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European pilgrimage summons priest and his people

MARYBOROUGH’S parish priest will lead a pilgrimage to Italy to visit the beauty and wonders of Venice, Turin, Florence, Assisi, Rome, and Pompeii.  Two years ago Fr Paul Kelly led a visit to the Holy Land for an experience that fellow pilgrims later described as the “most spiritual and informative of their lives”. The spiritual fruit of the trip has ... Read More »

Red Hill’s ‘major landmark’ turns 100

BRISBANE’S marvellous St Brigid’s Church, Red Hill will “open the doors” to share its centenary year as an historic city icon during the Brisbane Open House in October. St Brigid’s has been an iconic building in Brisbane’s history, and many faithful worshippers believe more people should see the church in all its glory. Listed as a heritage building by the ... Read More »

Solomons support growing

By Paul Dobbyn  FLOOD disaster victims in the Solomon Islands sheltering at the Salesian order’s Don Bosco Technical Institute in Honiara have been heartened by a visit from representatives of the Australian Government. “I understand your pain and I am with those who have lost family members, relatives and friends,” Queensland Senator Brett Mason told the 240 people sheltering at ... Read More »

Coleen up for Leader sales challenge

By Emilie Ng WHEN Yeppoon parishioner Coleen Bignell learnt The Catholic Leader sales were at an all-time low in her parish, she took up the challenge to personally sell them. At a parish council meeting Mrs Bignell, who is a member of the council, said the number of copies not being sold, less than half of what is available for sale, ... Read More »

Southport to become a ‘spiritual Bunnings’ under new parish priest

By Emilie Ng SOUTHPORT parish’s new parish priest Fr Jan Bialasiewicz is taking on the task to give his parishioners all they need to repair and refresh their missionary zeal and passion. Fr Bialasiewicz was installed as Southport parish priest on Sunday, April 6. He said Jesus’ mission was the “responsibility of all the parishioners” and he was prepared to ... Read More »

Mater appeal helping little miracles like Riley to flourish

By Paul Dobbyn BREMER Valley’s Riley McRae, diagnosed with a fatal blood condition while in-utero, is typical of seriously ill children and babies being helped by Mater Little Miracles Easter Appeal. Thanks to funding from Mater Little Miracles, more than 2000 premature and seriously ill babies are cared for each year in the Mater Mothers’ Hospital’s Neonatal Critical Care Unit. ... Read More »

Joy as sacramental life renewed

By Emilie Ng HOLY Week began in solidarity and fraternity for the 186 priests, bishops and deacons who publically renewed their vows at this year’s Chrism Mass held at St Stephen’s Cathedral on April 10. The congregation at St Stephen’s Cathedral witnessed renewal of vows and the blessing of the oil of catechumens and the oil of the sick and ... Read More »

Leader installed at Beaudesert

By Emilie Ng BEAUDESERT’S newly installed parish priest Fr Michael McKeaten (pictured) feels empowered for his new mission in one of Brisbane’s larger parishes. Fr McKeaten, who was also appointed dean of Logan Deanery earlier this year, was officially installed on March 16, but has been at the parish since January 1. “In both roles I hope to continue the ... Read More »

Fr Columba’s going ‘back to his people’

By Paul Dobbyn BRISBANE archdiocese’s Pauline Father Columba Macbeth-Green had several reasons for total surprise on learning he’d been named Wilcannia-Forbes diocese’s seventh bishop. Firstly, the Order of Saint Paul the First Hermit (OSPPE) to which he belongs “has only one bishop in the whole world”. “The order is normally out of the limelight,” he said, “so becoming a bishop ... Read More »

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