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Irish rebel’s headstone to be blessed on Easter Monday

William Ryan

IRISH rebel William Ryan has received a headstone to honour his role in Ireland’s independence battle nearly 60 years after being buried in an unmarked grave. Mr Ryan was one of the rebels who fought as a volunteer in the Dublin GPO during Easter Week 1916, and later in Ireland’s War of Independence. He migrated to Brisbane in 1926 and ... Read More »

New plan to promote healing between Brisbane archdiocese and indigenous people

Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge has welcomed a move to build stronger parish links with the indigenous community by adopting a new reconciliation plan (RAP). The RAP is a living document that identifies priorities and key goals in building awareness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, and strengthens relationships between Aboriginal and non-indigenous people across the archdiocese. “I am very ... Read More »

Parish heeds request to pray Rosary every day for 100-year Fatima anniversary

Children of Fatima

MARY’S request 100 years ago for three young children from Fatima to pray the Rosary every day has now been taken up by a parish in Brisbane archdiocese. Fr Terence Nueva has introduced the Fatima Covenant in his parish, Our Lady of Fatima in Acacia Ridge, to encourage individuals, families and groups to help pray the Rosary every day in ... Read More »

Chrism Mass: Archbishop Coleridge says God “will not fail” to raise men for the priesthood despite Royal Commission sorrow

Priests at the Chrism Mass

PRIESTLY vocations might be fewer in number and “chastened” by the Royal Commission’s hearings into abuse in the Catholic Church but “the gift of priesthood will remain”, Archbishop Mark Coleridge said. The Archbishop reiterated the anointed call of men to the priesthood during the Chrism Mass at St Stephen’s Cathedral on April 6, where priests of Brisbane archdiocese renewed their ... Read More »

‘We created the abuse’: Church official leading response to child sexual abuse tells priests its time to listen to the community

Francis Sullivan

AN official leading the Church response to child sex abuse has told priests in Brisbane, “we created the abuse”, now it is time for parish priests to listen to their communities, including people who have been abused and are angry with the Church. “We created the abuse. That is the harsh reality,” chief executive of the Church’s Truth, Justice and ... Read More »

Beenleigh Vinnies ready to help flood victims recover

Vinnies Beenleigh president

THE Beenleigh Vinnies team is gearing up to provide ongoing support to families hit hard by flooding. As the brown tide of floodwaters subsides across south-east Queensland, the clean-up is proving a mammoth task, not just for an army of volunteers, but also for agencies such as Vinnies which stands ready to help with food, clothing and furniture. The St ... Read More »

Carmel Cole celebrated for 50 years of church organ playing

Carmel Cole

CARMEL Cole never expected any reward for 50 years of service playing the church organ. However, the 77-year-old organist was honoured at a Mass and community celebration at The Fort with Brisbane’s Passionist Community last Sunday. And to top it off she received the Croce Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice, known in English as the Cross of Honour, from Pope Francis. ... Read More »

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