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Former barrister-turned-liturgist says liturgy is ‘food for the soul’

Susan Fajardo

SUSAN Fajardo loves the Mass, but certain things that sometimes happen when she’s there disturb her intensely. She gets so disturbed that she’s taking on years of study to give herself a chance to do something about it. It all started when a priest in her suburban Brisbane parish gave her the role of liturgist, and trained her in preparing ... Read More »

Cathedral’s first organ scholar pulling all stops to entice young musicians

Rachael Shipard

IT might be rare to see a young person behind the organ at Mass but for Rachael Shipard it’s the rightful place for a Catholic musician. The 21-year-old classically-trained pianist is the first organ scholar to be appointed to St Stephen’s Cathedral, under the Ralph Morton Memorial Organ Scholarship, launched earlier this year. It’s a new direction for the award-winning ... Read More »

Catholics leave comforts behind to roam city streets proclaiming the Gospel

Neocatechumenal Way evangelisation missions

FOR 10 days, Brisbane Catholic Stephen Kearney put his IT job on hold to tread the winter streets of Sydney’s inner west, announcing the Gospel. He took no money or mobile phone, only the Bible and rosary beads, and walked with a companion, a priest from Perth, visiting Catholic parishes, talking with priests and parishioners and anyone he met, knocking ... Read More »

Returning to the East? Brisbane faithful join in the debate

BRISBANE Catholics including a consultant to the Australian National Liturgical Council have responded to suggestions from the Church’s liturgy chief on returning to a “common orientation” of the Mass. Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments Cardinal Robert Sarah made an appeal for all Catholic priests to return “as soon as possible to a common orientation” ... Read More »

Beauty in the liturgy

Question Time  By Fr John Flader Question: I am an older person and can remember Masses, Eucharistic adoration and hymns that were somehow truly uplifting. I don’t find that to the same extent anymore, except in a few parishes. Am I right to lament the loss of beauty in the worship of God?  Answer: The liturgy should always be beautiful ... Read More »

Taking care in the liturgy

Question Time By Fr John Flader  In my parish there are certain irregularities in the way Mass is celebrated and frankly I am disturbed by them. Some of my friends tell me not to worry about it. Is this important? OBVIOUSLY there will be some “irregularities” which are not particularly important, but in general the priest should be careful to ... Read More »

Queensland seminarians recording first liturgical music CD

Seminarians singing

QUEENSLAND’S future priests will bring ancient Church music to life in a new album available next year. The first in a series of CDs will include ancient prayers used in Catholic liturgy, in particular, psalms and canticles used in sung Masses and the Divine Office inside Queensland’s seminary. Seminarian Jack Ho is among the five future priests featured on the ... Read More »

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