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Devoted to Jesus

By Emilie Ng CATHOLICS from the seven continents of the world gathered to share language, culture and love for the Eucharist at the annual Corpus Christi procession last Sunday. Brisbane’s ethnic communities were invited to lead decades of the Rosary during the procession at Nudgee Junior College Indooroopilly, in Brisbane’s west. One attendee commented on the beauty of hearing the prayers ... Read More »

Deacons focus on Joy of the Gospel

deacon retreat

BRISBANE archdiocese’s deacons and their wives focused on the teachings of Pope Francis at their annual retreat recently. The retreat, led by Columban Father Trevor Trotter, was held at the Santa Teresa Spirituality Centre, Ormiston. Fr Trotter gave six guided reflections on key themes emerging from Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel). Deacon Gary Stone ... Read More »

Praying for Iraq sisters

By Paul Dobbyn TWO religious sisters from Iraq with a Brisbane connection are living an increasingly perilous existence in the country’s north as sectarian violence rapidly spirals out of control. Daughters of Jesus’ Sacred Heart Sisters Samar Mikha and Azhar Koka returned to Erbil, the capital of Kurdistan, in November 2012. When they spoke to The Catholic Leader shortly before ... Read More »

Blessed day

By Peter Bugden BISHOP Michael McCarthy, celebrating his first ordination since becoming Bishop of Rockhampton, assured two new deacons the people they served would call out their pastoral gifts. Bishop McCarthy, whose episcopal ordination was on May 29, ordained Andrew Hogan and Stephen Camiolo to the transitional diaconate at Holy Spirit Chapel, Banyo, on June 19 as they work towards ... Read More »

Liturgist coming to Queensland to share his practical expertise

INTERNATIONALLY known United States liturgist and writer Fr Paul Turner will be a guest speaker in Brisbane archdiocese in August. He will be keynote speaker at the Australian Catechumenate Network national conference in Townsville from August 7-10 and then will visit Brisbane from August 11-13. Fr Turner is pastor of a Kansas City parish and author of numerous publications and ... Read More »

Waiting in hope

By Paul Dobbyn SRI Lankan husband-and-wife asylum seekers Elizabeth and Suji Sunderalingam, of Springfield, are praying for a miracle. The Tamil couple, who are members of Our Lady of the Southern Cross Parish, recently became first-time parents and had their baby Karistian baptised there. Now they are praying for Australian citizenship. Parish priest Fr Mauro Conte said the parish was ... Read More »

Thrilled to receive sacraments

By Emilie Ng CYNDEE Mateo takes preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation seriously in her household. Mrs Mateo was “not convinced” that her eldest child Christopher was ready to be confirmed as an adult Catholic. To find out if he was ready to receive the sacrament, the mother of seven asked him to write an essay as part of his ... Read More »

Charity helping pregnant women in need honoured with major international award

PREGNANCY Crisis Incorporated received the “wonderful bonus” of an international award at its recent fundraising dinner in Brisbane. PCI was awarded the Michael Bell Memorial Award for its dedication to “working to change the lives of impoverished women and their unborn children for the better”. International Alliance of Catholic Knights president David Huppatz presented the award at the charity’s annual ... Read More »

ERDU helping to open up the Bible

By Emilie Ng EQUIPPING Australian Catholics with Scripture-based resources has been a dream-come-true for Petrie parishioner and missionary Jan Heath over the past 20 years. In 1994, Mrs Heath began facilitating Bible studies and distributing Little Rock Scripture Studies from her kitchen. Twenty years later, Little Rock is just one of many resources in a bigger ministry, Evangelisation Resources Down Under ... Read More »

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