PARISH MINISTRIES

MINISTRIES AT THE PARISH

We have a range of ministries at our Parish and we are always looking for volunteers to join us. If you hear God’s call and want to join a ministry , please get in touch with us and we will be happy to assist you in getting started.

Adoration

Understood simply, Eucharistic Adoration is adoring or honouring the Eucharistic Presence of Christ. In a deeper sense, it involves “the contemplation of the Mystery of Christ truly present before us”.

During Eucharistic Adoration, we “watch and wait”, we remain “silent” in His Presence and open ourselves to His Graces which flow from the Eucharist … By worshipping the Eucharistic Jesus, we become what God wants us to be! Like a magnet, The Lord draws us to Himself and gently transforms us.

In its fullest essence … Eucharistic Adoration is “God and Man reaching out for each other, at the same time!”

The Parish has Eucharistic Adoration offered for 1 hour after the 5.30pm Mass every  Thursday at the  Sacred Heart Church, Sandgate

If you would like to join the roster of adorers overnight please contact the Adoration Coordinator or the Parish Office on phone 3869 1377 or email sandgatebrighton@bne.catholic.net.au

Care and Concern

Care and Concern is a parish based group of volunteers who respond to the needs of our local community in a christian, neighbourly and practical way such as:

  • cooking meals
  • shopping
  • visitation
  • yard work
  • driving/transport
  • light housework
  • simple home maintenance​

If you are interested in joining the roster or would like some more information please contact the Care and Concern Coordinator via the Parish Office on phone 3869 1377 or email sandgatebrighton@bne.catholic.net.au

Cathechism in States Schools

Teaching Religious Education in State Schools involves preparing and teaching a half hour lesson each week to a class of children in Years 1 to 6. An average class size is about 25 students. In the Sandgate Brighton area we teach cooperatively with members from the other local churches including Anglican, Baptist, Uniting, Presbyterian and Assembly of God. We teach using ecumenical material, approved by the State Government for use in Queensland schools.

All Religious Education (RE) volunteer teachers attend training days and must hold a current ‘Blue Card’, which can be arranged at no cost to the volunteer by the Parish Office. Training days are held several times a year throughout Brisbane.

If you are interested in assisting in this very important evangelising ministry please contact the Catechism in State Schools Coordinator via the Parish Office on phone 3869 1377 or email sandgatebrighton@bne.catholic.net.au

Cenacle

Cenacle (The Marian Movement of Priests) was initially intended only for Priests but later was opened to include everyone and is spreading throughout the world.

Members follow the little Blue Book written by Fr Gobbi at the request of his spiritual director.  Essentially the Book calls for a Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and unity with the Holy Father and the Bishops in union with him.

Cenacle meets in the Sacred Heart Church at Sandgate after 7am mass each Tuesday. All are welcome.

If you would like some more information then please contact the Cenacle Coordinator via the Parish Office on phone 3869 1377 or email sandgatebrighton@bne.catholic.net.au

Children’s Liturgy

During term time, a Children’s Liturgy of the Word (CLOW) is held each Sunday at 9am mass at Sacred Heart Church, Sandgate.

Volunteers from our Youth Group are rostered to provide an alternative way of communicating the message of the readings of the day to our young children during mass.

All children wishing to participate join their families in the church for 9am mass and then, proceed to the altar when called by Father. They are then led by the leaders to the Sandgate Parish Hall just next door to the church where they participate in activities relating to the teaching of the day.

The children are then led back to the church to rejoin the congregation during Offertory.

All young children are welcome. If you would like to attend just simply come along to mass, and if you have any questions please contact the Parish Office on phone 3869 1377 or email sandgatebrighton@bne.catholic.net.au

Children’s Rosary

The Children’s Rosary is a worldwide prayer group movement that began in the USA in 2011.  Within our Parish the Children’s Rosary primarily takes place in our two primary schools, Sacred Heart and St Kieran’s, during the months of May and October each year.

Children meet, lead, and pray the Rosary each Tuesday or Wednesday morning assisted by parish volunteers in a prayerful and relaxed setting. The younger children bring flowers and candles up to Mary and all have an opportunity to place their prayer intentions in an intentions box.  A special Children’s Rosary Prayer and Song are read and sung by the children at the conclusion of each session.

