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The mayor who’s ‘a mate’ to all reflects on an Easter unlike any other

EASTER Sunday was unusual, in more ways than one, for newly elected Southern Downs Regional mayor Vic Pennisi. The St Joseph’s, Stanthorpe, parishioner would normally have attended Mass, like faith-filled others across the Granite Belt in Toowoomba diocese. He would’ve also spent time with family, taking a momentary break from his 16-year dedication as a local councillor. But Easter Sunday ... Read More »

Praying mum from Cairns writes play for centenary of Fatima apparitions

IT’S not every day you meet a Beverley Cains.  When the centenary of the apparitions of Our Lady to three children in Portugal was approaching in 2017, the teacher and matriarch set about to “retell this story in a play”. Born and educated in Cairns, the Marian devotee known as “Bev” was enthused by the lasting impact of the 1950s ... Read More »

Catholic couple from Brisbane Oratory parish didn’t want their nuptial Mass to end

AS Peter and Ellyn Gasparin approach their first Valentine’s Day as a married couple, the Brisbane duo well remember the impact of Fr Adrian Sharp’s wedding homily in St Brigid’s Church, Red Hill, last September.  They remember not only because the wedding was in a church they’ve long admired, surrounded by a loving contingent of family and friends, including almost ... Read More »

Kym Keady passes on motherly wisdom to next generation of women in the Church

WHEN a beloved daughter marries there’s no doubt to be tears.  A month after Brisbane’s Kym Keady farwelled daughter Bethany into the joys of marriage on December 1, 2018, the Ignite Youth director put the tears into words.  She drew on the speech her and husband Patrick gave at the wedding to write an emotive letter first, coupling as an ... Read More »

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