We enact our mission through pastoral support through initiatives that invite people to share their gifts and talents.
Bethany – Parish Grief Support Group
This group offers as its primary aim, to support to those experiencing grief. This is expressed by visiting bereaved families who are offered practical support and are assured of the prayers and sympathy of the parish. An annual Mass in November recalls and remembers those who have died. When called upon, members of the group relieve carers in need of some time for themselves.
Ministers of Communion to the Sick
A team of Ministers of Communion visits the nursing homes, hostels and house-bound, regularly. We depend on you to let us know about people who would appreciate this ministry. Contact our parish office.
Care and Concern: Hospitality and Assistance
Volunteers visit those unable to attend Mass due to illness, age or disability. They assist those unable to drive with transport to Mass and parish functions. Helpers provide assistance with catering for parish functions.
Hospitality: Morning tea First Sunday of the month
A cuppa is provided for parishioners after at St Martin’s after the 8.00 am Mass, St Catherine’s after the 8.30 am Mass and St Bernard’s after the 9.30 am Mass. A cuppa is also provided for parishioners after 7.00 am Mass on the 2nd Sunday of the month. It is an opportunity to welcome new parishioners, connect with friends and make new ones. Join this wonderful group and help with the hospitality in our parish.
Knights of the Southern Cross
The Knights have an extensive program of Christian activities. Meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month in the Fr Kevin Aspinall Centre at 7.30 pm. Contact Robert Baldi 0419 675 838.
St Vincent de Paul Society
This energetic group continues its efforts in caring for the poor and needy. You can support the Society by putting money in the Poor Boxes, and by donating your unwanted clothing and furniture to them. For membership enquiries contact the parish office or the religious goods stalls at each church.
The group organises four or five outings a year for parishioners who own a caravan or camping gear. Persons desiring to use cabins are also welcome. Contact Paul 3341 1799. Caravan Group
Family Group Movement
The motto is “A Family for All”. Groups of families gather once a month for social occasions and friendship. The family groups have involved many parishioners in a supportive environment of friendship and Christian community. If you wish to know more about this great movement contact the parish office.
Passionist Family Group Movement brochure
Italian Community Friendship Group
This group gathers socially on the last Monday of the month either in the Fr Kevin Aspinall Centre at 10.00 am or alternatively for a day long bus trip. Contact Mrs Olga Iocco 3349 6019.
A warm welcome to all Mums/Dads/Carers and their children aged newborn to five years to come along and experience a little playgroup fun. A relaxed, social environment encourages the children to share in the various books, toys and musical equipment provided. Also a chance for the adults to get together over morning tea. There are two groups in our parish:
Each Thursday, St Bernard’s Community Centre from 9.15 am – 11.00 am, during the school term. Contact is Sally Vernyik 0437 732 191.
Each Friday, St Catherine’s Hall from 9.30 am – 11.30 am, during the school term. Contact is Sarah 0419 611 818.
Senior Social Clubs
St Bernard’s and St Catherine’s have active senior social clubs that provides social mornings, Hoy and morning tea and day bus trips for parishioners and their friends.
St Bernard’s club meets fortnightly on Thursdays. Contact is Sue Moriarty 3349 8198.
St Catherine’s day bus trips are held each month. Contact Arthur Simpson 3349 9218
‘Share Our World’ – SOW – Group
The Share our World Group or SOW Group offers an opportunity for both new and old Australians from diverse cultural backgrounds to come together to share their cultures, their values and their gifts, or simply for a chat. Activities promoting better understanding of different cultures are organized regularly; such as the Multicultural Mass, and the International Food Night. Interested? Please contact the parish office 3849 7158.
The aim of the Welcome Group is to encourage persons new to the area, to become members of the parish community. The group will act as an initial contact via the new parishioners registers at St Bernard’s, St Catherine’s and St Martin’s, arrange distribution of information and organize welcome gatherings and functions. Please contact Pastoral Minister – Volunteers: Mrs Debbie James in the parish office Tuesdays & Thursdays.
All crafters and ‘would be crafters’ are welcome to join in on Tuesdays between 10 am and 2 pm in the Upper Mt Gravatt Wishart Parish Community Centre.
Bring along a craft project, lunch and a cup. Tea, coffee and good company will be provided. Contact Rae Hurrell 3349 4777.