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Bishop Barron praises Mary MacKillop’s efforts to renounce clerical abuse

IN light of the McCarrick Report, detailing the abuse of disgraced ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, Los Angeles auxiliary Bishop Robert Barron appeared on his Word on Fire podcast and praised a name familiar to Australians. Host Brandon Vogt asked Bishop Barron about how to understand the abuse crisis from a historic lens and how saints had responded to similar crises in ... Read More »

Rosies still makes it to Schoolies to help young people celebrate safely

ROSIES volunteers parked near the corner of Cavill Avenue in Surfers Paradise were handing out cups of water and friendly chats despite fewer school leavers walking past their street van as official Gold Coast Schoolies events were scrapped amid COVID-19 concerns. Rosies Youth Mission volunteer and outreach manager Jonathon Cowley said normally the government puts on the two stages with ... Read More »

Brisbane churches open for Christmas Masses but registration required

LIKE the Holy Family trekking all the way to Bethlehem to register for the census, all Brisbane Catholics must reach out to their local parish to register for Christmas Masses. Christmas Masses are among the most popular of the year and once COVID-safe capacities are reached, parish workers will have to turn people away and direct them to live- streamed ... Read More »

Three new deacons ready to serve Brisbane

DEACONS Francis Fernandes, William Iuliano and Jack Ho are ready to get stuck into ministry after Brisbane auxiliary Bishop Ken Howell ordained the trio to the transitional diaconate at St Stephen’s Cathedral on November 13. “It was amazing; it’s beyond words,” Deacon Ho said. “From the moment that I saw some friends arriving before Mass to the joy that we ... Read More »

Students cheer for Jesus after seeing mysterious skywriting

THE first letters “T” and “R” had students almost certain the skywriting pilot was going to spell out United States President Donald Trump’s surname as they looked skyward from their oval at Holy Cross School, Wooloowin, last Wednesday morning. By the time the full phrase was spelled out – “Trust in Jesus” – students had gone up with a roar, ... Read More »

Emotions running high as four Queensland men prepare to be deacons

THREE Brisbane seminarians Francis Fernandes, William Iuliano and Jack Ho are taking their next steps towards priesthood, set to be ordained transitional deacons at St Stephen’s Cathedral on Friday, November 13. Rockhampton diocese seminarian Ashwin Acharya will head to St Joseph’s Cathedral to be ordained a transitional deacon on Wednesday, November 18. The four men, closing out their sixth and ... Read More »

Brisbane dad walks 24 hours straight to fundraise for Vinnies

DAVID Vidler laced up his shoes, put on his cap and trekked 24 hours straight to raise much-needed funds for his local St Vincent de Paul Society conference last weekend. Mr Vidler, an Ashgrove parishioner, walked more than 100km from 9.30am Saturday to 9.30am Sunday, raising $5121 for his local St Finbarr’s Vinnies conference. He crossed the finish line right ... Read More »

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