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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 »

Centenary celebrated at St Columba’s

By Emilie Ng ONE hundred years has passed since David W. Tipler built Wilston’s Catholic church, St Columba’s – a task that only took four months. Parishioner Josephine Nolan remembers a time when the church and the parish school shared the surrounding 3ha of farmland. The 80-year-old has been a part of St Columba’s parish community for 56 years. “We came ... Read More »

A life full of miracles

By Emilie Ng GABBY Caldwell can claim at least three miracles over her eight-year life. The first was her birth on June 18, 2006, an event “very much anticipated and appreciated” by her parents, Kevin and Johanna Caldwell, who weren’t able to have children for eight years. The second was surviving four days of seizures after contracting gastroenteritis, although at ... Read More »

Deacon writes basic Vatican council guide

BRISBANE deacon Anthony Gooley has written a book he hopes will more fully break open the documents of the Second Vatican Council for non-theologians. “Bite-Size Vatican II – A Very Basic Guide to the Council and its Four Constitutions” is a commentary on Lumen Gentium: The Dogmatic Constitution on the Church; Sacrosanctum Concilium: The Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy; Dei ... Read More »

Pilgrim visit to Africa

By Paul Dobbyn BRISBANE Archbishop Mark Coleridge’s invitation to ordain 10 priests in Nigeria’s Umuahia diocese next month marks a deeper level of engagement between the two dioceses. Archbishop Coleridge received the invitation to conduct the ordinations in Umuahia’s Mater Dei Cathedral from Nigerian Bishop Lucius Ugorji during his recent visit to Brisbane. Bishop Ugorji also caught up with Nigerian ... Read More »

New evangelisation leader for Brisbane archdiocese

By Peter Bugden SOCIAL justice advocate Clyde Cosentino is the first director of Brisbane archdiocese’s new agency Evangelisation Brisbane. Archbishop Mark Coleridge announced the appointment on June 11 “after a nation-wide search” for the right person to head the new entity which replaced the Faith and Life agency as a result of a review of archdiocesan services and ministries. Archbishop Coleridge ... Read More »

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