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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

Christmas lights at Chermside West parish

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 »

50 years of priesthood

FATHER Lewy Keelty’s celebration of 50 years of priesthood comes at a time when his Oblate community at Iona College, Wynnum, also celebrates Fr Mark Edwards becoming a bishop. Fr Keelty was due to celebrate his anniversary yesterday (December 20) and Fr Edwards’ episcopal ordination was to have been held on Wednesday (December 17) in Melbourne, where he will serve ... Read More »

Game on for the Shakhovskoys

By Emilie Ng CHILDHOOD jokes about starting a family-owned business have become serious work for four owners of Brisbane’s newest attraction, Escape Hunt. Siblings Matt, Simon, Paul and Giovanna Shakhovskoy, all born in Brisbane and connected to the Emmanuel Community, launched the city’s newest “live detective escape-room game”. The international franchise is already in 27 cities worldwide, but the Shakhovskoys ... Read More »

Home for Christmas

House opening

SUNSHINE Coast retirees Maureen and Bevan Gallagher could not have wished for a better Christmas gift – their 38-year-old son Kieran, who has “profound and multiple disabilities”, is happy in his own home for the first time in his life. The couple, members of the Stella Maris Parish at Maroochydore, had both had health scares as they head into old ... Read More »

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