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‘I wake and thank God for the new day and my faith’, Bernice Steele says prayer knows no bounds

LIFE’S fragility was crystal clear to Bernice Steele on her first Mother’s Day 40 years ago.  “I didn’t know if I’d live or die,” she said, recalling hospitalisation for the removal of a malignant melanoma.  “Back in those days, there wasn’t the awareness there is today (about skin cancer),” Bernice said.  “Our son was only weeks old when I went ... Read More »

Seeking the Divine Mercy of God in the suburbs, Eileen Hearn wants to share the joy of life with all

EILEEN Hearn answers the phone around 3pm, if it happens to ring, but she doesn’t linger.  “We’re saying our prayers,” she said to several callers within a brief time frame on Holy Thursday afternoon. “Can you call back?”  The 80-year-old devotee of the Divine Mercy chaplet was light-hearted for the interruption.  “Most people know that Ken and I pray at ... Read More »

Laughter is key – talented musician’s past fuels her faith-driven future, helping people twice her age

AFTER career changes and even a time of voluntary ministry, reliant on God’s providence to make ends meet, Helena Montegrande has found her niche.  The 39-year-old Petrie parishioner “finds great joy” in working with people almost twice her age.  “I just love it,” Helena said of full time work within Italian welfare.  “I love bringing a smile to their faces ... Read More »

Intentional parenting in the way of God, how nine brothers and sisters become ‘the best of friends’

PERHAPS it’s the formula of the absence of a television screen, one stereo in the living room and school-related computer access only. Perhaps it’s the fervent commitment to Catholic traditions and the pursuit of prayerfully following the will of God.  Or it could well be the unwavering dedication to the nine children within their household and the further four entrusted ... Read More »

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