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Centenary Caps Year Of Fundraising

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Marjorie Martin and Celina Bath, both from Kumbia, wore striking hats to the annual St Patrick’s Day fete, part of a year-long fundraising drive for Our Lady Of Peace’s  upcoming centenary

May 7, 2019

A busy year of fundraising will come to an end when Kumbia’s Catholic Church celebrates its centenary on May 18-19.

Our Lady Of Peace Catholic Church in Kumbia will be the centrepiece of a weekend-long celebration that will see many former parishioners converge on the town.

Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge will also be paying a visit, along with some of the clergy who have had links with the Kumbia community over the past century.

They’ll be joined by members of Kingaroy’s parish, who will be forgoing their regular Sunday morning gathering on May 19 to attend a Mass in Kumbia led by the Archbishop.

Memorabilia has been prepared for the centenary, including a Parish history.

The centenary celebrations will include an al fresco two-course dinner with a bar and fire pit on Saturday night.

And on Sunday, a time capsule will be buried after Mass. 

This will be followed by a relaxed picnic lunch in the gardens featuring sandwiches, wraps and rolls along with juice, tea, coffee and water; cakes and slices; and fruit platters.

The celebrations cap off a big year of fundraising by parishioners to prepare the Church and grounds for the celebrations.

Their efforts included a recent St Patrick’s Day-themed fete, which went ahead despite the rain.

Tickets to the Saturday Centenary dinner are $25 for adults or $15 for primary school children.

Tickets for the Sunday picnic lunch are $10 for adults and $5 for primary school children (children under five are free at both events).

Tickets can be booked online

Julianne Cross and Bernie Carroll welcomed guests to the St Patrick’s Day fete, which had to be moved indoors to Kumbia Hall at the last minute due to unexpected (but very welcome) rain

The wet weather didn’t dampen spirits … Gwen Munt, Valerie Matthews, Mary Dickenson, Rachael Curtin and Melba Galton used the event as an opportunity to catch up for a chat

Kumbia residents Jenny and Peter Gemmell took to the Irish theme with gusto

Kumbia youngsters Bridget Barr, 12, and her sister Lily, 16, enjoyed the indoor fete

Cr Ros Heit chatted with former Kumbia local Rosaleen Carroll, who travelled from Brisbane to help other volunteers with the fete’s catering


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