Friends of St Columba’s

Join us in our work of restoring our 100-year-old, heritage-listed Church. Our vision is to restore and hand our beautiful and historic Church onto future generations.  

St Columba’s Catholic Church
23 Lovedale Street
Wilston Qld 4051

About Friends of St Columba's

Join us in our work of preserving our 100-year-old, heritage-listed Church.

St Columba’s Church is a special place for many people. For our parish members who regularly celebrate the Eucharist and other services here, St Columba’s is their spiritual home, but you do not need to live in Wilston, or attend church here, to have a special connection with the Church building.

Friends are people with connections to St Columba’s.

Over the past 100 years, St Columba’s Church has provided a beautiful location for significant events in people’s lives such as Baptisms, Confirmations, First Communions, weddings and funerals.

Many children and their parents have been welcomed into our community through our school and have fond memories of their time here, their attendance at school Masses and other significant celebrations in the Church.​

 

Our Mission

To maintain our beautiful and historic Church and ensure that it is handed on to future generations so that it may continue to be a place of worship, solace, joy and quiet in the midst of our busy world.

This mission is impossible without your support.

How you can help restore St Columba's Church

If you believe that we have a responsibility as caretakers of St Columba’s Church to restore and hand it onto future generations, please consider supporting our “Family of Faith” fundraising campaign.

The three phases of restoration work will cost $800,000. For such a massive undertaking, we need to count on the generosity and commitment of the community. We will be asking parishioners, local businesses and granting organisations to help us raise the required funds. Unfortunately, the Archdiocese doesn’t provide funding for restoration projects, so this is truly a community initiative.

You can help maintain and restore our beautiful and historic church in a number of ways:

  1. Donate: Make a one-time donation or set up a monthly or annual pledge to spread out your contribution. Tax-deductible receipts are available.
  2. Leave a gift in your will: Once you have provided for your loved ones, a gift to St Columba’s in your will can help preserve our church, now and into the future. Find out more here.
  3. Fundraise – You can help restore the church by raising money your own way. All it takes is a big heart and a great idea. Also come along when we host an event like a bingo evening or trivia night. See our Calendar of Events.

St Columba’s Parish continues to fund the day-to-day operations of the church, as well as the administrative aspects of the restoration projects including the cost of the heritage consultant, scope of works and the required plans.

This means that 100% of your donation to our “Family of Faith” campaign will go directly to the restoration of St Columba’s Church. Every dollar contributed by the community will be evident in the building around you at every Mass, wedding, baptism and funeral.

Conservation Management Plan

Friends of St Columba’s Steering Commitee was formed to consider the immediate needs for the Church building including priorisation of urgent and maintenance works.

​The committee commissioned Australian Heritage Specialists Pty. Ltd. to prepare a Conservation Management Plan (CMP) to provide heritage advice and priority direction for the implementation of these works.

The plan is detailed and includes historical background, site description, cultural and heritage significance, obligations and opportunities, conservation policies and an implementation plan.

See the Resources section on this page to view the full St Columba’s Conservation Management Plan (PDF 8 MB).

Implementation plan

Implementation Plan in brief:

  1. Endorse CMP and provide copies to relevant parties.
  2. Develop short induction tool or “tool box”.
  3. Maintenance Plan.
  4. Address priority condition issues:
    • Rising damp.
    • Vegetation.
    • Mortar and white tuck.
    • Windows.
    • Water damage and decay at gable end.
    • Staining of silky oak ceiling.
    • Steps to altar trip hazard.
    • Roof tiles.
    • Remaining repair issues e.g. floor paint and clean brickwork.
  5. Develop Master Plan for Church: Conduits, Confessional.
  6. Painting schemes.
  7. Stained Glass windows.
  8. Interpretation strategy.
  9. Update CPM.
  10. Maintenance Plan.

The Steering Committee is looking for new members to assist with the process of determining our priorities, costing works and fundraising so we can undertake these projects.

Friends' First Project

After reviewing St Columba’s Conservation Management Plan the Steering Committee has identified the first project as being:

  1. The vegetation growing in the brickwork.
  2. The rising damp in the Baptistery.
  3. The inappropriate mortar that has recently (in the last decade) been used to repair missing mortar. This inappropriate mortar is too hard (harder than the bricks) and is causing the surface of the brickwork to spall (chip off) and in some cases crack the bricks.

The vegetation was poisoned in early 2016 while the Church was being repaired after storm damage, so is not a priority issue but a watching brief.

Our focus will be the rising damp in the Baptistery and replacing the inappropriate mortar in the brickwork that is causing damage. This will begin with scoping and costing the work.

Family of Faith Campaign

Your support is needed to restore and hand our beautiful and historic Church onto future generations.

For over 100 years, past generations of parishioners have maintained the beautiful and historic building that is St Columba’s Church in Wilston. They have passed down to us not only a house of worship and gathering that holds our most precious memories, but also a community deeply rooted in faith that stands by us in our most joyous moments, as well as our saddest.

The crucial time has now come for us to become the caretakers of our beautiful Church.

