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Enrich your marriage in one weekend

marriage encounter

WORLDWIDE Marriage Encounter is a weekend getaway that helps married couples rediscover themselves as individuals and as a couple. This could be the weekend for the two of you to explore, rediscover, and reconnect. Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekends are presented in the Roman Catholic faith expression, but we welcome couples of all faiths. Guided by a team of volunteer couples ... Read More »

Wedding stress tamed

stress bride

PLANNING a wedding is busy and stressful. The practical reality of organising the many details is complicated by the tension of negotiating differences between each other while navigating the expectations of extended family. No matter how grand the plans or how well the wedding day runs, if your relationships are strained in the lead-up, the joy of the day for ... Read More »

Why is this ministry so important?


By Fr Adrian Sharp I’VE been a priest for 14 years now, so have seen a growing collection of couples come into my office to prepare for their marriage. I’ve also seen along the way a reasonable number of married couples in distress. One thing I have found frustrating is the lack of ministry to married couples. If marriage is ... Read More »

A great Australian story

Humble beginnings

CARITAS Australia, the international aid and development agency of the Catholic Church in Australia, is celebrating 50 years of standing in solidarity with the world’s most vulnerable communities. Caritas Australia started in the early 1960s among lay Catholics who wanted to make a difference on issues of social justice. To tackle the issues of hunger and poverty, they created the ... Read More »

When service and care is important

SOMERVILLE Funerals, who are an Australian company, is a pillar of the Gold Coast community; one that we can all rely on. Somerville Funerals began providing respectful funeral services, and care to those left behind on the Gold Coast, more than 80 years ago. This tradition of service is one that has become part of our community’s history, as well ... Read More »

Gold Coast crypts paying tribute to families

WHAT do Lenin, Queen Victoria and Abraham Lincoln have in common? They have all been laid to rest in elaborate mausoleums, originally built to be impressive and ornate structures, housing the remains of the important. The new development at Crypts of the Sacred Heart, located at Allambe Memorial Park, offers 144 crypts over four levels and two private family mausoleums. ... Read More »

Guide to being a father

No manual for being a father

LEARNING to be a father is not as easy as picking up a manual, menALIVE co-founder and author of a new book for dads Robert Falzon said. Mr Falzon has co-authored a new book, The Father Factor, set for release by Australian publishing company Connor Court later this year. The menALIVE co-founder and father of four said the ministry team ... Read More »

Parenting help at fingertips

Parenting tips

EVERY one minute and 46 seconds an Australian becomes a parent and inevitably seeks guidance and support to help make parenting decisions easier.     Australia’s Raising Children Network provides easy-to-understand information – based on the best available science and research – relating to everyday parenting topics from pregnancy through to the teenage years. From crying and sleeping, tantrums, to ... Read More »

Memories of fathers cherished in a special setting in park-like gardens

Father's Day memories

CENTENARY Memorial Gardens opened in 2001, with the first service held in the Federation Chapel that February. Centenary Memorial Gardens is nestled amid the bushland and hills of the western suburbs of Brisbane, 15km from the CBD.  Surrounded by bushland reserve, the 16ha offers a park-like, open expanse of manicured gardens in various themes. “We are 100 per cent Australian-owned ... Read More »

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