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A memory of the heart

Picthing in: Bishop John Gerry helps out with the washing up during a visit to Boystown, Beaudesert, in 1989.

By Paul Dobbyn  BISHOP John Gerry’s rolled-up-sleeves approach to ministry is captured in a photo taken of him washing up with some young chaps at Boystown in 1989. “I was very happy to have that as my image in a history of the archdiocese,” he said, smiling at the memory as he surveyed the view from the balcony of his ... Read More »

Brothers remembered

Webb brothers

By Paul Dobbyn MEMORIES were flowing faster than the Mary River in flood at a Memorial Mass and reunion to celebrate the lives of Gympie’s musical Webb brothers Marius and Fabian. Gympie Brothers Old Boys including Mass celebrants Fathers Frank Gilbert and Pat Cassidy, surviving Webb brother Berard, the brothers’ wives and children and bush poet Noel Stallard were among ... Read More »

Walking with Jesus Christ

Eucharist

BLESSED Frederic Ozanam founded the St Vincent de Paul Society 179 years ago on the values of believing the Word, Gospel values, loving and trusting God, having integrity, living for others, and becoming the salt of the earth and the light of the world.  These wonderful values gave members of the society’s Vincentian family deep roots and an anchor on ... Read More »

The unforgettable gift of life

Pamela Hayes

PAMELA Hayes felt overwhelmed with love when she held her first son tightly in her arms and wondered if being in Heaven felt the same way. The first-time mum, aged 25, wasn’t expecting this amount of love, and as she looked down at her child, she questioned her decision to give him up for adoption. Pam’s pregnancy in 1976 was ... Read More »

Devotion on show

ANYONE paying their respects at the grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes, St Joachim’s, Holland Park, last week would have been pleased to see a beautiful bunch of freshly cut flowers at the statue’s feet. I was doing some tidying up around the grotto at the time the flowers were delivered. The car drove into the church ground with some ... Read More »

Praise be to you, Lord

Ladauto Si', the Hobbit and Tolkien

By Archbishop Charles Chaput THE First World War lingers in the memory as humanity’s first encounter with industrialised killing on a mass scale. New weapons of the machine age obliterated forests, villages and fields – an entire way of life. This new type of war also deeply shaped the thinking of men who experienced it first-hand. Among them were JRR Tolkien ... Read More »

A mother’s undying love

Hope amidst grief: Anthony, Jacinta and Michael Goodwin with a cherished photograph of young Joseph taken last Christmas.

By Paul Dobbyn DESPITE his tragic death several months ago, the presence of young Joseph Goodwin is still alive in his Oxley home. There’s his cheeky-faced photograph on the wall taken last Christmas, not long before his short two years and six months on earth ended, “just before Ash Wednesday”, as his father Anthony said. Then there’s “Joseph’s Way of ... Read More »

Encountering mystery

Spiritual journey: The Church of Our Saviour on the Spilled Blood

By Fr Frank O’Dea I HAVE recently retired as parish priest at Cleveland on Moreton Bay in Queensland and have been offered the opportunity to visit the United Kingdom and Europe. One of the first places I was able to see was the magnificent northern Russian city of St Petersburg. During my stay, I visited the world-renowned Hermitage museum and ... Read More »

Promoting health

INTERNATIONAL Men’s Health Week runs ran from June 2015 15 – 21. Teaching young boys and men about drugs and alcohol and sexual health is a focus for Youth Off The Streets. Many parents view these topics as taboo, but we can’t just ignore potential dangers because they’re difficult to talk about.  I’ve seen many young men and boys at ... Read More »

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