Faith continues to flourish, nurturing beloved church

Betty and Jessie Bourke may be in their mid-80’s and unable to head out to their local nursery due to COVID-19 restrictions, but it hasn’t stopped their faith from continuing to flourish as they nurture their beloved St Luke’s Church at Buranda. As long-term Sacristans, the sisters look forward to the day when the church will reopen its doors.

But until that time comes, they enlisted the help of Catholic Foundation staff to deliver a medley of flowers and mulch to ensure the church maintains a beautiful welcome for parishioners upon their return.

Betty and Jessie Bourke with their flowers outside St Luke’s Church

“We are really missing Mass and it seems so strange not to have our daily routine of private prayer and reflection inside the church. We wanted to do something that will add to the joy of being back in the pews when the parish doors reopen”, said Jessie.

We wanted to do something that will add to the joy of being back in the pews


Anna, the Catholic Foundation staff member who delivered the flowers, said she was delighted to help out in this way. “I am lucky enough to be healthy and able to leave my home without too much concern, so I want to help where I can.

When Betty and Jessie asked if I can pop round to my local nursery and deliver some plants, it was a concrete way for me to make a difference to someone in this difficult time”, said Anna.

During COVID-19 there are many small things we can all do to brighten the days of those around us. We encourage you to think about something small you could do for members of your local community.

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