100 YEARS ON: Parish Priest Fr Chukwudy Chinaka and some of the Kumbia parishioners have been busy preparing for the church's centenary celebrations.
100 YEARS ON: Parish Priest Fr Chukwudy Chinaka and some of the Kumbia parishioners have been busy preparing for the church's centenary celebrations. James Curtain

Celebrate 100 years of Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church

KUMBIA residents have been busy preparing a weekend of celebrations for the 100-year anniversary of the Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church.

The anniversary celebration will certainly be one to remember.

Many former members of the Kumbia catholic congregation are returning for the event this Saturday and Sunday.

Celebrations will begin at a community dinner on Saturday night, featuring a bar and a fire pit.

Dinner will be a selection of marinated barbecue steak, chicken kebabs, sausages, caramelised onions, wombok cabbage salad, garden salad with sweet potato and pine nuts, and pasta salad. Dessert will be trifle, pavlova, apple slice, and sticky date pudding.

Following this, Brisbane Archbishop Rev Mark Coleridge will preside at the mass on Sunday before a picnic lunch in the gardens.

The lunch will feature an assortment of sandwiches and wraps, along with tea and coffee. This will be followed by platters of cakes and slices.

Souvenirs, including tea towels, a tote bag, a commemorative book published by the community, along with a USB drive containing many old photographs and memories from the Catholic Church will be for sale at the weekend.

The Catholic Church was built towards the end of World War I and it quickly became a meeting place centred on the theme of peace.

It has hosted many South Burnett weddings, baptisms and funerals over the years and has often been a place where South Burnett churchgoers have congregated to pray for rain.

The Kumbia Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church has played a vital role in the South Burnett community and has held a special meaning for many residents during its 100-year history.