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Southport to become a ‘spiritual Bunnings’ under new parish priest

Missionary zeal: Fr Jan Bialasiewicz, left,  reacting with joy during his installation to Southport parish, and seated beside altar server Toni Hawkins, Fr Teri Nueva and Fr Domenico Muscari. Photo: Janene Meyer

Missionary zeal: Fr Jan Bialasiewicz, left, reacting with joy during his installation to Southport parish, and seated beside altar server Toni Hawkins, Fr Teri Nueva and Fr Domenico Muscari. Photo: Janene Meyer

By Emilie Ng

SOUTHPORT parish’s new parish priest Fr Jan Bialasiewicz is taking on the task to give his parishioners all they need to repair and refresh their missionary zeal and passion.

Fr Bialasiewicz was installed as Southport parish priest on Sunday, April 6.

He said Jesus’ mission was the “responsibility of all the parishioners” and he was prepared to do everything he could to restore and refresh the community.

In his speech to the congregation, Fr Bialasiewicz likened the Church to popular warehouse Bunnings.

“A few days ago I drove along Bermuda Rd and I saw how the Bunnings builds its complex next to the Burleigh Heads Church that is going to be build,” he said.

“Then I thought to myself, when we want to rebuild, restore or refresh our home we go to Bunnings to get whatever is needed for this restoration.

“Well, by analogy the Church is like a spiritual Bunnings – if you need to restore you spiritual life, it or repair it are refresh your missionary zeal and passion, you’ll find everything you need here at Mary Immaculate.

“And you know we are opened on Sunday too.”

Fr Bialasiewicz joins associate pastors Fr Domenico Muscari and Fr Teri Nueva as the pastoral carers of Southport parish.

“And we Fr Dom, Fr Teri and I, we are here to serve you as we build on the work of the previous pastors and parishioners of Southport Parish,” he said.

Fr Bialasiewicz also thanked Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge for visiting the parish.

“Your visit Archbishop Mark brings not only awareness of our communion but also the atmospheres of festivity,” he said.

“And finally a big thank you to all parishioners for welcoming us with open heart and already showing us that together we are ready to continue Jesus’ mission under the leadership of our Archbishop Mark.”

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