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Laundry service for homeless ‘full steam ahead’

By Emilie Ng BRISBANE’S homeless are grateful for a new initiative that offers free laundry services in local parks across the city. Orange Sky Laundry is Australia’s first mobile laundry service for the homeless, founded by friends and former St Joseph’s College, Gregory Terrace mates Nicholas Marchesi and Lucas Patchett. Team members had their first run on Thursday, October 9 ... Read More »

Carmelites worldwide honour founder

BRISBANE’S discalced Carmelite community of contemplative women remembered the 500th birthday of their order’s founder, St Teresa of Avila, last week. This October commences the 500th anniversary year since the Spanish foundress of the reformed, or discalced, Carmelites was born. Discalced Carmelite friar Fr Greg Burke, from the Varoville community, celebrated  a thanksgiving Mass on October 19. Fr Burke said ... Read More »

Synod on the Family acts as curtain-raiser

By Paul Dobbyn BRISBANE Archbishop Mark Coleridge has addressed several controversial issues discussed during the recent Extraordinary Synod of the Family, including reception of Holy Communion for the divorced, in an interview on Sky TV. The archbishop, interviewed on the channel’s Keneally and Cameron Show on October 17, agreed with host, former NSW premier Kristina Keneally, that the synod’s working ... Read More »

Remembering Immy

By Paul Dobbyn “WHY us? We’re good people.” This was the question Dean and Jenny Smith asked themselves last year after the death of one of their twins Imogene – “Immy” – at three months. She had bravely struggled for life alongside her twin brother Theodore (Theo) after being born at only 24 weeks. Each weighed just over 600 grams. On ... Read More »

Jesuit finds God’s love in the stars

By Paul Dobbyn WOULD actor Bruce Willis armed with a bomb be able to take out an earth-bound asteroid? The answer is definitely no, according to Jesuit Brother Guy Consolmagno, this year’s awardee of the Carl Sagan Medal for Excellence in Public Communication in Planetary Science. He used the example as a way to explain the value of his more ... Read More »

Annabel shares generous gifts

CATHOLIC Education Week ambassador Annabel Pike has continues her works of generosity. Last week Ms Pike delivered more than 130 personal care packs to the “poorest of the poor’” in a Cambodian hospital thanks to the generosity of Catholic school students in Toowoomba diocese. The 2012 Australian Nurse Graduate of the Year, Annabel travelled to Cambodia to help train and ... Read More »

Timor reveals faith link to true happiness

By Emilie Ng WATCHING children joyfully pray the Rosary out of habit showed Birkdale parishioner Jane Walsh that faith, not money, brings happiness. Mrs Walsh travelled with Birkdale parish priest Fr Frank Jones and fellow parishioner Roy Evans on a mission trip to East Timor in June. The three visited their sister parish, Our Lady of Grace in Metinaro, a ... Read More »

Time to honour inspiring Catholics

The Community Leaders Awards

By Emilie Ng NOMINATIONS to find Australia’s most inspirational Catholics are rolling in fast as the cut-off for entries for The Community Leader Awards 2014 approaches in two weeks. Wise priests, committed parishioners, teachers who are making a profound impact on the local community, and national ministry leaders are among those already nominated for the awards. Catholics living in Australia ... Read More »

A hand out or a hand up?

By Paul Dobbyn PROPOSED Brisbane City Council legislation to give officers the power to fine homeless people sleeping in parks has been described as “unnecessary and like kicking people when they’re down”. Rosies chief executive officer Troy Bailey said the proposed Public Land and Council Asset local law 2014 would open up a “Pandora’s Box of problems for the homeless” ... Read More »

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