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Leaders called to be light into Australia’s ‘darkness’

By Emilie Ng CATHOLIC leaders from around Australia will congregate in Melbourne this coming August with the hope “to bring the light of Christ into Australian society”. The John Paul II Australian Leaders Forum, founded by an independent group of lay Catholics, will bring together Catholic lay leaders and religious who inspire Catholic action in the world from August 1 ... Read More »

Helping African children learn with kindy project

FOUR Brisbane Catholic schoolteachers are calling for donations to give “joyous young children” three fully resourced kindergartens in a local village in Malawi, North East Africa. Corrie Shand, Louella Sparks, Dianne Riddle and Dianne McRoberts, staff of St James College,  Spring Hill, visited the Canossian Sisters in Malawi as part of an immersion trip over the summer school holidays. They ... Read More »

Building relationships

By Emilie Ng PARENTS and Friends Federation of Catholic Schools in Queensland is committed to shaping better parents, according to executive director Carmel Nash. To support parents improve their parenting skills, the federation is holding their Biennial Catholic School Parent Conference from April 25 -27. Almost 200 parents and other “significant people in Catholic education” from around the country attend ... Read More »

Sharing the love of Jesus

By Emile Ng WHEN Sally McEniry left her home in Victoria for Brisbane to study dance four years ago, she had no family to welcome her into her new home. But over the past year, the 23-year-old has found a “sense of family” within the Marist community of religious brothers, priests, and young adults. Between 2010 and 2013 Miss McEniry ... Read More »

Diving into new waters

SETON College Year 8 students Jackson Dunkley and Lucas Conroy have plunged into high school life with gusto thanks to the unceasing help from school staff. Jackson has cystic fibrosis combined with other physical impairments, but that has not stopped him from reaching his dreams. A school spokesman said while it had been difficult for Jackson to move around the ... Read More »

Carers renewed to serve

By Emilie Ng VOLUNTEERS of parish-based ministry Care and Concern received “nourishment, reflection and revitalisation” at a spirituality day on Saturday, March 1. Forty-five volunteers from Maroochydore, Nambour, Upper Mt Gravatt, Inala, Sunnybank, Camp Hill and Rochedale attended the reflection day at Manly. Care and Concern are parish-based volunteer services that offer hospitality catering, Communion at Home, visitation-social support, emergency ... Read More »

Joe Zambon – Brothers

Joe Zambon's new album Brothers

CANADIAN musician Joe Zambon takes listeners through a distinguished anthology of Catholic sounds in his new offering, Brothers.  Emilie Ng reviews. NOTHING begins the journey through a new Catholic album like dancing along to an Irish jig. Joe Zambon probably knew that when he arranged his new acoustic album, Brothers. Whether he has Irish roots or not is irrelevant – ... Read More »

Pastoral council fills a gap

By Emilie Ng AFTER eight years without a parish pastoral council Holy Family Parish, Runaway Bay, commissioned a team of nine new members earlier this month. Parish priest Fr John Khoai welcomed Marie Roberts, Gabrielle Lahood, Iain Harrison, Brian Torrey, Jackie Cameron, Rachelle Broughton, Ronnie Wilson, Ramon  Lopez and Nola Wooster as the new council. Fr Khoai said the council would ... Read More »

Eternal rest for faithful Bishop

Bishop Michael Putney

BISHOP Michael Putney of Townsville Diocese died early this morning after his lengthy battle with cancer. He was 67, and entered his 13th year as Bishop of Townsville yesterday. The Townsville Diocese posted the news on their Facebook page this morning. “It is with sadness that we announce that Bishop Michael Putney AM DD died peacefully in the early hours ... Read More »

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