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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 »

Early action can make the world of difference

Marriage education

IMAGINE if the only time we serviced our cars was when they broke down. We could live like this but we don’t for obvious reasons. So why do we treat our marriages this way? In marriage, couples counselling is like roadside assistance for cars, critically important when needed but not always able to solve the problem. Success rates vary for ... Read More »

Thousands on Kyushu joined Church with St Francis Xavier

By Fr Joe Duffy TAKE me back again to Kyushu. Please. Kyushu is the southern most main island of the Japanese archipelago. The island is called “the land of fire and water”. It is remote, dramatic, off the beaten tourist track, different and welcoming. Thank you, Japan Holidays’ Tony Luxton. You got us to Kyushu just as the cherry trees ... Read More »

Marist Father to lead pilgrims on journey to India and Sri Lanka

MARIST Father Michael Whelan, from the Aquinas Academy, Sydney, along with Spice Odyssey Pty Ltd, is organising a pilgrimage “Journey in the Heart” to India and Sri Lanka for February 2015. The highlight of the pilgrimage is a four-night retreat at Saccidananda Ashram, Tiruchirappalli. Saccidananda Ashram – the Ashram of the Holy Trinity – was founded by two French monks, ... Read More »

A place of rest for the heart

STEEPED in the spirituality of the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart,  “a spirituality of the heart”, St Mary’s Towers Retreat Centre is set on 500ha of natural bushland that creates a relaxing, pastoral, peaceful, environment for prayer and reflection. The elegant sandstone buildings, surrounded by beautiful gardens, provide a homely environment for anyone seeking to relax and enjoy God in ... Read More »

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