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Br Venard offers his last book

Br John Venard at the recent launch of his book Finally, The Battler’s God with Marist Ashgrove Year 5 teacher Scott Murphy.

MARIST Brother John Venard, a regular columnist for The Catholic Leader, has launched a new book – Finally, The Battler’s God. Br Venard, at the recent launch at Marist College Ashgrove, where he lives in retirement, said the word “finally” was in the title because this seventh book would be his last. As with his previous books, this one is ... Read More »

New chapel for missionaries

Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge blesses the altar in Verbum Dei Missionary Fraternity chapel at Bardon.

VERBUM Dei Brisbane missionary sisters now have the protection of St Pio of Pietrelcina, St Therese of Lisieux, and three Carmelite martyrs from Guadalajara, Mex-ico, at their new home in Bardon. Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge chose to give relics of these five saints, which now remain under their newly blessed altar in Verbum Dei Missionary Fraternity chapel. He also celebrated ... Read More »

Choir to sing tribute to St Nicolas

St Stephen’s Cathedral music director Dr Ralph Morton rehearses cathedral choristers

ST Nicolas, not “the jolly old Santa Claus in a red suit”, will be celebrated by St Stephen’s Cathedral Choir on Sunday, November 24. The choir and schola, with accompaniment from the Pulse Chamber Orchestra from the University of Queensland, will deliver the tribute in a cantata “St Nicolas” by famed British composer Benjamin Britten. Cathedral music director Dr Ralph ... Read More »

Centacare runners set cool record

Centacare Brisbane and archdiocesan staff all set for the Cool Night Classic run and walk.

CENTACARE Brisbane this year entered its largest team for the Cool Night Classic run and walk through Brisbane’s central business district on October 31. The team was made up of Centacare and Brisbane archdiocesan staff, with entrants either running or walking the 3km or 5km course. Race organisers awarded this year’s charity partners $100,000 raised from the event. Centacare has ... Read More »

Cyclists blessed for ride from city heart

Cyclists gathering outside St Stephen’s Cathedral to receive a blessing of protection before making a 45km journey to Ipswich.

INSPIRED by the survival story of a former triathlon competitor, 45 cyclists rode from Brisbane’s St Stephen’s Cathedral to Ipswich for menALIVE’s Blessing of the Bikes and Memorial Ride. The blessing and ride is a tradition in many European countries, where cyclists receive a prayer of safety and protection, and blessing from a priest at the beginning of the cycling ... Read More »

Work still to do after council

People of the South Coast Deanery meet in Coolangatta-Tugun

FIFTY years since the Second Vatican Coun-cil introduced significant changes to the sac-red liturgy, South Coast Deanery recently considered how well parishes had applied the changes. Gathering at St Augustine and St Monica’s Church, Coolangatta-Tugun, more than 120 people answered a question posed by Pope Francis in a homily on April 16. He called the council “a beautiful work” but ... Read More »

Bishop welcomes two to Church

Retired priest Fr Joe Flannery, Carl Martin, Bishop Brian Finnigan and Naomi McClarty celebrating the Confirmation day of the young parishioners

BISHOP Brian Finnigan welcomed two children into the Church at Everton Park parish on November 3. Naomi McClarty and Carl Martin were received into the Church before loved ones at Immaculate Conception Church, Everton Park. Newly retired priest Fr Joe Flannery assisted Bishop Finnigan during the Confirmation Mass on Sunday. Fr Flannery retired as parish priest in mid-October. Auxiliary Bishop ... Read More »

Salvadorean martyrs

Person lighting candle

A LITURGY to commemorate the 24th anniversary of the murder of six El Salvadorean Jesuit priests and their two assistants will be held at Acacia Ridge’s Our Lady of Fatima parish hall on Saturday, November 16. The Jesuits, their cook and her daughter were murdered at the Uni-versity of Central America in El Salvador in 1989. A spokesman for Brisbane’s ... Read More »

Fr Creed reaches 100 at Southport

A parishioner congratulates Fr Creed as he grasps a blessing from Pope Francis.

RETIRED priest Fr Vincent Creed was surrounded by loved ones when he turned 100 on Tuesday, October 22. Friends, family and seven priests celebrated with Fr Creed at Mary Immaculate Church, Ashmore.South Coast dean Fr Peter Dillon, Fr Tony Guelen, Fr Greg Burke, Fr Mark Reynolds, Fr Brendan Hayes, Fr Brian Cosgrove, Fr Malcolm Giranfold, and Fr Peter Foley concelebrated ... Read More »

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