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Ipswich mayor helps order give a hand up to homeless

IPSWICH council will donate almost $20,000 to the Order of Malta to buy 600 custom-made coats for homeless in Brisbane and Ipswich. Ipswich mayor Paul Pisasale announced at the third annual Coats for the Homeless breakfast on April 3, that he and fellow Ipswich councillor David Morrison had agreed to double their initial purchase of 300 coats for the homeless. ... Read More »

More young men consider priesthood at vocations dinner

YOUNG men considering the priesthood gathered in Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge’s home in New Farm for the 17th annual vocations dinner. More than 50 young men came in search of answers, consolations and encouragement in their pursuit of discerning the priestly vocation. The dinners offer young men a “clearer idea” about discerning the priesthood in Brisbane. Joining the Archbishop was ... Read More »

Peace and prayer outdo disruptive pro-abortion protesters

By Emilie Ng A GROUP praying outside a Bowen Hills abortion clinic to stop women from aborting their child were “unaffected” by a recent counter-demonstration supporting abortion and women’s choice. 40 Days for Life president Brendan Wong was praying outside the Marie Stopes clinic when 30 pro-abortion supporters arrived with megaphones and posters, being  “very noisy and aggressive” on April ... Read More »

Forty years full of faith

By Emilie Ng IMITATING St Joseph’s quiet yet faithful demeanor has been Sr Jenny Scari’s approach to ministering to God’s people as a Sister of St Joseph for the past 40 years. “I just like to be like St Joseph, quietly working in the background,” Sr Scari said. But over the past few weeks, Sr Jenny was brought out from ... Read More »

Helping African children learn with kindy project

FOUR Brisbane Catholic schoolteachers are calling for donations to give “joyous young children” three fully resourced kindergartens in a local village in Malawi, North East Africa. Corrie Shand, Louella Sparks, Dianne Riddle and Dianne McRoberts, staff of St James College,  Spring Hill, visited the Canossian Sisters in Malawi as part of an immersion trip over the summer school holidays. They ... Read More »

Building relationships

By Emilie Ng PARENTS and Friends Federation of Catholic Schools in Queensland is committed to shaping better parents, according to executive director Carmel Nash. To support parents improve their parenting skills, the federation is holding their Biennial Catholic School Parent Conference from April 25 -27. Almost 200 parents and other “significant people in Catholic education” from around the country attend ... Read More »

Fitting tribute to devoted pastor Fr James O’Brien

By Paul Dobbyn ELEVEN eulogies paid tribute to much-loved pastor emeritus Fr James Finbar O’Brien at his Vigil Mass at St Maximilian Kolbe Church, Kingston Marsden parish on Sunday, March 30. The Irish-born priest died aged 65 on March 24 in Allamanda Hospital, Gold Coast, after a long illness. Brisbane Auxiliary Bishop Joseph Oudeman concelebrated the vigil Mass with six priests ... Read More »

Leader columnist’s new project on confirmation

WITH the Feast of Pentecost around the corner The Catholic Leader columnist Selina Venier has released her latest children’s book, Invisible Fire, about the sacrament of Confirmation. Like Invisible Mud, the first book in a series of three, Invisible Fire traces a conversation between two friends as they share the experience of the Church and the sacraments. Ms Venier said ... Read More »

Carers renewed to serve

By Emilie Ng VOLUNTEERS of parish-based ministry Care and Concern received “nourishment, reflection and revitalisation” at a spirituality day on Saturday, March 1. Forty-five volunteers from Maroochydore, Nambour, Upper Mt Gravatt, Inala, Sunnybank, Camp Hill and Rochedale attended the reflection day at Manly. Care and Concern are parish-based volunteer services that offer hospitality catering, Communion at Home, visitation-social support, emergency ... Read More »

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