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

8-7-18 – Heart of Man: Our Brokenness is a bridge. Not a barrier.

On Thursday evening I was invited to a movie promo called the Heart of Man. It was quite a confronting film with plenty of imagery and symbolism for males to deepen their understanding about themselves and God. It was a modern and cinematic retelling of the story of the Prodigal Son. It incorporated several different testimonies illustrating a range of situations where there was significant guilt and shame including sexual abuse, adultery and pornography. In addition the central characters were God, the Prodigal, the temptress and the Devil himself. All this stories are carefully woven together to create a heart rendering roller coaster ride. The film ended with a Q&A with the director, the testifiers and the actors. One amazing quote was ”Your deep shame and guilt are not meant for you to fix, just leave that to God.” As humans we have a habit of taking matters into our own hands and for some of us we are prone to portraying a particular image of ourselves to the world and to others. For some of us, the pain is so immense that we are unaware of God or anyone around us. In the interplay between God and the prodigal it starts well with the young man happily playing his violin in a duet with the Father. As he gets a bit older, he is drawn by his sexuality and allows himself to be seduced by a woman. God continues to play the violin but to no avail. The prodigal is drawn by this other tune or idol. So quickly when we choose to not be in sync with God, can our lives plunge into despair and anarchy. The director uses the image of a cave as a place where the prodigal is enslaved by his own fears. The fear of holding secrets!! Secrets such as being abused by family members, having affair after affair and not knowing why and chasing things are not real. All of these fears are part of our brokenness. This is what we like to hide from those we love and our loving God. Many of us think that God will spurn us and look at us in disgust. This is a lie that is sown into us that we are unworthy. God though every time we screw up or when we are encaged by something looks upon us lovingly. He just wants us to come to him, curl up in his arms and to play the song that is unique to God and yourself. This week ask yourself, are their fears or secrets that I still harbour? Am I ready to use my brokenness as an opportunity to be redeemed by God?

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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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