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Truckloads of hope

By Paul Dobbyn CHRISTMAS will be cheerier for many, thanks to people like St Vincent de Paul Society truck driver Peter Kennedy. His weekly return run from Gympie to Brisbane’s Foodbank Queensland at Morningside brings hope on a regular basis to battlers in the region. This week’s run was just that bit more special for Mr Kennedy as he loaded ... Read More »

Musical tradition continues

By Emilie Ng HOSTING music concerts inside Catholic churches could be an accessible form of outreach to religious sceptics, St Mary’s Church, South Brisbane music director Nicholas Ng said. The composer, performer and ethnomusicologist from Griffith University said a recent parish concert last week, which served traditional sacred music ensembles alongside “poppy” hymns, was an enticing way to experience the ... Read More »

St Finbarr’s students can’t turn a blind eye

St Finbarr's students with Blind Eye Ministries volunteers

TAKING a daily shower means more to Year 6 students at St Finbarr’s Catholic Primary School, Ashgrove, Claudia Nina and Zoe Goss after they visited a South Brisbane drop-in centre for the homeless. A trip to the Blind Eye Ministries drop-in centre, visited by 10 to 35 homeless people a day, showed the two school social justice members they couldn’t ... Read More »

St Brigid’s carols sure to inspire

FLICKERING candles and the heavenly sounds of St Brigid’s choir floating up with the grand pipe organ at the annual Ceremony of Carols will assure a fitting 100th Christmas celebration in the iconic church next Sunday night. Organiser Tricia Bartkowiak said the choir would perform arrangements of carols as well as leading the community in a number of well-loved tunes ... Read More »

On the road together

archbishop mark coleridge

By Paul Dobbyn BRISBANE Archbishop Mark Coleridge hopes the Synod on the Family can find, as the Second Vatican Council did, a new language to speak on society’s many “hot button” issues. “That’s what the council did and it was more than just words,” he said. The archbishop, along with Darwin Bishop Eugene Hurley, was elected by the Australian Catholic ... Read More »

Secret Santa scrapped for special child

By Peter Bugden A GROUP of Catholic school teachers in Brisbane are eagerly awaiting the birth of a special child at Christmas, a child most unlikely to be called “Jesus”. This child will be born to a refugee couple being held in immigration detention in Pinkenba, near Brisbane Airport. When Carmel Carden, a teacher at Queen of Apostles Primary School, ... Read More »

Calm after the storm

By Paul Dobbyn The inside of Annerley’s Mary Immaculate Church, left drenched and muddied by the November 27 super storm in Brisbane, has been cleaned up and now looks “almost as if nothing has happened”, parish priest Fr Adrian Sharp said. “We had the troops in for a working bee on Saturday,” he said. “We all worked most of the ... Read More »

Parish communities making heavenly music

By Emilie Ng RUNAWAY Bay’s parish community leaned on the shoulders of St Peter’s parish, Rochedale to help perfect their music at Sunday Masses. After hearing the Rochedale parish choir perform earlier in the year, Runaway Bay parish priest Fr John Khoai requested they sing with his parish choir. Fr Khoai sent a letter to Rochedale parish priest Fr Jacob ... Read More »

Storm havoc hits Brisbane schools, churches

  ANNERLEY-Ekibin parish priest Fr Adrian Sharp on his way home, trapped in heavy hail in his car in stand-still traffic, felt the full fury of Thursday afternoon’s super storm. Worse still awaited him back at his parish. “Basically, every stained-glass window in the church (Mary Immaculate) facing south, the direction where the storm came from, was smashed,“ he said ... Read More »

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