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Lenten focus on Jesus’ mercy

By Emilie Ng ARCHBISHOP Mark Coleridge has encouraged Catholics to discover God’s mercy in Lent, prompting several changes to the annual Lenten resources prepared by Evangelisation Brisbane. Evangelisation Brisbane director Clyde Consentino said the new resources were “simpler” and focused on God’s mercy revealed in the crucified and risen Jesus Christ. The new resources take inspiration from the Sunday second ... Read More »

Creating a culture of life

By Emilie Ng BRISBANE’S 40 Days for Life co-ordinator Brendan Wong has new-found encouragement that abortion will end after 100 people attended the group’s first 2015 event. New and old pro-life supporters sipped on wine and munched on gourmet cheese on January 29 at St Columba’s Church, Wilston. Mr Wong said not everyone could “take the big plunge” to pray outside ... Read More »

Historic change in education

By Emilie Ng CATHOLIC parents living in Brisbane’s western suburbs have a new secondary school option for their sons with the official opening of Ambrose Treacy College, Indooroopilly. Ambrose Treacy College replaces St Joseph’s Nudgee Junior College, an independent Catholic school for boys in Years 4 to 7. The new college offers classes for Years 4 to 12, with senior ... Read More »

Nepalese visitor ready to share fish-farm tales

By Paul Dobbyn NEPALESE man Prakash Khadka will soon be telling fishy stories to students in Catholic schools throughout Brisbane and Toowoomba. He will be visiting the schools from February 14 as part of this year’s Project Compassion campaign, explaining how Caritas Australia is bringing prosperity to poor Nepalese villages through a fish-farming project. A Catholic youth leader, Mr Khadka has ... Read More »

Helping the disadvantaged

By Emilie Ng REGINA Caeli Church, Coorparoo parishioner Aileen Heathwood made the Australia Day 2015 Honours List for her 17 years working as a volunteer at her local court. The 86-year-old was bursting to tell her four children she had been awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in the general division for her work as a volunteer at Holland ... Read More »

Leaders scan new landscape

By Paul Dobbyn SHOCKWAVES are continuing from last weekend’s election outcome and leaders of Church bodies are evaluating where their organisations stand in Queensland’s radically changed political landscape. Opinions came as the likelihood increased the Australian Labor Party would take government in its own right, or form government with the support of one of the minor parties or an independent. ... Read More »

Young sisters bringing joy to the world

By Emilie Ng VOCATIONS are thriving at Brisbane’s Sisters of St Paul de Chartres convent with six young sisters making their first professions at St Stephen’s Cathedral on February 2. Sr Marie Claude Vo, 27, Sr Rosario Tran, 32, Sr Marie Josephine Phan, 28, Sr Anna Pham, 27, Sr Marion Tran, 30, and Sr Theresa Maria Dao, 24, all originally from ... Read More »

Deacon Rohrlach fulfils dream of service

By Paul Dobbyn NEVILLE Rohrlach has realised a dream spanning more than 50 years with his ordination as deacon into the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of the Southern Cross. Brisbane Auxiliary Bishop Brian Finnigan ordained the Wishart man into the permanent diaconate at St Benedict’s Church, East Brisbane, on January 20. He is now a deacon in the parish ... Read More »

No outstanding debt for new Gold Coast church

GENEROUS donors and a bequest of $1.2 million will leave Surfers Paradise parish “completely debt free” when the new Stella Maris Church opens in February. For four years, parish priest Fr Tim Harris has promised Broadbeach Catholics a new church to replace the one they had loved for 50 years. Fr Harris said he was “humbled” that parishioners responded so ... Read More »

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