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Precious life

RALLY for Life guest speaker Tim Rushbrook is often struck by people’s response when they see his two-year-old child with Down syndrome. “‘Didn’t you know before he was born?’ they’ll ask,” he said. “The obvious implication is: ‘Why didn’t you do something about it and terminate the pregnancy?’ “It’s a horrendous thought as I look at my son Jireh who ... Read More »

New church to show hope and holiness

Surfers Paradise priests and secretary holding a brick

AFTER years of prayers and planning, Surfers Paradise parish priest Fr Tim Harris has begun fundraising to build a new church on the existing land at Stella Maris Church, Broadbeach.Fundraising would be done through the parish’s campaign, ‘Buy a Brick’, which invites parishioners and other future benefactors to donate money towards the construction of the new church.Benefactors who donate money ... Read More »

Brisbane prominent at gathering of liturgists

BRISBANE archdiocese has played a significant role in this year’s National Liturgy Conference with Archbishop Mark Coleridge a keynote speaker and Brisbane Liturgy director Fr Tom Elich recognised for his “significant role in the publishing of liturgical resources for the nation”. Themed Lift Up Your Hearts, the conference held in Wollongong from January 15 to 18, celebrated the 50th anniversary ... Read More »

Icon for Angus

Dr Andrew Burke and Dr Zara Weedon and their son Joseph with the icon that was presented to the community of St Carthage’s Church, Gordon Park to honour the memory of their son Angus

DR Andrew Burke and his wife Dr Zara Weedon’s presentation of an icon to Gordon Park parish in memory of their son Angus carries profound meaning for the couple. Angus, 3, was killed and his mother critically injured when a tree fell on them in January 2013. His father and younger brother Joseph, only metres ahead, witnessed the accident. The ... Read More »

Honours for Catholics

Sr Pauline Coll

ELEVEN Queenslanders are among Catholics who have been given national recognition for their contributions to Australia in this year’s Australia Day honours list. Retired Brisbane priest Fr Wally Dethlefs is one of at least three Queensland Catholics appointed as Members of the Order of Australia. Fr Dethlefs was honoured for his significant service to youth and to the community of ... Read More »

Brisbane group to attend canonisation

Blessed Pope John XIII and Blessed John Paul II

BRISBANE Catholics will be leading an historic pilgrimage to Rome for the canonisation of Blessed John XXIII and Blessed John Paul II in April. Brisbane priest Fr Paul Chandler (pictured below) has been nominated as chaplain for the pilgrimage, co-ordinated by Brisbane man and former travel agent Trevor O’Rourke. The 10-day pilgrimage to Rome includes a walking tour in Assisi, ... Read More »

Brisbane follows Pope’s way

Brisbane archdiocese’s vicar general Monsignor Peter Meneely, Mission team leader Ursuline Sister Kari Hatherell and interim formation team leader Mike Humphrys

POPE Francis’ recent exhortation Evangelii Gaudium (the Joy of the Gospel) provides “an exciting mandate” for Brisbane archdiocese’s new entity Evangelisation Brisbane. Vicar general Monsignor Peter Meneely, who will oversee the process of transition to the new structure, said “it’s a real gift to receive the Pope’s exhortation just as we begin to launch this new initiative”. Mission team leader ... Read More »

Full of life

Tony and Eleanor Angwin with children Nathaniel and Arielle. Arielle will start school this week at Christ the King Primary School, Graceville.

ARIELLE Angwin loves painting, ballet, practising her writing and pretending to be characters from her favourite television shows. She can’t wait to walk through the gates of Christ the King Primary School, Graceville, for the first time this week. In the weeks leading up to her first school day, the joyful five-year-old woke up at 5am with her uniform on, ... Read More »

Ipswich and district combining pastorally

CO-OPERATION is the buzz word for Fr Peter Dillon, Ipswich’s newest administrator for the Rosewood, Leichhardt, North Ipswich, and Ipswich parishes. Appointed to help Fr Dillon with the four parishes, which have responsibility for 11 churches, are newly ordained Fr Neville Yun, former Kingaroy parish priest Fr John Hong and Fr Joseph Liem, who has been with the parish since ... Read More »

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