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Faith unites and strengthens Our Lady of the Valley parish at joyful Christmas Celebration

RIVALRIES between Gatton and Laidley were laid to rest in 2016 when the Catholic faith communities amalgamated, becoming Our Lady of the Valley Parish.  The sporting rivalries continue, but everyone was a winner on November 23 when parishioners, family and friends of the Gatton Laidley parish gathered at the Laidley Cultural Centre to celebrate the spiritual strength of our community ... Read More »

Being empty to allow Jesus in

  By  Sr Melissa Dwyer “Your emptiness is but your preparation for being filled.” –  Charles Spurgeon OFTEN we view the notion of emptiness as something negative. There can be a tendency to be uncomfortable with silence, and try to fill it with noise. We fill our free time with activity to avoid sitting with ourselves as we are. And ... Read More »

Faith central to Broncos chief Paul White’s game plan for life

BRISBANE Broncos rugby league chief executive officer Paul White sat down with Donna Lynch to discuss faith and family. Question: Could you tell me about the Paul White early years? Answer: All very happy years, Donna. I was born in Charleville in Western Queensland in 1966. We probably didn’t have a lot as a family but my parents gave us ... Read More »

Where there’s hope there’s life

By Br Brian Grenier FOR 32 years Hugo Gabriel Gryn (1930-96) was a greatly respected rabbi at the West London Synagogue. In his memoirs he relates how in 1944, at the risk of their lives, he and his resourceful father Geza celebrated Chanukah (the Jewish eight-day winter Festival of Lights) amid the unspeakable horrors of Auschwitz. Having fashioned a candlestick ... Read More »

Dads don’t know their importance in communicating with their daughters

By Madonna King HOW often does a father sit down and really talk to his teen daughter, one-on-one? I asked 400 fathers that question recently, as part of my research for a book Fathers and Daughters, and the answers should make us all stop and think. “This month while on holidays.’’ “Good question. It’s been a while now. Thinking about ... Read More »

Roma teacher shares touching insights into his adoption story

Ryan Baines

YOUNG Roma religious education teacher Ryan Baines delivered an inspiring talk at the University of Southern Queensland recently with the simple message, “Do what gives you life”. That was a theme in his hour-long tale on second chances, faith and discovering new horizons. He was delivering the annual Concannon Oration, organised by Concannon College. About 200 people gathered to hear ... Read More »

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