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Haircut and a chat giving Inala Family Support Centre clients new outlook on life

IT’S amazing how a haircut can add a new lease of life. “When people have a haircut, or a colour, they feel great,” Family Support Centre co-ordinator Liza Dykstra said. Last week the St Vincent de Paul Society-run centre at Inala introduced a free hairdressing service and it wasn’t long before the waiting room was filled with eager clients – ... Read More »

Well-known Brisbane archdiocesan priest Fr Ray Kearney has died, aged 80

RESPECTED Brisbane archdiocesan priest Fr Ray Kearney died on October 29 at St Vincent’s Hospital, aged 80. Fr Kearney  was ordained in 1962 as part of the second-largest class ever to leave Pius XII Seminary, Banyo. His first posting was to Mt Gravatt parish from 1962-64, where he learned the power of pastoral visits alongside Fr John Rosenskjar.  Fr Kearney ... Read More »

Counsellor warns on the growth of post-abortion syndrome after Queensland abortion decision

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AFTER Queensland MPs vote to legalise abortion, a respected Catholic trauma counsellor has used her regular newsletter to warn of the grief and long-term psychological impacts of the life-ending practice. “What has happened to all of us that we have allowed this to happen?” post-abortion grief and sexual abuse counsellor Anne Lastman wrote in her newsletter Broken Branches. Mrs Lastman was ... Read More »

Gary and Natasha Pinto have a mutual passion for music and a shared devotion to God

THERE’S divine symmetry between Gary and Natasha Pinto. His name is synonymous with Australian Idol winner and Christian musician Guy Sebastian, together producing the World Youth Day 2008 theme song Receive the Power, and “a few hundred” songs under his musical belt over two decades. Her name as a musician and singer stands tall in its own right with a ... Read More »

Brisbane priest witnesses the Church and people of Iraq rebuilding after ISIS devastated their country

BRISBANE priest Fr Gerry Hefferan has visited some of the towns devastated by ISIS in the Nineveh Plains of northern Iraq and been struck by the “incredible resilience” of families rebuilding their lives there. “I remember the courage and perseverance of returning families and their hospitality,” Fr Hefferan told parishioners at the Parish of St Joseph and St Anthony, Bracken ... Read More »

Queensland abortion legislation is ‘a horrible law, a total disregard for innocent human life’

  BRISBANE Archbishop Mark Coleridge has questioned the integrity of the “so-called ‘conscience’ vote” when the Queensland Parliament voted to decriminalise abortion in a late-night extended session. The bill, which passed Queensland Parliament by 50 votes to 41 on October 17, allows for abortions up to 22 weeks, and beyond 22 weeks with the approval of a second doctor. These ... Read More »

Responding to God’s gentle voice, Sr Teresa makes her first profession as a Verbum Dei Missionary

WITH conviction her life belongs to God, Teresa Gasparin embraced her profession of temporal (or first) vows as a Verbum Dei Missionary Sister on August 4 at the Isle of Wight, England. The Catholic Leader traced the former Stanthorpe parishioner’s journey towards formal discernment just over two years ago, as she farewelled close family and a supportive parish community, to ... Read More »

MP physician voting No: ‘The issue of abortion is personally distressing … deeply confronting’

PRO-life advocates gathered outside Queensland Parliament House last weekend for one final protest against the Palaszczuk Labor Government’s abortion bill, which was to be voted on in parliament this week. A conscience vote would determine whether or not women could terminate their pregnancies up to 22 weeks, and until birth with the permission of two doctors. Member for Moggill Dr ... Read More »

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