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Excelling in education

By Emilie Ng QUEENSLAND Catholic schools took one week out of their busy timetables to show Australians why Catholic education was the best choice for Queensland students. The state’s 296 Catholic primary and secondary schools were invited to “pause” about the goodness of Catholic education in the community during this year’s Catholic Education Week celebrations between July 27 and August 2. ... Read More »

Saintly relic to be on show at annual MacKillop Mass

By Emilie Ng AN ornament from the top of St Mary of the Cross MacKillop’s first coffin will be displayed at her annual feast day Mass at St Stephen’s Cathedral, Brisbane, on August 8. The decorative wooden piece in the shape of an open book is part of a “scarce” collection of relics given to Josephite Sisters who personally knew ... Read More »

Living life in all its fullness

STUDENTS and representatives from many Catholic schools in Brisbane archdiocese gathered in St Stephen’s Cathedral last Sunday afternoon for a Mass to open Catholic Education Week 2014 (July 27-August 2). Archbishop Mark Coleridge was principal celebrant and CEW ambassadors Annabel Pike and Michael Mangan attended. Archbishop Coleridge also officially launched Catholic Education Week at St Laurence’s College, South Brisbane, on ... Read More »

Nerang parish welcomes new priest

By Robin Williams ST Brigid’s Parish, Nerang, had a surprise visit on July 13 from one of Australia’s newest priests. Nerang parish priest Fr Rafal Rucinski attended Fr Bing Monteagudo’s ordination in Lismore, northern NSW, on July 7 and said he was more than happy to welcome him to St Brigid’s for the Sunday Mass. “He rang me Saturday afternoon ... Read More »

Seminarians take to the field

By Emilie Ng QUEENSLAND seminarians are in hard training, not just for the priesthood, but also for scoring goals at this time of the year as they strive for victory in the coveted Inter-seminary soccer tournament cup. Queensland’s Holy Spirit Provincial Seminary soccer team prepared months ahead of the August 2 tournament hosted in Brisbane. The tournament brings more than ... Read More »

Turning the tables

By Paul Dobbyn “THE pulling of yet another rabbit from the hat”, “a kind of foot-washing reality” and “an indication of sincere simplicity”. Pope Francis’ surprise appearance in the Vatican employee cafeteria to share a meal with workers has drawn these and many more such positive comments from Church leaders in Brisbane archdiocese and beyond. The Pope, Vatican Radio said, ... Read More »

Presentation Sisters set five-year mission focus

By Paul Dobbyn QUEENSLAND’S Presentation Sisters elected a new leadership team and set their focus for mission for the next five years at their recent chapter meeting. “During the next five years, we will focus especially on how each of us can be the ‘Presentation face of God’s Mission’, whatever our ministry, in our world,” leadership team member Sr Mary ... Read More »

Noosa opens house to battling families

By Emilie Ng FAMILIES finding it tough in the high rental market on the Sunshine Coast could find consolation in a new outreach program that will provide temporary accommodation for struggling families. The program, called Assisi House, is a joint initiative of the Noosa District Catholic parish and its St Vincent de Paul Society conference. Assisi House will be a ... Read More »

Cathedral guide keen to do the same in Burundi

By Paul Dobbyn FOR Alexis Bukuru becoming a guide and welcomer at St Stephen’s Cathedral has been a wonderful gift, so much so that he wants to take the idea back to his home in Burundi, Africa. “I have been in many cathedrals in my home country, but this was the first time I’ve seen a cathedral organise such an ... Read More »

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