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Ministry that taught Australian Catholics to read the Bible to close

ERDU closing

FINANCIAL burdens have forced the closure of an Australian ministry that spent the past 23 years teaching Catholics how to study Scripture. Evangelisation Resources Down Under, which is a ministry of Our Lady of the Way Parish, Petrie, will close its doors on June 30 owing to rising costs and declining subscriptions. “It’s no secret that rising costs and falling ... Read More »

Lines for confession high across Brisbane for Divine Mercy Sunday feast

Divine Mercy Sunday procession in Rome

PRIESTS who heard confessions on Divine Mercy Sunday said the number of people approaching the Sacrament of Penance was unexpectedly high. Queues for confession at the Sandgate Brighton parish were almost three times as long during their Divine Mercy Sunday celebrations. One parishioner said the queue was three rows long and lasted almost two hours. Oratorian Father Adrian Sharp said ... Read More »

Making sense of Divine Mercy Sunday

Divine Mercy image

APRIL 30 in the new millennium went down in history as the happiest day in Pope John Paul II’s life. The pope had just declared a fellow Polish Catholic a saint, and he made a surprise announcement, offering the universal Church a new feast day, to be celebrated every second Sunday of Easter. This new feast was at the request ... Read More »

From casinos to Christ’s Divine Mercy: One man’s journey to healing

Andre Adolphe

ANDRÉ Adolphe’s car drove itself to the casino. The motor vehicle took him right up to the Gold Coast’s “Taj Mahal”, ending his personal five-year gambling recession. He walked into the casino with $167 and came out with $800. The Apostle Paul’s letter to the Romans where he speaks of the spiritual warfare that confounds the will to do good ... Read More »

Brisbane Catholics rejoice as Church approves canonisation of Fatima visionaries Francisco and Jacinta Marto

Fatima children

VISIONARIES Francisco and Jacinta Marto, two of the three Fatima children who witnessed Marian apparitions 100 years ago, will be canonised on May 13. Pope Francis will canonise the two saintly siblings during his visit to Fatima for the 100th anniversary celebrations, making them the youngest non-martyrs to be declared saints in the Church’s history. Brisbane Catholics who are preparing ... Read More »

Australian young Catholic tells planning meeting for synod, WYD to listen to youth

Ashleigh Green at conference in Rome

Young Australian Ashleigh Green has told representatives planning the next Synod of Bishops that disadvantaged and marginalised youth are hurting and need to be heard. Ms Green, who is a social worker for CatholicCare in the Broken Bay diocese, represented Australia at an international conference in Rome from April 5 to 9 alongside director for the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference ... Read More »

Irish rebel’s headstone to be blessed on Easter Monday

William Ryan

IRISH rebel William Ryan has received a headstone to honour his role in Ireland’s independence battle nearly 60 years after being buried in an unmarked grave. Mr Ryan was one of the rebels who fought as a volunteer in the Dublin GPO during Easter Week 1916, and later in Ireland’s War of Independence. He migrated to Brisbane in 1926 and ... Read More »

Parish heeds request to pray Rosary every day for 100-year Fatima anniversary

Children of Fatima

MARY’S request 100 years ago for three young children from Fatima to pray the Rosary every day has now been taken up by a parish in Brisbane archdiocese. Fr Terence Nueva has introduced the Fatima Covenant in his parish, Our Lady of Fatima in Acacia Ridge, to encourage individuals, families and groups to help pray the Rosary every day in ... Read More »