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.
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
FAREWELL FR PAUL TAUBMAN
Sunday 12th October at 9am Mass Sacred Heart Church. Bishop Joseph Oudeman will be in the parish on his Pastoral Visit on the weekend of October 11th / 12th. Bishop Joe will be leading the 9am Mass at which we intend to farewell and thank Fr Paul Taubman who has recently retired because of ill health. We will make a presentation to Fr Paul at this Mass and thank him for his years of service as a priest. All Welcome.
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.
Remember Venirè will be back on the 2nd of October. There will be no Youth Mass on Sunday 28th September but keep October the 26th free!! Save the date!! Keep the afternoon of Sunday the 26th free starting at 3pm! There will be something special happening into the lead up to our youth mass that night! So all people young and young at heart keep this day free please. Eliza Kerklaan – Parish Youth Co-Ordinator 0432 333 549 or email@example.com
menALIVE WEEKEND FOR MEN
What are you doing on the 8/9 November? Could you benefit from a weekend, featuring talks, personal testimonies, opportunities for discussion, and space to reflect? Since menALIVE commenced in 2003, thousands of Catholic men have been encouraged and inspired at weekends across Australia. Now, a menALIVE weekend is being organised in Nerang, conducted by experienced leaders from MAT. Contact Tom Lyons 07 5559 5554 or Michael Ware 07 5500 4510 or TomLyonsHolidays@gmail.com.
STELLA MARIS CHURCH UPDATE
On Friday 19th September the tilt panels were lifted in place. Next week the prefabricated steel frames will start to go in. There are 25 pews available to sponsor $2,500.00 each.
Buy a Brick campaign is the best way to help fund the project. Let us continue to pray for the success of the project. Sonya Slater Parish Manager
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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