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Jesuit finds God’s love in the stars

By Paul Dobbyn WOULD actor Bruce Willis armed with a bomb be able to take out an earth-bound asteroid? The answer is definitely no, according to Jesuit Brother Guy Consolmagno, this year’s awardee of the Carl Sagan Medal for Excellence in Public Communication in Planetary Science. He used the example as a way to explain the value of his more ... Read More »

Annabel shares generous gifts

CATHOLIC Education Week ambassador Annabel Pike has continues her works of generosity. Last week Ms Pike delivered more than 130 personal care packs to the “poorest of the poor’” in a Cambodian hospital thanks to the generosity of Catholic school students in Toowoomba diocese. The 2012 Australian Nurse Graduate of the Year, Annabel travelled to Cambodia to help train and ... Read More »

Timor reveals faith link to true happiness

By Emilie Ng WATCHING children joyfully pray the Rosary out of habit showed Birkdale parishioner Jane Walsh that faith, not money, brings happiness. Mrs Walsh travelled with Birkdale parish priest Fr Frank Jones and fellow parishioner Roy Evans on a mission trip to East Timor in June. The three visited their sister parish, Our Lady of Grace in Metinaro, a ... Read More »

Time to honour inspiring Catholics

The Community Leaders Awards

By Emilie Ng NOMINATIONS to find Australia’s most inspirational Catholics are rolling in fast as the cut-off for entries for The Community Leader Awards 2014 approaches in two weeks. Wise priests, committed parishioners, teachers who are making a profound impact on the local community, and national ministry leaders are among those already nominated for the awards. Catholics living in Australia ... Read More »

A hand out or a hand up?

By Paul Dobbyn PROPOSED Brisbane City Council legislation to give officers the power to fine homeless people sleeping in parks has been described as “unnecessary and like kicking people when they’re down”. Rosies chief executive officer Troy Bailey said the proposed Public Land and Council Asset local law 2014 would open up a “Pandora’s Box of problems for the homeless” ... Read More »

New church a virtual reality

By Emilie Ng GOLD Coast priest Fr Ken Howell is the first Australian priest to take a virtual tour of a new church. Fr Howell “walked” through a virtual model of the new church for Burleigh Waters wearing a virtual reality headset powered by technology company Oculus on October 14. The Burleigh Heads parish priest said taking a tour of ... Read More »

Endowments fund $100,000 grants program for Brisbane archdiocese

Reading glasses on pile of paper

By Paul Dobbyn SUNSHINE Coast man Kevin Whelan said there were pragmatic reasons for his family’s generous response to an invitation to set up an endowment fund to support Brisbane archdiocese’s agencies and ministries. “I’ve always felt if you invest a dollar and nothing happens, at least you’ve still got a dollar to try again,” he said. “That way, you ... Read More »

Marriage preparation major focus for synod participants

By Paul Dobbyn BETTER preparation for couples planning marriage and for men studying for the priesthood have been two significant but overlooked topics frequently discussed in the extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family in Rome. Brisbane’s John Paul II Centre for Family and Life director Dr Ray Campbell said, after looking at daily summaries from the synod being held ... Read More »

New church ‘sign of life’ on Coast

By Emilie Ng RECONSTRUCTION on one of the Gold Coast’s most treasured churches is a sign of new life for the entire Church, Surfers Paradise parish priest Fr Tim Harris said. Stella Maris Church, Broadbeach, demolished earlier this year, is being reconstructed into a new $3 million church, and expected to open in time for Christmas Masses. Frames and two ... Read More »

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