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Broncos coach Anthony Seibold delivers a master class for Gregory Terrace schoolboys

SPORTS directors at St Joseph’s College, Gregory Terrace were given a master class in coaching from Brisbane Broncos rugby league coach Anthony Seibold earlier this month. “It was important for me to support Gregory Terrace as I’m passionate about Catholic education and also coaching pedagogy,” Mr Seibold said. “I’m also a long-time friend of Tony McGahan, who is the new ... Read More »

Ipswich Catholic community celebrating a colourful world of diversity united in one faith

THE Ipswich Catholic community was transformed into a vibrant melting pot of cultural diversity on Pentecost Sunday as hundreds of parishioners gave thanks to God. Catholics with cultural heritages from all over the world demonstrated a strong reflection of the Church’s inclusiveness. The community participated in a traditional Samoan penitential rite, as school children were taught the Samoan custom of ... Read More »

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 »

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