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Marriage preparation major focus for synod participants

By Paul Dobbyn BETTER preparation for couples planning marriage and for men studying for the priesthood have been two significant but overlooked topics frequently discussed in the extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family in Rome. Brisbane’s John Paul II Centre for Family and Life director Dr Ray Campbell said, after looking at daily summaries from the synod being held ... Read More »

New church ‘sign of life’ on Coast

By Emilie Ng RECONSTRUCTION on one of the Gold Coast’s most treasured churches is a sign of new life for the entire Church, Surfers Paradise parish priest Fr Tim Harris said. Stella Maris Church, Broadbeach, demolished earlier this year, is being reconstructed into a new $3 million church, and expected to open in time for Christmas Masses. Frames and two ... Read More »

Dinner at the Curtis’ cooks up $60,000

By Emilie Ng DINNER at Rita and Rob Curtis’ Booval home on a Thursday night doesn’t just satisfy hunger pains, but also helps continue the “good work” of Australian missionaries. For almost five years, Mr and Mrs Curtis have invited friends and strangers into their home to share a meal and donate to Christian outreaches, missions and individual missionaries. “People want ... Read More »

Housing stress hits Queensland

By Paul Dobbyn A BRISBANE grandmother in her late 70s, forced to live on the streets for eight months to secure social housing, is one example of the impact of rising rents on pensioners. Rosies manager Troy Bailey said the woman’s predicament highlighted a dysfunctional welfare system. “She couldn’t afford to keep up with rising rental costs and eventually moved ... Read More »

Loads of help

By Emilie Ng FRIENDS Nicholas Marchesi and Lucas Patchett have trouble washing their own clothes, but over the next three months they will become experts at washing clothes for Brisbane’s homeless. The high school friends formerly from St Joseph’s College, Gregory Terrace, Mr Marchesi and Mr Patchett spent many hours working with Brisbane’s homeless as part of the college’s community ... Read More »

Sr Teresia devoted to mission in dangerous part of Jamaica

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By Paul Dobbyn SISTER Teresia Tinanisolo visited Brisbane to alert people to a dark side to Jamaica’s beautiful beaches and rollicking reggae music. The Fijian-born 76-year-old Marist Missionary Sister wanted to do more than just report on the situation. She came to raise awareness of her mission to help youth living in Jamaica’s dangerous ghettos and to publicly thank Australians ... Read More »

Spirit-filled day for Noosa parish


By Emilie Ng NOOSA Parish welcomed Archbishop Mark Coleridge on September 18 to celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation with 80 young people include 11 teenagers who have been preparing for this sacred moment. The parish sacramental team under parish worker Maria Higginson facilitated the Confirmation preparation. Parents and students worked together to learn about the significance of this sacrament, the ... Read More »

Brisbane celebrates Caritas Australia turning 50


PHOTOS, news clippings and Project Compassion boxes from long-forgotten fundraising campaigns on display in Brisbane have told the story of Caritas Australia’s 50 years supporting vulnerable communities. Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge and the archdiocese’s former Caritas chairman Bishop John Gerry concelebrated an anniversary Mass in St Stephen’s Cathedral on Sunday, September 21, as part of the celebrations. Archbishop Coleridge in ... Read More »

Asylum seekers laud level playing field

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By Paul Dobbyn SRI Lankan asylum seekers playing in soccer and cricket teams around Brisbane have witnessed to the power of sport to build bridges with the wider community. Several young men belonging to the Tigers Eleven Soccer Club and the Tamil junior cricket team told their stories at the Brisbane launch of the Australian bishops’ 2014/2015 Social Justice Statement, ... Read More »

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