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New Catholic Jesse Smith celebrates first communion at Easter Vigil

Parish friends with new Catholic Jesse Smith

Pope Francis would be pleased with Jesse Smith. Encouraging pilgrims in St Peter’s Square, Rome, and audiences worldwide to consider the importance placed on messages from the Word of God, our Holy Father would be pleased that Jesse’s Bible is almost falling apart. “What would happen if we turned around … if you forget your cellphone (mobile phone)?” Pope Francis ... Read More »

Community in Lismore helps Trinity Catholic College in wake of floods

Lismore floods

TRINITY Catholic College principal Marist Brother John Hilet has praised the college community for the spirit it showed in the wake of Lismore’s devastating floods earlier this month. Br Hilet said torrential rain at the start of April from the remnants of Cyclone Debbie produced floodwaters that topped Lismore’s levee bank for the first since it was built 12 years ... Read More »

Meet the hairdressers aiming to give 1000 free haircuts to the homeless this year

Hairdressers offering cuts for homeless

TWO hairdressers in Brisbane’s north are taking their scissors to the streets, offering free haircuts to the homeless. Working out of a mobile van, Danielle Hannah and Teresa Reed, of Jack Reed Barber Shop, Scarborough, have set themselves a mission of giving 1000 free haircuts by the end of this year. “Fresh hair and a shave can feel like a fresh ... Read More »

Queensland Catholics look to the hope of Easter hope in the wake of Cyclone Debbie

Proserpine Church

FR Jose Koyickal was looking forward to a special Easter full of hope in Proserpine despite the destruction swathe Cyclone Debbie cut threw his Whitsunday parish. Cyclone Debbie destroyed houses, farm sheds and equipment, and damaged the sugar cane crop around Proserpine. It caused major damage and flash flooding in tourist hotels and businesses in nearby Airlie Beach and Whitsunday ... Read More »

School senior’s final year ‘the best period’ of his life

Ahmed Hakimi

WHAT does it take for a senior student to confidently announce that the final year of schooling was “the best period” of their life? In Ahmad Hakimi’s case it took the welcoming and inclusive educational setting of St James’ College, Brisbane. The admiration was reciprocated and college principal Gerry Crooks and college staff “were delighted” to learn that the 2016 ... Read More »

Much-loved priest Fr John Newman mourned by Cairns Catholic community

Fr John Newman

THE Cairns Catholic community has mourned the loss of well-known and much-loved priest Fr John Newman. Fr Newman had served the diocese for more than 50 years in priestly ministry. His long standing commitment to his many chaplaincy appointments saw him heavily involved as chaplain to both Calvary and Cairns Base hospitals, director of both Catholic Mission and Vocations, St ... Read More »

Brisbane hospital can now scan your brain in under one second

CT Scanner

MATER Hospital Brisbane has taken delivery of a computed tomography scanner that provides scans in about a third of a second and delivers significantly less radiation. The new scanner takes 0.75 seconds to perform a brain scan compared to two to three minutes with previous machines. This makes a significant difference for patients suffering anxiety or dementia for whom lying ... Read More »

Parramatta bishop urges Australia to do more for refugees and asylum seekers during Brisbane trip

Bishop Vincent Long

AUSTRALIA can and should do more to help refugees and asylum seekers, the Catholic bishops’ delegate on those concerns Bishop Vincent Long said. Bishop Long made that clear during a recent meeting in Brisbane with refugee families from Syria and Iraq and their supporters. He was taking questions during the gathering in St Joseph’s Church, Bracken Ridge, when one of ... Read More »

Evangelist Lorraine McCarthy singing to Alpha’s tune

Lorraine McCarthy

“LET’S start at the very beginning, a very good place to start,” sang Julie Andrews as Maria in the ever-popular Sound of Music. Australia has our very own “Maria” although Lorraine McCarthy’s “beginning” is well beyond the melodic, “Do, re, mi”. The Melbournian has sung “Alpha’s” tune for almost 20 years, leading groups and individuals to know Jesus Christ across ... Read More »

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