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Long-awaited Mary, Mother of Mercy Church opens at Burleigh Heads

Mary, Mother of Mercy Church

BRISBANE Archbishop Mark Coleridge praised “the vision and energy” of the Burleigh Heads community as he blessed and dedicated the new Mary, Mother of Mercy Church in Australia’s largest Catholic parish. “I praise God not only for the priests who have built this place, for the craftsmen who have done the same, but for all of you who have been ... Read More »

Sunnybank church expansion complete for Christmas Masses

Outside Our Lady of Lourdes Church

SUNNYBANK’S parish priest is “worn out” after organising a $2.3 million Christmas gift for his parishioners. Fr Dan Ryan, who is parish priest at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Sunnybank, gave his congregation a brand new church in time for Christmas Masses this weekend. Six months ago the Sunnybank church, originally built in 1963, was knocked down to make way ... Read More »

Iraqi Christians living in Brisbane who made a mass exodus from Qaraqosh rejoice at liberation of their region

iraqi liberation

BRISBANE’S Iraqi Christian refugees have joined worldwide celebrations as US-backed Iraqi forces regain towns and cities across northern Iraq, driving out Islamic State militants. Prayers, feasting and dancing accompanied news that Iraqi troops had taken back Qaraqosh, the mainly Christian town about 20km south-east of Mosul. “We are very excited, very happy,” said Kareem Patros, from the Parish of St ... Read More »

Thousands turn up to mark 60th anniversary of multicultural community at Inala

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WHEN Fr Stephen Pilly arrived at Inala in 2014, he made it his personal mission to reach out to the marginalised individuals and families in the neighbourhood. Fr Pilly, a Divine Word Missionary priest, opened his heart and church to the poor, particularly refugees who had fled their countries for a better life in Australia. “As Inala is considered a ... Read More »

Bulimba parish a ‘sign of God’s kingdom’

Sts Peter and Paul Church, Bulimba

BULIMBA’S Catholic community were one of the last groups of Christians to receive an official spiritual home. The local Catholics had to wait almost 54 years after the free settlement of Moreton Bay to get to Mass without making a trip down the river. They eventually bargained a meeting with Brisbane Archbishop Robert Dunne in 1896 to receive a local ... Read More »

Century-old parish surrounded by holy neighbours above and below the ground

Papal blessing

NEIGHBOURS don’t get any more Catholic than in the Banyo Nundah parish. Built in the first free settlement in the penal colony of Brisbane, the now 100-year-old parish has acquired some of the holiest of neighbours both above and below the ground. Parish priest Fr Bernie Gallagher drew up this list of “intellectual properties” for a brief address at the ... Read More »

Church census rolling out

Church census

PARISHIONERS across Brisbane archdiocese will be asked to take part in the largest and longest-running survey of Church life in the world later this year. The 2016 National Church Life Survey will be rolled out in October, with all Christian churches invited to participate. “After 25 years, and conducted every five years it is the largest, longest survey of Church ... Read More »

Q&A with Fr Fadi Salame

Father Fadi Salame

In the Catholic Church, April is traditionally dedicated to a particular focus on the Blessed Sacrament. Brisbane’s Maronite Catholic parish, St Maroun’s in Greenslopes, is especially dedicated to that devotion this month and has been for the past six months. The parish is one of only two known Maronite churches around the world offering perpetual adoration for 24 hours, seven ... Read More »

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