Our Lady Queen of Apostles Catholic Church Stafford
Welcome to our parish website....

If you are a new parishioner, we warmly welcome you and hope this website gives you a little insight into our vibrant parish community.

New and existing parishioners are encouraged to actively participate in our parish by joining a group or joining the rosters for reading, special minister of communion, greeting, music etc.. There are other opportunities to get involved e.g. keeping our gardens tidy or joining our planned giving program. Please contact the parish office for more information.

We hope this website will be an informative and handy reference point to keep you up to date with special events, meetings, weekly newsletter, etc.

Important Dates
(refer to newsletter for details)

22nd October
Our Lady of Fatima - Rosary Bouquet
10.30am St Stephen's Cathedral

25th October
Theology in the City Lecture Series
St Stephen's Cathedral 7-8.30pm

26th October
Parish Office closed

27th October - 1st November
Fair Trade Market "Hands of World Trade Fair"
5-7pm Hanly Room, Francis Rush Centre

12th/13th November
2016 National Church Life Survey

20th November
Blessing for Prep students & families
at 9am Mass


Community News - see the latest newsletter for all the happenings in our Parish

The Parish Office will be closed next Wednesday 26th October as Debra and Rosemary will be attending an inservice day.

On behalf of the Parishioners of Our Lady, Queen of Apostles Parish, Stafford we would like to invite you and your family and teachers to come to the 9.00am Mass on Sunday 20th November to receive a special blessing. Afterwards there will be a shared morning tea hosted by Maria Curry and Maria Wright. If you would like to bring along a plate of food to share it would be most welcome. However, we would love just to share this time together. We hope that you are able to attend. If you are from another Parish, we’d still love to see you but understand that your own community needs you and you might celebrate with them as usual.
Yours in Christ, the Parish Pastoral Council

** If you are unable to come to our 9am celebration, you are most welcome to come to either the Saturday 6pm, or Sunday 7am or 5.30pm Masses on the same weekend. Unfortunately we normally don’t have a cuppa after these Masses.


Come and see what is available from the shop. There are books, rosary beads, sacramental gifts, statues, cards, crosses and a variety of gift items. The Catholic
Leader is also available for $2. Christmas cards are now available from the shop. If you have ordered a Break Open the Word book it can be collected from the shop. The new Christmas Catalogue is available if you are looking for a special gift for someone. Come in before or after Masses and have a browse.


As you are aware the parish is in the process of forming a new parish council and on the weekend of 22/23 October (that’s this week) nominations will be called for new members of the Parish Pastoral Council for 2017. Therefore, we continue in our series of newsletter articles which are designed to provide you with information about the Parish Council, and which will help you decide whether you would like to nominate yourself or another parishioner for the Parish Council.

The 2016 National Church Life Survey is about the LIFE of the Australian Church: the lives and hopes of people who attend churches all around the country. It is about the lives of leaders and how they can be effective and sustainable. It is about the life and times of Australians, how they approach matters of faith and how churches and communities can better connect.

The 2016 National Church Life Survey (2016 NCLS) will take place in October and November 2016, continuing the largest longitudinal survey of local church life in the world. Conducted by NCLS Research, partnering with more than 20 Christian denominations across Australia, it is expected that the 2016 NCLS will, once again, involve hundreds of thousands of church attenders and leaders. The survey identifies core qualities of vitality so churches can build on strengths, to more effectively steward the gifts and skills of their people. The 2016 NCLS is expected to include 400 000 attenders, 3000+ Churches and 7000 Leaders.

This year our Stafford Parish has been invited to participate in the National Church life Survey and the Australian Catholic Bishops will pay for the cost of the parish’s participation in the survey. The Stafford Parish Pastoral Council will administer the survey and have decided to hold the survey over all masses held on the weekend of the 12th and 13th of November 2016. If you would like to participate in this survey all you need to do is attend a regular mass held over that weekend. A survey form will be distributed during mass and you will have time to complete the survey (approximately 20 minutes) and return it before the end of mass. Please see the newsletter for more information about the survey.

FR DENIS IS AWAY on Annual Leave until Thursday 4th November. In the meantime, Fr Stephen Byrnes will preside at the Saturday and Sunday evening Masses and has offered to preside at any funerals that occur in this time. Fr Joe McGeehan will preside at the Sunday Morning masses. During October there will be no celebration of the Sacrament of Penance on Saturdays at 5pm and no celebration of the Anointing of the Sick on the weekend of the third Sunday of October.

Our Lady, Queen of Apostles Church

Parish Administrator:
Fr  Denis Scanlan
  70 Appleby Road, Stafford  QLD  4053
: 07 3356 7155     |       Fax: 07 3356 7784
Email: stafford@bne.catholic.net.au
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