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Warning on cults

By Paul Dobbyn FORMER adherents of Helidon’s Magnificat Meal Movement cult, Claire Murphy and Clare Birchley, are on a mission. It’s to warn Catholics and the broader community of the insidious nature of cults. “Initially, the movement was all very much about the traditional Catholic faith,” Ms Murphy said. “But over two decades, every aspect of this faith was subtly ... Read More »

Gayndah church turns 100

By Emilie Ng CONTINUING God’s presence in one of Queensland’s oldest towns has been Catholic parishioner Jan Lutvey’s principal calling for 72 years. The 72 year old said she has prayed at St Joseph’s Catholic Church, Gayndah, her entire life. “Our community is a continuity of God’s place in our town,” Ms Lutvey said. On Saturday April 18, Ms Lutvey ... Read More »

Place to call home

By Emilie Ng OWNING a home is a dream for many Australians, but some, including Springfield’s Catholic parish, can only wade through the rental market. For the past five years, Springfield parish priest Fr Mauro Conte and his large congregation of 700, mostly comprising young families, have yearned to stop “renting” from their gracious neighbours, St Augustine’s College, and own ... Read More »

New breast cancer clinic opens doors

BREAST cancer survivor Margaret Lungo has spent the last decade holding daughter Sandra Lungo’s hand at their breast check-ups. “We’ve always come together to have our check-ups,” Ms Lungo said. “It’s the annual thing that we do together.” But for the first time in 10 years, the pair, who live on Brisbane’s north, won’t be having their usual long, nine-hour ... Read More »

Brisbane teachers educate children on Nauru

A GROUP of teachers from Brisbane archdiocese put up their hands to assist in the education of local, refugee and asylum-seeker children on the island of Nauru. It followed an invitation from the Commonwealth Department of Immigration and Border Protection to the Queensland Catholic Education Commission (QCEC) and Brisbane Catholic Education (BCE) to help in the education of refugee and ... Read More »

Priceless Life supporters learn about lives saved

By Paul Dobbyn KRYSTINE as a pregnant 16-year-old was so naïve she had to Google “abortion” when a friend told her to procure one. The young Samoan woman, now 20, told a gathering at Woolloongabba’s Priceless Life Centre of succumbing to manifold pressures to have an abortion. “Afterwards, I remember sitting in that clinic and the counsellor on site told me ... Read More »

Sr Diaan works on a dream

By Paul Dobbyn LORETO Sister Diaan Stuart finds the prospect of opening a new school in East Timor at the start of June “both scary and exciting”. It is quite an admission for the past student of Loreto College, Coorparoo, who spent many years as a principal in various Australian schools run by her order. “But it’s all a bit ... Read More »

Serving up the secret recipes

By Emilie Ng DELICACIES devoured by hungry boys at St Joseph’s College, Gregory Terrace, are available for public tasting in a new cookbook produced by the Terrace Ladies Group. Terrace mums, dads and grandparents donated their best family recipes for The Terrace Cookbook, in honour of the school’s 140th anniversary this year. Members of the TLG gathered at the Terrace ... Read More »

Welcoming our newest Catholics

By Emilie Ng STEFFANIE Le and Simon Brown are among thousands of Catholics worldwide who will add another “birthday” celebration to their calendars from now on. Both Mrs Le and Mr Brown picked April 4, or this year’s Easter Vigil date, to celebrate their baptism date as new Catholics. They were among four newly baptised Catholics who entered into the ... Read More »

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