand “what it is like to be old!” And for littlies, delightful picture books about “Jesus”, “Daniel and the Lions” and “The Nativity Play”. Share with a special small person in your life.
PARISH BALL FRIDAY 30TH OCTOBER, 2015
CAN YOU HELP?? We are calling for donations large and small, for raffle prizes. Suggestions include food, drink, scratchies, anything you would like to win yourself!! Corporate donations most welcome. If you are able to help in any way
please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
or Parish Office on 5572 5433.
YOUTH & YOUNG ADULTS
Every Thursday night, high schoolers and young adults from all around the Gold Coast come to Venire to grow in their faith and be surrounded by other young people who are on the same journey. Join us this Thursday as we have the last talk in our 'Being a Disciple in a Secular World' series. We will wrap up with what we've learnt over the past month and talk about how we can make the most out of our time in serving God and becoming who we are called to be. Please RSVP via our Facebook page www.facebook.com/venireyouth or by contacting Steph 0411 669 876.
www.igniteconference.com.au If you would like to register and come along with the Parish group that is going, contact Steph Santos on 0411 669 876 or via email email@example.com. Steph has organized transport, food and accommodation, all in fixed price.
@ Mueller Performing Arts Centre, Rothwell (Brisbane) A National Catholic Youth Conference for young people - adults, teenagers and children - featuring live music, dynamic speakers, a wide range of workshops and over 1000 participants from across Australia.
For more information about the conference head to the website at
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