By Paul Dobbyn
HOW closely related are the designs of Red Hill’s iconic St Brigid’s Church and the famous Cathedral of Sainte Cecile at Albi in France’s south?
Heritage expert and architect Robert Riddell will discuss the vexed issue at a lecture in the church on July 27 at 11.45am.
Mr Riddell’s talk, sure to generate much lively discussion, is part of a diverse Open House program celebrating the 100th birthday of “The Big Church on the Hill”, as St Brigid’s is often affectionately called.
It will also be part of the annual Brisbane Open House in October.
There are also other events including a Centenary Mass in the weeks following the Open House program.
On the morning of Sunday, August 3, Tim Scott will launch his new booklet on the history of St Brigid’s – “Upon This Rock I Will Build My Church”.
Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge will be principal celebrant at a Centenary Mass starting at 10am on Sunday, August 10.
The blessing and viewing of a bronze statue honouring Archbishop James Duhig will take place after Mass, followed by a celebratory morning tea.
The July 27 Open House event features something for everyone from an art exhibition, a history display, church tours and stained-glass colouring activities for children.
After 10am Mass, the work of various artists including Jan Jorgensen, Robyn Bauer and Christine Reilly will be on display.
The art works depict the church and surrounding suburb, and several artists will be present to answer questions.
Other events on the July 27 Open House day include:
- Tours of the church and visit to the Whitehouse organ built in 1914 just across the road in the building now the Red Hill Gallery
- A sausage sizzle to raise funds for the St Vincent de Paul Society
- Music performances featuring the organ, choir and brass ensemble
- A Mystery Discovery Trail through St Brigid’s Church
- The chance to view a display of photographs, drawings, documents and artifacts relating to the church’s history.
Parish priest Fr Peter Brannelly said all were welcome to take part in this major celebration of the 100th birthday of the Brisbane landmark.
“These celebrations offer a wonderful opportunity to explore this historic church’s many features,” he said.