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GC2018: Surfers Paradise parish ‘in the eye of a very friendly storm’

Fr Paul Kelly saying Mass

DESPITE world attention on the Commonwealth Games, parishioners at Surfers Paradise have been taking a mass influx of athletes and visitors all in their stride. Surfers Paradise is one of the largest Catholic parishes in Australia and many locals were finding it eerily quiet as they braced for a Games influx, with Carrara Stadium – the main athletics venue – ... Read More »

Catholics shed tears of joy at the opening of the new Maroochydore church

Priests at Maroochydore parish opening

PARISHIONERS thanked God, and some wept with joy, as they worshipped for the first time in the new Stella Maris Church in Maroochydore. “We waited for a long time, but …  we are home. Thank you, Lord, thank you. It is beautiful,” said Josephine Schemvri, a parishioner of 20 years, wiping back heartfelt tears. Alongside, her friend Gwen De Silva ... Read More »

Ocean of faith

By Emilie Ng NOBODY but God could have mustered the miraculous support Gold Coast priest Fr Tim Harris received when he promised a new church for Broadbeach Catholics. After promising to rebuild Stella Maris Church more than four years ago, Fr Harris stood an “overwhelmed” but “happy man” as about 1000 people witnessed Archbishop Mark Coleridge dedicate Stella Maris Church ... Read More »

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