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Teen musician not ashamed of her faith

By Emilie Ng YOUNG Brisbane country gospel musician Bridget O’Shannessy’s wants to encourage young people to be bold in expressing their faith to the world. The 14-year-old singer and songwriter said she mainly writes her songs for young people struggling to be true to their faith. “A lot of teenagers are embarrassed or afraid about expressing their faith,” Bridget said. ... Read More »

Trip to Lourdes produces miracle for Amelia

By Emilie Ng A TOOWOOMBA teenager has claimed a miraculous healing from a severe chronic illness lasting more than four and a half years after making her dream pilgrimage to Lourdes last year. Since she was 13, Amelia Brennan has been either homebound or bedridden as a result of severe abdominal migraines and other health problems, and was constantly admitted ... Read More »

Saint for the CMI family ‘happy news’

By Emilie Ng BRISBANE’S six Carmelites of Mary Immaculate priests are “overwhelmed with joy” after receiving news that their order’s founder will be canonised later this year. CMI founder Blessed Kuriakose Elias Chavara will be canonised with five other blesseds on November 23, the feast of Christ the King. CMI Father Josekutty Vadakkel said the CMI family was “very blessed ... Read More »

Devoted to Jesus

By Emilie Ng CATHOLICS from the seven continents of the world gathered to share language, culture and love for the Eucharist at the annual Corpus Christi procession last Sunday. Brisbane’s ethnic communities were invited to lead decades of the Rosary during the procession at Nudgee Junior College Indooroopilly, in Brisbane’s west. One attendee commented on the beauty of hearing the prayers ... Read More »

Catholic agency launches first national energy efficiency network

NEEN launches in Queensland

QUEENSLAND faith-based and not for profit leaders gathered in Brisbane this month for the launch of the first national energy efficiency network, or NEEN. Initiated by ecological Church agency Catholic Earthcare, and with funding from the Australian Government, NEEN offers a “learning community approach” to enable sustainable action. The project features 14 case studies from communities across Australia to show ... Read More »

Thrilled to receive sacraments

By Emilie Ng CYNDEE Mateo takes preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation seriously in her household. Mrs Mateo was “not convinced” that her eldest child Christopher was ready to be confirmed as an adult Catholic. To find out if he was ready to receive the sacrament, the mother of seven asked him to write an essay as part of his ... Read More »

ERDU helping to open up the Bible

By Emilie Ng EQUIPPING Australian Catholics with Scripture-based resources has been a dream-come-true for Petrie parishioner and missionary Jan Heath over the past 20 years. In 1994, Mrs Heath began facilitating Bible studies and distributing Little Rock Scripture Studies from her kitchen. Twenty years later, Little Rock is just one of many resources in a bigger ministry, Evangelisation Resources Down Under ... Read More »

Centenary celebrated at St Columba’s

By Emilie Ng ONE hundred years has passed since David W. Tipler built Wilston’s Catholic church, St Columba’s – a task that only took four months. Parishioner Josephine Nolan remembers a time when the church and the parish school shared the surrounding 3ha of farmland. The 80-year-old has been a part of St Columba’s parish community for 56 years. “We came ... Read More »

Be a young Catholic and nothing less

By Emilie Ng FRIENDS have often told me if there were ever a search for the human Energiser Bunny, I’d make a great contender. My extroverted nature helps, but so does the supernatural. In 2007 I spent a year in Sydney volunteering with the Youth Mission Team. On Mondays and Tuesdays I would wake up at 5.30am to spend 30 ... Read More »

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