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.
‘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.
ANNUAL PETER’S PENCE COLLECTION
—AT ALL MASSES THIS WEEKEND
The Peter's Pence Collection is an annual collection of the Catholic Church around the world. The collection allows the Holy Father to respond to the most needy throughout the world, to offer timely, effective emergency assistance to our suffering brothers and sisters. In the Archdiocese of Brisbane, we take this collection up as a retiring collection.
Come one, come all. Join in with our Craft Group Christmas Party to be held in the Parish Hospitality Centre, Wednesday 10th December from 9.30am for a 10am start. Cost $20 per head, which includes 5 lucky door prize tickets each. Please RSVP by 1st December to Joy on 5575 7230 or the Parish Office.
ART & CRAFT STALL
Our stall last weekend was wonderfully supported by the parishioners of each Mass, resulting in $1003.25 being added to the funding ($5800) for the Hospitality Centre at the new Stella Maris Church. We are grateful to all who generously contributed, those who tended the stall and those who assisted in the setting up and packing up of tables and stock, especially Mr Fred Borg.
Prize winners from our raffle were: Betty Burrows who won 1st Prize of the Peggy Toth painting and subsequent runners-up were: L. Kelly; J. Maybery; J. Littlewood; S Condon; D Thorsen; Bonita; M Purcell; M Ng and Sr Brigid. Thanks to everyone for supporting us.
THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL FRIENDSHIP GROUP
The Bold & the Beautiful Friendship Group will be having lunch at the “new” Sizzlers Mermaid Beach at 12 noon on Thursday, 27th November. Everyone is welcome. Call Leona on 5538 7070.
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
Have you been past the new Church building and seen the changes? Over the coming weeks there will be a notable change to the exterior, from the bronze tile panels that complete the roof to the first panes of glass, each week the Church will quickly transform. The word from the builder is the Church should be at lock up by Christmas. While we had great hopes of completion by Christmas there were hold ups out of our control. With the roof on the weather is less of a threat to the project. So we are assured that everything will be full steam ahead.
On Wednesday, we as a group went through the proposed design of the Crucifix. It is a 3.6metre crucifix made from seasoned timbers. The design has been cut out and trialled to get the proportions right with the space. The cost has gone well over budget. If you would like to assist with helping to cover the additional cost of the Crucifix it would be most gratefully accepted. Please call me at the Parish office or speak to Fr Tim after Mass. Sonya Slater.
YOUTH & YOUNG ADULTS
Veniré is on this Thursday evening. We are a group for youth and young people who are in High School. Come along and enjoy an evening for fun, laughter and faith discussion. Dinner is free! 6.30pm to 8.30pm in the Parish Hospitality Centre. For further information please 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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