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Power in prayer

SOUTH Sudanese-born Zachria Akojom felt part of Brisbane’s Bracken Ridge parish when he arrived nine years ago. Now he and his wife Mary Baid have even more reason to feel a strong connection. For more than two weeks recently, the parishioners of St Joseph and St Anthony were praying for his friends feared drowned as they fled the violence near ... Read More »

Wilston turns back to its beginnings

WILSTON parishioners began the first of five months in thanksgiving for 100 years of worship at St Columba’s Parish. Two of the church’s first major events were commemorated on February 2 – the first Mass celebrated by the parish on July 5, 1914, and the church’s dedication by Archbishop James Duhig on January 3, 1915. In keeping with the commemoration ... Read More »

Faith unites people of multiple nations

CULTURES merged at Our Lady of Lourdes, Sunnybank, at the parish’s first multicultural Mass of the year on February 2. The “cosmopolitan” parish brought together its finest selection of music, song and dance from cultures around the globe. Members of the African community processed down the church isle in traditional dance, bringing to the altar the joys and richness of ... Read More »

Indian priests set to open Brisbane base

THE Missionary Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament will establish its first Australian mission house in Brisbane on February 23. The establishment of the Australian MCBS mission house would bring a greater unity among Queensland’s eight MCBS priests, two in Toowoomba and six in Brisbane. MCBS priest Fr Joseph Thottankara will also be installed into his new parish at Holland Park-Mt ... Read More »

Life rally to ‘open eyes’

BRISBANE mother of eight Belinda Goodwin has good reasons for attending the Rally For Life each year, but one stands out. “By our public witness we can open the eyes of society to look at the blessing of children … we need to open their eyes to the wonder of what God has given us,” she said. As a medical ... Read More »

Fresh hope for seminary

THREE young men from Brisbane started their first year in Holy Spirit Provincial Seminary “wide eyed with hopes and aspirations” last Sunday, February 9. Former lawyer Sebastian Condon, 24, international business manager Jack Ho, 29, and passionate youth worker Michael Tanuvasa Kelemete, 23, entered their first year as seminarians for the Brisbane archdiocese this year. They followed in the footsteps ... Read More »

Fr Ladu receives good news

WOODRIDGE associate pastor Fr Ladu Yanga is hopeful his prayers and those of many others may soon be answered and his ailing mother can be flown out of war-ravaged South Sudan for medical treatment in Uganda. Fr Yanga said he had spoken to his mother, Kolorina Martin, in the nation’s capital Juba recently. “Security has improved enough in Juba for ... Read More »

Remembering Angus

WHEN Andrew Burke and Zara Weedon arrived at their new Lutwyche home in 2009 the world was at their feet. Both were doctors at the Royal Brisbane Hospital. Zara was about to have their first child. Their love was strong and for the former Gregory Terrace and Lourdes Hill students, their faith was strong as well. Yet just over three ... Read More »

Petrie parishioners build Ugandan links

CATHOLICS in a small parish in Uganda are seeing the fruits of a partnership with Our Lady of the Way Parish, Petrie, as construction on their new church started this month. For the past six years, the Petrie parish has supported St Bruno’s Parish, Uganda, with about $50,000 in donations. In late January, the parish transferred a donation of about ... Read More »

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