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Nanango’s Little Cathedral in the Bush turning 100

By Michael Crutcher THIS weekend, the Nanango Catholic community will mark 100 years to the minute when the foundation stone was laid for their “little cathedral in the bush”. It was a wet, spring afternoon on September 23, 1917 when the stone for the Fr James Bergin Memorial Church was blessed and laid. The blessing was supposed to happen in ... Read More »

From love to life – the wonder of marriage

marriage

Every little thing she does is magic My gift is my song, and this one’s for you Have I told you lately that I love you Eight days a week I love you You say it best when you say nothing at all I just called to say I love you.   A QUICK glance over some of the most ... Read More »

Pope Francis pushes for peace during Colombia visit

Papa Francesco

POPE Francis arrived in Colombia for a Papal visit at a delicate time–  a 2016 peace treaty between the biggest leftist rebel group and the elected government is being implemented to put an end to a 52-year civil conflict. The deal disarms and demobilises the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (known as the FARC, from their Spanish initials), but there ... Read More »

Following Christ into the rough seas of life

storms

I HAVE recently had a number of conversations with different people from all walks of life; all those disparate individuals repeated the same refrain, almost word-for-word: “It’s hard for me to be a Christian in public these days”. In the office, on the jobsite, at the dog park: they are surrounded, they tell me, by people who mock and belittle ... Read More »

The Marriage Debate with Peter Pellicaan – Part III

Wedding dance

“I … TAKE you  … to be my wedded wife, to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and health, until death do us part.” Or until we “fall out of love”, or until you get sick of me, or I get sick of you, or one of us ... Read More »

The Marriage Debate with Peter Pellicaan: Part II

IN the previous edition of The Catholic Leader, I urged Catholics firstly to engage in the marriage debate with truth and love, and secondly to understand that we are not debating equality or love, we are debating whether the definition of marriage should change. It is necessary to point out that there are many kinds of loving relationships. I have ... Read More »

Lessons from the man at the bus stop who wanted to end his life

Mother Teresa

WAITING for the 8.18pm bus in the CBD I was reading a novel when “Jack” approached me asking how long until the next bus, “Twenty-five minutes to go,” I said. “Ah, right,” he paused, then said, “sometimes it’s so hard to keep on going I feel like ending it (mentioning a suicide method).” In that moment I had a choice – keep on reading and pretend I hadn’t heard his last comment or actively listen. I ... Read More »

The Marriage Debate with Peter Pellicaan

Pellicaan wedding

ON January 9, 2010, I looked into the eyes of my beloved and vowed to take her as my wife,’to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and health, until death do us part’. Seven years and car full of children later, there can be no doubt that those ... Read More »

Holiness is an adventure

Dominican choir

“BUT are they being formed for the real world?” This was a question apparently posed to one of our friars by a parishioner after Mass a few weeks ago. We are “they” – the student friars studying theology and philosophy, undertaking various forms of pastoral work and generally undergoing the Dominican order’s process of formation. This question provoked rather a ... Read More »

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