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Parish waits 50 years for a visit from an Archbishop

Durong

KATHY Duff was four years old when she met her first Archbishop outside a small church in the rural town of Durong. It was March 6, 1966, and despite such a grand figure visiting, the deputy mayor of the South Burnett Regional Council only remembers a sibling dispute about fancy hats.  “I had a white hat that sat at an ... Read More »

Proof is in the pudding: The secret recipe changing lives around the world

Fr Darcy McCarthy

AN irresistible aroma of mixed fruits and pudding mixture fills the factory located in the Alstonville St Joseph’s School Complex part of the Alstonville Wardell Parish. The exact recipe for Father Mac’s Heavenly Puddings is a closely guarded secret, but at least some of the ingredients can be revealed. After the mixed fruits have boiled and stood overnight, manager Bev ... Read More »

Real Talk is sex education that actually works

Real Talk

TEENAGERS need the Catholic Church’s message about sex and relationships more than ever, managing director of a schools-based Catholic charity Paul Ninnes said. Based on his experience of talking with teenagers in schools through Real Talk Australia, Mr Ninnes said teenagers who have never heard the Church’s message of sexuality have low expectations of relationships. Many of them are also ... Read More »

Euthanasia a ‘gross over-response’ to the needs of the sick and vulnerable: ‘It is actually killing people’

Euthanasia concerns

ONE of Australia’s most prominent anti-euthanasia campaigners maintains an “intensified” political battle is brewing to allow voluntary euthanasia. “There is no law allowing it currently – but that could easily change,” Paul Russell, a Catholic and the executive director of HOPE: preventing euthanasia and assisted suicide, said. “A vote in a parliament could easily tip one way or another.  It ... Read More »

One of the first Queensland families to try out Hummingbird House

Caldwells

THE Caldwell family considers Hummingbird House, Queensland’s first children hospice, a blessing.  For the Caldwells – Kevin and Johanna and their two daughters 10-year-old Gabby and Sophia, 7 – a break from a routine of constant care is like gold.  When Gabby was only four months old, she started having seizures every couple of months. At two she was diagnosed ... Read More »

‘The house that Queensland built’

Hummingbird House

QUEENSLAND’S has officially opened a hospice for children with life-limiting conditions and their families.  Hummingbird House, which officially opened last week, is only the third children’s hospice in Australia.  In stark comparison, the United Kingdom has 53 children’s hospices.  The Queensland-first is an eight-bed facility, providing a wide range of services including – short stay breaks, symptom management, family wellbeing, ... Read More »

Four-month renovations under way for St Stephen’s Cathedral facelift

Cathedral renovations

LAYERS of tarpaulins have been the only things stopping a major flood from washing away the priests celebrating Mass at St Stephen’s Cathedral for the past two years.  The 2014 Brisbane hailstorm that forced the closure of dozens of Catholic schools and devastation among churches, also pounded against the roof at St Stephen’s. Cathedral dean Fr David Pascoe said rough ... Read More »

Port Macquarie’s Emmaus chapel renamed after new saint

Emmaus Chapel

RESIDENTS from Catholic Care of the Aged, a service of St Agnes’ Parish in Port Macquarie and the wider parish, gathered together for a saintly ceremony on October 4. The Mass was held on the occasion of re-naming the former Mother Teresa Chapel at Emmaus to the St Teresa of Kolkata Chapel, in honour of the recently canonised saint. In ... Read More »

Tony Abbott, Archbishop Coleridge, Orange Sky team encourage faithful to bring religion into culture at university conference

Spirit in the City

CATHOLICS, unlike the Amish, should not neglect culture because of their religion, Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge said at a chaplaincy-run conference last week. The Archbishop made his comments as the keynote speaker for the second Spirit in the City Conference, an annual event held run by the Queensland University of Technology  chaplaincy. “Catholics are not Amish, we don’t turn our ... Read More »