Our team of volunteers are ready to assist any other group who may wish to begin a Children’s Rosary and are always looking for opportunities to extend the Rosary outside of May and October. It has proved to be a beautiful experience for all involved.

There is also a Children’s Rosary blog, childrensrosary.blogspot.com.au, which follows all the Children’s Rosary groups across the world.

If you would like to know more about this ministry please contact the co-ordinator or the Parish Office.

Patricia Madden, Coordinator Children’s Rosary
p: 3269 1082
m: 0402 085 853

Dinner in the park

Dinner in the Park was established within the parish to cater for those who are homeless or in need and to promote a sense of community as well provide nourishing food.

Four to five people are rostered to assist with the distribution of food at the Memorial Park near the Sandgate Town Hall every second week.

The alternate week is covered by the boys from St Patrick’s College.

​Donations are always welcome, as are volunteers.

If you are interested in joining the roster or would like some more information please contact the Dinner in the Park Coordinator via the Parish Office on phone 3869 1377 or email sandgatebrighton@bne.catholic.net.au

Paul Cross, Coordinator Dinner in the Park

Fund Raising

Fundraising has always been essential to meeting the needs of our growing parish as well as giving us opportunities to meet those within our community.

All up and coming events are advertised through parish and school newsletters, as well as on the events calendar on this website.

Major fundraising events for our parish include:

  • Parish Raceday at Caloundra – usually held in May
  • Parish Dinner of Thanksgiving – usually held in October


If you have a great fundraising idea, or would like to lend a hand at any of the advertised events please contact the particular fundraiser coordinator, a member of the Finance Council, or the Parish Office on phone 3869 1377 or email sandgatebrighton@bne.catholic.net.au

Hospitality

Hospitality is a special virtue since Old Testament times and offers a friendly openness and thoughtful care of one another.

This ministry extends from welcoming people into the parish and into the worship of the community that they may feel “at Home”, to providing that important “cuppa” when the parishioners gather socially for various activities. The team also successfully caters for funerals held in our sister churches.

New volunteers are encouraged to join this fulfilling ministry.

Please contact he Parish Office on phone 3869 1377 or email sandgatebrighton@bne.catholic.net.au

Knights of the Southern Cross

The local branch of the Knights of the Southern Cross (KSC) meets monthly at 7.30pm in the Sandgate Parish Hall. The KSC is an Association of Christ’s faithful and fraternal organisation for Catholic men.  Membership is open to Catholic Men eighteen or older.

The objectives of the order are to:

  • Promote the advancement of Australia
  • Foster the Christian way of life throughout the nation
  • Promote the welfare of its members and their families
  • Encourage spiritual, social, and intellectual activities amongst its members
  • Conduct and support educational, charitable, religious and social welfare work

Those interested in joining can contact:

  • Darryl Mitchell on 0431 044 429 or
  • Hugh O’Donnell on 0403 060 468

Legion of Mary

The Legion of Mary is a mandated association of the Catholic Church, originating in Ireland in 1921. This Parish group, which began in 1966, consists of two groups of membership, Auxiliary Members which is a prayer group and Active members whose duties consist of a weekly meeting with two hours of Legion work.

It is our privilege to visit the sick, elderly, lonely and nursing home residents, to offer the Rosary before Requiem Masses, to give our First Communion children Rosary beads and medals and to be contacts for new parishioners, and coordinate the Children’s Rosary. Legion Members only engage in activities sanctioned by the Parish Priest.

We would love you to be an Auxiliary member or Active member of our group.

If you would like more information please give our President a call, or contact the Parish Office
​on phone 3869 1377 or email sandgatebrighton@bne.catholic.net.au

Patricia Madden, President Legion of Mary
p: 3269 1082
m: 0402 085 853

Mothers prayer group

Mothers Prayers was founded in England in 1995. There are now groups spread throughout the world and we are blessed to have our own group within the parish.

Mothers, grandmothers and spiritual mothers come together to pray for their own children and all children.

