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Caritas director leads the dash for cash for the poor

By Paul Dobbyn CARITAS diocesan director Joseph Foley,  teachers and students from archdiocesan schools are on the starting blocks of the Bridge to Brisbane fun run to raise funds for vulnerable families in Oceania, Asia and Africa. Mr Foley said the 20-strong Caritas Ks team hoped to raise at least $5000 to ensure improved supplies of drinking water for people ... Read More »

End of an era for biblical explorers

By Emilie Ng AFTER 12 years former Albany Creek parishioners Bryen and Fay McMahon are closing the last chapter on one of Brisbane’s favourite biblical resources, the Bible Explorer’s Handbook. Mr and Mrs McMahon have shared Bible stories, personal testimonies, Scripture quizzes and Christian book reviews in more than 55,000 copies since 2002. The handbook began as a response to the ... Read More »

Extraordinary women

By Emilie Ng AFTER 50 years supporting Queensland women in and out of Catholic action movements, the Young Christian Workers Past Members Association of Brisbane has come to an end. More than 80 surviving members, all former female members of the Young Christian Workers, the National Catholic Girls’ Movement and the Grail, met for the last time at St Stephen’s Cathedral ... Read More »

Proof of Gospel’s worldwide reach

By Emilie Ng WORLD cultures may be vastly different in routines and customs but parishioners from St Patrick’s, Beenleigh, proved Christ is their common denominator. More than 600 parishioners and members of the Beenleigh community shared not only food from over 50 destinations, but joined in for an eternal feast in a multicultural Mass. The Liturgy of the Word was proclaimed ... Read More »

New leader for seminary

By Paul Dobbyn FR John Grace has responded with surprise, humility and enthusiasm to the news of his appointment as Holy Spirit Provincial Seminary’s rector from 2016. “My appointment as the thirteenth rector of Holy Spirit Seminary from 2016 came to me as a surprise,” the 71-year-old priest said. “I had never imagined nor contemplated being invited to become rector ... Read More »

Peace prayers

By Paul Dobbyn THE sacrifices people have made for their faith in Iraq are a vivid reality for Brisbane priest Fr Gerry Hefferan. He visited the war-torn region last year and saw relics from 20th century martyrs held in a sacred vessel in a northern Iraq church. He is continuing prayers for peace in Iraq. The Bracken Ridge parish priest ... Read More »

Popular city orchestra supporting fundraiser

By Emilie Ng MUSIC from pivotal moments throughout history will fill the newly refurbished marble beauty of St Paschal’s Church, Wavell Heights, for a fundraising concert next weekend. Choir members from two groups at Our Lady of the Angels Parish, Chermside, which includes St Paschal’s and St Gerard Majella Church, in West Chermside, will team up with the award-winning Brisbane City ... Read More »

Keeping NET on the road

By Emilie Ng MORE than 150 benefactors and supporters showed their whole-hearted support for young people on the forefront of mission with National Evangelisation Teams Ministries Australia at its annual fundraising dinner on August 14. NET Ministries Australia director Mark Doyle said the dinner not only raised awareness about the ministry’s progress, but also advanced the organisation closer to its ... Read More »

Battling for life over death

By Emilie Ng RESTORING hope within Los Angeles’ notorious gang culture has proven to Jesuit Father Greg Boyle that God can be found in the most unlikely people. In 1988, Fr Boyle started what is now America’s largest national non-profit gang intervention and re-entry program, Homeboy Industries, when he was asked to be the pastor of Jesuit parish Dolores Mission Church ... Read More »

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