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Online group meets regularly to pray the Rosary to nourish spiritual and mental needs of community

CHURCHES closed their doors in accordance with Federal Government health advice last week but that has not stopped local Catholics congregating in online communities to pray the Rosary together. Jeremy Fraser, who was a member of Surfers Paradise parish, led one of these groups. “The Rosary, and groups like this, I think are so important,” Mr Fraser said. Mr Fraser ... Read More »

Albany Creek parishioner Tom Warren wants to bring youth issues to the plenary table

ALBANY Creek parish youth co-ordinator Tom Warren took one look at the list of Brisbane archdiocese’s Plenary Council 2020 delegates and thought, “Oh my gosh, those are some fantastic people”. He said it was “nothing short of shock” to find his name on that list alongside Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge, Brisbane Auxiliary Bishop Ken Howell, Brisbane vicar general Monsignor Peter ... Read More »

Queensland schools to become ‘pupil free’ from next Monday, Catholic schools included

QUEENSLAND Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced schools would close from next Monday to all but the children of essential workers in order to ease pressure on schools amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The change applied to Catholic schools, independent schools and state schools. Ms Palaszczuk said schools would move to pupil-free days from next week but parents could still send their ... Read More »

Feast of the Annunciation is reminder that Angel of Death does not get the last word

Annunciation by Titian

BRISBANE Archbishop Mark Coleridge told hundreds live streaming the morning Mass from St Stephen’s Cathedral that the Feast of the Annunciation was the “word of reassurance” that stood in the face of the Dark Angel. His hope-filled homily came at a time when Australians were facing unprecedented isolation and fear, and Catholics across Brisbane archdiocese were barred from visiting churches. ... Read More »

Franciscan Friars look to postpone crucial collection for the Holy Land amid uncertainty

FRANCISCAN Friars in Jerusalem and around the world were set to postpone Good Friday collections that ordinarily went towards the upkeep of Holy Land sites amid “terrible uncertainty” caused by coronavirus (COVID-19). Holy Land Commissary for Australia and Kedron parish administrator Franciscan Father Mario Debattista said the friars faced challenges from two directions. He said the friars did not just ... Read More »

Emmanuel City Mission shares ‘consistency in the midst of chaos’

IN South Brisbane there is a home for the homeless that does not count the days of the week. It didn’t matter what day you rocked up, the volunteers at Emmanuel City Mission, formerly known as Blind Eye Ministries, would take care of you. Emmanuel City Mission director Roby Curtis said he saw about 80 homeless and vulnerable people per ... Read More »

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