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Everyone is equal in Reg’s eyes

THINGS happen in pie shops, as politicians have learned to their cost. It was in just such a humble location that Reg Goves knew he’d landed in a country different to his birthplace. Fresh off a flight from his native India, he set out from his uncle’s place to find food for his wife and three young children. He wandered ... Read More »

Volunteers make a world of difference in Port Macquarie

St Agnes volunteers

NATIONAL Volunteer Week 2018 was celebrated with gusto at St Agnes’ Parish, Port Macquarie, where the parish thanked its volunteers with a recognition Mass. The Mass was concelebrated by Fr Paul Gooley and Fr Peter Wood, who went with the national theme – Give a little, change a lot. It was a time to reflect on the importance volunteers have ... Read More »

Pope calls Australians to be leaven of ‘holiness, justice and reconciliation’ in Plenary Council blessing

Pope Francis offers blessing for Plenary Council

THE Catholic Church in Australia has officially launched the Plenary Council 2020 – with support and blessings from Pope Francis – setting off a three-year conversation about the future shape of the Church and its mission. Launched on the feast of Pentecost, May 20, the plenary council will culminate in gatherings in 2020 and 2021 to consider the Church’s governance, ... Read More »

Co-author of US study into why young Catholics leave the Church praises Australia’s efforts to evangelise in schools

John Vitek

CHURCH leaders in Australia are ahead of those in the United States when it comes to finding new ways of evangelising millennials, the co-author of a recent American study into disaffiliated Catholics has said. John Vitek, the president and chief executive officer of Saint Mary’s Press in Minnesota, which commissioned a study into why young Catholics leave the Church, said ... Read More »

Australian youth ministers hear results of national youth survey at research seminar in Brisbane

Trudy Dantis

YOUNG people living in Australia have positive experiences of the Church in youth groups, festivals, Mass or liturgies, and outreach, but still feel dismissed for being “too young” or “too Catholic”, according to findings from a national youth survey. Youth ministers from across Australia at a two-day research seminar in Brisbane last week heard the results of the national youth ... Read More »

Brisbane school breathes new life into 81-year-old country church

Cooranga North church

THE last time Catholics living in Cooranga North saw their beautiful country church, it was listed for sale on a website. Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church, built in 1937, served Catholics in Dalby, in Toowoomba diocese, and then the neighbouring Jandowae community over 75 years before closing in 2013 due to low attendance rates and a lack of ... Read More »

Vietnamese Augustinian closer to fulfilling dream of becoming a priest

Deacon Dang Nguyen

AUSTRALIA’S Augustinians are closer to realising their plan of opening their first house in Vietnam following the diaconate ordination of Br Dang Nguyen in Brisbane. Br Nguyen, who left Vietnam nine years ago to be a priest, said it was a “dream” for the Australian Augustinian province to open the order’s first house in Vietnam and he hoped to be ... Read More »

Community outrage over plans to overhaul heritage-listed Brisbane chapel

Villa Maria hostel

CONCERNED Catholics and community members are questioning the decision of an aged care provider to refurbish a portion of a heritage-listed chapel in Brisbane. Catholic Healthcare, an aged care provider for Queensland and New South Wales, is undertaking an expansion and refurbishment of Villa Maria residential age care home in Fortitude Valley. The project will include refurbishing the St Gabriel’s ... Read More »

Springfield’s newest place to call home

Springfield Catholic church

SPRINGFIELD’S new Our Lady of the Southern Cross church was opened during a joyous dedication attended by more than 700 people on September 1. Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge presided, in a church filled with members of a rapidly-growing parish community, that features more than 25 nationalities. “It was very exciting. People are just very happy to have a place they ... Read More »

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