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Parish Origins


The establishment of the Parish as we have it today was officially finalised on 3 March 1987 when the then Archbishop Francis Rush approved Blessed Eugene de Mazenod as the name of the new Parish.  The year 1997 marked the 10th Anniversary of the Parish and it belies the long and rich tradition of the Church that has existed in this area.

In 1987 the areas of Burpengary, Deception Bay, Moorina, Morayfield South, Morayfield West, Narangba and Upper Caboolture South were amalgamated to create this new Parish.  No record of the short life of this Parish would be complete without paying tribute to what came before and the commitment of faith which ultimately supported the establishment of our community.  Our present and future are intricately linked with the spiritual foundations laid in the past.


DECEPTION BAY

On 5 January 1974 the Parish of the Holy Trinity was formed incorporating the areas of Kippa Ring, Deception Bay, Rothwell, Burpengary  and Kallangur.  Fr Des McQuaid was Parish Priest having come from Indooroopilly Parish where he was the Administrator.  He lived in Kippa Ring and wasted no time in organising a census of all Catholic people in Deception Bay and inviting them to the first Mass celebrated on Sunday, 20 January 1974 at 6 p.m. in St Matthews Anglican Church, Deception Bay.

In 1976, the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary established a convent in Deception Bay which was blessed in the following year and dedicated to Our Lady Star of the Sea.

The foundation community comprised of Srs Irene Lavelle, Suzanne Smith and Therese Lafrance.  Others who lived in the community through the years until they departed in 1987 were Mary Cudmore, Antionette Anderiesz, Linda Price, Brenda Brennan and Chris Bartlett.

After 3½ years of vibrant growth in the community a Church-Hall at Deception Bay was officially opened and blessed by Archbishop Rush on 5 June 1977.

In 1979 faith, prayer and lots of hard toil were rewarded with the opening of Christ the King Primary School and Mrs Althea Mitchell was appointed the foundation Principal.

Father John Pointing was appointed Parish Priest in 1981.


BURPENGARY

For the most, Burpengary Catholics saw themselves as part of St Peter's  Parish, Caboolture.  A Parish steeped in both Catholic and national history which celebrated its centenary in 1994.

With the support of Fr Brian Taylor, the Parish Priest of Caboolture, Masses were first conducted in the Burpengary area in parishioners' homes, in Burpengary State School and later in the Community Hall.


NARANGBA

The Parish of Our Lady of the Way, Petrie, established in 1964 took in the area of Narangba.  Many of today's parishioners participated in the development and growth of the Petrie Parish.  Fr Leo Skelly was Parish Priest when Narangba separated from the Petrie Parish.
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