Holy Family Indooroopilly

History of the Church

(Established 1926)

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Holy Family Church is a Catholic Church under the direction of the Archdiocese of Brisbane. It is located at 37 Ward Street, in the Brisbane suburb of Indooroopilly, approximately six kilometres from CBD of Brisbane.

This striking church is one of Australia’s finest examples of Modernist architecture. The Church of the Holy Family was built between 1961 and 1963, and was designed by Brisbane architectural firm, Douglas and Barnes. From architectural and engineering perspectives, the design of this Catholic church was extremely progressive for the time. A new method of concrete construction was adopted to form the pleated concrete structure.

hfindro960 - 9This was outlined in the Catholic Leader at the time: “The main structure, ‘growing’ out of the sloping site and towering over the surrounding area, is cast ‘in situ’… The method of construction was most unusual. The foundations, ground floor and main floor were poured in the normal manner. However, the upper portion of the building was constructed from end to end by means of a mobile steel framed collapsible Jumbo. Instead of the building growing upwards, it grew longitudinally” (The Catholic Leader, November 1963). The Catholic Church commissioned several important Queensland artists to create pieces for the new building. Internationally recognised artist Ray Crooke, was commissioned to paint the ‘Stations of the Cross’ on the internal walls. Crooke has won many prestigious awards, including the Archibald Prize in 1969. He was awarded an Order of Australia for services to the visual arts in 1993 and an Honorary Doctorate from Griffith University in 1996.

The two sculptures on the church’s exterior, ‘Finding of the Child Jesus in the Temple’ and ‘The Holy Family’ were created by Brisbane artist, Edwin A Guth. The baptistery, situated beside the church entrance and connected by the covered walkway, was designed as a precast concrete octagonal structure, with a high concrete spire. The coloured glass on the walls resembles the leadlight windows in more traditional churches. These mosaic windows represent the Seven Sacraments and were designed by local artist, Andrew Sibley.

The Church of the Holy Family was the last major building project for Catholic Archbishop James Duhig, under whose leadership many of Brisbane’s most outstanding Catholic buildings had been built.

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1 Erin Ahearn, Diamond Jubilee: Holy Family Parish, Indooroopilly, 1926-1986 ([Indooroopilly: The Parish], 1986).

2 Plaque at Holy Family Church cited by G. Cox, 2009.

3 Date supplied to G. Cox by Kevin Whitehouse, c.1973.

4 Personal communication to G. Cox from Mr J.H. Whitehouse, June 1974.

5 Specification noted by G. Cox, 1973; additional details supplied by Dr Wesley Jordan, 2003.

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From Father Nev

10-12-17 – In searching for the more we enter the fuzzy zone.

This second week of Advent we continue to receive the more who is Jesus Christ. How do we allow Jesus to grow in us? We have to first be open to the Holy Spirit. Without the Spirit, we are just acting out of our own will. The Spirit can do so much more, if we simply surrender to the power. As we well know Mary chose to succumb to the Spirit and to the angel Gabriel’s command. She never resisted the Spirit but faithfully and humbly worked with God’s presence.

Your encounter with the Spirit may be like a tiny shoot starting to bud. Don’t be afraid because God wants so much for you to be filled continually with his power. He certainly does not want us to be empty, disconnected and sad. Secondly we must respond to the Spirit. If you start to feel a warmth or a voice speaking within your depths don’t push it away, thank God that you can feel his presence. A lot of the time when we try to communicate with God it sometimes feels like our prayers are falling on deaf ears. That may seem so, but we must learn to trust that he is indeed watching over us with unwavering love.

Just as when a ship leaves port, there is great comfort knowing that land is still in sight. There is hope that adventure is out there beyond the horizon. Equally there is the potential for danger and peril. Once we lose sight of land and all we can see is the endless horizon, we can no longer be confident of what the future holds. We are now entering the fuzzy zone of Advent. This is where we have nothing to hang onto except our faith in God. This zone is where most Catholics turn back. They are not prepared to allow God to take the reins and fill our sails with his Spirit. We tend to go back to our life of mediocrity rather than launch ourselves into the unknown.

Using the pregnancy analogy, there is not a lot of choices when a woman is pregnant. Although during the whole process there is no guarantee that a healthy baby will be born. As most parents know, so many checks are done on how the baby is going over the 9 months. We too must be mindful and reflective on how Jesus is developing in us. Even the delivery itself can be fraught with complications. Even though we celebrate Christmas soon, it may not mean that the Jesus in you will be born! It may happen in a month, six months or later. Just know and trust that God is here with us always, Emmanuel.

Blessings Fr Nev

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This is a remarkable opportunity for the voices of young people to be heard by the Church. To read the media press release on the survey, head to https://www.catholic.org.au/youthsurvey.  The survey will remain open until 11:59pm on Sunday 2 July. For link to the survey, Click Here

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Brisbane Archdiocese Video Series – The Mass

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By Dr. Peter VardyTHE REFORMATION TODAY: AN ECUMENICAL PERSPECTIVE 

2017 marks the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. Many historians consider the Reformation one of those epoch changing events in the history of the Western world. But what does it mean for people in Australia 500 years later? Was the Reformation just a series of pointless disputes which have little relevance to the church today? Or is the church today the living legacy of the Reformation, and if so, what does this mean for us? Join us as we ask these questions together.

Dr. Chris Hanlon — The Reformation a Catholic perspective, 8 August 7:30pm Holy Family Catholic Church, Indooroopilly

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