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.
HOLY DAY OF OBLIGATION 15TH AUGUST - SATURDAY MORNING
The Holy Days of Obligation for Australia and New Zealand are August 15 and December 25.
These two days are therefore celebrated like a “Sunday”, that is, with obligation.
This year the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary falls on a Saturday
morning which means that the 20th weekend In Ordinary Time will be celebrated on Saturday
evening and Sunday.
In practice the obligation is to be present at both the Saturday morning celebration of the Solemnity
and the normal Saturday evening/Sunday obligation as per normal.
Two Saturday morning Masses will be offered in the Parish (St Vincent’s 7.00am and Sacred Heart
9.00am) to specifically celebrate the Solemnity. The remaining nine Parish Masses that weekend
will then take place and will not be a celebration of the Solemnity but, I repeat, a celebration
of the 20th Weekend of Ordinary Time. Make sure you place both obligations in your diary
for that weekend.
YOUTH ENRICHMENT FUND
On behalf of the Youth Group of the Parish I sincerely thank those parishioners and visitors who
responded generously to the special appeal last weekend. About $5,000 was collected with promises
of another $6,000 or more to come. The Fund has now been established and it will help to
financially underpin some of the Youth initiatives in the Parish going forward. Our Youth Group is
growing so your contributions of last weekend will be well spent. You are welcome to financially
support the Fund at anytime.
I have previously acknowledged just how impressive our Parish Columbarium is. Located behind
Sacred Heart Church at Clear Island Waters, the sacred space overlooks our beautiful lake.
At present we have made provision for Memorial Plaques and Niche Walls. Many parishioners
have purchased those over the years and the initiative is very popular.
The good news is that the parish is presently looking to extend the present space in the hope of
satisfying the demand to place the ashes of loved ones. At this stage over thirty parishioners
are seeking to purchase Niches but without an extension of new Niche Walls this would not be
We intend to present the proposed extension to the Parish soon with the assistance of 3D images
and in other ways. If any parishioners wish to enquire further about our extension proposal
please do not hesitate to contact the Parish Manager, Sonya Slater, at the Parish Office.
MASS FOR ST MARY OF THE CROSS MACKILLOP
- 8 AUGUST SATURDAY MORNING
Unlike the Assumption, the Solemnity of St Mary of the Cross is not a Holy Day of Obligation. St
Mary of the Cross however is Australia’s first Saint and many of us have an attachment to her.
Mass will therefore be celebrated on Saturday morning 8th August at 9.00am in Sacred Heart
Church, Clear Island Waters.
The next Anointing Mass will be held at 11am on Tuesday 4th August 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
We begin our raffle for the Youth Appeal on the weekend of 1st/2nd August and continue for the following two weekends at our three Churches. We conclude this effort for the Youth with a Stall on 23rd August at all Masses at Sacred Heart Church. The raffle will be drawn after the 9am Mass on this weekend. Donations will also be accepted for this Appeal at any of the above Masses. Your generous support is greatly appreciated. Our young people need the assurance that we are there for them. Thank you everyone, The Craft Group.
Social Activities are an identified action under the priority of Relationship in the Pastoral Plan. The Parish Mission Council is excited to announce The Annual Parish Ball date has been booked for Friday 30th October, Casey Hall. Please note this date in your diary and I will provide further details of the event in due course. It will be a great night – with food, music, dancing, raffles, prizes and a beautiful way to celebrate relationship in our community.
Let’s have fun!
YOUTH & YOUNG ADULTS
Venire gives the opportunity for young people to find their identity in Christ, enriching them to know, love and serve the Lord. It can be a challenge for many though, to live out their Catholic faith in today's society. If you would like to know how to be a disciple in a secular world; join 30 other young people from across the Gold Coast this Thursday, as we start a new series on being a disciple in modern day culture. We hope to see you there this Thursday! We are located at the Parish Hospitality Centre, and go from 6:30-8:30pm. For more information check out our Facebook page www.facebook.com/venireyouth or contact Steph Santos on 0411 669 876
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