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School’s ‘heartbeat’ revived

By Emilie Ng ST Joseph’s Primary School, Kangaroo Point students and staff are thrilled about the revival of the “heartbeat” of their community. After a near three-month closure following last November’s destructive hail storm, St Joseph’s Church reopened for Sunday Masses on February 15. The renewed church was recarpeted, fitted with new marble high altars and lecterns, while the new stained-glass ... Read More »

40 years of faith and love

By Isaac Murphy THERE have been ups, downs, joys and sorrows, but through it all Brisbane’s Emmanuel Community has stayed strong as a family. Last Sunday it celebrated its 40th anniversary in St Mary Magdalene Church, Bardon, the same parish where the mission was born. The covenant community was born from the vision of Brian Smith, leader of The Catholic ... Read More »

Honour humbles Gabriel

By Paul Dobbyn WHEN Gabriel Ukuno looks at the award he won as New Australian of the Year he sees more than just his own name on the cup. “I think also of the names of all the people who helped me when I arrived as a Sudanese refugee in Brisbane in 1998,” the community liaison officer at Yeronga State ... Read More »

Exciting year for new ACU student leaders

BRISBANE Auxiliary Bishop Brian Finnigan drew on the day’s scripture readings as a source of wisdom and guidance at the induction of this year’s Australian Catholic University student leaders on Banyo campus. “Jesus says those who want to be His special friends must be ready to drink from a chalice which will entail a good deal of difficulty and suffering,” ... Read More »

Praying with the universal Church

By Emile Ng GREGORIAN chant is making a return to St Stephen’s Cathedral every Sunday afternoon with the addition of Vespers to the schola’s musical program. Members will raise their voices in the St Stephen’s Chapel every Sunday at 3pm to join the global Church in singing Vespers, one of the prayers in the ancient Liturgy of the Hours, also ... Read More »

Ocean of faith

By Emilie Ng NOBODY but God could have mustered the miraculous support Gold Coast priest Fr Tim Harris received when he promised a new church for Broadbeach Catholics. After promising to rebuild Stella Maris Church more than four years ago, Fr Harris stood an “overwhelmed” but “happy man” as about 1000 people witnessed Archbishop Mark Coleridge dedicate Stella Maris Church ... Read More »

Love conquering life without limbs

By Emilie Ng DEVOTED married couple Matthew and Diane Ames are living proof that a strong marriage can help conquer any struggle, even life without limbs. The St Thomas Camp Hill parishioners have been married for nearly 20 years, but their relationship tightened when Mr Ames had all four limbs amputated less than three years ago. The two “soulmates” as ... Read More »

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Girl looking out window sadly

By Paul Dobbyn YOUNG people in detention often spoke of being raised on “a diet of hate” when Brisbane priest Fr Wally Dethlefs visited them on his rounds as chaplain. “They would say things such as all they’d ever seen in their homes was anger, violence and hatred,” the priest, who last year received an Australia Day award for his ... Read More »

Home for foreigners

By Emilie Ng BEENLEIGH parishioners Therese Flynn-Clarke, Monica Boucek and Marleine Azar once considered themselves foreigners in their local Catholic community. But on the cusp of the parish’s 60th anniversary, these three women now call St Patrick’s nothing but home. Their first encounters and the stories of many Beenleigh Catholic parishioners will be published in a memorial book in time ... Read More »

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