A Columbarium and Memorial Wall will be constructed in the coming weeks to respect the memory of our dead.
The Parish Pastoral Council and the Finance Team had discussed the construction of a Columbarium in the grounds of the church, near the gravesite of a former parish priest.
A Columbarium provides a number of small niches can take on many designs and may also include a Memorial Wall which provides a place for plagues in memory of those who may be buried/interred elsewhere. Their aim is to provide a respectful place where the ashes of parishioners and loved ones can be placed, and plaques attached in their memory. All this while remaining connected with the worshipping space of the community; enabling family and friends to pray for, and reflect on their loved ones who have died.
A Columbarium provides a number of small niches in a respectful construction where the ashes of parishioners and loved ones can be placed (interred), and plaques attached in their memory. The Memorial Wall will
The Columbarium, like the church graveyard of old, is a link between the living and the dead who are ever joined in the communion of saints. From Baptism to death and life beyond we share a common bond of love — linked by faith and prayer, honour and respect.
It is planned that the construction of our Columbarium (which will include a Memorial Wall) will commence in coming weeks to help stimulate local employment opportunities at this time of pandemic. It is also planned the structure will be enhanced, in time, by a peaceful garden setting.
The pricing for a niche and/or plaque are currently being assessed to help families who may wish to enquire further or reserve a niche even now.
Please contact the parish office if you have any query at this time, including the pricing schedule of a double or single niche or plaque.
Preliminary design work is attached.
Our Baptism Area
The refurbishment of our Baptistery is now complete.
Just before the churches were closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic, we were fortunate to give life to our newly refurbished baptistery area in the church, to enable the best of immersion for all baptisms: a larger font for babies and infants, and a deeper font for older children and adults.
It had been our hope to baptise five young people at the Easter Vigil this year, but we had to ask them to wait a little longer.
The refurbishment was the achievement of so many in the parish and beyond. From the front door of the church it shines out and welcomes us: ‘Come to the Water’, which is also the theme of the newly commissioned painting by a local Indigenous artist, Susan Reys. Come_to _the_Water_Description_and Artist_Bio (2)
Features of the fonts include grab bars that symbolically represent vines in the forest, which guide and hold us around the water space; and a Clownfish swimming through the coral to bring water-life to the fonts.
Alongside the fonts, the painting represents important patterns in the sky across our world, the waters that bring nourishment and life, and the totem creatures of the local area – the spirits of the ancestors that care for and respect all creation, as custodians of the timeless stories of grace and hope, and resurrection.
To complete the baptistery, the Easter Candle (the work of bees and of the hands of God’s servants) is held by the leaves of life in the presence of a bee; without which we can have no richness of life.
We thank and honour the so many people who helped plan, shape and construct our new baptistery area, that now provides a tangible and beautiful link indoors with our proposed Columbarium outdoors. The life and death of each one of us does make a difference to all.