Peace doves fly to celebrate 100 years
PEACE doves will soar over Kumbia's Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church to mark its 100-year anniversary this weekend.
The church was built in 1919, just after the end of WWI, and in a fitting tribute to the church's history, the birds will be released to the strains of Prayer of Peace.
Penny Curtain has been getting the doves ready for their flight.
"We have had to get the birds fit to make sure that they all get home safely," she said.
"They've all come through their training very well and I'm proud of them."
Penny expects the doves will enjoy circling over the South Burnett, before finding their way back to Boyneside - a 12km flight.
"These birds can fly hundreds of kilometres so they should be fine with this run, but you still need to have them ready," she said.
On Sunday morning, Archbishop Mark Coleridge will lead a mass with at least seven other priests, and the St Mary's Fire Pit Band will provide the music .
Other celebration ceremonies will include the blessing and unveiling of a plaque by the Archbishop, and the planting of an advanced bottle tree.
Afterwards, the reunion will continue at a picnic lunch. The big crowd and the prediction of fine weather augur well for a memorable day.
Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church has been the meeting place for Kumbia worshippers every Sunday for decades.
It is where they have shared their joys and sorrows, and given thanks for blessings bestowed on them.
In addition to individual contributions and donations from parishioners and friends, the South Burnett Regional Council and AGL have contributed funds for the publication of the book that marks the centenary, called Moments in Time.
Copies of the book will be available at the weekend's celebrations.
Mass will begin at 10am on Sunday, and all are welcome to join.