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Sunnybank church expansion complete for Christmas Masses

Outside Our Lady of Lourdes Church

SUNNYBANK’S parish priest is “worn out” after organising a $2.3 million Christmas gift for his parishioners. Fr Dan Ryan, who is parish priest at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Sunnybank, gave his congregation a brand new church in time for Christmas Masses this weekend. Six months ago the Sunnybank church, originally built in 1963, was knocked down to make way ... Read More »

Catholics shed tears of joy at the opening of the new Maroochydore church

Priests at Maroochydore parish opening

PARISHIONERS thanked God, and some wept with joy, as they worshipped for the first time in the new Stella Maris Church in Maroochydore. “We waited for a long time, but …  we are home. Thank you, Lord, thank you. It is beautiful,” said Josephine Schemvri, a parishioner of 20 years, wiping back heartfelt tears. Alongside, her friend Gwen De Silva ... Read More »

Parish ministry Aspleycare brings joy to Brisbane’s poorest

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HUNGRY little mouths in Brisbane will be feasting for weeks after Christmas, thanks to a delivery of 110 hampers from parish ministry Aspleycare. Laundry baskets filled with delicious festive and staple foods were delivered to Brisbane families assisted by Aspleycare, a ministry of Our Lady and St Dympna’s Parish in Aspley on the city’s northside. More than 100 disadvantaged families ... Read More »

Meet the Brisbane lay men and women who received a Papal award yesterday

Papal honours recipients

FIVE Brisbane Catholics, who have served the archdiocese for a combined total of 180 years, are surprised to be receiving papal honours for their efforts. Lloyd Eikenloff, Mary Coman, Kevin Ross, Margaret Vider and Paul Gallagher yesterday received papal honours in recognition of their professional and volunteer work in the Brisbane archdiocese. All recipients were to receive their awards at ... Read More »

Brisbane priest pleased ‘gay panic’ law to be ditched

Fr Paul Kelly

BRISBANE priest Fr Paul Kelly is relieved the Queensland Government has introduced a bill to abolish the controversial “gay panic” defence. Fr Kelly (pictured) has spent years campaigning to change the law, after a man was bashed and died in the grounds of the St Mary’s Church in Maryborough church where he was serving as parish priest in 2008. Disgusted ... Read More »

Jesuit priest Fr Frank Brennan says if US deal falls through, resettling refugees on Manus and Nauru into Australia only ‘credible option’

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IF United States President-elect Donald Trump decides not to honour an agreement to accept refugees from Nauru and Manus Island then they should be settled permanently in Australia, Jesuit theologian and lawyer Fr Frank Brennan says. Fr Brennan made the assertion during a talk he gave in Brisbane on November 29 to mark the 45th anniversary of the Justice in ... Read More »

New Brisbane city Vinnies will be a ‘place of mercy and hope’

Vinnies Brisbane city

CITY dwellers experiencing poverty, loneliness and isolation can turn to a new “centre of charity” that will provide free high-quality emergency goods to people in need. St Vincent de Paul Society opened its new retail shop, better known as a “centre of charity”, on Mary Street in Brisbane’s CBD last month. It is the first Vinnies op shop to open ... Read More »

Brisbane Archbishop encourages Neocatechumenal Way community

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BRISBANE Archbishop Mark Coleridge has delivered a strong message of hope and repentance in an Advent homily to Brisbane’s Neocatechumenal Way communities. Speaking to the communities, which operate in four Brisbane parishes, during a vigil Mass in St Ambrose’s Church in Newmarket, Archbishop Coleridge described the words of prophet Isaiah (Isaiah 11:16 “The wolf will live with the lamb …) ... Read More »

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