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Rosary group opens lapsed Catholic to possibility of becoming a priest

Dylan Asmus is discerning the call to the priesthood

DYLAN Asmus always keeps a rosary in his pocket; “you never know when you’re going to need it”, he said. Mr Asmus, 24, has joined the latest intake at Canali House in Herston where he is discerning priesthood, and credits his vocational call to a Rosary prayed at his home church Our Lady of the Way, Landsborough, in Caloundra parish. ... Read More »

Emmanuel Community moves Sunday masses to drop-in centre and it already ‘feels like home’

“YOU shouldn’t be surprised when God answers your prayers but for some reason … you still are surprised,” Emmanuel Community moderator Patrick Keady said, reflecting on the first three weeks of the community’s relocation of Sundays from Bardon to South Brisbane. Mr Keady and the Emmanuel Community leadership team had taken a risk repositioning their core ministry to the site ... Read More »

Townsville bishop supporting freed Bali Nine member’s plea to shorten sentences

TOWNSVILLE Bishop Tim Harris expressed his support for Bali Nine member Renae Lawrence as she pleaded for reduced and determinant sentences for her fellow drug smugglers. Ms Lawrence, the only female member of the Bali Nine, was released last year after 13 years in various prisons for her role in the foiled drug-smuggling operation in Indonesia in 2005. Until now, ... Read More »

Man charged with alleged arson of Bundaberg Catholic church

A FIRE has gutted the 68-year-old St Mary’s Church, Bundaberg, on Barolin Street in the early hours of Tuesday, February 11.  Six fire crews attended the blaze about 4am. Police have charged a man following the alleged arson of a church in Bundaberg. The church, which was unoccupied at the time, was completely destroyed by the blaze. A 42-year-old Bundaberg ... Read More »

Australian bishops seeking to calm coronavirus alarmism

PARISHES and dioceses taking precautions like refusing to offer Holy Communion from the chalice to combat the novel coronavirus outbreak in China were not called to do so. The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference issued a statement that said they had “not called for the suspension of any practices at Mass in response to novel coronavirus that appeared in China and ... Read More »

Relics of St Therese and Sts Louis and Zelie Martin bringing graces to Brisbane

THEIR hands pressed to the reliquary glass-casing and eyes shut in silent prayer, thousands of Brisbane Catholics took a few moments to pray with the relics of St Therese of Lisieux and her parents Sts Zelie and Louis Martin as they pilgrimaged around the archdiocese last week. It was the first time Sts Zelie’s and Louis’ relics had visited the ... Read More »

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