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Time to honour inspiring Catholics

The Community Leaders Awards

By Emilie Ng NOMINATIONS to find Australia’s most inspirational Catholics are rolling in fast as the cut-off for entries for The Community Leader Awards 2014 approaches in two weeks. Wise priests, committed parishioners, teachers who are making a profound impact on the local community, and national ministry leaders are among those already nominated for the awards. Catholics living in Australia ... Read More »

A hand out or a hand up?

By Paul Dobbyn PROPOSED Brisbane City Council legislation to give officers the power to fine homeless people sleeping in parks has been described as “unnecessary and like kicking people when they’re down”. Rosies chief executive officer Troy Bailey said the proposed Public Land and Council Asset local law 2014 would open up a “Pandora’s Box of problems for the homeless” ... Read More »

New church a virtual reality

By Emilie Ng GOLD Coast priest Fr Ken Howell is the first Australian priest to take a virtual tour of a new church. Fr Howell “walked” through a virtual model of the new church for Burleigh Waters wearing a virtual reality headset powered by technology company Oculus on October 14. The Burleigh Heads parish priest said taking a tour of ... Read More »

Endowments fund $100,000 grants program for Brisbane archdiocese

Reading glasses on pile of paper

By Paul Dobbyn SUNSHINE Coast man Kevin Whelan said there were pragmatic reasons for his family’s generous response to an invitation to set up an endowment fund to support Brisbane archdiocese’s agencies and ministries. “I’ve always felt if you invest a dollar and nothing happens, at least you’ve still got a dollar to try again,” he said. “That way, you ... Read More »

Marriage preparation major focus for synod participants

By Paul Dobbyn BETTER preparation for couples planning marriage and for men studying for the priesthood have been two significant but overlooked topics frequently discussed in the extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family in Rome. Brisbane’s John Paul II Centre for Family and Life director Dr Ray Campbell said, after looking at daily summaries from the synod being held ... Read More »

New church ‘sign of life’ on Coast

By Emilie Ng RECONSTRUCTION on one of the Gold Coast’s most treasured churches is a sign of new life for the entire Church, Surfers Paradise parish priest Fr Tim Harris said. Stella Maris Church, Broadbeach, demolished earlier this year, is being reconstructed into a new $3 million church, and expected to open in time for Christmas Masses. Frames and two ... Read More »

Dinner at the Curtis’ cooks up $60,000

By Emilie Ng DINNER at Rita and Rob Curtis’ Booval home on a Thursday night doesn’t just satisfy hunger pains, but also helps continue the “good work” of Australian missionaries. For almost five years, Mr and Mrs Curtis have invited friends and strangers into their home to share a meal and donate to Christian outreaches, missions and individual missionaries. “People want ... Read More »

Housing stress hits Queensland

By Paul Dobbyn A BRISBANE grandmother in her late 70s, forced to live on the streets for eight months to secure social housing, is one example of the impact of rising rents on pensioners. Rosies manager Troy Bailey said the woman’s predicament highlighted a dysfunctional welfare system. “She couldn’t afford to keep up with rising rental costs and eventually moved ... Read More »

Loads of help

By Emilie Ng FRIENDS Nicholas Marchesi and Lucas Patchett have trouble washing their own clothes, but over the next three months they will become experts at washing clothes for Brisbane’s homeless. The high school friends formerly from St Joseph’s College, Gregory Terrace, Mr Marchesi and Mr Patchett spent many hours working with Brisbane’s homeless as part of the college’s community ... Read More »

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