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

4-11-18 – Marriage Encounter 

Hi everyone, I hope you all enjoyed a bit of variety in priests and a bishop at last weekend’s masses. My weekend in Varrowville, NSW was an amazing and transformative experience. I was a participant on a Marriage Encounter Deeper Weekend. If you haven’t been on a weekend and you want to inject something new into your marriage, I highly recommend you attend next years in early August 2019. Check out www.wwme.org.au for more information. You’re probably wondering why is Fr Nev attending this weekend if he’s a priest? Well as I have discovered the sacraments of Marriage and Holy Orders are different but there are close similarities. In marriage, the two spouses are called and are committed to loving each other. In the vocation of Priesthood, my spouse is the people of God. That’s a lot of spouses!! LOL. I don’t think I was ever taught this at seminary!! It makes senses though!! Pope Francis has been reminding us priests, “to be shepherds with the smell of the sheep”. I need to deepen my relationship and become more intimate with you the people. Theologically we were taught that priests represent Christ and our spouse is Christ. So what a revelation!! In marriage, life inevitably becomes more complicated, children come along, work, school, family and Church commitments are a constant juggling act for parents. Within all of this spouses need to communicate effectively what is happening and in particular their feelings towards their beloved or any given situations. Making effective use of time together is vital for married couples to not simply survive but thrive in their vocation to selflessly love and honour the other. The Marriage Encounter weekend teaches couples to become more vulnerable with each. A weekend will help couples to learn how to dialogue with each other by identifying, listening and empathising with one’s and your spouse’s feelings in a deeper way. I was amazed at the transformation in couples and their genuine desire to initiate a new spark in their marriage. As for the 4 priests, it was a significant experience in our priestly ministry. We learnt to be more aware of behaviours and fears that could be influencing our relationship with our parishioners. I was able to articulate my fear of failure as an ongoing issue that I need to revisit in my priestly ministry. So let’s pray for married couples and our priests who are trying their best. We are also getting a seminarian to visit us over Advent. His name is Michael Tran and he will be with us from the 17th Nov to 16th Dec. Have a blessed week.

Fr Nev

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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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