Its structure is in dire need of restoration to be both safe and functional – from the windows and brickwork, to the church entrance and roof. The longer we delay, the higher the costs and the greater the problems we’ll face.

The Friends of St Columba’s steering committee has worked diligently for the past three years to identify and engage the professional experts who can help us restore the church to a standard that ensures quality and longevity.

Our vision is to restore and hand our beautiful and historic Church onto future generations – a place of worship, solace, joy and quiet, in the midst of our busy world.

We have the right experts and craftspeople lined up to begin the restoration work so that St Columba’s Church is here for the next 100 years and more. But we need your help to make it happen. The time is now; the job is ours.

There are three phases to the restoration work:

  1. Front of the church – cost: $250,000
  2. Roof of the church, including removing the tree growing on it – cost: $250,000
  3. Remainder of the church – cost: $300,000

This is why we are launching our “Family of Faith” campaign.

This campaign aims to raise $800,000 in the next three years to fund these three restoration phases.

Thanks to Friends of St Columba’s annual and life members and those who have supported our fundraising activities so far, we have already raised $27,000 of the phase one goal of $250,000.

For such a massive undertaking, we need to count on the generosity and commitment of the community. We will be asking parishioners, local businesses and granting organisations to help us raise the required funds. Unfortunately, the Archdiocese doesn’t provide funding for restoration projects, so this is truly a community initiative.

The Good Samaritan Parish continues to fund the day-to-day operations of the Church, as well as the administrative aspects of the restoration projects including the cost of the heritage consultant, scope of works and the required plans.

Campaign donations will go 100% to the restoration

Every dollar contributed by the community will be evident in the building around you at every Mass, wedding, baptism and funeral.

How to contribute to our “Family of Faith” campaign

  1. Donate: Make a one-time donation or set up a monthly or annual pledge to spread out your contribution. Tax-deductible receipts are available.*
  2. Leave a gift in your will: Once you have provided for your loved ones, a gift to St Columba’s in your will can help preserve our church, now and into the future. To find out more about leaving a gift in your Will for the restoration of the Church, see Family of Faith Bequests.
  3. Fundraise: You can help restore the church by raising money your own way. All it takes is a big heart and a great idea.

Get involved today. Please contact us at the Parish Office or at stcfamilyoffaith@gmail.com.

*The National Trust of Australia (Queensland) has listed St Columba’s Church. This means that in the Trust’s view, our Church is essential to Australia’s heritage and must be preserved. Donations to the National Trust of Australia (Queensland) for this appeal are allowable as deductions for tax purposes.

Family of Faith Bequests

Include a gift in your Will

​Once you have provided for loved ones, a gift to Friends of St Columba’s in your Will can make a real difference. Your gift will help maintain our beautiful and historic Church and ensure that it is handed on to future generations so that it may continue to be a place of worship, solace, joy and quiet in the midst of our busy world.

Why leave a gift?

By including a gift to Friends of St Columba’s in your Will, you can help preserve our 100-year-old heritage-listed church, now and into the future. Once you have provided for your loved ones, you may wish to include a percentage of the remainder of your estate to Friends of St Columba’s.

This will help ensure that St Columba’s remains a spiritual home and beautiful place of worship for future generations of parishioners.

It will continue a community of faith. Your gift will play a crucial role in ensuring St Columba’s continues to be a great community in which to live, bring up children in a loving and faith-filled environment, and build deep and meaningful relationships with God and each other.

It creates a legacy. Leaving a gift in your Will is one of the most effective and long-lasting ways you can impact a cause that is close to your heart. Whether that’s building a community of faith, or maintaining and restoring the church, you will make a difference.

It’s easy. It doesn’t take long to make a difference—a simple Will can take as little as one hour to do.

It doesn’t affect your lifestyle today. Making a decision to include a gift to Friends of St Columba’s in your Will enables you to consider a gift that you might not be able to afford today, but would love to make if you could. You can even discuss with us how you would like your gift to be used, so you can fully appreciate its impact.

Types of gifts in Wills

It is important to consider the type of legacy you choose to leave Friends of St Columba’s. The main types of gifts you can make in your Will are:

Residual legacy: A residual legacy is a portion of your estate, or the balance remaining after loved ones and expenses are provided for. A residual legacy is the best type of gift because it maintains the relative value of your gift and automatically adjusts to changes in the value of your estate. This is the legacy type we ask our supporters to consider because it should not decrease in value over time.

Specific amount of money: This type of gift is sometimes called a pecuniary legacy. A pecuniary legacy allows you to nominate a specific amount of money.

Specific items of value: Anything of value, such as property, shares, jewellery or works of art, may be specifically named in your Will and given directly to Friends of St Columba’s.

How to leave a gift in your Will

Including a gift to Friends of St Columba’s in your Will is a simple process. Just follow these steps:

  1. Contact the Parish Priest or any steering committee member of Friends of St Columba’s. We would love to hear from you and are here to help ensure you have all the information you need.
  2. Consult your legal advisor to ensure the option you have chosen best reflects your intentions.
  3. Discuss your decision with your family and loved ones. This will ensure they understand and support your reasons for choosing to help Friends of St Columba’s in such a powerful way.
  4. Once you have remembered us in your Will, please let us know. You don’t have to tell us, but we would love the opportunity to thank you.

