History of St Bernardine's Parish
Most of the area which now makes up St Bernardine’s Parish was once part of Beaudesert Parish. In 1976 the Park Ridge Church and the area south of it down to the Logan River were transferred to Sunnybank Parish.
The land for Our Lady of the Assumption Church at Park Ridge had been donated by Jim and Margaret Smith. The church that had been erected was made up of a church that was moved from Biddaddaba and another church which was moved from Boys Town to the site. This church had previously stood at Jimboomba, from where it had been moved to Boys Town to act as a temporary chapel. The two buildings were fitted together to become Our Lady of the Assumption Church, Park Ridge.
Fr Tom Hegerty administered Park Ridge as a separate entity, and priests visited from Sunnybank Parish.
In the latter part of 1980, approval was given for the establishment of Browns Plains as a separate parish. Fr John Nee was appointed parish priest from 7th September 1980. September 8th is celebrated each year as our parish birthday.
Mass was celebrated at Park Ridge Church and also at the Small World Kindergarten in Estramina St. Mass continued here until our first church / school building was completed. Mass was celebrated for the first time in St Bernardine’s Church on 7th February 1982. Archbishop Rush celebrated Mass on 25th March 1982.
In 1988 renovations were made to St Bernardine’s Church and the opening Mass of the remodelled church was celebrated on 1st July 1988.
St Catherine’s Church, Jimboomba was opened on 11th February 1995. The church was later moved to a new site near Emmaus College, Jimboomba.
The parish now has three Mass Centres:
St Bernardine’s Church Regents Park **
St Catherine’s Church Jimboomba
Our Lady of the Assumption Church Park Ridge
** The suburb name of Browns Plains was changed to Regents Park
Our present Parish Priest is Fr John Conway .
St Bernardine’s School opened at the beginning of the 1982 school year, with 48 students in Years 1-3. Mr Harry Newman was the first principal. This has now grown to a school with approx. 600 students. Mr Nick Gallen is the present principal. The first school building was completed for the 1984 school year.
Some of the groups operating in the parish include the Parish Finance Council, the Liturgy Team, Sacramental Team, Out of Hours School Care, Prayer Groups,
St Vincent de Paul Society, Fifties Plus Group (social), Ladies Night group (social), and the Craft Group (social).