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Convent turned arts centre helping in the Good Samaritan spirit

By Emilie Ng WHAT used to be the home of the Good Samaritan Sisters in Gayndah from 1919 to 1995 now serves the community in the form of an arts and cultural centre. The Good Samaritan Sisters arrived in Gayndah in 1919 just as their new convent opened. The convent served as a schoolhouse and boarding house to students until the ... Read More »

Parishioners say goodbye to beloved church

By Emilie Ng OVERWHELMING numbers filled Stella Maris Church on the Gold Coast to say goodbye to the sacred building at a Decommissioning Mass on April 24. Past and present parishioners, past mayors, Gold Coast city councilors and Members of Parliament stood “shoulder to shoulder” at the Mass celebrated by Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge. Surfers Paradise parish priest Fr Tim ... Read More »

Learning from other cultures

MERCY Community Services  Romero Centre has launched the “The Long Lunch” cooking series to offer a taste of international cuisines and to support its work with refugees in Brisbane. The Romero Centre supports refugees and asylum seekers living in the city. A spokeswoman for the centre said it was hosting The Long Lunch series to help and encourage people to ... Read More »

Mary’s life always devoted to others

By Peter Bugden “MARY was God’s finger that was a very visible, tangible presence of God, because of her faith,” Jose Zepeda said in a eulogy at the Brisbane funeral Mass of his friend and colleague Mary Gavin. “Mary was God’s finger that touched people with love, care and respect, and restored their dignity. “If someone was in need she ... Read More »

Locals share pilgrim joy

By Peter Bugden “SIMPLY amazing” is how young Brisbane Catholic Jo Hayes described being at St Peter’s Square in Rome on Sunday for the canonisations of Popes John XXIII and John Paul II. “I feel so blessed and so grateful that I was able to be in Vatican City … just on the edge of St Peter’s Square for the ... Read More »

Pope Francis’ words and actions offer inspiration

By Emilie Ng POPE Francis’ “warm smile” and “joyful face” were among some of the leadership traits pointed out by Catholic lay and religious leaders at Catholic Mission’s Brisbane Colloquium on April 28. Mission and evangelisation leaders from across the Brisbane archdiocese and beyond gathered to talk about the “Pope Francis effect” and discuss ways to practically live the Holy ... Read More »

European pilgrimage summons priest and his people

MARYBOROUGH’S parish priest will lead a pilgrimage to Italy to visit the beauty and wonders of Venice, Turin, Florence, Assisi, Rome, and Pompeii.  Two years ago Fr Paul Kelly led a visit to the Holy Land for an experience that fellow pilgrims later described as the “most spiritual and informative of their lives”. The spiritual fruit of the trip has ... Read More »

Red Hill’s ‘major landmark’ turns 100

BRISBANE’S marvellous St Brigid’s Church, Red Hill will “open the doors” to share its centenary year as an historic city icon during the Brisbane Open House in October. St Brigid’s has been an iconic building in Brisbane’s history, and many faithful worshippers believe more people should see the church in all its glory. Listed as a heritage building by the ... Read More »

Solomons support growing

By Paul Dobbyn  FLOOD disaster victims in the Solomon Islands sheltering at the Salesian order’s Don Bosco Technical Institute in Honiara have been heartened by a visit from representatives of the Australian Government. “I understand your pain and I am with those who have lost family members, relatives and friends,” Queensland Senator Brett Mason told the 240 people sheltering at ... Read More »

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