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Coleen up for Leader sales challenge

By Emilie Ng WHEN Yeppoon parishioner Coleen Bignell learnt The Catholic Leader sales were at an all-time low in her parish, she took up the challenge to personally sell them. At a parish council meeting Mrs Bignell, who is a member of the council, said the number of copies not being sold, less than half of what is available for sale, ... Read More »

Southport to become a ‘spiritual Bunnings’ under new parish priest

By Emilie Ng SOUTHPORT parish’s new parish priest Fr Jan Bialasiewicz is taking on the task to give his parishioners all they need to repair and refresh their missionary zeal and passion. Fr Bialasiewicz was installed as Southport parish priest on Sunday, April 6. He said Jesus’ mission was the “responsibility of all the parishioners” and he was prepared to ... Read More »

Mater appeal helping little miracles like Riley to flourish

By Paul Dobbyn BREMER Valley’s Riley McRae, diagnosed with a fatal blood condition while in-utero, is typical of seriously ill children and babies being helped by Mater Little Miracles Easter Appeal. Thanks to funding from Mater Little Miracles, more than 2000 premature and seriously ill babies are cared for each year in the Mater Mothers’ Hospital’s Neonatal Critical Care Unit. ... Read More »

Joy as sacramental life renewed

By Emilie Ng HOLY Week began in solidarity and fraternity for the 186 priests, bishops and deacons who publically renewed their vows at this year’s Chrism Mass held at St Stephen’s Cathedral on April 10. The congregation at St Stephen’s Cathedral witnessed renewal of vows and the blessing of the oil of catechumens and the oil of the sick and ... Read More »

Leader installed at Beaudesert

By Emilie Ng BEAUDESERT’S newly installed parish priest Fr Michael McKeaten (pictured) feels empowered for his new mission in one of Brisbane’s larger parishes. Fr McKeaten, who was also appointed dean of Logan Deanery earlier this year, was officially installed on March 16, but has been at the parish since January 1. “In both roles I hope to continue the ... Read More »

Fr Columba’s going ‘back to his people’

By Paul Dobbyn BRISBANE archdiocese’s Pauline Father Columba Macbeth-Green had several reasons for total surprise on learning he’d been named Wilcannia-Forbes diocese’s seventh bishop. Firstly, the Order of Saint Paul the First Hermit (OSPPE) to which he belongs “has only one bishop in the whole world”. “The order is normally out of the limelight,” he said, “so becoming a bishop ... Read More »

Colloquium to explore Pope’s world influence

CATHOLIC experts will lead a colloquium to discuss and workshop the impact Holy Father Pope Francis is having on the global Church and in mainstream media this month. Experts on the panel include Mount Alvernia College deputy principal Allison Stone, 55 comms Chief Executive Officer and former The Courier-Mail editor Michael Crutcher, Evangelisation Brisbane mission team leader Ursuline Sister Kari ... Read More »

Ipswich mayor helps order give a hand up to homeless

IPSWICH council will donate almost $20,000 to the Order of Malta to buy 600 custom-made coats for homeless in Brisbane and Ipswich. Ipswich mayor Paul Pisasale announced at the third annual Coats for the Homeless breakfast on April 3, that he and fellow Ipswich councillor David Morrison had agreed to double their initial purchase of 300 coats for the homeless. ... Read More »

More young men consider priesthood at vocations dinner

YOUNG men considering the priesthood gathered in Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge’s home in New Farm for the 17th annual vocations dinner. More than 50 young men came in search of answers, consolations and encouragement in their pursuit of discerning the priestly vocation. The dinners offer young men a “clearer idea” about discerning the priesthood in Brisbane. Joining the Archbishop was ... Read More »

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