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.
STELLA MARIS CHURCH UPDATE
WE HAVE ONLY 10 PEWS AVAILABLE FOR SPONSORSHIP.
Over the years I have had the privilege to know many of you in my role
as Parish Manager. In the past few years I have been closely involved
in the building of the new Stella Maris Church in particular the fundraising. This has
been a project where the Lord has provided through so many of you. It has been truly
humbling to be part of this work. I have worked with the clergy, builders and architect
and a great team of fundraisers. From the onset we were often asked how much do
we need? This amount started out as an unknown but in February this year a team of
us identified that the shortfall stood at approximately $650,000.
I recall that meeting, we were all a little concerned at the prospect of how we might
get there. So began the Buy a Brick Campaign. Within a short month we were all
amazed to see that the first $100,000 appeared quickly and we were well on our way.
Fr Tim was greatly encouraged and we felt confident that God’s work has a way of “just working out”. By June $300,000 had been reached but we were still a way off.
Again we rejoiced in the fact that so much had been given in such a short time.
In July 2014, after some discussion, we launched the “Lets finish the Job” campaign
with the help of our Patron Gary Baildon. This part of the campaign gave the parishioners
and visitors an opportunity to help fund the project by sponsoring the internal
furnishings. This launch really was a second wind for fundraising for the new church
and within a short time another $100,000 was given or promised.
Over the past two months there have been new items and variations. One of these
variations is the extension of sandstone at the front entrance. The additional cost of
this item is $23,000. The roof system we have used required additional fascia cladding
that was outside the original budget. This was a further $5,700. However, there have
also been some unexpected savings made in relation to the original budgeted
Through all your efforts the “Buy a Brick” donations stand at approximately $413,000
and the Internal Furnishings (“Finish the Job” Campaign) stand at approximately
$197,000 with a further promise of $37,940 to be received in the New Year. This is a
staggering effort of $647,940 in eleven months. God has been at work. We cannot
discount Our Lady, after all it is a church in her honour. Our bottom line on the total
costs spreadsheet at this time has a short fall of $70,000. We are almost there.
We have only 10 pews left to sponsor, out of an aggregate of 57. With these sponsored,
the shortfall will then only be $50,000. Can you help one last time or for the
first time? All visitors are welcome to be part of the rebuilding of Stella Maris
I wish you and your family a safe and blessed Christmas. Sonya Slater (Parish Manager)
FESTIVAL OF NINE LESSONS AND CAROLS
Come to St. Stephen’s Cathedral for this wonderful traditional celebration of Christmas. The service includes readings, prayers, and carols old and new sung by four choirs – the Cathedral Choir, Schola, Chorale and the Australian Catholic University Choir. PLUS many opportunities for the congregation to sing favourite Christmas carols. Wednesday, December 17th at 7.30pm. Cathedral car park available (Entrance Charlotte Street). Retiring collection. Enquiries: email@example.com or 3324 3030.
Still available. This is an
ideal Christmas present for
that special person.
Purchase at all Masses and
from the Parish Office.
SAMOAN SUNDAY MASS
The Samoan Community of the Gold Coast are having Sunday Mass said in the Samoan language with Samoan music and celebrated by Father Epati Tamiti in St Brigid’s Church on Sunday 14th December at 11.00am. Please join us for refreshments after Mass. For further information please phone Maina on 0438 256 297.
ST VINCENT DE PAUL CHRISTMAS APPEAL
Gift scrolls created by the children of St Vincent's Primary School are still available. 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.
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.
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.
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 a fun night of socialising and sharing.
6:30pm - 8:30pm in the Parish Hospitality Centre. For more 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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