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How do you keep parish numbers up? This priest says invest in young people

KENMORE parish is investing in young people. The parish invested time and money to send a group of 13 to the 2017 Australian Catholic Youth Festival in Sydney. The group, which included parish priest Fr Mark Franklin, were inspired by their trip and wanted to take youth parish ministry to the next level. They enlisted the help of Evangelisation Brisbane ... Read More »

University welcomes dogs, cat, and even alpacas for the annual Franciscan animal blessing

“EVERYONE loves animals,” Colleen Tracey said, holding her Maltese cross bichon frise dog Teddy at this year’s Australian Catholic University Brisbane campus animal blessing on September 12. Mrs Tracey, the Brisbane campus ministry staff pastoral associate, said animals had a way of bringing people together and knocking down barriers. “This is a celebration of the interconnectedness of all creation in ... Read More »

What is a Vincentian life? Focus on the faith, then serve others in need

ANNETTE Baker has a simple motto – try and do something for someone every day. It’s a motto that’s served her through 19 years with the St Vincent de Paul Society, where she serves as Queensland vice-president. It also took her to win 2017 Community Leader of the Year at The Community Leader Awards. The Vincentian life is a constant ... Read More »

Newly professed Canossian Sister Linh Dinh ‘brightened’ and ‘lightened’ by her vows

“IT was the happiest day of my life,” newly professed Canossian Sister Linh Dinh said about her first profession at the order’s Canossa Chapel at Oxley on Saturday, September 14. “It was so wonderful, it was a grace-filled moment of my life.” Vietnamese community chaplain Divine Word Missionaries Father Joseph Vu celebrated the profession Mass, who was also a celebrant ... Read More »

Australians in loneliness epidemic despite nation excelling in employment, social connectedness

Australia facing loneliness epidemic

A CONTRADICTION was exposed in the 2019 Australian Institute of Health and Welfare report card released on September 11.  The report lauded Australia’s achievements in the past two years.  We had record-level employment rates, 97 per cent civic engagement and 743 million volunteering hours a year.  Australia was top-three globally in “life satisfaction” and “social connectedness”.  Then, a contradiction – ... Read More »

Springfield shares about its Divine Renovation experience and invites all to open house

SPRINGFIELD parish has called in the renovators, but it isn’t for their church – it’s for the un-churched and the de-churched. Parish priest Fr Mauro Conte and parish evangelisation director Vanessa Comninos (pictured) are welcoming everyone in Brisbane archdiocese to join them for the Divine Renovation open house at Our Lady of the Southern Cross Church on September 21. Divine ... Read More »

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