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Love and mercy lighting the way for Fr Grace

“DELIGHTED” was the way Fr Michael Grace described his attitude as he continues pastoral leadership on Brisbane’s northside following the amalgamation of Wilston and Gordon Park parishes into the newly named Good Samaritan Parish. After five years as an associate pastor in other parts of the diocese, in 2014, Fr ... Read More »

Brisbane priest ‘grateful to God’ for support that led to removal of ‘gay panic’ defence

Fr Paul Kelly

A GOLD Coast priest has a sense of “gratitude, relief and exhaustion” after a five-year long campaign that led to the scrapping of a Queensland law that allowed “gay panic” as a partial defence for murder. Surfers Paradise associate pastor Fr Paul Kelly “never doubted” he was fighting for a just ... Read More »

Cathedral music director calling for first organ scholar at St Stephen’s

Ralph Morton Memorial Organi Scholarship launch event

MUSIC director at Brisbane’s St Stephen’s Cathedral Dr Andrew Cichy is searching for his first organ scholar after launching a scholarship in memory of his predecessor, the late Dr Ralph Morton. The Ralph Morton Memorial Organ Scholarship, launched on the first anniversary of the former cathedral music director’s death, will ... Read More »

The simple program that’s helping young Brisbane families buy their first home

Young family buys their first home

TRUST the Church to come up with a creative solution to help families drowning in an expensive housing market. Since 2008, a Catholic on Brisbane’s west who bequeathed her home to the Jubilee parish has helped three families save up for a deposit on a house. Known as the Head ... Read More »

Cairns MP Rob Pyne lashes out at the Church in Parliament while introducing bill on reporting abuse

MP Rob Pyne

INDEPENDENT Member for Cairns Rob Pyne has attacked the Catholic Church as “a law unto itself” as he introduced a private member’s bill dealing with child abuse into Queensland Parliament. The bill would legally require priests and other ministers of religion to report cases of abuse. Mr Pyne said if ... Read More »

Timorese priest helped by Burleigh parish attends new church Dedication Mass on the Gold Coast

Fr Evaristo Da Costa

A PRIEST who grew up hiding in a forest amongst East Timor’s independence fighters has praised the efforts of Queensland Catholics helping to rebuild his war-ravaged village. Fr Evaristo Da Costa travelled to Burleigh Heads to personally thank parishioners who have spent the past five years raising money and donating ... Read More »

Hundreds are waiting to become Catholic at Easter Vigil Masses across Brisbane

Brisbane Catechumens

CATHOLICS around the globe are waiting in anticipation to break their 40 days of fasting at Easter but more than 100 people in Brisbane have greater reason to celebrate Christ’s resurrection this year. This year, 108 people living in the Brisbane archdiocese will receive the three sacraments of initiation – ... Read More »

Brisbane teacher helps classroom partner deliver baby girl in emergency home birth

Teacher and mother with baby

PREP teacher Letitia O’Loan has a show-and-tell story that’s hard to top. Hours before the first day of school this year, Mrs O’Loan was on the phone to paramedics to perform an emergency home delivery of teaching partner Megan Schultz’s second child. The pair job-shared a Prep classroom at St ... Read More »

Year 12 Catholic schoolgirl with Down Syndrome to speak at the United Nations

Year 12 student with Down Syndrome Olivia Hargroder

GIVING up has never been Olivia Hargroder’s style. When the 18-year-old was born, doctors told her parents Kerry and Mark Hargroder that their daughter would never learn to talk because she was born with Down Syndrome. The Southern Cross Catholic College Year 12 student defied the odds when she addressed ... Read More »

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