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Brisbane couple delighted to serve Catholic Church as a family

Growing nest

STEVEN Bird stands out in more ways than one. His signature fiery locks, strapping physique and broad smile are known to all in Sunnybank parish where he and wife Eloise married and now serve, together, as youth ministers. The 30-year-old has held the role since 2006 and also is well placed in his sixth year as campus minister at St ... Read More »

NDIS rollout calls for reflection on original Centacare mission, disability service expert says

Annette Drew

DISABILITY services expert Annette Drew believes advanced pre-planning and keeping to the “mission at heart” would ensure Centacare’s Brisbane clients make a smooth transition to the National Disability Insurance Scheme. Mrs Drew has managed Centacare’s Supported Accommodation Independent Lifestyle (Sail) in Sunnybank for 17 years, and said the NDIS offered great opportunities but also big challenges for staff and clients ... Read More »

Everyone at St Thomas More College is reading the secret to better grades

Sunnybank reading program

STUDENTS and staff at a Catholic school in Brisbane are taking inspiration from their saintly namesake and hitting the books in an effort to improve literacy skills and general wellbeing. The entire community at St Thomas More College, Sunnybank, which is named after well-known author and English philosopher St Thomas More, is stopping to read a book for 15 minutes ... Read More »

Andrea Mercier relishing the chance to share faith stories

EVERYONE would benefit from “an Andrea Mercier” in their corner. She’s the kind of wife, mother, educator and friend whose selfless and God-filled ways are at the core of her being. Not that the striking woman of faith would publicise it; in fact, she’d likely go to great lengths to change these very words in print. That’s because Andrea’s humble ... 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 »

Rising Mass attendance drives Sunnybank church upgrade

New Sunnybank church

MASS attendance has caused a major challenge for Sunnybank parish priest Fr Dan Ryan – and for all the right reasons. Increasing numbers of Catholics at the six weekend Masses at Our Lady of Lourdes, Sunnybank, convinced Fr Ryan to sign the papers for a major church expansion this year. The new church project, which will cost up to $2.3 ... Read More »

Taking it to the streets

CATHOLICS at Our Lady of Lourdes, Sunnybank, are hoping a parish conference on evangelisation will help bring the Church out of the pews and into the world. Steven Bird and John Thomas, parishioners at Our Lady of Lourdes, Sunnybank, have watched each other evangelise outside of the pews as co-workers at St Thomas More College, Sunnybank. “It’s something I do ... Read More »

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