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Gregorian chant enthusiast admits tradition can be boring without proper teaching

Ronan Reilly

GREGORIAN chant promoter Ronan Reilly is the first to admit traditional church music can seem uninspiring in the beginning. As a young Catholic, the Sacred Music Association member remembers being bored by singing chant for the Mass. He couldn’t understand why it was useful spiritually or musically to sing one syllable over and over in various tones, a music system ... Read More »

Country parish ‘a breath of fresh air’ for Indian pastor

Fr Noyichan

GATTON’S newest parish priest didn’t expect to find India in the Lockyer Valley. Missionary Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament Father Noyichan Mamoottil, officially installed this month as the pastor for the Gatton-Laidley parish, believes his new parishioners have a similar character to Catholics in Kerala, India. “I think it’s because most of (the parishioners) are not formal, they are very ... Read More »

Catholics remember wife of Emmanuel Community founder, Lorraine Smith

Lorraine Smith

CATHOLICS have honoured the spiritual mother of Brisbane’s charismatic renewal as “a faithful woman of God” with an unforgettable heart of forgiveness. Lorraine Smith, who was the wife of the founder of Emmanuel Community in Brisbane, died on September 13. Long-time friend Lisa Humphrys, who knew Mrs Smith since she was 13, said she was with the mother of five shortly ... Read More »

Brisbane conference to prove religion is relevant in public debate, with support from former PM

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FORMER Prime Minister Tony Abbott will be among key speakers at a Brisbane conference aimed at fortifying the relevance of faith in the public square. Spirit in the City, hosted by the Queensland University of Technology chaplaincy, will draw speakers including Mr Abbott, Archbishop Mark Coleridge, Mercy Sister Moira Debono and Christian educator Dr Ryan Messmore. Mr Abbott will address ... Read More »

Catholic school donates to ‘good Australians’ healing from abortions

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COUNSELLORS supporting women and men affected by an abortion experience have welcomed a $1500 donation from a Brisbane Catholic college. Brisbane counselor Gwen Winterscheidt of Rachel’s Vineyard, a Catholic ministry that facilitates healing retreats for post-abortive women and men, said the school had answered their prayers for financial support for an upcoming event. The group had begun plans for a ... Read More »

Brisbane Catholics have been hosting a birthday party for Our Lady for 27 years

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JESUS’ mother has never missed a birthday party at Queensland’s own Marian shrine for the past 27 years, and 2016 was no exception. Traditionally celebrated in the Church on September 8, more than 800 Catholics flocked to the popular Marian Valley shrine for the Nativity of Mary on September 3. Bishop Columba Macbeth-Green travelled from his home diocese in Wilcannia-Forbes, ... Read More »

Lutwyche digging deep for the poor

Lutwyche giving

LUTWYCHE parishioners united in the cause of social justice and understanding the plight of homeless people recently. More than 100 people, including children, attended a social justice night organised by the parish’s pastoral council. The night was organised in the spirit of a quote from Pope Francis: “How can it be that it is not a news item when an ... Read More »

Catholic nuns call for license protocols to weed out Gold Coast massage parlours operating as brothels

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CAMPAIGNERS against human trafficking have joined calls for Gold Coast massage parlours to be licensed to protect vulnerable young workers. Josephite Sister Margaret Ng has reacted to reports that massage parlours operating as underground brothels were recruiting overseas workers ahead of the 2018 Commonwealth Games. Sr Ng said it was common worldwide for big sporting events to attract activity within ... Read More »

Brisbane council backs September holiday fitness program created by three schoolgirls

school holiday fitness program

THREE savvy schoolgirls have devised a fun fitness program to get Brisbane teenagers into shape this September holiday break. Year 10 San Sisto College student Olivia Joyce, Lourdes Hill College student Georgia Press, and Somerville House student Jane Nimmo have devised the Healthy Body Healthy Mind initiative, aimed at offering 12-17 year olds a range of free outdoor fitness activities. ... Read More »

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