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Little Joshua Thomas first in line for Syro-Malankara baptism in Brisbane parish

FOUR-month-old Joshua Thomas has received a unique and historic welcome into the Catholic Church becoming the first Syro-Malankara baptism in Brisbane. Co-ordinator of the Syro-Malankara community in Australia Fr Stephen Kulathumkarotte baptised Joshua with Fr Prem Kumar Rethnamony at St Agatha’s Church, Clayfield, during a small, but vibrant celebration. The Syro-Malankara Church has close to 500,000 members – the majority ... Read More »

St Rita’s begins work on $35m learning centre

Turning of the sod at St Rita's

STUDENTS at St Rita’s College, Clayfield, will be writing on the walls instead of their notebooks once a new learning precinct opens in two years. The $35 million project will see the all-girls’ Catholic college embrace a new era of learning suitable for digital natives. The traditional teacher’s desk will no longer exist, students will be encouraged to use “writeable ... Read More »

St Agatha’s faithful servants reflect on 100 years of history in Clayfield

Peter Bowden

RUMOUR has it sacristan Peter Bowden lives in a cupboard somewhere inside St Agatha’s Church, Clayfield. At least, that’s the parish priest’s only explanation for the 74-year-old’s permanent presence in the church. An ever-present figure in the parish community, which turns 100 this year, Mr Bowden opens and closes the church every day, and attends all the week day and ... Read More »

St Rita’s rising water polo stars seize gold in New Zealand

Water polo team

SIX students from St Rita’s College, Clayfield are swimming with pride after they represented their school and their state admirably, seizing a string of victories in the Pan Pacific Youth Water Polo festival in Auckland, New Zealand. Lily Carrick, Olivia Camilleri, Amelia Watt, Horatia Schlect, Murphi Merrick and Lorena Turco represented Queensland in the Under 14 and under 18 teams, ... Read More »

Sister’s secret to staying 80 years young: work with young people

Sr Elvera Sesta

LEGENDARY educator Sr Elvera Sesta has revealed the reason why she’s stayed in the same school since she was eight years old. The renowned leader in Catholic girls’ education and columnist for The Catholic Leader, who turns 80 on May 1, has spent nearly seven decades at the same school to “remain young”. “Youth have honesty, integrity and enthusiasm, and ... Read More »

How the bells of St Agatha’s lead Lisa back to the Catholic Church

Lisa Carter

LISA Carter was out of touch and drifting from the Church for a long time, until the church bells of St Agatha’s, Clayfield called her back. For 14 years, she had no interest in being a part of any Church, let alone the Catholic faith in which she was raised. Like so many of her friends, she was disillusioned, but ... Read More »

Refugee who fled war-torn Sudan finds light in Australia

Sudanese refugee Noor Hassan

AMERICA’S leading public health institute released a report last year detailing the most common times babies were born.  According to the report, released by the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention’s Centre for Health Statistics, a majority of United States babies born in 2013 arrived in the new world between 8am and lunchtime. Were those babies born in Sudan’s western ... Read More »

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