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Cardinal to visit

Cardinal to visit

US Cardinal Edwin O’Brien, the spiritual leader of a group of Catholic men and women supporting the work of the Church in the Holy Land, will visit Brisbane in November. The cardinal was appointed as Pro-Grand Master of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem in August 2011. Queensland EOHSJ lieutenancy secretary Edward Foley said Cardinal O’Brien would ... Read More »

St Brigid’s unites for sacramental day

St Brigid’s unites for sacramental day

FAMILY and the community came together at St Brigid’s Church, Nerang this month to make the annual sacramental program something special. Parish priest Fr Rafal Rucinski said the larger than normal group of 48 candidates included two sets of twins and four of current pastoral council chairman Michael Ware’s grandchildren. “We did it as a community, the craft group volunteered ... Read More »

Terror in Nairobi

Terror in Nairobi

MURWILLUMBAH Catholics Martin and Christine O’Brien are still not sure what prompted their daughter Elizabeth to break her habit of having a coffee at Nairobi’s Artcaffe in Westgate Mall last weekend. “We’re just grateful and relieved Elizabeth was having a coffee elsewhere when the attack happened,” Mr O’Brien said. “I believe it was the Holy Spirit at work,” Mrs O’Brien ... Read More »

Celebrating the gift of faith

Anita Biedermann, centre green dress, celebrates her special birthday with, beside her, husband Paul and other family and friends at the Stamford Plaza.

BRISBANE woman Anita Biedermann took two years to save enough money to shout her family and friends to a special celebration at the Stamford Plaza for her sixtieth birthday. But she also wanted to celebrate the importance of faith in her life. “My birthday fell on Saturday, August 17 and I always go to the Marian Mass Saturday mornings at ... Read More »

Our Lady honoured at Marian Valley

MORE than 600 people made the annual pilgrimage to Marian Valley, Canungra, for the Feast of the Nativity of Our Lady on Saturday, September 7. The feast day is regarded as one of the most significant celebrations for the Pauline Fathers, who as part of their charism oversee the popular Marian shrine. People were invited to pray to Our Lady ... Read More »

The joy of faith comes to Mongolia

Bishop Wenceslao (Wens) Padilla

PIONEERING Mongolian Bishop Wenceslao (Wens) Padilla was in Brisbane recently to share his story with Catholic Mission volunteers. Bishop Padilla, from the Italian Congregation of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, told of his arrival as leader of a team of the first three missionary priests in Mongolia in 1992. The bishop was in Brisbane over the weekend of September 14-15 ... Read More »

Jubilee parish welcomes Archbishop

ABOUT 160 young members of St Brigid’s community at Red Hill celebrated Confirmation as a highlight to Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge’s four-day episcopal visit to Jubilee parish. Archbishop Coleridge celebrated the Confirmations on Friday, September 13 before celebrating several first Holy Communion Masses over the weekend. His visit to Jubilee parish was held from September 12 to 15. Jubilee parish ... Read More »

New strategies to help autistic children at Mass

PARENTS often worry about their children squirming or even fighting with each other through Mass. Imagine though having a child who becomes highly agitated by the smell of incense, the sounds of ringing bells during the Eucharistic Prayer or who feels too threatened to exchange a Sign of Peace with a stranger. These are some of the issues faced by ... Read More »

Mater hospital work to start

EARTHWORKS for Mater’s new 80-bed, $85 million private hospital at Springfield are expected to start at the end of September. This follows Ipswich City Council’s August approval of the master plan for the almost nine-hectare site. Mater Private Hospital will be the first building to go up as part of this master plan. The hospital will be part of stage ... Read More »

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