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I haven’t posted on this blog for a long time now, but I feel moved to share these thoughts following a Memorandum that was posted recently on the noticeboard at Villa Maria, Fortitude Valley.   The memo is dated 27 December 2017, and a copy was passed to me yesterday.   It is addressed to the “Residents, Relatives, staff, VM community friends” and as the first paragraph says, “including those who have been regular visitors to our resident chapel.”  The memo is intended for many of us, therefore, and deserves to be seen by all concerned.  As the memo will probably be counted as “community communication/consultation” at some point, this is further reason to see that it is shared with all concerned.

I share these thoughts as a concerned Catholic, and in support of the lay faithful who are upset at the proposed building works to be undertaken in the original chapel at Villa Maria.   Villa Maria is a spiritual gem of our Archdiocese.  As someone who was “born and bred” in Brisbane, I – along with many others – feel a strong connection to this place of prayer.  Father Julian Tenison Woods co-founded the Sisters of Perpetual Adoration in 1874, and the Sisters have been in Spring Hill since 1881 and on the present site since 1900.  The older building, which contains the chapel which is the subject of this post, was constructed from 1927 (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Villa_Maria_Hostel).

It is noteworthy that Catholic Healthcare explicitly states in the memorandum that it has abandoned the plans for a café adjacent to the chapel.  This is good news.  However, what remains perplexing, as per the drawing, is that approximately one third of the people’s nave of the chapel is still to be turned into a “gathering space” and to be partitioned off from the remains of the chapel by glass screens.  What is also not mentioned, and what exists in the documentation for building approvals (as seen already on the internet), is the demolition work to be undertaken to turn the choir loft into a dining room.

The burning question in this debacle is this: why is it not possible to create the additional dining and lounge facilities for the residents in some other part of the building, or in the courtyard spaces around the chapel?  At least one other Brisbane architect has spent many hours to work out how all the extra facilities for the residents can be incorporated, without having to do anything at all to the chapel.  Why are these suggestions not being taken on board?  Why is one of our historic and beautiful sacred spaces going to be permanently disfigured by relegating parts of it to secular use, when there is absolutely no need to do so?  Catholic Healthcare plan to increase the number of residents at Villa Maria, so surely more space should be needed in the chapel, not less.

Catholic Healthcare (http://www.catholichealthcare.com.au/), the organisation that has the lease on the old building at Villa Maria, is owned – as I understand it – by the Catholic Bishops of Lismore, Wollongong, Bathurst, and Parramatta, together with the Sisters of Saint Joseph.  A win-win solution exists to this situation, with the addition of extra facilities for the residents, and also the preservation of the old chapel, retaining its unique character as it presently is, as a sacred space which has been in continuous use as a place of worship and prayer for close to a century, and remains so to this day.  Please help save this historic and special place, as it is, for the present and for the future.

We implore the above-named bishops to intervene, and to help steer the situation to a happy conclusion for all involved.

Other updates on Villa Maria have been seen here: https://twitter.com/Bl_LongoSociety

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I have been informed that there will be a celebration of Choral Vespers (Evening Prayer) sung in Latin at 3:00pm every Sunday, starting this weekend in Saint Stephen’s Chapel, Brisbane, and from the following weekend in the Cathedral itself (with a couple of exceptions). The service will employ plainsong and polyphony. The staff of the Cathedral see this as an opportunity for parishioners in the wider Archdiocese to share a service in the cathedral outside their usual parish commitments. It’s also a more contemplative service, where the faithful can think on the psalms and canticle as they unfold as sung by the choir. It is hoped that Sunday Vespers will become a permanent fixture in the Cathedral’s worship schedule.

 

Annerley Ekibin Catholic Parish

Screenshot 2014-10-03 07.10.37 (2)We are pleased to announce that Frassati Australia we will be piloting Frassati Youth – a weekly event throughout Term Four, 2014.

Frassati Youth aims to inspire holiness and virtue in high school-aged young people, under the patronage of Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati.
• Starts Friday 10 October 2014 from 6:30-8:30
• Will happen every Friday of term 4, 2014, except November 7.
• At Marymac Hall, next to Mary Immaculate Church 616 Ipswich Rd, Annerley
• Free dinner each week.
• Games
• Includes authentic catechesis, and discussion rooted in Catholic tradition and spirituality

The Frassati Youth Team includes young men and women with experience in youth ministries including NET Ministries Australia and Project Hatch Pty Ltd. as well as local parish youth ministries. We are under the direct guidance of Father Paul Chandler, head of Frassati Australia.

We aim to pilot this youth group for term 4 before…

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Spring Charity Gala

Spring Charity Gala at Annerley

Annerley Ekibin Catholic Parish

Spring charity galaAfter the successful Victory in the Pacific Dance held recently, a forthcoming social in the parish will be the The Spring Charity Gala, featuring Warwick Adeney Strings and Company Beeee

at the Marymac Centre, 616 Ipswich Road, Annerley, 6:00pm on Saturday, 11th October, 2014.

Vivaldi’s Four Seasons

Swing Dancing

Viennese Walzes

Live Entertainment

Dress Code: Black Tie

Open Bar and Cocktail Food

Price: $50.00. Early Bird, before September 30th: $40.00. Student: $35.00.

Contact: Nicole on 3342 0777 or Ella on 0432 383 373

 

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In our parish we are pleased  to offer for people both the Ordinary Form (English) and Extraordinary Form (Latin) of the Mass.

This Sunday, 17th August 2014, the 9:00am Mass at Mary Immaculate, Annerley will be a Missa Cantata, a form of the Latin Mass with a few more “bells and whistles” than the Low Mass that we normally have.

The servers have been practising, as has our wonderful choir that has been adding so much to our Masses.

The celebrant and homilist will be Father Paul Chandler.

St Elizabeth’s Fete is on today!.

First Saturday Mass & Devotions

2nd August, 2014

9am Our Lady’s, Everton Park

Confessions and Rosary from 8am

Celebrant : Fr Michael Grace

Contact: Mrs Lucy Robinson
Opus Angelorum Inc.
0431 875 741

School holiday movie event

School holiday movie event July 2 20142014 Holiday Movie Flyer 2

corpus christi procession 2The 2014 Corpus Christi Procession in Brisbane will be held on Sunday 22nd June at Nudgee Junior, Kate Street, Indooroopilly, at 2.00pm, with Procession, Sermon and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.

If you have not yet booked to attend the fundraising dinner for Pregnancy Crisis Incorporated on Saturday 7 June 2014, please note that there are still places available.

 

PCI FUNDRAISING DINNER

SATURDAY 7 JUNE 2014 – 6.30 PM

MARYMAC COMMUNITY CENTRE, 616 IPSWICH ROAD ANNERLEY

 

KEYNOTE GUEST SPEAKER:  EMERITUS ARCHBISHOP HICKEY

 

Cost:  $55; Concession: $35; Special family prices

 

To book for the dinner telephone: 1300 777 777 or email:  pci777@bigpond.com