We warmly welcome you to the website of the Catholic Parishes of Grovely-Samford & Mitchelton, Western Hills Communities from Gaythorne to Mt. Glorious.
We are a friendly, vibrant, multi-cultural parish, sharing God’s gifts with all.
Our parish incorporates three churches – St Williams (Grovely), Sacred Heart (Samford) and Our Lady of Dolours (Mitchelton), along with four schools – St William’s (Grovely), St Andrew’s (Ferny Grove), Our Lady of Dolours (Mitchelton) and Mt Maria College (Mitchelton).
Please feel free to navigate our website, and if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
Parish Priest: Fr Nigel Sequeira
Pastoral Associate: Sue Allen
Parish Secretary: Katrina Bailey
Deacon: Rev. Peter McDade
Sacramental Co-ordinator: Marie-Louise Singson
Meet Fr Nigel Sequeira
Fr Nigel Sequeira was ordained at the Cathedral of St Stephen’s in Brisbane in 2011. Before his appointment in 2017 at as Parish Priest in Grovely-Samford and Mitchelton, He was the parish priest for the Catholic Parishes of St Mary’s Kingaroy and Our Lady Help of Christians Nanango. He was born in Tanzania, lived and worked in Asia and Europe before arriving in Australia in 2006.
Before joining The Holy Spirit Seminary in Brisbane, he worked for the Red Cross during the 1990 Iraqi Occupation of Kuwait in followed by 14 years in the media business, working as news producer and cameraman in the Middle East for Reuters, one of the world’s largest international multimedia news providers. He has also worked and on an episode of the popular reality show, “The Amazing Race”. Nigel has spent time doing charitable work in orphanages, hospitals and with the poor in East Africa and India. Fr Nigel has Bachelor of Theology and a Masters of Arts (Theology) from the Australian Catholic University.
Columbarium & Memorial Wall
The St William’s Columbarium and Memorial Wall has been established to provide a permanent resting place within the environment of the parish church for the cremated remains of parishioners returned home to God.
The Columbarium, like the church graveyard of old, is a link between the living and the passed who are ever joined in the communion of saints. From baptism to death and life beyond, we share a common bond of love – linked by faith, prayer, honour and respect.
Parishioners may wish to organise the reservation of a niche or niches prior to the time of a funeral. We can assist in this regard by advising availability of niches for your requirements, even many years before a prospective funeral.
Brochures are available at the entrance of St William’s church and enquiries can be made at the Parish Office.
Preparing for the funeral of a loved one
We can arrange and provide support at any stage:
Support for a loved one who is dying, including support for the family
- Home visits and anointing from one of our Parish Priests.
- Additional support from our Pastoral Team.
Immediately following the death of a loved one
- Simply contact the Parish Office on (07) 3355 2667 for one of our Parish Priests.
- Select and contact a Funeral Director.
- The Parish Priest and Funeral Director will liaise with the family to find a suitable date and time for the Funeral Liturgy.
Guidance and Support in planning the Funeral Mass / Service
- The Priest will meet with the family first to discuss and plan the Funeral Liturgy.
- The Pastoral Team is always available for families who would like guidance with other aspects of the Funeral.
Please contact the Parish Office for information about our Funeral services.
The death of a loved one can be a time of great sorrow, but for Christians, death is not the end. When we speak of celebrating a funeral, we are talking about our celebration of the mystery of Jesus’ resurrection and the celebration of our Christian hope.