Welcome to our website
Welcome to the Parishes of Our Lady of Lourdes, Sunnybank and Our Lady of Fatima, Acacia Ridge. Our website will give you a range of information about both Parishes which are administered from Sunnybank Parish.
I hope we can help you in many ways and also help you to know God.
We begin Lent this Wednesday, (Ash Wednesday). In this Year of Mercy, Lent will be a special time of prayer, fasting and almsgiving. We distribute ashes on Ash Wednesday to remind ourselves about our Lenten disciplines.
Mass Times for Ash Wednesday 10th February
Our Lady of Lourdes: 6.30am, 9.00am, 11.30am (School Mass) and 7.00pm
Our Lady of Fatima: 9.00am and 7.00pm
There will be an extra Mass at Sunnybank at 6.30am on Friday morning during Lent. There will be an extra Mass at Acacia Ridge on Friday evening at 6.30pm (following the Stations of the Cross at 5.45pm).
Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of fast and abstinence (not eating meat). The law of fasting binds those who have completed their 18th year, until the beginning of their 60th year; the law of abstinence binds those who have completed their 14th year. Catholics in Australia are obliged to receive Holy Communion at least once a year,
between Ash Wednesday and Trinity Sunday.
On the Thursday evenings during Lent we have Faith 16. There will be a talk in each of the Parishes of our Deanery on the Pope's Year of Mercy. We will Pilgrimage to each Parish during Lent and the final night will be the Chrism Mass at the Cathedral on Wednesday,16th March. The 1st talk of Faith 16 will be given at St Agnes’ Church, Mt Gravatt by Fr John Chalmers on what the Pope has proposed for the Year of Mercy (there are some details about Fr Chalmers on page 2 of this newsletter). Faith 16 could be that something extra we try to do during Lent.
Invitation To Celebrate
Our Lady of Lourdes
Multicultural Mass Sunday 6th March at 10.30am
Wear your National Dress
Showing the Diversity of the Seven Continents!
Bring your wonderful foods to the
Festival of Food at
Paloma after Mass!
Contact the Parish Office on 3345 3766 with your
ideas on how to celebrate this occasion.
meeting to complete our plans is Tuesday
9th February 2016 at 7.00pm Parish Office.
the meeting with your wonderful ideas!
SUNNYBANK/ACACIA RIDGE FRIENDSHIP GROUP
Our first meeting for this year will be on Wednesday, 10th
February commencing at 9.00 am. Please come along and
have a fun time with your old friends and acquaintances,
and learn a little something about Father Dominic who will
be “telling us his life story”! Your new programme is also
ready. Membership fee is due and it is still $5 per year, and
morning tea is $4. Hope to see you there!
WORLD YOUTH DAY 2016
World Youth Day is
this year in Krakow,
If you are between
the age of 18-35 you
are invited to join the
Brisbane Archdiocese on a 21 day ‘Footsteps of
John Paul II’ pilgrimage through Poland.
Head to www.cymbrisbane.org.au for more
information Please also chat to us if you are
interested in going as we may be able to assist
Church Extensions and Refurbishment Plans for OLOL Church
We have been talking for a few years about the extensions and refurbishment of the Church at Sunnybank. We are now very close to fulfilling the dream. Our architects are completing their detailed drawings and we will be going to tender in February to finalise a builder for the project. We received approval from the Brisbane City Council in February to go ahead. The Council imposed some conditions of air-conditioning the Church and bitumening the back car park. We objected to the conditions and the Council agreed that we could keep the grass on the back car park but we still need to keep the windows and doors closed on the Church which therefore involves air-conditioning the Church. This objection process took close to 7 months.
We began a financial campaign in the middle of November to help pay for some of the new items and refurbished items in our new Church. In this financial campaign we began a “BUY A CUBIC METRE” campaign to help reduce the payments on our $2.7 million project. Since the middle of November we have raised $79,269 and received promises for a further $52,000.
Some of the costs involved in the project are demolition and asbestos removal $133,650, plumbing and electrical works $148,350, new pews $106,200 and refurbishing our present pews $57,000, air-conditioning $275,000 and 4 new toilets $58,750. As you can see this is a very substantial refurbishment of our Church.
I live in hope when I say I look forward to celebrating our Christmas Masses next year in a fully restored and air-conditioned Church. This is something worth looking forward to.