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Calm after the storm

By Paul Dobbyn The inside of Annerley’s Mary Immaculate Church, left drenched and muddied by the November 27 super storm in Brisbane, has been cleaned up and now looks “almost as if nothing has happened”, parish priest Fr Adrian Sharp said. “We had the troops in for a working bee on Saturday,” he said. “We all worked most of the ... Read More »

Parish communities making heavenly music

By Emilie Ng RUNAWAY Bay’s parish community leaned on the shoulders of St Peter’s parish, Rochedale to help perfect their music at Sunday Masses. After hearing the Rochedale parish choir perform earlier in the year, Runaway Bay parish priest Fr John Khoai requested they sing with his parish choir. Fr Khoai sent a letter to Rochedale parish priest Fr Jacob ... Read More »

Storm havoc hits Brisbane schools, churches

  ANNERLEY-Ekibin parish priest Fr Adrian Sharp on his way home, trapped in heavy hail in his car in stand-still traffic, felt the full fury of Thursday afternoon’s super storm. Worse still awaited him back at his parish. “Basically, every stained-glass window in the church (Mary Immaculate) facing south, the direction where the storm came from, was smashed,“ he said ... Read More »

Deacons called to serve

By Adi Indra THREE Nigerian seminarians entered the final stage towards the priesthood when they were ordained deacons for the Brisbane archdiocese on November 21. Deacons Odinaka Nwadike, Paul Eloagu and Dominic Orih were ordained by Brisbane auxiliary Bishop Brian Finnigan in Holy Spirit Chapel at Australian Catholic University, Banyo. Priest and deacons visited from Queensland dioceses including Brisbane, Townsville ... Read More »

Christmas appeal for Patrick

By Paul Dobbyn TOWNSVILLE diocese’s people are praying Immigration Minister Scott Morrison will “open his heart” and deliver them a special Christmas present. The gift is the release of Patrick Wilson, a much-loved and respected Afghani refugee and community member, facing deportation after being held in a Darwin detention centre since September 30. Mr Wilson, 30, who became a Catholic ... Read More »

Faith leaders honoured

By Emilie Ng BRISBANE celebrated the best in Catholic leadership at The Catholic Leader’s first national awards ceremony, The Community Leader Awards 2014. More than 200 people including Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge, archdiocesan priests, parishioners and corporate leaders attended the inaugural event in the St Stephen’s Cathedral precinct on November 19. Nominees for the 2014 School Leader of the Year, ... Read More »

Community at St Mark’s Primary School, Inala grieves their beloved priest

STAFF and students at St Mark’s Primary School, Inala have stopped classes to pray for the repose of the soul of Divine Word Missionaries Father Gerard Mulholland. The Maryborough-born priest died in Sydney’s Macquarie University Hospital around 9.45 am  on Wednesday November 26. He had been diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease in May this year. St Mark’s principal Garry Montgomery said classes ... Read More »

MacKillop centre closing

By Emilie Ng BRISBANE’S Sisters of St Joseph community walked its last visiting school group through Annerley’s Mary MacKillop Centre on November 17. The sisters opened the centre in 1995, in the lead-up to the saint’s beatification, but it will close early next year. Thousands have walked through the centre to see the saint’s life captured in dioramas and audio ... Read More »

Priest speaks out for farmers

By Paul Dobbyn LONGREACH priest Fr Matt Moloney has been besieged with phone calls from desperate farming families from around Queensland since his call for a moratorium on bank foreclosures on drought-stricken farms. The priest, who grew up on a property west of Longreach, said he would keep raising his voice until the government and banks alleviated “catastrophic pressure” on ... Read More »

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