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Nerang offers Mass for Samoan community

Cultural heritage: Young children after  the Mass in Samoan on October  6 at St Brigid’s Church, Nerang.   THE Gold Coast got a small taste of Samoan language and culture this month with a Mass at Nerang. Almost 100 people from various Gold Coast and Brisbane parishes attended the Mass on October 6. Maina Schuster, a St Brigid’s parishioner, along ... Read More »

Faith formation vital in early years

Archbishop Julian Porteous 2013-10-20

TEACHERS at Catholic schools should not only teach the faith, but should be visible witnesses to it, a leading educator told the 15th annual Call to Holiness Conference in Brisbane last weekend. Catholic Education Office Sydney religious education and evangelisation director Anthony Cleary made the comments during his speech at the conference focusing on the Second Vatican Council. About 100 ... Read More »

Capuchins honour St Francis’ legacy

Capuchins celebrate Mass with Bishop

THE Capuchin friars in Brisbane remembered the life and death of their patron St Francis of Assisi in a two-day celebration last week.As well as celebrating the feast day for St Francis, observed by Catholics on October 4, Franciscans worldwide also celebrate his passing from life to death on the eve of his feast day, known as the Transitus. Traditionally ... Read More »

Catholic Guy coming to Brisbane

Catholic Guy

MARKING the Year of Faith, Perth’s Bruce Downes, also known as The Catholic Guy, will host a Brisbane West Deanery mission event from October 16 – 22.The Catholic Guy Team facilitate parish missions and retreats across Australia.This is the first time they have attempted to run a retreat for an entire Deanery.The deanery is also special for Mr Downes and ... Read More »

Devoted couples show how marriage can work

Devoted couple and daughter

CARMEL Birgan had “a very exciting secret for a whole year”.The Birgans and 48 other couples celebrated their golden wedding anniversaries at St Stephen’s Cathedral on October 5.Twenty-two couples married for more than 50 years, including Giselle and Emmanuel Sarah celebrating their 65th anniversary, were also present.  But Carmel said there was one special difference for her and husband Michael.“I’d ... Read More »

First visit to Latin Mass community

Archbishop and Confirmandi from Brisbane's Latin Mass community

BRISBANE Archbishop Mark Coleridge made his first visit to Brisbane’s Traditional Latin Mass Community to confer the Sacrament of Confirmation to 16 young people. It was the first time an Archbishop has visited the St Gregory’s Latin Mass Community in Brisbane. The 16 confirmation candidates, or Confirmandi, were aged between 12 and 20. Their confirmations were shared with a Pontifical ... Read More »

Priests welcome canonisation news

Saintly popes

BRISBANE priests Fathers Mauro Conte and Jan Bialasiewicz have spoken with pride and affection of their countrymen popes – John XXIII and John Paul II – following the setting of a date for their joint canonisations.Pope Francis announced on Monday September 30 the popes will be declared saints on April 27, 2014. The decision was announced during the first consistory ... Read More »

ACU reaches new milestone

Strong foundations

HOW did Australian Catholic University’s planned construction  “Building T” at the Banyo campus get its name?Education Minister John-Paul Langbroek unravelled for the uninitiated the mystery at a turning of the sod ceremony at the campus on September 26.ACU chancellor General Peter Cosgrove joined the minister for the ceremony, launching the start of work on the landmark building due to be ... Read More »

Farewell brings new pastoral direction

Sr Kari Hatherall with Fr Vince Hobbs

PARISHIONERS from Holland Park-Mt Gravatt Parish bid farewell to their pastoral director Ursuline Sister Kari Hatherell on September 15.Sr Hatherell worked in the parish for nine years, in a role established by Archbishop John Bathersby in 2005 when the then parish priest Fr John Nee retired.As the primary leader of the parish, Sr Hatherell worked with several priests to celebrate ... Read More »

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