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Power bill to spark action

By Peter Bugden A SMALL but dedicated group of Caloundra parishioners will be paying particular attention to the parish’s next power bill. They’re expecting to see a significant drop in electricity costs, and that will be an important boost for their campaign to promote awareness and action on climate change. The eight members of the Caloundra Catholic Community Social Justice Network ... Read More »

St Luke’s Green launches in style

ST LUKE’S Green, an eagerly anticipated addition to Brisbane’s retirement village community, has moved a step closer to reality following a blessing and turning of the first sods on its Buranda site. Archdiocesan vicar general and administrator of St Luke’s Parish Monsignor Peter Meneely performed the blessing at the Taylor Street location on March 8. St Luke’s Green will have ... Read More »

Moggill community loves St Catherine’s

By Emilie Ng MOGGILL’S Catholic community has never forgotten the woman who made it possible to worship God inside St Catherine’s worship centre. The beloved community centre is the second sacred Catholic building in Moggill to be named after grandmother Catherine O’Brien, an early settler in the area. In 1902, the grandmother’s skirt caught fire and she died, aged 73, in ... Read More »

Irish descendants remember their family heritage

By Emilie Ng CATHOLIC school principal Michael Nayler has no qualms calling himself a descendant of “boat people”. The principal of St Mary’s School, Kingaroy, is a descendent of Irish emigrants who boarded the famous ship, Erin-go-Bragh, on January 9, 1862. “It’s one of the ships that brought out my families,” Mr Nayler said. Almost 150 years since their arrival ... Read More »

Hunger for Scripture

By Paul Dobbyn BRISBANE Archbishop Mark Coleridge’s first talk in a series on Scripture led to an exodus. More than 430 people overflowed the Francis Rush Centre’s Hanly Room where the Living Biblically in a Secular World lecture series was to be held. “This meant we all had to move to St Stephen’s Cathedral as space had run out at ... Read More »

Domestic disaster

By Paul Dobbyn BRISBANE Good Samaritan Sister Bernardina Sontrop hopes the latest State Government report on domestic violence can help slow the spread of an epidemic that claimed 17 lives in Queensland from 2012 to 2013. She has worked with victims of domestic violence over many years in roles including school chaplain, principal and pastoral worker. “The value of Not ... Read More »

Rosary for Our Lady’s

By Emilie Ng NANANGO parish priest Fr Nigel Sequeira is clutching his Rosary beads in the hope Our Lady will send helpers to revive one of his “bush churches”. Our Lady Help of Christians Church is one of the South Burnett country town’s most iconic buildings, having hosted more than 3000 baptisms and 710 marriages in its 98-year lifespan. But ... Read More »

Pregnancy crisis group saves another five lives

BRISBANE priest Fr Adrian Sharp has always supported Pregnancy Crisis Incorporated for its focus on providing practical help to women under pressure to abort their unborn children. “PCI’s work appealed because it was a case of putting money where the mouth was,” he said. “Critics often say the Church tells women not to have abortions but doesn’t support them in ... Read More »

Fighting the good fight

By Paul Dobbyn BILL Thornton recently notched up a century with well wishes from many including the Queen, Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge. A framed apostolic blessing from Pope Francis to mark Bill’s 100th birthday also has pride of place on the wall of his unit. But ask him about his time as a political warrior ... Read More »

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