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Sudan always in prayer

CATHOLICS at Bracken Ridge parish are reminded to pray for the imperilled people of the recently formed nation of South Sudan every time they enter St Joseph’s Church. Parishioners have donated more than $36,000 to build wells for crucial water supplies to five villages since South Sudan became a nation in mid-2011. Photographs of the wells and maps of the ... Read More »

Bride of Christ for Carmelites

Sr Catherine Ann Therese celebrates with a well-wisher

THE Carmelite community in Ormiston welcomed Sr Catherine Ann Therese as its newest definitive member on January 11. After more than six-and-a-half years of prayer and discernment, Sr Catherine Ann made her profession of solemn vows, entering into a full commitment to the Discalced Carmelite order. The former Broken Bay diocese youth minister was overjoyed about finally becoming a Bride ... Read More »

Filipino devotion on the Coast

Thousands of Filipino Catholics dance and cheer through the streets of Cebu to mark the Feast Day of the Infant Child Jesus, known locally as Santo Nino.

DRUMS, chants and vibrant dress will fill Gold Coast streets on January 19 in Queensland’s first Sinulog Festival to honour one of the Philippines’ oldest religious devotions. The devotion to the Santo Nino, the Philippines’ answer to the Holy Infant of Prague statue, is celebrated annually in Cebu. And while Cebu was one of the worst-affected provinces hit by typhoon ... Read More »

Trusting in Jesus

Bishop Michael Putney

TOWNSVILLE Bishop Michael Putney is entering 2014 with unabated enthusiasm and an ambitious ongoing program of reform in the diocese despite his diagnosis of terminal cancer. The 67-year-old bishop was told at the end of 2012 that he had only months to live after medical tests revealed inoperable cancer which had spread from his stomach to his liver. Since then, ... Read More »

Fr McHugh lived a life of joy despite trauma

Faithful servant: Mourners gather in St Stephen’s Cathedral for the funeral of Fr Patrick McHugh

FATHER Patrick McHugh lived a life of joy amidst hardships, suffering and trauma, until his last breath on December 30, 2013. His funeral Mass was held at St Stephen’s Cathedral on January 3. Fr McHugh was ordained to the priesthood at St Stephen’s Cathedral on June 29, 1959, and Archbishop Mark Coleridge received his body into the cathedral once more, ... Read More »

Young people start a year-long pilgrimage

Quiet reflection: Pilgrims preparing for Mass at St Stephen’s Cathedral, the first stop in the Brisbane Parish Pilgrimage.

FOUR young people have organised a year-long pilgrimage to pray the Mass and meet with local parishioners from parishes across Brisbane archdiocese. Recent high school graduate Graham Leach, and university students Sarah Norris, Edsel Parke and Lobezno Meneses are part of the team behind this project, the Brisbane Parish Pilgrimage. The Brisbane Parish Pilgrimage will be an opportunity to journey ... Read More »

Former student giving back to ‘second home’

Future: Thomson Adsett’s architects’ impression of Loreto College Coorparoo from 2015, based on the college master plan

THE kindness of a former student of Loreto College, Coorparoo, has left the Catholic high school “a generous multi-year gift” to support the school’s development plans. Ann Staley (nee Toakley) began her education at Loreto at age 7, becoming Head of School in 1946. She was known to call Loreto College “a second home”. A charity in her name, the ... Read More »

Miami marks golden days

Jubilant faces: Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge gathers with many Filipino Catholics who attend Mass at Miami and Burleigh Heads

FIFTY years ago on December 22, 1963, Brisbane Archbishop James Duhig blessed a new war memorial Church built on a former Aboriginal midden at Miami on the Gold Coast. Fifty years later to the day, walking in his predecessor’s footsteps, Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge led the parish in a Golden Jubilee Mass. Members of the Burleigh Heads parish, which has ... Read More »

It’s a match for Maddie and Mum

Mary Daly and daughter Maddie celebrate their graduation at the University of Queensland

BRISBANE’S Mary Daly knows exactly how hard her daughter Maddie worked to graduate from University of Queensland’s Nursing/Midwifery degree. The Samford mother of five also completed the degree, graduating in December at the same time as her daughter. And to top it off, mother and daughter have both secured positions in the Graduate Registered Nurse program for 2014 at the ... Read More »

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