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Every family needs a farmer

AS Queenslanders buy up for their Christmas holiday feasting, Sister of Charity Christine Henry hopes thoughts will be spared for primary producers who’ve worked to deliver the fresh foods to partymakers’ tables. The Downs and West Community Support co-ordinator has been working hard with faith groups and schools to try to fulfil wish lists for farming families. Throughout the year, ... Read More »

Vinnies calls on the community to dig deep


ST Vincent de Paul Society Queensland is calling on the local community to support its annual Christmas Appeal. Wavell Heights local member Marion Chisholm said with the support of financial donors they could make a difference for those facing tough times. “From now until Christmas, our conference will notice an increase in calls from people in need for extra support ... Read More »

Help yourself grow spiritually

EVERY year we promise ourselves the next year is going to be different. Why not make this promise a positive one; rather than saying “I won’t do this” or “I’ll stop doing that”, make a decision to help yourself grow spiritually, to embark on a journey which will nurture inner peace and a deepening of your faith. Make the decision ... Read More »

Take Latin America off your bucket list

CAREFULLY planned small groups and fully escorted tours to different Latin America destinations is what husband and wife team Horacio Passeggi and Stella Romagnoli love to do. Latin America Group Tours passengers are escorted every day, in every place until boarding the last flight home. Their classic fully-escorted tour to Argentina, Brazil and Peru, scheduled for April and October 2015 ... Read More »

Youth blessed with Oratory’s leadership

By Chris Da Silva SANCTIFYING the laity opened the doors for the original Oratory in Rome, instituted by St Philip Neri in the 16th century. The newest oratory may find itself in a different culture in the 21st century, but the goal has not changed. Reading the life of St Philip, the way in which the relationship between himself and ... Read More »

Brisbane Oratory thriving

Brisbane Oratory members Fr Adrian Sharp and Fr Paul Chandler outside the Oratory community’s house.

AUSTRALIA’S first Congregation of the Oratory of St Philip Neri began quietly in 2011, its future establishment only shared between God and a few holy men. Within two years, Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge granted permission for two Brisbane archdiocesan priests to begin the Brisbane Oratory in Formation Project. In October 2013, Fr Paul Chandler and Fr Adrian Sharp officially announced ... Read More »

Centenary celebrations for the Pauline family

THE centenary celebration of the Society of St Paul will come to a close on November 27 in Rome with a solemn thanksgiving Mass celebrated by the Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin, following a special audience with Pope Francis. Hundreds of Paulines and Pauline co-operators representing more than 40 countries will be participating. Since its foundation on August 20, ... Read More »

Gratitude runs deep in golden days for Petrie

OUR Lady of the Way Parish at Petrie, north of Brisbane, celebrates “50 years of faith” today, November 9. “It is with a deep sense of gratitude and joy that we celebrate these 50 years of faith,” associate pastor Fr Chima Ofor said as the parish prepared to mark its golden anniversary. “I humbly wish to thank all those whose ... Read More »

Hard work builds a community

FR Denis Long has memories of taking up pick and shovel to toil with his parishioners building Our Lady of the Way Church, Petrie. That was almost 45 years ago when he was a young man in his first appointment as a parish priest. “I’d get up in the morning and work on the church before having a shower and ... Read More »

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