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Lutwyche digging deep for the poor

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LUTWYCHE parishioners united in the cause of social justice and understanding the plight of homeless people recently. More than 100 people, including children, attended a social justice night organised by the parish’s pastoral council. The night was organised in the spirit of a quote from Pope Francis: “How can it be that it is not a news item when an ... Read More »

Catholic nuns call for license protocols to weed out Gold Coast massage parlours operating as brothels

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CAMPAIGNERS against human trafficking have joined calls for Gold Coast massage parlours to be licensed to protect vulnerable young workers. Josephite Sister Margaret Ng has reacted to reports that massage parlours operating as underground brothels were recruiting overseas workers ahead of the 2018 Commonwealth Games. Sr Ng said it was common worldwide for big sporting events to attract activity within ... Read More »

Brisbane council backs September holiday fitness program created by three schoolgirls

school holiday fitness program

THREE savvy schoolgirls have devised a fun fitness program to get Brisbane teenagers into shape this September holiday break. Year 10 San Sisto College student Olivia Joyce, Lourdes Hill College student Georgia Press, and Somerville House student Jane Nimmo have devised the Healthy Body Healthy Mind initiative, aimed at offering 12-17 year olds a range of free outdoor fitness activities. ... Read More »

CWL to fund refuges for women in need across Queensland

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QUEENSLAND members of a Catholic women’s organisation have pledged financial support to refuge shelters caring for homeless mothers and children across the state. The canonically approved Catholic Women’s League of Queensland announced at its recent state conference its three member dioceses would raise funds for a local refuge supporting homeless mothers and children. Queensland state president Veronica Box expected members ... Read More »

Thousands turn up to mark 60th anniversary of multicultural community at Inala

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WHEN Fr Stephen Pilly arrived at Inala in 2014, he made it his personal mission to reach out to the marginalised individuals and families in the neighbourhood. Fr Pilly, a Divine Word Missionary priest, opened his heart and church to the poor, particularly refugees who had fled their countries for a better life in Australia. “As Inala is considered a ... Read More »

Australian churches urged to take up global energy challenge

Global solar challenge

AUSTRALIAN churches have been issued with a challenge to increase the switchover to renewable energy such as solar. While some Queensland Catholic dioceses are taking giant steps towards renewables, overall, Australia’s record on installed renewable energy lags behind North America and most of Europe. Figures released by United Kingdom charities show more than 3500 churches in the United Kingdom have ... Read More »

Surfers Paradise associate pastor takes up new role in Hervey Bay

Fr Regimon Gervasis

MISSIONARY Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament Father Regimon Gervasis has thanked the people of Surfers Paradise for their prayers, friendship and smiling faces as he left the parish. Fr Gervasis has been appointed parish priest of Hervey Bay. More than 600 people attended a farewell Mass and morning tea on August 28. Parish priest and South Coast dean Fr Tim ... Read More »

Popular guide for catechumens and candidates gets a facelift

Book launch

PARISHES across Australia could believe Christmas is coming early after packages of a newly relaunched resource for catechumens hit the post last week. At Home with God’s People – Our Catholic Faith is the revised edition of a popular resource created to guide the thousands of Australians who prepare for Baptism every Easter. Relaunched last week by Brisbane Archbishop Mark ... Read More »

London guide impressed with Australia’s first Oratory community

LONDON Oratory priest and delegate for Australia’s first Oratorian congregation Fr Uwe Michael Lang has made his first visit to support the Brisbane community. Fr Lang arrived in Brisbane on August 26 and stayed with the community until September 4 before making a trip to the Great Barrier Reef. The Oratory priest of 19 years spoke positively of his first ... Read More »

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