From The Australian, a description of "Mass" at the parish of wayward (and now dismissed) priest Peter Kennedy:
The interior also looks different from most Catholic churches. Instead of sitting in rows of pews facing the altar, the congregation gathers around a central table, turning its back on the 19th century sanctuary at one end of the church, with its stained-glass windows, pictures of Mary and Jesus, and marble statues. In this church-in-the-round, the most eye-catching symbol is an Aboriginal flag.
When the service starts, it is led by a voice seldom heard in this role in the Catholic Church – that of a woman. She asks the congregation, which numbers about 200 on this Saturday evening, to acknowledge the traditional owners of the land and the wrongs done to them by the newcomers to this land. Then she leads the congregation in prayer.
After the prayer comes Father Terry Fitzpatrick, another “Mass presider” of St Mary’s but not recognised as such by the Queensland division of the Catholic Church. His official archdiocese is the Darling Downs, but he has been attached to St Mary’s for more than 15 years. Tonight he talks to the congregation not of the Bible, but of meditation techniques. Then he rings a bell that signals the start of 12 minutes of contemplation, after which there is a reading. But this is not a reading from the Bible. It is, instead, from a letter by one of the congregation, although here, the congregation is called the St Mary’s community. “I don’t come to St Mary’s because it is a Catholic place of worship,” the letter reads. “I come because it has everything I seek in my own life – love, truth, authenticity, integrity, justice, unity, compassion, openness and friendship.”
After the reading there is a sermon, or homily, which is almost never given by Father Kennedy. Homilists in recent weeks have included Sean Leahy, the cartoonist at Brisbane’s The Courier Mail newspaper, who spoke about his previous (failed) experiences with religion before he found the spiritual nourishment he was looking for at St Mary’s, as well as indigenous activists Sam Watson and Dennis Walker, the son of the late, celebrated poet Oodgeroo Noonuccal (Kath Walker).
For the first 45 minutes of the service the only connection with the standard Mass is a short Bible reading. For communion, there is no queue of people lining up to be given bread and wine by the priest in front of an altar. Instead, it’s a bit of a free-for-all, with parishioners gathering around to receive bread and wine from various lay people, while many of the congregation emulate the priests by waving their hands over the table.
Kennedy claims that these blatant liturgical abuses are somehow serving the needs of the "St. Mary's community." Further: