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Emma Fradd says Australian parish music is dead – but not gone

CATHOLIC musician Emma Fradd likes the word revival. “I’m a direct communicator, because I think (revival) signifies that something is dead and lifeless,” Emma said. “And I think a lot of parish music in our country is dead.” Recognising there was a problem was the first step to solving it, and Emma, who is touring Brisbane parishes as part of ... Read More »

Centacare honours heroes at annual Awards event

“WE have had a lot of good feedback from the wives; and the husbands have come home and been really happy because they’ve actually been able to talk to other men and generally they don’t get that,” Centacare service delivery manager Felicity Arnold said. Ms Arnold helps to run Waminda Men’s Group, one of a number of groups that won ... Read More »

I spy something beginning with K: Josephite nun says Witness K and Bernard Collaery are scapegoats

AUSTRALIAN government officials have turned Witness K and his or her lawyer Bernard Collaery into scapegoats, Josephite Sister Susan Connelly said at a public forum about the espionage case at Brisbane City Hall on October 29. Senior Counsel Bret Walker, who at one stage represented Witness K, and Professor Clinton Fernandes, who had appeared on ABC television as a case ... Read More »

Want Generation Z to pray? This Catholic school has a book for that

CHANCES are you know someone in Generation Z. They are digital natives who are predicted to work 18 jobs in six careers and live in 15 homes in their lifetime. Generation Z was also the least religious generation. Two staff at St Thomas More College, Sunnybank, have taken on this challenge by publishing the 95-page Gen Z Prayer Book.  St ... Read More »

Catholic principal’s Melbourne Cup win a slice of joy for Aussie battlers

take and vow and Warwick principal Kort Goodman

AGAINST all odds, the Melbourne Cup did not pass into the hands of media moguls or foreign princes, but a bunch of Aussie battlers from drought-torn places like Gympie and Warwick. Among them was Assumption College, Warwick, principal Kort Goodman. “(It was) an amazing feeling and really quite surreal; we were obviously initially ecstatic but then really pinching ourselves,” Mr ... Read More »

Parish renewal event in Logan ‘a sign of hope’ for the Church

“THE great message of the day was we don’t have to be so broken to need renewal, we can just be renewed in the every day,” Regents Park parish lay ministry co-ordinator Carrie McCormack said. Mrs McCormack helped organise Kingdom Now, a Logan Deanery renewal event, which saw 400 Brisbane Catholics gather at the Logan Entertainment Centre last Sunday. She ... Read More »

St Patrick’s centenary gives community crushed by drought something to smile about

THE Holy Spirit was with us, Our Lady of the Valley Gatton Laidley parishioner Jan Maltry said reflecting on the centenary of St Patrick’s Church, Laidley, on October 26.  Mrs Maltry sponsored her granddaughter Hannah, who was confirmed by Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge at St Mary’s Church, Gatton, on the Friday before the centenary. She watched on proudly as Hannah ... Read More »

Thief ram raids new West End Vinnies shop, steals $30 in costume jewellery

RAMMING his car in reverse through the front doors of Vinnies’ West End store, a thief pilfered jewellery for two minutes before speeding back out of the store, narrowly avoiding a pedestrian in the escape. The stolen jewellery was worth $20-$30.  The store was looking at about $300 in stock losses from the snatch and grab job. Vinnies Queensland retail ... Read More »

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