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‘I will forever thank God for Sebastian, the biggest blessing my life’, Mum Sheridan Potter says

SHERIDAN Potter dreams of a “non-judgemental” Church where “education and understanding” are key to acceptance for all with special needs.  Mum to Sebastian, 8, who has Joubert Syndrome (JS) – a growth-stumping genetic condition occurring in one in 80,000 to 100,000 – has experienced her share of negativity and is more than ready and willing to do something about it.  ... Read More »

‘I wake and thank God for the new day and my faith’, Bernice Steele says prayer knows no bounds

LIFE’S fragility was crystal clear to Bernice Steele on her first Mother’s Day 40 years ago.  “I didn’t know if I’d live or die,” she said, recalling hospitalisation for the removal of a malignant melanoma.  “Back in those days, there wasn’t the awareness there is today (about skin cancer),” Bernice said.  “Our son was only weeks old when I went ... Read More »

Three Saints celebration kindles faith, family and Italian culture in a colourful Brisbane festival

FAITH in God, family tradition and community spirit coloured this year’s Three Saints Brisbane gathering, traditionally held on the first Sunday in May in Lutwyche parish. An estimated 2000 people attended the May 5 celebration honouring God’s power through the intercession of brothers Alfio, Filadelfo and Cirino, martyred for the faith in Sicily, Italy, in 253AD.  Three Saints Brisbane committee ... Read More »

Seeking the Divine Mercy of God in the suburbs, Eileen Hearn wants to share the joy of life with all

EILEEN Hearn answers the phone around 3pm, if it happens to ring, but she doesn’t linger.  “We’re saying our prayers,” she said to several callers within a brief time frame on Holy Thursday afternoon. “Can you call back?”  The 80-year-old devotee of the Divine Mercy chaplet was light-hearted for the interruption.  “Most people know that Ken and I pray at ... Read More »

Five newly-married 20-somethings share of God’s plan for their discernment, marriage and ‘home’

WHEN Brisbane’s Bethany Keady wed Dan Bottesini last December, in a spirited Nuptial Mass and wedding reception, their immense joy couldn’t have been bottled.  Prompted to share of the pull towards a marriage vocation, the newly-crowned Mrs Bottesini was quick to relate the shared joy, evident in many young couples around them. Their collective witness to the blessings of commitment ... Read More »

Laughter is key – talented musician’s past fuels her faith-driven future, helping people twice her age

AFTER career changes and even a time of voluntary ministry, reliant on God’s providence to make ends meet, Helena Montegrande has found her niche.  The 39-year-old Petrie parishioner “finds great joy” in working with people almost twice her age.  “I just love it,” Helena said of full time work within Italian welfare.  “I love bringing a smile to their faces ... Read More »

Intentional parenting in the way of God, how nine brothers and sisters become ‘the best of friends’

PERHAPS it’s the formula of the absence of a television screen, one stereo in the living room and school-related computer access only. Perhaps it’s the fervent commitment to Catholic traditions and the pursuit of prayerfully following the will of God.  Or it could well be the unwavering dedication to the nine children within their household and the further four entrusted ... Read More »

God’s a constant messenger – how one young man’s dream changed from action hero to seminarian

WHAT he described as “text messages from God” was part of Mick Greathead’s discernment to officially enter Holy Spirit Provincial Seminary, Banyo, last month.  The 20-year-old, raised a stone’s throw from his new surroundings among 22 other seminarians, said God often prompted a priestly vocation from his mid-teens, but it wasn’t always a shared mindset.  “As a teenager, I’d go ... Read More »

Perpetual adoration unlocks the grace and opens the ears of young men to hear the call

PERPETUAL Adoration in Banyo Nundah parish was credited for the parish’s “highest tally” of current and incoming seminarians.  Banyo Nundah parish priest Fr Bernie Gallagher was given the accolade at the conclusion of last Sunday’s Commencement Mass for Holy Spirit Provincial Seminary at Banyo, in Brisbane.  Fr Gallagher said seminary rector Monsignor John Grace could count all seminarians, not only ... Read More »

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