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Joy a sign of God’s presence

By Peter Bugden TURNING 80 earlier this year, Christian Brother Brian Grenier knows well at least one of the graces of growing old and he appreciates that grace day by day. It’s the grace of finding a little more time for prayer. Br Grenier, who has lived a busy life on many levels – teaching from Gympie to Rome, Grade ... Read More »

Deacons focus on Joy of the Gospel

deacon retreat

BRISBANE archdiocese’s deacons and their wives focused on the teachings of Pope Francis at their annual retreat recently. The retreat, led by Columban Father Trevor Trotter, was held at the Santa Teresa Spirituality Centre, Ormiston. Fr Trotter gave six guided reflections on key themes emerging from Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel). Deacon Gary Stone ... Read More »

Blessed day

By Peter Bugden BISHOP Michael McCarthy, celebrating his first ordination since becoming Bishop of Rockhampton, assured two new deacons the people they served would call out their pastoral gifts. Bishop McCarthy, whose episcopal ordination was on May 29, ordained Andrew Hogan and Stephen Camiolo to the transitional diaconate at Holy Spirit Chapel, Banyo, on June 19 as they work towards ... Read More »

New evangelisation leader for Brisbane archdiocese

By Peter Bugden SOCIAL justice advocate Clyde Cosentino is the first director of Brisbane archdiocese’s new agency Evangelisation Brisbane. Archbishop Mark Coleridge announced the appointment on June 11 “after a nation-wide search” for the right person to head the new entity which replaced the Faith and Life agency as a result of a review of archdiocesan services and ministries. Archbishop Coleridge ... Read More »

Brisbane archdiocese forming choir for one-off event


CATHOLICS of Brisbane archdiocese are being invited to be part of a choir and group of musicians at a one-off event at St Stephen’s Cathedral. The archdiocese’s Secretariat of Parish Pastoral Councils is forming a “whole of the archdiocese” choir to lead the music for the annual Parish Pastoral Council Commissioning Mass at the cathedral on July 6. Evangelisation Brisbane ... Read More »

Janelle’s at peace with her loving preacher man

By Peter Bugden EACH Sunday when Janelle Jones is listening to the homily at Mass she knows better than anyone else where the preacher is coming from – because the one doing the preaching is her husband. Janelle’s husband of 37 years, Michael Jones, is a deacon ministering in the Brisbane parish of St Peter’s, Rochedale-Springwood, where he and Janelle ... Read More »

Pope says being Christian demands concrete actions

Pope Francis

BEING a good Christian demands concrete action and deeds, Pope Francis said. And, he said, the “how-to” manual was found in the beatitudes and the Last Judgment, which spelt out the consequences awaiting those who failed to help others in need. Jesus offered a guide to life that was “so simple, but very difficult”, the Pope said on June 9 ... Read More »

Group still recovering from road accident

By Peter Bugden A GROUP of parishioners from the Mackay deanery are still recovering from injuries sustained in a road accident on the way home from the Mass of the Oils, but they’re counting their blessings that no one was killed. Rockhampton diocesan administrator Fr John Grace, in his recent final message in the role, said “only the hand of God ... Read More »

Catholics preparing for G20

By Peter Bugden  BRISBANE’S Catholic Justice and Peace Commission has drawn on the inspiration of St John XXIII and St John Paul II in helping members of the archdiocese prepare for the G20 meeting being held in the city in November. The CJPC is encouraging all Catholics to become involved in promoting the common good in the lead-up to the ... Read More »

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