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Pastor of new parish for North Lakes, Mango Hill and Griffin says community’s first priority is ‘to be Christ’

Members of the St Benedict's parish.

IF there’s a Gospel reading Fr Bryan Roe wants his new parish to know by heart, it’s the one he proclaimed on Sunday. Fr Roe intends to make the Gospel reading from Matthew 25:31-46 the vision statement for his new parish community of St Benedict’s, incorporating the communities of North Lakes, Mango Hill and Griffin. “Our challenge will be to ... Read More »

Fees in some Queensland Catholic schools to rise because of Gonski plan

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PARENTS of students at some Queensland Catholic schools are bracing for fee increases of almost 10 per cent next year – a direct result of the new Federal Government funding changes to schools. About 30 Catholic schools run by religious institutes and incorporated bodies are the hardest hit because they are considered “over-funded” under the Government’s new Gonski 2.0 model. ... Read More »

New chapel dedicated to St Teresa of Calcutta to be built in Brisbane

Catholics gather around Mother Teresa statue at Marian Valley

MOTHER Teresa longed to be at the feet of the crucified Christ and that is exactly where a group of Brisbane Catholics have put the Albanian saint. A life-like statue of St Teresa of Kolkata, which shows how the saint prayed before the Blessed Sacrament, now sits at the foot of the crucifix in Marian Valley, a shrine operated by ... Read More »

Australian dioceses cut ties with White Ribbon for supporting national access to abortion (UPDATED)

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UPDATE: WHITE Ribbon Australia has pledged its ongoing support for access to legal abortion, despite some of its supporters finding the position unacceptable, including the Brisbane archdiocese, the Parramatta diocese and other Christian groups. Ahead of White Ribbon Day on November 25, the charity, known to many as the “Say no to violence against women” organisation said it supported “the ... Read More »

Permanent diaconate growing with Deacon Andrew O’Brien ordained for Brisbane

Deacon Andrew O'Brien walks through the guard of honour following his diaconal ordination.

BRISBANE’S newest permanent deacon has asked Christians to find Christ in the poor, who are thirsting for friendship and human belonging. Deacon Andrew O’Brien, who was ordained a permanent deacon on November 11 at St Stephen’s Cathedral, said Christians should not be afraid to encounter those on the margins, particularly those who lived on the streets. “Our purpose as Christians ... Read More »

Rosies remembers 30 years since first mission to Schoolies

Rosies youth shelter

THIRTY years ago a group of 28 young adults embarked on a unique and adventurous mission – to provide safe activities for Schoolies flocking to Surfers Paradise. Little did they know that their faith, determination and sense of purpose that created Rosies Gold Coast would be alive and strong today, with final preparations for Schoolies 2017. Schoolies was very different ... Read More »

Kickboxing champion continues his fight to live but family hope to relocate to Iran

Masoud and Fatemeh

FORMER kickboxing champion Masoud Abdollah Pouri marked his 37th birthday recently – inside an aged-care nursing home in Brisbane’s northern suburbs. The one-time member of Iran’s elite Thai kickboxing team has a hypoxic brain injury. He cannot speak, is unable to move most of his body, and is in the constant care of his mother Fatemeh and younger brother Edris. ... Read More »

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