WORK on a new, redeveloped Stella Maris Church at Maroochydore is due to be completed ahead of schedule this week, with a first Mass to be held before Christmas.
It is one of four multi-million-dollar church building projects across the Archdiocese of Brisbane.
Standing atop Marymount in the Gold Coast parish of Burleigh Heads the new Mary, Mother of Mercy Church should be finished in January, while in Springfield’s Our Lady of the Southern Cross Church will be finished by next Easter.
At Sunnybank, a $2.3 million expansion of Our Lady of Lourdes Church is also in full swing and will provide seating for up to 600 parishioners.
“My hope is that they will be both functional and beautiful buildings and evoke the human being’s experience of God,” Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge said.
“Each of these building programs is quite different and has its own story and profile.”
The Springfield church will feature a complete wall of glass, marble tiles and about 70 square metres of mosaics.
Parish priest Fr Mauro Conte travelled to Italy to order the key feature materials, and during his visit convinced noted artist and theologian Fr Marko Rupnik to produce the mosaics and to paint the glass depicting nine scenes of the life of Mary. Each of the scenes will cost $6000.
In Maroochydore, the new church adjoins a new 120-bed aged-care facility due to open in January.
The overall project, which includes townhouses and medical and wellness centre, is the result of a unique collaboration between St Vincent’s Health and Aged Care and the local Stella Maris parish.
The first Mass will be in the new Stella Maris Church on Friday, December 16, at 9am followed by a walk-through tour of the new building. The first weekend Masses in the new church will be Saturday, December 17, and Sunday, December 18.
The official dedication will take place early next year.