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VIDEO: Croatians on Australia’s Gold Coast open & bless brand new chapel

Celebration of the new chapel opening on Australia’s Gold Coast (Photo: Gold Coast Croatian Sports Centre)

Over 1,000 people have turned out to celebrate the opening and blessing of a brand new chapel on Australia’s Gold Coast. 

A traditional Croatian mass service, followed by a lunch celebration to mark the opening of the new St. Leopold Chapel was held on the Gold Coast on Saturday. More than $800,000 was raised by generous donations to build the new place of worship for the Croatian community. 

(Photo: Gold Coast Croatian Sports Centre)

Local Bishops and Priests were joined by Priests from Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina for the special two-hour service. 

(Photo: Gold Coast Croatian Sports Centre)
(Photo: Gold Coast Croatian Sports Centre)

(Photo: Gold Coast Croatian Sports Centre)
(Photo: Gold Coast Croatian Sports Centre)
(Photo: Gold Coast Croatian Sports Centre)
(Photo: Gold Coast Croatian Sports Centre)

The crowd then made their way to the Gold Coast Croatian Sports Centre for a feast and folk dancing performances. 

(Photo: Gold Coast Croatian Sports Centre)
(Photo: Gold Coast Croatian Sports Centre)

“Everything is on the menu, ćevapi, ražnjići, salads, Croatian pita,” cook Mladen Simic told 9 News Gold Coast. There were also ‘lots and lots’ of krofne made. 

You can check out the report on 9 News Gold Coast below and more photos from the day on the Gold Coast Croatian Sports Centre Facebook page here.

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