St Joseph’s Catholic Parish is located in the northern coastal areas of Mackay and enjoys a rich heritage and a vibrant community spirit which it wishes to share with you. The parish includes the churches of St Joseph’s, North Mackay and St Brendan’s, Bucasia. We recognise the Juipera people who were the traditional custodians of this area and we pray that we will continue to bring genuine stewardship to our parish through worship and praise to our loving God.
Today we welcome and cherish people from the many other lands who offer us their faith stories and cultural riches. We come together in the presence of Jesus Christ to give thanks and praise and to be nourished in so many different ways by the Grace of God’s hospitality.
We are nourished through our many prayer groups and our liturgy team with the support of the diverse and talented musicians who willingly offer their gifts. Our educational needs are served through the Adult Faith Centre, our four primary schools, St Josephs, Mary Mackillop, Emmanuel and St Brendan's, our secondary college Holy Spirit College and the wonderful catechetical teaching in our government schools. We enjoy community, social and pastoral activities and various initiatives of outreach that are unique to our parish.
We invite you to take the time to reflect on the material that comes with our welcome to our parish. We trust a number of the activities and ministries will interest you. We welcome your faith story and participation so that our parish will continue to grow in faith, discipleship and witness of the Risen Christ, present in our midst. Welcome!
STELLA MARIS SEAFARERS CENTRE
ANNUAL CHRISTMAS SHOEBOX APPEAL
The Stella Maris Seafarers Centre are once again
conducting, what has now become, our Annual Shoe Box Appeal to bring a little joy to Seafarers visiting the ports of Hay Point and Mackay this Christmas. We thank you most sincerely for the wonderful gifts in past years and ask if you would be so kind as to support us again this year.
We are calling for donations of small gifts
(E.g.: toothpaste, toothbrushes, Toiletries, non aerosol antiperspirant , Playing Cards, Beanies, puzzle books, Socks etc) would be appreciated or a monetary contribution to enable us to purchase items on your behalf – no food stuffs) which are to be placed in Christmas bags and distributed to Seafarers who will be visiting our Ports over the Christmas period.
The life of a Seafarer can be a lonely one, especially at Christmas, a small gift will not replace being with loved ones, it will show the Seafarers that we as a Catholic Community do care and that they are being thought of.
If you could kindly drop these donations into the
Centre, 43 Brisbane Street Mackay or call us on
4953 4038 and we can arrange collection.
Our Centre is open 0800-4pm Monday to Friday.
PIOUS GOODS STORE
Wide selection of Birthday, Christmas, and other special occasion cards, Extensive selection of rosary beads, lovely crosses on chains & other Xmas gift ideas. Special orders catered for. Gift vouchers also available. Open before and after Mass each weekend. EFTPOS now available. Please support your local Parish.
RCIA JOURNEY IN FAITH ~ Becoming a Catholic in 2023
The 2023 parish RCIA Program will commence with an introductory enquiry meeting on Tuesday 6th December at the Parish Centre at 6:00pm. Anyone interested in becoming a Catholic should meet with the preparation team, to learn the specifics of the 2023 course, and begin an amazing journey to Easter. Interested persons should contact the Parish Office on
To all our volunteers of Catholic Parishes of North Mackay and Farleigh you are invited to HAPPY HOUR Friday 9th December, 6pm at St Joseph’s Church Precinct. If you help in anyway in the Parishes you are invited to attend.
For Catering purposes please RSVP by 6th December to Parish Office email@example.com or 49574855. The Monster Raffle will be drawn during this event.