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Gold Coast newlyweds honeymoon at World Youth Day

  NEWLYWEDS Alice and Chris Williams didn’t opt for the quiet or peaceful resort getaway for their honeymoon. Instead, the Gold Coast couple were compelled to share their first few weeks as husband and wife with millions of Catholics. The couple registered as pilgrims for the 31st World Youth Day in Krakow, travelling with the Brisbane Archdiocese, during their engagement. ... Read More »

Students sing praises of Catholic Education Week

Catholic Education Anthem

AN excited chamber choir from All Saints’ Primary School, Albany Creek, joined voices with Australian singer/songwriter Josh Arnold for a new song to launch Catholic Education Week in Queensland. The catchy anthem, titled Catholic Schools in Queensland, celebrates the work and achievements of Queensland’s Catholic schools. Catholic school authorities in each of the five dioceses, together with the Queensland Catholic ... Read More »

Street Swags founder Jean Madden leaves charity and is facing legal dispute

Jean Madden

THE chief executive officer of the Brisbane-based charity Street Swags is embroiled in legal action with the board of the organisation she founded. Jean Madden, Queensland 2010 Young Australian of the Year, founded Street Swags in 2005 and since then has provided tens of thousands of waterproof sleeping bags to homeless people across the country. Legal documents tendered to the ... Read More »

Clear Island Waters Church dedicated on pearl milestone

Clear Island Waters

GENEROUS Gold Coast Catholics contributed to the new altar and chapel inside Sacred Heart Church in Clear Island Waters, which was formally dedicated earlier this month. The church belongs to the same parish at Surfers Paradise where Bishop-elect Anthony Randazzo grew up and received his primary education. The bishop-elect returned to his childhood parish when it celebrated the dedication of Sacred ... Read More »

Krakow 2016: Brisbane Archbishop asks WYD pilgrims to ‘cross the road’ like the Good Samaritan

WYD pilgrims

YOUNG people making a pilgrimage to Krakow this month are a “summons” to the entire Church to ditch the “bad systems” which encourage a merciless heart, Archbishop Mark Coleridge said. Commissioning more 70 pilgrims at a Mass at St Stephen’s Cathedral on July 10, Archbishop Coleridge said the parable of the Good Samaritan, which was the weekend’s Gospel reading, exemplified ... Read More »

NAIDOC Week family fun day brings culture together

NAIDOC Week

THOUSANDS across south-east Queensland turned out to take part in the NAIDOC Week family fun day at Brisbane’s Musgrave Park on July 8. “It’s bringing all the culture into one spot and showing our achievements,” David Miller, a team member with the Archdiocese of Brisbane’s Murri Ministry, said. Featuring song, traditional dance, and art and crafts, the event is one of ... Read More »

The Beatitudes show the way of Christ, MGL priest Fr Ken Barker says

Fr Ken Barker

JOY and love are irresistibly attractive, says Fr Ken Barker, who is founder of the Missionaries of God’s Love and author of a new book The Way of Jesus: a reflection on the Beatitudes.  In a world desperately seeking happiness, Fr Barker’s book is a great guide to experiencing lasting joy and love.  The book, launched recently in St Thomas ... Read More »

Clergy relish trip down memory lane on jubilees

jubilarians

RETIRED priest Fr Bernie Costigan was 25 when he walked through St Stephen’s Cathedral to become a changed man. The year was 1966, and Fr Costigan was to take his first step on the long walk down the centre aisle to enter the priesthood. “Well, it was all very exciting in a way, and very humbling,” he said. Fifty years ... Read More »

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