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A hand out or a hand up?

By Paul Dobbyn PROPOSED Brisbane City Council legislation to give officers the power to fine homeless people sleeping in parks has been described as “unnecessary and like kicking people when they’re down”. Rosies chief executive officer Troy Bailey said the proposed Public Land and Council Asset local law 2014 would open up a “Pandora’s Box of problems for the homeless” ... Read More »

Marriage better with NFP

CATHOLIC couples that ignore church teaching on contraception “don’t know what they are missing,” said a US couple invited to address the extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family. Alice and Jeff Heinzen, family life leaders in the Diocese of La Crosse, Wisconsin, spoke at the synod on October 7, urging efforts to find new ways to share its teaching ... Read More »

New church a virtual reality

By Emilie Ng GOLD Coast priest Fr Ken Howell is the first Australian priest to take a virtual tour of a new church. Fr Howell “walked” through a virtual model of the new church for Burleigh Waters wearing a virtual reality headset powered by technology company Oculus on October 14. The Burleigh Heads parish priest said taking a tour of ... Read More »

Endowments fund $100,000 grants program for Brisbane archdiocese

Reading glasses on pile of paper

By Paul Dobbyn SUNSHINE Coast man Kevin Whelan said there were pragmatic reasons for his family’s generous response to an invitation to set up an endowment fund to support Brisbane archdiocese’s agencies and ministries. “I’ve always felt if you invest a dollar and nothing happens, at least you’ve still got a dollar to try again,” he said. “That way, you ... Read More »

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 »

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