CELEBRATIONS: Parish Priest Fr Chukwudy Chinaka and some of the Kumbia parishioners are preparing for the 2019 Centenary of their church.
CELEBRATIONS: Parish Priest Fr Chukwudy Chinaka and some of the Kumbia parishioners are preparing for the 2019 Centenary of their church. James Curtain

Kumbia gears up for centenary

KUMBIA residents are gearing up for big celebrations as their Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church in Kumbia clocks up 100 years in 2019.

Parishioners are pulling together to make the anniversary celebration one to remember.

Many former members of the Kumbia congregation will return to the community on May 18 to 19, next year.

It is expected they will be joined by a wide range of others, including past parish priests, friends of the parish and other community members.

Brisbane Archbishop Rev Mark Coleridge will preside at the mass on the Sunday, following a community dinner on the Saturday night.

Organiser Gayle Carroll said it was going to be a great weekend.

"We have a small group of dedicated volunteers who have been working on preparations since the middle of last year,” she said.

Kingaroy caterer Judy Crawford from JC Catering will be providing a dinner on the Saturday night, and a luncheon after mass on Sunday.

The committee is currently seeking donations to assist with the costs associated with the running of the weekend, as well as publishing a commemorative book, and refreshing the Church itself.

They were applying for grant funds and approaching potential benefactors directly.

"We certainly appreciate any support that anyone can offer,” Mrs Carroll said.

"A few of us have been running the barbeque at IGA in Kingaroy each weekend during September, and the South Burnett Regional Council has just granted us $1500 towards the event which is greatly appreciated.”

The church was built towards the end of the first World War, and it became a meeting place centred on the theme of peace, in ensuing years.

It has hosted many weddings, baptisms and funerals over the years, and often saw parishioners praying for rain.

"In more years than not there would have been prayers for rain I think,” Mrs Carroll said.

"Prayers for peace and prayers for rain.”

Tickets for meals and memorabilia at the Centenary weekend can be pre-purchased online at www.trybooking.com/YSWA.

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