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Congregation founded by popular confessor seeing major reconciliation growth after Jubilee year

Oratory confessional re-installed

CONFESSORS from Australia’s first Oratory community say an increasing number of people are receiving the sacrament of penance regularly following the Year of Mercy. Oratory Father Andrew Wise said the original second confessional needed to be re-installed at Mary Immaculate Church, Annerley – the home of the Brisbane Oratory – to cope with the number of people lining up for ... Read More »

Missionary of Mercy took on the burdens of NSW’s far-flung faithful and will do it again in 2017

TRAVELLING Missionary of Mercy Fr Richard Shortall has finished an exhausting mission to lift the burdens of people in regional Australian communities. Living out of a motor home that ran off the water and electricity of churches, the Jesuit priest spent the past nine months visiting 30 communities in Maitland-Newcastle diocese to bring God’s mercy as a commissioned Missionary of ... Read More »

Year of Mercy: A rare look at Mass behind bars

Fr Tony Girvan saying Mass in prison

IN a simple prison chapel, chaplain Fr Tony Girvan celebrates Mass with inmates at Maryborough Correctional Centre for the final time during the Year of Mercy, delivering a missionary message “of revealing God’s love to all people”. “They are loved and we are called to preach the Gospel through the way we love each other,” Fr Girvan said. “For someone ... Read More »

Jubilee reflection: Queensland Catholic schools opened doors in the Year of Mercy

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QUEENSLAND’S 300 Catholic school communities have taken up the challenge to find new ways of opening doors for students, parents, staff and the broader community throughout the Year of Mercy. Queensland Catholic Education Commission executive director Lee-Anne Perry said the jubilee year had been an opportunity for schools to reflect on the many aspects of mercy. “Throughout the year students ... Read More »

Brisbane’s Holy Door is closed but doorway to mercy remains open

HOLY Doors have closed around the world, but Brisbane Catholics have been asked to keep the doorway to mercy open and “more public”. Across the world, Holy Doors in cathedrals, churches and basilicas closed on November 13, the same day Pope Francis closed three in Rome. Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge joined the universal Church to close the Holy Door at ... Read More »

When the Doors close – What will you do when the Year of Mercy finishes?

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FROM November 20, the Holy Door will close and the extraordinary Year of Mercy will end. I’ll be honest, I have been extremely slack in terms of taking full advantage of this wonderful year.  However, I have finally picked up Pope Francis’ Misericordiae Vultus, the Bull of Indiction of the extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy.  It was a good way to ... Read More »

Catholic Education Week “Opening Doors in the Year of Mercy”

Catholic Education Week

  CATHOLIC primary and secondary schools across Brisbane archdiocese have joined in the festivities to celebrate Catholic Education Week from July 24-30. The week’s theme for 2016 focuses around “Opening Doors in the Year of Mercy”, providing Catholic school communities with an opportunity to showcase and celebrate the high-quality, innovative work they do, while highlighting their holistic philosophy of education.  ... Read More »

‘Perfect image of mercy’ unveiled in Townsville

Jesus the Homeless

A  NEW sculpture unveiled in Townsville is likely to prove both poignant and confronting. Jesus the Homeless, is a bronze sculpture by Canadian sculptor Timothy Schmalz that depicts Jesus as a homeless person, sleeping on a park bench. Exactly where the sculpture will be exhibited in Townsville is yet to be decided. The Homeless Jesus sculpture proved a “great surprise” when it was unveiled ... Read More »

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