Dear Parents, welcome to the parish community of Burleigh Heads and Marymount Primary School.
We are situated in a most welcoming, accessible and friendly part of the Gold Coast. People who come to live here, invariably choose to stay here. Catholic activity in the area goes back to the nineteenth century with the establishment of church at Tallebudgera. These devout, generous and hardworking farming families would never have foreseen the growth and development of this region or the parish which now covers all the suburbs and localities from Robina in the north, Elanora in the south, and inland as far as Springbrook. Change and growth have been constant companions on our journey.
The parish has four existing churches – Calvary Church at Miami (established 1963), Our Lady of the Way, Palm Beach (1965), St Benedict’s Mudgeeraba (1996) and Infant Saviour Burleigh Heads, (2003). We currently use the huge auditorium at the school (known as the Doyle Centre) for Masses each Sunday until the new church, to be built on parish land next to Sunlight Drive, gets underway.
If you are coming to us from outside the Archdiocese of Brisbane, you may be unfamiliar with the way we go about the celebration of Confirmation and First Communion. For over fifteen years, Brisbane Archdiocese has restored the traditional order of these Sacraments of Initiation. In my day, and probably yours, Confirmation happened after First Communion. This practice went back only as far as the early part of last century. More and more diocese are going back to celebrating First Eucharist as the final Sacrament of Initiation. Another difference might be that these Sacraments of Confirmation and First Eucharist, though taught in the School RE Syllabus, are celebrated as part of parish life. Children need to be familiar with the routine of Sunday Mass if these programs are to be meaningful to them.
A wonderful feature of Marymount is the strong family connections with the parish which extend across the generations. In every classroom there is often quite a number of students whose grandparents are also part of parish life. To see the Catholic faith being handed on from generation to generation brings joy to a pastor’s heart.
These are exciting times for us in this parish, enabling people to be part of our new church projects from the ground up. We have come a long way and there is a great journey ahead – be a part of it.
Fr K Howell (Parish Priest)
Please find attached a copy of the latest Parish Census/Registration form.
Mass Times are available at the parish website - http://www.burleighheadscatholic.com.au/masstimes.php
The Sacramental program is parish-based. Catechesis and sacramental preparation are related though distinct activities. Catechesis is the continuing process of faith education and development and its goal is growth in maturity of faith. The school is involved in this area of catechesis through the religious education of the child. Sacramental preparation is the specific pastoral activity, involving family and parish community, that precedes and accompanies celebration of the sacraments. Notification of the Parish Sacramental program will be given each year through the Parish Bulletin. For more information contact the Parish Office on 55766466, or visit http://www.burleighheadscatholic.com.au/sacraments.php. The Parish Sacramental Program is attached for your reference.