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Vandals, dumpers troubling Vinnies

Rubbish dumped at St Vincent de Paul Society store.

TWO Townsville St Vincent de Paul Society charity bins have been set alight, one fire causing damage to the side of a society-owned building. The society’s Queensland chief executive officer Peter Maher described the vandalism as “despicable” and said it was an ongoing problem in locations throughout the state. “We also get all sorts of things dumped in the bins ... Read More »

Oratory takes step forward

Brisbane Oratory members Fr Adrian Sharp and Fr Paul Chandler outside the Oratory community’s house.

COMMUNITY life has begun for the Brisbane Oratory as two of its local members settled into their new residence at Annerley Ekibin parish earlier this month. Oratory community member Fr Adrian Sharp, former parish priest of Browns Plains, officially began work as parish priest of Annerley Ekibin in the new year. Fellow member Fr Paul Chandler, formerly parish priest of ... Read More »

Sudan always in prayer

CATHOLICS at Bracken Ridge parish are reminded to pray for the imperilled people of the recently formed nation of South Sudan every time they enter St Joseph’s Church. Parishioners have donated more than $36,000 to build wells for crucial water supplies to five villages since South Sudan became a nation in mid-2011. Photographs of the wells and maps of the ... Read More »

Bride of Christ for Carmelites

Sr Catherine Ann Therese celebrates with a well-wisher

THE Carmelite community in Ormiston welcomed Sr Catherine Ann Therese as its newest definitive member on January 11. After more than six-and-a-half years of prayer and discernment, Sr Catherine Ann made her profession of solemn vows, entering into a full commitment to the Discalced Carmelite order. The former Broken Bay diocese youth minister was overjoyed about finally becoming a Bride ... Read More »

Filipino devotion on the Coast

Thousands of Filipino Catholics dance and cheer through the streets of Cebu to mark the Feast Day of the Infant Child Jesus, known locally as Santo Nino.

DRUMS, chants and vibrant dress will fill Gold Coast streets on January 19 in Queensland’s first Sinulog Festival to honour one of the Philippines’ oldest religious devotions. The devotion to the Santo Nino, the Philippines’ answer to the Holy Infant of Prague statue, is celebrated annually in Cebu. And while Cebu was one of the worst-affected provinces hit by typhoon ... Read More »

Trusting in Jesus

Bishop Michael Putney

TOWNSVILLE Bishop Michael Putney is entering 2014 with unabated enthusiasm and an ambitious ongoing program of reform in the diocese despite his diagnosis of terminal cancer. The 67-year-old bishop was told at the end of 2012 that he had only months to live after medical tests revealed inoperable cancer which had spread from his stomach to his liver. Since then, ... Read More »

Fr McHugh lived a life of joy despite trauma

Faithful servant: Mourners gather in St Stephen’s Cathedral for the funeral of Fr Patrick McHugh

FATHER Patrick McHugh lived a life of joy amidst hardships, suffering and trauma, until his last breath on December 30, 2013. His funeral Mass was held at St Stephen’s Cathedral on January 3. Fr McHugh was ordained to the priesthood at St Stephen’s Cathedral on June 29, 1959, and Archbishop Mark Coleridge received his body into the cathedral once more, ... Read More »

Young people start a year-long pilgrimage

Quiet reflection: Pilgrims preparing for Mass at St Stephen’s Cathedral, the first stop in the Brisbane Parish Pilgrimage.

FOUR young people have organised a year-long pilgrimage to pray the Mass and meet with local parishioners from parishes across Brisbane archdiocese. Recent high school graduate Graham Leach, and university students Sarah Norris, Edsel Parke and Lobezno Meneses are part of the team behind this project, the Brisbane Parish Pilgrimage. The Brisbane Parish Pilgrimage will be an opportunity to journey ... Read More »

Former student giving back to ‘second home’

Future: Thomson Adsett’s architects’ impression of Loreto College Coorparoo from 2015, based on the college master plan

THE kindness of a former student of Loreto College, Coorparoo, has left the Catholic high school “a generous multi-year gift” to support the school’s development plans. Ann Staley (nee Toakley) began her education at Loreto at age 7, becoming Head of School in 1946. She was known to call Loreto College “a second home”. A charity in her name, the ... Read More »

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