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Lismore’s faithful are united in prayer for the ordination of their new bishop next month

Bishop-elect Geoffrey Homeming

LISMORE diocese is united in prayer for its new bishop Carmelite Father Gregory Homeming in the lead-up to his episcopal ordination on February 22. Pope Francis appointed Fr Homeming as the sixth Bishop of Lismore and accepted the resignation of Bishop Geoffrey Jarrett on December 20. Fr Homeming’s episcopal ordination will be held in St Carthage’s Cathedral, Lismore, at 7pm ... Read More »

St Stephen’s Cathedral is wrapped up in art

Cathedral art

LOCAL artists have turned a busy construction site around St Stephen’s Cathedral into a mural on the Catholic social teaching theme of solidarity. Along the left side of the cathedral, local artists helped paint a mural of Brisbane residents welcoming the pregnant Blessed Virgin Mary and her faithful husband in time for Christmas Masses. The art project, co-ordinated by the ... Read More »

Faith-based emergency relief services respond to report calling for LGBTI-friendly environments

Emergency relief teams

  Faith-based organisations say they have “a long tradition of … respectfully” providing emergency relief to people despite some negative claims in a discussion about disaster response. The Federal Government-funded National Gender and Emergency Management Guidelines were developed by Victoria’s Women’s Health Goulburn North East Inc in response to major disasters such as the 2009 Black Saturday bushfires and the ... Read More »

Violence is driving more people out on the streets

homeless

AN increasing number of people who are homeless and seeing support services are doing so to flee family and domestic violence, a Federal Government agency says. A report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare shows 279,000 people sought homelessness services in 2015-16, with two in five people seeking help for domestic and family violence reasons. “This is a ... Read More »

Faith more important than makeup to these Catholic girls

Girl talk

IT’S not all about make-up and trendy clothes. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. Young ladies in St Joseph’s Parish, Stanthorpe, in Toowoomba diocese, have collaborated to form a Catholic girls’ club for 10 to 17-year-olds. A group of girls began meeting in September as participants in the Girl Talk program, written by Brisbane Catholics Kym Keady and Chantale Wilson, ... Read More »

Parents warned about dangerous online trends

cyber safety

THE leader of a peak body for Catholic parents has urged mums and dads to monitor their children’s online activity closely following the death of a 13-year-old boy from an Internet game. Federation of Parents and Friends Association of Catholic Schools in Queensland executive director Carmel Nash said children did not have the capacity to comprehend the dangers of some ... Read More »

Warwick church saved by quick community response

Fire at St Mary's Warwick

TOOWOOMBA’S bishop has praised the swift response of the community that saved a Warwick church after a lightning strike set it on fire. The fire that could have destroyed St Mary’s Church, Warwick, was started by a lightning strike that hit during a storm on January 2. Firefighters put the blaze out, saving the entire church from a disastrous ending. ... Read More »

Sr Anne Gardiner has spent 63 years loving the Tiwi Aboriginal people

Sr Anne Gardiner

SISTER Anne Gardiner vividly recalls the day she flew to the Tiwi Islands to start her missionary work. “That was a moment of joy when I landed,” she said. “I got out of the plane and the children all ran up to me, pinching my skin and saying ‘you look so young’.” The year was 1953. Sr Anne was just ... Read More »

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