The spirituality of Mothers Prayers is surrender. We surrender our hopes and concerns for our children to the Lord knowing He loves them more than we do and has a plan and purpose for their lives.

​The group currently meets each Thursday at 10am for approximately one and a half hours.

​If you are interested in joining the Mothers Prayers Group, please contact the Mothers Prayers Coordinator or the Parish Office on phone 3869 1377 or email sandgatebrighton@bne.catholic.net.au

Christine Whitehill, Coordinator Mothers Prayers
p: 3869 4394

Passionist Family Group Movement

The Passionist Family Group Movement was established in 1972 by Fr Peter McGrath cp.

The aims of the family groups are:

  • To enable members to get to know other members of the parish community
  • To show and share support in each other’s joys and sorrows, thus building a Christian community
  • Involving the children in Christian sharing directly, if possible, if not, then indirectly by example
  • “Love one another as I have loved you”

Quite simply, it is a family for all!

It is a calendar of social gatherings at the time and place the individual group chooses. The group shares in fun times, from dinner and games at home to visits to parks and wetlands etc – all at a reasonable cost or BYO. No gathering is compulsory but times shared together, getting to know fellow parishioners, brings great enjoyment. All persons are welcome and we certainly want you to know and feel you are part of that family.

Currently the “Bramblers” is the Parish’s most long standing family group and all are welcome to their gatherings.  Up and coming events are advertised both in the Parish weekly newsletter and in the events posting on this website.

If you would like to join in the Bramblers next activity, or would like to start a Parish family group of your own with like minded Parishioners then please contact Family Group Coordinator or  the Parish Office on phone 3869 1377 or email sandgatebrighton@bne.catholic.net.au

Kathy Lynch, Coordinator Bramblers Family Group
p: 3869 4943
m: 0409 055 244

Piety stall

Piety Stalls are run at both our sister churches, Sacred Heart Church by a group of volunteers following each weekend mass, and at the Church of the Real Presence by the Brighton conference of St Vincent de Paul on a self serve basis at the back of the church.

The piety stalls stock prayer cards, bibles, medals, sacramental gifts, as well as prayer books including Daily and Weekend Missals.

We also have access to a number of Christian suppliers so if you are after a special something, or what you require isn’t in stock, we can source it for you at no extra charge. Simply contact the Parish Office on phone 3869 1377 or email sandgatebrighton@bne.catholic.net.au

Vinnies

The St Vincent de Paul Society has two conferences and two shops in the parish.

Conferences:

  • Sacred Heart Conference, Sandgate (President, Mr John Monroe )
  • St Lawrence’s Conference, Brighton (President, Mrs Bernie Brearley)

Shops:

  • ​229 Beaconsfield Terrace, Brighton ph 3269 2280

To access support, call the Brisbane Helpline on phone 3010 1096 where volunteers will take details of your request and pass to the local conference to contact you.

The Brighton Conference focuses on helping those in need via home visits. After the request is lodged with the Helpline, a member of the Brighton Conference will make contact to arrange a suitable time to visit.  A range of assistance is provided depending on the individual need.

Sandgate Conference does not generally do home visits, instead the members will normally meet clients at Sandgate Town Hall, at an arranged time.

Vinnies aims to give a “hand-up” rather than a “hand-out”, so we try to help the underlying issue, as well as the particular request.

You can assist by donating:

  • money via poor box located in each of our churches
  • your time as a conference member or shop volunteer
  • clothing to a store or donation bin at each of our churches
  • furniture (ph 1300 551 894 to arrange pick-up)
  • to the Winter and Christmas Appeals held each year within the church

Both conferences meet fortnightly and new members are always welcome.  We may be contacted via the Parish Office on phone 3869 1377 or email sandgatebrighton@bne.catholic.net.au

Youth Group

YOUTH GROUP MEETINGS ARE POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE 

Parish Office

Tel: 07 3869 1377
Email: sandgatebrighton@bne.catholic.net.au
Address: 23 Greenwood Street, Brighton, Qld 4017
Opening Hours:
   Days: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
  Times: 8.30am to 3.30pm
  Wednesday Closed

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