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Brisbane school breathes new life into 81-year-old country church

Cooranga North church

THE last time Catholics living in Cooranga North saw their beautiful country church, it was listed for sale on a website. Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church, built in 1937, served Catholics in Dalby, in Toowoomba diocese, and then the neighbouring Jandowae community over 75 years before closing in 2013 due to low attendance rates and a lack of ... Read More »

Queenslanders to give fighting chance for the unborn

A pregnant mother with a pro-life sign

PRO-life supporters are gearing up for a month of tireless campaigning to ensure Queensland politicians protect the unborn. Cherish Life Queensland announced the annual March For Life will be held in Brisbane on March 18, a day after the first national summit for the grassroots campaign Abortion Rethink. Four thousand people turned up to last year’s March for Life rally ... Read More »

Hundreds of young Indigenous given a chance to finish school with QATSIF scholarship

Alexandra Hills State School students

HUNDREDS of young indigenous students from Queensland will complete their senior years of high school with help from a state-based scholarship fund. The Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Foundation has delivered scholarships to 1045 indigenous students from all education sectors across the state to support their Year 11 and 12 studies. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students from 56 ... Read More »

Syrian refugee family who were followed by death find happiness in Brisbane

Al Mhanna family

SYRIAN refugee couple Bahiya and Adnan Al Mhanna lost all their money and nearly their lives in Damascus, but for the first time in years they have something to smile about. The Melkite Catholic married couple along with their two sons are now celebrating their first offer of employment in Australia. The Al Mhanna family were among the 12,000 displaced ... Read More »

Sky’s the limit for Brisbane deacon taking on Q1 stair challenge

Andrew O'Brien

DEACON Andrew O’Brien is preparing to climb the tallest building in Australia so his Brisbane-based outreach can continue to offer mateship to homeless people in Brisbane and on the Gold Coast. The Brisbane deacon and manager for Catholic outreach Rosies, which serves a cuppa to hundreds of homeless people in Queensland every week, will attempt to climb 1331 steps in ... Read More »

Nigerian priest details his honest experiences of Brisbane parishes in first memoir

Fr Emmanuel Aguiyi

A NIGERIAN Catholic priest in Brisbane has written a heartfelt book about his experiences working in a suburban Australian church, including dealing with culture shock and bridging cultural barriers. “At times, having a foreign priest is a source of tension for some parishioners who have not done much with people from other countries, particularly Africa,” Fr Emmanuel Aguiyi, who is ... Read More »

Steady rain lifts spirits but not the Queensland drought

barren land in Aramac

WHEN Good Samaritan Sister Carmel Pattinson heard a steady fall of rain on her roof in Richmond last week, she also felt the spirits of the locals “being lifted”. But intermittent rain over a few days wasn’t enough to end what is now the fifth year of drought in the north Queensland town. “It has lifted people’s spirits but the ... Read More »

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