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New mission for St Luke’s

By Emilie Ng BURANDA’S Catholic community is gearing up for a new mission providing aged care services, parish administrator vicar general Monsignor Peter Meneely has confirmed. St Luke’s Buranda, one of two Spanish mission-style churches in Brisbane, is to be surrounded by a new retirement village, St Luke’s Green, confirmed for completion by 2016. Msgr Meneely said a new retirement ... Read More »

Wrestling with trauma

TEN years after a giant tsunami swept across south Asia, survivors across the region still wrestle with the trauma that lingers long after the water receded from thousands of seaside towns and villages. “When the waters rose around my house during recent flooding, it brought back memories of the tsunami, and I felt some of that fear all over again,” ... Read More »

New centre opens

HEALTH care continues to be top priority for Holy Cross Laundry, which officially opened its new $35 million facility in Banyo on December 3. The opening marked the end of more than 100 years of services in Holy Cross Laundry’s former Wooloowin facility. It also coincided with the 125th anniversary since Holy Cross Laundry opened in 1889 by Sir Henry ... Read More »

Called to virtue

By Emilie Ng YOUNG Catholics in Brisbane and Sydney are steering a new initiative to restore virtuous culture in today’s hedonistic society. Frassati Australia and Crossroads Australia co-ordinator Chris Da Silva is among three Australians who will establish international enterprise The Culture Project in February. The Culture Project shares the Church’s message of sexual integrity and human dignity into Sydney ... Read More »

St Stephen’s Cathedral built on the rock of Jesus

By Peter Bugden BRISBANE Archbishop Mark Coleridge, celebrating the feast of the Dedication of the Cathedral of St Stephen on December 4, reminded worshippers who gathered there that if they were not living more deeply dedicated to Jesus Christ then the cathedral would be like “a house built on sand”. Archbishop Coleridge, in his homily at the feast day Mass, reflected ... Read More »

Pope to create new cardinals in February

Pope Francis and cardinals

POPE Francis will create new cardinals on February 14, following a two-day meeting of the world’s cardinals that will discuss reform of the Vatican bureaucracy, among other issues. The Vatican spokesman Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi made the announcement on yesterday (December 11). The names of the new cardinals were likely to be announced in mid-January, he said. If Pope Francis ... Read More »

Fr Gerard farewelled from his beloved Inala

DIVINE Word Missionaries Father Gerard Mulholland, in the months leading up to his death from Motor Neurone Disease in Sydney, expressed a desire to be buried from his beloved St Mark’s Parish, Inala. “I’ve really loved Inala … the people there, and the kids, they’ve all been great,” the late-vocation priest had once told a close friend. “It’s a vibrant ... Read More »

ACMRO criticises government for ‘bartering children’

prisoner's hands through fence

THE Australian Catholic advocacy body for migrants and refugees has described the Federal Government’s latest legislation on asylum seekers as “unethical” and relying on the “bartering of children” for its success. The Australian Catholic Migrant and Refugee Office national director Scalabrinian Father Maurizio Pettena said the new legislation was “an all-time low for Australian politics”. The Migration and Maritime Powers ... Read More »

Final school days

CATHOLIC primary schools across Queensland said their final farewells to Year 7 students last week before they make the historic leap into high school next year. More than 12,000 Year 6 students are set to begin 2015 as high school’s newest intakes as Year 7 becomes the first step in secondary schooling for the first time in Queensland. Carina’s St ... Read More »

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