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Community outrage over plans to overhaul heritage-listed Brisbane chapel

Villa Maria hostel

CONCERNED Catholics and community members are questioning the decision of an aged care provider to refurbish a portion of a heritage-listed chapel in Brisbane. Catholic Healthcare, an aged care provider for Queensland and New South Wales, is undertaking an expansion and refurbishment of Villa Maria residential age care home in Fortitude Valley. The project will include refurbishing the St Gabriel’s ... Read More »

Hear the new noise from emmanuelworship

emmanuelworship in the studio

CALLING a new album noise would be offensive to most musicians but not for the worship leaders in Brisbane’s emmanuelworship. For months the team have worked on a new album to recreate the “mighty noise from heaven” that the disciples heard on Pentecost 2000 years ago. That heavenly noise has been captured in Ventus (Noise from Heaven), emmanuelworship’s latest live ... Read More »

Pastor of new parish for North Lakes, Mango Hill and Griffin says community’s first priority is ‘to be Christ’

Members of the St Benedict's parish.

IF there’s a Gospel reading Fr Bryan Roe wants his new parish to know by heart, it’s the one he proclaimed on Sunday. Fr Roe intends to make the Gospel reading from Matthew 25:31-46 the vision statement for his new parish community of St Benedict’s, incorporating the communities of North Lakes, Mango Hill and Griffin. “Our challenge will be to ... Read More »

Fees in some Queensland Catholic schools to rise because of Gonski plan

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PARENTS of students at some Queensland Catholic schools are bracing for fee increases of almost 10 per cent next year – a direct result of the new Federal Government funding changes to schools. About 30 Catholic schools run by religious institutes and incorporated bodies are the hardest hit because they are considered “over-funded” under the Government’s new Gonski 2.0 model. ... Read More »

New chapel dedicated to St Teresa of Calcutta to be built in Brisbane

Catholics gather around Mother Teresa statue at Marian Valley

MOTHER Teresa longed to be at the feet of the crucified Christ and that is exactly where a group of Brisbane Catholics have put the Albanian saint. A life-like statue of St Teresa of Kolkata, which shows how the saint prayed before the Blessed Sacrament, now sits at the foot of the crucifix in Marian Valley, a shrine operated by ... Read More »

Australian dioceses cut ties with White Ribbon for supporting national access to abortion (UPDATED)

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UPDATE: WHITE Ribbon Australia has pledged its ongoing support for access to legal abortion, despite some of its supporters finding the position unacceptable, including the Brisbane archdiocese, the Parramatta diocese and other Christian groups. Ahead of White Ribbon Day on November 25, the charity, known to many as the “Say no to violence against women” organisation said it supported “the ... Read More »

Permanent diaconate growing with Deacon Andrew O’Brien ordained for Brisbane

Deacon Andrew O'Brien walks through the guard of honour following his diaconal ordination.

BRISBANE’S newest permanent deacon has asked Christians to find Christ in the poor, who are thirsting for friendship and human belonging. Deacon Andrew O’Brien, who was ordained a permanent deacon on November 11 at St Stephen’s Cathedral, said Christians should not be afraid to encounter those on the margins, particularly those who lived on the streets. “Our purpose as Christians ... Read More »

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