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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 »

Parish gift remembers Gayndah Catholic women

In loving memory: Rod Weekes, Noelene Robertson and Jim McNaught have paid tribute to their sister and late-wife Keran McNaught when they unveiled their gift of leadlight glass windows at St Joseph’s church, Gayndah, last month.

REMEMBERING Gayndah parish’s departed Catholic women will be easier thanks to a new gift sitting above St Joseph’s church sanctuary. Parishioner Keran McNaught died on June 6, 2011, but her life and the lives of all deceased Catholic women in Gayndah parish will be remembered in two new leadlight glass windows, unveiled last month. Mrs McNaught’s immediate and extended families, ... Read More »

Finding hope in the Bible

By Emilie Ng BRISBANE Archbishop Mark Coleridge will lead a new Bible series this month showing how the Scriptures “interpret the mess of things that we face”. Following a review into parish formation needs last year, archdiocesan agency Evangelisation Brisbane has prepared an “in-depth opportunity” to hear from a rich source – Brisbane’s own biblical scholar. In Living Biblically in ... Read More »

New pastor ‘born’ to Petrie

Unexpected mission: Fr Chima Ofor “least expected” to be Petrie community’s parish priest but joyously took on his new role when he was installed by Archbishop Mark Coleridge on February 28.

By Emilie Ng NINE months is needed to form a new human being in the womb, but it’s also the timeframe for Fr Chima Ofor’s “birth” as Petrie’s newest parish priest. After nine months as Petrie parish’s associate pastor, Fr Ofor is now the community’s parish priest, taking over from his predecessor Fr Dave O’Connor, who resigned last year. Fr ... Read More »

International Women’s Day celebrated in style

Day for women: Marie-Louise Stolberg, Carolyn Duffy, Lisa Westerdale, Margie Best, Jenny Grace, Christine Nash, guest speaker Jan Whiteway, Carlie Neighbour and Kim Fehervary enjoyed St William’s IWD breakfast.

WOMEN who “Make it Happen” were honoured at celebrations to mark International Women’s Day in Brisbane archdiocese’s community of schools. IWD celebrates the global economic, political and social developments of women past, present and future, and for the past four years, St Francis College, Crestmead, has used the occasion to bring mothers, grandmothers, aunts and girls in Years 10-12 together. ... Read More »

Saving lives

By Emilie Ng PARENTS cuddled their young when Victorian MP Bernie Finn said at Brisbane’s Rally for Life that it was “a national disgrace” that 100,000 babies are killed each year. Mr Finn was one of four speakers calling for an end to abortions at the annual pro-life event held at Queens Park on Saturday, March 7. More than 200 ... Read More »

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