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.
WELCOME SEBASTIAN CONDON
Once again, Monsignor Anthony Randazzo has asked me to take a student for the priesthood
during Advent. We welcome Sebastian and look forward to his presence with us leading up to
Christmas. Sebastian is a delightful young man as you will shortly discern. He has written a few
words about himself which you can see in this week's newsletter.
God’s Abundant Blessings, Fr Tim Harris
BAPTISM, CONFIRMATION AND HOLY COMMUNION
This weekend families enrolled in preparation for Confirmation and First Holy Communion are being presented with a family prayer book. We also welcome those families presenting infants for baptism. Please keep all these families – children, parents, godparents and sponsors – in your ongoing prayer as they continue their faith journey and celebrate these milestones.
We currently have a number of adults journeying towards full Christian initiation (baptism, confirmation, eucharist), reception into the full communion of the Catholic Church, and completion of Christian initiation. In the coming weeks, they will be formally introduced as we welcome them and promise our support as they grow in their relationship with God, through living their life within our community of faith.
If you would like to know more about the processes of preparation for baptism for children, preparation of baptised children for Confirmation and First Holy Communion, and journeying with adults coming into the Church, there are a number of new brochures available in the brochure racks.
SINGING AT CHRISTMAS EVE MASS
Christeen Harth is seeking any children interested in singing for the 6pm Christmas Eve Mass at Sacred Heart Church on Wednesday 24th December. Practice sessions will be 9am Wednesday 17th December and 9am Monday 22nd December in Sacred Heart Church. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know you are interested, or just turn up at the two sessions.
Celebration of Fatima day at Marian Valley on Saturday 13th of December.
For bookings please call Viviane on 55359623.
ST VINCENT DE PAUL CHRISTMAS APPEAL
Next weekend 6th/7th December, Vinnies will have their Annual Christmas Collection at all Churches, to assist the good works of the Surfers Paradise Conference. Your donation can help struggling families to stay together this Christmas. Members of the conference will be speaking at all masses seeking your continuing support for their work.
Gift scrolls created by the children of St Vincent's Primary School are available this week end. Please take one home and bring your gift to Mass the following week end. When bringing gifts, please make sure they are in plastic bags and do not gift wrap them. Thank you for your continued generosity.
‘O COME, O COME, EMMANUEL’ – ADVENT PRAYER RETREAT
Advent is a time when we prepare for the celebration of Christ’s birth through prayer and reflection. In the midst of this busy time slow down and observe the holiness of the season for the four weeks of Advent commencing Monday 1st December. The program consists of personal daily prayer and a group meeting on 4 consecutive Mondays 1st, 8th, 15th and 22nd December from 7pm – 8.30pm in the Youth Co-ordinators room, Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Clear Island Waters. For more information or to register your interest please contact Helen Goldsmith on ph. 0412 894 356 or email@example.com.
ART AND CRAFT GROUP
The Art and Craft Group invite you to their Christmas Party on Wednesday 10th December at 9.30am for a 10am start. Come and enjoy lots of fun, games, music and a lovely meal. Cost: $20 including lucky door prizes.
We look forward to welcoming you to the Parish Hospitality Centre.
NEW LOOK PARISH LIBRARY 2015
Fr Tim is keen to hear from anyone who would be interested in helping to expand and bring new life to the parish library in 2015. If you are interested in this ministry contact Sonya Slater. A meeting will be planned for January 2015 to brainstorm new ideas.
Will be available from 29/30th November until sold out. Regular 800g $15, Large 1.6kg $28, Gluten Free 800g $20.
Orders can be placed through the Parish Office or Pat
0404 805 819.
STELLA MARIS CHURCH UPDATE
Last week the builders put on a BBQ and drinks to celebrate the completion of the roof. It was nice to come together and celebrate. The roof material has been chosen for the climate and harsh salt conditions. I have been promised that the maintenance of this roof will be minimal. This will be a welcomed change. We have also met in the last week to start planning the opening Mass. This may seem a little way off but with Christmas break and January a month of finalising 2014 finances (the Parish finances follow the Calendar year), February will be upon us very quickly.
I have been told that the project is on track. The glass will start appearing very soon and this will add another dimension to the building. If you would like to purchase a pew, 12 pews remain available for your family or a loved one. Buy a Brick is still open until after Christmas. I encourage you to Buy a Brick or two for your family. The names will be written in the glass window as a memory and in thanks to you for your generosity to the new Church. Thank you to a kind donor who has come forward to help with the Crucifix. From the very beginning of this project there have been so many stories of Faith. Sincerely I thank you. Have a blessed week of Advent. Sonya Slater, Parish Manager.
YOUTH & YOUNG ADULTS
As the end of the school year draws to a close, come and hang out with us at Veniré on a Thursday evening! Veniré is a great opportunity to meet other young people like yourself; to find out more about who you are; and learn a thing or two about your faith. Dinner is on us, just bring yourself, and maybe even a friend, for information call the Parish Office on 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.
We raised 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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