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Century-old parish surrounded by holy neighbours above and below the ground

Papal blessing

NEIGHBOURS don’t get any more Catholic than in the Banyo Nundah parish. Built in the first free settlement in the penal colony of Brisbane, the now 100-year-old parish has acquired some of the holiest of neighbours both above and below the ground. Parish priest Fr Bernie Gallagher drew up this list of “intellectual properties” for a brief address at the ... Read More »

Federal Election 2016: Politicians placing tactics over policy, Archbishop Coleridge says

Bill Shorten and Malcolm Turnbull

BRISBANE Archbishop Mark Coleridge has challenged Australia’s political leaders to forge a “genuinely human economy” but warned that was not possible while politicians employed tactics rather than developed policy. The Archbishop said short-sighted political decisions were working against an economy that should have people at its core. “The economy can become an idol, as if it has a life of its ... Read More »

Election 2016: What young people can do to influence Australian politics

LAUNCHING a career in politics isn’t the only way to turn influential ideas into policies and laws. National Civic Council Queensland president and father to five Luke McCormack  believes any professional young person has the capacity to influence Australia’s democratic process without becoming a candidate. “Society was built on institutions, and of course the political realm is one, unions are ... Read More »

Mentally ill need Mass, prayer, says chaplain

PEOPLE with mental illness need spiritual care more than a handout, Catholic Psychiatric Pastoral Care chaplain Fr Jim Smith says. Fr Smith has been the chaplain for CPPC, a ministry dedicated to the mentally ill including people with schizophrenia, since 1987. In those 29 years, Fr Smith has come to realise that people with a mental disorder need pastoral care ... Read More »

Sea of Catholics follow Christ for Corpus Christi feast

CATHOLICS showed a remarkable public expression of faith in a 400m-long Brisbane-city procession to mark one of the greatest feasts of the Catholic Church last weekend. Up to 2000 Catholics processed through Brisbane city from St Stephen’s Cathedral behind the Blessed Sacrament for the Feast of Corpus Christi. The feast, which this year landed on May 29, celebrates the belief ... Read More »

Catholic Collective takes ‘risk’ in evangelising young people

Diocesan youth office

TERESA McGrath and Zach Woodward, from Brisbane archdiocese’s Youth Evangelisation Office, are familiar faces, but they asked not to have their photo taken for this story. The seemingly odd request was not out of a phobia, but at the core of their new offering, the Catholic Collective. Launched at the Powerhouse of Leaders on May 9, the Catholic Collective is a platform ... Read More »

Palliative care helped Jim McKenna live well to the very end

Jim McKenna

JIM McKenna always wanted to fly. He put flying on his bucket list soon after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer last June.  “He loved any type of machine … cars, trains and planes,” Jim’s wife Patricia said. The father of 11 children, including former Australian rugby league player Chris McKenna, jumped on two planes just weeks before his peaceful death ... Read More »

Remembering Roberta, the teacher who loved pink

McShane family

EVERYTHING Roberta McShane owned was hot pink, even her car. On April 4 last year, the Catholic school teacher asked her mum, Dot McShane, to bring the car to the hospital for one last spin around the block. “That was the first time she said to me, ‘It’s time for me to go mum but I want to get the ... Read More »

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