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Southport supports Palestine’s last Christian city

By Emilie Ng PALESTINE’S “anti-Christian climate” has Southport parish priest Fr Jan Bialasiewicz saying extra prayers for residents in the region’s only Christian city. Fr Bialasiewicz took 23 people to Taybeh-Ephraim, 25km north-east of Jerusalem and Palestine’s only Christian village, while on pilgrimage in October last year. He said Catholics in the village were living in “misery, pain and suffering” ... Read More »

Natalie’s selfless love lives on

By Emilie Ng NATALIE Barnard always had an eye for beauty. As her closest friends and family would say, beauty also described her perfectly. She hated the idea of spending her last days in a stuffy hospital where she couldn’t soak up the sun in her own garden or spend time being a domestic goddess. Battling adrenocortical carcinoma, a cancer ... Read More »

Discerning the call

DINING at Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge’s house has opened new possibilities about joining the priesthood for young discerner Gerard Lai. Mr Lai, 21, was one of 40 young Brisbane archdiocesan Catholics who dined with the Archbishop for the 18th annual Archbishop’s Vocations Dinner on April 23. From tradesmen to university students, the dinner guests had been “personally invited” to learn ... Read More »

A day to remember

By Emilie Ng TEARS welled up in Brisbane military chaplain Deacon Peter Devenish-Meares’ eyes during a moving Mass commemorating the heroes who fought on Anzac Day 100 years ago. The Jubilee Parish deacon wakes up each year for the Anzac Day dawn service, but said his parish’s Mass at Sacred Heart Church, Rosalie, for the Anzacs had moved him to ... Read More »

‘Last ditch’ vigil seeks to save Bali Nine duo

By Paul Dobbyn “IT’S never too late” was the message given in a vigil last Monday morning in the grounds of Brisbane’s St Stephen’s Cathedral for condemned Bali Nine drug smugglers Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran. The Keep Hope Alive Vigil, organised by Amnesty International and Australians Against Capital Punishment, was one of several held in capital cities around Australia ... Read More »

Graduates eager to welcome St Stephen’s visitors

Cathedral guides

LINDA Schostakowski thanks an endlessly persistent friend and an inspirational tour of the Vatican for becoming a guide and welcomer in St Stephen’s Cathedral. “My friend Jennifer Mitchell was with me in a prayer group and she was also a cathedral guide,” she said. “For more than 10 years, she suggested I would enjoy doing this. “Then my husband and ... Read More »

‘God’s first question’ sparks major challenge

Bible series

BRISBANE Archbishop Mark Coleridge challenged the audience attending his latest talk on Sacred Scripture with “God’s thunderous first question we find in the Bible: ‘Where are you?’” The challenge came in his April 15 lecture in St Stephen’s Cathedral in the series Living Biblically in a Secular World presented by Evangelisation Brisbane. Once again more than 400 attended the archbishop’s ... Read More »

Ready to sleep rough

THE Broncos and Jharal Yew Yow are putting their combined weight behind the Vinnies CEO Sleepout to help break the cycle of homelessness. They recently joined with Brisbane Mayor Graham Quirk, Queensland St Vincent de Paul Society chief executive officer Peter Maher and the dedicated ambassadors to officially launch this year’s event at Suncorp Stadium. “Close to 20,000 Queenslanders face ... Read More »

Deepening faith journey


BRISBANE schoolteacher Majella Deegan entered Brisbane archdiocese’s Foundations for Evangelising Ministry course to learn more about the history of the Catholic faith and came away with much more. “The course brought to life the story of my faith, the history of God’s people,” she told those gathered at a March 13 ceremony for graduates of the course, developed by the ... Read More »

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