Wording your Will

To ensure your intentions are correctly followed, it is important to word your Will correctly. The suggested wording for your gift is set out below.

“I bequeath [ ___ percent of my residual Estate / the sum of $ ______ (choose one alternative)] to the Good Samaritan Parish, 23 Lovedale Street, Wilston QLD 4051, to be used for the maintenance and restoration of the church, and I further declare that the receipt of the secretary, trustee or other officer of the Good Samaritan Parish is sufficient release for the executors of the Estate without seeing to the final distribution of the funds.”

 

Seek legal advice

We recommend that you seek the advice of an independent solicitor or qualified legal advisor before making or revising your Will. You should also seek qualified advice before choosing executors to administer your estate.

For more information, contact us at the Parish Office or at stcfamilyoffaith@gmail.com.

List of Friends of St. Columba's
Following is a list of members of our Friends of St Columba’s community who have contributed to the maintenance of our Church. Life members are acknowledged by (LM) after their name.

Afra & Nick Brown
Alanah and Matthew Broderick
Amanda, Luke, Samuel & Lily Broadhurst
Andrew & Rachael Musgrave
Andrew & Zoe Vella
Andrew Wines
Ann & Michael Murphy
Ann Hoban
Anne Flanigan
Annie & Tim Spurgin
Benjamin & Leanne Spencer
Br Tom Hickey (Dec’d)
Bre Barrett
Bruno & Guiseppina Coppo
Carmel Gooding LIFE MEMBER
Camille Birch
Carola Duggan
Caroline Pauley
Catherine Maussen
Christine & Vikesh Anand
Claudia Joycelyn Matthews
Colleen Jackson
Curran Family
D&S Currie Family Trust LIFE MEMBER
David McCabe
Dawn Marano
Denis Hoey
DeZotti family
Dorothy O’Callaghan
Dr Anthony Lynham LIFE MEMBER
Elizabeth Jennings
Fiona Walsh
Galano Family LIFE MEMBER
Gannon Family
Giacomo & Sandra Di Trapani
Glen Levitt
Glyn & Jean Netto LIFE MEMBERS
Graeme & Stella Rush LIFE MEMBERS
Gwen Parker
Helen Summers
Irene Savage
Isabella Gilbert
Jen & Peter Gardiner
Jenny Gregory
Jo Evans & Graeme Newton
Jodie Reilly-Berecry
John Woods & Emma Fynes-Clinton
Josephine Nolan LIFE MEMBER
Julie & Michael Carter
Kerry & Damien Mathison
Kerry Farrell
Kevin & Pauline Barron
Kim & Gary Power
Kirsten Van Gelder
Lawrence & Elsa Brunello
Leon M. Brosnan LIFE MEMBER
Leonard & Mary Haigh
Leza Allen
Libby Gregoric
Lyons Family
Marcus & Aleira Egan
Margaret Board
Margaret Knapp
Margaret Morgan
Maria Ceren
Marie A McGarry
Marie McCullagh
Marie Smith
Marita & Scott Carlin
Mark Panizza LIFE MEMBER
Mary Hanifin
Mary Jessop
Mary O’Keeffe
Mary Phillips
Matt & Benita Bell
Maureen Johnson LIFE MEMBER
Megan & Gabor Calderbank
Michael & Alexandra Healy
Michael Blain
Natalie & Daniel Berndt
Nicole & Glenn Caligaris
Pamela McCarthy
Paul & Lana Szumowski
Paul & Nicole Peacock
Pauline Pattel & Mark Brown
Peter & Joanne Comerford
Philip & Patricia Jones LIFE MEMBERS
Racy & Richard Espino
Rob & Carol Douglas
Rosalie & Sebastian De Jong De Silva
Simon & Bridget Pressley
Stephen & Michelle Craven
Tamika, Holly & Michael Price
Tara and Frankie Carroll
Tasmin & Matt Mahoney
Teresa Gambaro
Thomas Hession
Tim & Eloise Dudley
Tim Sweeney and Nancy Lee
Trish Hill
Veronica Punter
Vicki Howard
Wallabies Prep – St Columba’s Primary
Warren & Rachel Hawkins
Wombats – St Columbas Yr 1

Resources

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Friends’ Information & Membership Brochure
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St Columba’s Conservation Management Plan
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Terms of Reference for Friends of St Columba’s Wilston
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    Friends’ Newsletters

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    Friends’ December 2018
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    Friends’ July 2018
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    Friends’ March 2018
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    Friends’ December 2017
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    Friends’ September 2017
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    Friends’ July 2017
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    Friends’ April 2017
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    Friends’ February 2017
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    Friends’ October 2016
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    Friends’ June 2016
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    Friends’ April 2016
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    Friends’ December 2015
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    Friends’ August 2015
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