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Celebrating the gift of faith

Anita Biedermann, centre green dress, celebrates her special birthday with, beside her, husband Paul and other family and friends at the Stamford Plaza.

BRISBANE woman Anita Biedermann took two years to save enough money to shout her family and friends to a special celebration at the Stamford Plaza for her sixtieth birthday. But she also wanted to celebrate the importance of faith in her life. “My birthday fell on Saturday, August 17 and I always go to the Marian Mass Saturday mornings at ... Read More »

Our Lady honoured at Marian Valley

MORE than 600 people made the annual pilgrimage to Marian Valley, Canungra, for the Feast of the Nativity of Our Lady on Saturday, September 7. The feast day is regarded as one of the most significant celebrations for the Pauline Fathers, who as part of their charism oversee the popular Marian shrine. People were invited to pray to Our Lady ... Read More »

The joy of faith comes to Mongolia

Bishop Wenceslao (Wens) Padilla

PIONEERING Mongolian Bishop Wenceslao (Wens) Padilla was in Brisbane recently to share his story with Catholic Mission volunteers. Bishop Padilla, from the Italian Congregation of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, told of his arrival as leader of a team of the first three missionary priests in Mongolia in 1992. The bishop was in Brisbane over the weekend of September 14-15 ... Read More »

Jubilee parish welcomes Archbishop

ABOUT 160 young members of St Brigid’s community at Red Hill celebrated Confirmation as a highlight to Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge’s four-day episcopal visit to Jubilee parish. Archbishop Coleridge celebrated the Confirmations on Friday, September 13 before celebrating several first Holy Communion Masses over the weekend. His visit to Jubilee parish was held from September 12 to 15. Jubilee parish ... Read More »

New strategies to help autistic children at Mass

PARENTS often worry about their children squirming or even fighting with each other through Mass. Imagine though having a child who becomes highly agitated by the smell of incense, the sounds of ringing bells during the Eucharistic Prayer or who feels too threatened to exchange a Sign of Peace with a stranger. These are some of the issues faced by ... Read More »

Mater hospital work to start

EARTHWORKS for Mater’s new 80-bed, $85 million private hospital at Springfield are expected to start at the end of September. This follows Ipswich City Council’s August approval of the master plan for the almost nine-hectare site. Mater Private Hospital will be the first building to go up as part of this master plan. The hospital will be part of stage ... Read More »

Oratory website launched

THE Brisbane Oratory has launched a new website which will provide regular updates regarding the establishment of the congregation in the archdiocese. The website features the latest news from the Brisbane Oratory and background information, including Archbishop Mark Coleridge’s official media release about establishing the Congregation in Brisbane. The website will be regularly updated as the Formation project develops. The ... Read More »

MacKillop Foundation dinner to benefit children

CHILDREN traumatised by Queensland’s 2011 floods are among those set to benefit from the Mary MacKillop Foundation’s annual fundraising dinner at Brisbane’s Novotel on October 18. The foundation, founded in 1995, has continued the good works of St Mary of the Cross MacKillop who famously said: “Never see a need without doing something about it.” “An exclusive evening with exquisite ... Read More »

Bringing faith to the ‘digital continent’

WHAT is the nature of the Church’s mission to the so-called “digital continent”? Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge, as a member of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, is in Rome to join in discussions on this topic. “The focus this time is on the Church and the digital revolution,” he said. “The assembly will seek to understand better what is ... Read More »

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