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Leader columnist’s new project on confirmation

WITH the Feast of Pentecost around the corner The Catholic Leader columnist Selina Venier has released her latest children’s book, Invisible Fire, about the sacrament of Confirmation. Like Invisible Mud, the first book in a series of three, Invisible Fire traces a conversation between two friends as they share the experience of the Church and the sacraments. Ms Venier said ... Read More »

Carers renewed to serve

By Emilie Ng VOLUNTEERS of parish-based ministry Care and Concern received “nourishment, reflection and revitalisation” at a spirituality day on Saturday, March 1. Forty-five volunteers from Maroochydore, Nambour, Upper Mt Gravatt, Inala, Sunnybank, Camp Hill and Rochedale attended the reflection day at Manly. Care and Concern are parish-based volunteer services that offer hospitality catering, Communion at Home, visitation-social support, emergency ... Read More »

St Leo’s welcomes rector

By Paul Dobbyn “WE are named for St Leo the Great, I look forward to leading us to living up to his challenge and to becoming again part of this great commitment. Gentlemen, May 5 can’t come soon enough.” St Leo’s incoming rector Steve Foley with these words concluded his speech at the university college’s first academic formal dinner for ... Read More »

Josephites moved to tears

By Paul Dobbyn INSPIRATIONAL singing of hymns with a Josephite connection by Nundah’s Mary MacKillop College students brought tears to the eyes of many among a large gathering of the order’s Sisters recently. Almost 50 Josephite Sisters gathered at the college on March 19 to mark the order’s 50 years of teaching in secondary schools in Queensland. The college’s assistant principal ... Read More »

Pastoral council fills a gap

By Emilie Ng AFTER eight years without a parish pastoral council Holy Family Parish, Runaway Bay, commissioned a team of nine new members earlier this month. Parish priest Fr John Khoai welcomed Marie Roberts, Gabrielle Lahood, Iain Harrison, Brian Torrey, Jackie Cameron, Rachelle Broughton, Ronnie Wilson, Ramon  Lopez and Nola Wooster as the new council. Fr Khoai said the council would ... Read More »

Popular Irish priest mourned

PASTOR emeritus Fr James Finbarr O’Brien, former parish priest of Kingston-Marsden, has been remembered as “a humble man and true gentleman”. The Irish-born priest (pictured) died aged 65 on March 24 in Allamanda Hospital, Gold Coast, after a long illness. Among those remembering the popular priest was Fr Dave Batey, of the adjoining Woodridge parish. “Jim was sick for at ... Read More »

Family look for answers

By Emilie Ng  FAMILY members and friends of two Brisbane couples who were on board missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 that was confirmed to have crashed in the Indian Ocean have turned to God for hope and answers. Darra Jindalee parish priest Fr Dan Carroll said Mary and Rodney Burrows, two of six Australians on board MH370, were members of ... Read More »

Men’s Shed creates Rosary gift

By Paul Dobbyn MEDITATION upon the mysteries of the Rosary will be that much easier for the students of Our Lady of the Rosary School, Kenmore, thanks to the efforts of the Samford Area Men’s Shed. Using recycled camphor laurel timber from the school grounds, the men created 1.5m timber posts carved to identify the Joyful, Sorrowful, Glorious and Luminous ... Read More »

Mangans making music together for 21 great years

By Libby Blom  IN 1993 Litmus Productions, an Australian-based family-owned publisher began to create resources for liturgy and religious education. At the heart and soul of Litmus Productions are Michael Mangan and his wife Anne Frawley-Mangan. For 21 years Michael has been writing “singable”, theologically sound songs, which are widely used in school and parish liturgies and religious education programs. This year Michael has produced ... Read More »

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