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Blossoming Alpha program leading people back to Jesus and His Church at Springfield Parish

FOUR Springfield parishioners have come back to the Church and the sacraments after attending the popular worldwide evangelisation program, Alpha. Judy Fakaosi Siaki, Brett Larsson, Jessica Thompson and Victoria Laban completed the Alpha program through the Springfield Parish, with the help of the parish’s evangelisation director Vanessa Comninos.  “Alpha is how we, at Springfield Parish, change lives,” Mrs Comninos said. ... Read More »

Hendra parishioners on a high celebrating 90 years of faith-filled history

HENDRA parishioners have always been sitting closer to Heaven than others. In July 1929, Brisbane archdiocese secured the most elevated portion of land in Hendra – a flat and aluminium-rich farming suburb. Ninety years later, the parish was still on a high when it celebrated its anniversary Mass on June 9 at Our Lady Help of Christians Church. “It’s nice ... Read More »

Vinnies’ CEO Kevin Mercer ready for a cold night on the streets to raise awareness at a corporate level

ST Vincent de Paul Society’s Queensland chief executive officer Kevin Mercer is getting ready to sleep rough on the streets of Brisbane for the annual Vinnies CEO Sleep Out.  One-hundred-ninety Brisbane CEOs will sleep on the streets of Brisbane the night of Thursday, June 20 in an effort to raise funds and awareness about Brisbane’s homelessness and homelessness services.  $432,396 ... Read More »

Shamiran Merkhaal fled Christian persecution in Iraq and discovered her dream here in Australia

WHEN Shamiran Merkhaal and her family fled Iraq because of persecution of their Christian faith, she could barely speak English.  Ten years later, Ms Merkhaal now teaches disadvantaged students in Melbourne’s western suburbs. “I’ve been teaching for 11 months. It’s still new. I still have my bad days and my good days,” Ms Merkhaal said.  “I never thought I’d be ... Read More »

Venezuelan bishops stand up to Maduro dictatorship as protests devolve into violence and executions

ATROCITIES perpetrated by Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and his government may constitute crimes against humanity, a new report from Amnesty International said. “The international community cannot turn its back on the victims of this unprecedented crisis, whether they remain inside Venezuela or have left the country,” Amnesty International’s Erika Guevara-Rosas said. In late January at least 47 people in 12 ... Read More »

90-year-old Vincentian Joyce Parsons celebrates 20 years of compassion and smiles

JOYCE Parsons has been a friendly face to hundreds of vulnerable people seeking assistance from the St Vincent de Paul Society’s St Bernadine Conference in Regents Park. In September, Ms Parsons will celebrate her 20th year with the organisation, and next month, she will celebrate her 90th birthday.    “If you try to be friendly to people, it’s marvellous how ... Read More »

Record deaths predicted for 2019 flu season puts the morality of vaccination in the spotlight

EXPERTS predict 4000 Australians will die from influenza in 2019 after an unprecedented start to the flu season claimed 25 lives in Queensland. The Immunisation Coalition Australia said almost 40,000 laboratory-confirmed cases of influenza had occurred this year, with about 10,000 of those reported in Queensland. Queensland businesses and organisations, including the Archdiocese of Brisbane, have provided free vaccinations for ... Read More »

Queensland Catholics thankful for missionary priests’ evangelisation in Brisbane and Townsville

BRISBANE Archbishop Mark Coleridge celebrated Mass last month with priests from the Missionary Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament (MCBS) serving in Queensland at St. Joachim church in Holland park and Mt. Gravatt parish in Brisbane . Archbishop Coleridge joined MCBS priests from Brisbane, Toowoomba and Townsville for the occasion that marked the Congregation’s 86th anniversary, founded in 1933 at Mallappally, ... Read More »

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