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Catholic professionals celebrate God with us

IT was a who’s who of Brisbane Catholic leadership with business professionals and ministry leaders celebrating the coming of Advent at the Assembly of Catholic Professionals Christmas party at Customs House on December 4. Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge offered some brief remarks and wished everyone a happy and holy Christmas. “On behalf of so many people, as I look around ... Read More »

Sandgate Brighton parish gives thanks for blessings and hails Christ the King

CATHOLICS from the breezy Sandgate Brighton community take the Greek translation of the word “eucharist” quite literally every year. “Eucharist”, which derives from the Greek word “eucharistia”, means “thanksgiving”, and once a year, Catholics from Sandgate Brighton Catholic parish make a point of thanking God for their blessings at the end of each liturgical year. To close out 2019, the ... Read More »

Latin American heart beats strongly in Oz at Our Lady of Guadalupe Mass

NATIONAL costumes and flags of the Americas heralded a vibrant feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Brisbane on December 9. More than 500 people – members of Brisbane’s Latin American Catholic Community – filled St Finbarr’s Church, Ashgrove, for Mass followed by a celebration of music and food from most of the 16 countries that span Central and South ... Read More »

Indigenous elder Sam Watson fought for his people all his life

FRIENDS and colleagues remember Indigenous elder and activist Sam Watson as down to earth, courageous and deeply committed to his people. “I can’t remember a time when Sam Watson wasn’t in the public eye – all my life,” Catholic social justice advocate Peter Arndt said. “I cannot remember a time when he wasn’t there at the forefront speaking up for ... Read More »

Go, rebuild my Church – 5,500 pilgrims descend on Perth for Australian Catholic Youth Festival

YOUNG Australian Catholics marched in their thousands to the steps of Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre last weekend – a pilgrim army united by faith and age, and urged by their bishops to “go and rebuild” the Church.  “Help stop the Church – my Church – from falling into ruin,” Perth Archbishop Timothy Costelloe told the 5500 young Catholics amassed ... Read More »

Catholic bookshops are pulpits and the pews are getting empty

St Paul's Book Centre manager Fr Thomas Manimala pulls out a book

A CATHOLIC treasure trove sitting outside St Stephen’s Cathedral has nourished evangelisation in Brisbane archdiocese for 23 years, but now faces “big problems” that could shut the automatic door forever.  St Paul’s Book Centre, which sells Bibles, spiritual books and religious items, was a city-favourite and cultural hub for many Brisbane Catholics. But dwindling vocations and soaring costs were behind ... Read More »

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