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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 »

Divine Mercy Sunday: A love story in Rome

Divine Mercy Sunday in Rome

Brisbane Catholic woman and teacher Ora Duffley shares what it’s like to be in St Peter’s Square with thousands of pilgrims from around the world for the Divine Mercy Sunday Mass with Pope Francis. The Mass was celebrated in Rome overnight.    A GLORIOUS morning dawned in Vatican City on April 8, the kind when one could not be anything ... Read More »

Leader of largest missionary congregation says multicultural parishes will change the world during Brisbane visit

Divine Word Missionaries visit

BRISBANE’S two parishes run by the Divine Word Missionaries hold the key to attaining world peace, the congregation’s superior general Fr Heinz Kuluke says. The leader for six years of the Society of the Divine Word, the world’s largest missionary congregation, said the intercultural make-up of the Inala and Kingston-Marsden parishes where his missionaries worked “would change the world”. “I ... Read More »

Brisbane Archbishop encourages Neocatechumenal Way community

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BRISBANE Archbishop Mark Coleridge has delivered a strong message of hope and repentance in an Advent homily to Brisbane’s Neocatechumenal Way communities. Speaking to the communities, which operate in four Brisbane parishes, during a vigil Mass in St Ambrose’s Church in Newmarket, Archbishop Coleridge described the words of prophet Isaiah (Isaiah 11:16 “The wolf will live with the lamb …) ... Read More »

Catholic school students recall plight in Cambodia at special Mass

mission Mass

HUNDREDS of Catholic school students marked World Children’s Mission Day by attending a Mass at St Stephen’s Cathedral, focusing on the plight of young Cambodians. “We are part of a global economy; how we live affects others,” Catholic Mission’s diocesan director David McGovern told students. “There are many children who cannot attend school because of poverty or disability.” Mr McGovern described ... Read More »

Irish community to remember dead members next month

Irish Remembrance Masses

TWO Irish citizens who died tragically in Queensland this year will be among the holy souls remembered by Irish Catholics in the state next month. The Irish Australian Support Association of Queensland lends a helping hand to Irish expats in distress. Oftentimes the Brisbane-based charity steps forward to assist families who hear the tragic news that their loved ones have ... Read More »

Does your child need an extracurricular activity? Here are five reasons to consider altar serving

altar servers

ALTAR serving competes against the array of attractive sporting and cultural activities available for our children today. Swimming, soccer and tae kwon do promise the benefits of physical health, teamwork and general wellbeing while rugby, dancing and fishing sell outcomes that have found their way into the deep-set cultural and popular assumptions of our society. What about altar serving?  Others ... 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 »

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