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Keeping faith in the Pine Mountain family

By Emilie Ng PINE Mountain Catholic worshippers know the secret to keeping a Church community alive for 150 years. Their secret is also the advice Irish Servant of God Fr Patrick Peyton gave when he famously said, “A family that prays together, stays together”. This Church family are uniquely connected, as all are related either by blood or marriage, and connected ... Read More »

Fr Ekpo’s theological insights grab US attention

By Peter Bugden BRISBANE priest Fr Anthony Ekpo, who describes himself as “a bit of a book worm”, is excited about having one of his most recent articles accepted by Theological Studies¸ a prestigious international theological journal. Fr Ekpo, a priest from the Umuahia diocese in Nigeria who is Archbishop Mark Coleridge’s pastoral assistant in Brisbane Archdiocese, said having his article ... Read More »

Nerang unveils new statue of patron saint

By Isaac Murphy ST Brigid’s parish, Nerang, has unveiled a new statue to honour its parish patron. The initiative was arranged by parish priest Fr Rafal Rucinski, who’s been with the community for four years. The idea was formulated when church-goers mingled after Mass on February 1, a day set aside to honour the saint. It was through talking to members ... Read More »

School’s ‘heartbeat’ revived

By Emilie Ng ST Joseph’s Primary School, Kangaroo Point students and staff are thrilled about the revival of the “heartbeat” of their community. After a near three-month closure following last November’s destructive hail storm, St Joseph’s Church reopened for Sunday Masses on February 15. The renewed church was recarpeted, fitted with new marble high altars and lecterns, while the new stained-glass ... Read More »

40 years of faith and love

By Isaac Murphy THERE have been ups, downs, joys and sorrows, but through it all Brisbane’s Emmanuel Community has stayed strong as a family. Last Sunday it celebrated its 40th anniversary in St Mary Magdalene Church, Bardon, the same parish where the mission was born. The covenant community was born from the vision of Brian Smith, leader of The Catholic ... Read More »

Honour humbles Gabriel

By Paul Dobbyn WHEN Gabriel Ukuno looks at the award he won as New Australian of the Year he sees more than just his own name on the cup. “I think also of the names of all the people who helped me when I arrived as a Sudanese refugee in Brisbane in 1998,” the community liaison officer at Yeronga State ... Read More »

Exciting year for new ACU student leaders

BRISBANE Auxiliary Bishop Brian Finnigan drew on the day’s scripture readings as a source of wisdom and guidance at the induction of this year’s Australian Catholic University student leaders on Banyo campus. “Jesus says those who want to be His special friends must be ready to drink from a chalice which will entail a good deal of difficulty and suffering,” ... Read More »

Praying with the universal Church

By Emile Ng GREGORIAN chant is making a return to St Stephen’s Cathedral every Sunday afternoon with the addition of Vespers to the schola’s musical program. Members will raise their voices in the St Stephen’s Chapel every Sunday at 3pm to join the global Church in singing Vespers, one of the prayers in the ancient Liturgy of the Hours, also ... Read More »

Ocean of faith

By Emilie Ng NOBODY but God could have mustered the miraculous support Gold Coast priest Fr Tim Harris received when he promised a new church for Broadbeach Catholics. After promising to rebuild Stella Maris Church more than four years ago, Fr Harris stood an “overwhelmed” but “happy man” as about 1000 people witnessed Archbishop Mark Coleridge dedicate Stella Maris Church ... Read More »

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