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Ingrid paints for St Brigid’s

SNOWFLAKES seem to swirl about Red Hill’s St Brigid’s Church in a painting by young Brisbane artist Ingrid Bartkowiak to promote the church’s legendary Christmas carols. However, as Ingrid explains, all is not as it seems in the painting. The “snowflakes” are actually stars. “I wanted the painting to convey the same atmosphere that the carols at St Brigid’s have ... Read More »

Palm Beach’s first church is 50

PALM Beach Catholics welcomed their greatest belated-Christmas gift when Our Lady of the Way Church opened on December 28, 1964. For one of its builders Ray Taylor, it was an even greater relief to see the new church. “Mass was said at various places, so we decided to build our own, and built it voluntarily,” Mr Taylor said. “That time ... Read More »

Scrapping OP score passes the QCEC test

THE Church’s education leaders in Queensland agree “the time is right to replace the OP score and QCS test mechanisms” for students graduating from high school. Queensland Catholic Education Commission executive director Mike Byrne made the comment in response to the State Government’s proposed changes for senior assessment and tertiary education reform. Following a review of the Queensland assessment system ... Read More »

Bribie Island church turns 50

By Emilie Ng BRIBIE Island offered little more than fishermen’s huts resting on an idyllic paradise when the second Little Flower Church opened 50 years ago. Parishioners gathered at Little Flower Church, part of the Caboolture parish, on December 20 to celebrate its golden jubilee. Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge celebrated the Mass, concelebrated by 13 priests connected to the community, ... Read More »

Christmas celebrating ‘God’s diversity’

By Paul Dobbyn FIVE years ago Rockhampton’s Linda Esguerra decided to spread cheer to the city’s forgotten people with a Christmas Day lunch. This simple gesture of solidarity started a tradition that has steadily grown from 15 people to embrace more than 200 guests. “These people represent diversity as God sees it,” Ms Esguerra, a member of Rockhampton’s diocesan council and ... Read More »

Crematorium blessing celebrates faith

NUDGEE Cemetery manager David Molloy sees the newly blessed crematorium as an extension of his vision for the Brisbane facility. “Families who entrust their loved ones to us here at Nudgee can confidently know they are going to be taken care of, as if they’re still in the room with us,” he told those gathered for the blessing of Nudgee ... Read More »

Discernment for ‘dummies’ launched by MGL order

DISNEY and Pixar may have found their match in Australia’s Missionaries of God’s Love priest and brothers, who have released their own online animated video series. The newly recognised religious institute has produced four animated videos, each lasting less than five minutes, in their first Discernment for Dummies series. MGL Brother Lawrence Yuen created all four videos, which features MGL ... Read More »

Endowments grant new energy

By Paul Dobbyn RECIPIENTS of grants from Brisbane archdiocese’s first ever endowment-funded program received news of their awards with enthusiasm – none more so than the members of the Vietnamese Eucharistic Youth Movement. Not one but three leaders from the movement turned up for the award evening, held as part of the annual Assembly of Catholic Professionals Christmas event, at ... Read More »

Parish lights win hearts

By Emilie Ng CHERMSIDE West parish has won local radio station 4KQ’s Christmas lights competition for the sixth time since 2004. St Gerard Majella’s Church won the category for best church or community group display in the radio competition, open to any resident or organisation across south-east Queensland. Parishioners began work on the lights display in August to ensure the $75,000 ... Read More »

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