Restoration of St Mary's Church finished at last

Beaudesert’s most significant historical building has received a facelift.

Renovations and other modifications of St Mary’s Church, begun in 2004 are complete, with the last lick of paint applied.

The project included re-stumping, re-roofing, refurbishing leadlight windows and painting of the exterior.

Father Kevin Njoku said the good will, ongoing efforts and generous financial support of many parishioners had made the restoration possible.

“It’s quite amazing,” he said.

“This project is so unique.

“To serve in a community like this is something so great for me.”

The St Mary’s Church was designed by Mr G. Addison, built by Mr J. Best of Brisbane and blessed and dedicated by Irish priest Father Enright on September 15, 1907.

Parishioner Tom Plunkett said the church had played a key role in the lives of generations of his family.

“The restoration was always limited by money and the need to work with the wishes of the parish priests,” he said.

“However, slower progress has allowed us to check the success of rectification work over time, before moving on to the next project.”

Father Kevin said parishioners celebrated the completion of the project at a community feast held on September 9, with 37 taking the sacrament of confirmation.

“The feast coincided with the nativity of the blessed virgin Mary, whom our church has been named after,” he said.

“Confirmation is the sacrament that expresses the church’s teachings on salvation.

“It also celebrates the activity of the holy spirit in individual members, stimulating them to be a witness to the faith and foster growth of the church.

“It's a thing of joy that we see these young boys and girls, from the age of seven, be ready to carry out the commissions of Christ, as we can read in the gospel of Matthew 28:18-20.”

Father Kevin said the project was assisted by a Community Sustainability Action Grant from the Queensland Government Department of Environment and Heritage Protection.