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

17-9-17 – Gifted and called to be faithful

Thanks everyone for your contributions towards the Annual Catholic Campaign. This week we say goodbye to another long-time parishioner John Jeffcoat. His funeral mass will be held at 10am, Mon,18th September @ Holy Family Church.

This week I watched a movie called Gifted. It looks at the issues of raising a child with exceptional natural gifts. An uncle is looking after his talented niece and wrestles with the idea of giving her a “normal upbringing” versus a regimental lifestyle of academic study. A normal upbringing in essence meant socialising with kids of her age, doing fun stuff and having an enjoyable childhood. With the support of an estranged grandmother the courts are unfortunately drawn in and the uncle has to cut a deal with the prosecution. The options were to send her niece to a school for gifted kids full-time or put her in foster care as well attending the school. The uncle felt the pressure of the courts and the eventually decided that the foster-care option was best for his niece. A fortuitous set of events leads the uncle to discover that the foster parents have made plans with the niece’s grandmother to continue to her education with private tutors without his knowledge. I won’t ruin the ending but I was taken by how complex parenting can be, perhaps even even more so with a gifted child.

Most parents would agree that raising a child can cause a plethora of feelings from: joy, disappointment, inspiration, frustration and pride. We also know that there is no rule-book on how to be a good parent. Parents do the best they can, with the knowledge that they have and impart these to their children through their actions, their words and allowing their children to make their own mistakes and through reflection be able to change one’s behaviour.

This week’s Gospel looks at knowing who God is, learning from him and living this out in our lives. Just as God loves us, we must show to our children what tough love is. Sometimes going without and having less ends up being the “more” in our lives. Another key message from the readings today is that God demands we build our house on a solid foundation. It has to be robust in order to weather the great storms that our lives will inevitably endure. Are we raising children and young people to deal with adversity? Are we teaching them to celebrate their failures as equally as they experiences great wins? We must also remember to pray to God to discern all our actions and remain unshakeable in our faith.

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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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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