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On a mission

Australian missionaries: Betty Graver and Inge Meiers ahead of their one-month mission trip to an orphanage in Adalibad, India.

By Emilie Ng TWO Catholic women have a new reason to “get up in the morning” as they prepare for a “confronting” trip to an Indian orphanage this September. Beenleigh Catholic parishioners Betty Graver and Inge Meier will spend one month at an orphanage run by the Missionary Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament Fathers. Twelve MCBS priests live in Queensland, ... Read More »

Teaming up with Caritas

Helping Nepal: Citron Modern Asian Restaurant co-owner Mark Newman contacted Caritas Australia to help raise money for family members of his co-worker, kitchen hand Subash Kunwar, of Nepal. Photo: Emilie Ng

By Emilie Ng CHEFS at a Wilston restaurant have teamed up with Caritas Australia to help the family of a Nepalese kitchen hand devastated by an earthquake on April 25. The family of Subash Kunwar, who works at Citron Modern Asian Restaurant, was in the middle of the 7.9 magnitude earthquake which claimed the lives of more than 8000 people ... Read More »

Honouring a martyr

Dearly loved: People carry large portraits of Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero during a rally in late March in San Salvador to pay tribute to the late archbishop, who was assassinated 35 years ago. Photo: CNS

By Paul Dobbyn BRISBANE’S Salvadoran community has joined an “unprecedented” worldwide celebration to mark the impending beatification of Archbishop Oscar Romero. Special Masses in St Stephen’s Cathedral, Brisbane, and Our Lady of Fatima Church, Acacia Ridge, a forum on Archbishop Romero’s life and the screening of the film The Last Journey of Oscar Romero are among events being held in ... Read More »

Centacare clip tackling domestic violence issue

Strong support: Members of Centacare’s SCOPE team (from left) Emily Middleton, Karen Marsh and Linda Russell. The women have been involved in preparing a YouTube clip against domestic violence.

By Paul Dobbyn CENTACARE SCOPE’s simple yet powerful YouTube clip to mark Domestic Violence Prevention Month has gained widespread support in the community. The “No More” Campaign clip features Bruce and Denise Morcombe, Sunshine Coast Falcons rugby league players and radio presenter Caroline Hutchinson. It has been screened on Channel 7 News and the Falcons plan to screen it at one ... Read More »

Joyful country centenary

Catholics in Mundubbera welcomed Archbishop Mark Coleridge for his first visit to the country towns

By Emilie Ng PRAYERS “bounced off the walls” of St Joseph’s Church, Gayndah, as hundreds filled the pews to celebrate the sacred building’s centenary on April 18. Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge celebrated the centenary Mass alongside parish priest Fr Jason Middleton and six former Gayndah priests. Fr Middleton said more than 200 Catholics journeyed to Queensland’s oldest town for the ... Read More »

Healing ‘wounds’

Support on the way: Deacon Gary Stone (right) with fellow veteran Gary Neagle whom he has been supporting through the new Veterans Care ministry and through the Mates4Mates initiative.

By Paul Dobbyn BRISBANE archdiocese’s chaplain to the ex-service community Deacon Gary Stone has met “too many veterans who are traumatised, living without hope, and struggling to forgive themselves or others for what happened in conflict zones”. His response has been to set up a ministry known as Veterans Care, receiving enthusiastic support from Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge. Every week ... Read More »

Church honouring the Charities’ Mary

By Emilie Ng BRISBANE Sister of Charity Suzette Clark is always keen to work with, not just for, the poor, a mantra for which her order’s foundress has been recognised by the Church. In 1815 Irish woman Mary Aikenhead founded the Religious Sisters of Charity, an order that provided services to Ireland’s suffering poor. This charism would eventually become the ... Read More »

Parish ‘stunned and saddened’


By Paul Dobbyn CABOOLTURE’S Fr Wrex Woolnough said his parishioners have been “stunned and saddened” by the loss of five lives in the flash floods caused by the region’s recent “off the scale” downpour. The killer floods on May 1 also disrupted Church events including Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge’s pastoral visit to local schools and Confirmation, which was to have ... Read More »

Praying to aunty

Saintly connection: Paul and Genevieve Swan with four of their five children, Daniel, Caitlyn, Rebecca and Felicity holding the official invitation to the canonisation of their relative, Blessed Marie-Alphonsine Danil Ghattas.

By Emilie Ng SLIPPING out of a driveway in Sydney, Paul Swan and his mother Joan make a reverent plea to the Virgin Mary. The pair is headed to visit John Swan, Joan’s husband and Paul’s father, who has been battling Parkinson’s disease for almost 13 years. With the help of the Blessed Virgin Mary and a special saintly relative ... Read More »

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