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Queensland’s body for men and women religious reaches end of an era

MEN and women religious in Queensland are embracing a new body to represent their orders, congregations and institutes following the closure of Catholic Religious Australia Queensland. More than 150 religious priests, sisters and brothers who have ministered in Queensland marked the official closure of CRAqld on June 6. The Ritual of Closure marked the end of nearly 55 years of ... Read More »

Single mother’s hospital parking pain eased following government promises

Lisa Jackson

HOSPITAL trips are becoming less of a financial nightmare for a Catholic single mother-of-three who until mid-last year was paying more than $380 a month in parking fees. Stafford parishioner of 45 years Lisa Jackson welcomed a victory for the community after the Queensland Government last year promised to invest up to $7.5 million over four years to make an ... Read More »

Catholics urged to change mentality as shopping bags head for history’s bin

Erin Kennedy shopping

AS Queenslanders prepare for a ban on plastic shopping bags from July 1, Catholics are being urged to think more broadly about giving up harmful, single-use plastic items to protect the environment. “Using plastics is not a respectful use of resources,” Brisbane Catholic Erin Kennedy, a member of the archdiocesan Justice and Peace commission, said. “It has such a detrimental ... Read More »

People with a mental illness turn to their patron saint for prayers

Members of Catholic Psychiatric Pastoral Care

THE daughter of an Irish pagan king and a beautiful Catholic mother has become the lifeline and friend to a group of Catholics from Brisbane who live with a mental illness. Members of Brisbane-based ministry Catholic Psychiatric Pastoral Care, which offers spiritual support and companionship to people with a mental illness, have developed a deep love and devotion to St ... Read More »

Sacred Heart doors always open in Rosalie

Sacred Heart Church

ROSALIE’S famous brick church that was nearly destroyed by a fire in 1942 turns 100 next week. Bishop Ken Howell will mark the centenary of Sacred Heart Church, Rosalie, with a Mass on June 16, the day before the grand Romanesque church turns 100. Long-time parishioner Anne Hampson has worshipped at the church for 62 years and in that time ... Read More »

Commissioner Bob Atkinson heartened by church support for royal commission’s work

Bob Atkinson

ROYAL Commissioner Bob Atkinson has offered encouragement to Australian churches taking up the recommendations of the Royal Commission into child sexual abuse, including the payment of compensation to survivors. “I can say it is very heartening to see the support of various faiths in recent times for the national redress scheme,” Mr Atkinson, a former Queensland police commissioner, said while ... Read More »

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