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St Mary of the Cross honoured

By Emilie Ng BRISBANE archdiocese’s love for Australia’s “beacon of hope”, St Mary of the Cross, grew stronger at the annual Feast Day Mass at St Stephen’s Cathedral on August 8. Almost 1000 Catholics packed the cathedral to remember the woman declared Australia’s first saint. Before concluding the Mass, Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge made special mention to staff from Our Lady ... Read More »

Century of faith

By Paul Dobbyn CELEBRATIONS at St Brigid’s Church, Red Hill, reached a climax last Sunday with a Centenary Mass packing the huge and iconic building to overflowing. Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge hailed the church “sailing serenely on Brisbane’s skyline” as “a monument to Easter, the calm beyond all storms, the life that is bigger than death”. “Therefore this church points not ... Read More »

Project Micah night a success

OVER the course of three weeks recently, Lutwyche parishioners collected more than 8000 toiletry items for the homeless and needy. On July 25, 110 people aged eight to 80 from across the parish and Holy Cross School, Wooloowin and St Mary of the Cross School, Windsor packed the items into 618 Basic Bags for Micah Projects to distribute to the ... Read More »

Brisbane parish launches prayer campaign for peace in Iraq

Peace Prayer Vigil

BRISBANE Catholic families, “scared and terrified” for their relatives in Iraq, have taken heart from a prayer campaign launched last weekend (August 3). “It’s nice to know people are thinking of us,” Dina Nona said at the St Joseph and St Anthony Church, Bracken Ridge, in Brisbane, after an ecumenical prayer vigil for peace in Iraq and other troubled spots ... Read More »

Stop the violence

By Paul Dobbyn  THE violent conflicts in Iraq, Syria, Gaza and the Ukraine are even more troubling as the world commemorates the centenary of the First World War and Hiroshima Day, Catholic Religious Australia  president Mercy Sister Berneice Loch said. “All these events point to the failure of diplomatic efforts to bring peace,” she said. “There will be no solution ... Read More »

Excelling in education

By Emilie Ng QUEENSLAND Catholic schools took one week out of their busy timetables to show Australians why Catholic education was the best choice for Queensland students. The state’s 296 Catholic primary and secondary schools were invited to “pause” about the goodness of Catholic education in the community during this year’s Catholic Education Week celebrations between July 27 and August 2. ... Read More »

Saintly relic to be on show at annual MacKillop Mass

By Emilie Ng AN ornament from the top of St Mary of the Cross MacKillop’s first coffin will be displayed at her annual feast day Mass at St Stephen’s Cathedral, Brisbane, on August 8. The decorative wooden piece in the shape of an open book is part of a “scarce” collection of relics given to Josephite Sisters who personally knew ... Read More »

Living life in all its fullness

STUDENTS and representatives from many Catholic schools in Brisbane archdiocese gathered in St Stephen’s Cathedral last Sunday afternoon for a Mass to open Catholic Education Week 2014 (July 27-August 2). Archbishop Mark Coleridge was principal celebrant and CEW ambassadors Annabel Pike and Michael Mangan attended. Archbishop Coleridge also officially launched Catholic Education Week at St Laurence’s College, South Brisbane, on ... Read More »

Nerang parish welcomes new priest

By Robin Williams ST Brigid’s Parish, Nerang, had a surprise visit on July 13 from one of Australia’s newest priests. Nerang parish priest Fr Rafal Rucinski attended Fr Bing Monteagudo’s ordination in Lismore, northern NSW, on July 7 and said he was more than happy to welcome him to St Brigid’s for the Sunday Mass. “He rang me Saturday afternoon ... Read More »

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