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Cooktown counting their blessings after Cyclone Ita

By Paul Dobbyn BRANCHES broken by the fury of Cyclone Ita have been used in Cooktown’s St Mary’s Church to celebrate a Palm Sunday prayer service with a difference. Pastoral leader Mercy Sister Irene Masterson said gratitude was the predominant mood during a “beautiful prayer service” attended by about a dozen parishioners. “We used foliage broken by the high winds ... Read More »

Schools are in harmony when it comes to anti-bullying message

THE message was clear “Say No to Bullying” and it resonated throughout Brisbane Catholic Education schools on Harmony Day on March 21. It was a theme endorsed by staff, students and parents who arrived at schools dressed in orange to highlight the anti-bullying message and promote a tolerant and culturally diverse society. Harmony Day is a day of cultural respect ... Read More »

Colloquium to explore Pope’s world influence

CATHOLIC experts will lead a colloquium to discuss and workshop the impact Holy Father Pope Francis is having on the global Church and in mainstream media this month. Experts on the panel include Mount Alvernia College deputy principal Allison Stone, 55 comms Chief Executive Officer and former The Courier-Mail editor Michael Crutcher, Evangelisation Brisbane mission team leader Ursuline Sister Kari ... Read More »

Ipswich mayor helps order give a hand up to homeless

IPSWICH council will donate almost $20,000 to the Order of Malta to buy 600 custom-made coats for homeless in Brisbane and Ipswich. Ipswich mayor Paul Pisasale announced at the third annual Coats for the Homeless breakfast on April 3, that he and fellow Ipswich councillor David Morrison had agreed to double their initial purchase of 300 coats for the homeless. ... Read More »

St Itas shares the Easter message

By Emilie Ng CHILDREN at St Ita’s Primary School, Dutton Park, brought the story of Jesus’ passion and death to life with a sense of joy at a special end of term Easter reflection. Family and friends of the school community watched as the school’s 402 students re-enacted the story of the death of Our Lord on April 4. Each year ... Read More »

More young men consider priesthood at vocations dinner

YOUNG men considering the priesthood gathered in Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge’s home in New Farm for the 17th annual vocations dinner. More than 50 young men came in search of answers, consolations and encouragement in their pursuit of discerning the priestly vocation. The dinners offer young men a “clearer idea” about discerning the priesthood in Brisbane. Joining the Archbishop was ... Read More »

‘Please pray for us’


By Paul Dobbyn COOKTOWN’S pastoral leader Mercy Sister Irene Masterson has amazingly managed to be “where cyclones weren’t” in her decades of ministry in Queensland’s far north. Not this time. Preparing to bunker down ahead of monster Cyclone Ita with the rest of Cooktown, she spoke with The Catholic Leader around 11am Friday, April 11. Reports were becoming increasingly alarming. ... Read More »

Justice issues on G20 radar

Paper stacks

By Paul Dobbyn BRISBANE’S G20 summit of world leaders in November will be used as an opportunity to engage Catholics with social justice issues both in Australia and abroad. The archdiocese’s Catholic Justice and Peace Commission aims to do this by involving parishes throughout the archdiocese in public consultations and online educational resources. CJPC executive officer Peter Arndt said the ... Read More »

The key to Evangelii Gaudium – Joy and the need for a good confession

By Fr Peter Fitzsimons POPE Francis begins his Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium with these words: “The Joy of the Gospel fills the hearts and lives of all who encounter Jesus. Those who accept his offer of salvation are set free from sin, sorrow, inner emptiness and loneliness. With Christ joy is constantly born anew. In this Exhortation I wish to ... Read More »

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