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Crushing abortion with pro-life heels

Crossroads walkers

BRISBANE nursing student Lizzie Long believes the only way to stop abortion in Australia is to tie up her laces and take the pro-life message to Melbourne. The 19 year old is one of 11 young people walking from Brisbane to Melbourne wearing fluro pro-life shirts in an effort to get Australians thinking about abortion. Miss Long’s Catholic faith is ... Read More »

‘I too am Charlie’

By Paul Dobbyn “I TOO am Charlie … the Catholic Church has to be Charlie.” These are the words of Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge in the aftermath of the terrorist attack in Paris, which left nine workers dead at the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo dead on January 7. Two police officers, one a Muslim, as well as a maintenance ... Read More »

Ingrid paints for St Brigid’s

SNOWFLAKES seem to swirl about Red Hill’s St Brigid’s Church in a painting by young Brisbane artist Ingrid Bartkowiak to promote the church’s legendary Christmas carols. However, as Ingrid explains, all is not as it seems in the painting. The “snowflakes” are actually stars. “I wanted the painting to convey the same atmosphere that the carols at St Brigid’s have ... Read More »

Palm Beach’s first church is 50

PALM Beach Catholics welcomed their greatest belated-Christmas gift when Our Lady of the Way Church opened on December 28, 1964. For one of its builders Ray Taylor, it was an even greater relief to see the new church. “Mass was said at various places, so we decided to build our own, and built it voluntarily,” Mr Taylor said. “That time ... Read More »

Scrapping OP score passes the QCEC test

THE Church’s education leaders in Queensland agree “the time is right to replace the OP score and QCS test mechanisms” for students graduating from high school. Queensland Catholic Education Commission executive director Mike Byrne made the comment in response to the State Government’s proposed changes for senior assessment and tertiary education reform. Following a review of the Queensland assessment system ... Read More »

Bribie Island church turns 50

By Emilie Ng BRIBIE Island offered little more than fishermen’s huts resting on an idyllic paradise when the second Little Flower Church opened 50 years ago. Parishioners gathered at Little Flower Church, part of the Caboolture parish, on December 20 to celebrate its golden jubilee. Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge celebrated the Mass, concelebrated by 13 priests connected to the community, ... Read More »

Christmas celebrating ‘God’s diversity’

By Paul Dobbyn FIVE years ago Rockhampton’s Linda Esguerra decided to spread cheer to the city’s forgotten people with a Christmas Day lunch. This simple gesture of solidarity started a tradition that has steadily grown from 15 people to embrace more than 200 guests. “These people represent diversity as God sees it,” Ms Esguerra, a member of Rockhampton’s diocesan council and ... Read More »

Crematorium blessing celebrates faith

NUDGEE Cemetery manager David Molloy sees the newly blessed crematorium as an extension of his vision for the Brisbane facility. “Families who entrust their loved ones to us here at Nudgee can confidently know they are going to be taken care of, as if they’re still in the room with us,” he told those gathered for the blessing of Nudgee ... Read More »

Discernment for ‘dummies’ launched by MGL order

DISNEY and Pixar may have found their match in Australia’s Missionaries of God’s Love priest and brothers, who have released their own online animated video series. The newly recognised religious institute has produced four animated videos, each lasting less than five minutes, in their first Discernment for Dummies series. MGL Brother Lawrence Yuen created all four videos, which features MGL ... Read More »

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