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Marriage preparation major focus for synod participants

By Paul Dobbyn BETTER preparation for couples planning marriage and for men studying for the priesthood have been two significant but overlooked topics frequently discussed in the extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family in Rome. Brisbane’s John Paul II Centre for Family and Life director Dr Ray Campbell said, after looking at daily summaries from the synod being held ... Read More »

Youth ministers to prepare youth for mission

By Emilie Ng YOUTH ministers attending the Australian Catholic Youth Ministry Convention left eager to be more missionary focused in parishes and schools. Sunnybank parish youth leader Steven Bird said the convention, held last week in Adelaide, offered a “refreshing reminder” that youth ministers were “the hands and feet of Christ in the community”. “We have to keep Jesus as the ... Read More »

Congolese horrors inspire Simon’s Brisbane mission

By Paul Dobbyn SIMON Chibaloza has survived working in one of the most dangerous occupations on Earth – a human rights activist in the Congo. Not only has the Banyo-Nundah parishioner survived, but he’s thriving in a range of roles from being an ambassador with Catholic Mission to working as a community liaison officer with Education Queensland. Mr Chibaloza continues to ... Read More »

Shared humanity must be the focus

By Archbishop Mark Coleridge ISLAM has been much in the news in recent days. A great deal has been said and written, some of it seriously misinformed. Christianity and Islam have had a tortured history, and there’s a need to focus at a time of tension like this. The word “Islam” means peace; and certainly Muhammad brought peace to the ... Read More »

New church ‘sign of life’ on Coast

By Emilie Ng RECONSTRUCTION on one of the Gold Coast’s most treasured churches is a sign of new life for the entire Church, Surfers Paradise parish priest Fr Tim Harris said. Stella Maris Church, Broadbeach, demolished earlier this year, is being reconstructed into a new $3 million church, and expected to open in time for Christmas Masses. Frames and two ... Read More »

Housing stress hits Queensland

By Paul Dobbyn A BRISBANE grandmother in her late 70s, forced to live on the streets for eight months to secure social housing, is one example of the impact of rising rents on pensioners. Rosies manager Troy Bailey said the woman’s predicament highlighted a dysfunctional welfare system. “She couldn’t afford to keep up with rising rental costs and eventually moved ... Read More »

New bishops meet pope

By Paul Dobbyn ROCKHAMPTON Bishop Michael McCarthy and Wilcannia-Forbes Bishop Columba Macbeth-Green hold cherished memories of their meeting with Pope Francis after their attendance at a school for new bishops in Rome. The school ran for two weeks from early September. Bishop McCarthy had anticipated the meeting and before leaving for Rome said his diary had a “great circle around ... Read More »

Loads of help

By Emilie Ng FRIENDS Nicholas Marchesi and Lucas Patchett have trouble washing their own clothes, but over the next three months they will become experts at washing clothes for Brisbane’s homeless. The high school friends formerly from St Joseph’s College, Gregory Terrace, Mr Marchesi and Mr Patchett spent many hours working with Brisbane’s homeless as part of the college’s community ... Read More »

Hail Mary will be the perfect end

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By Peter Bugden THE memory of more than 230 young men kneeling in the courtyard at the front of St Joseph’s Nudgee College and praying the Hail Mary before they are farewelled is one that principal Daryl Hanly will long cherish as he heads into retirement. It is a sight that will symbolise what has given him the greatest thrill ... Read More »

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